Explorer Of The Seas

Explorer Of The Seas current position

Explorer Of The Seas current location is at North West Atlantic Ocean (coordinates 24.16489 N / -74.98730 W) cruising at speed of 19 kn (35 kph/ 22 mph) en route to COCOCAY, BAHAMAS. The AIS position was reported 1 hour ago.

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Current itinerary of Explorer Of The Seas

Explorer Of The Seas current cruise is 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day. Prices start from USD 469 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 14 Aug, 2022 and ends on 20 Aug, 2022.

Date / TimePort
14 Aug 16:00    Departing from Miami, Florida hotels
15 Aug 07:00 - 18:00    Coco Cay, Bahamas, Royal Caribbean
17 Aug 07:00 - 16:00    Falmouth Jamaica
18 Aug 09:30 - 17:00    Labadee Haiti, Royal Caribbean private island
20 Aug 07:00    Arriving in Miami, Florida hotels

Specifications of Explorer Of The Seas

Year built2000  /  Age: 22
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderKvaerner Masa-Yards (Turku, STX Finland)
ClassVoyager
Building costUSD 500 million (2020 Royal Amplified USD 110 million)
Engines (power)Wartsila (75.6 MW / 101381 hp)
Propulsion power47 MW / 63028 hp
Speed24 kn / 44 kph / 28 mph
Length (LOA)311 m / 1020 ft
Beam (width)49 m / 161 ft
Gross Tonnage137308 gt
Passengers3282 - 3938
Crew1180
Passengers-to-space ratio35
Decks15
Cabins1641
Decks with cabins8
Last Refurbishment2020
Sister-shipsAdventure OTS, Mariner OTS, Navigator OTS, Voyager OTS
Christened byJackie Joyner-Kersee
OwnerRCG-Royal Caribbean Group (via RCCL-Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd)
OperatorRCI-Royal Caribbean International

Explorer Of The Seas Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2022 Jul 31 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $514
2022 Aug 06 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $599
2022 Aug 14 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $469
2022 Aug 20 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $628
2022 Aug 28 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $387
2022 Sep 03 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $349
2022 Sep 11 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $239
2022 Sep 17 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $381
2022 Sep 25 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $239
2022 Oct 01 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $451
2022 Oct 09 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $299
2022 Oct 15 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $401
2022 Oct 23 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $299
2022 Oct 29 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $411
2022 Nov 06 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Miami $299
2022 Nov 12 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $390
2022 Nov 20 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Miami $299
2022 Nov 26 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $420
2022 Dec 04 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Miami $231
2022 Dec 10 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $490
2022 Dec 18 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Miami $345
2022 Dec 24 9 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Holiday Cruise Miami $1531
2023 Jan 02 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Miami $369
2023 Jan 07 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $581
2023 Jan 15 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Miami $404
2023 Jan 21 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $628
2023 Mar 12 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Miami $438
2023 Mar 18 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $621
2023 Mar 26 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Miami $481
2023 Apr 01 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $611
2023 Apr 09 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Miami $431
2023 Apr 15 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $611
2023 Apr 23 15 days, one-way from Miami to Civitavecchia-Rome Miami $777
2023 May 08 6 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Ravenna Civitavecchia-Rome $661
2023 May 14 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Ravenna $681
2023 May 21 7 days, round-trip Greece Croatia Cruise Ravenna $671
2023 May 28 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Ravenna $691
2023 Jun 04 7 days, round-trip Greece Croatia Cruise Ravenna $711
2023 Jun 11 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Ravenna $711
2023 Jun 18 7 days, round-trip Greece Croatia Cruise Ravenna $761
2023 Jun 25 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Ravenna $791
2023 Jul 02 7 days, round-trip Greece Croatia Cruise Ravenna $861
2023 Jul 09 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Ravenna $831
2023 Jul 16 7 days, round-trip Greece Croatia Cruise Ravenna $891
2023 Jul 23 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Ravenna $831
2023 Jul 30 7 days, round-trip Greece Croatia Cruise Ravenna $871
2023 Aug 06 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Ravenna $833
2023 Aug 13 7 days, round-trip Greece Croatia Cruise Ravenna $761
2023 Aug 20 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Ravenna $711
2023 Aug 27 7 days, round-trip Greece Croatia Cruise Ravenna $701
2023 Sep 03 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Ravenna $681
2023 Sep 10 7 days, round-trip Greece Croatia Cruise Ravenna $661
2023 Sep 17 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Ravenna $651
2023 Sep 24 7 days, round-trip Greece Croatia Cruise Ravenna $644
2023 Oct 01 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Ravenna $601
2023 Oct 08 7 days, round-trip Greece Croatia Cruise Ravenna $601
2023 Oct 15 7 days, round-trip Greek Isles Cruise Ravenna $601
2023 Oct 22 7 days, one-way from Ravenna to Civitavecchia-Rome Ravenna $621
2023 Oct 29 13 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Miami Civitavecchia-Rome $871
2023 Nov 25 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Miami $389
2023 Nov 30 9 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Cruise Miami $651
2023 Dec 09 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Miami $379
2023 Dec 14 9 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Cruise Miami $584
2023 Dec 23 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Holiday Cruise Miami $549
2023 Dec 28 9 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Holiday Miami $1101
2024 Jan 06 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Cruise Miami $350
2024 Jan 11 9 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Cruise Miami $731
2024 Jan 20 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Miami $348
2024 Jan 25 9 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Cruise Miami $711
2024 Feb 03 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Miami $359
2024 Feb 08 9 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Cruise Miami $731
2024 Feb 17 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Cruise Miami $400
2024 Feb 22 9 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Cruise Miami $741
2024 Mar 02 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Miami $379
2024 Mar 07 9 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Cruise Miami $751
2024 Mar 16 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Miami $439
2024 Mar 21 9 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Cruise Miami $731
2024 Mar 30 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Miami $439
2024 Apr 04 9 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Cruise Miami $731
2024 Apr 13 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Miami $399
2024 Apr 18 9 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Cruise Miami $731

