Family selected this since there was a sale last summer on this particular cruise. Six adults and four kids.
Over 25 years ago, Royal Caribbean (RC)was our first cruise. We were hooked ....the food, entertainment, bars, etc. were excellent. Since then we have cruised on 10+ occasions, on a variety of cruise lines in addition to RC. RC has evidently changed their business model and is focusing on a younger clientele preferably grandparents, parents and kids. Our grandkids loved the cruise and the activities. Parents were OK with activities and many of the events were geared towards that generation. Seniors may find it a little less satisfactory but seeing the grandkids have so much fun makes up for that.
Explorer of the Seas is showing it's age. As I recall, it is one of the ships for our earlier cruise. Electrical outlets were limited to three in the staterooms all pretty much confined to the bureau area. Since I use a CPAP, an extension cord had to run across the floor, a definite safety hazard for that late night run to the toilet. Beds were comfortable and the balcony is well worth the increase in price. Bathrooms are better sized than our recent Oceania cruise. Ashton was our stateroom attendant and was superb. When I told him I need an extension cord for the CPAP he also ordered distilled water for the humidifier anticipating my needs. Always friendly with a "Good Morning" regardless of the time of the day. A very competent and conscientious employee.
Twenty year old design. Nice sized room. Couch, one chair. No coffee table. All electrical outlets were on one wall. Metal walls so magnetic hooks work well. Ample closet space with shelves. Overall storage space is good. Bath was adequate and typical of cruise lines. Larger shower and more space than Oceania.