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  1. As an Australian there is one big benefit. The repricing if the price comes down. I know this is available elsewhere but not allowed in Australia normally.
  2. So after the next drydock in singapore in may 2021 Voyager schedule according to Port bookings are as follows Darwin - June 01 Brisbane - June 08 Sydney - June 10 Honolulu - June 21 arrive departing June 22. Then I guess on to LA after that.
  3. As a vocal critic of the so called Amp of Voyager I thought it is only fair that I put in a honest review. First of all, the cruise itself was excellent and my family and I had an amazing time. Mostly due to the amazing staff who continually went out of their way to make everything perfect. Positives Room - We had a quad share oceanview but as cruisers who spend no time in the room it was more than sufficient. Food - Mostly very good. We only ventured to the shambles of the windjammer for 1 lunch,breakfast and dinner. It was more chaotic at all times than I have ever experienced. Crowded and people continually walking out with snacks as there is just no other option for those on the pool deck or sports deck. This left the top decks with plates lying around and the poor cleaners overworked. That said it is not really my scene so to me not a big deal. The MDR especially at dinner was sublime. I have never had a better quality set of dinners, all piping hot, delicious and the meat all tender. The cafe was fine and surprisingly not too crowded most of the time. Service - Bar service was pretty quick and as always friendly but the service in the MDR was outstanding. Our main waiter Michael along with his assistant Wasif were professional and engaging. My children were in tears when there was a chance we were not going to have them on the last night. Activities/entertainment - plenty to keep all going throughout the day. Negatives - My Time Dining - They increased the amount of early dining slots which meant MTD didnt start until 7pm. The problem is so many turned up at 7pm, while not everyone was finished from the early slot that the lines were long. I am pretty patient and while not delighted to not get in until 7:30 when I had a reservation at 7, others were a lot less patient. Lines - The extra cabins were noticable. They added laser tag but it only happened 3 times which in itself replaced sessions of ice skating. This led to long lines at both. Amplification - Anything new is appreciated but the hoopla surrounding this was over the top. The additions were lacklustre and the biggest thing that is noticeable is the lack of dining options. Overall we still had a wonderful time however I have never been on a ship with more people whinging and whining. The most notable were the diamond club members who never stopped. Maybe true that the sevice to them has been downgraded but the biggest group of them sit and drink nothing but water until the happy hour, then go hell for leather. They would make nothing for the company. It certainly hasnt stopped me as we booked another on board.
  4. On Voyager currently and I was told by a staff member that in 2021 they ate heading to los Angeles.
  5. This is ridiculous to blame. This volcano has been changing between level 1 and 2 for 20 years. Yes there is steam and gas outbursts which in itself is the attraction of the tour. The excursion through Royal is promoted as a visit to one of the worlds most active volcanoes. A volcano is considered active if it has had an eruption in the last 10000 years. I did this tour virtually 12 months ago, have some empathy for all involved, those on board now included.
  6. T That is my problem. I do have children. Picked MTD so some nights go early show some nights early dinner, depending how they are. Wondering what happens first night when I turn up at 6 because that is what my calender says for my booking.
  7. No it is even in the cruise compass that My time dining doesnt start until 6:45. This only on some ships, Oasis and voyager 2 I have noticed. This is only a very recent change. Voyager since its last refit which to all reports has been a disaster. added 300 extra passengers, took away space and dining options. The reports were that on the singapore to sydney repos, they shut the dining room at 1Pm because they couldnt handle the people and then there were about 100 people standing waiting for tables at the Windjammer. 45 minute wait for my time dining tables because everyone turns up at 7. Half these people had 6pm bookings made before the policy change. I still have 6PM my time bookings for my cruise this week even though it isnt available to 645.
  8. Absolutely ridiculous. What they promote as MTD is now not. I can only imagine the chaos the first night when people with reservations before 6:45 turn up expecting to get seated.
  9. What has happened to My Time Dining on certain ships. I noticed on the last compass posted for Oasis and is the same for my Voyager cruise next week. The early seating is 5:30 but the earliest time for My time Dining is 6:45. I booked MTD because I wanted an early dinner with kids most nights but also the option to have a later one if need be. When I booked I just reserved a time for the first night as the rest I wanted to be flexible. 6Pm was available then (for all days) but when I looked at a later date 6:45 was the earliest on any day.
  10. The current Voyager sailing out of Singapore has a mass scheduled in the cruise calender today.
  11. I'd hate to book Carnival only to find out Royal has something the same.
  12. Not mine, a friend but not charterd as far as she knows
  13. I have a friend who has just returned from a cruise on Voyager. She said that one day the pool was closed for a private function on the pool deck. They were not using the pool thmselves, they just didnt want others to. This infuriates me in so many ways. I dont care how much people pay for suite privileges but this is diminishing the value of everyone elses holiday. This should not be an option. Thoughts?
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