Explorer Of The Seas

Explorer Of The Seas current position

Explorer Of The Seas current location is at North West Atlantic Ocean (coordinates 26.08667 N / -80.11977 W) cruising en route to PORT EVERGLADES. The AIS position was reported 3 minutes ago.

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Specifications of Explorer Of The Seas

Year built2000  /  Age: 21
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderKvaerner Masa-Yards (Turku, STX Finland)
ClassVoyager
Building costUSD 500 million (2020 Royal Amplified USD 110 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 Refurbishment2020
Sister-shipsAdventure OTS, Mariner OTS, Navigator OTS, Voyager OTS
Christened byJackie Joyner-Kersee
RCI-Royal Caribbean International Coronavirus update

Explorer Of The Seas Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2021 Oct 31 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise San Juan $759
2021 Nov 07 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise San Juan $718
2021 Nov 14 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise San Juan $783
2021 Dec 05 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise San Juan $809
2021 Dec 12 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise San Juan $732
2021 Dec 19 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise San Juan $966
2021 Dec 26 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise San Juan $1539
2022 Jan 02 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise San Juan $1077
2022 Jan 09 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise San Juan $790
2022 Jan 16 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise San Juan $2241
2022 Jan 23 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise San Juan $662
2022 Jan 30 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise San Juan $592
2022 Feb 06 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise San Juan $697
2022 Feb 13 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise San Juan $1399
2022 Feb 20 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise San Juan $795
2022 Feb 27 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise San Juan $980
2022 Mar 06 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise San Juan $935
2022 Mar 13 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise San Juan $792
2022 Mar 20 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise San Juan $1219
2022 Mar 27 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise San Juan $669
2022 Apr 03 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise San Juan $739
2022 Apr 10 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise San Juan $1029
2022 Apr 17 7 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise San Juan $589
2022 Apr 24 6 days, one-way from San Juan to Miami San Juan $818
2022 Apr 30 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $779
2022 May 08 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $552
2022 May 14 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $899
2022 May 22 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $461
2022 May 28 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $2089
2022 Jun 05 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1302
2022 Jun 11 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $932
2022 Jun 19 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1424
2022 Jun 25 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $1319
2022 Jul 03 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $1256
2022 Jul 09 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $1289
2022 Jul 17 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $652
2022 Jul 23 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $1113
2022 Jul 31 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $561
2022 Aug 06 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $1875
2022 Aug 14 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $613
2022 Aug 20 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $739
2022 Aug 28 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $680
2022 Sep 03 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $789
2022 Sep 11 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $501
2022 Sep 17 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $1179
2022 Sep 25 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $497
2022 Oct 01 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $705
2022 Oct 09 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $486
2022 Oct 15 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $969
2022 Oct 23 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $643
2022 Oct 29 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $716
2022 Nov 06 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Miami $902
2022 Nov 12 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $1177
2022 Nov 20 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Miami $1679
2022 Nov 26 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $2102
2022 Dec 04 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Miami $1679
2022 Dec 10 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $1274
2022 Dec 18 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Perfect Day Miami $959
2022 Dec 24 9 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Holiday Cruise Miami $2349
2023 Jan 02 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Miami $1596
2023 Jan 07 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $809
2023 Jan 15 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Miami $613
2023 Jan 21 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $1238
2023 Jan 29 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Miami $1614
2023 Feb 04 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $1019
2023 Feb 12 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Miami $613
2023 Feb 18 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $1019
2023 Feb 26 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Miami $751
2023 Mar 04 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $1238
2023 Mar 12 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Miami $751
2023 Mar 18 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $1019
2023 Mar 26 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Miami $1614
2023 Apr 01 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $916
2023 Apr 09 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Miami $818
2023 Apr 15 8 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean Cruise Miami $1096
2023 Apr 23 6 days, round-trip Western Caribbean Cruise Miami $668

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.

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 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 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 speciality coffee)
  • Royal Promenade Boutiques (perfumes, jewellery, duty-free alcohol, general store, logo/souvenirs); Sea Trek Dive Shop
  • Royal Caribbean Online centre (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

Explorer of the Seas itinerary program is based on European cruises (from homeport Southampton UKto Canary Islands and Western Mediterranean) and Miami roundtrips in the Caribbean.

In 2020, following the USD 110 million Royal Amplified drydock refurbishment in Cadiz Spain, the ship will 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 will be homeported in Miami Florida for 5- and 9-night Eastern and Southern Caribbean roundtrip itineraries, also visiting CocoCay (RCI's private island in The Bahamas).

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.

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Explorer 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)

Ship's Captain is Kjetil Gjerstad (Norwegian).

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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