Voyager of the Seas Review

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Tiana Templeman
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The 3,258-passenger Voyager of the Seas is ideally suited to families with superb children's facilities catering to youngsters aged 6 months and up. However, there are things for cruisers of all ages to enjoy on this versatile ship. Plenty of sun decks and an ample number of pools lend themselves to fun in the sun. Relaxation can be found on one of the many deck chairs that line the top decks or in the serene surrounds of the Vitality Spa and Fitness Centre.

While this is an older vessel (it was built in 1999), Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas underwent a $97-million refurbishment in 2019. During the month and a half that it spent in dry dock, the vessel got some of the cruise line’s top family-friendly amenities, including the FlowRider surf simulator, The Perfect Storm duo of twin-racer waterslides, and Battle for the Planet laser tag. In addition, the spa and gym were updated, and new Inside and Balcony cabins were added.

The Voyager of the Seas Deck Plan Includes a Beautiful Royal Promenade

The layout of the Voyager of the Seas cruise ship allows for easy passenger flow. While there are only two elevator banks -- one forward, one midship -- public spaces are designed in a way that minimize the need to move between decks very often for most passengers. So, even if this is a large ship with a maximum capacity of 4,000 guests, foot traffic flows well and there’s generally enough seating for everyone on sun decks and bars. (If you’re wondering how big Voyager of the Seas actually is, the answer is 1,020 feet long, which is about the length of three soccer fields.)

The Royal Promenade on Deck 5 stretches from one end of the ship to the other, providing an enjoyable place to stroll and check out the action at the adjoining cafe, bars, shops, and boutiques. There are no windows, but it's always dazzlingly lit up and sets the scene for live bands during the day and dance parties at night.

Deck 11 on Voyager of the Seas is the heart of the action during the day on warm-weather itineraries, with two pools, the adult-only Solarium deck and pool, and the buffet. At night, most passengers move to the lower decks for dinner, drinks and shows. Most staterooms are between decks 6 and 12.

Voyager of the Seas cabins aren’t huge, but with so much fun to be had around the ship, you probably won't be in there much anyway. Combine affordable cabins with loads of free activities and an even number of complimentary and for-a-fee restaurants, and it's no surprise Voyager of the Seas is a hit with budget-conscious travelers. You don't need to spend a lot to have a great time onboard this ship.

Voyager of the Seas is bright and breezy and caters to a diverse range of cruisers with ease. With a focus on fun, socializing, and spending time together, it's a ship where the good times roll. Whether you are holidaying with the kids, cruising with friends, or seeking an entertaining getaway with your partner, this ship delivers.

Royal Caribbean COVID-19 Rules

For the most up-to-date testing, masking, and vaccination requirements aboard Voyager of the Seas, please refer to Royal Caribbean. You can also use Cruise Critic's guide to health requirements on the world’s major cruise lines as we know them.

Pros

Inside cabins have 'virtual balconies' offering ocean views in rooms that normally have none

Cons

No consistency in main dining room, service and food ranged from poor to excellent

Bottom Line

A good choice for anyone seeking a fun and active cruise experience

About

Passengers: 3258
Crew: 1176
Passenger to Crew: 2.77:1
Launched: 1998
Shore Excursions: 679

Inclusions

Included with your cruise fare:

  • · Meals in the main dining room and Windjammer Marketplace, as well as at Cafe Promenade; continental room service breakfast

  • Main theatre entertainment

  • Most activities and events, except as noted

  • Use of the fitness centre (and some classes), as well as the ice skating rink, sports court, water slides, FlowRider surf simulator, laser tag, mini-golf course, and rock climbing wall

  • The Adventure Ocean Kids Club (ages 3 to 17 years) up to 10 p.m.

  • Daily gratuities, only if you booked your cruise in Australia and New Zealand in AU and NZ dollars

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • · Onboard gratuities (amounts vary depending on cabin type)

  • 18 percent auto-gratuities applied to salon, spa and beverage purchases, as well as specialty dining reservations

  • Drinks excluding water, tea (including iced tea), basic coffee and selected juices from the Windjammer Marketplace buffet

  • Room Service, excluding continental breakfast

  • Most alternative dining venues

  • Spa and salon treatments

  • Most fitness classes in the gym, along with personal training

  • Activities like the behind-the-scenes ship tour, arcade games, arts and crafts, bingo, bottomless galley brunch and alcohol tastings

  • Shore excursions

  • Royal Babies and Tots Nursery

  • Kids Club programming after 10 p.m. in Adventure Ocean

  • Wi-Fi access and packages

  • Photos, artwork and retail shop purchases

Fellow Passengers

Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas appeals to a broad range of passengers of all ages -- but with one characteristic in common: this ship is designed for the activity-minded. It also attracts a high percentage of families. When sailing in Australia, which it does much of the year, the majority of passengers are locals.

Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas Dress Code

Daytime: Casual, with shorts and tees inside the ship and bathing suits and cover-ups on the pool deck.

Evening: Mostly casual except on 'formal' nights when men wear long pants and collared shirts and women are expected to dress up a bit; suits, sport jackets, and gowns are not required. The 'formal' dress standard is a suggestion rather than compulsory and not enforced.

Not permitted: Swimwear is only allowed in open deck and pool areas.

For more information, visit Cruise Line Dress Codes: Royal Caribbean.

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Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas departs from Venice, Piraeus, Piraeus, Laviron, Barcelona, Port Canaveral, Rome, Civitavecchia, Singapore, Brisbane, and Dubai

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Cruises on Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas start from $240 per person.
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An excellent family cruise

To conclude, my trip onboard the Voyager of the Seas was excellent and I would definitely sail with Royal Caribbean again.Read More
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couple2-5 Cruises

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this ship is very different than the original voyager

We sailed two years ago on the voyager during Christmas and new year weeks. It was a back to back cruise. It included a sauna and steam room.Read More
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Age 75s

Our First Transatlantic Cruise to Spain

The weather cooperated so that we didn't have rough seas but only a small amount of rocking. There were some beautiful sunsets on several nights.Read More
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Texorganist

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Age 81s

Overall a great experience

The mini golf, water slides, flow rider and climbing wall provided good activities for guests and weren't too crowded at any time. I do recommend Voyager of the Seas for a fun-filled vacation.Read More
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