Voyager of the Seas
After packing our overnight bag for a “Sampler” (travel industry term for a one night sail on a big cruise ship) we excitedly headed to the Sydney Overseas Terminal to board for 24 hours on the largest cruise ship to ever call Australia home: Royal Caribbean’s “Voyager of the Seas” . It has been described as a floating city and that is a great description! You could easily float around on your holiday and never need to leave the ship, with shops, 14 bars and restaurants, 10 pools and whirpools, ice skating and a signature rock-climbing wall out on the top deck.
If you want a little pampering whilst on your cruise, (sadly we didn’t have time) the Vitality Spa offers more than 100 spa treatments on board. State-of-the-art Fitness Centre, with classes including yoga and Tai chi.
Don’t forget if you want a spot of golf with sea air and sunshine you can head up to “Voyager Dunes” the mini-golf course on the upper decks. The ship is so large it can carry 3,800 passengers and when it was built in 1999 it was the rated the biggest ship in the world!
Sadly we were not the only ones with the idea of getting on board early to make the most of our “Sampler” and a two hour wait to board nearly tested our patience but once we were on board with a blue cocktail in hand up on the top deck overlooking Sydney we knew it was worth the wait. Where else can you look down over the Opera House with a drink in hand and the sun on your face?
“Voyager will be based in Australia for this summer and will conduct cruises to the South Pacific and New Zealand from its new home base. Fares start from at $1800 for an inside cabin, but some suites cost more than $10,000 and once that covers most things on board including meals, entertainment (broadway style shows and movies etc) as well as live entertainment in the bars and lounges.
We found ourselves at the Pig and Whistle English Style bar with a guy on the guitar that had us all singing along and cutting up the dance floor till the wee hours. Luckily for us the drinks are reasonably priced and staff are plentiful so we never needed to wait long for a drink even though the ship was full to capacity with revellers enjoying the one night of fun on the seas.
You are spoilt for choice in the dining options with Main Dining Room with complimentary, multi-course dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as more complimentary options including the Windjammer Café, Jade Sushi and Asian-fusion cuisine, Café Promenade for coffee and pastries/snacks and room service as casual dining and snacks at Johnny Rockets and Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. What else could you want?
If you want a no fuss holiday, all your food and drinks within easy reach, comfortable beds and not having to unpack your bags then a cruise is definitely for you! Grab some friends or family and hit the high seas this summer!
Go to www.cruiseguru.com.au to book your summer high seas adventure!