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3114 Psgrs
Refurbished
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Apr 2015

What people said about this ship:

"...was that our party was somehow split into 2 different dining room s for the dinner hour, but this was fixed as soon as I it..." in 76 reviews.
"Ice show was great, as was the marriage game show, oithers were average." in 13 reviews.
"Saw Jr cruise directors complaining." in 3 reviews.

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Things have changed

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Explorer of the Seas | Sail Date: Jul 12, 2014


main dinning the food was awlful but the service was great. it wasn't fair to the servers. Was better in the Windjammer buffet, that where the extra tips went for me. The steak looked frozen and fake. it was better prepared in the Windjammer.... The slot machine where very tight, and the give ways where cheap. we won the same game on the cruiseline several years ago and got an excursion and a good bottle of champaign... this time 5 dollar cheap watches come on things aren't that bad. Not many selection for food for the night-line party crew... how about some hot wings and better pizza.

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Old boat

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Explorer of the Seas | Sail Date: Jul 03, 2014


 

15 year old boat. You can see and feel it everywhere. It is also very dirty. The food is pretty bad and boring. If you enjoy healthy and unprocessed food you will be deeply disappointed.  The highlight of the trip was coming home. Oh, and the entertainment I won't even mention- a joke. 

 

 

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Best family vacation ever!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Explorer of the Seas | Sail Date: Jun 28, 2014


Every part of our trip was wonderful!  We were a group of 14 and had a wonderful time.  The only problem we had was that our party was somehow split into 2 different dining rooms for the dinner hour, but this was fixed as soon as I mentioned it to the dining staff.  The only other problem was the lack of being able to communicate with each other when making plans or doing separate activities.  We wasted a lot of time trying to figure our when and where to meet up.  If we could call or text it would have been easier but the cell phone cost was prohibitive.

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Great family trip

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Explorer of the Seas | Sail Date: Jun 28, 2014


Great trip for family with grown up kids and grand kids. Things for everyone to do.  Ice show was really great.  Services was the best we have every had. Easy on and off at port liberty.

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Russians are coming!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Explorer of the Seas | Sail Date: Jun 19, 2014


Everything was excellent!

Just one thing: television. Very old TV-set in our cabin, even not flat screen, from the beginning of last century. That grandpa-TV-set spoke only Spanish. Even English-speaking movie we had to watch with Spanish subtitles. Why?

I tried to reprogram launguage. Impossible.

There are several kinds of program on our ship TV - Spanish, German, Italian, French, Chinise, Mexican... I did not see anybody like French or German on the ship. However there are many, many Russian people there. Russian launguage was here and there but not on TV. Why?

I think it's right time yo add Russian program on TV as well.

Thank you very much.Surprised

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Welcome on board! we love the ship!

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Honeymoon Cruise to Bremuda and other ports of call!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Explorer of the Seas | Sail Date: Jun 19, 2014


We had a fantastic Time!!! From when we initially booked the cruise through cruises.com working with Jon Kaden who guided us through the biooking process to the cruise itself was incredible.

 

This was our honeymoon and the ship was fantastic, I have been on 4 other cruises and this was the prettiest ship to date. The activities and shows were great as they had many different things to choose from. The ports of call were nice, we loved St. Maarten!

 

I woudl say my only two things for improvement woudl have to be having different selections of food in the Windjammer cafe for Breakfast and lunch. The food was good but it seems they served the same things each day. My othe suggestion for improvement wold be to add some sand on the beaches of Labadee Haiti. It was very difficult to walk into the water and navigate the rocks.

 

I woudl like to thank Jon Kaden for his expertise and the reminder phone calls regarding payment and priiting of documents for our cruise, as well s the follow-up calls upon our return asking about the cruise and making sure we submitted our on-cruise bill for reimbursment, I will definetly book through cruises.com again and hopefully use Jon.

 

Thank you Royal Carribbean for giving us a great cruise and memorable honeymoon, we are looking forward to booking our next cruise soon!

 

Dave Ecenrode and Melis Diehm!

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Execellent Service

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Explorer of the Seas | Sail Date: Jun 14, 2014


This was our first cruise so we did not know what to expect.  The service from all staff was over the top, especially towards the children.  Our dinner staff was very catering to our needs and were ready for us each evening with our drinks and smiling faces.

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Monkey fun it's an elephant loving the bunk beds

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RCCL not what it used to be.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Explorer of the Seas | Sail Date: Jun 14, 2014


The overall food on the ship was poor quality. The 'so called' prime rib was such a low quality that I didn't eat it, as for the mushy lobster. Other than the omlettes for breakfast, there was nothing I found appetizing. The service in the dining room was exceptional. Our room Stewart was also outstanding. The entertainment was fair, ship is tired looking. The port in Bermuda is boring. The disembarkation was the worst I've seen, totally disorganized. We kept our luggage so we could walk off and leave earlier but that just didn't happen. They wouldn't let people use the elevators but made them carry their luggage down several flights of stairs. why??? It made no sense treating people like this. We are platinum members and the perks were sub par. The 45 minute cocktail reception was a joke. It was really just a sales pitch. Mediocre drinks and no passed appetizers. Not a nice way to appreciate your platinum and above passengers.

i will probably not cruise again with RCCL. We cruised with Celebrity in April and Regent in January, both being positive experiences. They know how to treat and pamper their guest. They did not treat their guest like cattle and present poor quality food.

