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  • Royal-Caribbean-dining-chilled-soup - Colorful, cool chilled soup provides a refreshing lift-me-up during a Royal Caribbean cruise.
  • Royal-Caribbean-dining-sea-scallops-chorizo - Pan Seared Sea Scallops and Chorizo, available from the kitchen of your Royal Caribbean ship.
  • Royal-Caribbean-dining-lemon-meringue-pie - Sky High Lemon Meringue Pie, available from the kitchen of your Royal Caribbean ship.
  • Royal-Caribbean-dining-potato-leek-spinach - Potato Leek and Spinach Tower, available from the kitchen of your Royal Caribbean ship.
  • Royal-Caribbean-dining-fish-tomato-chowder - Fish and Tomato Chowder, a popular soup on Royal Caribbean voyages.
  • Royal-Caribbean-dining-caramel-apple-pie - Caramel apple pie à la mode, a worthy dessert to top off your day on a Royal Caribbean sailing.
  • Explorer-of-the-Seas-Portofino-restaurant - Portofino restaurant aboard Explorer of the Seas offers guests a wide-ranging selection of Italian cuisine.
  • Royal-Caribbean-Main-Dining-Apple-Parcels - In Royal Caribbean cruises, a favorite desert is apple parcels, made with puff pasty, apples, cinnamon, sugar and almond paste, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side.
  • Royal-Caribbean-wait-staff - The staff in the dining rooms on Royal Caribbean cruises are charged with making sure that all dishes meet exacting standards.
  • Royal-Caribbean-Main-Dining-Room-food - Begin your meals with the vibrant flavors of land and sea during your Royal Caribbean cruise.
  • Explorer-of-the-Seas-dining-Portofino - Reservations are required at Portofino, a popular specialty restaurant serving Italian cuisine on deck 11 of Explorer of the Seas.
  • Royal-Caribbean-dining-entree - Royal Caribbean menu options include free-range chicken as well as gluten-free and vegan/vegetarian dishes.
  • Royal-Caribbean-dining-entree-2 - Royal Caribbean chefs will  prepare your meals to your specifications.
  • Royal-Caribbean-main-dining-room - Dining options on Royal Caribbean cruises range from formal seating in the main dining room to more casual fare.
  • Royal-Caribbean-main-dining-room-2 - Royal Caribbean menus include dishes specially prepared to please the discerning palate of children.
  • Explorer-of-the-Seas-Dining-Room - A grand view of the impressive three-level main dining room on Explorer of the Seas.
  • Explorer-of-the-Seas-Johnny-Rockets - Sometimes, even at sea, you just want a burger, shake and fries. That's when you stop in at Johnny Rockets, on deck 12 of Explorer of the Seas.
  • Explorer-of-the-Seas-scuba-lessons - Want to learn the basics of scuba diving before going on an actual scuba dive? Explorer of the Seas offers scuba lessons  taught by one of the ship's instructors.
  • Explorer-of-the-Seas-Maharaja-Lounge - Toward the bow of Explorer of the Seas, Maharaja’s Lounge offers live music, dancing and other forms of entertainment.
  • Explorer-of-the-Seas-Optix-Room - The Optix Room aboard Explorer of the Seas offers teens a swanky place to mingle, dance and hang out.
  • Explorer-of-the-Seas-Skating-Rink - Remember ice skating as a kid? Head to Explorer of the Seas' Ice Skating Rink, put on some ice skates and take a few spins around the large rink.
  • Explorer-of-the-Seas-speed-walking-1 - There's room on a dedicated track to jog or speed-walk during your Explorer of the Seas sailing.
  • Explorer-of-the-Seas-stage-performers - Explorer of the Seas offers guests a wide range of  stage shows and performances during each cruise.
  • Explorer-of-the-Seas-Virtual-Sub - The Virtual Submarine Room aboard Explorer of the Seas offers an engaging underwater virtual reality center for guest of all ages to enjoy.
  • Explorer-of-the-Seas-Weekend-Warrior - The Weekend Warrior sports bar aboard Explorer of the Seas  offers sports lovers an array of large-screen TVs so you won't miss your favorite team.
  • Explorer-of-the-Seas-Crown-Kettle - Have a pint and a game of darts at the Crown & Kettle, a traditional English-style pub on Explorer of the Seas.
  • Explorer-of-the-Seas-speed-walking - No need to give up your morning run or power walk on your cruise. Five laps on Explorer of the Seas' outdoor track equals a mile.
  • Explorer-of-the-Seas-Accessible - Explorer of the Seas' entertainment venues, decks and accommodations are designed for easy accessibility.
  • Explorer-of-the-Seas-Concierge-Club - Explorer of the Seas' Concierge Club is an intimate, exclusive retreat for guests in Grand Suites and higher accommodations, as well as Crown & Anchor Society Diamond Plus and Pinnacle Club members.
