The Voyager of the Seas

Sailing Date: October 15, 2000 through October 22, 2000
Itinerary: Port of Miami to Labadee, Haiti;Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Cozumel, MX
Maiden Voyage
1999
  Passenger Capicity (dbl)
3,114
Tonnage
142,000
  Space Ratio/Passenger
45.6 ft/pass
Length
1,020 feet
  Normal Crew Size
1,176
Beam
127 feet
  Crew Nationality
Intnl.
Draft
29 feet
  Nationality of Officers
Norwegian
Registration Country
Liberia
  Crew Nationality
International
     I guess I want to begin with the stateroom. We could have cruised aboard the Voyager for $899/pp - this included port costs but does NOT include airfare. The accommodations would have been an outside stateroom (with window) on decks 1, 2 or 3. The staterooms in this class are small but very adequate. We chose to upgrade to a Category C - which was impossible to find a picture of prior to cruising. So, we took a few pictures of the Category C stateroom and you can see them for yourself. This category cost me $1,299/PP so we paid a total of $800 more for the "suite" category. There is a smaller "suite" - Category D - but I promise you, the "C" is wonderful. We even had a walk-in closet which is larger than the one we have at home. The balcony was 69 sq. feet - furnished with table, two chairs and a lounge chair - the stateroom was upwards of 277 sq. ft. with glass sliding doors ceiling to floor, wall to wall -- wonderful for sitting out early in the morning and late at night. Imagine the entire end of your suite being all glass and affording you a breathtaking view of the ocean -- it was well worth the extra money.
     The glass sliding doors expanded the entire end of our stateroom - all glass - and the curtains were layered - white sheers for diverting the sun (if you wanted to) and then lined-drapes to totally block out the light - heck, it was better than the drapes the hotels in Las Vegas use to darken rooms. We had a mini-bar which I protested initially as I wanted the use of the refrigerator, instead. Our cabin steward, however, assured me he would be delighted to "empty" the mini-bar so we could use the refrigerator. I -rethought- that option and told myself that I could afford the mini-bar if I could afford the stateroom - until Wednesday when I looked at the cost of the cashews - $6.99 per jar - so by Wednesday we had eaten $14 in "NUTS". *LOL* Well, we learn as we go, don't we!
This is the largest cruise ship in the world - well, besides her sister-ship. In excess of 142,000 tons and over 45 sq. ft. per person - incredible! And here is husband Jack enjoying a stroll on the beach at Labadee. This beach is available to Royal Caribbean cruise ships only! Lovely beach.
So many lounges - too many to count. The 19th Hole is on the 14th level (deck) - the view is breathtaking - and a fun place to hangout.

This is a view we had from a lounge on deck 14 - there were two large swimming pools below. Always lots of activities going on including a band playing continuously.

But here is Jack at the Casino Royal - looking for the blackjack table, eh? This is the largest casino afloat - it's absolutely beautiful - and you can win here, as well!! In the far back you will see an 18 hole miniature golf course - there is also a full-sized basketball court and the rock wall for climbing along with in-line skating track.
Most of the elevators are "glassed" and overlook the promenade. This area is approximately 9 decks high and affords you a spectacular view - of the center of the ship. The carpet on the elevator floors is changed daily for each day of the week. You just look down and you won't forget which day it is!

Ah, the fun to be had at the Pig & Whistle. A great gathering place on the promenade with tables in the "street". Friendships were formed here.The decor changed everyday. Here you see the Flags of Nations theme. A new theme for each day.

There is fun and there are surprises right up until you get back to your stateroom to settle in for the night. The cabin steward who you will never find, seems to sneak into your stateroom while you are at dinner and turns down your bed and creates these great little towel creatures that are always fun to see. Usually these little creatures are holding your chocolate mint or, in the case below, reading a book. Now how'd he do that?
Magic Towels
Magic Towels

     So, what else is there to talk about? The entire Royal Caribbean voyager class of ships. Words can't really describe the concept Royal Caribbean has developed. They are more than accommodating aboard this ship. The food, well, depends on what you want. We don't like the "formal" dining atmosphere although the dining rooms aboard this ship are gorgeous with their chandeliers and gracious staircases. Alternative dining is available in several areas although times are not 24-hours a day. The room service menu is not great. You can order your dinner in your stateroom through room service but you must order before 9:00 pm (as we learned - too late). There is a little "cafe" on the Promenade that is open 24-hours a day serving pizza and sandwiches along with WONDERFUL pastries and cookies.
     The casino - ah yes - the casino. And you can actually win in this casino! We saw many BIG hits on the video poker machines and hubby, who plays blackjack at the tables, although he worked "very hard", managed to come away a winner after 7 days. (A winner in our book is someone who comes away with as much as or a little more than what he boarded with.)
      The shows - pretty good. One of our table companions was one of the dancers in the show. She was delightful as was her sister. The shows were a bit better than those aboard the Carnival ships and NCL - they do have entertainers from the outside that they fly into ports and pickup. I had read that the Osmond Brother's were frequent entertainers aboard the ship but they were not scheduled for our trip. I believe the absolute best show we saw was that of RAIN - impersonators of the Beatles. Now I'm not a Beatles fan - but I've got to tell you, this show is great. It was like being at a live Beatle's concert. They draw the audience into the show and before you know it, you are up and dancing and singing.
     The cruise director - Jeffrey Arpin - absolutely tops in his field. We have cruised about 30 cruises and never have we seen a more dynamic personality in this position. He was absolutely everywhere and very sociable. It was apparent he loved his job and this reflected in his "work". We have learned how important a cruise director can be in adding to a cruise - and he was the absolute best of the best. The captain, Tor Isak Olsen, Icelandic I believe - lives in North Carolina, actually, with his family. He made himself very visible and was quite friendly, as well. We were able to understand all of his announcements - and, I might add, I think he enjoyed making announcements as we heard from him more than we have heard from any ships' captain. The cruise director will change aboard ships periodically but if you want to find him I suspect you could contact Royal Caribbean and see which ship he is the cruise director of -- and perhaps lean towards that ship -- depending on the itinerary. It would be worth it. He is great.
     So, if you are looking to get away from kids, well, I suggest you go at a time of year when "most" kids would be in school. We thought we had picked that time of year but we were wrong. Preteens need more supervision. Parents let them run wild and they have a tendency to play in the elevators (tying them up), run up and down the stairways (making it dangerous), and generally, being rude. It's hard to believe parents allow such behavior of their children at home. There are programs for the kids but when the kid's time is not fully occupied with adult supervision, they go "crazy".
 

Here is a short web album of the cruise....

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