If you sailed on the Voyager of the Seas during her inaugural year but not since, you would be glad to know that, fresh, after a two-week dry dock in May, 2004, the ship is sparkling and looks
like new. Little has changed on board: Spinners, the site of a revolving arcade and four-deck-high roulette tower on the Royal Promenade, was underused and replaced with a
perfume shop. A Ben & Jerry's shop has been added recently, also on the Royal Promenade. Otherwise, everything else is as it used to be in 1999.
The biggest novelty is a new seasonal homeport. Beginning this spring, many Voyager of the Seas passengers in the Northeast are able to drive to their cruise from May through October,
when the ship sails alternating five-night Canada and nine-night Western Caribbean itineraries out of the new Cape Liberty cruise port in Bayonne, New Jersey (Bermuda will replace Canada in 2005). The rest of the year, the Voyager of the Seas offers alternating seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean voyages out of Miami.
One of the peculiarities of the Voyager ship is its fast monohull concept. People of any age group will feel themselves very comfortable and never bored aboard the Voyager ship. The child's tender years would be spent having hamburgers at Johnny Rockets, playing miniature golf, skating on the ice rink and taking an occasional trip to the library. When the teen-age years approach, she is hanging with the boys at Optix Teen Center, going for dates at Sprinkles Ice Cream Parlor and dancing the night away at The Vault Disco. As she gets older, she would strike up a shipboard romance, while lying oiled and sizzling at the pool, get married at the Skylight Wedding Chapel, then spend the honeymoon-all to its turn. Afterwards, she would start her own business, which she would run from the largest business center at the sea, equipped with tele-video conferencing, slide projectors, VCRs and flip charts. After eating eight meals a day, she would be concerned about her flabby waistline and head to the spa to walk on a treadmill with an ocean view. She would also take up golf on the nine-hole course.
At 42, she would have a midlife crisis and briefly take on a new job as a juggler in the twenty four hour street fair in the four-story Royal Promenade-the pride and glory of the Voyager ship. As the golden years approach, she would throw a retirement party in one of the five public dining rooms (where they go through three thousand pieces of lobster and five thousand bottles of wine every week).
As the sun is painting a rosy glow over the Caribbean Sea, she would head to the thousand and three hundred and fifty seat La Scala Theater, where she would watch a now silver-haired Rita Rudner reminisce about the good old days. The last, but not the least thing to be mentioned, is that the Voyager ship offers a wide range of entertaining activities and splendid services at quite low rates, compared to those of other cruise liners of the kind. All this together makes it so attractive for holidaymakers, who are fond of sea trips and they choose the Voyager ship again and again, being sure that they will have a great time.