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Best Way to Vacation

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Explorer of the Seas | Sail Date: Jun 05, 2014


The overall cruise was very good--the best of our previous experiences with Royal Caribbean. Gorgeous ship, great service, very good accommodations, and the four destinations were awesome.  We love the town plaza with all of the shops, eateries, staged and spontaneous activities, including a Starbucks, which made my wife and daughter extra happy . The evening dining menu and food quality in Da Gamma were ok and a little disappointing, however.  The best thing about the dinner was our waiters and the bonding we established. They were the most personal and best we have experienced and they became part of our extended family. Our greatest overall food experience was in the buffet (breakfast/lunch).  The food was very tasty and enjoyable every day. We did not experience the buffet for dinner. We had dinner twice at the specialty restaurant and enjoyed the food and atmosphere very much.  The room service menu and food were also very good. Our cabins were very comfortable and the experience of sleeping with the open balcony was so refreshing and rewarding. We are eagerly looking forward to doing this cruise again and hope our experience will be enhanced even more by our comments below.

Would like to make a few suggestions for enjoyment in the future.  The dinner menu and food quality need to improve.  For example, crab cakes were on the menu and every one in our party ordered them.  Not a single piece of crabmeat could be found.  They were made with fake crabmeat (pollock),  and after the first bite, all of us returned the dish.  A couple of times the food was not cooked thorougly or as requested and not enough daily variety was offered. These were inexcusable and disappointing.  Overall, maybe one-half of the items we selected during the nine dinner nights were good to very good. No excuse for it not being consistently very good.  Good thing we had the waiters we did.  They made up our dinner disappointments.

We were disappointed in the choice of sweetners used in the preparation of sugar-free deserts and available in the dining and eating facilities. All of the sugar alternatives were nutri-sweet varities that are all artificial and dangerous to ones health.  More healthier and natural sweetner such as truvia or stevia were no where to be found.  Splenda, which is not as good as truvia and stevia, but much better than nutri-sweet was unavailable, but available on other Royal Caribbean Ships we have traveled.  No excuse for that either.  We have come to love cruising on Royal Caribbeans and hope these suggestions will be implemented in time for our next cruise this year.

 

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Great Ports

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Explorer of the Seas | Sail Date: Jun 05, 2014


I didn't rate this cruise excellent because the Drinks Premium Package was disappointing. The advertising didn't mention limitations and it was obvious what I called premium was not defined the same by Royal Carribbean. The cruise ship is outdated and the balcony was disappointing too.

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Balcony Cabins
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Restaurants
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Service and Staff: 84%
Ship Quality: 75%
Onboard Activities: 69%

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Cabins of Explorer of the Seas

Interior Stateroom on Explorer of the Seas Size:
150 sq ft.

Amenities:
- Two twin beds that convert to a queen-sized bed a private bathroom with shower vanity area mini-bar closed-circuit TV mini-safe radio telephone and a hairdryer.

Please Note: Smoking is not permitted in staterooms; as of January 1 2014 smoking will also be prohibited on balconies.
Wheelchair Accessible Amenities: Two twin beds that can convert to Queen with open bed frames sofa (which may convert into a sofa bed to accommodate one or two more guests) wider entry door turning spaces sitting area with lowered vanity closet rods and private bathroom with a wider door roll-in shower grab bars fold-down shower shower bench hand-held shower head raised toilet and a lowered sink.
Please Note: Royal Caribbean requires guests booked in this category to acknowledge need for the accessible stateroom by completing a Guest Special Needs Form.
Please Note: Smoking is not permitted in staterooms; as of January 1 2014 smoking will also be prohibited on balconies.

Wheel Chair Accessible Cabins:
1301, 1305, 1337, 1535, and, 1637, (256, sq., ft.), 9553, 9557, and, 9561, (256, sq., ft.), 9337, (256, sq., ft.)

Available On Decks:
Deck 8, Deck 7, Deck 6, Deck 10, Deck 9

Reviews:

12 Reviews from travelers who stayed in a Interior Stateroom

Superior Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony on Explorer of the Seas Size:
179 sq ft.; Balcony: 52 sq ft.

Amenities:
- Two twin beds that convert to a queen-sized bed a private balcony sitting area (some with sofa bed) private bathroom with shower vanity area mini-bar closed-circuit TV mini-safe radio telephone and a hairdryer.

