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Voyager of the Seas

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Voyager of the Seas - St. John

Voyager of the Seas docked in St. John, Canada with a horse-drawn sightseeing carriage passing by.

(c) Susan Breslow Sardone

The Bottom Line

If your idea of a fun vacation is a floating hotel filled with a variety of things to do, entertainment to view, and food to savor, the mammoth Voyager of the Seas is for you.

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A marvel of engineering, Voyager of the Seas has a multi-story atrium overlooking an onboard shopping mall. Everything is bigger here, including the bi-level fitness center and spa. Voyager of the Seas even has its own ice-skating rink where skating all-stars put on a show—and so can you.

Pros

  • Wide range of onboard activities, including rock climbing, swimming, miniature golf
  • Voyager of the Seas features a genuinely friendly and helpful staff
  • Good food is abundant aboard the Voyager of the Seas

Cons

  • Passengers in far forward and aft cabins can expect to do a lot of walking on this huge ship
  • Voyager of the Seas accommodates 3,000+ passengers, so popular spots can get crowded
  • Slow computers in Internet cafe. In-room access requires a $70 cyberkit (not Mac compatible)

Description

  • Never a dull moment: Voyager of the Seas offers an impressive range of activities and entainment.
  • Large casino with friendly dealers (you might even win!) and frequent bingo and trivia games.
  • There is assigned seating at dinner, and there are a few tables for two.
  • Diners can also eat at the Italian restaurant ($20 extra per person) or the Windjammer buffet.
  • Guests span all ages. There are handicap accessible rooms. In-room minibar.
  • Cabin TV features TNT, Discovery Channel, ESPN, Cartoon Network, music videos, free and fee movies.
  • Eye-dazzling midnight buffet was the largest I've seen at sea and looked almost too good to eat.
  • When the ship is in port, couples can marry in the Skylight Chapel, which accommodates about 40.
  • For wedding info, contact Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines directly. Ship has an onboard florist.
  • Free entertainment ranges from musical production shows to a spectacular ice skating extravaganza.

Guide Review - Voyager of the Seas

We occupied a balcony cabin on the Voyager of the Seas recently and found the space and decor equal to most ships of this class. Beds can be configured as twins or a queen. While the mattresses are thin, sleep comes easily. There's ample closet and drawer space. The balcony fits two plastic chairs and a table with room to spare. The bathroom is well designed and features one of the best showers I've experienced on a ship, complete with hand-held nozzle. But there is no magnified makeup mirror, and shampoos and other travel-size sundries and bathrobes to use during the voyage are not provided. A hair-dryer is.

While there were only 63 children on the Voyager of the Seas when we sailed, expect many more onboard during school holidays and vacation times. Facilities for children include a large video arcade for kids of all ages.

Voyager of the Seas dining venues are less plentiful than on some other ships, but the main three-story, chandelier-lit dining room is lovely. We tried to eat at Johnny Rockets, the ship's '50s style diner, but there was a line to get in. Voyager of the Seas for-fee Italian restaurant is pretty, the food average. The informal (and free) Windjammer buffet, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, provides a variety of hot and cold selections. There's also a cafe that serves complimentary snacks. Ben & Jerry's ice cream, soda, alcohol, and designer coffees are available for a fee, but just about everything else is included on the Voyager of the Seas.

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