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Voyager of the Seas refurbishment in 2019 has seen the ship emerge with refreshed cabins and new features including The Perfect Storm duo of racer waterslides, a new Vitality Spa, Battle for Planet Z laser tag, redesigned kids and teens spaces, and a new nursery for babies and tots. Our family sailed on Voyager of the Seas in 2014 when the ship came Down Under for the first time and debuted never before seen in Australia features such as the FlowRider surf simulator and virtual balcony cabins, and again after Voyager of the Seas’ refurbishment. Here’s our Voyager of the Seas review.

The Perfect Storm
FlowRider and The Perfect Storm

Voyager of the Seas Kids Clubs

Royal Caribbean has spent up big on the children’s spaces and it shows. We were travelling with a teen but inspected all of the kid’s areas on boarding day and heard plenty of exclamations of delight from parents and kids alike. We loved the whimsical design of Voyager of the Seas Adventure Ocean which has room for running around and free play. Children of different ages can also see each other, even if they’re in different groups, in this new area. The nursery was left out of the 2014 renovation at the last minute, but the new space was worth waiting for with a cheery look and lots of age appropriate toys.

Adventure Ocean
Voyager of the Seas Adventure Ocean (one half only, it’s huge)
Royal Babies & Tots
Voyager of the Seas Royal Babies and Tots Nursery

The new teen’s area on Voyager of the Seas, The Living Room, is accessed via a staircase beside the FlowRider and includes an outdoor lounge, dedicated gaming area and plenty of hangout spots. I’m guessing it was due to the small number of teens on our sailing, but there weren’t any teens activities scheduled apart from a teen air hockey tournament and a few late night teen FlowRider sessions.

The Living Room
Voyager of the Seas The Living Room
The Living Room
Voyager of the Seas The Living Room outdoor area

The Perfect Storm on Voyager of the Seas

The Perfect Storm racer slides have been cleverly selected to appeal to sliders of all ages with a low minimum height requirement and the option to ride fast or slow, depending on the position you choose. We enjoyed racing each other and other cruisers and the minimal wait times for a ride. Even if you don’t usually go on waterslides, these new additions to Voyager of the Seas are worth a try. The Perfect Storm joins the FlowRider surf simulator, rock-climbing wall and (renovated) mini-golf area, to round out the ship’s action-packed aft.

The Perfect Storm
Voyager of the Seas The Perfect Storm

Voyager of the Seas dining

While it may not be as exciting as laser tag, we were surprised Royal Caribbean didn’t create more fanfare around the appealing new design of Windjammer Marketplace. New banquettes and different table configurations have eased the overcrowding which was previously a problem at this complimentary venue. The new seating makes the buffet look more upmarket too.

The Main Dining Room was a bit hit and miss with regard to both food and service which ranged from poor to terrific. We found lunch here to be better than dinner, perhaps because it wasn’t as busy. We enjoyed the specialty restaurants on this sailing and thought they offered excellent value for money, particularly the discounted lunch at Giovanni’s Table on sea days. 

Main dining room dish
We enjoyed this Main Dining Room starter
Windjammer Marketplace
Windjammer Marketplace
Giovanni's Table
Lunch at Giovanni’s Table is a steal on sea days

Voyager of the Seas cabins

The existing cabins on Voyager of the Seas have been fitted with new carpet and curtains and are looking fresher. However, the bathrooms and décor (including the rather dated cabin artwork) remain the same. It’s a shame the existing cabins weren’t brought up to date in line with newer ships in the fleet during the refurbishment. Adding USB charging ports, for example, would have made a big difference to the in-cabin experience.

Voyager of the Seas cabin 2019
Voyager of the Seas cabin

For a newer cabin on Voyager of the Seas, book one of Voyager of the Seas new staterooms on Deck 11 or a new internal cabin on Deck 12, all of which are located in the forward section of the ship. If you want to save money by opting for an inside stateroom, Voyager of the Seas is the ship to do it on with the choice of a regular inside stateroom, one overlooking the Royal Promenade or an inside cabin with a virtual balcony with oceans views streamed live from the bridge.

