By Adam Coulter
Northern Ireland-based international contracting company, Mivan, specialists in cruise ship refurbishment, completed the project that marks the final stage in a multi-million pound investment by Voyages of Discovery (part of All Leisure Group).
The small size of Voyager means that the ship is able to access remote, out of the way ports essential for the Voyages of Discovery destination-led cruise offering. The line has also introduced an explorer theme to the whole ship.
Formerly the Alexander von Humboldt, the ship was built in 1990 and previous owners were (in reverse order): Club Cruise, Casino ship (based Hong Kong) and Cunard.
Voyager has had major technical upgrades as well as more balcony cabins (30 in total). It now has 270 cabins, 87% of which are outside cabins. There is open seating dining in two restaurants, plus an intimate pre-bookable specialty restaurant, The Explorer Club.
Scott’s Lounge – a classic piano bar serving cocktails into the evening
The Lookout Lounge providing panoramic views from the front of the ship
A new terrace with all-weather awning added to the Veranda Restaurant to allow guests to dine al fresco style
Introduction of new digital media players allowing guests in all cabins to access and view a large selection of films, classical concerts and documentaries
New artwork added to key public spaces
Upgrade of all soft furnishing in public spaces
Complete refurbishment of the library and its reference books
New dual purpose Bridge Club which can also be used for Guest Speaker lectures and functions onboard the ship
Following Voyager’s first two cruises sailing in the Caribbean, it embarked on a series of itineraries in Central and South America, and head to the Amazon in early 2013.
|The Curate's Egg - good in parts!|
November 2013 fhamm
If you cruise in November, you know you're taking a risk with the weather. In terms of destinations, we'd already been a bit unlucky thanks to the trouble in Egypt (no fault of the cruise line) and we had to forgo Tunisia because of 24-hours of ...continue
October 2013 Gwelo
We travelled on Voyager for the first time, having been on the company's other boat, Discovery, several times before and liked it. What was good about Voyager was the Filipino staff, who had been transferred from Discovery. They are the ship's ...continue
|Voyager - Somewhat disappointing|
April 2013 gresham63
Travelling with friends (first-time cruisers) to the Baltic for the first time we chose a small ship on the basis that our friends wouldn't be fazed by a thousand passengers and we would enjoy more space, plus the smaller ship should be berthed ...continue
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