Explorer Of The Seas

Explorer Of The Seas Review and Specifications

Specifications of Explorer Of The Seas

Year built2000  /  Age : 19
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderKvaerner Masa-Yards (Turku, STX Finland)
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
Passengers-to-space ratio35
Decks with cabins8
Last Refurbishment2018
Christened byJackie Joyner-Kersee

Current itinerary of Explorer Of The Seas

Explorer Of The Seas current cruise is 9 days, round-trip South Pacific. Prices start from USD 850 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 15 Jan, 2019 and ends on 24 Jan, 2019.

Date / TimePort
15 Jan 18:45      Departing from Sydney, NSW Australia   
18 Jan 08:00 - 17:00     Isle of Pines, New Caledonia   
19 Jan 08:00 - 17:00     Mystery Island, Aneityum, Vanuatu   
20 Jan 08:00 - 17:00     Lifou Island, New Caledonia   
21 Jan 08:00 - 17:00     Noumea, Grande Terre island, New Caledonia   
24 Jan 06:30      Arriving in Sydney, NSW Australia   

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.


Explorer Of The Seas has a total of 1557 cabins (of which 119 Suites, 517 Balcony rooms) in 25 grades. Most Explorer of the Seas staterooms are 150-sq.foot insides (480). Almost 50% of ship's accommodations have private balcony views. 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.

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 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; 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).

Explorer Of The Seas wiki

  • 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).

Explorer Of The Seas refurbishment 2018 review

Ship’s scheduled for 2018 drydock refurbishment resulted in the following deck plan changes:

  • On Sports Deck 13, the RCI’s signature waterslides “Cyclone” and “Typhoon” were installed (next to the FlowRider simulator).
  • 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”).
  • The new water park and the duo of waterslides were first introduced on Liberty of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas (Oasis-class).

Explorer Of The Seas refurbishment 2015 review

The list of deckplan changes after drydock 2015 refurbishment (in March) includes:

  • 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 sho 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 theater) (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 (wayfinders) 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 flat TVs added in all cruise staterooms.

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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 Dec 08 10 days, round-trip South Pacific Sydney
2018 Dec 18 11 days, round-trip South Pacific Sydney
2018 Dec 29 8 days, round-trip South Pacific Sydney
2019 Jan 06 9 days, round-trip South Pacific Sydney
2019 Jan 15 9 days, round-trip South Pacific Sydney$850
2019 Jan 24 8 days, round-trip South Pacific Sydney$1032
2019 Feb 01 8 days, round-trip Queensland Sydney$661
2019 Feb 09 6 days, round-trip Tasmania Sydney$535
2019 Feb 15 14 days, round-trip South Pacific & Fiji Sydney$1053
2019 Mar 01 9 days, round-trip South Pacific Sydney$787
2019 Mar 10 7 days, round-trip South Pacific Sydney$549
2019 Mar 17 12 days, round-trip South Pacific & Fiji Sydney$892
2019 Mar 29 15 days, one-way from Sydney to Singapore Sydney$1493
2019 Apr 13 11 days, one-way from Singapore to Dubai Singapore$1637
2019 Apr 24 13 days, one-way from Dubai to Barcelona Dubai$747
2019 May 07 7 days, one-way from Barcelona to Southampton Barcelona$683
2019 May 14 10 days, round-trip Canary Islands Southampton$1739
2019 May 24 7 days, round-trip France, Spain & Portugal Southampton$1017
2019 May 31 9 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton$1200
2019 Jun 09 14 days, round-trip Italian Mediterranean Southampton$1770
2019 Jun 23 14 days, round-trip Scandinavia & Russia Southampton$1982
2019 Jul 07 14 days, round-trip Scandinavia & Russia Southampton$1878
2019 Jul 21 14 days, round-trip Mediterranean Adventure Southampton$1933
2019 Aug 04 14 days, round-trip Scandinavia & Russia Southampton$2082
2019 Aug 18 13 days, round-trip Mediterranean Tour Southampton$1977
2019 Aug 31 13 days, round-trip Canaries & Azores Southampton$1504
2019 Sep 13 8 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton$1283
2019 Sep 21 14 days, round-trip Italian Mediterranean Southampton$1608
2019 Oct 05 6 days, round-trip France & Spain Southampton$682
2019 Oct 11 3 days, round-trip Throwback The 80s Festival At Sea Southampton
2019 Oct 14 4 days, round-trip Stages The Musical Theatre Festival At Sea Southampton
2019 Oct 18 7 days, round-trip Dutch & French Adventure Southampton$984
2019 Oct 25 11 days, round-trip Sunshine In The Canaries Southampton$1504
2019 Nov 05 14 days, one-way from Southampton to Miami Southampton$1231
2019 Nov 19 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami$310
2019 Nov 24 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami$366
2019 Nov 29 9 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Miami$593
2019 Dec 08 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami$291
2019 Dec 13 9 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Miami$588
2019 Dec 22 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Holiday Miami$506
2019 Dec 27 9 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Holiday Miami$977
2020 Jan 05 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami$310
2020 Jan 10 9 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Miami$646
2020 Jan 19 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami$291
2020 Jan 24 9 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Miami$646
2020 Feb 02 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami$310
2020 Feb 07 9 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Miami$646
2020 Feb 16 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami$291
2020 Feb 21 9 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Miami$646
2020 Mar 15 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami$366
2020 Mar 29 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Miami$366
2020 Apr 03 9 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Miami$702