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Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas

Explorer of the Seas Royal PromenadeExplorer of the Seas Fast Facts
Maiden Voyage: 10/28/00
Passenger Capacity: 3,114
Gross Tonnage: 138,000
Length: 1,020’
Max Beam: 157.5’
Draft: 29’
Cruising Speed: 22 knots

Explorer of the Seas is the second ship in Royal Caribbean’s Voyager-class. After just one cruise on a ship within this class, it’s hard to think about a cruise without the Royal Promenade! The corridor, about the length of a football field, is perfect for coffee and a snack, a late night slice of pizza, people watching, shopping, or hanging out in one of the lively bars.  It is the heart of the ship, buzzing with activity from morning until late into the night. And while the Promenade attracts guests to its center like a magnet, there are so many other areas of the ship that beckon.

Voyager of the Seas Rock ClimbingWhether it’s scaling the rock wall, navigating the inline skating track, competing in an intense game of one-on-one on the basketball court, or playing family putt-putt golf, those seeking activity will find plenty to do! There’s no need to compromise your daily workout while onboard. The fitness center is better equipped than many home town gyms and nothing can compare with the view from these treadmills!

The day spa on the Explorer of the Seas is the perfect way to escape and be pampered for an hour…or even a day! There is a menu of wonderful options to choose from. It could be a deep tissue massage to relieve a sore neck, tense shoulders and aching back, or maybe a facial to deeply cleanse and nourish skin, leaving a radiant glow.

Explorer of the Seas SolariumThe pool area is a hub of activity on sea day! The cruise director and activity staff will have it no other way!  They may be crazy and possibly a bit juvenile, but there’s no doubt that the dancing, contests and games that take place pool side are entertaining for participants and spectators, alike.

Those looking for less commotion can find refuge in the adult-only solarium. It too has a pool and hot tubs but the atmosphere is a bit more serene. In fairness, if adults are given their own space, than children should too, and Adventure Beach is just that. Three pools, junior size waterslides and plenty of shade and lounge chairs allowing mom and dad can supervise in comfort.

Fine dining is always something to look forward to on the Explorer of the Seas.  A multi-tier dining room, each level named after a famous global explorer, is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Royal Caribbean offers guests traditional early and late dinner seating, as well as My Time open seating. For a more intimate dinner, Portofino is open nightly. The food is hearty Tuscan influenced Italian with choices of beef, chicken, veal, and seafood entrees.

Casual meals are served in the Windjammer Café & Island Grill as well as Johnny Rockets, a 50’s style diner. In addition, the Café Promenade has pizza, sandwiches and pastries practically round-the-clock. Soft-serve yogurt is complimentary 24/7 and Ben & Jerry’s is sold in the Promenade.

Explorer of the Seas Ice ShowA ship this big is able to offer lots of choices in evening entertainment.  One show that should not be missed is the ice show performed several times a week at Studio B. The world champion skaters come from around the world, and to watch them spin, twirl, dance and jump on an undersized rink is nothing short of spectacular. For Broadway caliber musical shows, the Royal Caribbean Singers and Dancers perform at The Palace Theater.

The Chamber dance club pulsates with pop, rock, rap and punk and whatever else will get bodies moving on the dance floor. There is a casino, screening room and numerous themed bars and lounges in which to spend an evening. Even on a seven night cruise guests are pressed for time in trying to experience all the Explorer of the Seas has to offer.

The Explorer of the Seas sails year round out of Cape Liberty New Jersey.

