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Overview

Inaugurated in 2000, Explorer of the Seas underwent refurbishment in early 2015 to add features like a surf simulator, a 3D movie theater and additional dining options.

The ship offers activities for cruisers of all ages, including three pools, a basketball court and an ice skating rink. While adults sip cocktails at one of nine bars, lounges and clubs, youngsters can play in the kids pool, visit the video game arcade or make friends at one of the age-appropriate youth clubs.

In terms of dining, the ship offers 10 distinct venues, including six specialty venues that require an additional fee. As far as lodging goes, more than half of cabins offer balconies or ocean views. Those on a budget can opt for Interior cabins equipped with "virtual balconies" or views of the promenade. All cabins include flat-screen TVs and minifridges.

Recent cruisers said that while the 4,290-passenger ship is constantly busy and at times overly crowded, all of the 1,185 crew members were friendly and attentive.  

In 2018-19, Explorer of the Seas departs from Seattle and Miami for sailings in the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and Australia and the Pacific

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Inaugurated in 2000, Explorer of the Seas underwent refurbishment in early 2015 to add features like a surf simulator, a 3D movie theater and additional dining options.

The ship offers activities for cruisers of all ages, including three pools, a basketball court and an ice skating rink. While adults sip cocktails at one of nine bars, lounges and clubs, youngsters can play in the kids pool, visit the video game arcade or make friends at one of the age-appropriate youth clubs.

In terms of dining, the ship offers 10 distinct venues, including six specialty venues that require an additional fee. As far as lodging goes, more than half of cabins offer balconies or ocean views. Those on a budget can opt for Interior cabins equipped with "virtual balconies" or views of the promenade. All cabins include flat-screen TVs and minifridges.

Recent cruisers said that while the 4,290-passenger ship is constantly busy and at times overly crowded, all of the 1,185 crew members were friendly and attentive.  

In 2018-19, Explorer of the Seas departs from Seattle and Miami for sailings in the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and Australia and the Pacific

Ship Size
L
Price
$$$$
Year Built
N/A

Pros & Cons

  • Top-notch onboard entertainment

  • Ship can feel overly crowded at times

Rankings

Explorer of the Seas ranks #15 out of 24 Royal Caribbean International Cruise Ships based on an analysis of expert and user ratings, as well as health ratings.

3.95Scorecard
  • 4.0Expert Rating »
  • 3.9Traveler Rating »
  • 4.0Health Rating »

Cabins

Explorer of the Seas offers a wide range of accomodation options. Browse cabins to find the stateroom that suits your needs.

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Deck Plans

Explorer of the Seas contains 14 decks. Find out which features are available on each Explorer of the Seas deck.

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Traveler Reviews

A ship’s traveler rating is provided under license by Cruiseline.com , which manages one of the largest databases of cruise reviews and ratings by travelers. A total of 1629 guests have reviewed Explorer of the Seas, giving it a rating of 3.9 on a scale of 1-5.

Cruiseline Travel Rating:

3.9 out of 5(1629 reviews)

Reviews by Traveler Type

Couples46.8%
Families w/older children14.8%
Singles/Friends11.1%
Families w/young children8.5%
Groups8.2%
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Disclaimers about ship ratings: A ship’s Health Rating is based on vessel inspection scores published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If a ship did not receive a CDC score within 22 months prior to the calculation of its Overall Rating, its Health Rating appears as N/A; in such a case, the ship’s Overall Rating is calculated using the average Health Rating of all CDC-rated ships within the cruise line. All ship Traveler Ratings are based on ratings provided under license by Cruiseline.com.