Explorer Of The Seas Review and Specifications
Specifications of Explorer Of The Seas
|Builder||Kvaerner Masa-Yards (Turku, STX Finland)|
|Building cost||USD 500 million|
|Owner||Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd|
|Speed||24 kn / 44 kph / 28 mph|
|Length (LOA)||311 m / 1020 ft|
|Beam (width)||49 m / 161 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||137308 gt|
|Passengers||3282 - 3938|
|Decks with cabins||8|
|Christened by||Jackie Joyner-Kersee|
Review of Explorer Of The Seas
Launched in 2000, Explorer of the Seas is the 2nd Voyager-class Royal Caribbean ship, together with Adventure, Navigator, Mariner and Voyager. The ship cost US $500 million to build and was last refurbished in 2015.
History - construction & ownership
Royal Caribbean International (RCI) is owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. RCI is a cruise line brand established in Norway and currently based in Miami, Florida. As of September 2015, the line controls a 17% share of the world cruise market, with 23 cruise ships in service and other three on order. All vessels under the Royal Caribbean brand have had their names ending with "of the Seas" since 1991. Sister brands owned by Royal Caribbean Ltd. are Azamara Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, CDF Croisières de France and Pullmantur Cruises.
The 137,308-ton, 3,114-passenger cruise ship Explorer of the Seas has been bypassed in size and conveniences by the Freedom-class trio and the massive Oasis-class twins. However, it's still between the largest ships in the world, with a range of the most uncruise-like places at sea. The revolutionary Voyager-class vessels follow the floating resort concept and boast a wealth of amenities, activities and amusement. Among the special facilities are a sixty-foot-by-forty foot ice skating rink, a shopping and dining boulevard, rock-climbing wall, wedding chapel, complete-court basketball and spa complex. There is a lot to appeal to each age group, making Explorer an amazing cruise vessel for multi-generational reunions. Explorer of the Seas is also one of Royal Caribbean's most reasonably priced ships.
Cruise itinerary program
Explorer of the Seas itinerary program is based on cruises from Southampton, UK to the Canary Islands and Western Mediterranean. In 2016 the RCI ship will offer for the first time voyages in Australia, New Zealand and Asia, with departures out of Sydney and Singapore.
Most Explorer of the Seas staterooms are 150-sq.foot insides (480). Almost 50% of ship's accommodations have private balcony views. There are a total of 1557 staterooms in 25 categories. 26 are the wheelchair accessible rooms. The largest aboard Explorer of the Seas are the Royal Suites (1090 ft2 - more than 100 m2!).
Dining options - Food & Drinks
From the meals in the main dining room to the buffet choices in Windjammer Cafe and options available at 24-hour Cafe Promenade, food aboard Explorer of the Seas is well prepared with plentiful choices, especially considering ship's capacity. The main dining room offers flexible "My Time Dining" during dinner. Guests can choose between assigned early or late dining, or opt for flexible dining. The 3-level formal dining room is between the most stunning in moderately priced cruise lines: it's an unique space linked by grand staircase, with gold-leaf columns and golden velvet curtains. Explorer's MDR also features a ceiling dome with gold rays and stars. Each of its three levels is themed to legendary explorers: Magellan, Da Gama and Columbus.
The Windjammer buffet restaurant features mediocre cuisine with kudos to the egg station at breakfast and the carving station at lunch. Vegetarians will do better in the MDR at lunch. The Windjammer, however, is an option for the nights when flexibility is expected. The buffet features the items offered on the main dining room menu. The Italian-themed Giovanni’s Table charges a US$20 per-person cover charge (specialty beverages, wine, beer and soda are paid separately), and offers a multi-course meal. Johnny Rockets is another specialty eatery, 1950's-style burger joint, where passengers can indulge in hot dogs, burgers, chili fries and onion rings.
Follows the complete list of Explorer of the Seas restaurants and food bars.
- Sapphire Restaurant (540-seat aft Dining Room with fixed seating for Dinner)
- Windjammer Cafe lido buffet restaurant (310-seat, offers Early Breakfast at 6:30 a.m., Breakfast between 7:00-11:30 a.m., Lunch 11.30-3:30 p.m. and Dinner 6.30-9:00 p.m.)
- Johnny Rockets Restaurant (248-seat burger bar, extra fee applied)
- Giovanni’s Table (Italian specialty restaurant, reservations recommended)
- Izumi (Japanese Cuisine)
- Island Grill (454-seat)
- Chops Grille (steakhouse).
