Royal Caribbean International’s Voyager of the Seas made her maiden call at Busan today. The 137,276 gross registered ton ship with over 3,000 international guests onboard, is Royal Caribbean’s largest ship to date to visit this port. She is on her Asian maiden season and the stopover at Busan is part of her 7-night cruise from Shanghai with calls also at Fukuoka and Okinawa.
Traditional plaque exchanges were conducted between Mr Namshik Hur, Mayor of Busan Captain Charles Teige of Voyager of the Seas onboard the ship to commemorate the ship’s maiden call. The official ceremony was well-attended by over 100 governmental VIPs, media, trade as well as Royal Caribbean representatives in Korea. Busan became Voyager of the Seas’ second Korean port-of-call after Jeju which was first visited by the ship in June.
Mr Lee Jae-Myung, Royal Caribbean’s International Representative in Korea said at the ceremony, “We are proud to have added yet another popular Korean destination to Voyager of the Seas’ North Asian itineraries. Busan, a cosmopolitan city with breath-taking mix of hills, mountains and the ocean, has always been one of Royal Caribbean’s top destinations in the region. With our multiple calls lined up this season, thousands of international guests will be able to enjoy the city’s scenic beauty, tourist attractions and famous seafood delights.”
Busan is the second-largest city in South Korea and famous for its pristine beaches, craggy islets and tall mountains. It is also home to Busan Tower, which stands at 387 feet above sea level and offers incredible views of the city and its surrounding areas. No trip to Busan would be complete either without trying its famous fresh seafood especially at Jagalchi Fish Market. Voyager of the Seas will be calling at Busan for six more times this year.
The 14 passenger deck-Voyager of the Seas is the largest and most exciting ship based in Asia. She offers cruisers a wide choice of onboard activities and entertainment never seen before in Asia, such as the ice-skating rink, the Royal Promenade – a boulevard of shops and cafes – and a full-sized sports court. Other onboard innovations include the in-line skating track, water slide, rock-climbing wall, mini-golf course and golf simulator. In addition, there is a three-tier theatre, themed bars and lounges as well as a mezzanine split level nightclub.
Voyager of the Seas also offers guests the unique DreamWorks Animation entertainment programme. Guests of all ages can interact with ‘celebrity’ characters like Shrek and Fiona of “Shrek”, Alex of “Madagascar” and Po of “Kung Fu Panda” during parades in the Royal Promenade, character breakfasts in the main dining room and photo opportunities.
There are numerous dining options onboard including the three-tier dining room and specialty restaurants, namely Portofino Italian restaurant and Johnny Rockets 50s’ style diner. The choice of accommodation is also comprehensive with more than 40% more staterooms and five more categories than today’s offerings in the region, ranging from luxurious Royal Suites to unique Promenade staterooms with views overlooking the Royal Promenade.
Voyager of the Seas’ maiden Asian season features three to five-night Southeast Asian cruises from Singapore from May to June 2012, and five to seven-night North Asian cruises from Shanghai and Tianjin visiting a variety of Japanese and Korean destinations from June to October. Together with Legend of the Seas currently in North Asia, both ships will more than double Royal Caribbean International’s capacity in the region as measured by total guest count.