Punctuated by two atria, Voyager of the Seas' most compelling space is the Royal Promenade on Deck 5 -- a horizontal atrium that has the look and feel of an upscale shopping mall. There are designer boutiques, a sidewalk cafe, a Ben & Jerry's ice cream counter, a British-style pub and sports bar and even a red Morgan sports car, which used to belong to Richard Fain, Royal Caribbean's chairman and CEO.
A fabulous space, 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's always dazzlingly lit up and sets the scene for dance parties at night.
A $10-million art collection graces 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 (a staple on Royal Caribbean ships), the intimate Champagne Bar (seating for 52) for a pre-dinner glass of bubbly, and the Viking Crown Lounge (with seating for 335) 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 (to echo the feelings of those using it?) 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 nearly 300 slots and tables for blackjack, craps, roulette and Caribbean Stud Poker. Internet access costs 65 cents a minute, or you can buy one of five packages of between 60 and 500 minutes for $35 to $150, respectively. The two-story library/Internet Cafe has a dozen computer stations, and Wi-Fi access is available at six onboard hotspots, including the Schooner Bar, Promenade Café and Solarium; unfortunately, Internet access is not available in cabins. Other public spaces include a card room, photo and art gallery, conference center and a movie theater hidden away on Deck 2. We would have liked to find a self-service launderette onboard, particularly in light of Voyager's new nine-night Caribbean itineraries, but alas there is none, so pack accordingly if you want to avoid laundry service fees.