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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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1,614 Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas Cruise Reviews

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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
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

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randisandi1
Member Since 2011
1 review
2 forum posts
5 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
10 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
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

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DiamondSuiteCruiser
Member Since 2009
1 review
1,126 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
cruiser4life22
Member Since 2011
1 review
2 forum posts
18 helpful votes
We recently got back from a mother/son trip to Alaska before he heads off to college. The trip was great and I wanted to offer some helpful hints/notes about this particular cruise. The port in Seattle is NOT walking distance to any of ... Read more
sw100177
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 forum post
8 helpful votes
I only gave 2 stars because of the good staffs service that I received. Our room attendant and the dinning room servers were able to provide excellent service. Most other staffs on the cruise were nice and friendly although you might ... Read more
Berlybob
Member Since 2016
1 review
24 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
We've cruised RCI 4 times to Alaska. 2 on the Rhadsody of the Seas and 1 on the Jewel of the Seas. The Explorer was the worst ship we've cruised on. The food in the Windjammer was atrocious at every meal! Everything that was supposed to be ... Read more

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Malt Scotchman
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
3 helpful votes
This was our fifth cruise with Royal Caribbean. This was a big celebration for me and my wife, both of us recently retiring. We invited our three adult children, son-in-law and granddaughter. We flew into Seattle arriving at 8:00am. I ... Read more
nanny4sure
Member Since 2008
1 review
70 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Embarkation was a nightmare - took us 3 hours to get onboard - ridiculous. We even followed their new staggered policy to checkin - guess it wasn't a success. And the food in the windjammer was disgusting - everyday! Curry and rice ... Read more
kentnmary
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
12 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Explorer of the Seas is a gorgeous ship. Loved the interior, public areas especially the 14th floor view Lounge. Our extended balcony was really nice. Room was good, lots of storage, good closet. Room steward did a great job. That's where ... Read more
anita48
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
My husband and I looked forward to this third Alaskan cruise and the First time on Royal Caribbean. We heard great things about Royal Caribbean, but we were SO disappointed in the Explorer of the Seas! We have cruised many times mostly on ... Read more
CruiseDillz
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
9 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
We have been longtime loyal RCCL cruisers and I guess that is why I felt so let down. Boarding: We are Platinum so we got what we thought was prefered access and boarding. We had to wait outside to cross the street, then once in ... Read more

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Justplainjeff
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
This was a prime example of a cruise line, in this case Royal Caribbean, sending an unprepared ship on a cruise just for whatever money they could collect. Horrible boarding experience in Seattle, and was just the start. There did not ... Read more
mjb2049
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
As a seasoned cruiser (over 20+) this by far was the worst cruising experience that I have had. It starts with a lack of feeling safe - muster drill was disorganized and a joke. The promenade is overcrowded and difficult to maneuver, ... Read more
joevancil
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
3 helpful votes
I chose this cruise for two reasons: one, because it was a short cruise to places that I wanted to see, and two, because it was perfect for getting me to my next rewards tier. Getting on board was a process; it wasn't horrible, but it ... Read more
imacruisejunkie
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
7 helpful votes
I agree with some of the other reviewers regarding this particular cruise. I felt like we were the "leftover" cruisers. This ship had come from the South Pacific/Australia, and was gearing up for the Alaska cruise season. RCI ... Read more
Robdebmcc
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because it sailed out of port close to home and allowed for a quick mini vacation. This was a repositing cruise for Royal Caribbean sailing out of Seatle, WA for 4 nights. The ship itself was very nice. ... Read more

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