Royal Caribbean’s ‘Voyager of the Seas’ is an all-in-one vacation

Photos by Gian Nicdao

 

There’s something about cruises that’s so dreamy: being able to afford it and living in a sea palace are two of our wildest dreams. But when you’re finally on the port, looking up to this colossal ship a.k.a your crib for the next days, you’re gonna have to pinch yourself — you better believe you’re gonna live the life.

And what a life it is aboard the Voyager of the Seas. This Royal Caribbean International fave is one of the region’s largest and most innovative ships. We’re talking 15 decks full of activities and amenities, which include duty-free boutiques, a full-sized sports court, nine pools, state-of-the-art gym, and even things you won’t expect on the high seas: a FlowRider surf simulator, a rock-climbing wall, a nine-hole miniature golf course, and an ice skating rink. Add the dining and offshore excursions and you’re in for a crazy dream vacation come true.

Life on deck: Sunbathe the day away on upper deck of Voyager of the Seas.
It’s the climb: The rock climbing wall will get your adrenaline pumping.

Sweet life on deck

“I tend to say, along with many guests, the ship has become the destination.” shares Voyager of the Seas Captain Pehr. Frankly, it wasn’t hard to believe him. With the aforementioned amenities — I bet you’re still not over that ice-skating rink — each day comes with new activities every half hour starting 8 a.m. until 12 midnight. Take your pick from quiz shows to actual theater shows; maybe join those ballroom dancing or zumba classes, or watch Star Wars by the poolside. There’s karaoke (shamelessly turn that lounge into your personal Redbox like we did); there are fitness classes, an arcade, a casino if you’re loaded, and huge parties with free cocktails every night.

Fine dining: A full-course meal awaits you at the ship’s Main Dining Room.

Now you might be asking, what about food? On Voyager, you get to choose from three complimentary establishments: full-course meals at the grand Main Dining Room, eat-your-heart-out buffet at the Windjammer Cafe, and the open-24-hours Café Promenade for your snacking tendencies. There are also specialty restaurants like Chops Grille Steakhouse, Giovanni’s Table Italian restaurant, Izumi for Asian cuisine and Johnny Rockets. Treat yo’ self on the daily aboard the Voyager, I tell you.

 

Life on land

There are various itineraries for Voyager of the Seas, including our four-night cruise docking at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Phuket, Thailand. There are two options for these stops: either D.I.Y your own shore adventure or choose from any of the shore excursions offered by the ship (for an extra fee). We highly suggest getting one — not just because they have tours for everyone, but because you’ll want a hassle-free way to go around. I mean, you’re on vacation.

Winning combo: Don’t leave Thailand without trying their milk tea and pad thai.
Sky’s the limit: Malaysia’s famous Petronas Towers, a stop in of the shore excursions
Winning combo: Don’t leave Thailand without trying their milk tea and pad thai.

These shore excursions are definitely a highlight. We got to have our selfies on top of the KL Tower and in front of the Petronas Towers in Malaysia, all the while marveling at how their culture’s still so evident even in the modern parts of the city. Just like any millennial, we sought Thai milk tea in Thailand. We had our fix, along with pad thai and mango sticky rice, in the midst of Wat Chalong temple and its pagodas. Our days ended heading back to the ship, and for a moment, it always feels like coming home.

 

Home away from home

Filipinos make up a large part of the ship’s hands on deck. Because of this, it feels like you never left the country. From conversations in Filipino to being able to request adobo for dinner (something you can do in advance), there’s really nothing else like Filipino hospitality — you can feel it all over Voyager. Being on a cruise may sometimes get lonely, but seeing a fellow Filipino onboard can make all the difference.

Our last day was the only time we had a golden hour. The sun set in all its glory as it made its way down to the horizon line before sinking into the sea. Almost everyone went out to the deck to look, myself included. As the sun glimmered among the waves, you could almost hear people thinking: This has been one of the best weeks of my life. After all, on this royal vacation come true, not a day goes by when you don’t feel alive.

Stay golden: Golden hour aboard Voyager of The Seas

Early bird promos for Voyager of The Seas go as low as $319 excluding additional fees. For more information about Royal Caribbean International, call 892-2701 to 03 or email
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