Five Things to Know About Royal Caribbean International's Voyager of the Seas Cruise Ship
Best for: Adrenaline junkies and families looking for a fun way to sail the other side of the world
Sails: Asia, Australia and New Zealand, the South Pacific
At a Glance: When it was built in 1999, this Voyager-class ship was the largest cruise ship in the world, and introduced many Royal Caribbean standbys, including a rock-climbing wall and ice-skating rink. These days, it carries thrill-seeking passengers to ports in Asia and Australia.
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Inside Cabins Have a Virtual Balcony
During a refurbishment in 2014, many of the interior staterooms were upgraded with Virtual Balconies: The real-time view outside is projected onto a screen on one of the cabin walls, creating the illusion of a real verandah. Interior staterooms start at 150 square feet, while Royal Suites, the largest on the ship, top out at 1,087 square feet and come with a baby grand piano. Groups gravitate toward the 561-square-foot Royal Family Suites, which come with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a sofa bed in the living room.
The Activities List Is Large
Passengers who like to keep moving will love this ship. There’s a FlowRider surf simulator, ice-skating rink, rock-climbing wall, basketball court, and mini golf course. And if you’re in the mood for a workout, you can always hit the fitness center where you’ll find lots of classes to help you work off that buffet.
You’ll Spend Time in the Royal Promenade
This four-deck-high atrium is the heart of the ship. Lined with shops and bars, this indoor mall was built to look and feel like a charming city street, complete with street parties and parades. For optimal people watching, book one of the ship’s Promenade staterooms, which have views of all the action.
Your Kids Will Keep Busy
As part of Royal Caribbean’s Dreamworks Experience program, kids can join Puss and Boots in a parade or a character meal. Parents who want a little time to themselves can hand their charges over to the Adventure Ocean club, which keeps kids busy with scavenger hunts and science-themed activities. As for teens, they get their own lounge and disco.
There’s Plenty to Eat
When you’re not trying the local cuisine onshore, you’ll have plenty of onboard options to choose from. For lunch, grab a sandwich at Café Promenade or head to Johnny Rockets for a burger. For dinner, you can head to the main dining room or a for-fee specialty restaurant: Try Izumi if you’re in the mood for Japanese; Giovanni’s Table for Italian, or Chops Grille for a steak. Or check out the Tavern gastropub, where you can grab a bite while watching the big game.