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Refurbished
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Oct 2005

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Nice cruise for the price

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


The ship was nice, the crew friendly, the two days in Bermuda were enjoyable.  If you go, you gotta go to Horseshoe Beach... absolutely beautiful.   Everyone I talked to or met with in Bermuda were extremely friendly!  Rock climbing, roller skating, putt putt, and volleyball were all fun... and at no extra charge!

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Lots of Fun and a Great Adventure

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Explorer of the Seas | Sail Date: Apr 04, 2014


Our first cruise to Bermuda exceeded our expectations.  Wonderful staff, always concerned and caring, plus terrific meals served by attentive waiters, Carlos and Raul, who were more than happy to provide us with as many desserts as we wanted!  The folks at our table were most congenial and friendly sharing their experiences and kept us laughing at their stories. The Promenade Deck always had something happening that was unexpected.  The shows, including a movie now and then, kept us entertained.  We enjoyed good weather on our outbound voyage and lots of sunny skies in Bermuda.  Although we had some rough seas on our return, it made the trip more exciting!!  What more could you want?  Great food, entertainment, new friends and the sun, sky and sea!  How I miss the boat gently rocking me to sleep each night.  Guess I need another cruise!

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Oceanview

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Explorer of the Seas March 2014

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Explorer of the Seas | Sail Date: Mar 11, 2014


First time we've cruised in almost 30 years, quite a few changes, specialty restaurants, multiple dining rooms, a promenade to name a few. We never got around to the specialty restaurants the food was so good with a wide variety of offerings we didn't feel the need to venture out, maybe next time. 

It was like being in a small town everybody was friendly and polite there was always staff around if you had questions. Overall a thourghly enjoyable experience can't wait for our next trip.

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Evening On the deck Gotta eat Bikers cruise

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February 23, 2014 cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Explorer of the Seas | Sail Date: Feb 23, 2014


Although we were most impressed with the cleanliness of the ship and the friendly staff, we were most disappointed in missing the CocoCay stop.  We understood the waters appeared to be too rough for the tenders (albeit the NCL ship near us had a tender go to their ship), we did not understand why we could not have stayed in that area to be able to remain in warm weather for the day.  Was disappointing.  We would not recommend a cruise with these limited stops, since losing out on 1 has such an impact coming from the North.

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My experience at the Royal Caribbean

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Explorer of the Seas | Sail Date: Feb 16, 2014


I will like to compliment some of your crew members.....Charisma Majuca was one of the best dealers I ever came across on a cruise.  She has personality, humour, friendliness and was able to remember people which is why it kept me coming to her table to play Blackjack. Spent alot of money but she made it easier to swallow the loss.  Felix A. Vargas (guest service officer) was very attentive and was able to solve a couple of issues my sister and I came across.  Ulner Isma was very friendly and made me feel welcome.  Mirko (Assistant headwaiter) was the best waiter I have ever.  He was funny, welcoming and remember our names whenever we show up on his table. We always hoped he was our waiter.  Kenger Browne (washy washy lady) awesome lady, she always make sure we enter the dining area with a smile.  Made me wanna sterilze my hands.  The spanish band was fantastic!!  They played all types of music and even music I requested.  However, you need to get a real d.j. who mixes music, takes requests and is not only there to push buttons.  It came to the point where I had to take my own ipod to enjoy the music and dance in the Chamber night club.  The piano man...wow...fantastic.  Your shows were Broadway level....awesome!! Mr. Leigh is someone you should keep. He was entertaining, funny, welcoming, the best host ever!!! The food served in the dining room area was much better than the food in the buffet area. The cigarettes (Newport) were stale. I purchased two cartons and regretted it.  What is up with the bathrooms????? Been on a few ships and never had a bathroom which was so small. Since I am a small person and it was uncomfortable for me, I could just imagine how uncomfortable it is for someone bigger than me.  Must thank you for allowing us to spend so much time on the stops.  On other ships we usually have 3 to 5 hours on land and then back to the ship unlike you guys where we spend almost the whole day.  In regards to the camp, you need to more staff being how can you have over 1,000 children and only allow 50 children at a time.  Overall out of 10 I give this ship and it's experience an 8.

