Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas Cruise Reviews

Your selections (clear selections):
Royal Caribbean x
Explorer of the Seas x

Explorer of the Seas

Member Rating

74% Loved It

Cruise Critic Rating

4.5 Editor's Rating
1,735 Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas Cruise Reviews
Cruiser rating
Excellent
821
Very Good
411
Average
246
Poor
129
Terrible
65
See reviews for
Family Cruises
Family Cruises
435
First-Time Cruisers
First-Time Cruisers
92
Romantic Cruises
Romantic Cruises
86
Senior Cruises
Senior Cruises
71
Rating Summary
Dining
Public Rooms
Cabin
Entertainment
Value for Money
Service
micma
Member Since 2014
4 reviews
16 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
This was our fourth RCI cruise, first on Explorer, and it didn’t disappoint. Embarkation/disembarkation was quick and easy in Sydney. We’d dropped our bags off early and gone for a walk around Circular Quay, then boarded ... Read more
Helpful? Thank micma
egiddio
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
Being our first cruise, my wife & I were both very apprehensive as to what to expect. Travelling with 4 kids aged from 8 to 16, this added a further element of uncertainty. After speaking with friends whom had been on cruises, the ... Read more
erikaks
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
4 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
This cruise was chosen for the itinerary and the experience of sailing on a Royal Caribbean Ship. We were lucky to book one of the new Panoramic Oceanview Family cabins. They are wonderfully positioned above the bridge with six huge ... Read more
Kateandstevec
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Have to say our room attendant, waiters and drink waiter staff of an evening made a trip amazing, nothing was too much of a problem and they went beyond to make a cruise memorable. Overall our cruise was great, ship was spotless, food ... Read more
Jobail
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We enjoyed almost every minute, the staff were the most helpful, courteous staff we came across. We did not rate the shows generally as the sound was far too harsh and loud for us. It is first time not seen every show. The ice show was ... Read more
Compare Prices on Explorer of the Seas Cruises
grannycruising
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Overall as a family group we were happy with this cruise.9 in our group 3 cabins. 2 balconys and 1 ocean view cabins clean and tidy Pool areas were good ,always clean towels available. Grankids loved the flowrider. Food ... Read more
Nebularcrionix
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
*I purchased the drink package but unfortunately I found that it was frustrating to try and get service from any of the bars on the ship, partly due to the lack of attention from the bar staff and also due to understaffing of the bars. For ... Read more
nikkichris
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
This was our xmas holiday /new year cruise, just the two of us. The virtual cabin was great, apart from our young neighbours on one side who continually slept most of the day and slammed the door most of the night throwing themselves ... Read more
elenef
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
35 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We booked this cruise as a family group of 8 which included 2 teenagers. Being Christmas and New Year there were 1250 children on board and despite the large number of children they did not cause us any problems and were well supervised ... Read more
Sonexxx
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Royal Caribbean do run nice ships. We've been on a number of their cruises now. Decided to try a Xmas and New Year cruise out of Sydney. All very jolly but considering the premium price we paid for the particular cruise it really wasn't ... Read more
Compare Prices on Explorer of the Seas Cruises
Glendag
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
This was not a pleasant cruise. The ship was old and resembled a 1980's RSL club in need of a refit. The food in the main dining room was mostly terrible - weird combinations, not served hot, poor presentation and lacking love. Despite ... Read more
Cheezlet
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
|As 2 couple we have sailed with Royal Caribbean for many years and enjoyed a high class of service and entertainment. We have done a Christmas cruise from Sydney before but this was the most expensive and worst cruise we have ever been ... Read more
meporter16
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Due to a tropical cyclone , didn't get to Fiji, but appreciate being kept safe. the captain and cruise director were hilarious, most staff friendly and helpful. The best thing I took onboard would be my $2.50 clothesline! The onboard wine ... Read more
Newby58
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
554 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
For this cruise I took my 17y/o and 32 y/o daughters and left the men and grandkids at home. It was to be a special bonding time and didn't disappoint. Some call these short sailings booze cruises. Whilst there were some that did just ... Read more
DavidB27
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Despite (a staff member told me) RC advising their staff 6 months earlier, my wife and I were told only AFTER paying our balancing payment that 25% of the four destinations were not be made. We were travelling UK to Australia for this ... Read more
Compare Prices on Explorer of the Seas Cruises
summernz
Member Since 2005
2 reviews
38 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
We had a lovely relaxing holiday on the Explorer of the Seas. We got to the ship at 11.30 and were on board within 20 minutes. Our balcony stateroom was a good size with plenty of storage. There is nothing nicer than having a ... Read more
freedomoftheseas
Member Since 2015
1 review
42 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
I love Royal Caribbean,first cruise on Explorer,the ship is beautiful everything i had expected, but much like Voyager have cruised on Radience,Rhaposidy,Voyager.Embarcation was smooth,straight on at 10.30am,The friendly smiles nice to ... Read more
Sacha53
Member Since 2016
1 review
27 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
I chose Royal Caribbean to have our first cruise as I had had very good reviews from family and friends. We left Sydney on the 20th of November for the South Pacific. We were not let down. Everything about our nine night cruise ... Read more
rmconley
Member Since 2012
1 review
116 forum posts
4 helpful votes
I am not happy about the reduction of benefits to Diamond members. We have cruised with Royal Caribbean International many times and expected the same benefits we received on our other Royal Caribbean International cruises. We cruised on ... Read more
JeromeAM1971
Member Since 2016
1 review
17 helpful votes
As this was our first cruise (2 adults, 8 year old and an 11 year old) we had no real expectations. We dropped off our bags early at the ship (around 9.00 a.m) and explored Sydney's waterfront and the Opera House district. Embarked ... Read more
Compare Prices on Explorer of the Seas Cruises
Monstar
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
9 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
We were recommended by our cruise consultant to try Royal Caribbean.We found that there was so many things which failed to deliver an enjoyable cruise.From the lack of air conditioning and the water being turned off in the cabin.The mini ... Read more
Traveller01
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
29 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
We just completed a ten day cruise on the Explorer of the Seas to the South Pacific in November 2016. We purchased the cruise on the price as we tend to chase cruises that are under $100 per day. As we had been to the Pacific Islands, the ... Read more
aussielozzie18
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
1,059 forum post
7 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
Very relaxing 10 day cruise. Booked an inside with virtual balcony. Really liked this concept. Virtual Balcony view was crystal clear. Nice to wake up and see the weather and seas. Gave the room plenty of light during the day but had ... Read more
WWalsh
Member Since 2016
1 review
17 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
Where to start - lovely ship, shame about the lack of customer service and operational expertise. Have cruised with RC a number of times before this last trip - but am very doubtful I will do it again. It wasn't a good start when RC ... Read more
cdwise
Member Since 2017
1 review
66 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Food especially in Chops was excellent. Ice show was very good but we prefer to dance rather than watch shows. So we really didn't watch many of the shows so can't comment other than on the ice show which was very good. This is the only ... Read more
Compare Prices on Explorer of the Seas Cruises

Sponsored links

Sponsored links

Share feedback
Thank you!  Cruise Critic values your feedback.
How can we improve this page?
Skip X

See Explorer of the Seas deals up to 82% off:

June Deals
Explorer of the Seas 74% Loved It

 
7 Night Alaska Glacier Cruise
See all Explorer of the Seas Deals >>