Please Note: Smoking is not permitted in staterooms; as of January 1 2014 smoking will also be prohibited on balconies.
Please Note: Staterooms 1388-1392 and 1688-1692 have obstructed views.
Please Note: Smoking is not permitted in staterooms; as of January 1 2014 smoking will also be prohibited on balconies.

Available On Decks:
Deck 6, Deck 9, Deck 8, Deck 7, Deck 10

Reviews:

11 Reviews from travelers who stayed in a Superior Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony

Oceanview Stateroom on Explorer of the Seas Size:
160 sq ft.

Amenities:
- Two twin beds that convert to a queen-sized bed a 24-inch round window private bathroom with shower vanity area mini-bar closed-circuit TV mini-safe radio telephone and a hairdryer.

Please Note: Smoking is not permitted in staterooms; as of January 1 2014 smoking will also be prohibited on balconies.
Wheelchair Accessible Amenities: Two twin beds that can convert to Queen with open bed frames sofa (which may convert into a sofa bed to accommodate one or two more guests) wider entry door turning spaces sitting area with lowered vanity closet rods and private bathroom with a wider door roll-in shower grab bars fold-down shower shower bench hand-held shower head raised toilet and a lowered sink.
Please Note: Royal Caribbean requires guests booked in this category to acknowledge need for the accessible stateroom by completing a Guest Special Needs Form.
Please Note: Smoking is not permitted in staterooms; as of January 1 2014 smoking will also be prohibited on balconies.

Wheel Chair Accessible Cabins:
2320, 2324, 2328, 2620, 2624, and, 2628, (276, sq., ft.)

Available On Decks:
Deck 2, Deck 9, Deck 7, Deck 6, Deck 3

Reviews:

7 Reviews from travelers who stayed in a Oceanview Stateroom

Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony on Explorer of the Seas Size:
164 sq ft.; Balcony: 51 sq ft.
164 sq ft.; Balcony: 51 sq. ft.

Amenities:
- Two twin beds that convert to a queen-sized bed a private balcony sitting area private bathroom with shower vanity area mini-bar closed-circuit TV mini-safe radio telephone and a hairdryer.

Please Note: Staterooms 6388 6390 7388 7390 7688 7690 8390 8392 8690 8692 9390 9392 9690 and 9692 have obstructed views.
Please Note: Smoking is not permitted in staterooms; as of January 1 2014 smoking will also be prohibited on balconies.
Wheelchair Accessible Amenities: Two twin beds that can convert to Queen with open bed frames sofa (which may convert into a sofa bed to accommodate one or two more guests) wider entry door turning spaces private balcony sitting area with lowered vanity closet rods and private bathroom with a wider door roll-in shower grab bars fold-down shower shower bench hand-held shower head raised toilet and a lowered sink.
Please Note: Royal Caribbean requires guests booked in this category to acknowledge need for the accessible stateroom by completing a Guest Special Needs Form.
Please Note: Smoking is not permitted in staterooms; as of January 1 2014 smoking will also be prohibited on balconies.

Wheel Chair Accessible Cabins:
6300, 6304, 6600, 6604, 7300, 7304, 7600, and, 7604, (275, sq., ft.;, Balcony, 42, sq., ft.)

Available On Decks:
Deck 10, Deck 9, Deck 8, Deck 7, Deck 6

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2 Reviews from travelers who stayed in a Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony

Large Oceanview Stateroom on Explorer of the Seas Size:
178 sq ft.

Amenities:
- Two twin beds that convert to a queen-sized bed a 24-inch round window private bathroom with shower vanity area mini-bar closed-circuit TV mini-safe radio telephone and a hairdryer.

Please Note: Smoking is not permitted in staterooms; as of January 1 2014 smoking will also be prohibited on balconies.

Available On Decks:
Deck 9, Deck 8, Deck 7, Deck 6

Royal Suite with Balcony on Explorer of the Seas Size:
1087 sq ft.; Balcony: 217 sq ft.

Amenities:
- A separate bedroom with king-sized bed private balcony with hot tub living room with queen-sized sofa bed dining table baby grand piano entertainment center wet bar private bathroom with whirlpool tub and shower vanity area walk-in closet mini-bar closed-circuit TV mini-safe radio telephone and a hairdryer. Suite guests also have access to the Concierge Club lounge which offers a number of exclusive amenities including: preferred appointments for the salon and spa; movies and CDs for onboard usage; an honor bar in the lounge; continental breakfast hors d''oeuvres and petit fours served in the lounge; reservations for the Portofino Restaurant and Explorations Tours; reserved time for ice-skating and rock climbing; and tickets for the ice show. Personalized stationery pre-ordering of dinner wine faxing and copying services use of a portable ship phone and private party arrangements are also available.

Please Note:Smoking is not permitted in staterooms; as of January 1 2014 smoking will also be prohibited on balconies.

Available On Decks:
Deck 10

Family Oceanview Stateroom on Explorer of the Seas Size:
262 sq ft.