Entrance to the new cabins
Entrance of the section with new cabins

Voyager of the Seas parade

There was no Royal Promenade parade on our Voyager of the Seas sailing which didn’t bother us but some kids (and older passengers) were disappointed. We loved the fun, heart pumping Zumba session which was held on sea days on the Royal Promenade.

Zumba on the Royal Promenade
Zumba on the Royal Promenade

Voyager of the Seas Vitalty Spa

If you are reluctant to pay for a spa treatment at sea, the Vitality Spa and Fitness Centre on Voyager of the Seas could change your mind. Everything at this large purpose built pampering and relaxation area at the aft of the ship is brand new, including the impressive gym which is one of the best we’ve seen on any ship. The gym has ocean views and an impressive array of cardio equipment including treadmills, upright and recumbent bikes, elliptical machines,  and strength training machines, as well as a free weight area. There is also a separate aerobics studio.

Voyager of the Seas gym
Voyager of the Seas gym

We loved the look of the spa’s dedicated pedicure area and salon, floaty relaxation lounge, and the treatment rooms which were spacious with an appealing contemporary design. I treated myself to a massage and it was one of the best I’ve had on a ship and didn’t come with a hard sell at the end. 

Voyager of the Seas spa
Voyager of the Seas spa treatment room

Voyager of the Seas Suite Lounge

The swish new suite lounge on Deck 14 next to the Viking Crown Lounge has deep crimson furnishings, tasteful jewel-bright colour accents and fancy signature light fittings. There’s also a cushy outdoor seating area which looked perfect for reading, relaxing and sunset cocktails.

Voyager of the Seas suite lounge
Voyager of the Seas suite lounge

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Voyager of the Seas suite lounge outdoor area
Voyager of the Seas suite lounge outdoor area

Voyager of the Seas Diamond Lounge

The attractive new Diamond Lounge looked great.  However, members of Royal Caribbean’s Crown & Anchor Society loyalty program might have to get in quick if they want a seat in this new area on Level 5. It’s lovely but very, very small. Fortunately, the adjacent Star Lounge was available to use as an overflow area for the hundreds of Diamond members on our extremely busy sailing. 

Voyager of the Seas FlowRider

We loved the FlowRider when it first came to Australia in 2014 and we were looking forward to boogie boarding again. We did get to do this but not as much as we would have liked. One thing we noticed on this cruise was that boogie boarding was only available for a few hours each day, in the dud timeslot of 12pm to 2pm, while those doing stand up got five hours each day. Kids under 132cm tall aren’t allowed to do stand up which made for big queues on some days during the boogie boarding session.

Voyager of the Seas Battle for Planet Z

You don’t need to book a spot for Battle for Planet Z but you will need closed toe shoes. We saw quite a few cruisers who hadn’t packed sneakers for their Aussie summer cruise being turned away. There’s no running allowed in the inflated glow in the dark Battle for Planet Z maze, so you don’t need to be particularly fit to enjoy this free laser tag experience. When passengers weren’t hunting down aliens and robots, the multi-purpose Studio B was transformed into an ice skating rink for passenger skate sessions and a thrilling high-energy ice show packed with music, colour and action. All these activities are free.

Battle for Planet Z
Battle for Planet Z

Other Voyager of the Seas renovation highlights

We loved the new furniture around the pools, especially the padded deckchairs and clamshell loungers which are big enough for two. There are new sunloungers throughout the other decks of the ship too.

Voyager of the Seas Solarium
Voyager of the Seas Solarium

Voyager of the Seas tips:

Get started on the FlowRider early in the cruise when it is quieter.
Bring socks if you want to try the climbing wall, Battle for Planet Z and/or ice-skating.
Get to the ice skating rink at the beginning of the session when the ice is smooth.
All staterooms have two twin beds that can be converted to a royal king.
Bring your own shampoo, conditioner and body wash instead of using the supplied 3-in-1 option.
Bring a US and/or European adapter as there are no Australian power points on the ship.

Disclosure: The writers travelled as guests of Royal Caribbean.

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Dr Tiana Templeman is an award-winning food and travel journalist, travel author and media industry academic. She is the creator of The Travel Temple, writes for Australian and international media outlets and appears on radio talking about where to go, what to see and travel industry trends.