Voyager of the Seas
Voyager of the Seas / Royal Caribbean International
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Rock Wall
Rock Wall / Royal Caribbean International
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Café Promenade
Café Promenade / Royal Caribbean International
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Main Dining Room
Main Dining Room / Royal Caribbean International
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Balcony Stateroom
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Voyager of the Seas

Our Ship Review
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger

This 3,602-guest Royal Caribbean ship was groundbreaking at its 1999 debut for its size and breadth of onboard activities, including the first ice-skating rink and rock-climbing wall at sea. The message, heard by other lines as well, was clear: Cruising doesn’t have to be a sedate experience.

As Royal Caribbean continued to expand with ever-larger ships in the Freedom, Oasis, and Quantum classes, the cruise line began to “Amplify” its older ships with features and activities available on its new ships. In 2019, Voyager of the Seas (the first of four Voyager-class ships that also include Explorer of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas, and Navigator of the Seas) underwent a $97 million refurbishment that added the following: the Perfect Storm waterslides, Battle for Planet Z laser tag, a revamped Main Dining Room, a significantly upgraded Vitality Spa with an inviting relaxation area, refreshed kids and teens spaces, a new nursery for babies and toddlers, and 72 new Inside and Balcony staterooms.

What We Love

The Redesigned Kids and Teen Spaces: A true vacation for mom and dad means having a little break to enjoy adult time — and the improved Adventure Ocean kids club venues and the cool Living Room teen hangout space on this ship mean younger cruisers will love making new friends there, allowing parents to drop off the kiddos for several hours of supervised fun. 

Activity Options: In addition to ice-skating and rock climbing, you can get an adrenaline rush from the Typhoon and Cyclone corkscrew racing slides, challenge your tweens and teens to a game of laser tag, hit the full-size basketball court, play miniature golf on the renovated Voyager Dunes course, and learn to surf on FlowRider. Get a workout of a different sort in the huge casino, packed with gaming tables and nearly 300 slot machines.

Best Known For

Its Main Street: On the Royal Promenade — long as a football field and wide as several lanes of traffic — you can sip lattes and martinis, dance, participate in parades, and shop for duty-free deals. It’s better than the main drag in some towns.

A Large Choice of Staterooms: There are categories for all tastes and budgets, including the oddities of cabins overlooking the Royal Promenade (rather than the sea) and Inside Staterooms with virtual balconies, where you watch a live video feed of the ocean rather than the real thing.

Who It's Best For

Multigenerational Families: There’s stuff for everyone to do, from babies to Grandma (who, if she's not into surfing, may enjoy hanging out in the adults-only Solarium pool). 

Party-Hearty Types: This is a ship where you can literally dance the night away, including at the Latin-themed Boleros.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

It’s Still a Big Ship: Directional signage helps, but it’s not the easiest ship to navigate. You may feel like you’re walking a mile at times, and you really are.

Dining is Somewhat Limited: For a ship that carries more than 3,500 guests, the restaurant selection is pretty limited. There are three complimentary choices (the Main Dining Room, Windjammer Café, and Café Promenade) and three extra-charge specialty restaurants (Chops Grille for steakhouse specialties, Giovanni’s Table for Italian classics, and Izumi for sushi and other Japanese dishes), plus the Chef’s Table dining experience and room service. 

Fran Golden
Deal Expert / Travel Blogger