Cruise in fine style through the Panama Canal and along the Costa Rica and Colombia coasts aboard the Variety Voyager. The 223-foot, 36-cabin mega yacht was launched in May 2012. This sleek high-tech vessel complies with the most stringent SOLAS safety regulations.
Variety Voyager Review
Recently built in 2012 the Variety Voyager is luxurious by small ship standards. She has a very modern feel with steel, glass, lighted accents on mirrored walls and stylish new accents and amenities. Cabins are small but comfortable ranging from 129 to 248 square feet. Most cabins feature portholes but my Category A portholes were quite large and effectively served as windows, although they could not be opened. There is plenty of storage and a small desk in nearly every room, but note that travelers from the USA should bring an adapter as power outlets are European round style 220 plugs. The bathrooms are modern with beautiful glass doors and furnishing and the shower is fantastic with lots of water pressure and rain option that felt great after a long day of activity. We also appreciated the air conditioning in each room.
Common areas aboard the Variety Voyager are spacious and comfortable. It seems that every day I found a new place to relax. I especially like the outdoor alfresco dining area and the Oceans Lounge on the upper deck. Large outdoor couches, chairs and coffee tables served by a full bar with fantastic views made this a popular outdoor deck. The upper observation deck was rarely used by other guests and provided a peaceful resting area with a 360 degree view. The ship has a small workout room with a full spa and on board spa treatments. The crew gave us informal tours of the wheelhouse and engine rooms.
Even more impressive than the ship itself is the white glove style service and the attentive crew on board the Variety Voyager. Rooms were cleaned several times each day, empty glasses and other stray items were immediately picked up and we were constantly pampered by an attentive and well trained staff. Meals were an event and the food was good. Breakfast and lunch were served buffet style with lots of variety and always some made to order option. Dinners were five courses and lasted late into the evening.
Common Areas Aboard Variety Voyager
Located on the Main Deck, right off the reception area, the Main Lounge is gracefully designed and finished with wood panels. There is ample seating space and modern AV equipment for presentations. The mini library/ Internet suite, just off the Main Lounge, offers a variety of books and magazines as well as free Internet. The Spa & Fitness Suite, located at the Marina Deck, offers massage, sauna and some fitness equipment. Voyager's Balinese Spa supervisor provides hair, face and nails treatments. The Sun Deck features Balinese beds and sun loungers. Sunbathe in total comfort while enjoying drinks served from the Sun Deck Horizons bar.
Dining Aboard Variety Voyager
The elegant glass-enclosed dining room seats 75 passengers and allows for spectacular views. It extends to the adjacent open deck, also seating 50 passengers and allowing for breakfast, lunch or dinner to be taken al fresco. Food is served at the table or displayed on the state-of-the-art hot-and-cold buffet, which also includes an "a la minute cooking" section. The Upper Deck Horizons Bar & Lounge offers stylish shaded seating and is the ideal spot for reading, relaxing or dancing under the stars until the late hours at the sound of Variety Voyager's resident DJ/entertainer.
Cabins Aboard Variety Voyager
The Variety Voyager accommodates up to 72 guests in 36 cabins. 28 cabins are located at the Marina and Main Decks and 8 staterooms at the Horizons Deck. Cabins and staterooms sizes range from 170 to 216 square feet. Cabins at the Marina Deck feature two oversized portholes, and cabins at the Main and Horizons Deck feature large windows. All cabins have individually controlled A/C and ventilation, minibars, flat screen TVs, DVD players, mini fridge, safe deposit box and all the amenities of a luxury ship. Bathrooms are finished with warm marble and Corian materials and feature deluxe toiletries and bathrobes. WiFi is available onboard at a charge.
Located on the Horizons Deck, this double-bedded cabin is the finest on board with two double windows, a seating area and luxurious private bathroom. Double or twin bed plus a sofa bed.
Located on the upper Horizons Deck offering double windows, all finished with marble throughout the bathrooms and more luxurious fabrics and special amenities. All cabins offer flexible bedding configuration while 4 of the 7 include an extra sofa bed. Twin beds or double bed.
Located on the Riviera Deck offering double windows, bathroom with marble floors as well as glass and Corian showers. 9 of the 11 cabins offer flexible bedding configuration. Twin beds or double bed. Cabins 210-211 have fixed twin beds.
Located on the Marina Deck and Riveriera Deck offering oversized twin port holes (Lower Deck) or double windows (Main Deck), bathroom with marble floors as well as glass and Corian showers. 7 of the 10 cabins offer flexible bedding configuration. Twin beds or double bed. Cabins 212 and 215 have fixed twin beds; cabins 214 and 216 have fixed double beds. Cabin 104 can accommodate triple occupancy.
Located on the Marina Deck offering oversized twin port holes, bathrooms with marble floors as well as glass and Corian showers. 4 twin bed cabins and 2 double bed cabins.