Amenities:
- Two twin beds that convert to a queen-sized bed a sitting area with sofa and/or Pullman beds two 24-inch round windows private bathroom with shower vanity area mini-bar closed-circuit TV mini-safe radio telephone and a hairdryer.

Please Note: Smoking is not permitted in staterooms; as of January 1 2014 smoking will also be prohibited on balconies.

Available On Decks:
Deck 9, Deck 8, Deck 7, Deck 6

Owner's Suite with Balcony on Explorer of the Seas Size:
559 sq ft.; Balcony: 90 sq ft.

Amenities:
- A queen-sized bed private balcony separate living area with queen-sized sofa bed wet bar private bathroom with tub and shower vanity area walk-in closet mini-bar closed-circuit TV mini-safe radio telephone and a hairdryer. Suite guests also have access to the Concierge Club lounge which offers a number of exclusive amenities including: preferred appointments for the salon and spa; movies and CDs for onboard usage; an honor bar in the lounge; continental breakfast hors d''oeuvres and petit fours served in the lounge; reservations for the Portofino Restaurant and Explorations Tours; reserved time for ice-skating and rock climbing; and tickets for the ice show. Personalized stationery pre-ordering of dinner wine faxing and copying services use of a portable ship phone and private party arrangements are also available.

Please Note: Smoking is not permitted in staterooms; as of January 1 2014 smoking will also be prohibited on balconies.

Available On Decks:
Deck 10

Royal Family Suite with Balcony (Obstructed View) on Explorer of the Seas Size:
561 sq ft.; Balcony: 246 sq ft.

Amenities:
- Two bedrooms with two twin beds that convert to queen-sized beds (one room with third and fourth beds as Pullman beds) a private balcony with obstructed view living area with double sofa bed two private bathrooms with shower (one with tub) vanity area mini-bar closed-circuit TV mini-safe radio telephone and a hairdryer. Suite guests also have access to the Concierge Club lounge which offers a number of exclusive amenities including: preferred appointments for the salon and spa; movies and CDs for onboard usage; an honor bar in the lounge; continental breakfast hors d''oeuvres and petit fours served in the lounge; reservations for the Portofino Restaurant and Explorations Tours; reserved time for ice-skating and rock climbing; and tickets for the ice show. Personalized stationery pre-ordering of dinner wine faxing and copying services use of a portable ship phone and private party arrangements are also available.

Please Note: Staterooms 8394 8694 9394 and 9694 have obstructed views.
Please Note: Smoking is not permitted in staterooms; as of January 1 2014 smoking will also be prohibited on balconies.

Available On Decks:
Deck 9, Deck 8

Grand Suite with Balcony on Explorer of the Seas Size:
349 sq ft.; Balcony: 100 sq ft.

Amenities:
- Two twin beds that convert to a queen-sized bed a private balcony sitting area (some with sofa bed) private bathroom with tub and shower vanity area mini-bar closed-circuit TV mini-safe radio telephone and a hairdryer. Suite guests also have access to the Concierge Club lounge which offers a number of exclusive amenities including: preferred appointments for the salon and spa; movies and CDs for onboard usage; an honor bar in the lounge; continental breakfast hors d''oeuvres and petit fours served in the lounge; reservations for the Portofino Restaurant and Explorations Tours; reserved time for ice-skating and rock climbing; and tickets for the ice show. Personalized stationery pre-ordering of dinner wine faxing and copying services use of a portable ship phone and private party arrangements are also available.

Smoking is not permitted in staterooms; as of January 1 2014 smoking will also be prohibited on balconies.

Available On Decks:
Deck 10

Junior Suite with Balcony on Explorer of the Seas Size:
264 sq ft.; Balcony: 75 sq ft.

Amenities:
- Two twin beds that convert to a queen-sized bed a private balcony sitting area (some with sofa bed) private bathroom with tub and shower vanity area mini-bar closed-circuit TV mini-safe radio telephone and a hairdryer.

Please Note:Staterooms 1694 6392 6394 7392 7394 7692 and 7694 have obstructed views.
Wheelchair Accessible Amenities: Two twin beds that can convert to Queen with open bed frames sofa (which may convert into a sofa bed to accommodate one or two more guests) wider entry door turning spaces private balcony sitting area with lowered vanity closet rods and private bathroom with a wider door roll-in shower grab bars fold-down shower shower bench hand-held shower head raised toilet and a lowered sink.
Please Note: Royal Caribbean requires guests booked in this category to acknowledge need for the accessible stateroom by completing a Guest Special Needs Form.
Please Note: Smoking is not permitted in staterooms; as of January 1 2014 smoking will also be prohibited on balconies.

Wheel Chair Accessible Cabins:
1244, and, 1544, (276, sq., ft.;, Balcony, 69, sq., ft.)

Available On Decks:
Deck 10, Deck 9, Deck 7, Deck 6

Reviews:

1 Review from travelers who stayed in a Junior Suite with Balcony

Promenade Stateroom on Explorer of the Seas Size:
160 sq ft.

