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The Royal Caribbean Voyager Of The Seas: A Huffington Post Travel Cruise Ship Guide

08/22/2011 10:51 am ET | Updated Oct 05, 2011

The Voyager of the Seas is a popular floating resort. The waters are crowded with sea-worthy vessels, so to make planning easier, we've done all the prep work for a cruise vacation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on cruise ships, here is a tip sheet offering all the key information one could ever need to know about the Voyager of the Seas.

Destination Paradise

Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas sails to the Caribbean, Adriatic and Mediteranean seas. The ship makes a transatlantic trip. However, with a width of 158 feet, the ship is much too large to fit through the Panama Canal.

Grand Ship

When the Voyager of the Seas launched in 1999, it was the largest cruise ship in the world. Built to a whopping 1,557 feet long, this 142,000-ton ship was the first of Royal Caribbean's Voyager-class ships. The Voyager class continues to be a luxurious draw for the Royal Caribbean Line.

Special Features

The Voyager of the Seas has many luxury features one might expect on a cruise ship, such as a casino, children's activities and even a mall. But the Voyager also boasts activities not typically associated with cruise travel, including a rock-climbing wall, a skating rink and its own TV studio.

Accommodations

Many of the Voyager of the Seas rooms are outside cabins. Even many of the inside staterooms have windows that look out over the atrium or other interior vistas. The rooms are decorated in soft pastel tones with light-colored wood. Designed with families in mind, the ship offers a 610-square-foot suite with two rooms.

Cost

Cruise prices vary depending on the length, destination and time of year. Cruises on the Voyager of the Seas start at $499 per person for an inside cabin for a three-night cruise to the Bahamas. However, an eight-night cruise on the Mediterranean can cost as much as $2,119.

Excursions

Several Voyager of the Seas passengers recommended the fishing expedition off Bermuda. One passenger didn't catch much, while another excusion was very lucky. But both enjoyed the sea air and the expertise of the guides.

Dining Experience

The main restaurant on the Voyager of the Seas is a triple-deck space, with each level offering a different class of dining experience. In addition, the Lido buffet is open virtually around the clock. Specialty restaurants range from Portofino, an Italian-themed fine-dining experience, to Johnny Rockets, a burger-and-shake joint. Royal Caribbean offers 24-hour room service.

Maiden Voyage

Voyager of the Seas was launched November 1999. The ship's "godmother" is Olympic gold medalist Katarina Witt. The figure skater was the perfect choice for a ship with an ice skating rink.

In The News

USA Today reported that Royal Caribbean will change the home port of the Voyager of the Seas to Shanghai for the summer of 2012. This move is intended to accommodate the growing Chinese cruise market.

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