Built and entered into service for Royal Caribbean between 1999 and 2003, the five sisters of the Voyager Class fleet have become a cornerstone of the cruise line’s global operations. Alongside Voyager and Navigator, Explorer of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas cruise around five continents and sub-continents (Asia, Australasia, Europe, North America and South America), exploring almost innumerable countries and cities.
Entering into service just before the turn of the Millennium, the Voyager of the Seas was a landmark ship for Royal Caribbean and the cruising industry as a whole. As well as surpassing all previous cruise ships in size, the vessel included a wide range of world first features including the first ice rink and climbing wall at sea and the now-famous Royal Caribbean Royal Promenade – an area serving as the central focus of the ship hosting a range of shops and eateries.
The two youngest members of the Voyager Class, Navigator of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas, were treated to Royal Advantage upgrades in 2012, receiving a series of additional features such as surf simulators and virtual balconies – large-scale screens showing live footage of the exterior view for interior cabins.
Dedicated to family holidays, all the ships in the Voyager Class include a series of facilities and amenities to appeal to all age groups and tastes. From the nursery services for children aged six months and older, to the ‘Optix’ teen club all the way through the more sophisticated Schooner Bar – an intimate cocktail bar with a pianist and ambience to spare.
As well as offering exceptional family cruise holidays around the world, the Explorer of the Seas plays an important part in scientific research and marine biology. The ship is host to an atmospheric and oceanographic laboratory, operated by the University of Miami’s Rosentiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. The lab helps the school study the seas and marine life – a huge boon for the school and biological research in general.
Despite ships from the Freedom, Oasis and Quantum Classes now overtaking the Voyager Class vessels in terms of size, Royal Caribbean still trusts the five ships to undertake some of the most iconic and popular itineraries on offer.