Explorer Of The Seas

Explorer Of The Seas Review and Specifications

Specifications of Explorer Of The Seas

Year built2000  /  Age : 18
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderKvaerner Masa-Yards (Turku, STX Finland)
ClassVoyager
Building costUSD 500 million
OwnerRoyal Caribbean Cruises Ltd
OperatorRoyal Caribbean International
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 Refurbishment2015-2018
Christened byJackie Joyner-Kersee

Current itinerary of Explorer Of The Seas

Explorer Of The Seas current cruise is 4 days, round-trip Pacific Coastal. Prices start from USD 199 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 17 Sep, 2018 and ends on 21 Sep, 2018.

Date / TimePort
17 Sep      Departing from Seattle, Washington   
19 Sep 08:00 - 18:00     Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, BC Canada   
20 Sep 08:00 - 18:00     Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC Canada   
21 Sep      Arriving in Seattle, Washington   

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.

History - construction and ownership

Royal Caribbean International (RCI) is an US company, trademarked brand and subsidiary owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL, 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 number of vessels and GT tonnage (ship sizes and capacities). All Royal Caribbean liners have names ending with "of the Seas".

Explorer Of The Seas cruise ship (Royal Caribbean)

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.

Cabins

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!).

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 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.

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

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and 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.

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 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 and 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 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).

Explorer Of The Seas wiki

  • 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 AdventureNavigatorMarinerVoyager.
  • 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

The below listed Explorer Of The Seas cruise prices on 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.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2018 Jun 22 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Seattle
2018 Jul 20 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Seattle
2018 Aug 17 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Seattle
2018 Aug 24 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Seattle
2018 Aug 31 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Seattle
2018 Sep 07 7 days, round-trip Alaska Glacier Seattle$3949
2018 Sep 14 3 days, round-trip Pacific Coastal Seattle
2018 Sep 17 4 days, round-trip Pacific Coastal Seattle$199
2018 Sep 21 7 days, round-trip Pacific Coastal Seattle
2018 Sep 28 7 days, round-trip Pacific Coastal Seattle
2018 Oct 05 22 days, one-way from Seattle to Sydney Seattle$1844
2018 Oct 27 11 days, round-trip South Pacific Sydney$1034
2018 Nov 07 9 days, round-trip South Pacific Sydney$974
2018 Nov 16 11 days, round-trip South Pacific Sydney$1027
2018 Nov 27 11 days, round-trip South Pacific Sydney$974
2018 Dec 08 10 days, round-trip South Pacific Sydney$982
2018 Dec 18 11 days, round-trip South Pacific Sydney$1394
2018 Dec 29 8 days, round-trip South Pacific Sydney$1829
2019 Jan 06 9 days, round-trip South Pacific Sydney$1237
2019 Jan 15 9 days, round-trip South Pacific Sydney$1192
2019 Jan 24 8 days, round-trip South Pacific Sydney$944
2019 Feb 01 8 days, round-trip Queensland Sydney$712
2019 Feb 09 6 days, round-trip Tasmania Sydney$532
2019 Feb 15 14 days, round-trip South Pacific & Fiji Sydney$1304
2019 Mar 01 9 days, round-trip South Pacific Sydney$854
2019 Mar 10 7 days, round-trip South Pacific Sydney$697
2019 Mar 17 12 days, round-trip South Pacific & Fiji Sydney$1259
2019 Mar 29 15 days, one-way from Sydney to Singapore Sydney$1871
2019 Apr 13 10 days, one-way from Singapore to Dubai Singapore$1330
2019 Apr 24 13 days, one-way from Dubai to Barcelona Dubai$949
2019 May 07 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Southampton Barcelona$891
2019 May 14 10 days, round-trip Canary Islands Southampton$1787
2019 May 24 7 days, round-trip France, Spain & Portugal Southampton$1033
2019 May 31 9 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton$1299
2019 Jun 09 14 days, round-trip Italian Mediterranean Southampton$1787
2019 Jun 23 14 days, round-trip Scandinavia & Russia Southampton$1845
2019 Jul 07 14 days, round-trip Scandinavia & Russia Southampton$1845
2019 Jul 21 14 days, round-trip Mediterranean Adventure Southampton$1949
2019 Aug 04 14 days, round-trip Scandinavia & Russia Southampton$1949
2019 Aug 18 13 days, round-trip Mediterranean Tour Southampton$2210
2019 Aug 31 13 days, round-trip Canaries & Azores Southampton$1520
2019 Sep 13 8 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton$1358
2019 Sep 21 14 days, round-trip Italian Mediterranean Southampton$1624
2019 Oct 18 2 days, round-trip A Royal Experience Southampton$324
2019 Oct 20 5 days, round-trip Spain & France Southampton$649
2019 Oct 25 11 days, round-trip Sunshine in the Canaries Southampton$1520
2019 Nov 05 14 days, one-way from Southampton to Miami Southampton$1247
2019 Nov 19 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami$359
2019 Nov 24 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami$419
2019 Nov 29 9 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Miami$619
2019 Dec 08 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami$339
2019 Dec 13 9 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Miami$619
2019 Dec 22 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Holiday Miami$569
2019 Dec 27 9 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Holiday Miami$979
2020 Jan 05 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami$359
2020 Jan 10 9 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Miami$719
2020 Jan 19 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami$339
2020 Jan 24 9 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Miami$719
2020 Feb 02 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami$359
2020 Feb 07 9 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Miami$719
2020 Feb 16 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami$339
2020 Feb 21 9 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Miami$719
2020 Mar 01 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami$339
2020 Mar 06 9 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Miami$719
2020 Mar 15 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami$419
2020 Mar 20 9 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Miami$719
2020 Mar 29 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami$419
2020 Apr 03 9 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Miami$779