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The second of five in the revolutionary Voyager-class series that started with Voyager of the Seas in 1999, Explorer of the Seas follows the floating resort concept, with a wealth of facilities, activities and ...
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1,548 Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas Cruise Reviews

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Crazy rat lady
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
14 helpful votes
We have never cruised with RC before and we loved the experience. The ship was tastefully appointed throughout. Our cabin was perfect size for 2 people and for the first time ever, we had a balcony cabin. Only one criticism was a very hard ... Read more
datagammaecho
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Our 4th cruise (In order from best to worst - Celebrity Solstice, Celebrity Millennium, Carnival Spirit and this one, Explorer of the seas. The last two are equal last). Too many people on board (about 3000 passengers). Not enough ... Read more
Astro Boy
Member Since 2012
17 reviews
12 forum posts
4 helpful votes
This was our 4th trip to New Zealand so had done most of the tourist standard things in port, but still managed to find a few extra things to do at low costs. Been on ship previously and on Voyager twice so knew our way around, only one ... Read more
mr walker
Member Since 2012
5 reviews
1,148 forum post
14 helpful votes
As a celebration of our 35th Wedding Anniversary, our 5th year ‘Cruise Anniversary’ & our 10th RCI cruise we booked the Explorer OTS 13N Sth Pacific & Nth Island NZ Mar-30 2016 for just DW and myself. This was the first ... Read more
CarleneBarrett
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
10 helpful votes
This was our first ever cruise and it was the best holiday ever. We were never at a loss for things to do, and on most days, we did something that we had never done before. While I will not say it was perfect ( there was maybe 6 things ... Read more

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jolly julie
Member Since 2014
1 review
65 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Just returning from our cruise on 30/3/2016 where we did a 13 night to the island and New Zealand. My partner and I travelled with 2 friends and I must say that we were not impressed with many things on the ship. Things that were good ... Read more
Ritza
Member Since 2014
1 review
26 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Beautiful sip Cabin steward Faria great Table #505 wait staff great Food just normal in diningroom Windjammer food lower quality Service in windjammer awful Main pool deck two nice pools you could not enjoy because of ... Read more
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Coyote10
Member Since 2015
1 review
17 forum posts
14 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
After booking our cruise in September I read some reviews that were a little unfavourable. (unfriendly crew, long waits at bars, not enough deck chairs, ordinary food etc) So I was unsure what we were in for when we embarked. Wow from ... Read more
Butterfly8
Member Since 2011
1 review
7 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Can't totally put my finger on it, and have told that to all - BUT it just didn't do it for us - - can't say it was because a large ship - not overly crowded, - just a whole lot of things. Food in the Main Dining Room was ok, but again ... Read more
Graham 1964
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
14 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
My wife and I travelled on the Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas Pacific Cruise between 21 March 2016 to 30 March 2016. We both considered the Cruise as the holiday of a lifetime. We were lucky to have a spacious Ocean view Suite ... Read more

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belinda5d
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
5 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Hubby, 3 kids (3, 8 and 9) and I had a great time. We were on deck 2 with no balcony (at our request) and it was perfect. We had interconnecting rooms, which the door between could be left open. When you shut the door, you couldn't hear ... Read more
kierinryan@hotmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
10 helpful votes
I've done 14 cruises, so I can confidently say this is a fantastic ship. The staff really care about you (give a Tip on day #1 and you will be treated like visiting royalty for duration of cruise). Everyone says hello and greets you ... Read more
Emilykate20
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
10 helpful votes
This was my first cruise and I really enjoyed it! I'm 20 years old. I travelled with my grandparents, parents and brothers (14, 13 and 5) and there was always something to do that we enjoyed. My brothers loved all the outdoor ... Read more
avalon65
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
3 forum posts
4 helpful votes
My parents and I have just completed the 4 day Sampler cruise from Sydney>Hobart on "Explorer of the Seas". We crossed the Bass Strait in style - Owners Suite 1298 on Deck 10. This is our 2nd cruise with RC - last February ... Read more
cuddlesx9
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
This was a good short cruise . Cabin 8626. Very clean it was very rough seas on the Friday Night arriving two hrs late Saturday . I take my hat off to the Captain and crew . The sea was a 9 meter swell and 145 knot winds . But they got us ... Read more

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ChesterLocksley
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Just spent four nights on the Explorer of the Seas down to Hobart and back. We had a fantastic time. The ship was just wonderful. Alas the weather was mostly atrocious which put paid to sitting out on deck but it didn't seem to matter ... Read more
Cedarhouse
Member Since 2015
1 review
10 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Returned from a 11 night New Zealand Cruise, very relaxing. Fist time on RC.Traveled as a couple. Embarkation was slow I thought took around 1.1/2 hours to board ship. Cabin was spacious and clean and our room attendant was excellent ... Read more
Bellamariya
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
263 forum posts
4 helpful votes
There were 4 of us, my husband, myself and 2 of my daughters, who are in their 20’s and first time cruisers doing an 11 night New Zealand on Explorer of the Seas. We flew from Brisbane to Sydney, caught the first train from the ... Read more
jazzsall
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Explorer of the Seas is a lovely cruise ship with great stabilizers giving us a smooth ride. The staff are very friendly with excellent memories and always greet you with a smile. The ship inside is classy although not over the top with ... Read more
Alan_Morgenstern
Member Since 2012
1 review
4 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
My wife and I just came off of our most recent cruise on the Explorer of the Sea. It had been 10 years since the last time we had been on that ship. RC has become a very family oriented line. We have taken over 30 cruises and find that we ... Read more

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donnatiida
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
15 helpful votes
Have just arrived back from 11 day cruise on the Explorer of the Seas to New Zealand. This is my 5th cruise and the 3rd with Royal Caribbean. Explorer had 3600 passengers, we had a VIRTUAL BALCONY inside stateroom and I can only say what a ... Read more
tangogulf
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
248 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Cruised for 11 nights in Feb 2016 on Explorer of the Seas to New Zealand in a Grand Suite. Embarkation was a bit of a problem. Arriving around 2pm (to avoid the crowds) we were ushered up to Level 3 at the Sydney Overseas Passenger ... Read more
12stopme
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
47 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
We had a wonderful cruise and except for one rainy day in Tauranga the weather was absolutely perfect. I must complement you on a big improvement in MDR food and the Windjammer food AND service compared to a year ago on Voyager. The food ... Read more
Steve C H
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
0 forum posts
13 helpful votes
This is our first time on Royal Caribbean ship. Have heard a lot good comments before, but end up rather disappointed. The first impression was it is over crowded. Other than the theater, the pool and the sport area on the top decks, ... Read more
rhondam2009
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
20 helpful votes
I must admit I was very sceptical about this ship after reading some of the reviews. I expected to feel crowded, long queues and little service from the staff, how wrong I was. My husband and I are both in our early 60's and have ... Read more

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