Explorer Of The Seas deck plans
Deck layouts, review of facilities, activities, amenities
Explorer Of The Seas deck plan review at CruiseMapper provides newest cruise deck plans (floor layouts of the vessel) extracted from the officially issued by Royal Caribbean deckplan pdf (printable version).
Each of the Explorer Of The Seas cruise ship deck plans are conveniently combined with a legend (showing cabin codes) and detailed review of all the deck's venues and passenger-accessible indoor and outdoor areas. A separate link provides an extensive information on Explorer Of The Seas staterooms (cabins and suites), including photos, cabin plans and amenities by room type and category.
Explorer of the Seas cruise ship deck plan has a total of 1557 staterooms for 3114 passengers (max capacity is 3840 guests), served by 1180 crew/staff. The ship has 14 passenger accessible decks, 15 lounges and bars, 4 swimming pools, 7 jacuzzies, 14 elevators.
IMPORTANT: Here reviewed Royal Caribbean Explorer deck plans are valid for RCI cruises in 2016, 2017 and 2018 (through April 22nd).
Explorer Of The Seas deck plan changes 2015 refurbishment review
The list of Explorer ship deck plan changes after the 2015 refurbishment (in March) includes:
- Chef’s Table (gourmet, private dining package experience)
- On deck 2 (starboard) the Board Room was replaced by 4 new oceanview cabins.
- On deck 3, the Chamber disco was replaced 19 new interior cabins. Also here (aft portside) were added 5 new oceanview cabins, plus another 15 cabins (starboard) taking space from the Art & Photo Gallery. The gallery itself was renamed to Focus, and the Dining Room – from “Magellan” to “Sapphire”.
- On deck 4, the Chamber disco (level 2) was transformed into the Giovanni’s Table (Italian trattoria restaurant). Also here, the Eco-learning station and the Aquarium Bar (portside section) were replaced with The Tavern (sports bar). The Dining Room was renamed from “Da Gama” to “Sapphire”.
- On Promenade Deck 5, the Maharaja’s sho lounge was redesigned and renamed “Star Lounge”. Also here, the Champagne Bar (wine bar) was replaced by R-Bar. The Dining Room was renamed from “Columbus” to “Sapphire”.
- On deck 6, one new inside cabin was added (number 6137) and the Business Services office was replaced with Next Cruise.
- On deck 7, one new inside cabin was added (number 7139) and some of the balcony room categories were changed. Categories were also changed on deck 8.
- On deck 9, one new inside cabin was added (number 9237) and category changes were made.
- On Navigation Deck 10, one new inside cabin was added (number 1233) and category changes were made.
- On Lido deck 11, an outdoor theater) (Jumbotron /huge movie screen) was installed. Also here, the Portofino (Italian restaurant) was replaced by the Chops Grille (steakhouse). The Island Grill is now part of the Windjammer buffet.
- On Spa Deck 12, the Royal Caribbean’s signature Nursery was added. Also here (forward, around the ShipShape Spa) new Spa cabins were added in categories Panoramic Oceanview and Balcony. Aft on the deck, Adventure Beach was replaced with the Outdoor Youth Area.
- On deck 13, the In-line roller track was removed and the Royal Caribbean’s signature FlowRider (surf simulator) was added
- On deck 14, the “Diamond Club” lounge replaced the “19th Hole” (sports bar). This is a signature venue for “Crown & Anchor” members only. Also here, two multipurpose rooms (Cloud Nine, Seven Hearts) were replaced by the Izumi (Asian restaurant).
- Digital signage (wayfinders) on several decks were installed. These touch-screen boards allow you to know your way around the ship.
- Wi-Fi coverage was upgraded to shipwide.
- Cabin amenities were upgraded with new flat TVs added in all cruise staterooms.
The ship’s scheduled for 2018 drydock refurbishment will result in the following deck plan changes:
- On Sports Deck 13, the RCI’s signature waterslides “Cyclone” and “Typhoon” will be installed (next to the FlowRider simulator).
- On Spa Deck 12 (aft), the new “Slashaway Bay” kids aqua park will be added. This is a new-design interactive water play area with cannons and geysers. It will replace the Outdoor Youth Area (aka “back deck”).
- The new water park and the duo of waterslides were first introduced on the ships Liberty of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas (Oasis-class).
Royal Caribbean cruise ship Internet "VOOM"
VOOM is the name of the RCI's new high-speed internet service provides passengers with the pleasure to enjoy at sea faster connectivity, with almost the same high-speed Internet connections they are used to while on land. The new satellite technology utilizes each RCI cruise ship specifically.
Voom Internet has latency 120 ms, ping ~300 ms, download speed ~4,6 Mbps, upload speed ~5,2 Mbps. Voom allows fast streaming of music and movies (incl YouTube, Netflix), uploading multiple (incl big-sized) pictures, also video chatting (FaceTime, Skype, conference calls), checking email, web surfing, stable and fast VPN connections. The onboard system is based on the 802.11b wireless connection (theoretical bandwidth peak 11 Mbps).
- Onboard Internet access is intergrated to the stateroom number and the personal onboard account. Following the log-on to the ship's wireless network "Royal WiFi", there is an option for creating an Internet account where the passenger can sign up for a particular Internet plan or to pay by the minute. The charge is always applied to the cabin (onboard) account.
- While using the Voom Internet package, passengers can switch between various mobile devices (smart phones, tablets, laptops). However, the number of devices connected at the same time is limited by the Internet plan.
- The cruise ship also has several Internet workstations available for all passengers on FCFS basis (first-come, first-served).
- Among the cheaper alternatives to the Voom internet are connecting onboard (while the ship is in ports of call) or ashore (in restaurants, bars, etc).
New Internet packages cost (2017 prices)
RCI's ship internet offering was revamped from only one plan into different per day packages with pricing based on the number of included devices. Two new packages are currently available for booking:
- Note: All below listed unlimited Internet package prices are "Cruise Planner" booking rates and include the 30% pre-cruise booking discount. Packages can be purchased on board and also pre-purchased (before the cruise) via RCI's "Cruise Planner" booking system.
- "Voom Surf Voyage" is the "light package" providing high-speed Internet for general web browsing, e-mails and social media platforms (excepting video streaming). The "Voom Surf Voyage" Internet package cost (per day) depends on the number of mobile devices using it. Voom Surf pricing is as follows: $13 (1 device), $12 (2 devices), $10 (4 devices) and $20 (Single Day Pass per device / per day).
- "Voom Surf + Stream" is the "real deal", offering unlimited Internet activities, including the high-speed video streaming (music, movies, video chatting, texting, VoIP apps /Internet phone calls). The "Voom Surf + Stream" Internet package cost (per day) also depends on the number of mobile devices included. Voom Surf + Stream pricing is as follows: $18 (1 device), $16 (2 devices), $14 (4 devices) and $28 (Single Day Pass per device / per day).
- Occasionally, Royal Caribbean offers Voom package discounts for passengers with pre-purchased online (via Cruise Planner) internet packages. Discounts are also offered for Royal Caribbean loyalty program members (Crown and Anchor Society) when the Voom package is purchased onboard.
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