Sail Date:Itinerary:Departure Port:Rates From:
September 06, 20145 NIGHT BERMUDA CRUISEBayonne, NJFrom $699 per person
September 11, 20149 NIGHT CANADA & NEW ENGLAND CRUISEBayonne, NJFrom $587 per person
September 20, 20145 NIGHT BERMUDA CRUISEBayonne, NJFrom $1,379 per person
October 04, 20145 NIGHT BERMUDA CRUISEBayonne, NJFrom $749 per person
October 09, 20149 NIGHT BERMUDA AND CARIBBEAN CRUISEBayonne, NJFrom $1,144 per person
October 18, 20145 NIGHT BERMUDA CRUISEBayonne, NJFrom $539 per person
October 23, 20149 NIGHT BERMUDA AND CARIBBEAN CRUISEBayonne, NJFrom $959 per person
November 01, 201414 NIGHT SOUTH CARIBBEAN ADVENTUREBayonne, NJFrom $1,011 per person
November 15, 20149 NIGHT SOUTH CARIBBEAN ADVENTURE CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $620 per person
November 24, 20145 NIGHT WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $524 per person
November 29, 20145 NIGHT WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $351 per person
December 04, 20149 NIGHT SOUTH CARIBBEAN ADVENTURE CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $666 per person
December 13, 20145 NIGHT WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $336 per person
December 18, 20145 NIGHT WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $441 per person
December 23, 20144 NIGHT CARIBBEAN CHRISTMAS CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $486 per person
December 27, 20148 NIGHT EASTERN CARIBBEAN NEW YEAR CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $1,184 per person
January 04, 20155 NIGHT WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $389 per person
January 09, 20159 NIGHT SOUTH CARIBBEAN ADVENTURE CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $951 per person
January 18, 20156 NIGHT WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $456 per person
January 24, 20155 NIGHT WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $396 per person
January 29, 20159 NIGHT SOUTH CARIBBEAN ADVENTURE CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $1,049 per person
February 07, 20155 NIGHT WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $434 per person
February 12, 20159 NIGHT SOUTH CARIBBEAN ADVENTURE CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $974 per person
February 21, 20155 NIGHT WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $449 per person
February 26, 20159 NIGHT SOUTH CARIBBEAN ADVENTURE CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $1,094 per person
March 07, 20155 NIGHT WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISEPt. Canaveral, FLFrom $516 per person
April 24, 201510 NIGHT CANARY ISLANDS ADVENTURE CRUISEEnglandFrom $1,304 per person
May 04, 201511 NIGHT SPAIN & PORTUGAL CRUISEEnglandFrom $1,191 per person
May 15, 20158 NIGHT CULTURAL NORTHERN EUROPE CRUISEEnglandFrom $1,109 per person
May 23, 20153N ROYAL EXPERIENCE, PARIS & BRUGESRUGESEnglandFrom $576 per person
May 26, 20158 NIGHT NORWEGIAN FJORDS CRUISEEnglandFrom $1,131 per person
June 03, 201514 NIGHT SPAIN & MED. BEACHES CRUISEEnglandFrom $1,709 per person
June 17, 201512 NIGHT CANARIES & NORTH AFRICA CRUISEEnglandFrom $1,679 per person

