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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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1,627 Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas Cruise Reviews

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1josh777
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
137 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
Our family of 5 had a great time during our Alaskan cruise on board the Explorer of the Seas. Embarkation: The port in Seattle was a mess to get into. This, of course, has nothing to do with Royal Caribbean's service but I figure I ... Read more
rba12345
Member Since 2010
1 review
1 forum post
5 helpful votes
ust returning from a 7-night Alaskan cruise on Explorer. We are a family of four with two teenage girls and we had a great time onboard. We are typically DIY travelers, so the cruise was a different kind of vacation for us. I think ... Read more
mblucot
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
The crew members were fabulous. I never walked by a crew member that didn't say hello. The amenities and entertainment offered on board were very enjoyable. The ship is so clean it amazed me. With over 3000 passengers it was never dirty. ... Read more
VegasGirl1108
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
13 helpful votes
Overall this was a great cruise. If you are considering Alaska- GO!!! The Explorer was a wonderful ship that has a lot to offer. Since the "big ships" can't get into the places in Alaska that the smaller ones can (and the smaller ... Read more
Shortridge
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
I was so happy with this cruise! Boarding was easy and quick. I suggest getting to the terminal at about 10:30 am, because they put you in these taxi waiting lines. This has nothing to do with the cruise lines, it's a Seattle pier 91 ... Read more

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Lrtalk
Member Since 2015
1 review
13 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
Our family finished a week on Explorer in Alaska on Friday. In June 2015 my wife and I along with another couple spent a week on Celebrity Solstice in Alaska, and our kids decided they wanted this year’s family vacation to be a ... Read more
shadoweyeone
Member Since 2013
1 review
31 forum posts
4 helpful votes
My family and I usually travel with Carnival and admittedly have gotten used to their way of doing things. Many of our friends travel with Royal and have offered that it is a better cruise line to travel with. We decided to give them a try ... Read more
dilleyjc
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
My husband and I went to Alaska on the Coral Princess in June of 2010. We decided to cone back and take extended family with us. We had 3 rooms - 2 mini suites and an indoor cabin across. The cabins were well appointed and slightly ... Read more
JerseyAmy
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 forum posts
15 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
This is our second time aboard Explorer, the first being in 2006. The ship is large, with a full schedule of activities from yoga to lectures and evening entertainment for adults and activities for kids. We were sailing to Alaska, which ... Read more
belkin58
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
2 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We enjoyed a great day in Seattle before the cruise including the Boeing Factory Tour, Pikes Place Market and the Space Needle. Uber is a great way to get around town and to the port. The port is chaotic and clearly not equipped to handle ... Read more

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bsk44
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
We took a family trip to celebrate milestone birthdays. After having cruised with Royal Caribbean multiple times before, I was very disappointed in the ship/experience. There were lots of crowds and it felt very campy (theme nights, game ... Read more
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Bklyn11214
Member Since 2008
1 review
29 forum posts
8 helpful votes
I enjoy reading all the reviews as everyone has a different opinion. Bottom line is, everything is subjective. I loved the cruise. This was my 4th RC cruise but my first cold weather one. First, let me say that what to pack was a major ... Read more
TCATsweet
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed June 2016
We found checking in at the port was no trouble and once boarding the ship with so many people I felt the crew did an amazing job of getting everyone to their rooms Our stateroom 9371 was quite a shock it was so tiny it was impossible ... Read more
cinesage
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
18 forum posts
15 helpful votes
Our cruise began in Seattle, a city that was new to my spouse and me. We arrived a day early and had a chance to take in the Pike Place Market and the Space Needle. It appears to be a city with a lot of activity, sites to see, and that ... Read more
ns1975
Member Since 2016
1 review
19 helpful votes
My family and I just returned from our Alaskan cruise on the Explorer Of The Seas. This was the 1st time and probably the last on this particular ship. My family and I cruise's quite often so this was not our 1st time cruising. We had a ... Read more

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Chris92057
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
10 helpful votes
Embarkation was a circus! We had priority boarding that should have taken moments but were in line for over two hours. We were at the port at 12:30 p.m. Once you step foot on the ship, hide your wallet or your sea pass. RC doesn't ... Read more
marcia3538
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
This was our first cruise, and we had the time of our lives! We met lots of friendly, wonderful people, created terrific memories and can't wait till we can cruise again some day! We can't recommend Royal Caribbean highly enough. The staff ... Read more
marlowman
Member Since 2010
8 reviews
10 helpful votes
This was part of a Tripadeal tour which included a tour of National Parks and Las Vegas.Overall we felt that some things we average and some below average. The Crew were good but the food was average and sometime below average. We had My ... Read more
randisandi1
Member Since 2011
1 review
2 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
Our second trip to Alaska, wanted to try RCCL. Embarkation and Debarkation were the best we have ever had. Beautiful ship and we chose an inside cabin this time. It was nice but it was not as big as the Carnival Dream's inside cabins. ... Read more
cliveeric
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
11 helpful votes
We are both 72, are experienced cruisers, and have Diamond status with Royal Caribbean. Alaska was on our bucket list and after this cruise, we can easily say that if we ever have the opportunity, we will return. The best part of the ... Read more

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howsit
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
The overall cruise was excellent. The reason why we picked Royal Caribbean over the other cruise lines for this Alaska cruise, was because they stayed in the ports longer than the others. Royal Caribbean only made 3 stops versus 4 that ... Read more
blackspiral66
Member Since 2016
1 review
20 helpful votes
First time cruisers - early 40s, no kids. Went on an author themed cruise, booked through an agent recommended by a family member. Ship seemed to have a number of activities, but something just didn't seem themed right for the location ... Read more
duluthga
Member Since 2006
4 reviews
216 forum posts
17 helpful votes
A bucket list cruise. We’re 57 & 55, on our 5th RCCL cruise. We have traveled the interior of Alaska (Fairbanks, Anchorage, Seward) but always wanted to see the coast. Alaska and RCCL did not disappoint. Seattle / ... Read more
DiamondSuiteCruiser
Member Since 2009
1 review
1,143 forum post
14 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
Boarding was a fiasco at this port, just getting to the port was very hectic and unorganized. Once in the terminal it got no better, it seemed as if the employees weren't trained well. Our room was an OS 1320 and ther sheets were ... Read more
bjgeier
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
We went on this cruise with family and friends and hoped to have the trip of a lifetime. It turned into the worse cruise we have ever been on. I will add that Alaska was truly magnificent and we will go back but it won't be on Royal ... Read more

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