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Seven Seas Voyager cruise ship review

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Seven Seas Voyager Facts & Figures

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On some of the larger cruise ships, you might have to fight to get hold of a lounge chair in the sun. Sometimes, the sun deck most resembles an ant's nest with its over-amplified calypso music and bright pink cocktails in souvenir glasses. Not so on Seven Seas Voyager. Here, the magic word is "space". But then, you wouldn't expect anything else on a six-star ship!

Promenade Deck Pool Deck Flying swordfish beneath the mast

While Seven Seas Voyager sets course to sunny Spain we discover the open decks and public rooms. On deck 11 is a large sun deck with its average-sized pool, showers and two Jacuzzis. The deck is completely done in beautiful teak wood, and all lounge chairs come equipped with pads and side tables. A circular Pool Bar makes sure no one will suffer from dehydration and a BBQ underneath the funnel serves up ready-to-order hot dogs, hamburgers and French fries if the weather cooperates. A good number of teak wooden tables and chairs with umbrellas are placed next to the bar and BBQ, with waiters bringing you your favorite drinks.

Pool Deck Pool Deck Main pool

Deck 12 is covered in green Astroturf and serves as the ship's jogging track. Aft of the funnel you will find a full-sized deck tennis court, while all the way forward guests might enjoy a game of shuffleboard. Here, surrounded by glass, is another sun deck with fantastic views over the bow. More outdoor deck space can be found on deck 5, where a more traditional Promenade Deck circles the ship. Too bad parts of the Promenade Deck are done in painted blue metal, while other parts are in teak wood; it just makes the deck not as attractive as it could be. What is attractive though is the teak wooden terrace aft of the Horizon Lounge. It's ideal for gazing at the sea in the light of a full moon after a night of wining, dining and dancing.

Atrium Atrium Atrium

The pulsating heart of Seven Seas Voyager is the eight deck high atrium, with two panoramic elevators and a maze of stairs. Despite the height of the atrium, the space surrounding the upper levels feels somewhat cramped and when walking to your suite it is often that you have to stop to let someone pass. The lower levels of the atrium are quite generously proportioned though, and serve their purpose well. A beautiful transparent work of art graces a teak wooden terrace on deck 4, while live plants and palm trees add some (wild)life to the area.

Atrium Reception & Excursion office Entrance to Voyager Lounge

Adjacent to the atrium you will find some comfortable seating areas which are popular amongst the "see and be seen" crowd. On deck 4 there is a rather plainly decorated Card Room which can also be used as a conference room, while one deck higher you can find the Reception (open 24 hours per day), Shore Excursion office and Coffee Corner. Here, coffee machines pour limitless amounts of coffee and tea (including espresso and cappuccino) around the clock. And if you are lucky, the ship's baker will have put some of his delicious rolls there to cool off... If we walk aft we reach the Shopping Gallery, with a boutique, perfume counter and Club.com, the ship's Internet Cafe and computer learning center. Incidentally, the charge to use the Internet on board is very reasonable; you only pay for the time you actually up- or download data.

Shopping Gallery Shopping Gallery Library

The delightful wood-trimmed Library is located on deck 6, open to the atrium. It is stocked with a good amount of magazines and newspapers, plus some oversized leather chairs to spell-check them. Books can be signed out around the clock; I was especially pleased with the large selection of destination guides. Across from the Library is a photo gallery. Other than other six-star cruise lines, Radisson Seven Seas Cruises offers a traditional photo service, with on board photographers hunting for that perfect formal portrait. Also on deck 6 is the Judith Jackson Spa with aerobics training room and the usual array of mean-looking fitness equipment. Pricing for massages, aromatherapy sessions and hair dressing salon are on par with other cruise lines.

Judith Jackson Spa Judith Jackson Spa Lobby

Through a wide corridor with original (if not too good) paintings of the whole Radisson fleet, we come to the Observation Lounge forward on deck 11. This spacious lounge is the perfect place to while away during the day, enjoying the ever-changing vista through the large than life wall of glass.

Observation Lounge Observation Lounge Observation Lounge

The Observation Lounge lies somewhat hidden but proves popular during our cruise. Cocktail time is a particular busy affair here, and many people make their way to deck 11 by the time the sun puts the room in a yellow glow. With discreet piano or harp music at night, this is the perfect lounge to get to meet your fellow passengers and engage in lively conversation while watching the world go by. The design of the room is classy yet cool, almost business-like, perfectly complementing the splendor of the seascapes outside.

 
   

Photos and text: 2003-2011 Bart de Boer - www.ShipParade.com

First published on April 6, 2003

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