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Explorer of the Seas Review

Explorer of the Seas
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77% of cruisers loved it
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  • Sails to Bermuda and Caribbean from Cape Liberty
  • More than 15,000 square feet of fitness and spa space
  • Some 50 percent of cabins feature balconies
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Explorer of the Seas Overview

Updated By Erica Silverstein, Features Editor, and Jodi Thompson, Cruise Cruise Contributor
Editor Rating
4.5
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, boasting an a wealth of facilities, activities and entertainment. Amenities include a 60-foot-by-40 foot ice skating rink/concert venue/TV Studio, rock-climbing wall, inline-skating rink, a shopping/dining/entertainment boulevard, miniature golf, wedding chapel, florist, full-court basketball and spa/solarium complex. Active cruisers of all ages, from children to seniors, will find something to enjoy. There is plenty to appeal to every age group, making this a great ship for multi-generational reunions.

Despite all the amenities, we'd be remiss in not mentioning that the ship been out-sized and out-classed by the line's Freedom- and Oasis-class ships -- but Explorer certainly has its advantages. It's Royal Caribbean's dedicated New Jersey-based vessel and one of the line's most reasonably priced. (It's not uncommon to see fares starting in the $60 - $75 a night range.) And with so much going on, you may not end up missing Freedom's surf simulators or Oasis' Central Park.

Explorer of the Seas Fellow Passengers

Royal Caribbean typically appeals to couples and singles in their 30's to 50's as well as families of all ages. The median age is in the low 40's on seven-night cruises and in the 30's on three-and four-night cruises, passengers 50-55 and over tend to dominate 10-night and longer cruises. Royal Caribbean attracts passengers that are looking for an affordable, active vacation.

Explorer of the Seas Dress Code

During the day, dress is casual. Evenings are either casual, smart casual or formal. On casual nights, suggested attire is sports shirts and slacks for men and sundresses or pants for women. On smart casual evenings, men should don jackets and tie, with women wearing dresses or pantsuits. On the one or two formal nights per cruise, men can choose from tuxedos or suits and ties, while woman usually wear cocktail dresses.

Explorer of the Seas Gratuity

Royal Caribbean passengers are charged $12 per person, per day ($14.25 for suite guests). Gratuities can be prepaid or will be added on a daily basis to passengers' SeaPass accounts during the cruise. Passengers can modify or remove gratuities by visiting the guest services desk while onboard. A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to bar tabs.
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Explorer of the Seas Member Reviews

Price Not Worth It schneidy01
02/15
Pros • The food in the dining room and buffets was good (but not outstanding) • The dining room staff was very friendly (especially our assistant waiter) • We had a family oceanview stateroom, which was spacious and nice • ... Read more
Prior to sailing we knew it was an 'older boat', and read the reviews that complained about decor, food, and other various things. But our overall impression after we got off the boat was very positive - almost everything was much better than we ... Read more
It is a bit odd writing a review of a ship that is about to go into dry dock for 45 days of repair and change, and then be stationed in another part of the world, so I will consider this review as much an ode to RCCL as to our particular cruise. We ... Read more
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