Explorer of the Seas


Explorer of the Seas Overview

By Cruiseline.com - Updated Sep. 12, 2019

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 education 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.

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

Before You Book

Why Sail Explorer of the Seas: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.

You Should Know: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.

Explorer of the Seas Ship Stats

  • Price:
  • Size: L
  • Total Passengers: 3,114
  • Total Crew: 1,185
  • Passenger to Crew Ratio: 2.63
  • Built: Nov 1999
  • Refurbished: Apr 2015
  • Number of Decks: 14
  • Total Cabins: 1,643
  • Cabin Categories: 59
  • Gross Tonnage: 138,000
  • Length: 1,020
  • Beam: 158


  • Cabin / Stateroom 4.2
  • Children's Programs 3.9
  • Destinations and Excursions 4.2
  • Embarkation and Disembarkation 4.0
  • Entertainment 4.1
  • Food and Dining 4.1
  • Onboard Activities 4.0
  • Service and Staff 4.6
  • Ship Quality 4.3
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1643 cabins and 59 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
(109 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 156 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $129/night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
(36 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 189 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $156/night
Balcony Balcony
(125 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 171 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $214/night
Suite Cabin Suite
(30 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 497 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $332/night

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Chops Grille Chops Grille
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Johnny Rockets Johnny Rockets
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Giovanni's Table Giovanni's Table
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Cafe Promenade Cafe Promenade
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Onboard Activities

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SeaTrek SeaTrek
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Pool Bar Pool Bar
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Sky Bar Sky Bar
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Viking Crown Lounge Viking Crown Lounge
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Family vacation by hegalms2002

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

Great fun.loved spending time with family. The waiters were the best as was our room steward. There was lots to do.

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We were upgraded to an Owners Suite by tew3622299

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

I cannot say enough about the all ships tour. It is simply the highlight of things to do onboard. And while we were upgraded for wich we were happy about, you would think when I received notice on Friday PM of the upgrade that by Sunday, 1:30 PM when we were allowed in our stateroom, RCI would have our names corrected from the previous cancelled guests to ours. While the ship's Customer Service personnel and Concierge continuously got our name incorrectly. Even at the Noon reception for suite guests, on Wednesday, the Concierge, introduced us as the previous cancelled guests. Bottom line, my wife and I felt as though we did not belong. Aside from that issue, we enjoyed the cruise and will continue to be loyal to RCI.

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This not the latest ship is full of comfort.. by lbirger

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While this is not the latest ship.it is very comfortable. Staterooms are more spacy then on 2 years old new/big ship I just had cruise on. Staff is well trained helpfull. All around nice and clean.

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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 25, 2014

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.

Apr 17, 2013

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

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