Explorer of the Seas Cruise Ship Profile

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Explorer of the Seas News


Explorer of the Seas sails European and Caribbean cruises.  For a complete look at itinerary information, visit the RCCL website.

CDC Ratings

Sanitation Report

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2009 Rating 99 (Apr)
2009 Rating 99 (Oct)
2010 Rating 99 (May)
2010 Rating 95 (Nov)
2011 Rating 94 (Jun)
2011 Rating 96 (Dec)
2012 Rating 99 (Jul)
2012 Rating 95 (Oct)
2013 Rating 98 (Jul)
2014 Rating 95 (Jan)
2014 Rating 99 (Oct)
2015 Rating 99 (Feb)
2018 Rating 95 (Oct)
2020 Rating 93 (Mar)

The Center For Disease Control (CDC) performs unannounced inspections, which are conducted twice a year and required for any cruise ship with an international itinerary calling at a U.S. port. Vessels are evaluated proper food handling, preparation and storage procedures, and overall galley cleanliness. Ships’ potable water supplies used in spas and pools are evaluated, as well.

Deck Plan

Deck 15

Skylight Chapel

Deck 14

Viking Crown Lounge

Deck 13

Rock climbing wall, In-Line Skate Track, Sports Court, Explorer Dunes Golf Course (aft)

Deck 12

Spa & Fitness Center (upper level), Sky Bar, Jogging Track, Johnny Rockets, Optix Teen Disco, Adventure Ocean and Adventure Beach (aft)

Deck 11

Peek-A-Boo Bridge Overlook, Spa & Fitness Center, Solarium & Bar, Dive Shop, Pool Bar, two Swimming Pools, Portofino, Windjammer Cafe, Island Grill

Deck 10

Passenger staterooms

Deck 9

Passenger staterooms, Concierge Club

Deck 8

Passenger staterooms, Internet center

Deck 7

Passenger staterooms, Library

Deck 6

Passenger staterooms, Business Services

Deck 5

Observation Deck, Maharaja's Lounge, Connoisseur Club, Café Promenade, Crown & Kettle Pub, Weekend Warrior Lounge, Champagne Bar, Columbus Dining Room, Royal Promenade

Deck 4

The Palace Theater, The Chamber, Schooner Bar, Casino Royale, Boutiques, Da Gama Dining Room, Aquarium Bar, Eco-Learning Station

Deck 3

The Palace Theater, The Chamber, Studio B, Magellan Dining Room

Deck 2

The Palace Theater, Screening Room, Conference Center, Studio B Entertainment Complex, Passenger Staterooms

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Adults Only

The Solarium

Retreat to the glass-canopied, adults-only Solarium pool, where inspired surroundings, a light-fare café, and whirlpools promise the ultimate in relaxation.

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Explorer of the Seas

explorer of the seas cruise ship

Enjoy one-of-a-kind features like an ice-skating rink, the Royal Promenade and a rock-climbing wall. The  Explorer of the Seas offers more space for every guest - plus enhanced staterooms, expanded dining options and exceptional recreational facilities. This cruise ship even features the University of Miami Ocean Lab, a state-of-the-art oceanographic and atmospheric science lab.

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Deck Plan Kid's Camps



Ship Class: Voyager

Launched: 2000

Refurbished: Spring 2015

GRT: 138,000

Length: 1,020 ft.

Draft: 26

Speed: 22 Knots

Passengers: 3114


All staterooms offer accommodations that convert to queen size bed and have private bath, vanity area, flat-panel TV and phone, electric mini-bar, hair dryers and AC. The bedding program has been updated fleet-wide, with new bed frames, mattresses, sheets, pillows, and duvets.

Stateroom Sizes

Inside 150 Sq. ft.
Outside 160-265 Sq. Ft.
Balcony 164-179 Sq. ft. w/veranda
Suite 264-1,087 Sq. ft. w/veranda


Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, measuring 72.5 inches wide by 82 inches long, sitting area, vanity area, and a private bathroom.  Promenade staterooms have bowed windows with a view of the Royal Promenade.


Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, measuring 72.5 inches wide by 82 inches long, sitting area, vanity area, and a private bathroom. The family ocean view has additional bunk beds in separate area, separate sitting area with sofa bed, and can accommodate up to 6 guests.


Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, measuring 72.5 inches wide by 82 inches long, private balcony, sitting area and a private bathroom.


Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, measuring 72.5 inches wide by 82 inches long, private balcony, private bathroom with bathtub and a sitting area. Grand suites include concierge service. Royal family suites have two bedrooms with two twin beds that convert to a Royal King, measuring 72.5 inches wide by 82 inches long(one room with third and fourth Pullman beds), two bathrooms (one with shower, one with bathtub), living area with double sofa bed, private balcony, and concierge service. The stateroom can accommodate up to 8 guests. The Royal Suite has a separate bedroom with king-size bed, private balcony with hot tub, whirlpool bathtub, living room with queen-size sofa bed, baby grand piano and concierge service.

Suite Amenities

Excluding Junior suites, guests booked in other suites enjoy the following amenities :

• Priority check-in

• Concierge Club service on select ships

• Reserved prime seating in the main theater for entertainment shows, where available

• Priority tender tickets on select cruises. (Tender service is provided when smaller vessels are necessary to reach shore in locations without docking ports large enough for cruise ships.)

