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Royal Caribbean Cruises aboard the Voyager of the Seas
Above: Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Voyager of the Seas Cruise Ship.

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Ship Details
Began service: November, 1999
Guest capacity: 3,114
Total staff: 1,176
Length: 1,020 feet
Passenger decks: 14
CDC inspection score: 95

Voyager of the Seas Overview

The Voyager of the Seas cruise ship departs from Miami, FL, Bayonne, NJ, and Barcelona, Spain. Throughout the year, she offers ocean cruises to Bermuda and throughout the Caribbean.

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In 1999, Voyager of the Seas entered service as the largest cruise ship in the world. She was regarded as the most revolutionary ship ever built, with features such as an ice skating rink/TV studio/concert arena, rock-climbing wall, in-line skating track, horizontal atrium, and inside cabins with promenade view. The rock-climbing walls are now aboard every Royal Caribbean ship and the ice skating rink, and other features, can be enjoyed on the line's other four Voyager-class ships.

Voyager of the Seas spent two-weeks in dry dock in May 2004, the ship is sparkling and looks like new. Little has changed on board: Spinners, the site of a revolving arcade and four-deck-high roulette tower on the Royal Promenade, was underused and has been replaced with a perfume shop. And a Ben & Jerry's shop was added recently, also on the Royal Promenade. Otherwise, everything else is as it was in 1999.

The biggest novelty is a new seasonal homeport. Beginning this spring, many Voyager of the Seas passengers in the Northeast are able to drive to their cruise from May through October when the ship sails alternating five-night Canada and nine-night Western Caribbean itineraries out of the new Cape Liberty cruise port in Bayonne, New Jersey (Bermuda will replace Canada in 2005). The rest of the year, Voyager of the Seas offers alternating seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean voyages out of Miami.


Of the 1,557 cabins, 939 are outside (and of those, 765 have balconies).

There are 618 inside cabins, but of those 138 have promenade views. All staterooms have two beds that convert to queen-size, private bath, phone, interactive TV, mini-bar, hair dyers and air conditioning/heat controls.
Bathrooms are on the small side, but functional, with a shower enclosure as opposed to a curtain. Veranda furniture was limited to two chairs and a table.

The ship has a variety of suites including Royal Family Suites with a balcony that can accommodate eight persons and offer two bedrooms with twin beds that convert to queen-size (one room with third and fourth Pullman berths), two bathrooms, and living area with double sofa bed. The most lavish accommodation is a Royal Suite with balcony featuring a separate bedroom with king-size bed, private balcony with hot tub, whirlpool bathtub, living room with queen-size sofa bed, wet bar, dining table, entertainment center and even a baby grand piano.


The three decks of the ship's main restaurant are named for famous operas: Carmen, La Boheme and the Magic Flute, and feature themed decor including lavish opera costumes, a crystal chandelier and grand staircase. The food was excellent and service was friendly and lively.

Portofino ($20 charge) is an alternative, reservations required, Italian restaurant serving dishes from antipasto to tiramisu.

Johnny Rockets, the 50s-style diner with red booths, jukeboxes at the tables and Formica counters, was our favorite restaurant for lunch or a snack. They serve burgers, cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches and chili cheese fries, plus scrumptious milkshakes and malts. There is a $3.95 per person charge to eat at Johnny Rockets -- whether you eat in the restaurant or order for take-out. Beverages are available for an extra charge. Johnny Rockets has outdoor seating, but sit inside so you can catch the impromptu mini-shows put on by the waiters and cook.

The Windjammer Cafe on Deck 11 offers casual, buffet breakfast and lunch with panoramic ocean views. Casual dinners are served in its aft section, the Island Grill, also offering spectacular views.

Cafe Promenade on the Royal Promenade is a sidewalk cafe, great for people watching, that serves continental breakfast, sandwiches, pizza and pastries. Sprinkles is a free, 24-hour frozen yogurt station, next to Ben & Jerry's on the Royal Promenade. There is 24-hour room service including a breakfast menu with egg dishes. Full dining room menus for lunch and dinner are also available for in-cabin dining during restaurant hours.


The La Scala Theater is a state-of-the-art 1,350-seat show lounge inspired by the legendary theater in Milan, Italy. Sightlines are excellent. It sets the scene for Broadway-style production shows with a cast of 16 singers and dancers. The revues got enthusiastic standing ovations. The ice skating show is a must-see.

