Voyager-class cruise ship

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Adventure of the Seas docked at Saint Croix
Class overview
Builders: Kværner Masa-Yards Turku New Shipyard, Finland
Operators: Royal Caribbean International
Preceded by: Vision class
Succeeded by: Radiance class
Built: 1999-2003
Completed: 5 ships
Active: 5 ships
General characteristics
Type: Cruise ship
Tonnage: 138,000 GT
Displacement: 68,000 tons
Length: 1,021.40 ft (311.32 m)
Beam: 157.50 ft (48.01 m)
Draft: 29 ft (8.8 m)
Decks: 15
Speed: 22 kn (41 km/h; 25 mph)
Capacity: 3,114 passengers
Crew: 1,185

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 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, Voyager of the Seas, and Explorer of the Seas replaced their inline skating tracks with Flowrider surf simulators in 2014 and 2015.[1]

Design[edit]

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.[2] The generated electric power drives three 14 MW ABB Azipod azimuth thrusters (two steerable and one fixed).[2]

The Voyager class featured some world firsts for cruise ships when it debuted, including the first rock climbing wall[3] (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.

At 139,570 gross tons, Navigator of the Seas is the eighteenth largest passenger ship at sea as of 2016.

Ships[edit]

Ship Year Built Entered service
with Royal Caribbean
Gross tonnage Homeport (as of March 2016) Notes Image
Voyager of the Seas 1999 21 November 1999 138,194[4] Sydney, Australia
Shanghai, China
Tianjin, China
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. Received "Royal Advantage" upgrades, "virtual balconies", a flowrider, and new staterooms during an April 2015 drydock refurbishment.[5]
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Explorer of the Seas 2000 28 October 2000 138,194[6] Seattle, WA
Sydney, Australia
Has built-in atmospheric and oceanographic laboratory operated by the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Received "Royal Advantage" upgrades, "virtual balconies", a flowrider, and 86 new staterooms during an April 2015 drydock refurbishment.[7]
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Adventure of the Seas 2001 18 November 2001 137,276[8] San Juan, Puerto Rico Received "Royal Advantage" upgrades in 2014. Will receive upgrades including a water park and flowrider in December 2016.[9]
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Navigator of the Seas 2002 14 December 2002 139,570[10] Southampton, England
Miami, Florida
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.[11] Moved to Miami, Florida in November 2016.[12]
Navigator of The Seas at Linnahall 10 June 2007 (cropped).jpg
Mariner of the Seas 2003 16 November 2003 138,279[13] Shanghai, China
Singapore
Received "Royal Advantage" upgrades April 2012.
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References[edit]

  1. ^ "VOYAGER CLASS FLOWRIDER REFURBISHMENT". Mobimar.com. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Voyager Facts". Retrieved 18 June 2016. 
  3. ^ cruiseshipguide.com Retrieved June 2016
  4. ^ "Voyager of the Seas (19902)". DNV GL Vessel Register. Det Norske Veritas. Retrieved 18 June 2010. 
  5. ^ http://www.heraldsun.com.au/travel/holiday-ideas/sneak-peek-on-board-australias-newlook-cruise-ship-voyager-of-the-seas/story-fnjjv4qv-1227014401752
  6. ^ "Explorer of the Seas (19903)". DNV GL Vessel Register. Det Norske Veritas. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  7. ^ http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=6322
  8. ^ "Adventure of the Seas (20125)". DNV GL Vessel Register. Det Norske Veritas. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Adventure of the Seas to Receive Water Slides, FlowRiders & Izumi Restaurant During Dry Dock". Cruise Critic. Retrieved 7 June 2016. 
  10. ^ "Navigator of the Seas (22759)". DNV GL Vessel Register. Det Norske Veritas. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "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. 
  12. ^ "ROYAL CARIBBEAN ANNOUNCES 2015-16 DEPLOYMENT FOR NEW YORK AND GALVESTON". Royal Caribbean Press Center. Royal Caribbean International. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "Mariner of the Seas (22760)". DNV GL Vessel Register. Det Norske Veritas. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 

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