  • Royal-Caribbean-Adventure-Ocean - Royal Caribbean's fleetwide Adventure Ocean Youth Program and its trained staff offer age-appropriate entertainment and activities for cruisers ages 3 to 17.
  • Royal-Caribbean-woman-poolside - Relax at poolside and let your cares slip away during your Royal Caribbean sailing.
  • Explorer-of-the-Seas-Exterior-3 - Explorer of the Seas' Mediterranean itineraries includes port calls in France, Italy and Spain.
  • Explorer-of-the-Seas-poolside - Order your favorite tropical drink from the Pool Bar, next to Explorer of the Seas' two outdoor pools.
  • Labadee-beach-scene-Royal-Caribbean - Water sports, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and parasailing are all part of the action at Labadee, Royal Caribbean's 260-acre private beach resort on the north coast of Haiti.
  • Sea-Princess-St-Thomas - Explorer of the Seas and Sea Princess at Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.
  • Explorer-of-the-Seas-Maharaja-Lounge - Toward the bow of Explorer of the Seas, Maharaja’s Lounge offers live music, dancing and other forms of entertainment.
  • Explorer-of-the-Seas-Virtual-Sub - The Virtual Submarine Room aboard Explorer of the Seas offers an engaging underwater virtual reality center for guest of all ages to enjoy.
  • Explorer-of-the-Seas-stage-performers-2 - Entertainment options on Explorer of the Seas range from karaoke singing to Vegas-style stage performances.
  • Explorer-of-the-Seas-Palace-Theater - The five-story Palace Theater, Explorer of the Seas' main show lounge, features contemporary musical stage productions.
  • Explorer-of-the-Seas-Exterior-2 - Explorer of the Seas' South Pacific itineraries include Australia, New Caledonia and Vanuatu.
  • Explorer-of-the-Seas-Portofino-restaurant - Portofino restaurant aboard Explorer of the Seas offers guests a wide-ranging selection of Italian cuisine.
  • Explorer-of-the-Seas-scuba-lessons - Want to learn the basics of scuba diving before going on an actual scuba dive? Explorer of the Seas offers scuba lessons  taught by one of the ship's instructors.
  • Royal-Caribbean-Labadee-rollercoaster - Daughter and dad take a rollercoaster ride in Labadee, Royal Caribbean's private beach resort on Haiti's north coast.
  • Explorer-of-the-Seas-stage-performers - Explorer of the Seas offers guests a wide range of  stage shows and performances during each cruise.
  • Explorer-of-the-Seas-Exterior - Explorer of the Seas' Suez Canal cruise includes port calls in Greece, Israel, Jordan and United Arab Emirates.
  • dinghy-Explorer-of-Seas-Bermuda - Opposites attract: a tiny dinghy next to the mega cruise ship Explorer of the Seas.
  • Royal-Caribbean-dining-fish-tomato-chowder - Fish and Tomato Chowder, a popular soup on Royal Caribbean voyages.
  • Royal-Caribbean-Grandeur-Explorer - Grandeur of the Seas and Explorer of the Seas get cozy. The Royal Caribbean ships appeal to a wide range of cruise passengers.
  • dinghy-Explorer-of-Seas-Bermuda - Opposites attract: a tiny dinghy next to the mega cruise ship Explorer of the Seas.
  • Sea-Princess-St-Thomas - Explorer of the Seas and Sea Princess at Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.
  • fun-along-beach - Fun along the beach during a shore excursion in the tropics on a Royal Caribbean cruise.
  • Royal-Caribbean-Labadee-rollercoaster - Daughter and dad take a rollercoaster ride in Labadee, Royal Caribbean's private beach resort on Haiti's north coast.
  • Labadee-water-sports-Royal-Caribbean - Take a jetski out for a spin when your Royal Caribbean sailing takes you to  Labadee, its 260-acre private beach resort on Haiti's north coast.
  • Labadee-water-sports-Royal-Caribbean-2 - Cavort in the surf when your Royal Caribbean cruise takes you to  Labadee, its 260-acre private beach resort on Haiti's north coast.
  • Labadee-Haiti-Royal-Caribbean - An aerial view of Labadee, Haiti, Royal Caribbean's 260-acre private beach playground on Haiti's north coast.
  • Labadee-beach-aerial-Royal-Caribbean - Water sports, snorkeling, kayaking and parasailing are all part of the action at Labadee, Royal Caribbean's 260-acre private beach resort on the north coast of Haiti.
  • Labadee-beach-scene-Royal-Caribbean - Water sports, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and parasailing are all part of the action at Labadee, Royal Caribbean's 260-acre private beach resort on the north coast of Haiti.
  • gannets-at-Cape-Kidnappers - A pair of gannets at Cape Kidnappers in Hawke's Bay on the eastern coast of New Zealand's North Island. Every year thousands of visitors come to view these beautiful birds, cousins to the booby. Take a wildlife tour of the area while on a Royal Caribbean cruise.