Amenities:
- Two twin beds that convert to a queen-sized bed bowed windows with a view of the Royal Promenade private bathroom with shower vanity area mini-bar closed-circuit TV mini-safe radio telephone and a hairdryer.

Wheelchair Accessible Amenities: Two twin beds that can convert to Queen with open bed frames sofa (which may convert into a sofa bed to accommodate one or two more guests) wider entry door turning spaces sitting area with lowered vanity closet rods and private bathroom with a wider door roll-in shower grab bars fold-down shower shower bench hand-held shower head raised toilet and a lowered sink.
Please Note: Royal Caribbean requires guests booked in this category to acknowledge need for the accessible stateroom by completing a Guest Special Needs Form.
Please Note: Smoking is not permitted in staterooms; as of January 1 2014 smoking will also be prohibited on balconies.

Wheel Chair Accessible Cabins:
7297, (256, sq., ft.)

Available On Decks:
Deck 8, Deck 7, Deck 6

Reviews:

2 Reviews from travelers who stayed in a Promenade Stateroom

Deck Plans for Explorer of the Seas

Explorer of the Seas

 

Deck 15

Deck 15 features the Skylight Chapel.


Stateroom has third Pullman bed available.
Stateroom has third Pullman bed available.
3rd & 4th Pullman Beds Available
3rd & 4th Pullman Beds Available
Connecting Staterooms
Connecting Staterooms
Wheelchair Accessible
Wheelchair Accessible
Sofa Bed & 3rd Pullman Bed Available
Sofa Bed & 3rd Pullman Bed Available
Stateroom with sofa bed
Stateroom with sofa bed
Stateroom has four additional Pullman beds available.
Stateroom has four additional Pullman beds available.
Stateroom has an obstructed view.
Stateroom has an obstructed view.
Deck 15

Dining

My Time Dining is Royal Caribbean's flexible dining option that allows you to choose when you dine and who you dine with, all while enjoying seating in the ship's main dining room; order from the same dinner menu and enjoy the same impeccable Gold Anchor Service for which Royal Caribbean is known. It's easy to enjoy My Time Dining - make your pre-reservation ahead of time, reserve onboard or simply walk in!

Seating Times: 6:00 - 9:30 PM.
Dress: We suggest smart casual attire. On formal evenings (2), formal attire is appropriate in the restaurant, which includes suits and ties or tuxedos for men and dresses for women. Swimwear, shorts and jeans are not permitted.
Costs: All meals are included in your cruise fare, but specialty beverages, alcohol and wine are at current menu prices. Prepaid gratuities are required to participate in My Time Dining - this includes tips for your waiter, assistant waiter, head waiter and stateroom.
Reservations are recommended in order to avoid a delay in seating (reservations will be taken once onboard).

My Family Time Dining on Explorer of the Seas The main dining room offers My Family Time Dining with expedited dining and Adventure Ocean pick-up service, to keep the whole family happy and satisfied during your meals. With this expedited dining service your kids (ages 3 to 11) will be served their meals within 40 minutes, and their appetizers get served right away. <br /> <br />When they've finished dinner, take your children to meet the Adventure Ocean Youth staff at the dining room entrance doors. The staff will escort your children directly to the Adventure Ocean facilities for scheduled evening activities. Then you can quickly return to your table and enjoy a relaxing meal.

Must be registered in the complimentary Adventure Ocean Youth program.
Must have signed up for My Family Time Dining option in advance through Royal Caribbean's online booking & reservation service or once onboard, you can sign up for this service in the Adventure Ocean area.
The service starts on the second evening onboard. From then on you can enjoy My Family Time Dining for the remainder of your cruise vacation or choose to use this service whenever you wish.
Available for guests who select the Traditional Dining service at the first available seating.
More specific details are provided onboard in the Adventure Ocean area.

Main Dining Room (Columbus, Da Gama, Magellan) on Explorer of the Seas This stunning three-level formal dining room is linked by a grand staircase, dramatic fluted, gold-leaf columns, golden velvet curtains, and a domed ceiling with a gold sky burst rays. Sit down for a sumptuous five-course meal served by attentive wait staff, as live dinner music plays softly in the background.

Seating Times: Breakfast: 7:30 -9:30 AM, Lunch: From noon - 2 PM, Dinner: Early - 6:15 PM, Late - 8:30 PM.
Dress: We suggest smart casual attire . On formal evenings (2), formal attire is appropriate in the restaurant, which includes suits and ties or tuxedos for men and dresses for women. On a couple of nights, semi-formal attire is permitted. Swimwear, shorts and jeans are not permitted.
Costs: All meals (including coffee, tea, water, iced tea, and lemonade) are included in your cruise price. Specialty beverages, beer, wine, and soft drinks are offered at current bar menu prices.
Reservations are required for dinner only.