Consumer cruise, on best cruise line, on best cruise ship 2.entertainment is excellent(i have seen many broadway productions and many high quality bands) and service is excellent(i go to many restaurants) 4.all staff is very friendly, including the captain.
Consumer Review:After experiencing 30+ cruises over a period of 19 years, we feel that our opinions might count for something. We love Royal Caribbean International. We have 23 cruises with them. They may not always have "the best" in food and entertainment, but the overall experience remains the same-- EXCELLENT.
Consumer Review:All of the waiters and waitresses were excellent and the room attendant Victor was awesome.
Consumer Review:Although it was a wonderful cruise there were many things missing from RC that we have come to expect. I was disappointed in the Crown and Anchor program and will not be inclined to remain loyal to Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. The have cut back to the point of being cheap. The Diamond members are now banished from the concierge lounge, and the coupon books are just an offering of percentage off coupons. They should not have wasted the paper. There was much grumbling around the ship from Diamond members. It is a shame that RC does not feel the need to cater to their loyal customers. I will cruise RC again, but they are no longer the only cruise line that I will be looking at.
Consumer Review:as we mentioned is the best experience for booking and traveling we've encountered..... easy, quick, efficient, well-organized, friendly...great follow-ups....we are already thinking about our next cruise through Direct Line....
Consumer Review:Best time ever for a first time cruiser! I will definitely cruise more after this experience! Thanks Direct Line Cruises for making booking so easy.
Consumer Review:Cruise was enjoyable in virtually all aspects. One major disappointment was that on the last night at sea, RC refused to honor a $100 on board credit that they issued in my name and presented to me on the first day.
Consumer Review:Cruises are always great. NIce people and a good bang for your buck. Shows, casinos, good food, swimming, and entertainment. What else can you ask for.
Consumer Review:Dining Room meals were okay - the food was good, but not as gormet as I had hoped. Breakfast & Lunch were much better than dinner. The Windjammer Buffet was very ordinary and boring - much of the same food everyday. Disappointed that there was not a dedicated deli/panini station. Also disapointed that there wasn't an outdoor eating area in the rear of the shiip. Also disappointed that the outdoor 'adult only' was not more secluded. The stateroom was fine, but not set up very well - we were not able to walk to the side of the bed! Had to sit on end and roll back! Overall, our cruise was lovely and we did have a good time.
Consumer Review:Dinning room was excelent and staff wonderful. Very friendly and treated us very well. We did one evening that my aunt and I ordered pork medalions and expected small pieces but were served hunks of meat but was over cooed and very dry. Out waitress noticed we were not eating so asked if there was a problem so we told her they were to dry and she asked us to choose something else and switched our meal right away. Zhenia was our waitress and sabastian was her assistant and they worked very well together and very very nice people. Also funny. Was very comfortable with them at all times. Started out with a couple at the table that was very mouthy and complained about everything and very intoxicated and orderd more wine so it got worse as dinner went on. We had a family of three at the table one being a 17 yr old girl which was very upset with this womans language so they didn't come back to dinner that night but the awful ones didn't show up either after they knew we were not happy wsith their behavior. Our waitress asked what was going on and brought over head waiter and he nicely moved the two nasty guests to their own table so we found the other family to explain and they started joining us again and meals were very pleasent. They wre very enjoyable dinner partners. So staff handled things very efficently. Thanks to quick response we had nice people back at the table to enjoy what we were enjoying with the cruise. They were glad to rejoin us too. Thanks you
Consumer Review:We took Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas to the Caribbean from Bayonne, NJ. The ports of call were great - shopping in St. Thomas, beaches and Sea Lion encounter in Domincan Republic, San Juan forest canopy zip-line experience and shopping, and Royal Caribbean's private beach at Labadee, Haiti offered a nice variety of ports of call. This was yet another fabulous cruise vacation for our family!!! Thank you Direct Line Cruises!
Consumer Review:disappointed that RCI did away with the midnight buffet. Seem like when we went to the bar to ask for water some servers had an attitude about it. I think just like they have an ice cream machine on the pol desk they should have self service drinks.
Consumer Review:Embarkation was expeditiously handled pre and post cruise. The ship was great our state room attendant was fabulous very attentive and accommodating. I am ready to sail again.
Consumer Review:Entering and parking in Cape Liberty wasn't the smootest but considering there were 3300 people we delt with the confusion. Onboard was fantastic, food entertainment and security was more than expected. Bingo was pricey for playing only 4 games so you had better bring your luck. The stateroom attendants were on the ball and then some. Some passengers thought they came in room to straighten up too often but we were quite satisfied and didn't mind. We didn't get the drink packages and it worked out fine, plenty of other beverages came free with meals and in between. Drink prices were what we expected to pay on a cruise. All in all it was a great trip.
Consumer Review:Entertainment was repetitive with little variety. The TV reception was "poor", many days and nights we were unable to watch any program with the exception of FOX News. There was two choices of news stations, FOX News and CNN which gave no news on the happenings in NY. FOX News was a platform for the the Republican party only and was all about what President Obama wasn't doing. Yet, this channel came through 24-7, loud and clear. Our inside stateroom had a king size bed which you had to enter from the foot of the bed (crawl in) with no space in between on the left or right and the wall for exit. In booking you should have let the customer know this important bit of information. We had to back up against the door to lay out and open our suitcase, for there was very little room available between the bed, table and door. I had to inquire about our onboard $50. credit twice before they applied it to my account. It was only on my 2nd visit to the Customer Service Desk and I informed them I would contact Direct Cruise Line regarding my onboard credit before they agreed to apply it to my account.
Consumer Review:Everything was great. However, the lunch buffet wasn't as good as Carnival's. The ship personnal were very friendly and shows were great. Best part was getting on / off ship in Bayonne,NJ. Would never cruise out of New York again!!
Consumer Review:ewplorer of the seas- the check-in was quick and easy. The parking was 20.00 per day, which was a little high, but very close and unloading our bags was quick. The guys handling the bags were a little pushy about us hurrying up with bags. The balcony room was perfect. The dining room food and service was also perfect. The only negatives about the cruise - There were far too many old people. (we are in our 30s, and most on this cruise seemed to be over 60. ) The entertainment was great, but most of the performers were "old" . We would still go on this cruise again , regardless. The check out process was also very quick . We couldnt believe how fast it was compared to other cruises. Direct Line Cruises staff was helpful and upgraded us to a better room ( due to the cruise line dropping prices to fill the ship) This made us very happy, and they also gave us onboard credit to spend on the ship, and travel insurance. This agency was the best deal we found.
Consumer Review:Excellent getaway for parents of three kids. Booked it last minute through online website. Agent provided excellent followup on details after booking. Directline Cruises is first class !
Consumer Review:Five day Bermuda Cruise. Cape Liberty embarkation/disembarkation is a bit challenging. Short bus ride from check in to cruise ship was a PIA in the rain. On board service, ship cleanliness, and entertainment was top notch. Food quality in main dining room was just average but service excellent. Avoid the Windjammer Cafe, cafeteria food service needs some work but it is convenient. Excellent stay in Bermuda. Lot's of enjoyable activities on the island.
Consumer Review:Food anywhere on ship [exgept in Portofino] is substandard and of low quality. Meat is definately poor quality.All other food seams to be of cheaper grade.
Consumer Review:Food came out cold....Getting on ship very slow. I am a platium member and that line was longer than the regular line...Getting off, alot of people got off with their bags and caused problems...Bad idea....
Consumer Review:Food in the main dining room was bland and did not have much taste. Windjammers was good and prefered this over the main dining room. Our preference was Portofino. Food was amazing and was worth the $20 charge per person. The staff was also fabulous. Overall the entire service staff on the ship was excellent and very friendly.
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