Things are jumping late into the night at The Vault, a two-level dance club with a futuristic theme. High Notes is the club housed in the Viking Crown Lounge where a quartet played jazz until the wee hours. The Rosario Strings, a classical trio, entertained in the main dining room and the piano bar. Pete Wickersham, a one-man-band, entertained in the British pub. For those who want to catch the big game, Scoreboard on the Royal Promenade and the 19th Hole in the Viking Crown Lounge area have satellite TV.

Fitness & Recreation

You can practice your figure eights in the ice skating rink, go in-line skating on the rollerblade track, play basketball, volleyball or paddle ball in the full-length sports court, climb to 200 feet over the sea in the rock-climbing wall, miniature golf, golf simulator, three pools, six whirlpools, and a jogging track (five times around equals a mile).

The ShipShape Center and Day Spa has 14 massage and treatment rooms; relaxation area with sea views; full-service beauty salon; ocean view workout area with stereo and TV monitors; 66 Reebok machines including 20 treadmills; free weights; and an aerobics area with wood-suspended floor, mirrored wall, two large-screen TV monitors and wrap-around windows. One of the spa's nicest features is its round hydrotherapy pool. The spa offers a full menu of exercise classes including various levels of aerobics (some classes have a $10 fee). Prices for treatments were on the high end -- a 50-minute massage and/or facial costs $120.

Adjacent to the spa is the Solarium with a pool and two whirlpools.

Public Areas

Voyager of the Seas' most compelling space is the Royal Promenade on Deck 5. It has the look and feel of an upscale shopping mall. There are designer boutiques, a sidewalk cafe, and a British-style pub.

The Royal Promenade is four decks high, longer than a football field and wider than three lanes of traffic. There are no windows, but it sets the scene for street entertainment and festive Mardi Gras-style parades -- complete with stilt walkers, a swaying inflatable dancer, streamers and confetti, and music from New Orleans, Rio and other cool places.

A $10-million art collection decorates the Promenade, 11-deck Centrum atrium, lounges and other public spaces. A notable piece in the Centrum atrium is The Dancer & The Tutu by Larry Kirkland, consisting of two integrated sculptures of stainless steel, aluminum cable, acrylic, glass and gold and silver leaf with transmitted lights.

Our favorite lounges were the nautical-inspired Schooner Bar, the Champagne Bar, and the Viking Crown Lounge up on deck 14 for panoramic views of the sea and port arrivals and departures. The Skylight Wedding Chapel is on the highest point of the ship located just above the Viking Crown Lounge.

The Aquarium Bar, whose tanks are filled with 56 tons of saltwater, was devoid of its beautiful tropical fish during our sailing as the tanks had undergone maintenance and it would be a couple of weeks before the fish could be returned to it, according to a crew member.

The Casino Royale has 300 slots and tables for blackjack, craps, roulette and Caribbean Stud Poker. Other public spaces include a two-story library/Internet Cafe (charge is 50 cents per minute; and Internet access is available in the cabins for $100 per cruise), card room, and conference center. There is no self-service laundry onboard, so pack accordingly if you want to avoid laundry service fees.


The ship's Adventure Ocean club rates as one of the finest children's facilities afloat with indoor and outdoor play areas. Indoors are computers, a rock-climbing wall, videos, Sony PlayStation systems, books, video arcade, crafts area and more, and outdoors the children have shuffleboard, deck checkers, tricycles and tic-tac-toe. Adventure Beach has a pirate ship splash pool and water slide. Teenagers have their own club and disco, Optix.

Royal Caribbean's Adventure Program is a free, year-round children's program for kids 3 (must be toilet-trained) to 17, organized into five age groups. "Edutainment" programs include Adventure Science with hands-on experiments such as Wacky Water Workshop, and Adventure Art by Crayola.

Group babysitting is available from 10pm - 1am in the Adventure Ocean center. Cost is $5 per hour per child. Children must be at least 3 years old and toilet trained. In-Cabin sitting is available through the Guest Relations Desk and must be booked at least 24 hours in advance. Children must be at least six months old. The charge is $8 per hour, in cash, for up to two children within the same family, and $20 per hour for a maximum of three children in the same family. There is a two-hour minimum requirement.

A soda package for children up to 18 years of age allows unlimited soft drinks (prices vary with cruise length; $20 for a seven-night cruise).

Expert Voyager of the Seas reviews are edited by Michelle, and provided by Ian and Cruise Critic.com, an award-winning cruise community. This objective information can help you choose just the right ship for your next cruise vacation.

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Cruise Ship Inspection Report
All passenger cruise ships arriving at US ports are subject to unannounced CDC inspection. Voyager of the Seas Score: 95

Cruise Critic: Voyager of the Seas
The Cruise Critic gives Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas a
4+-ribbon rating.

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