Portofino on Explorer of the Seas Celebrate a special occasion at this elegant restaurant featuring modern Italian creations and classic favorites.

Seating Times: Dinner: 6 - 10 PM.
Dress: We suggest smart casual attire - jackets and ties for men, dresses or pantsuits for women. On formal evenings, we suggest suits and ties or tuxedos for men and cocktail dresses for women.
Costs: A nominal fee of $20-$25 USD applies per guest, including gratuities. Specialty beverages, beer, wine, and soft drinks are offered at current bar menu price.
Reservations are required; we suggest booking them on the first day of the cruise due to limited seating.

Windjammer Cafe on Explorer of the Seas Enjoy great food and spectacular views in this casual buffet restaurant featuring delicious global cuisine including salads, soups, sandwiches and burgers, meat-carving and hot entrees, as well as cookies, cakes, and pastries for dessert.

Seating Times: Hours may vary by itinerary. Continental Breakfast: 6:30 - 7:30 AM, Full Buffet Breakfast: 7:30 - 10:30 AM, Lunch: From noon - 2 PM, Afternoon Tea and Snacks: 4 - 5 PM, Dinner: 6 - 9 PM, Late Night Snacks: 1 - 4 AM.
Dress: It's always casual in the Windjammer Cafe, however, bare feet and tank tops are not permitted at dinner.
Costs: No additional costs, but specialty drinks, alcoholic beverages and wines are charged at current menu pricing.
No reservations required.

Johnny Rockets on Explorer of the Seas Featuring authentic 1950s décor and a jukebox at every table, Johnny Rockets is the perfect place to get the family together for good old-fashioned burgers and fries.

Seating Times: Check onboard for hours of operation.
Dress: Always Casual.
Costs: A nominal fee of $4.95 USD applies per dine-in and take out. Specialty beverages, beer, and soft drinks are offered at current bar menu price.
No reservations required.

Jade Sushi on Explorer of the Seas Influenced by traditional Thai, Malaysian, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Indian, and Indonesian dishes, Jade features a seemingly endless buffet of delicious sushi creations and innovative Asian-fusion dishes, along with classic favorites like sushi, fried rice and more.

Seating Times: Dinner: 6 - 9 PM.
Dress: Always casual however, bare feet and tank tops are not permitted at dinner.
Costs: All meals (including coffee, tea, water, iced tea or lemonade) in Jade are included in the price of your cruise. Specialty beverages, beer, wine and soft drinks are offered at current bar menu prices.
No reservations required.

Cafe Promenade on Explorer of the Seas The multi-level Royal Promenade is the heart of the ship and Café Promenade is the perfect spot for "people watching" over a cup of Seattle's Best Coffee as well as snacks, pastries, and sandwiches.

Seating Times: Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night.
Dress: Always Casual.
Costs: No additional costs, but specialty drinks, alcoholic beverages, and wines are charged at current menu pricing.
No reservations required.

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream on Explorer of the Seas Vermont's Finest Ice Cream is now available in port and at sea! Enjoy Ben & Jerry's premium ice cream served with a smile, in cups, cones, sundaes, shakes, and smoothies.

Seating Times: Check onboard for hours of operations.
Dress: We suggest casual attire.
Costs: All ice-cream concoctions are offered at current menu prices.
No reservations required.

Exclusive lounge for Diamond Plus and Pinnacle Club members of Crown and Anchor Society as well as Suite guests (does not include Junior Suites) offers continental breakfast, as well as Hors d'oeuvres, and an honor bar.

Seating Time: Continental Breakfast, 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM; Hors d'oeuvres and petit fours beginning the second evening, before an after dinner. Check onboard for hours of operation.
Dress: We suggest smart casual attire. Swimwear, shorts and jeans are not permitted.
Costs: No additional costs.
No reservations required.

Room Service on Explorer of the Seas Enjoy breakfast in bed, a burger on your balcony, or private dinner in the comfort of your stateroom.

Seating Times: 24 hours a day.
Dress: Anything from pajamas to tuxedos, it's up to you.
Costs: All meals (including coffee, tea, water, ice tea or lemonade) delivered by room service are included in your cruise price (however a late night service charge applies). Specialty beverages, beer, wine and soda are offered at current bar menu price.
No reservations required, just a phone call away.

Entertainment

19th Hole on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 15
Type: Bar
Description: Tell him there's no reason to miss the big game while on your cruise. Enjoy a beer and watch your favorite team at the 19th Hole Sports Bar at Sea.

Adventure Ocean on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 13
Type: Kids Zone
Description: A play area with specially designed activities for kids from 3-17. Run by exceptional, energetic and college-educated staff.

Art and Photo Gallery on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 4
Type: Shop
Description: Original art is displayed in the onboard art gallery as well as throughout the ship. To purchase something for your own collection, visit an onboard art auction.

Board Room on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 3
Type: Other
Description: This is a cozy meeting space for a celebration or a business meeting.

