Review of Explorer Of The Seas deck 5 (Promenade-Lobby-Shops)
The fore-located Observation Deck is an outdoor, passenger-accessible area designed as a forward extension of the promenade deck. The Outdoor Deck has a helipad used in cases of medical emergencies.
Royal Promenade is a huge interior (shopping mall-like) area linking both atriums (forward and aft). Royal Promenade (length 395 ft / 120 m) is designed to resemble a street – with multiple bars, restaurants, shops and numerous overlooking Atrium Promenade cabins on the decks above. Signature entertainment events here are live performers’ shows (jugglers, comics), nightly organized parades (with DreamWorks characters meets and greets /photo ops). The Royal Caribbean’s Royal Promenade (as a cruise ship design concept) is a technical wonder and an astonishing naval architecture achievement.
Royal Promenade Shops is a shopping arcade with name-brand boutiques selling at duty-free prices luxury fashion-accessories, perfumes-cosmetics, gifts-jewelry, watches-glasses, Royal Caribbean logo merchandise (souvenirs, toys, ship models). There is also a General Store for conveniences, liquor and tobaccos.
Star Lounge (former Maharaja’s Lounge, capacity 350 seats) is the ship’s second main show lounge with dance floor and its own full-service bar. The lounge hosts daily art auctions, bingo sessions, karaoke, popular game shows, dance lessons.
Connoisseur Cigar Club (capacity 34 seats) is the ship’s smoking-allowed lounge bar with a cigar humidor and comfortable sitting. Here can be purchased at duty-free prices fine cigars, accessories, quality cigar and pipe tobaccos, as well as premium liquors by the glass. The room’s age restriction is 18+ years old. This is a quiet place to relax and enjoy sophisticated drinks, and also to meet interesting people and share discussions. ”Cigars under the Stars” (pre-scheduled night events) are occasionally offered at some of the outdoor bars – ask the club’s manager about it.
Cafe Promenade (menu, 105 seats) is a complimentary, quick-food eatery (patisserie-brasserie-cafe bar) open 24-hours for snacks and drinks. Among the displayed foods are croissant sandwiches (mini), fresh-baked pizzas (in slices), biscotti, cookies, pastries, muffins, cheesecake (Lollipops), ice cream. Free of charge beverages are coffee, tea, water (dispenser). Starbucks drinks cost extra (payments via Starbucks cards / phone app are also accepted). Starbucks coffee prices are as follows: cold drinks (Coffee $4,25, Mocha $4,75), Iced Cafe (Americano $2,75, Latte $3,75, Mocha $4,25), Tazo Tea (Shaken Iced $2, Latte $3, Hot Tea $1,75), Vanilla Steamer ($2,75), Soy Milk ($3), Hot Chocolate ($2,75), hot coffees (at $3,50 - Americano, Cappuccino, Latte, Mocha), White Chocoate Mocha and Caramel Macchiato (each $3,75).
Crown and Kettle Pub (menu, 75 seats) is a traditional English/Irish pub bar with indoor and outdoor seating (onto the Royal Promenade). The bar’s menu offers a selection of draught beers, ales, international beers, cocktails, spirits. The pub has a large TV, dartboard, and offers as entertainment darts tournaments and live music performances (by a guitarist-singer duo) in the evenings.
Ben & Jerry’s (ice-cream parlor) is a small, premium ice cream shop (capacity 9 seats) where all delights cost extra. The shop offers fresh-baked waffle cones.
R-Bar (menu) is the RCI’s signature cocktail bar (Martini bar). It features sophisticated decor, comfortable seating, Centrum entertainment, hand-crafted drinks by a resident mixologist. The R-Bar’s menu, besides retro cocktails, also includes wines (by the glass and bottle, incl sparkling/Champagne), beers and spirits.
Guest Services is the ship’s Reception Desk for 24-hour assistance, information, bookings/reservations, luggage and cashier services.
Shore Excursions Desk provides information on Royal Caribbean cruise tours and excursions (sponsored ashore), also planning and tour booking services.
Sapphire Dining Room (level 3, capacity 723 seats) is open for Dinner only. Club Dining is with 2 fixed sittings (at 6 or 8:30 pm). Your Time Dining is between 6-9:30 pm.