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Explorer of the Seas

Explorer of the Seas is another splendid Voyager class ship from Royal Caribbean. Explorer offers a fantastic choice of cruises around the Caribbean and New England, providing a wealth of choice and facilities. She is a vessel that is guaranteed to create many lasting memories of your journey.

Royal Caribbean have a long history of producing record breaking, innovative and outstanding cruise ships and Explorer of the Seas is no different. This 15 deck, 138,000 tonne cruise ship accommodates 3,114 passengers. Explorer of the Seas is so technologically advanced that she carries onboard the University of Miami's Ocean Lab, a state-of-the-art oceanographic and atmospheric science lab.

The state of the art of the ship offers fantastic entertainment, from climbing walls to theatre productions, incredible food and superb service. The Explorer of the Seas has everything you'll ever need and more, for a wonderful cruise holiday.

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Ship Stats and Features

Year Entered Service 01/01/2000
Tonnage 138000
Wheelchair Accessible Cabins 26
Number Of Decks 15
Number Of Elevators 14
Number Of Pools 3
Number Of Restaurants 4
Formal Nights Yes
Kids Clubs Yes
Maximum Capacity 3114 (3840)
Crew 1181
Refurbished 2018

Ship Facilities

Whatever dining experience you're looking for, Explorer of the Seas is sure to cater perfectly for it. Fine ingredients are blended together to produce appetising menus and dishes throughout the many restaurants and eateries onboard.

If you want to dress up and enjoy a traditional romantic meal then Portofino's provides the perfect surroundings or perhaps you'd prefer the laid back casual convenience of the Windjammer Café where you can grab a bite to eat whilst exploring the wonders of the ship. There are many places that feature various styles of dining throughout the ship that will suit your every mood.

  • Columbus, Da Gama & Magellan Main Dining Rooms
  • Windjammer Café
  • Johnny Rocket's 50's style dining
  • Italian Portofino Restaurant
  • Café Promenade
  • Ben & Jerry's ice cream

Explorer of the Seas has an equally impressive line-up of night time entertainment providing quality, choice and diversity. Dance the night away to great music in The Chamber nightclub or nurse a pint in the Crown and Kettle, a traditional pub. Put your luck to the test or pit your nerves in Casino Royale, Explorer of the Sea's vibrant casino that captures all the spirit and excitement of the famous Vegas casinos.

For a more relaxed evening’s pleasure head to the Schooner Bar, a nautical themed piano bar where you can listen to the music while enjoying great conversation. For something a little different you won't believe your eyes when you step into this onboard ice-skating rink. Here you'll find professional ice shows that will thrill and inspire you so that when the ice is opened up during the numerous passenger skating sessions, you'll be gliding as gracefully as the professionals that went before you. Whether you want to party into the night or enjoy a quieter evening there is so much to do onboard Explorer of the Seas that each evening will be different to the next.

Explorer of the seas is a great ship for children and caters for young cruisers aged between 6 months and 17 years, with a huge range of activities including scavenger hunts, painting, parties, discos, sports competitions and much, much more. The Royal Caribbean trained youth staff will ensure all kids are entertained for hours on end, leaving the adults with some time for themselves.

In addition, if you want to get the family back together again, the onboard arcade and fun swimming pools are sure to put a smile on everyone’s faces.

Spa and fitness

There's always something exciting for you to do or be a part of on Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas. From sunrise to sunset good times are waiting to be had around every corner.

For those who relish in the active lifestyle, set yourself the challenge of conquering the rock climbing wall that towers 200ft above sea level and 30 ft above the deck, or why not attempt a vigorous work out under the watchful instruction of qualified personal trainers? In addition to these features you can also choose to swim, jog, practice your in-line skating, work on your golf swing or shoot some hoops at the sports court whilst on your way to the next destination.

If your idea of a perfect holiday isn’t all about being active, there is also a luxurious onboard Spa, offering everything from massages to facials and body wraps, meaning that you can leave your cruise feeling well and truly pampered.


From taking in the wonderful art exhibitions, relaxing in the quiet of the library or enjoying a little bit of shopping in Explorer of the Seas boutique, days onboard with Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas will make you feel like you never want to leave.

To up that holiday feeling even further, there is a main pool, two smaller pools and several jacuzzis, so you can sit back and soak up the sun from the comfort of the deck.

Customer reviews for Explorer of the Seas

In general the cruise was good value for money. However... Royal Caribbean could be more considerate to passengers and their wallets! For example the “recommended“ rates for gratuity payments to the housekeeping and dining room staff were exhorbitant. Also the few shops were very limited and the merchandise was expensive high-end luxury goods. Drinks also were very expensive. If you were not a sunbather there was little to do on board during sea days; the “library“ was little more than a collection of half empty shelves offering rather tatty volumes, mainly fiction novels perhaps donated by previous guests. A maximum of three or four jigsaw puzzles were available and only one had a full complement of pieces! The same puzzles were worked on repeatedly by guests who could have been offered a larger selection. The food was very nice and exceptionally plentiful, although a higher level of cuisine was available at extra cost, of course! The main dining room meals were excellent and the waiters very attentive and friendly, always with a ready smile. Our stateroom, interior, was extremely small and the wardrobe space very limited given that we had brought clothes for three formal nights and other smart casual outfits over a 14 day period plus there was no Launderette or self ironing facility provided. A next day laundry service was available at considerable extra cost. The beds were very comfortable and the room was very quiet and we slept really well. Our cabin housekeeping chap was very hardworking, friendly and helpful. The staff were all very friendly, courteous in the extreme from the captain through to the ship’s crew, housekeeping and dining room staff. Hand washing Hygiene levels were also extremely high which was good to see. The theatre shows were good in the main, comedians were very good, especially on the last night. Would we travel with Royal Caribbean again? Probably not, (unless we had a very good deal)!

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Overall the cruise was fantastic. However we booked this cruise in Sept/Oct 2018 and where travelling as part of a large group, all on different bookings and all who booked after us but also with Iglu. We did not receive any time dining as apparently 'its first come first served'. Considering we booked a good 8 months before the rest of our group surely we should of had this? Staff were not very helpful with this issue except Ben the restaurant manager who tried to accommodate us best he could. In the end we had to stick with 6pm dining which was not ideal and if we wanted to dine with our group they then had to come and sit with us.

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For an older ship this was in excellent condition. Apart from a few damaged chairs in the star lounge and light bulbs out in the theatre it was top class. Entertainment was excellent and cruise director was one of the best. Crew were right on it and and any minor problems were fixed immediately. Painting and cleaning went on at every port. Voyager class is a large ship with shopping centre promenade plenty of panoramic lifts and ice ring mini golf climbing wall kids centre etc. Approximately 4000 passengers. We prefer freedom dining but this isn’t preferred by Royal Caribbean who try to get you to set a time. We understand this is required for most things on the larger RC ships. Theatre lounges etc where entertainment is on. We normally cruise with princess but this is the third time with RC and overall I would say excellent. 

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