 

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Great cruise-Did not exceed expectations

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Explorer of the Seas | Sail Date: Feb 16, 2014


I took this trip with my family, 2 kids, husband, 3 sisters..in all there were 19 of us!  We had a great cruise because we had fun doing things together.  Royal Caribbean claims to exceed expectations, but I did not feel they did that on this ship.  I had a better experience 3 years ago on the Radiance.  The food was definitely mediocre.  If you do not enjoy seafood, as I do not, then there were not a lot of options during dinner.  The pasta was often not as described and was bland and dry, very little sauce was ever given.  The beef no matter what cut I got was flavorless.  My appetizer was messed up 3 nights, one of which was a disaster because they served me clam chowder.  I did not know it was clam chowder until I took a bite.  That left me ill and unable to really continue my meal.  My daughter ordered veggies w/dip every night and you would have thought by the 3rd night of saying she'd take that again, they would be automatically bringing it.  My ice tea was never there upon arrival, nor my sons soda.  I have found this type of exceptional service often on other cruises.  The above and beyond service was not here on this ship.  The Windjammer Cafe, buffet style, was basically the same everyday and the food was just ok.  During dinner our waiter and assistant waiter did not go above and beyond for my service or my kids.  However, I will admit that they definitely did for my husband, often bringing him 2 portions (the main entre portions were very small.

  There were definitely other areas of the ship/service that I did not find to exceed my expectations: the cabin steward service, kids activities, toddler/baby activities, casino dealers/atmospher, bingo...

  I had a great time because like I said, we made it a great time.  I enjoyed my family.

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average cruise better than some but the celebrity, norweigan gem and qween mary were excellent. We went on 17 cruises and we know the difference

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Explorer of the Seas | Sail Date: Feb 16, 2014


The staff wasn't as accomodating as they should've been. They didn't welcome us on board and the parking at Bayonne was delayed. It took an

hour to wait to park our car and we never found out why. The attendents at the parking lot was disorganized for whatever reason. It. took alot of

horns beeping and people complaining before we moved to park our cars. Nobody welcome us on the boat and we were turned away for dinner. The staff wasn't that friendly until we had to rate them and then they were nice the next to the last day of the trip. We love the boat and the food and entertainment were good.

 

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a nice time

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Explorer of the Seas | Sail Date: Feb 09, 2014


terrific ship. weather could have been a little better, but great nevertheless. wonderful food and interesting activities. drinks are too expensive since they don't allow any private booze on board in the staterooms. service personnel were very friendly  and efficient. will go again.

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Norovirus

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Explorer of the Seas | Sail Date: Jan 21, 2014


The so called Norovirus was the route of all the problems encountered.

Missed 2 ports of call

came back 2 days early

shows cancelled, restaurants, pools, bathrooms closed

Compensation was inadequate

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About Explorer of the Seas

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Interior Cabins
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Oceanview Cabins
638
Balcony Cabins
119
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Restaurants
3
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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.

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

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

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

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 9, Deck 8, Deck 7, Deck 10, Deck 6

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

Deck Plans for Explorer of the Seas

Explorer of the Seas

 

Deck 15

Deck 15 features the Skylight Chapel.

Deck 15
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.

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 4
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 5
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 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.

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.

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 5
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.

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.

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.

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.

Do not travel to Bermuda in April. Wait until May/June for nicer weather...wore warm clothes the whole trip!

It's worth getting up early to enjoy the elegant breakfast. There was plenty of fitness equipment and activity from dawn to dark.

Its a must...

Pick dinner time at 8.30pm. It feels like you are going out every night with your spouse. 6pm feels like lunch time.

Make sure you ask for Mirko the Assistant Head Waiter who works in the MY time dining room who is fun and if you need to smile while loosing money in the Casino, make sure you sit on Charisma Majuca's Blackjack table. She will make you feel good even though you lost money.

The coffee and danishes and staff our nicer in the cafe on deck 5

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