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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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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
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

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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
LallyTretho73
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
14 helpful votes
After reading many negative reviews I was a little nervous about my upcoming cruise on the Explorer of the Seas. I've previously sailed on the Carnival Spirit on two occasions. I loved my cruises on the Carnival line but will be sticking ... Read more

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elisesch
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
The ship was beautiful, we had a balcony which was lovely very nice to have the extra space and beautiful views had breakfast twice on the balcony. Food was great in dining room, windjammers and cafe in Promenade. I have read reviews ... Read more
MaxMike
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Our cruise was awesome with the weather being perfect and the Shows that were on were wonderful with the beautiful Ice Show too. There is always something to do and places to go on board while sailing and in Port. We have no complaints at ... Read more
Amandah1987
Member Since 2015
1 review
131 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This was my first cruise, and I went with my 3 year old daughter,and it was her first ever holiday. We really enjoyed our time on the explorer. We flew to Sydney from Adelaide and as soon as we got to the dock, we had friendly staff ... Read more
wallarah
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
1. I contracted diarrhea on arrival in Noumea, suspect under cooked lamb the night before, seen nurse and was confined to room for 2 days and told by phone I would be compensated 2 days (implied refund) I was then okay but a day or so ... Read more
cruisemike1939
Member Since 2015
1 review
13 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
I think I will start with Embarkation. Rosa and I travel from Newcastle by shuttle bus so we always arrive relaxed. As usual at 11.30 the line of passengers reached the big tree. As usual the crown and Anchor came to the rescue and ushered ... Read more

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jojobrendy
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
10 helpful votes
As a first time cruiser without having any other shipping line to compare with I would have to say there a few things that could be improved. -Food/Service: Overall the service from all staff was very good, food in the Sapphire dining ... Read more
roselilyoz
Member Since 2008
13 reviews
1 forum post
10 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
We enjoyed our 10 nights visiting the Pacific Islands on Explorer. We have done many Royal Caribbean cruises ( we are now Diamond Club members ), but this was the first time on this ship. We found it to be beautifully refurbished, and ... Read more
em ar
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
6 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This cruise was just meant to give me a short break with my friend who also has a short time to spare. I have cruised more than 25 times in my lifetime so I didn't have a lot of expectations, just curiosity if this ship will live up to ... Read more
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JesUze
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Went with a large group of families with pre-teen children. First time cruising for all of them... Im a veteran, this being my 6th cruise with RC. First time on Explorer of the seas. The Ship is magnificent... the staterooms a little ... Read more
Aussie-On-Tour
Member Since 2012
1 review
6 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Just returned from a short 3 night cruise from Sydney staying in a Balcony cabin Deck 9. Firstly would like to say the ship is lovely and the entertainment was great. However...if you are intending on purchasing a drink package on this ... Read more

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RosieCanberra
Member Since 2010
11 reviews
743 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We did the three night sampler cruise out of Sydney 11-14 February 2016 on Explorer of the Seas. We booked a Junior Suite, 9568, which was large and had heaps of storage, a bath, walk in robe, extra large private balcony, a three seater ... Read more
u7jf
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
10 helpful votes
DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT BOOKING WITH ROYAL CARIBBEAN - EXPLORER OF THE SEAS! I have enjoyed multiple cruises with other cruise companies and have never experienced such a terrible level of service. I believe that the fundamental ... Read more
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Aussie Belle
Member Since 2010
1 review
8 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Just got off a 3 day cruise to nowhere which I do every year with girlfriends on different cruise lines. Explorer of the Seas was the most disappointing cruise so far. The food was like eating from the most basic cafeteria. It was never ... Read more
pammyj14
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
Well we were first time cruisers , so were unaware what to expect and a little apprehensive because of negative reviews. But we loved it. Yes its a big ship so of course there are going to be a lot of people but you know that when you ... Read more
jaywalker 2
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
We have done 10 previous cruises but after this we will not go on a megaliner again and probably not with RC. We are retired and this ship is really all about younger people - lots of "fun" things to do, sports, games, trivia ... Read more

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