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 headed to the Amazon in early 2013.
In late 2014, the line announced a series of new features including new imagery and a new-look website, as well as 14 new itineraries and 25 new ports of call, including Mexico's Pacific Coast.
It also simplified the cabin categories (from 20 to 11), and introduced butler service, all-inclusive drink packages (from £12pp/per day) and spa packages.
|Second rate cruise - all round|
October 2014 scotpal
This cruise was very disappointing. The ports of call were mostly very interesting but the crew were totally unhelpful to the independent traveler. The shore trips generally did not live up to the advertising. For example three of the city tours ...continue
|A week in cruising heaven on board Variety Cruises Variety Voyager!!|
October 2014 malvinaki
Our week on board the 36 cabin Megayacht Variety Voyager started and ended in Salerno, Italy, and included several South Italy, Sicily and Malta highlights such as Capri, Lipari, Taormina, Syracuse, Valetta, Gozo Island, Agrigento and ...continue
|Did not meet expectations|
July 2014 Blueberry1
Variety Voyager was advertised as a 'luxury' vessel. It isn't. We did two cruises on this small ship - Venice to Athens and Athens to Istanbul in July - , back to back. On the first leg we had the second best level of cabin which was extremely ...continue
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