Boutiques on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 6
Type: Shop
Description: Onboard shopping options include a jewelry shop, gift shop, clothing boutique, perfumery, and liquor store.

Casino Royale on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 5
Type: Gaming
Description: Our glittering casino features slot machines; extensive table games including Blackjack, \roulette, craps, and Caribbean Stud Poker; a bar and lounge area; a sports book; a poker room; and a players' club.

Center Ice Rink on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 3
Type: Sports
Description: When the professionals aren't putting on one of their remarkable shows, enjoy our onboard skating rink.

Centrum on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 5
Type: Other
Description: The Centrum is awash in glittering glass and marble, a dramatic sculpture, trees, and greenery.

Centrum on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 6
Type: Other
Description: The Centrum is awash in glittering glass and marble, a dramatic sculpture, trees, and greenery.

Centrum on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 4
Type: Other
Description: The Centrum is awash in glittering glass and marble, a dramatic sculpture, trees, and greenery.

Champagne Bar on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 6
Type: Bar
Description: This quiet and elegant escape is the perfect place to enjoy a glass (or two) of the bubbly.

Cloud Nine on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 15
Type: Other
Description: Need to gather up your group? Reserve Cloud Nine for meetings, seminars, and private parties. Cloud Nine provides a place for you to watch the sun sink below the horizon, and the stars appear one-by-one in the night sky.

Concierge Club on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 10
Type: Other
Description: For the exclusive use of Concierge Club members.

Conference Center on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 3
Type: Other
Description: Our comfortable conference center features state-of-the-art presentation equipment and a variety of meeting rooms.

Day Spa and Fitness Center on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 12
Type: Health
Description: The Fitness Center will offer vacationers a plentiful and varied selection of the latest cardio and resistance equipment for working out alone or for joining one of the several classes, including spinning, kickboxing, Pilates and yoga; our full-service spa offers a beauty salon and spa treatments including massage, manicures and seaweed body wraps.

Day Spa and Fitness Center on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 13
Type: Health
Description: The Fitness Center will offer vacationers a plentiful and varied selection of the latest cardio and resistance equipment for working out alone or for joining one of the several classes, including spinning, kickboxing, Pilates and yoga; our full-service spa offers a beauty salon and spa treatments including massage, manicures and seaweed body wraps.

Dunes Mini Golf on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 14
Type: Sports
Description: Come test your golf skills at our challenging miniature golf course that will entertain adults and children alike.

General Store on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 6
Type: Shop
Description: Port cities arent the only places to shop on a cruise--passengers can browse onboard for souvenirs, luxury goods, clothing, and accessories.

Guest Services and Explorations! on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 6
Type: Information
Description: The place to go for general ship information, to report lost or damaged goods, and to exchange money or traveler's checks. Shore excursions can also be booked at the Explorations! Desk.

In-Line Track on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 14
Type: Sports
Description: Made especially for in-line skating. We'll provide all the equipment.

Jazz Lounge on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 15
Type: Entertainment
Description: Music fans flock for nightly jazz performances.

Jogging Track on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 13
Type: Sports
Description: Run laps while taking in the view. Our tracks are open to anyone and proper shoes are recommended.

Library on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 8
Type: Other
Description: An impressive selection of books are available to check out. Choose from a variety of topics, including travel, art, biography, fiction, nonfiction, science fiction, beauty, health, and more. Daily trivia games are often held here as well.

Logo Souvenir Shop on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 6
Type: Shop
Description: Next to the General Store is the Royal Caribbean Logo Souvenir Shop where you can find everything imaginable with Royal Caribbean logos on it.

Main Lounge on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 6
Type: Bar
Description: Come to this venue at night for live music, dancing, and entertainment.

Palace Theatre on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 4
Type: Entertainment
Description: Some of the best Broadway shows play in the Palace Theatre, an homage to the great showhouses of all time.

Palace Theatre on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 3
Type: Entertainment
Description: Some of the best Broadway shows play in the Palace Theatre, an homage to the great showhouses of all time.

Palace Theatre on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 5
Type: Entertainment
Description: Some of the best Broadway shows play in the Palace Theatre, an homage to the great showhouses of all time.

Perfume Shop on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 6
Type: Shop
Description: A great place to treat yourself or that special someone to your favorite scent at duty free rates.

Pool Bar on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 12
Type: Bar
Description: Dip. Sip. Dip. Sip. How's that for relaxing? Our pool bars make it easy to stay cool in the sun without having to stray too far from your deck chair. With only a few steps to both the pool and the bar, you can really maximize your lounging time and stay refreshed!

Pub on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 6
Type: Bar
Description: A true, British pub in the middle of the high seas. What a crazy world. Get yourself a pint and a chair and you might find yourself transported to the streets of London.

RC Online on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 9
Type: Other
Description: It's high tech on the high seas! With royalcaribbean online, for a small fee you can access the Internet, send e-mails or send your family an e-postcard with your picture in it.