Entertainment options - Fun & Sport
At night, Explorer of the Seas offers Broadway-style revues at the 4-deck Palace. Bar venues offer various musical performances aimed to please everybody at any time with classical guitar, jazz and country. Beyond the usual, where this cruise vessel excels is the unique, like Studio B ice rink which hosts ice skating show "Ice Planet" with falling "snow" - worth the effort to get a ticket (free of charge but the venue is tiny, so tickets are limited). Another unusual activitiy is the rock-climbing wall competition. And while the Royal Promenade is the spot for a street-fair atmosphere, the intimate spaces for quiet time onboard include the Aquarium Bar, with nice tanks with 56 tons of saltwater and variety of tropical fish; the nautical-themed Schooner Bar and Seven Hearts Card Room.
Follows the complete list of Explorer of the Seas lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.
- The Palace Theatre (1362-seat, features two grand productions per night with dance, acrobatics, comedy and game shows)
- Studio B Lounge (904-seat indoor ice-skating rink; also serves as a spot for ice shows, cooking demos, game parties)
- The Chamber Disco & Nightclub (240-seat)
- Focus Photo Gallery & Shop; Art Gallery (art auctions are organized in the 350-seat Star Lounge)
- The Centrum (social hub); Next Cruise Lounge; Concierge Club (26-seat; suite and past guests only); Viking Crown Lounge & Bar; Diamond Club Lounge & Bar (past guests only); Dizzy’s Lounge & Bar (96-seat jazz club); Crown & Kettle English Pub (75-seat)
- Schooner Bar (130-seat piano bar); Connoisseur Cigar Club (34-seat smoking lounge); R Bar (wine tastings); Sky Bar; The Tavern (sports bar)
- Casino Royale (capacity 416 seat)
- Cafe Promenade (105-seat, 24-hour; serves snacks and drinks, as well as Starbucks specialty coffee)
- Royal Promenade Boutiques (perfumes, jewellry, duty free alcohol, general store, logo/souvenirs); Sea Trek Dive Shop
- Royal Caribbean Online center (Internet computers room; 24-hour)
- Vitality at Sea Spa & Fitness Center
- Solarium lounge (includes Park Cafe, pool bar and adults only pool area)
- Outdoor movie screen
- Video Games Arcade; Optix Teen Disco club; Living Room teen lounge area; Royal Babies & Tots Nursery
- Adventure Ocean kids lounge area
- Sports Court (golf simulator, table tennis, basketball court); Jogging Track; Rock-climbing Wall; Explorer Dunes Golf Course; Flowrider
- Skylight Wedding Chapel (40-seat, provides religious services).
Explorer Of The Seas wiki
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- Cabin grades number: 25
- Total number of cabins: 1557 (of which 119 Suites, 517 Balcony rooms)
- Dining Rooms: Columbus, Da Gama, Magelan
- Restaurants and food bars: Windjammer (buffet), Portofino (Italian), Johnny Rockets (burger), Park Cafe (deli)
- Lounges & Bars: Maharaja’s, Studio B, Cloud 9, Lotus, Dizzy’s, Concierge, Diamond, Viking Crown, Chamber (nightclub), Optix (teen), Adventure Ocean (kids), Aquarium, Weekend Warrior, Schooner, Crown and Kettle (pub), Champagne, Cafe Promenade, Sky, poolside bars
- Amenities: Complimentary 24-hour Room-Service, Supervised Youth program, Internet/WiFi Access, Laundry.
- Vitality Spa, 7 jacuzzis, 4 pools, Waterslide, Rock-climbing Wall, Ice-skating Rink, roller skating and jogging tracks, fullsized basketball court, Outdoor Theater, Nursery, wedding chapel.
- Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas is one of the line's Voyager-class vessels. Her sisters in the fleet are Adventure, Navigator, Mariner, Voyager.
- Godmother of teh vessel is the American athlete and Olympic medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee. The ceremony took place on the 21st of October, 2000 at New York Harbour. On the 28th, the same month the ship set sail on her maiden voyage to the Eastern Caribbean.
- "Explorer of the Seas" is not a randomly selected name. The ship has a laboratory for studying the seas and the atmosphere. The lab is run by the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science of the University of Miami.
- On May 16, 2016, Explorer - the largest cruise ship on the US West Coast - arrived in port Seattle WA. The ship's inaugural Alaskan cruise season offered 7-night Seattle round-trip itineraries to Alaska (Juneau, Skagway and Tracy Arm Fjord) and Canada (Victoria BC).
- (September 14, 2012 crash accident "NCL vs Royal Caribbean") Explorer, while moored in Kings Wharf (Bermuda), was pushed by heavy winds towards the Norwegian Star at its stern. No significant damages were reported on both vessels.