Explorer Of The Seas Review

Review of Explorer Of The Seas

The 2000-built Explorer of the Seas cruise ship is the 2nd Voyager-class Royal Caribbean liner, with sisterships Adventure OTS, Navigator OTS, Mariner OTS, Voyager OTS.

The vessel (IMO number 9161728) is currently Bahamas-flagged (MMSI 311316000) and registered in Nassau.

History - construction and ownership

Royal Caribbean International (RCI) is a US passenger shipping company, trademarked travel brand and subsidiary owned by Royal Caribbean Group (RCG/shipowner). RCI was established in 1968 and currently has over 1/5 of the worldwide cruise market. RCI also has RCCL's largest fleet as both numbers of vessels and GT tonnage (ship sizes and capacities). All RCI liners have names ending with "of the Seas".

Explorer Of The Seas cruise ship (Royal Caribbean)

The 3300-passenger ship Explorer OTS has been bypassed in size by the Freedom-class and the world's largest Oasis-class liners. However, it's still between the largest ships in the world, with a range of the most un-cruise-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 is 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.

Decks and Cabins

Explorer Of The Seas staterooms (1641 total, in 34 grades) include 115 Suites, 652 Balcony, 232 OceanView, 138 Promenade View, 504 Inside (including Virtual Balcony). Most cabins are sized 150-160 ft2 (14-15 m2). Most cabin balconies are sized 50 ft2 (5 m2). The largest is Royal Suite (1090 ft2 / 101 m2 plus 215 ft2 / 20 m2 terrace with Jacuzzi). Wheelchair-accessible cabins are 27.

The boat has 15 decks, of which 14 are passenger-accessible and 8 with cabins.

Shipboard dining options - Food and 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 a unique space linked by a 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 (speciality beverages, wine, beer and soda are paid separately), and offers a multi-course meal. Johnny Rockets is another speciality eatery, 1950's-style burger joint, where passengers can indulge in hot dogs, burgers, chilli fries and onion rings.

Explorer Of The Seas cruise ship (Royal Caribbean)

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, the extra fee applied)
  • Giovanni’s Table (Italian speciality restaurant, reservations recommended)
  • Izumi (Japanese Cuisine)
  • Island Grill (454-seat)
  • Chops Grille (steakhouse).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

At night, Explorer OTS 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 activity 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.

Additional amenities include Complimentary 24-hour Room-Service, Supervised Youth program, Internet/WiFi Access, Laundry.

Royal Caribbean Voyager-class ship (Adventure, Explorer, Mariner, Navigator, Voyager)

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 and Nightclub (240-seat)
  • Focus Photo Gallery and 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 and Bar; Diamond Club Lounge and Bar (past guests only); Dizzy’s Lounge and Bar (96-seat jazz club); Crown and 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 seats)
  • Cafe Promenade (105-seat, 24-hour; serves snacks and drinks, as well as Starbucks specialty coffee)
  • Royal Promenade Boutiques (perfumes, jewelry, duty-free alcohol, general store, logo/souvenirs); Sea Trek Dive Shop
  • Royal Caribbean Online center (Internet computers room; 24-hour)
  • Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center; 7 jacuzzis; 4 pools
  • 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 and 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).

Itineraries

Following the Coronavirus crisis, in 2021 the Explorer of the Seas itinerary program was based on Caribbean roundtrips from homeports San Juan Puerto Rico and Miami Florida.

