Active Cruisers, no matter what age. Royal Caribbean has something for everyone: rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, FlowRider surfing simulators, bungee trampolines — and active excursions such as biking and scuba-diving.
Large Ship Lovers. Royal Caribbean cruise line boasts the world’s largest cruises ships.
Families. While Royal Caribbean cruise lines entire fleet offers family friendly facilities, its newest ships, Liberty of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas and Independence of the Seas feature family suites that can sleep up to 14. Kids and teens’ programs also are offered.
Fitness Freaks. Work up a sweat in Royal Caribbean’s expansive ShipShape Fitness Centers. Use of the facility is free of charge. Energetic exercise classes, such as Spin, Yoga and Pilates, are offered for a small fee.
Destination Collectors. Cruising to more than 170 destinations worldwide, Royal Caribbean reaches out to vacationers who want to try something new — whether that’s glacier-trekking in Alaska; cave-tubing in Belize, biking through the vineyards of Dubrovnik or experiencing the wonders of China.
Explorer of the Seas - Cruise Ship Review - Passenger Reviews
The second of Royal Caribbean’s groundbreaking Voyager-class ships, Explorer of the Seas launched in 2000, and along with her sister ships, laid the groundwork for everything Royal Caribbean has done since.
Like all of Royal’s modern fleet, she offers an onboard atmosphere that’s bustling, active, and basically urban—a real city at sea, but no matter how clichéd that sounds, in this case it’s true. Measuring in at 142,000 gross tons and carrying 3,114 guests at double occupancy, Explorer and her identical Voyager-class sisters are among the largest cruise ships in the world, and offer more in the way of leisure, sports, entertainment, dining, and kids’ experiences than almost anyone could have dreamed of before they were launched. In a very real sense, the Voyager-class ships changed what people thought possible aboard cruise ships.
The Royal Promenade
The hub of each of the Voyager-class ships is the Royal Promenade, a four-story horizontal atrium that stretches for about three quarters of the ship’s length and acts as a combination entertainment district and central meeting place. Along its length, there’s a sports bar, an elegant champagne bar, a Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream shop, a 24-hour cafe, five different shops, and a comfortable English-style pub with seating inside or on the promenade itself. Toward the bow, Maharaja’s show lounge offers live music, dancing, and entertainment.
Most guests end up spending a lot of time in or passing through the promenade, either hanging out to socialize; popping down briefly to grab a snack or coffee; coming for the parades of costumed characters and stilt-walkers that are scheduled several times a week; or just passing through when heading from one part of the ship to another. You can even sleep there if you want, sort of, in one of the 138 cabins whose windows face the Promenade, giving you views of the "street life" below. Curtains and soundproofing help shut out the light and noise at bedtime.
Cabins on Explorer of the Seas
Cabins in general are comfortable and well-designed, though bathrooms are a little on the small side. Each cabin offers a sitting area, a vanity, TV, and minibar, and about half the rooms aboard offer private verandas. Suites range from the 265-square-foot Junior Suite up to the 1,087-square-foot Royal Suite, with its separate bedroom and living room, baby grand piano, whirlpool bath, and a balcony that’s larger than most standard cabins on board.
Activities on Explorer of the Seas
Like all the Voyager-class ships, Explorer of the Seas is big on sports, with Deck 13 offering a rock-climbing wall, a full-size basketball court, a miniature-golf course, and a rollerblading track. Just below, the ship’s two-level spa and fitness complex is one of the biggest and best at sea, with a large central whirlpool tub surrounded by a well-equipped oceanview gym, a huge aerobics studio, and individual treatment rooms. Just forward on Deck 11, the Solarium offers a large swimming pool and two oversized whirlpool tubs under a sliding roof. It’s a peaceful alternative to the multi-level main pool deck, with its two pools, multiple whirlpools, scores of deck chairs, and bandstand.
Down on Deck 3,the Studio B ice-skating rink offers open skating for guests throughout each cruise, plus excellent ice shows featuring professional skaters from all over the world.