• VIP pool deck seating, where available

• Full breakfast, lunch and dinner dining room menus available for in-room dining

• Private breakfast and lunch seating in specialty restaurants on our Voyager and Freedom Class ships

• Mattel® board games available to order for in-room entertainment for the kids

• Complimentary luggage valet service

• Luxury spa bathrobes for use onboard

• Complimentary pressing service on formal night

• Priority departure with exclusive suite departure lounge featuring continental breakfast

Dining Venues

($) = Specialty restaurant, surcharges apply

Sapphire Dining Room

Three-tiered main ding room.

Café Promenade

Pick a table with a view at Café Promenade, serving Seattle's Best Coffee, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, snacks, pastries and sandwiches throughout the day and into the night – so you can enjoy the action when you please.


Chopsticks, ready! A seemingly endless buffet of delicious sushi creations, Jade features innovative Asian-fusion dishes along with classic favorites like sushi, fried rice and more.

Portofino ($)

Sample the chef's latest Italian creation, or have one of your favorites prepared the classic way. $20 surcharge per person. Prices subject to change.

Giovanni's Table ($)

This Tuscan countryside influenced trattoria is a more-accessible, casual Italian restaurant featuring both indoor and al fresco seating. Giovanni's Table offers rustic dishes with a contemporary flair, including toasted herbal breads, pizzas, salads, pastas, Italian sandwiches, braised meat dishes and stews, all served family-style. Open for lunch and dinner; $10 lunch and $15 dinner cover charge. Prices subject to change.

Windjammer Café

A culinary destination loaded with an array of delicious food for every meal and snack time – all with spectacular views and a comfortable, casual atmosphere. Browse multiple buffets and serving stations featuring pastas, omelets made-to-order, global cuisine, salads, soups, sandwiches, meat-carving, and tons of tantalizing desserts.

Izumi ($)

The new Asian cuisine restaurant features a sushi bar and hot rock cooking, as well as other Asian fare in a more formal setting. Open for lunch and dinner; á la carte pricing.

Chops Grille ($)

Steak and Seafood in an elegant atmosphere. $30.00 per person surcharge. Reservation Only. Prices subject to change.

Johnny Rockets ($)

Get the family together for good old-fashioned hamburgers and fries at Johnny Rockets—complete with authentic 1950s décor, a menu filled with all-American favorites and a jukebox at every table. Lunch and dinner have a $4.95 surcharge per person. Prices subject to change.

Room Service

Breakfast, lunch and dinner, 24 hours a day (late night service charge applies).

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Notable Rooms

Palace Theater

Complimentary Broadway-style entertainment playing nightly.

Viking Crown Lounge

Observation area during the day with great views of the sea and cocktails and music by night.

Casino Royale

Cigar bar and one of the few smoking areas onboard.

Connoisseur Club

Cigar bar.

R Bar

Retro cocktail bar. Experience a 1960s vibe at the all-new R Bar, featuring iconic furnishings and classic cocktails, gimlet, martini, gin, whiskeys and more, all served by the ship' resident mixologist. Formerly the Champagne Bar.

Royal Promenade

Variety of name-brand, duty-free shopping are on the Royal Promenade including jewelry, perfumes, apparel and shopping for teens and kids. This mall, a naturally lighted four-story area lined with bars and shops, is the heartbeat of the ship.

Star Lounge

Music, dancing and entertainment.

The Tavern

Upscale sports bar.

Schooner Bar

The Schooner Bar is a nautical haven inspired by the sea – a guest-favorite bar, thanks to nightly piano entertainers that will have you joining a chorus of classics.

Studio B

A multipurpose studio complex filled with activity all day long, from ice-skating to cooking demonstrations. Royal Caribbean is the first and only cruise line with ice skating rinks and complimentary ice spectaculars featuring professional skaters that amaze with jumps, lifts, and spins.

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Outdoor Features

Adventure Ocean/Beach

A play area with specially designed activities for kids from 3-17. Run by exceptional, energetic and college-educated staff on deck 12.

Sports Court

Deck 13 features a Sports Court, In-line Skating Track, Rock Climbing Wall, and Adventure Dunes 9-hole small scale golf course.

Main Pool Area

Three swimming Pools, 5 whirlpools, swim shop, and pool bar located on deck 11.

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Kids Only

Royal Babies & Royal Tots

Interactive classes filled with enriching activities developed by early childhood experts at Fisher-Price® for kids 6-18 months. The Royal Tots Program offers 45-minute interactive playground sessions filled with age-appropriate activities and toys for kids ages 18-36 months. Both programs are hosted by trained youth staff. A parent or caregiver must accompany child during all activity sessions. Nursery services also available.

Adventure Ocean for Kids Ages 3-11

Aquanauts for kids ages 3-5 years old; Explorers for kids ages 6-8 years old; Voyagers for kids ages 9-11 years old. Royal Caribbean offers age appropriate parties, crafts, scavenger hunts, science experiments, theater games, excursions and more.

Teen Program

Non-structured, participate when you want program for teens, ages 12-17 years old. Featuring Theme Nights, Improve Games, DJ Academy, Mocktail Competition, Dodgeball, Open Mic and Talent Show, BBQ, Movie and Pool Party, Teen Casino, Snowball Fight, Climbing Competition and more. Teens also have their own lounge (The Living Room) and disco (Fuel).

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