Activities & Entertainment Galore On Voyager Of The Seas
I hadn’t been on a ship as big as Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas, so I was looking forward to the experience.
The embarkation process was straightforward (with the help of the always-friendly Overseas Passenger Terminal staff) and quicker than anticipated.
I first spent some time exploring the different decks and getting my bearings. At 1pm (check-in time) I went to find my cabin and was met with modern decor, a compact and functional bathroom, plenty of storage for clothes and suitcases, and a beautiful private balcony equipped with two lounge chairs and table (easily the highlight).
That first evening we met for the Sail Away party with cocktails in hand. We were lucky enough to be docked in Sydney Harbour with Explorer of the Seas for the first time ever. As we sailed past Explorer there was much cheering and flag waving from passengers on both ships, accompanied by the ships' horns. The atmosphere was set. We were in for an exciting cruise.
Day two was the first official sea day. I took the opportunity to explore the ship's establishments and activities. Lunch was had at specialty restaurant, Johnny Rockets, where the staff complemented delicious food with singing and dancing.
That afternoon we watched Royal Caribbean's ice-skating show, Ice Odyssey – an incredible spectacle, which made me forget for a moment that I was on a cruise ship.
Over the next few days we made the most of our time on the ship, trying as much as possible. Although it was too chilly to swim, I admired the passengers attempting to surf the FlowRider simulator, exclusive to Royal Caribbean.
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In addition there were plenty of sporting facilities on board including table tennis, rock climbing wall, mini golf, a basketball court, jogging track and the ice skating rink.
The Promenade was one of the more popular places to hang out, boasting Ben & Jerry's ice cream, an Irish pub, daily shopping deals in the boutiques (promoted in the Cruise Compass), and regular DreamWorks parades with fan-favourite characters such as Shrek, Donkey, King Julien, and Alex the Lion.
Hanging around the pool provided a lot of fun, but whenever I felt like taking it easy for a few hours there were pool-side movies to watch (shown a few times a day).
I also enjoyed the talent and variety of the evening entertainment in the main theatre. Whether it was a Broadway-style show by the ship’s singers and dancers, a comedian or a Mo-town show, there was something for everyone.
We spent our last night in style by dining in Izumi, the Japanese specialty restaurant. The decor was fresh and modern, but the highlight was the food. From sushi and traditional hot stone, to cooking your own food, everyone was in for a treat.
Overall, I had a fantastic experience on Voyager of the Seas. It’s incredible to see the types of facilities and activities that Royal Caribbean are putting on their ships! It’s a perfect fit for someone that likes lots to do on a cruise, or for a family with children of any age.
Words by Sarah Hewitt, Cruise Specialist, Cruiseabout Hobart
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