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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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vanessa0604
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
This was my second cruise but my first cruise with Royal Caribbean and my friend's first cruise ever. Quite a few things seemed to fall through the cracks and was very disappointing. I ordered and paid for a birthday cake for my friend two ... Read more
theperry5@roadrunner.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
This was our 4th cruise from this port with this destination but the first on Royal Caribbean from this port, second on Royal Caribbean total. The embarkation was standard, but as we boarded we went to a bar to buy a couple of beers to ... Read more
kdonner775
Member Since 2003
1 review
483 forum posts
12 helpful votes
The embarkation was very easy.. everything at the port was handled well.. our cabin was a handicap cabin (which I very much needed,) but we had signed up for 3 people and only had one bed... they did remedy it by bringing in a rollaway.. ... Read more
seattle sojourner
Member Since 2010
1 review
46 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Good things: Staff was excellent, friendly, helpful, courteous. Cabin with balcony was just fine and room steward was fabulous. Ice show. Mediocre things: Food, entertainment by "headliners". Specialty coffee bar which ... Read more
qoap24
Member Since 2009
1 review
99 forum posts
10 helpful votes
My DD was turning 21 and she loves to cruise, so I decided to book a cruise to celebrate. I had only been on Royal once in 2000. I did not care for Royal then, but I kept hearing good things about Royal and I liked the Explorer’s ... Read more

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Commadored
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
This was a girlfriend's cruise. We all live in or near Seattle and we're celebrating our friend's 70th birthday. What I liked about the cruise/cruise ship: *The public ship areas were pretty and well-maintained. *We liked ... Read more
steilacoom
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 helpful votes
This was truly the worst travel experience of my long life. We were traveling with 2 other couples, old friends who had not seen each other in several years and we thought we would enjoy a short trip together. One couple had taken 16 ... Read more
wayjenh
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
13 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
Absolutely loved everything about our cruise; so much so that I didn't want to get off and I literally cried on our last night. The first thing I will say is that the staff were all wonderful. I had read quite a few negative reviews in ... Read more
lassie79
Member Since 2011
8 reviews
1 helpful vote
We had a really great cruise with RCI on this transpacific crossing. We found the service to be wonderful with staff always attentive even in the buffet. The dinning table staff were terrific our waitress Rowena did a brilliant job, ... Read more
71Bruin
Member Since 2012
6 reviews
20 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Exactly what we wanted and what we thought it would be! This was our longest cruise to date (We did a transatlantic a few years ago and other 12 night cruises) but we felt like it lived up to what we were expecting. Sydney is an amazing ... Read more

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csturzaker
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
28 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
Hubby and I embarked on this cruise from sydney - we live here so it easy for us. The embarkation process was a little long with the ques - it took us roughly an hour and half to get through it all and then onboard the ship. We have ... Read more
canter168
Member Since 2013
1 review
135 forum posts
7 helpful votes
We have been cruising with RCI at least 4 times. We cruised on the Explorer of the Seas when it was relatively new in 2001. We enjoyed all previous RCI cruising due to the food, shows and services. However, this 24 nights transpacific ... Read more
jrv1964
Member Since 2011
4 reviews
3 forum posts
5 helpful votes
EXPLORER OF THE SEAS - 11 Night Sydney to New Zealand (North Island ) return April 12th 2916 to 23rd April 2016 The Experience - less than memorable - we did not like the ship Hi, fellow cruisers, I have done 7 cruises over the past ... Read more
Crazy rat lady
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
18 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
14 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

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Astro Boy
Member Since 2012
17 reviews
12 forum posts
6 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
1,185 forum post
18 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
12 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
jolly julie
Member Since 2014
1 review
66 forum posts
9 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
37 forum posts
16 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
19 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
8 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
18 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
belinda5d
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
9 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
2 reviews
14 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

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