The Prodigal Voyager Returns

Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 |
Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas has already spent one summer season in the waters of the South Pacific, and this November it returns to its second home to cruise out of Sydney to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.

When built in 1999, the Voyager of the Seas was the world's biggest cruise ship. Now overtaken by the Allure and Oasis of the Seas, it is still the biggest ship to be based down under, a monster at 137,000 tonnes and carrying 3,800 passengers and 1,200 crew. It is one of the few ships too big to fit under the Sydney Harbour Bridge and is home to an ice-skating rink, a 1,350-seat theatre, mini-golf, rock climbing and many restaurants, swimming pools, shops and other facilities.

Voyager of the Seas

The Pool Deck

The Voyager has some great itineraries lined up for summer 2013/2014. There are some circumnavigations of New Zealand, plenty of tropical South Pacific voyages and a trip down south to Melbourne, Hobart and Adelaide. Royal Caribbean are learning what's what in the Australasian cruising market, and are making adjustments to Voyager of the Seas accordingly. Cruise Director Luke Arrowsmith told the Sydney Morning Herald that they put out fewer deck chairs for activity-loving Aussies and Kiwis: "Brits like to spend all day lying in the sun but Australians don't. But they do like to have a barbecue out on the deck so we'll do that." Sounds like they have us figured out!

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