Voyager-class cruise ship
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Adventure of the Seas docked at Saint Croix
|Builders:||Kværner Masa-Yards Turku New Shipyard, Finland|
|Operators:||Royal Caribbean International|
|Preceded by:||Vision class|
|Succeeded by:||Radiance class|
|Length:||1,021.40 ft (311.32 m)|
|Beam:||157.50 ft (48.01 m)|
|Draft:||29 ft (8.8 m)|
The Voyager class refers to a design of post-Panamax cruise ships owned and operated by Royal Caribbean International cruiselines. The Voyager class ships were built at Kværner Masa-Yards Turku New Shipyard, Finland. These ships include a 350-foot (110 m) indoor mall known as the Royal Promenade, featuring indoor pubs, shops, cafes, and bars. Activity options on all five ships board include a basketball court, at least 3 pools, a mini-golf course, a rock wall, an ice skating rink and, originally, an inline skating track.
In 2012, Mariner of the Seas received the "Royal Advantage" upgrades, including an outdoor movie screen, digital signage, ship-wide Wifi, new Concierge and Diamond lounges, and the changeover of the Portofino restaurant to the Giovanni's Table concept first introduced on the Oasis class cruise ships. These same upgrades were added to Adventure of the Seas in 2014. Navigator of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas replaced the inline skating track with a Flowrider surf simulator in 2014, and similar upgrades are planned for Explorer of the Seas.
Voyager-class ships have a diesel-electric powertrain. They are powered by six Wärtsilä Vasa 46 diesel engines, giving a total output of 75,600 kW. The generated electric power drives three 14 MW ABB Azipod azimuth thrusters (two steerable and one fixed).
The Voyager class featured some world firsts for cruise ships when it debuted, including the first rock climbing wall (mounted on the funnel) and ice-skating rink at sea. Voyager-class ships also feature the Royal Promenade: a marble floored street stretching just over 3/4 the length of the ship featuring shops and light dining venues. The Royal Promenade extends through the upper decks of the ships, giving most upper level cabins a window, either to the port or starboard side or inwards to the promenade. This design was first used in the cruiseferry Silja Serenade in 1990 and its twin ship, Silja Symphony in 1991.
All cabins on Voyager-class ships feature an en-suite bathrooms and an innovative interactive television service, and most outward facing cabins on the upper decks feature balconies.
Navigator of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas make up the second generation of Voyager-class vessels. Major differences include a larger Windjammer buffet area, which extends out over the aft of the ship, and the addition of the "Jade" Asian fusion buffet. The second-generation ships also feature glass balconies that extend out from the side of the ship, while the first-generation ships had metal-walled balconies recessed into the superstructure. In addition, the saltwater aquarium in the first-generation Schooner Bar was replaced with a piano and additional seating. These design changes were carried over to the later Freedom class.
|Ship||Year Built||Entered service
with Royal Caribbean
|Gross tonnage||Home Port (As of May 2013[update])||Notes||Image|
|Voyager of the Seas||1999||November 21, 1999||137,276||Sydney, Australia
|Voyager of the Seas was the largest cruise ship in the world when built, was the first ship to have an ice rink at sea, and was the first to have Royal Caribbean's now iconic Royal Promenade.|
|Explorer of the Seas||2000||October 28, 2000||137,308||Southampton, Hampshire, UK||Moved to Port Canaveral, Florida, in November 2014. Moved to Southampton, Hampshire, in April 2015. Has built-in atmospheric and oceanographic laboratory operated by the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.|
|Adventure of the Seas||2001||November 18, 2001||137,276||San Juan, Puerto Rico
Southampton, Hampshire, UK
|Received "Royal Advantage" upgrades in 2014|
|Navigator of the Seas||2002||December 14, 2002||139,570||Galveston, Texas, U.S.||First of the second generation of Voyager-class vessels. Received "Royal Advantage" upgrades, "virtual balconies", a flowrider, and 81 new staterooms in January 2014 drydock refurbishment. Moves to Port Everglades, Florida in November 2015.|
|Mariner of the Seas||2003||November 16, 2003||138,279||Shanghai, China
|Received "Royal Advantage" upgrades April 2012|
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- "Navigator of the Seas (22759)". DNV Exchange. Det Norske Veritas. Retrieved 2012-07-17.
- "ROYAL CARIBBEAN'S NEWLY REVITALIZED NAVIGATOR OF THE SEAS TO WOW GALVESTON WITH YEAR-ROUND SAILINGS STARTING WINTER 2013". Royal Caribbean Press Center. Royal Caribbean International. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
- "ROYAL CARIBBEAN ANNOUNCES 2015-16 DEPLOYMENT FOR NEW YORK AND GALVESTON". Royal Caribbean Press Center. Royal Caribbean International. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
- Royal Caribbean's factsheet on the Voyager-class
- Voyager-Class.com - the largest online resource for information & pictures of the Voyager-class ships
- RCIfan.com, an RCI Fan site.
- Official Navigator of the Seas website