The 7-day Southern Caribbean itineraries out of Puerto Rico visit the islands St Maarten, Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire, St Thomas USVI, St Croix USVI, St Maarten, St Lucia, St Kitts, Barbados.

Out of PortMiami are operated 6-day Western Caribbean and 8-day Southern Caribbean voyages, all of which visit the private island CocoCay Bahamas.

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Explorer of the Seas is one of Royal Caribbean's Voyager-class liners, with sisterships Adventure, Navigator, Mariner, Voyager. Ship's godmother was Jackie Joyner-Kersee (US athlete and Olympic medalist). The naming ceremony was on October 21, 2000, held in New York Harbour. On Oct 28 started the inaugural cruise (maiden voyage) from NYC to 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 OTS (back then the largest passenger liner on US West Coast) arrived in homeport Seattle WA. Ship's inaugural Alaskan season offered 7-day Seattle roundtrips to Alaska and Canada (Juneau, Skagway, Tracy Arm Fjord, Victoria BC).

Explorer Of The Seas cruise ship (Royal Caribbean)

The ship's Captain is Kjetil Gjerstad (Norwegian).

In 2016, Explorer OTS offered for the first time voyages in Australia-New Zealand and Asia, with departures out of homeports (respectively) Sydney NSW and Singapore.

In 2020, after the completion of the planned major drydock in Cadiz, the ship had to be homeported in Civitavecchia-Rome for 7- and 9-night Mediterranean itineraries visiting ports in Italy and Greece/Greek Islands (Santorini, Crete, Mykonos). Following the Transatlantic repositioning crossing (from Europe to USA), Explorer OTS was to be homeported in Miami Florida for 5- and 9-night Eastern and Southern Caribbean itineraries, all visiting CocoCay Bahamas.

Explorer OTS refurbishment 2020 review (Royal Amplified)

Ship's 2020 refurbishment (USD 110 million drydock project / March 17 - May 6, at Navantia Shipyard in Cadiz Spain) was planned as part of RCI's "Royal Amplified" (fleet renovation) program. However, due to the Coronavirus pandemic (shipyard closure and financial loses by RCCL), the original project was revised and to be finished on a later date. The drydocking in 2020 was limited to technical works, including hull cleaning/repainting and routine maintenance.

When finished, Explorer OTS' "Royal Amplified" refurbishment will result in newly added venues and amenities, including:

  • (Sports Deck 13) Perfect Storm (outdoor complex with 2 high-speed waterslides - Cyclone” and “Typhoon”). Both spiraling slides are positioned portside and go around the Flowrider. Starboard is the raft slide “Tidal Wave” (rafts plummet down a very steep drop, hen shot up a nearly vertical wall into the air, follow a free fall and a swift return below). Note: The new water park and the duo of waterslides were first introduced on Liberty OTS and Harmony OTS (Oasis-class).
  • redesigned pool deck (Lido Deck 11) adding to the swimming pool's sundeck hammocks, daybeds, casitas (small wooden cabins) and in-pool chaise lounge chairs
  • "The Lime and Coconut Bar" (poolside bar on 3 levels/decks)
  • completely renovated Solarium (adults-only complex forward on Deck 11)
  • Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen (Italian specialty trattoria restaurant also offering hand-tossed oven-baked pizzas and made-to-order dishes, premium Italian wines (by the glass) and signature Italian cocktails.
  • "Playmakers Sports Bar and Arcade" - a sport-themed bar lounge with a total of 52 large-sized HDTVs on its walls, pub-type drink and food menus, arcade games, trivia contests, sports tournaments, pool table, Owner’s Box (VIP seating).
  • Johnny Rockets Express (pool deck food and beverage service with US fast-food favourites and milkshakes.
  • Starbucks (kiosk) serves brand's well-known coffee beverages and pastries.
  • Studio B (2-level lounge / decks 2-3) will be upgraded with RCI's signature "glow-in-the-dark laser tag game "Clash for the Crystal City".
  • Adventure Ocean (kids complex) will be redesigned and upgraded with new rooms and activities by age group.
  • Teens-only club lounge will be redesigned and upgraded with a new hangout, music and gaming options, exclusive open-air sundeck.

Explorer OTS refurbishment 2018 review

Ship’s 2018 drydock refurbishment resulted in the following deckplan changes:

  • On Spa Deck 12 (aft), the new “Slashaway Bay” kids aqua park was added. This is an interactive water play area with cannons and geysers, replacing the old Outdoor Youth Area (aka “back deck”).
  • All staterooms were renovated.

Explorer OTS refurbishment 2015 review

The list of deckplan changes after drydock 2015 (March) included:

  • 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 show 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 theatre) (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 (way finders) 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 HDTVs added in all cruise staterooms.

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