MV Voyager - Ship Visit and Photo Tour (Part 1)
Last Friday morning I went on board MV Voyager as she was alongside in Bergen, to complete a full interior photo tour. To find out a little bit about her history, take a look at our post with pictures of her departure later in the afternoon. Otherwise, keep reading to have a look around her public spaces...
Voyager looked good alongside at Bontelabo, helped by the spring sunshine in Bergen. I stepped on board and was greeted at reception by a very friendly crew before being taken for a look around. My guide was Voyager's Deputy Entertainment Director Jamie Leeke.
The first stop on the tour was Discovery Deck (Deck 5), which is the location of many of Voyager's public rooms. For a ship of her size Voyager has an impressive selection of bars and lounges; perhaps a happy leftover from her previous life as a casino ship in Asia.
|The smart reception desk is right beside the embarkation area|
|Forward facing windows in the Lookout Lounge|
|The Lookout Lounge|
|Ready for an audience; Seating in the Darwin Lounge|
|The stage area and dance floor|
|Light floods into the booth seating along either side of the Darwin Lounge|
|Keeping perfect time; performers rehearse for the evening's show|
|Sight lines for the stage are good, despite a few slim pillars|
|The stage is ready for Voyager's resident pianist|
|Sit back and relax in a comfortable armchair...|
|...or prop yourself at the bar to work your way through the cocktail menu|
|The future cruise sales desk|
|The small but well-stocked shop|
Voyager's Library was next on our tour, and unfortunately serves a dual purpose as the corridor to the main restaurant. This turns what should be a tranquil, tucked-away space into one of the busiest thoroughfares on the ship around meal times.
The room itself is pleasant, with large picture windows and inviting leather sofas, but it certainly feels like this would be better positioned elsewhere on board.
The main dining venue on Voyager is the Discovery Restaurant, and it would be fair to say that the decor here is disappointing, considering the pleasant interiors found throughout the rest of the ship.
Of course this room will feel much more lively with the tables laid and a room full of passengers, but it's hard to see this space ever really buzzing. Let's hope the drab colour scheme, dated furniture and nauseating mirrored walls meet their end during the upcoming refit.
The main focus of the dining room on any cruise, of course, is the food, and a group of passengers I spoke with later in the day were full of praise for the meals they had enjoyed so far on their trip.
The last public space on Discovery Deck is the small 'overflow' room for the adjacent restaurant. The design of this area has obviously been given consideration, and it is a very attractive and nicely furnished space. Hopefully this will be the template for any updates made to the main dining room!
Things really took a turn for the better when we headed up to explore Voyager's upper decks, with expansive open spaces and additional lounges and dining options. These are featured in part 2 of this tour, which will be added over the coming days. Be sure to check back soon!
|A good range of books is provided for passengers to enjoy throughout the voyage|
|The uninspiring Discovery Restaurant|
|There is not much in the way of interior design to breathe any life into the space|
|Tables in the Discovery Restaurant|
|The overflow for the Discovery Restaurant is a marked improvement on the main room|
Click here to continue to Part 2 of the tour...