• Passengers booked
    220000+
  • Length: 1020ft
  • Beam: 157.50ft
  • Cruising speed: 22kn
  • Crew: 723
  • Kids Club: For 7 different age groups
  • Passenger Capacity: 3,114
  • Vessel: 4
  • 24-Hour Room Service
  • Casino
  • Dance Classes
  • Flowrider®
  • Internet Facilities
  • Library
  • Mini Golf Course
  • Security Safe in Cabin
  • Traditional Dining
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  • Year: 2000
  • Draft: 29.00ft
  • Bars/Lounges: 10
  • Gross Tonnage: 138,000 tons
  • Onboard Currency: US Dollars
  • Show Lounge: Daily shows
  • Whirlpool Spas: 5
  • Art Auctions
  • Chapel
  • Duty Free Shopping
  • Gym
  • Jogging Track
  • Live Music
  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • Teen Areas
  • Vitality Day Spa & Fitness Centre
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  • Length: 1020ft
  • Beam: 157.50ft
  • Cruising speed: 22kn
  • Crew: 723
  • Kids Club: For 7 different age groups
  • Passenger Capacity: 3,114
  • Vessel: 4
  • 24-Hour Room Service
  • Casino
  • Dance Classes
  • Flowrider®
  • Internet Facilities
  • Library
  • Mini Golf Course
  • Security Safe in Cabin
  • Traditional Dining
+ show more
  • Year: 2000
  • Draft: 29.00ft
  • Bars/Lounges: 10
  • Gross Tonnage: 138,000 tons
  • Onboard Currency: US Dollars
  • Show Lounge: Daily shows
  • Whirlpool Spas: 5
  • Art Auctions
  • Chapel
  • Duty Free Shopping
  • Gym
  • Jogging Track
  • Live Music
  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • Teen Areas
  • Vitality Day Spa & Fitness Centre
+ show more
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Explorer of the Seas Overview

Welcome on board the Explorer of the Seas, where action and adventure meets relaxation and indulgence. This large, dazzling cruise ship has struck the perfect balance between rest and play.  Often described as a 'resort at sea', there are so many things to do on board you are guaranteed to have an amazing time without even leaving the ship.

This makes the Explorer of the Seas cruise ship a particularly attractive option for families, social groups, couples and experienced cruisers, as there really is something to keep everyone entertained.


Inside Explorer of the Seas
The interior design on the Explorer of the Seas can probably be best described as 'classic luxury'. Every element is elegant without being pretentious, comfortable without being tired. The décor throughout the cabins and the public rooms is tasteful and inviting, and all of the restaurants, bars, lounges and entertainment areas are maintained to an exceptional standard.

Particular features of note include an $11 million art collection, the marbles and sculptures in the Royal Promenade and the exquisite maple panelling on display throughout the ship.


Explorer of the Seas specs
At 1020 feet long and spanning across 15 decks, the Explorer of the Seas is no small vessel. With capacity for more than 3000 passengers, it's no wonder there are so many activities to choose from.


Where to eat and drink: Explorer of the Seas restaurants and bars
The Explorer of the Seas has a reputation for being lively and fun, and the bars and restaurants on board are no exception. Take Johnny Rockets, for example; this eatery takes inspiration from the 1950s, with singing and dancing waitstaff serving comforting classics such as burgers and onion rings. Talk about sparkling service!

Each of the 15 bars, clubs and lounges also have their own personality and atmosphere. A must-see is the Aquarium Bar, featuring hundreds of tropical fish in beautifully maintained tanks. The Crown & Kettle is also worth a visit if you're yearning for a pint in a traditional English pub.


What to do: Activities and entertainment on board Explorer of the Seas
At the centre of the ship you will find an engaging, lively area called the 'Royal Promenade'. You could be forgiven for momentarily forgetting you are at sea, as this area resembles a busy high-end mall, lined with shops, restaurants and pubs.

The Royal Promenade is perfect for a spot of shopping and people-watching, but there are plenty of other areas for organised activities such as bingo, dance lessons and arts & crafts. If you'd like some downtime, the library is well-stocked with holiday reads, while the Vitality Spa is the ultimate relaxation destination.

The Explorer of the Seas also features a range of outdoor activities, such as a rock-climbing wall with amazing sea views, basketball and volleyball courts, and of course several outdoor pools.

At night time there is almost as much choice as during the day, with 15 bars, clubs and lounges to choose from, as well as the Palace, where you can sit back and watch Explorer of the Seas shows and performances.


Explorer of the Seas itineraries and shore excursions
Depending on the time of year, the Explorer of the Seas can be found cruising from Asia, Alaska, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

As the Explorer of the Seas' schedule takes her all around the world, the itineraries and shore excursions available are dependent on your cruise destination.



