Explorer of the Seas Cabins
- Pro: A wealth of facilities, activities and entertainment for every generation
- Con: The high passenger capacity means queuing is inevitable
- Bottom Line: With a broad range of activities, Explorer has something for everyone, from active cruisers to families
Explorer of the Seas Cabins
Total Staterooms: 1,642
The ship boasts 1,642 staterooms. Of these 1,001 have an ocean view. Suites number 119 and there are 652 balcony staterooms. Twenty-four of them offer stunning floor-to-ceiling windows for panoramic views. There are 642 are interior staterooms, of which 81 boast the new virtual balconies: floor-to-ceiling TV screens that provide live HD views from outside the cruise ship, right into your stateroom. Twenty-six cabins in total are wheelchair accessible. A hallmark of this ship's class is the Royal Promenade-facing staterooms (138 on this ship) that overlook that engaging thoroughfare -- these are a step up from the usual inside cabin. A warning however: Privacy is at a premium with these cabins because they do not have privacy glass windows. Also, due to the late-night revelling that goes on, all but night owls may find them noisy.
Standard cabins are comfortably spacious and attractively decorated in earth tones with art on the walls, quality fabrics and fine woods. All cabins feature twin beds that can convert to queen-size, phone, flat-screen television with closed circuit and satellite programming options, minibar, hair dryer and individually controlled air-conditioning. Bathrooms are basic and only suites have tubs. The showers, however, have wonderful, half-round sliding doors, a fabulous improvement over icky, clingy shower curtains. Soap and shampoo are provided (suites get mini-bottles of Royal Caribbean's Vitality shampoo, conditioner and lotion).
Interior: These cabins range from 150 to 256 square feet. Category G cabins, inside with Royal Promenade views, have blackout curtains and special glass in the windows to reduce noise.
Ocean View: Outside cabins come in three varieties: regular (160 square feet), large (178 square feet) and family (265 square feet).
Balcony: Balcony cabins range from 164 to 275 square feet with 42- to 52-square-foot private verandas.
Minisuite: Moving up a notch is the Junior Suite. It's the smallest, coming in at 264 square feet with a 75-square-foot balcony. Bigger than the standard balcony, the extra perks (beyond space) that come with the Junior Suite include a tub in the bathroom, and a bigger living room area.
Suite: The remaining suites provide access to the concierge and definitely move into the higher-ticket arena. All suite-holders are entitled to use the Concierge Club on Deck 9. This windowless room features continental breakfast and a cocktail hour. Upon request, the concierge on duty will make reservations on your behalf.
The Grand Suite is just a larger "junior," but it's quite a bit larger at 349 square feet and features a 100 square-foot balcony.
At 561 square feet, the Royal Family Suite's grand claim is two bedrooms plus a sitting room; the second bedroom has the usual twin to queen bed configuration plus two Pullmans that come down from the ceiling. There are also two bathrooms, one with a shower and one with a bathtub. Balconies are bigger, too, at 246 square feet.
The Owner's Suite offers more amenities and features even beyond increased square footage; passengers booking this category of accommodations get a bathroom with bathtub, bidet and separate shower, along with separate bedroom and living areas (with a queen-size sofa bed). Measurements are 559 square feet for the cabin and 90 square feet for the verandah.
The piece d'resistance is the Royal Suite. Coming in at a whopping 1,087 square feet, it comes with all the Owner's Suite amenities plus a baby grand piano, whirlpool in the bathroom and a balcony that measures 217 square feet complete with hot tub and better-than-standard furnishings, including a dining table and chairs.
Special: The new Panoramic Ocean View staterooms are more spacious and come in a variety of configurations, but all boast floor-to-ceiling wraparound panoramic windows (191 to 406 square feet).
Tip: Families should book as far in advance as possible -- a year ahead of time if you can -- to have the best choice of family-friendly staterooms (including connecting cabins), particularly if you are traveling during school vacation periods.
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