Review of Explorer Of The Seas deck 4 (Casino-Lounge)
The Palace Theatre (balcony level 3)
Schooner Bar (capacity 130 seats) is the RCI’s signature piano bar for classy cocktails, live music and trivia games. Decor is nautically-themed, with dark wood, marble, sails, decorative rope netting. There is a grand piano for live performances and sing-alongs in the evenings. Trivia quizzes and Sudoku contests are also part of the evening entertainment.
Giovanni’s Table (menu, 87 seats) is the RCI’s signature Italian specialty restaurant (family-style trattoria) at surcharge per person (US$15 lunch, US$25 dinner). Giovanni’s restaurant is open for Lunch (12-1:30 pm /seadays only) and Dinner (between 6-9.30 pm). Reservations are recommended. Among the traditional Italian dishes served here are focaccia (oven-baked bread), ciabatta, antipasti, salads (Caprese, Caesar), fresh-made pesto sauce, seafood stew, lasagna, meatballs, eggplant parmigiana, pasta (pappardelle, gnocchi, risotto, crab ravioli), veal osso buco, beef tenderloin steak, torta (chocolate cake), cannoli, bomboloni (doughnuts), tiramisu.
Casino Royale (capacity 416 seats) is a Vegas-style gambling casino with all 292 slot machines and 17 gaming tables, VIP poker room (for high-stake players), a full-service Casino Bar. The Casino staff also provides complimentary gambling lessons. Regularly, here are hosted gambling tournaments. The list of available games includes poker (machines) and table games (Craps, Roulette, Black Jack 21, Caribbean Stud Poker). Slot machines accept real quarters, so getting tokens from the cashier desk is optional. The lounge area is served by the Casino Bar. The lounge area is furnished with tables, plush chairs, sofas. Casino Royale is a smoking-allowed area but also has a small non-smoking section.
Centrum is the ship’s Atrium (lobby level 1) located midship. This is an open-floor design area (spanning several decks above) surrounded by lounges, bars and shops. The Atrium is the ship’s main social hub and features panoramic glass elevators, some of which are interior (with a Centrum view). The other panoramic lifts are located on the outside and offer sea views. On the Atrium’s lobby level are also held Fine Art Auctions. The Centrum’s daily entertainment includes aerial shows (acrobatic performances) and giant LED screens.
The Tavern is a sports bar with large HDTVs showing live sporting events, including NFL games, football, hockey, championships. The sports bar offers drinks (nonalcoholic, beers, spirits) and light snacks.
Art Gallery has on display artworks available for purchasing at discount prices (allegedly cheaper than at land galleries). Art auctions are occasionally held at the Star Lounge (show lounge on promenaded deck 5).
Sapphire Dining Room (menu, aft location, level 2, capacity 540 seats) is open for Dinner only with 2 fixed seatings (at 6 or 8:30 pm).