June 13, 2011
Struth! Megaliner moves in
IN his continuing search for the more weird, wacky and wondrous in the world of travel, David Ellis says Australia is to get its first-ever "megaliner" to be based here for a whole cruise season: the 138,000-tonne Voyager of the Seas that's the length of three football fields will call Sydney "home" from November next year to March 2013, and will sail a dozen cruises of up to 18-nights to New Zealand, South Pacific Islands and Australian ports.
To keep her 3,100 guests amused, this gargantuan liner has eleven restaurants, cafés and other eateries, thirteen bars and clubs, three swimming pools, an ice-rink with an in-line ice-skating track, rock-climbing wall and a 1400sq metre gym and spa.
There's a water park for the kids, a 9-hole mini-golf course, a casino, and if you're suddenly smitten, a wedding chapel.
And for those who simply have to shop, a Royal Promenade of shops, boutiques and bars, and down which there is a nightly band "street parade."
While finally for those who can't afford an "outside" stateroom with a balcony, but who don't like the thought of claustrophobic inside cabins with no windows, there's a special section of inside staterooms that actually have a view – they overlook that Royal Promenade with all its activity including the nightly band parade.
If you book one of these, just remember to draw the curtains when its time to go to bed…