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A far-from average voyage
Voyager of the Seas arrives in Port Hedland on Friday.

Boasting the first-ever ice-skating rink at sea, a rock climbing wall and nine-hole mini golf course, the Voyager of the Seas is not your average cruise ship.

Gone are the days when a cruise holiday meant a cocktail and a good book by the pool - modern cruising caters to a wide range of travellers and tastes.

The 300m long Voyager, the biggest cruise ship to be based in Australia this year, encapsulates the spirit of modern cruising.

Docking in Fremantle on its inaugural visit today, more than 40,000 guests will enjoy the luxury liner over the next 6-months.

Marketers of Royal Caribbean vessel claim the Voyager is more than a cruise ship, but rather a destination in itself.

Indeed it will be Australasia's biggest hotel during its visit and its dining room will become the region's biggest restaurant seating almost 2000 people.

The Royal Promenade, the ship's "main street" is lined with an enough boutiques and restaurants to rival any shopping precinct in the world while the Broadway-style 1350-seat theatre and 2-storey nightclub seek to entertain the ship's 3000 passengers.

The Voyager of the Seas will be based in Australia for the full summer season, visiting Fremantle again on March 9.

The ship has recently confirmed it will return to Australia next year.

The West Australian

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