Explorer of the Seas: A restful retreat at sea & on shore

Have you sailed on Explorer of the Seas? We'd love to hear your take and see your photos. The following information was curated by Cruiseable.

Snapshot

Is it adventure you seek or a restful retreat from life on land? Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas is home to an array of innovations that give you whatever type of vacation you desire. Climb a rock wall that overlooks the sea, or find your adventure on the basketball court, ice-skating rink or mini-golf course.

If it's zen you seek, achieve it poolside or at the relaxing Vitality Spa. Liven up your nights on the Royal Promenade, with parades, dancing and duty-free shopping deals. And bring along some friends because with spacious public areas, enhanced staterooms and a three-story dining room, this ship has room for your whole crew.

Who will like sailing on Explorer of the Seas

Because of the variety of activities on board, Explorer of the Seas can support many cruise experiences. She has something for everyone in your group to enjoy their vacation, as well as several dining establishments that make good gathering points for passengers to meet up at between activities.

Where Explorer of the Seas sails

Explorer of the Seas sails in and around the Caribbean, Europe, Australia, Asia and the South Pacific. Most itineraries range from about three to 16 days. Top destinations that the ship visits are the Canary Islands, Thailand and Morocco.

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Toward the bow of Explorer of the Seas, Maharaja’s Lounge offers live music, dancing and other forms of entertainment.
Richard Riley / Courtesy of Royal Caribbean InternationalToward the bow of Explorer of the Seas, Maharaja’s Lounge offers live music, dancing and other forms of entertainment.

Top dining options

  • Main Dining Rooms: feature complimentary, multicourse dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Portofino: an Italian restaurant, where for one low cover charge allows guests to choose any items off the menu (from appetizers to dessert)
  • Johnny Rockets: a ‘50s-style diner that features servers who double as entertainers, and is an additional cost.
  • Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream: offers a variety of ice cream flavors and toppings for an additional charge.
  • More complimentary options including Windjammer Cafe and Cafe Promenade for coffee and pastries/snacks
  • Room service: Late-night service charge applies to room service orders between midnight and 5:00 am

Action & adventure

  • Rock-climbing wall
  • Ice-skating rink
  • Mini-golf course
  • Basketball court
  • Jogging and in-line skating tracks

Entertainment & shopping

  • Complimentary Broadway-style entertainment in the Main Theater
  • Complimentary ice-skating shows in Studio B
  • 9,623-square-foot Vegas-style Casino Royale with 287 slots and 16 tables
  • 15 bars, clubs and lounges that never have a cover and include the Champagne Bar, Crown & Kettle Pub and The Chamber nightclub
  • Name-brand, duty-free shopping on the Royal Promenade includes jewelry, perfumes, apparel and shopping for teens and kids
The five-story Palace Theater, Explorer of the Seas' main show lounge, features contemporary musical stage productions.
Richard Riley / Courtesy of Royal Caribbean InternationalThe five-story Palace Theater, Explorer of the Seas' main show lounge, features contemporary musical stage productions.

Kids & families

  • Complimentary Adventure Ocean Youth Program
  • Royal Babies and Royal Tots programming featuring specially designed Fisher Price activities
  • Teen lounge areas and disco
  • Adventure Beach kids' pool with water slide
  • Family-friendly activities include games, contests, enrichment classes and lectures

Rest & relaxation

  • Vitality Spa with 100-plus treatments, including MediSpa treatments and acupunture
  • Four pools, including the Solarium, an adults-only retreat
  • Six whirlpools
  • State-of-the-art fitness center, with classes including yoga and tai chi

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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Underwater virtual reality center
  • Where: Virtual Submarine Room

  • What: Pool Bar
  • Where: Explorer of the Sea's two pools

  • What: Ice skating
  • Where: Explorer of the Sea's Ice Skating Rink
  • In-line skating tracks at the onboard ice skating rink
  • Visiting Royal Caribbean's private beach resort, Labadee, in Haiti
  • Playing basketball on the basketball court
  • Adults-only swimming at Solarium

Top dining options on board

Portofino

  • Style: Italian
  • Additional cost
  • Open: Dinner

Main Dining Rooms

  • Style: Continental
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Johnny Rockets

  • Style: Hamburgers
  • Additional cost
  • Open: Lunch

Fast facts

3,114 Passengers [?]
1,185 Crew
15 Decks
2015 Maiden voyage
137,308 Tonnage [?]
1,020 Length in feet
157 Width in feet (max beam)
2015 REFURBISHED

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