At the time of its construction and maiden voyage in late 1999, cruise industry pundits said Voyager of the Seas would be the largest cruise ship ever built. What’s more, its owner and operator Royal Caribbean were convinced that the well established market in the Caribbean would be the only one stable enough to keep a ship of its size consistently full.
Fast forward to late 2012 and when the 3,800-passenger ship arrived in Australia, these same pundits said the Australian market had reached its ceiling and would have its work cut out for it to keep a ship the size of Voyager of the Seas visiting regularly and sailing full.
Now, five seasons later, not only is this vessel one of the firmest favourites among Aussie travellers, the ship has come back to spend the summer here every year since. And, proving the pundits wrong again, it turns out the ceiling had not been reached, as even bigger ships are now based in Sydney for extended periods of time.
As if further proof was needed, Voyager of the Seas has also been significantly renovated at least once in the five summer seasons it has spent here, including one particular noteworthy feature about its lowest-tiered stateroom category. There is a huge variety of cabins and spaces for you to rest your head at the end of each day. Let’s take a look at these here.