Explorer of the Seas
A new member of the Royal Caribbean fleet cruising from Australia, the Explorer of the Seas is part of the Voyager class of ships and replaces Rhapsody of the Seas Down Under. Thanks to a multimillion-dollar refurbishment, Explorer is now a behemoth of cruise travel in Australia, with 2015-16 itineraries from Sydney and initially Fremantle. These will take in the South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand. An exciting addition to the cruise family in Australia, demand for this stunning ship is sure to be high. Even though it can carry 3800 passengers, these tickets are sure to be snapped up quickly. Read more
The family of luxury cruise ships
The sister ship to Adventure, Mariner, Navigator and Voyager of the Seas, Explorer still manages to provide exceptional passenger space, despite the staggering selection of things to do and see onboard. As part of the WOW factor, activities are a high priority. The Flowrider is the ultimate surf simulator – and if you’re not confident on the board you can still boogie board. With 60,000 gallons of water being pumped through, it’s nearly as good as the real thing. The 200ft-high Rock Wall overlooks the sea, but the mini-golf course may appeal to those of a more relaxed demeanour. An ice-skating rink and basketball court continue the high-energy theme, along with a roller-blading track.
A fine example of culinary excellence
Choice is the key factor for dining on Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas. The massive main dining room incorporates three levels with complimentary multi-course breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Also part of the package is the Windjammer Café, Jade Susi and Café Promenade. For a small additional charge, Portofino Italian restaurant is European-style cuisine at its best, while young ones will adore snacks at Johnny Rocket and Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream.
Sleeping soundly on Explorer of the Seas
Staterooms are of an exceptionally high standard, with the most basic Interior options still nicely appointed with a flat-screen TV. The Promenade Stateroom overlooks the Royal Promenade, while the Outside Staterooms are larger and offer Ocean Views. Balcony Staterooms are slightly more luxurious, with the Suite/Deluxe option a real treat. Some offer a complimentary concierge service, a whirlpool, baby grand piano and stunning separate living areas, depending on your budget of course.
Child’s play with Royal Caribbean
The Adventure Ocean Youth Programme is a mark of staff excellence, with each youth team member holding a four-year degree in education or recreation. These high standards are reflected in the facilities for young ones onboard Explorer. There is a dedicated nursery for toddlers aged 6-36 months, with daytime and evening drop-off for an additional charge. Babies and Tots programs offer interactive playgroup sessions, while kids and teenagers will love the Aquanatus program, Explorers group, Barbie Premium Experience, teen-only hangouts and spa, music, dancing, arcades and so much more. There’s also an emphasis on family events, including the DreamWorks experience and Aqua Shows.
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DID YOU KNOW?
Explorer of the Seas has a dry-cleaning and tuxedo hire facility onboard.