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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Ride the never-ending wave on Australia’s first surfing experience at sea

Details of Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas' multi-million dollar revitalisation revealed!

Breaking surf-report: a wave unlike any other is due to hit Australian shores this summer when the newly revamped Voyager of the Seas arrives for her cruising season starting this November. A multimillion-dollar investment will see Australia's largest ship packed with even more amenities including the region's first FlowRider surfing simulator, so guests can now ride the perfect wave at any time, even in the middle of the ocean.

Voyager of the Seas' month-long bow-to-stern makeover will add innovative cruising features similar to those found on the cruise line's newest Quantum and Oasis class ships, such as inside rooms with real-time virtual balconies, a 3D cinema, new dining options including a sushi restaurant and more, to give guests an unforgettable onboard experience. Highlights of Voyager of the Seas' revitalisation include:

· FlowRider

Onshore or offshore, you never have to wait for good wind conditions to catch the perfect wave on the FlowRider. Whether you surf, boogie board or wake board, test your skills on the 12 metre long surf simulator or watch others take on the challenge from the nearby stadium seating. There are also private lessons for those that want to really hone their skills. For more information about the FlowRider, see the following video:

· Virtual Balconies

Interior rooms with the view of the ocean! Virtual Balconies will provide guests in selected interior staterooms with real-time sights and sounds of the sea, displayed on an 80-inch, high definition screen framed to look like a real balcony. An industry first concept from the Quantum class of ships, the Virtual Balconies onboard Voyager of the Seas will be one of only three ships to offer this unique feature.

· 3D Movie Theatre

Already a huge hit on the world's biggest ships, Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas, Royal Caribbean provides the glasses and the action in the onboard 3D movie theatre – all guests have to do is sit back and prepare to be wowed as new releases from DreamWorks and other studios come to life in stunning 3D! Plus, the ship will also feature a 220-square foot outdoor movie screen by the pool which will screen movies and be used for giant video game challenges.

· New Dining Options

A wide array of delectable dining options will be added to Voyager of the Seas, including fresh sushi at Izumi Japanese Cuisine, Royal Caribbean's signature Chop's Grille steakhouse, and Giovanni's Table Italian trattoria. Plus, the ship's Champagne Bar will be re-conceptualised into Royal Caribbean's retro-chic R Bar, channelling the sophisticated 1960s era, complete with iconic furnishings and signature cocktails created by savvy mixologists. There will also be a new Diamond Lounge for Crown & Anchor guests to enjoy.

Voyager of the Seas will have a host of up-to-the-minute technologies added including new digital signage to help guests find their way around the ship and to find out what's happening onboard, bow-to-stern Wi-Fi service and flat panel televisions in every stateroom.

In October 2014, Voyager of the Seas will enter dry dock in Singapore for approximately one month before making her way back to Australia for her third local season. Her first port of call in Australia after this transformation will be on 30th November 2014 in Darwin as she sails her repositioning cruise from Singapore to Sydney for the 2014/2015 summer season. The guests onboard this repositioning cruise will be amongst the first in the world to experience Voyager of the Seas' new features.

Gavin Smith, Regional Vice President Asia- Pacific, said: "Royal Caribbean International is the world's largest cruise brand and we are renowned for our first at sea facilities. We can't wait to be able to offer Aussies, Kiwis and our international cruise guests the chance to catch a wave onboard Voyager of the Seas after her revitalisation in October 2014. Australia's biggest cruise ship will emerge from her bow to stern make-over looking even more impressive than she does now, including a host of impressive features such as the FlowRider, a 3-D movie screen, virtual balconies and new speciality dining options."

The Voyager class of ships was the first to introduce the active cruise holiday and the ship will retain popular features such as the iconic ice-skating rink, rock-climbing wall, a full-size basketball and sports court, and the Royal Promenade – an interior boulevard that runs nearly the length of the ship flanked by restaurants, lounges and boutiques where spectacular parades and evening dance parties are held.

During the 2014/2015 Australia & New Zealand cruise season Voyager of the Seas she will sail on popular itineraries around Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Fares start from just AU$1,599* per person on her 14-night repositioning cruise, departing from Singapore on 25th November, 2014.

For more information about Voyager of the Seas, see

* Conditions apply and price is subject to change. Price is per person and applies to the lowest available interior stateroom. For full terms and conditions, visit:

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