In February this year, I had the opportunity to cruise with Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas, Port Klang – Phuket – At Sea – Singapore. Yes, I embark the cruise in Port Klang instead of Singapore.
The Voyager of the Seas was once the largest cruise ship in the world. If you compare it it a Star Cruise Gemini, it’s approx double the size.
Cruising is an all-inclusive holiday. You do not need to spend any additional money once you are on the cruise – fine dining, buffet meals, selected drinks, ice cream and activities are included.
In the Voyager of the Seas, there are several free dining outlets:
- Cafe Promenade – Open 24 hours cafe serving pizza, sandwiches, pastries as well as tea and coffee.
- Windjammer – Casual dining international buffet restaurant, open breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant can be very crowded during breakfast.
- Sapphire Dining Room – Open breakfast, lunch and dinner serving ala-carte meals. Although meals are served ala-carte, one person can order several starters, main course or desserts at no extra cost. For dinner, a smart casual attire is required (polo shirt with jeans and shoes, is fine)
There are several other specialty restaurants on board but you will need to pay a fee for meals. Drinks included are water, tea, coffee, lemonade and ice tea. Alcohol and soft drinks are additional charges. Several drinks package are also available for purchase.
For ice cream lovers, there is a free flow soft serve ice cream machine on deck 11, nearby the Windjammer restaurant, open from late morning till evening.
You will never get bored on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. Look for the daily planner on the last page of the Royal Caribbean Cruise Compass which can be found in your cabin and also at the reception area. There is a long list of activities for every type of guest starting from morning till late at night.
Guest who prefer a more relaxing pace, can head to the Schooner Bar on deck 4. There are Sudoku, Trivia, Picture Quiz and even Nitendo Wii challenges happening throughout the day.
For more active guest can head to deck 13 for Rock Climbing, Basketball, Mini Golf and Flow Rider. The activities are free but you will need to sign up and at times may need to wait for your turn.
In the afternoon and evening, there are ice skating, magic shows to broadway style shows in the theatre. Check the listing in your Royal Caribbean Cruise Compass as the shows differs per day. During my cruise, I truly enjoy the Rock Rhapsody performance which featured the hit songs from the Supergroup QUEEN.
If you love to shop, be sure to check out the daily bargains on deck 5at the Royal Promenade. My colleague bagged a nice watch for only US$20.
The currency used on board the cruise is US Dollars. All payments cash or card will be in US Dollars.
If you cannot live without internet, you might want to add on the Royal Caribbean VOOM Surf & Stream WiFi at US$19.99 per day limited to one device at a time. The WiFi speed is fast enough to stream Youtube or Netflix but signal can be spotty in certain places in the ship especially in the cabins. Otherwise, it might be good to go on a digital detox for a couple of days.
Excursions are not included in your cruise fare. In Phuket, the ship tendered off Phuket Patong beach. To get to Patong, you will need to collect a boat ticket from the fine dining restaurant in the morning and wait for your boat number to be called.
Once the boat arrive at Patong beach and you can walk on your own or take a taxi to go around Phuket. It is not compulsory to disembark the ship. If Phuket is not for you, just remain on the ship to enjoy the meals, activities and facilities.
On the night before departure, a statement of account will be sent to your room. You will need to settle your Seapass account with the reception before leaving the ship. For departure, I choose to carry my own luggage as it will be faster to clear immigration and customs. If you wish for Royal Caribbean to assist you with your luggage, you will need to tag your baggage and leave them outside your room before 10pm the night before departure.
If you have a questions regarding Royal Caribbean cruise, feel free to reach out to the Leisure Holidays team for assistance.