As one of the ships within Royal Caribbean International’s Voyager Class, Explorer of the Seas makes good on the RCI promise of adventure and thrills on the high seas. For anyone who likes an active holiday, Explorer of the Seas cruises will keep you on the move with an ice skating rink, rock-climbing wall, nine-hole miniature golf, FlowRider surf simulator and more. If you’re after something a little more relaxing, the Vitality Spa has over 100 different treatments, while The Royal Promenade at the heart of the ship is the place for strolling (and shopping). There are fifteen bars, clubs and lounges on board, ensuring that happy hour is never far away. Below you’ll find our guide to what you can expect on Explorer of the Seas cruises.
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Explorer of the Seas Onboard Experiences
Dining and bars
Cruising aboard Explorer of the Seas, you’ll have a number of complimentary dining venues to choose from, such as the Windjammer Cafe, Cafe Promenade and multi-course dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Main Dining Room. Specialty restaurants give you the chance to savour something different, and include Royal Caribbean’s signature steakhouse Chops Grille, the Italian trattoria Giovanni’s Table, and traditional Japanese cuisine at Izumi. Explorer of the Seas also has 15 bars, clubs and lounges for you to relax in, including the Crown & Kettle English-themed country pub and R-Bar, Royal Caribbean’s signature cocktail bar. On board, you’ll be able to take advantage of Royal Caribbean’s flexible My Time dining program for the evening meal, and room service is available 24/7, with no charge for service between 5am and midnight. Royal Caribbean also has a range of specialty dining and beverage packages to make your holiday at sea as uncomplicated as possible.
You’ll have no trouble keeping active on your Explorer of the Seas cruise, with everything from riding the waves on the FlowRider surf simulator to picking up new skills in the very cruisy art of towel folding. Things to do on board include rock climbing, ice skating, table tennis, ballroom dancing lessons, bingo, arts and crafts workshops, splashing around in any one of the pools and whirlpools, or playing a round on the nine-hole miniature golf course. Explorer of the Seas also runs daily films and seminars on a variety of topics including healthy eating and acupuncture.
Kids and families
A cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas is for the whole family, with the award-winning Adventure Ocean youth program and DreamWorks Experience packed with exciting – and educational – cruise activities for kids. Activities start with the Royal Babies play centre for children aged 6-18 months and the Royal Tots program for slightly older kids. Aquanauts will have those aged 3-5 years transfixed by the fun science program, while the 6 to 8-year-olds will enjoy the specially designed Explorers program which includes themed parties. Voyagers (ages 9-11) also makes learning cool with a load of fun activities. Tweens and teens are included too, with programs designed to captivate this age group, as well as provide freedom to come and go as they please.
Fitness and wellbeing
Given there’s an outstanding number of ways to treat your tastebuds while aboard your Explorer of the Seas cruise, Royal Caribbean has thoughtfully added all the facilities you need to keep fit and healthy. The state-of-the-art Vitality Spa & Fitness is located on Deck 11 and features the very latest exercise equipment as well as a variety of fitness classes including yoga and Tai Chi. There’s a jogging track that loops around the sports deck if you feel like taking in the fresh air, and is divided in half so that runners and walkers can exercise at their own pace. You can also get your heart pumping with a friendly game of basketball, tennis, volleyball – even cricket. For wellbeing of a different kind, Explorer of the Seas invites you to be pampered with a choice of more than 100 different treatments.
Shows and nightlife
Every night aboard Explorer of the Seas offers something exciting, with all kinds of entertainment from laid back live jazz and cocktails in the Viking Crown Lounge to the incredible ice skating shows in Studio B. If you like to have a flutter, Explorer of the Seas has the huge Vegas-style Casino Royale with 287 slots and 16 tables. There’s complimentary Broadway-style entertainment in the 1,350-seat Main Theatre (which, at five stories from orchestra pit to domed ceiling, feels like an opera house), pool parties with DJs, as well as live entertainment in the Crown & Kettle Pub.
Aboard your Explorer of the Seas cruise, staterooms are offered in four main categories: Suites, Balcony, Ocean View and Interior. Suites are the largest of the cabins, offering more comfort and private balconies. The Royal Family Balcony Suite (53.9 sqm) can accommodate up to eight people, while the most streamlined option is an Interior room (12.3sqm) on Deck 6, 7 or 8, which can accommodate two people with two twin beds that convert to a Queen size bed. All staterooms come with private bathroom, vanity area, hair dryer, interactive TV and phone.
Services and accessibility
Explorer of the Seas offers a range of onboard services and accessible features that includes gangways wide enough to accommodate most wheelchairs and mobility scooters, wheelchair seating in all dining and bar venues, lower playing tables at the Casino, a wet room and roll-in shower in the Spa & Fitness Centre, as well as Braille/tactile public room signage, lift buttons, stateroom numbers and deck numbers on staircase handrails. A total of 26 staterooms on an Explorer of the Seas cruise are wheelchair accessible, and both forward and rear wheelchair seating is available in the Palace Theatre and also in Studio B, ensuring that all guests feel completely comfortable. Also, one of the pools and one of the whirlpools have hydraulic lifts for those with limited mobility. Explorer of the Seas comes with shipwide WiFi and Digital Wayfinders to help you navigate your way around the ship.