Understand that the Voyager is quite similar to the Mariner. Does anyone know how it differs? Am going on the 8/30/03 Voyager cruise from Rouen to Monte Carlo. Does anyone have any experience with the weather on such a routing? This is my first time on any kind of a chat room.
There are some differences, mainly in cabin size in the higher end suites. Anne Campbell has just returned from the shipyard building the Voyager and her story on the CruiseMates front page should be helpful to you. Also, take a look at the CruiseMates Radisson Cruise. It is the sailing before yours on the Seven Seas Voyager. You'll find details on the CruiseMates front page too.
Cabins will be larger than the Mariner's, with separate shower and tub. There will even be a cabin with a jacuzzi on the balcony. Restaurants will be similar. Believe that there will be more butler service, but not sure.
As Bob D. says, there will be more butler service, it will now be in all but standard suites, including Penthouse suites. Also, the baths and suites will be like the Mavigator, separate shower and tub, with adiquate headroom. Headroom in the tub is just about the only thing anyone can legitimately complain about with the Mariner, which is just a wonderful ship and cruise experience! We had one of the two or three best meals of our lives on board Mariner on an Alaska cruise in August, 2001, and we've eated in 3 0r 4 Michelin 3-star resturants in Europe, plus a number of top ten places here (in the U.S.)
Another difference: there are more upgraded suites on Voyager, going from the deck plans, and fewer "standard" 350'+ suites. On Mariner, the "standard" suite is just over 300', INCLUDING the balcony. On Navigator, and on Voyager so we understand, the "standard" suite is over 300' PLUS the balcony. We are looking forward to our booking on the maiden voyage of the Voyager, even if it does start on April Fools Day!
If you haven't been on Radisson before, you are in for a treat. And I have nothing to do with them, except as a repeat passenger. For an idea what its like, see our review of the last part of the Navigator's World Cruise this past April-May. For a contrast, take a look at our review of a long trans-Atlantic and western-northern Europe cruise on Holland-American's Prinsendam early this past summer.