IT’S 311 metres long and 38 metres wide, a floating city that’s every bit as impressive as it sounds.

Hailed as the future of cruising in Australia, The Voyager of the Seas is one of the largest ships in the world (bigger than Sydney’s Centrepoint Tower) and the first to have its own postcode.

It takes some time to explore and it’s easy to take a wrong turn: there are 1557 cabins capable of holding up to 3840 passengers, as well as 1176 crew members, 15 decks, 14 elevators, 10 pools and whirlpools and 15,500 seats.

More than 105,000 meals – including 300,680 desserts – are prepared each week, including 9072kg of beef, 28,000 eggs, 29,484kg vegetables, 5678 litres of milk and 18,000 slices of pizza.

The Voyager of the Seas, which will visit Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide and Perth before heading to Asia, is home to the unexpected.

It offers the world’s only ice skating rink at sea and a rock climbing wall that’s definitely not for the faint-hearted – you can scale heights of 60 metres above the ocean.

For the less adventurous, there’s a basketball court, mini-golf course, jogging and in-line skating tracks, gym, solarium, casino, 15 bars clubs and lounges.

There’s a wedding chapel for those who find romance and get carried away.

Oh, and the elevator carpets tell you what day it is – a useful touch as it’s easy to lose track of the days on an adventure at sea.

Australians are expected to spend more than $2 billion on cruising this season. A record 500,000 passengers are expected to travel on ships in Australian waters over the summer season, with about 40,000 expected to sail on the Voyager of the Seas.

With so many people on board, good hygiene is crucial in limiting the spread of germs.

It was discovered that 135 people on the last cruise were struck by a gastrointestinal illness, suspected to be norovirus.

– Voyager of the Seas is bigger than the US Navy’s largest aircraft carrier.

– It was the first ship to have “inside” rooms with a view, with the bowed windows that overlook the Royal Promenade.

– The Photo department will take on average 17,000 photos during a seven day cruise.

– With 1557 staterooms, Voyager of the Seas has twice as many bedrooms as Australia’s largest hotel, the Sheraton Four Points, in Sydney’s Darling Harbour.

– From its hydraulic pit to the top of the domed ceiling, Voyager of the Seas’ La Scala Theatre is decorated in the style of Milan’s opera house.