Launching its maiden voyage from the new Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore, Royal Caribbean International's Voyager of the Seas weighs 137,276 tons and can carry a staggering 3,840 guests at full capacity. At 1,020 feet long with 14 passenger decks, the colossal vessel is Asia's largest luxury cruise ship, serviced by an international crew of some 1,176 staff.
The cabins are pretty luxurious by cruise liner standards. A total of 1,557 are available for booking. They range from the luxurious Royal Suites to unique Promenade staterooms overlooking the Royal Promenade. All the rooms we saw seemed pretty decent, complete with private baths, vanity areas, and even a grand piano for the Royal Suite (pianist not included)!
Those who are raring for action have an unprecedented range of sporting activities and amenities to choose from. They include two swimming pools, a gymnasium, ice-skating rink, a full-sized sports court, rock-climbing wall, 3D movie theatre, in-line skating track, and mini golf.
If you prefer more sedate (or sinful) pleasures, you can check out the full serviced spa, try your luck at the casino, or shop till you drop at the numerous specialty retail shops around. You can even get married at a chapel specially created for eloping couples! Whatever happens on Voyager of the Seas stays on Voyager of the Seas?
Of course, one doesn't forget about the food and entertainment options on board a luxury liner. Here, one can choose from lots of dining options from Italian-style Portofino's to the 50's style diner Johnny Rockets. You can also sway to the sounds of live bands or classical musicians playing at different locations on the ship.
Decked with lots of family-friendly entertainment options, Voyager of the Seas also boasts of an entertainment programme featuring DreamWorks characters like Shrek, Princess Fiona, Alex of Madagascar, and Po of Kung Fu Panda during parades in the Royal Promenade.
The experience of walking through the spaces somehow made one feel like visiting a "theme park" on the water, complete with thematic shops and cafes. Tell me if the shops below doesn't make you think of Universal Studios, Disneyland or Las Vegas!
To find out more about the cruises running from Singapore (they're going to places like Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Phuket, and Shanghai), you can log on to Royal Caribbean International's website. I hear that the dates for the school holidays are going out fast, so do hurry!