In common with all small ships, the Voyager's shows are presented in a show lounge rather than a theatre. This means they are on a smaller scale than on the larger ships, but this is made up for by the exceptional talent of the Voyager Theatre Company. This group is by far the best 'show lounge' company we have ever seen. A small cast means that the dancers have to sing, and the singers have to dance, and this group of seven performers can multi-task brilliantly. The shows we saw on our three-night cruise are evidence of their versatility: "Musical Mania", excerpts from hit musicals; "Cowardy Custard", a highly sophisticated show featuring the words and music of Noel Coward; and "Highly Strung", with two virtuoso classical violinists and other musicians, and the theatre company performing routines from Argentine tango to Irish dance. Each show is an hour long, and there is a different show every night, even on longer cruises.
The Darwin Lounge is also the venue for lectures by authorities on various subjects, and every evening a ballroom dancing session with hosts David and Tilly Pye. The guest speaker on our cruise was Steve Ragnall, a member of the Society for Nautical Research and the Captain Cook Society, who has lectured on maritime history around the world. Port lecturer was Keith Pritchard, a former teacher who has spent time at various overseas universities, and calls on his own extensive travels to bring personal experience to his talks. A wide range of guest speakers is engaged for the variety of cruise destinations.
The entertainment team presides over the gentle Sea Stretch exercise session every morning, and there are fun activities such as golf putting, deck quoits, target golf, bean bag boules, Zumba fitness, and trivia quizzes every afternoon. There are also other daily exercise classes.
There's musical entertainment throughout the evening in various venues around the ship. There is no casino.
There is lively activity all round the ship in the evenings, but no overcrowding as there is plenty of space for everyone. The atmosphere is friendly and gives the feeling that everyone is having a good time without getting boisterous.
Lookout Lounge: Open from 10 a.m. to midnight, the new Lookout Lounge offers panoramic views from the front of the ship. Members of the theatre company provide musical entertainment early evening, and later there's Evening Trivia. There's a Lookout Lounge drink of the day at a special price between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Scott's Lounge: Open from 8 a.m. to late, this is the largest lounge and the focal point of much activity, including musical entertainment all evening from the show band, duo and soloists. Cocktails and mocktails of the day are advertised in the daily programme, for instance Guernsey Island (white rum, creme de banana, orange juice) at £3.80, and Pink Panther (orange juice, cranberry juice, dash of grenadine) at £3.25. Afternoon specials include Greyhound (vodka and grapefruit) at £3.
Lido Bar: Open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., weather permitting, serving drinks by the pool.
Sunset Club: Open from 9 p.m. until late, this delightful small nightclub is very well patronised, with Evening Sounds performed daily by one of the singers from the theatre company. There are meetings organised for single travellers in both the Sunset Club and Scott's Lounge.
There is one large pool on the Bridge Deck, with two hot tubs. On each side are tables and chairs, where passengers can have food and drink from the adjoining Veranda restaurant. The swimming pool is emptied each evening as a safety precaution, and filled with sea water each morning, weather permitting.
Above the pool is the Sun Deck. Covered with artificial turf, it's a large area with plenty of sun loungers that are comfortable and well-spaced.
The library on Deck 5 is absolutely luxurious, with deep leather sofas and a wide selection of biography, reference works and fiction. Quiz sheets are left out every day in the library, to fill in at leisure. A selection of games, playing cards and jigsaw puzzles is available 24 hours a day. There is a shore excursion desk, a reception desk, and a small but well stocked shop selling a selection of gifts, clothes, jewellery and small necessities such as toiletries. The shop is open while the ship is at sea. A laundry and dry cleaning service can be ordered from the cabins. Newly installed on Deck 5 is an Internet hub with computers.
The Atlantis Spa on the Promenade Deck offers packages for men and women, including hair services, nail bar, facial and eye treatments, massage and body treatments. Prices range from £25to £35 for a wash and set/blow dry (women) or wash and blow dry £15 (men) to a Thalgomince anti-cellulite massage for £86. A 60-minute classic full body massage is £60and body peeling treatment £25. There's also a sauna.
The Fitness Centre is located on the Bridge Deck and is equipped with a wide variety of exercise machines, including treadmills, cross trainers, bicycles and weight machines. Use of the machines is unsupervised and at the passengers' own risk.
Voyager is an adults-only ship and there are no children's facilities.