Voyager of the Seas
Voyager of the Seas is the lead ship of the Voyager-class of cruise ships operated by Royal Caribbean International (RCI). Constructed by Kværner Masa-Yards at its Turku New Shipyard in Turku, Finland, she was launched on November 27, 1998, and formally named by Olympic gold medal-winning figure skater Katarina Witt on November 20, 1999.
Voyager of the Seas in Sydney, Australia,
following her 2014 refurbishment
|Name:||Voyager of the Seas|
|Operator:||Royal Caribbean International|
|Port of registry:|
|Route:||Asia, Australia and New Zealand|
|Laid down:||March 31, 1998|
|Launched:||November 27, 1998|
|Sponsored by:||Katarina Witt|
|Christened:||November 20, 1999|
|Completed:||October 29, 1999|
|Maiden voyage:||November 21, 1999|
|Class and type:||Voyager-class cruise ship|
|Length:||311.1 m (1,021 ft)|
|Height:||63 m (206.69 ft)|
|Draught:||9.1 m (30 ft)|
|Installed power:||6 × Wärtsilä 12V46 (6 × 12,600 kW)|
|Speed:||23.7 knots (43.9 km/h; 27.3 mph)|
Upon her departure on her maiden voyage the following day, November 21, 1999, Voyager of the Seas was the largest cruise ship in the world, although she was overtaken the following year by her sister ship Explorer of the Seas. She measured 137,276 GT at launch and following a refit in 2014 her tonnage increased to 138,194 GT. She is 311 m (1,020 ft) long overall, has a waterline beam (width) of 36.8 m (121 ft) and a height of 63 m (207 ft).
Voyager of the Seas included the first rock climbing wall (mounted on the funnel) and the first ice-skating rink at sea.
In October and November 2014, Voyager of the Seas underwent a refit. The modifications included the installation of an outdoor movie screen near the pool and replacing the inline skating track with a flowrider surf simulator.
Voyager of the Seas will undergo a US$97 million refit in September 2019 which will include adding 72 passenger cabins and some water slides. 
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