Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships 2017 (Berlitz Cruise Guide) (2016)
Ship: 311 out of 500
Accommodation: 126 out of 200
Food: 286 out of 400
Service: 288 out of 400
Entertainment: 61 out of 100
Cruise: 260 out of 400
Overall Score: 1332 out of 2000
Size: Small Ship
Cruise Line: Voyages of Discovery
Former Names: Alexander von Humboldt, Jules Verne, Walrus, Crown Monarch
IMO Number: 8985957
Builder: Union de Levante (Spain)
Original Cost: $95 million
Entered Service: Dec 1990/Nov 2012
Length (ft/m): 494.4/150.7
Beam (ft/m): 67.6/20.62
Draft (ft/m): 18.7/5.7
Passenger Decks: 7
Total Crew: 240
Passengers (lower beds): 556
Passenger Space Ratio (lower beds): 27.5
Passenger/Crew Ratio (lower beds): 2.3
Cabins (total): 278
Size Range (sq ft/m): 110-398.2/10.2-37.0
Cabins (for one person): 0
Cabins (with private balcony): 30
Cabins (wheelchair accessible): 3
Wheelchair accessibility: Fair
Cabin Current: 110 volts
Casino (gaming tables): Yes
Slot Machines: Yes
Swimming Pools: 1
Hot Tubs (on deck): 2
Self-Service Launderette: No
Dedicated Cinema/Seats: No
Onboard currency: UK£
For discovery and learning aboard a cozy small ship
Overview. This modest-looking ship is really best suited to adult couples and singles seeking ‘soft’ adventure and enrichment-style cruising in a small ship.
The Ship. Voyager, bought at auction by the UK’s All Leisure Group in 2009, underwent an extensive refurbishment and was tailored for the British cruise market in 2012. Its profile is somewhat angular, and it has a small, swept-back funnel.
On deck, the space is very limited, although there’s more sunbathing space on the deck above. The swimming pool is really just a ‘plunge’ pool, and is flanked by two hot tubs. The focal point of the ship’s social life is Harry’s Bar Scotts Lounge - a high-ceilinged lifestyle lounge/bar, off to one side of which is a nicely revamped library. A separate bridge club is provided for card games.
Accommodation. There are 18 cabin price grades. There are 35 suites, 30 of which have a private balcony and 10 of which are located behind the navigation bridge. The sleeping area, which includes a small sofa and drinks table, and ample drawer space, can be curtained off from the lounge area, which includes a mini-fridge. There are two balcony doors (one each from the bedroom and the lounge). The bathrooms have a Jacuzzi tub/shower combination.
The standard cabins have all the basics, including twin beds that convert to a double, a small vanity desk and small chair, and flat-screen TV set. Bathrooms have a shower enclosure, toilet, and washbasin. There’s not much closet and drawer space, and the soundproofing between cabins could be better. Cabins on the lowest decks have portholes, while those on upper decks have windows.
Dining. The 280-seat Discovery Restaurant is quite comfortable, with a slightly raised center section. Seating is at tables for two, four, six, or eight. It operates an open, one-seating arrangement, although there is often a long wait, due to the lack of available seating (particularly in colder weather areas, when the outdoor seating in The Veranda cannot be used). Adjacent to the restaurant is Explorer Grill, serving steaks. Alternatively, casual, buffet-style meals can be taken in the Veranda indoor-outdoor eatery, although in the indoor section, windows have obstructed views.
Entertainment. The Darwin Lounge accommodates is a single-level lounge with mostly banquette seating for around 300, but the sight lines to the wooden dance floor/stage are poor.
Spa/Fitness. A wellness center is located aft of the discotheque on the uppermost deck overlooking the stern, while a beauty salon is located several decks below, as is a small unisex sauna. There’s a shuffleboard area on the topmost deck.