Cabins on board the Explorer of the Seas cruise ship

The ship has a total of 1557 staterooms. Of these, more than 900 have ocean views. There is also 26 wheelchair accessible rooms and several larger suites for those who are after more space and luxury.

The 618 Explorer of the Seas interior cabins are between 160 and 167 square feet and provide basic amenities such as televisions, hair dryers and air conditioning. Nearly 138 of these interior cabins overlook the Royal Promenade. Exterior cabins are available in three different sizes, with some rooms catering for families.

There are three types of suites available on board; Junior, Grand and Royal. All Explorer of the Seas suites include bathtubs, balconies and separate living room areas. Guests staying in suites also have exclusive access to the Concierge Club, which opens for breakfast and then again in late afternoon/evening for cocktails.



Food and Dining on Explorer of the Seas

Dining included in your Explorer of the Seas ticket:

  • Formal dining room: this three-level space has two fixed seatings (6pm or 8.30pm), as well as a flexible My Time Dining option
  • The Windjammer Café: the Explorer of the Seas' buffet restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Jade Sushi
  • Asian Fusion
  • Café Promenade: an all-day café offering light meal options


specialty dining (not included in the fare price):

  • Portofino Restaurant: Italian fine-dining
  • Johnny Rockets: a 1950s style diner offering all-you-can-eat fare such as burgers, shakes and onion rings for a small cover charge
  • 24 hour room service



Entertainment on board the Explorer of the Seas

You'll be hard-pressed to sample every entertainment option on board the Explorer of the Seas, but you'll have a lot of fun trying. From traditional cruise activities such as bridge and arts & crafts, to more unique options like a "Mr Sexy Legs competition', there is plenty to keep you busy.

Although it can be tempting to spend every day relaxing by the pool, there are two activities on this ship that you definitely shouldn't miss. The first is the rock climbing wall, which offers sweeping views over the water: a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many. Second is the ice-skating rink in Studio B: here you will find an array of complimentary shows featuring incredibly skilled skaters, and even some falling snow. You may be able to get in the rink yourself on sea days.


Explorer of the Seas pools, gyms and spas
There's no chance of you losing any of your fitness when you come on board the Explorer of the Seas. The gym is one of the largest at sea, covering 15,000 square feet and featuring all of the latest fitness technology and equipment. In addition to the gym, the ship also has a basketball and volleyball court, a jogging track, a rollerblading rink, a mini-golf course and a golf simulator. That's without even mentioning the ship's 10 pools!

After all this exercise, you're going to love the ShipShape Vitality Day Spa. Rest up in a steam room or sauna, or treat yourself to a relaxing massage, facial, manicure or hair treatment. You can also enjoy some peace and quiet in the adults-only solarium pool, a Spanish-themed sanctuary with a retractable glass roof for rainy days.


Explorer of the Seas nightlife
A perfect night out on board the Explorer of the Seas would go something like this: enjoy a relaxed, pre-dinner drink at the Crown & Kettle pub, before making your way to the formal dining room or the elegant Portofino Restaurant.

After a delicious dinner, watch a show at the Palace Lounge. At four decks high and with 1,350 seats, the Palace has a lively yet classy atmosphere. You could also try your luck at the Explorer of the Seas' casino, or enjoy a glass of bubbles at the prestigious Champagne Bar.

If you feel like breaking out some of your best dance moves, Chamber Nightclub is always buzzing, or alternatively enjoy a singalong around the piano at Schooner Bar, or some live music at Maharaja's. The opportunities are endless!


Explorer of the Seas for families
The wide variety of activities on board the Explorer of the Seas makes it the perfect cruise for families. The Adventure Ocean Youth Program caters for five different age groups; Aquanauts (3-5), Explorers (6-8), Voyagers (9-11), Navigators (12-14) and Teens (15-17).

The well-trained group organisers put on an array of age-appropriate activities for each group, from scavenger hunts and storytelling for the young ones, to dance parties and video games for the older children. Parents can get some well-deserved rest by the pool knowing their kids are also having a great time.

The children's programmes usually break for meal times and wrap up before dinner, however there are some group babysitting options available in the evening for a fee if mum and dad want to enjoy a night out.
 

Written By: Sarah Glover, Content Editor of Cruise Sale Finder

I have enjoyed visiting as much of the world as possible over the years. Europe and the Mediterranean are personal favourites, but there is so much to see very close to our little Australasian corner of the globe- one of my top travel experiences was snorkeling with tropical fish and turtles in New Caledonia! Cruising is a fantastic way to see it all, and we hope to make booking a cruise easier for both first-timers and old salts. From ship tips to destination news and views, we will keep you up-to-date. Happy cruising!

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