Rock Climbing Wall on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 14
Type: Sports
Description: At 150-200 feet above sea level, our rock-climbing wall offers skill combinations for all levels. Our signature rock climbing walls are our most popular feature and are available on all Royal Caribbean cruise ships. Whether it's your first time on a rock wall or you're a seasoned climber, there are challenges for all levels of experience. We'll provide all of the equipment, including shoes, helmets and harnesses. All you need to do is bring a pair of socks and, of course, your sense of adventure.

Schooner Bar on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 5
Type: Bar
Description: A casual place to relax in a Nautical setting to enjoy an afternoon beverage. This signature nautical themed Royal Caribbean bar with classic teak and brass can be found on all of RCCL cruise ships.

Screening Room on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 3
Type: Other
Description: The Screening Room shows first-run movies daily.

Seven Hearts on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 15
Type: Other
Description: Shuffle up for fun in Seven Hearts card and game room. The Seven Hearts Card Room is the place for heated bridge tournaments and relaxed games of go-fish alike.

Solarium on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 12
Type: Pool
Description: Sit in one of the cantilevered whirlpools in this tranquil. adults only space with 3 decks of glass.

Sports Court on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 14
Type: Sports
Description: An outdoor full-size court for sports, including basketball and volleyball, ping pong and more

Studio B on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 4
Type: Entertainment
Description: You won't believe your eyes when you step into Studio B. It's where you'll find our onboard ice-skating rink, not to mention our professional ice shows, which are a must-see. Featured on our Voyager-family ships, Studio B is also home to other onboard activities, like game shows, onboard parties, cooking demonstrations, and more. Once onboard, you can check your Cruise Compass and Daily Planner for the day's schedule of events.

Studio B on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 3
Type: Entertainment
Description: You won't believe your eyes when you step into Studio B. It's where you'll find our onboard ice-skating rink, not to mention our professional ice shows, which are a must-see. Featured on our Voyager-family ships, Studio B is also home to other onboard activities, like game shows, onboard parties, cooking demonstrations, and more. Once onboard, you can check your Cruise Compass and Daily Planner for the day's schedule of events.

Swimming Pools on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 12
Type: Pool
Description: Take a dip in one of our refreshing pools or lie pool side and soak in some sun.

Teen Disco on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 13
Type: Kids Zone
Description: Open 'til 2 a.m., teens can dance, listen to music, or just hang out.

The Chamber on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 5
Type: Bar
Description: Step into a blaze of neon lights and futuristic dcor in the Chamber, a two-level disco that caters to a crowd in constant motion.

The Chamber on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 4
Type: Bar
Description: Step into a blaze of neon lights and futuristic dcor in the Chamber, a two-level disco that caters to a crowd in constant motion.

Viking Crown Lounge on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 15
Type: Bar
Description: No Royal Caribbean cruise is complete without a stop in our signature lounge. Perched high above the ocean, this comfortable lounge offers spectacular vistas by day and turns into a lively dance club at night.

Whirlpools on Explorer of the Seas Deck: Deck 12
Type: Pool
Description: Warm up in one of our relaxing whirlpools.

99 Tips for Explorer of the Seas

Catch her this year before she moves south and the prices go up to sail the Quantum.

Must attend the entertainment and game show. Besides, have great fund on Deck 5.

The breakfast in the dining room was excellent. We went there the last 2 days...wish we had done it sooner.

We used my time dining and never had an issue getting the times we wanted!

Use the dining your way option. We wanted to just eat at a table for two... we were accommodated with this request for the entire voyage. Loved the fact we could change the time we ate each day.

Take one night to go to the Windjammer for dinner - the Mongolian stir fry is made to order and is to die for!

Steer clear of the Windjammer as much as possible unless you want a drink of something or a salad.

We had Anytime Dining and went at about 7:30 with no reservations for two. Usually were seated immediately.

Don't buy drink passes till you get on the ship, you can buy them daily for the same price and be aware the ship will run out of bottled water but you can bring it on at each port. Free sandwiches muffins brownies and pizza along with free water and iced tea on deck 5,very good service and food.

For the health minded, They have a well equipped gym and a knowledgeable staff.

There are more spots to eat in Labadee don't go to the first one at the entrance; over crowded.

get all of the appetizers from the beginning

Enjoyed the pool area and shows every night, don't miss them.

Use the outside deck to walk from end to end - less people and a gorgeous view

For those who want a veggie burger, just ask at the hamburger counter. You will have to wait about 10 minutes.

We really liked that we could get a drink, cup of coffee or snack any time at the Promenade Café.

Visit the Stairway of the Stars in the forward stairwell. It's all pop music memorabilia.

Go to the windjammer café for breakfast and lunch. It's a buffett style set-up. They always have plenty to choose from, ample seating and excellent service.

Go to the shows, Dizzy's lounge, My time dining.

For the 3 most comfortable seats on the ship, go to the Cloud 9 lounge.

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