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Explorer Of The Seas Itineraries 2017
The below listed Explorer Of The Seas cruise prices on 2017 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Royal Caribbean fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.
|30 Mar||Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia|
|02 Apr 08:00 - 17:00||Noumea, New Caledonia|
|03 Apr 08:00 - 17:00||Mystery Island, Vanuatu|
|04 Apr 08:00 - 17:00||Port Vila, Efate Island, Vanuatu|
|05 Apr 08:00 - 17:00||Mare Island, Tadine, New Caledonia|
|06 Apr 08:00 - 17:00||Isle of Pines, New Caledonia|
|09 Apr||Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia|
|09 Apr||Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia|
|12 Apr 08:00 - 17:00||Noumea, New Caledonia|
|13 Apr 08:00 - 17:00||Isle of Pines, New Caledonia|
|14 Apr 08:00 - 17:00||Mystery Island, Vanuatu|
|16 Apr 08:00 - 17:00||Lautoka, Fiji|
|17 Apr 08:00 - 17:00||Suva, Viti Levu Island, Fiji|
|19 Apr 08:00 - 17:00||Mare Island, Tadine, New Caledonia|
|22 Apr||Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia|
|22 Apr||Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia|
|25 Apr 08:00 - 17:00||Isle of Pines, New Caledonia|
|26 Apr 08:00 - 17:00||Noumea, New Caledonia|
|27 Apr 08:00 - 17:00||Mystery Island, Vanuatu|
|29 Apr 08:00 - 17:00||Suva, Viti Levu Island, Fiji|
|07 May 08:00 - 18:00||Kailua-Kona, Hawaii Island|
|08 May 08:00 - 23:00||Lahaina, Maui Island, Hawaii|
|09 May 08:00 - 18:00||Honolulu, Oahu Island, Hawaii|
|15 May||Arriving in Seattle, Washington|
|06 Oct||Departing from Seattle, Washington|
|12 Oct 08:00 - 23:00||Honolulu, Oahu Island, Hawaii|
|13 Oct 08:00 - 18:00||Lahaina, Maui Island, Hawaii|
|21 Oct 08:00 - 19:00||Lautoka, Fiji|
|22 Oct 07:00 - 19:00||Suva, Viti Levu Island, Fiji|
|24 Oct 08:00 - 17:00||Mystery Island, Vanuatu|
|25 Oct 08:00 - 17:00||Lifou Island, New Caledonia|
|26 Oct 07:00 - 16:00||Mare Island, Tadine, New Caledonia|
|29 Oct||Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia|
|09 Nov||Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia|
|12 Nov 10:00 - 18:00||Lifou Island, New Caledonia|
|13 Nov 08:00 - 18:00||Port Vila, Efate Island, Vanuatu|
|14 Nov 08:00 - 17:00||Mystery Island, Vanuatu|
|15 Nov 08:00 - 17:00||Mare Island, Tadine, New Caledonia|
|16 Nov 09:00 - 18:00||Noumea, New Caledonia|
|19 Nov||Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia|
Explorer Of The Seas Itineraries 2018
The below listed Explorer Of The Seas cruise prices on 2018 itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Royal Caribbean fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.
|20 Jan||Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia|
|23 Jan 08:00 - 17:00||Noumea, New Caledonia|
|24 Jan 08:00 - 17:00||Mystery Island, Vanuatu|
|25 Jan 08:00 - 18:00||Port Vila, Efate Island, Vanuatu|
|26 Jan 08:00 - 17:00||Mare Island, Tadine, New Caledonia|
|27 Jan 08:00 - 17:00||Lifou Island, New Caledonia|
|30 Jan||Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia|
|21 Feb||Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia|
|24 Feb 08:00 - 17:00||Noumea, New Caledonia|
|25 Feb 08:00 - 17:00||Mystery Island, Vanuatu|
|26 Feb 08:00 - 18:00||Port Vila, Efate Island, Vanuatu|
|28 Feb 08:00 - 17:00||Lautoka, Fiji|
|01 Mar 07:00 - 16:00||Suva, Viti Levu Island, Fiji|
|05 Mar||Arriving in Sydney, NSW, Australia|
|22 Apr||Departing from Sydney, NSW, Australia|
|25 Apr 08:00 - 17:00||Noumea, New Caledonia|
|26 Apr 08:00 - 17:00||Lifou Island, New Caledonia|
|27 Apr 08:00 - 17:00||Mystery Island, Vanuatu|
|29 Apr 07:00 - 19:00||Suva, Viti Levu Island, Fiji|
|30 Apr 07:00 - 17:00||Lautoka, Fiji|
|06 May 08:00 - 20:00||Honolulu, Oahu Island, Hawaii|
|08 May 08:00 - 23:00||Lahaina, Maui Island, Hawaii|
|14 May||Arriving in Seattle, Washington|