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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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1,548 Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas Cruise Reviews

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ozemu
Member Since 2010
1 review
122 forum posts
0 helpful votes
After doing 22 previous cruises in the past, and not having any complaints, our latest two cruises being on the Explorer of the Seas over the last two months, included the end sector of it's relocation to Sydney and the Christmas New Year ... Read more
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Chris Pozi
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
Compared to Princess cruises RC is NOT good value for money. Sun Princess V Explorer of the Seas. The Sun Princess has more "quiet places to sit" more food and drinks available in more venues 24/7 You can also walk ... Read more
markandallan
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
77 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We are doing a review of Explorer of the seas Xmas / New Years cruise as there where many, many highs but as with most things in life some negatives and we wanted to let people know our experiences on the cruise, from our perspective. We ... Read more
patatie
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
195 forum posts
0 helpful votes
GENERAL OBSERVATIONS The ship was overcrowded. There were insufficient staff and insufficient public spaces to accommodate all guests. It seems that recent refurbishments just added more cabins and reduced public spaces. This meant ... Read more
one more
Member Since 2011
1 review
174 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2015
As we had not long ago got off the Explore of the Seas just 16 days prior we new a lot of what to expect. Sailed from Southampton to Sydney 58 days then this cruise for my partners birthday. On the Southampton to Sydney we had the ... Read more

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Jayann1
Member Since 2014
1 review
6 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I`ve cruised quite a bit with RCI and always enjoyed but this trip had a few negatives for me. Ship was good although RCI need to rethink the entertainment on offer each day and night including the headliner acts- seems like its the same ... Read more
lanabidny
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
It was our 3d cruise with RCI. Nice big ship with potentially a lot of fun. We paid a little bit more then $100 per night for the internal cabin. It certainly was value for money. The ship had 3920 passengers with 1200 kids. I believe most ... Read more
cruisin-m
Member Since 2009
7 reviews
617 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
Was really looking forward to this cruise and wanted to enjoy it so much, unfortunately Royal Caribbean made it very hard to enjoy. I did the Carnival Spirit Melbourne Cup cruise just a couple months before this cruise so I could compare ... Read more
pomaussie
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
94 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
The cruise before ours had problems with Norovirus and storm damage, which meant that we were late boarding. We had been notified of this and boarding was uneventful and handled very well under the circumstances....thousands of people! ... Read more
Layn33
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
147 forum posts
0 helpful votes
As a teacher, I am tied into having holidays during school vacations. I thought this one would be fine as it was the week before NSW holidays officially started....I was wrong! The cruise prior to ours had issues with Norovirus and a ... Read more

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Nugget62
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
Being my 7th cruise, 2nd on royal Caribbean, I thought we would have a better cruise than ever. We were disappointed. The good Anything we paid extra for: Giovannis delicious and great service. Chops Grille very nice steak. ... Read more
newygal
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
From all of what I read, I was expecting more. The ship looked old and tired, very Art Deco, out dated. The drinks package was well worth the money, especially when it included bottled water. The bar staff were excellent, they recognised ... Read more
Novaa
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This is my eighth cruise in total and my second with Royal Caribbean. My previous RC cruise was a wonderful experience and I had no hesitation sailing with them again. Not sure I'll be going with them in future unless they make some ... Read more
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elfolley
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Embarkation at Sydney International Cruise Terminal – Circular Quay/ The Rocks Embarkation was fairly efficient. Boarding is strictly according to your deck number, so check beforehand. Some passengers were disgruntled because ... Read more
aussiebee
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
The ship was excellent. Our room was awesome, we had the panorama room at the very front of the ship on deck 12. This allowed us to see everything as we entered the ports. Food was excellent, staff so helpful and the hygiene practices ... Read more

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Astro Boy
Member Since 2012
17 reviews
12 forum posts
0 helpful votes
What else could go wrong ? It seems the Explorer needs to do it's homework before cruising from Australia. TV channels just love these cruises, people coming down with sickness, ship hit by storm and pushed to 10 degrees off centre. ... Read more
Flexed
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2015
This was my first visit to Sydney in a million years and it hasn't changed a lot. We embarked on the Explorer of the Seas, which was relatively painless and processing gave us an insight to the queues to come. We were cruising NZ to ... Read more
Aza1972
Member Since 2012
4 reviews
98 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Explorer of the Seas 3 Day Getaway Review Nov 29- December 2, 2015 First time with RCI My previous cruises have been on the Sapphire Princess, P&O Jewel, MSC Divina and Celebrity Solstice. Well it was off to a slow start ... Read more
Lunachick11
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
This was the first cruise from Sydney Australia for EOS. I had to be on her as I had read so much about her magnificence. It was my birthday cruise for three days to nowhere. I had bought the Deluxe Birthday Package and chocolate dipped ... Read more
Giftpacked61
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
This cruise was my first on Explorer of the Seas and 4th cruise with Royal Carribean. Until now I would have agreed with Royal Carribean being voted as "Australia's favourite Cruise Ships". If Royal Carribean want to keep this ... Read more

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Cholseygirl
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2015
I was a bit wary of cruising mainly due to seasickness experienced on car ferries from UK to France. I decided to take the plunge with my experienced cruiser family. To my delight, I didn't feel nauseous at all. We had a great cabin on ... Read more
Luckybrunette
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I am a well experienced cruise devotee with over 30 cruises over the years. I usually travel with my mother and are Elite/Diamond members on Celebrity/RCCL. On having experienced the Voyager of the Seas two year ago, her sister ship the ... Read more
memareds
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2015
We took a 16 night cruise from Perth, Australia, and disembarked in Sydney. We chose the Explorer of the Seas because it covered several ports in South Australia, with visits to both islands of New Zealand. Unlike our initial experience ... Read more
Cicognani
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
Firstly the winds blew from day 1 to last day - impossible to use outer decks. Solarium has no roof so useless. All that crew who would have been on deck disappeared cos they sure didn't offer anything extra indoors and it was BORING! ... Read more
roberthj
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2015
This was our first cruise with Royal Caribbean having been with several other cruise lines previously. But I'm afraid it will almost certainly be our last. The check-in procedure at Freemantle was a disaster. We had to queue for a very ... Read more

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