Celebrating the gamechanging Voyager of the Seas®
20 years ago last week, Voyager of the Seas set sail for its maiden voyage on November 21, 1999. Let’s raise a glass to one of our original and best-loved gamechangers!
Not only did Voyager Class debut the largest, most expensive, cruise ship of its time with the 142,000-ton, $700 million Voyager of the Seas, but it also introduced many cruising firsts – and was celebrated across news outlets as the most revolutionary cruise ship ever built.
One big source of amazement was the first-ever Royal Promenade, a long, multi-level atrium lined with shops and restaurants down the middle of the ship. Also making headlines at the time was the first-ever rock-climbing wall at sea, first basketball court at sea, and an unbelievable ice skating rink right in the middle of the ocean. All of these features are now classics that you find on most of our ships today. On the technical side, Voyager of the Seas was also the first ship to rely on the azipod technology that still powers ships today.
With a passenger capacity of 3,114, the “megaship” Voyager of the Seas had the highest space-per-guest ratio in the 1999 cruise market – with enhanced staterooms, expanded dining options and exceptional recreational facilities, plus the largest floating casino of its time.
In November 2014, while holding the title of Asia’s largest cruise ship, Voyager of the Seas got a complete makeover that included the region’s first FlowRider surfing simulator at sea.
Voyager of the Seas just came out of its Amplified dry dock and now has more new features to take her through the years of adventure ahead: The Perfect Storm water slides, Battle for Planet Z laser tag, and more.