Royal Caribbean extended the upcoming first Australian season of Explorer of the Seas by 2 voyages: a 12-day New Zealand itinerary and a 24-day Transpacific cruise to Seattle from Sydney, both departing in April, next year.
During the Australian winter the ship will be based in Alaska. Passengers booked on the Asian repositioning sailing have been offered a number of alternative itineraries to re-book.
The locals down uder are anticipating the arrival of the biggest cruise ship to be based in Australia.
According to the commercial director Royal Caribbean Cruises Australasia, Sean Treacy, even before the arrival of Explorer of the Seas, the ship was proving to be a huge hit with Australians. The line were happy to announce they had extended Explorer's season until mid-May, when she would complete her transpacific voyage (calling at Noumea, New Caledonia; Mystery Island and Vila, Vanuatu; Suva, Fiji; Honolulu and Lahaina, Hawaii; ending in Seattle, WA).
Royal Caribbean offers a special deal for bookings by 30 June, 2015: buy one, get up to 50% off the cruise fare of the 2nd passenger.
Recently, Explorer of the Seas underwent a multimillion dollar renovation and will be for the first time home-ported in Sydney from November 2015, joining line's other locally based vessels, Radiance of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas, and in Brisbane, the Legend of the Seas.