Other notable spaces on board include while the beautiful, three-story Palace Theater; a dungeon-themed disco called “The Chamber,” which you enter through a suitably mysterious secret passage; the huge Casino Royale; the Aquarium Bar with its namesake aquariums lining the walls, full of colorful fish; and the elegant Viking Crown Lounge, cool Dizzy’s jazz club, and golf-themed 19th Hole bar, all up on Deck 14.
For kids, the Adventure Ocean center is perched up on Deck 12, offering activities for different age groups. There’s a teen disco and an arcade right next door, and just astern is a kids’ pool area with a water slide, wading pool, kids-size deck chairs, and a hot tub for adults.
Dining on Explorer of the Seas
In the stern, the gorgeous main dining room is the centerpiece of the ship’s culinary experience. Designed with classic European grandeur, its three levels are centered on a large open area with a huge crystal chandelier, a formal stairway, and a balcony from which a pianist or piano trio plays mood music. Dining alternatives include the cozy, Italian Portofino restaurant; the Island Grill and Windjammer casual buffet restaurants, in one space but with separate stations to cut down on lines; and Johnny Rockets, a Fifties-style diner out on Deck 12 near the kids’ and teens’ centers, serving a classic menu of burgers, fries, and shakes.
Explorer of the Seas belongs to Royal Caribbean's Voyager Class of cruise ships. A masterpiece of naval engineering, the ship rivals the most luxurious resorts, with features such as the Royal Promenade, a destination in itself, more than 700 balcony cabins, plus dozens of dining and entertainment options.
Year Built 2000 ♦
Ship's Class: Voyager Class ♦
Country of Registry Bahamas ♦
Tonnage 142,000 ♦
Length 1020 ft - 306 m ♦
Cruising Speed 23 knots ♦
Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 3,114 ♦
Passenger Capacity (incl. upper beds) 3,838 ♦
Passenger Decks 15 ♦
Officers and Crew 1,185 ♦
Officer's Nationality Scandinavian ♦
Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality International
Total 1,557 ♦
Suites with Balcony 119 ♦
Oceanview with Balcony 588 ♦
Oceanview without Balcony 232 ♦
Inside with Royal Promenade view 138 ♦
Inside 480 ♦
Accessible Cabins (all categories) 26 ♦
Royal Caribbean's cabins are among the best one can find, with spacious, thoughtful and comfortable design. Amenties in all cabins include luxury bedding, refrigerator, extensive satellite TV programming, and complimentary room service.
TV with music channels ♦
In-Cabin Movies ♦
In-Cabin Internet Access ♦
Private Safe ♦
Traditional 1st and 2nd Sitting Assigned Table Seating ♦
Optional Open Seating - "My Time Dining" allows you to be seated any time the dining room is open ♦
Formal Nights ♦
Specialty Restaurant: Portofino ♦
Johnny Rockets ♦
Specialty Coffee Bar ♦
24 Hour Room Service Available
Bars and Lounges ♦
Card Room/Game Room ♦
Video Games Arcade
Sports and Activities
Outdoor Pools ♦
Sports Court ♦
Fitness Center ♦
Rock Climbing ♦
Jogging Track ♦
Promenade Deck wraps around the ship, using two decks ♦
Ice Skating (yes, ice skating!) ♦
Spa and Wellness
Full Service Spa ♦
MedSpa Services ♦
Sauna or Steam Room ♦
Beauty Salon ♦
Fitness Assessment ♦
Health and Nutrition Evaluation
Children and Teens
Family Cabins ♦
Organized Age Specific Activities ♦
Children's Pool ♦
Outdoor Children's Play Area ♦
Youth Staff ♦
Dedicated Teen Center ♦
Teen Programs ♦
Teen Staff ♦
Group Babysitting Services
Other Facilities and Services
Duty Free Shops and Boutiques ♦
Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service ♦
Business Center Services ♦