Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas and Explorer of the Seas met for the first time last week, marking the first time in history that the two largest cruise ships in the Southern Hemisphere were docked in Sydney harbour at the same time.
Carrying over 10,000 passengers between them, the two ships entered Sydney Harbour within an hour of each other — much to the delight of passengers on board as well as spectators awaiting their arrival on Sydney’s famous harbour front. Explorer of the Seas was returning to the city after a 16-night New Zealand voyage from Fremantle, while Voyager of the Seas was concluding a 7-night sailing to Tasmania and back.
Both ships carried a record number of passengers into Sydney, with guests on-board hailing from over 30 different countries across the world. The spectacle didn’t quite go as planned, however, with Explorer of the Seas having to enter Sydney Harbour earlier than scheduled due to a severely ill passenger.
Adam Armstrong, commercial director of Royal Caribbean International, said: “It really was double the fun on the harbour with guests on both ships surfing Sydney Harbour as the ships passed Fort Denison thanks to our unique FlowRider surf simulators on the top deck of each ship.
“We’ve invested US$160 million in makeovers on both ships in recent years and the result is two spectacular cruise ships offering the biggest choice of incredible Australian-first features including ice skating rinks, exceptional dining options, Broadway-style shows, 3D cinemas, completely refreshed public spaces and staterooms, rock climbing walls, full size sports courts and the Royal Promenade – an indoor street running the length of the ship with shops, a cafe and bars.”
Measuring 311 metres long and 38 metres wide, and weighing roughly 138,000 tonnes, the sister vessels are the largest currently in operation in the Southern Hemisphere by a considerable margin. During the 2015/16 cruise season and beyond, the twin ships will return to Sydney on a number of occasions — often joining other ships in the RC fleet, including Radiance of the Seas, in the city’s famous harbour.
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