CruiseThrilling experiences include The Perfect Storm waterslides, reinvigorated Vitality Spa, and redesigned kids and teens spaces

Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas in US$97m facelift

Ongoing refurbishment works on Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas.
Ongoing refurbishment works on Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas.

SINGAPORE – Royal Caribbean International has unveiled a US$97 million new-look for its Voyager of the Seas ship with a line-up of first-to-market features for the region’s debut amplified ship.

From The Perfect Storm duo of racer waterslides to the reinvigorated Vitality Spa and redesigned kids and teens spaces, Voyager of the Seas will tout a thrilling combination of experiences that make for an unforgettable family vacation from Singapore.

Beginning Oct 21, the newly transformed ship will set sail on a series of three- to five-night South-east Asian itineraries with seven sailings from Singapore to Penang, Phuket and Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang).

This is followed by a season down under with nine- to 12-night South Pacific cruises from Sydney, Australia, starting on Nov 30.

The Perfect Storm waterslides duo – Typhoon and Cyclone – will feature three stories of heart-pumping twists and turns. The attraction joins returning favourites, including the FlowRider surf simulator, rock-climbing wall and mini-golf, to round out the ship’s action-packed aft.

Workers installing the Perfect Storm waterslides.

The cruise line’s amped-up getaways also introduce new and reimagined experiences for the whole family to spend time together and on their own while on board.

Making its debut on Voyager of the Seas, Battle for Planet Z laser tag has quickly become a staple on Royal Caribbean ships. The glow-in-the-dark adventure in Studio B takes place in a universe of the distant future as two groups of thrill seekers – aliens and robots – go head to head to claim the last planet of a far-flung galaxy.

Younger guests, ranging from babies to teens, will enjoy a top-to-bottom redesign of their dedicated spaces. A fresh take on the award-winning Adventure Ocean, for kids of three to 12 years old, brings a modern, free-play approach to a new, open layout with whimsical activities at every corner. A first on Voyager of the Seas, a nursery for babies and tots will open its doors.

Teens are in for an exclusive, updated hangout like no other on board, along with the addition of a laidback outdoor deck.

Vacationers looking to relax and recharge are in for a treat at the Vitality Spa and Fitness Center. Enhanced and relocated to the aft of the ship, the spa and gym will offer its extensive, signature menu of services, including massages, acupuncture, manicures, fitness classes and personal training. Guests who opt to cool down poolside can look forward to a refreshed Solarium for all-day, adults-only tranquil vibes.

More highlights to make their way to Voyager of the Seas include 72 new inside and balcony staterooms, a Suite Lounge and outdoor area – exclusively for guests in Grand Suites and above; and the Diamond Lounge for members of Royal Caribbean’s Crown & Anchor Society loyalty programme.

The ship will also feature the new Royal Caribbean International mobile app. Travellers can soon check in for their cruise vacation from their phone, and once on board, the app will deliver an array of capabilities.

From exploring and planning activities for each day of the itinerary, and viewing onboard expenses, to booking and managing dining, shore excursion and show reservations, guests will be able to seamlessly transition into vacation mode.

Voyager of the Seas will be the fourth ship reimagined as part of the Royal Amplified fleet modernisation effort built on research and guest feedback. The cruise line’s investment of more than US$1 billion spans 10 ships in four years and touches every facet of the guest experience.

Introducing a robust variety of bold adventures meant to appeal to every generation, the programme is a representation of Royal Caribbean’s passion for innovation, relentless attention to detail and commitment to delivering unforgettable vacations.

Royal Caribbean is also bringing this ship back to Singapore for the 2020 summer season in May and June, with 13 sailings of three to five nights to popular destinations such as Penang, Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang) and Phuket.

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