Explorer of the Seas Overview

Families and other travelers looking for all-day fun. With many of Royal Caribbean’s signature onboard activities, including a surf simulator, full-size ice skating rink, and Broadway-style shows, Explorer of the Seas delivers many of the amenities of a big ship with fewer crowds and the navigational ease of a midsize vessel.

Ship Highlights

  • FlowRider surf simulator
  • 40-foot rock-climbing wall
  • Ice skating rink
  • Onboard SCUBA certification
  • Spirits of the Seasons ice skating show
  • Outdoor movie nights
  • Full-service Vitality spa
  • After-dark pool party with drinks and a midnight buffet on the lido deck
  • Original productions, such as Fast Forward and Invitation to Dance
  • Casino Royale
  • Structured activities, including dance classes and jewelry-making workshops
  • Adults-only Solarium
  • Three pools and six whirlpools
  • Game shows, including Battle of the Sexes and Love and Marriage
  • Nine-hole mini-golf course
  • Specialty restaurants, such as Izumi, Chops Grille, and Chef’s Table

Things to Consider

While Explorer of the Seas has enough onboard activities to entertain passengers for extended periods at sea, it still doesn’t offer quite the same variety of activities, dining venues, and nightlife that the fleet's larger ships do. Passengers craving a thrilling mega-ship experience may prefer Royal Caribbean’s state-of-the-art Oasis-class vessels, such as their newest ship, Symphony of the Seas.

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Explorer of the Seas more than lives up to Royal Caribbean’s reputation for fun-filled cruise ships. With its nine-hole mini-golf course, FlowRider surfing simulator, and a 40-foot-high rock-climbing wall, this Voyager-class ship has plenty of activities to keep the whole family busy. Active travelers will enjoy Explorer’s ice-skating rink, sports courts, and upper-level jogging track, while passengers seeking relaxation can be pampered at the ship’s full-service spa or take in front-of-the-ship views from the whirlpool in the adults-only Solarium. For the kids, Explorer offers Royal Caribbean’s award-winning Adventure Ocean program, which brings educational and entertainment opportunities to cruisers ages 3 to 11.

Explorer also boasts a vibrant nightlife, which includes more than 15 bars and lounges, live bands, dancing, and a 70s disco party. Theater aficionados have their choice of several Broadway-style original productions, and specialty dining options include burgers at Johnny Rockets, traditional Asian Cuisine at Izumi, and Royal Caribbean’s signature steakhouse, Chops Grille.

The ship, which took its maiden voyage back in 2000, is scheduled for modernization through the multimillion-dollar Royal Amplified program in 2020. Upgrades will include laser tag, an escape room, three-story-high waterslides, and SkyPad, a pulse-pounding virtual reality experience that combines trampolines and bungee cords. Explorer will also receive two new bars: The Bamboo Room and Playmakers Sports Bar and Arcade.

Explorer of the Seas lives up to its name, sailing out of a variety of homeports including Miami, Civitavecchia (Rome), and Southampton, England. The ship will be spending the winters of 2019, 2020, and 2021 in the Caribbean, and the summers in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe.

Explorer of the Seas Cabins

1557 cabins and 25 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
(93 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 152 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $108 per night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
(31 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 184 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $130 per night
Balcony Balcony
(105 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 173 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $160 per night
Suite Cabin Suite
(26 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 564 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $274 per night

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Explorer of the Seas Dining

In addition to the main dining room, passengers on Explorer of the Seas can choose from a number of specialty restaurants, including Izumi for traditional Asian cuisine, and Royal Caribbean’s signature steakhouse, Chops Grille. Cruisers looking for an upscale meal can enjoy a five-course gourmet dining experience at the exclusive Chef’s Table, while diners seeking more casual fare should visit Johnny Rockets or the Windjammer buffet, one of the ship’s complimentary dining options. And passengers looking for a quick treat on the go can grab a refreshing ice cream cone at the onboard Ben & Jerry’s.

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Johnny Rockets Johnny Rockets
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Cafe Promenade Cafe Promenade
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Windjammer Marketplace Windjammer Marketplace
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Explorer of the Seas Onboard Activities

Whether it’s catching a wave on the ship’s onboard surf simulator or indulging in an acupuncture session at the full-service spa, there’s an activity for everyone on Explorer of the Seas. Avid learners can attend a guest lecture, take dance lessons, or choose from an assortment of classes, including jewelry making, towel and napkin folding, and sushi rolling. Adventurous, passengers can even get SCUBA certified onboard. The ship also offers a variety of entertainment options, including several original stage shows, an ice skating extravaganza, and a mystery dinner theater. Live entertainment is available at many of the ship’s after-dark hotspots, such as Club Twenty, which features go-go dancers, a live DJ, and living statues.

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Swimming Pools Swimming Pools
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Pool Bar Pool Bar
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Main Lounge Main Lounge
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SeaTrek SeaTrek
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Trans-Pacific Cruise by dhamel

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Every time was very good. The only part to be improved is the food option in the Windjammer which in this cruise was mostly always the same choice.

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Peaceful Pacific Northwest by mclaindeb2

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Very well laid-out ship. Royal Carribean needs to address the cigarette smoke issue where passengers are not forced to walk through the terrible odor.

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Apr 03, 2013

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

Apr 17, 2013

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

Dec 03, 2013

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

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