Having been on IOS two years ago, we booked this cruise knowing that the Explorer was a "sister" ship, with all the same facilities and layout. This Cruise was also visiting many Ports that we had never been to before. We choose a Stateroom with Balcony on Deck Seven (7272).
At the outset I must say that we found neither outstanding nor awful aspects though some were better than others.
Embarkation was fairly quick and with a short stop to upgrade our complementary "Drink Package", we were in our stateroom within half an hour of arrival from Eastleigh Airport.
The stateroom (7272) is Outside Balcony Starboard on Deck Seven.
Fairly compact with Queen size bed, two seater couch and chair at mirrored make up set. Bed mattress was really firm and may not suit everybody's sleep comfort.
Adequate cupboard and drawer space for clothes even for two week cruise.
Shower/Toilet is also fairly compact but again adequate for use. Shower had sliding doors rather than curtains. Shower head required renewal as it leaked from join of hose and shower head. Shower gel wasn't renewed either during cruise.
Balcony was fairly small too with small table and two recliner chairs.
Room was maintained to a very good standard by our steward and he replaced towels daily and bed sheets regularly, whilst making "Towel Animals"
Room was midship and equidistant from sets of lifts.
Nothing of note nor complaint.