Second out of five in the game changing Voyager Class Ships, this floating resort is a cruise ship that’ll please everyone.with amenities added including an ice skating rink/concert venue/TV studio, spa/solarium complex, a shopping/dining/entertainment boulevard, 3D movie theater, outdoor movie screen, wedding chapel and florist. A fitness center, outdoor jogging track and outdoor youth area with a rock-climbing wall, full-court basketball, nine-hole miniature golf and brand new FlowRider Surf Simulator offers active cruisers of all ages, from children to seniors, something to enjoy.
One of the most impressive features is the U.S.$11-million art collection (highlighted by the work of Hollywood stars like Tony Curtis, Peter Falk and Anthony Quinn and photography by Annie Lebowitz) that is showcased across the ship.
The Royal Promenade is the heart of the vessel. You feel like you are in an upscale mall as you walk this longer-than-a-football-field and wider-than-three-lanes-of-traffic boulevard anchored by two atria that are marvels of marble and colossal sculpture. Diversions on the promenade include shops selling everything from ship’s logo items, to cheap accessories and designer merchandise.
Despite all the amenities, the ship has been out-sized and out-classed by the line’s Freedom-class and Oasis-class ships, but Explorer certainly has plenty of solid selling points.
This ship plays the perfect host to a string of off the seat activities, bumper entertainment and stellar facilities, for people of all ages. It’s got a taste of fun for people from every generation making it a great spot in the sea for the perfect family vacation.
It’s a huge vessel, and thanks to this, it’s passenger count might make it a tad bit difficult for you to wait for your turn. Turn around the long queques by booking activities in advance.
It’s a yes yes, if you want the perfect family getaway full of funk and adventure with a hue of fun for every member for your family. It’s a more exclusive, non-intrusive cruising experience wherein you can spend more time enjoying facilities on-board and some exclusive shore excursions.
With 1,642 rooms in it, The rooms in Explorer of the Seas define its very cutting edge and adventure led designing. Out of these, 1,001 have an ocean view, 119 are suites and 652 balcony staterooms. Twenty-four of them offer stunning floor-to-ceiling windows for panoramic views. There are 642 are interior staterooms, of which 81 play the host to the new virtual balconies: floor-to-ceiling TV screens that provide live HD views from outside the cruise ship, right into your stateroom. Twenty-six cabins in total are wheelchair accessible. A hallmark of this ship’s class is the Royal Promenade-facing staterooms (138 on this ship) that overlook that engaging thoroughfare. These however are susceptible to a lot of noise around and might invade your privacy. Standard cabins are comfortably spacious and attractively decorated in earth tones. All cabins feature twin beds that can convert to queen-sized beds. The bathrooms are just the right size with the right supply of all that you need.
The long list of engagements that run on the Explorer, something that runs from dusk till dawn will make it difficult for you to stay calm. It boggles you, in an overwhelming way. The Palace, a 1350 seater theater is the the main show lounge, is the place to see Broadway-style revues and headline acts in a typical opera setting. Bingo, ballroom dance lessons, towel folding demonstrations, art auctions, bridge pairing, arts and crafts workshops, films and seminars (on everything from healthy eating to acupuncture to facial rejuvenation), rock climbing wall competitions, table tennis tournaments and boogie boarding sessions will keep you engrossed on all the at-the-sea days. You can light up your night at the Casino Royale that has a Vegas/rock ‘n’ roll theme and 300 slots, 10 blackjack tables, three Caribbean Stud tables, three roulette wheels and a craps table. The Dancin’ Under the Stars Deck Party is a time of fun with a DJ and all-star band by the pool. While indoors you can mix it up with karaoke at The Tavern, or the late-night fun of the Rock Britannia Street Party or ’70s Disco on the Royal Promenade.
The icing on the cake is the “Spirits of the Seasons” — the ship’s incredible ice skating spectacular in Studio B. Trust us, you surely wouldn’t want to miss out on this one.
You can totally spend all your time eating in the complimentary eating areas (which are amazing by the way), thanks to the good selection of healthy and vegetarian options across all the complimentary establishments and the service, as per the rest of this ship, is friendly, lively, and generous. But don’t miss out on the specialty restaurants where you can hog on. You can totally spend all your time eating in the complimentary eating areas (which are amazing by the way), thanks to the good selection of healthy and vegetarian options across all the complimentary establishments and the service, as per the rest of this ship, is friendly, lively, and generous. But don’t miss out on the specialty restaurants where you can hog on some quality food and service that is worth every cent of the premium. On Deck No. 3,4,5 are the Sapphire Dining Room, a three-level structure, a magnificent space linked by a grand staircase, dramatic fluted gold-leaf columns, golden velvet curtains and a ceiling dome with gold bursts, stars and fibre optics. It’s menu has an option for food intolerances other than the existing lavish menu that will leave you wanting for more. Café Promenade, a 24 hour café in the Royal Promenade and Windjammer Marketplace.
The ship has been fitted with three specialty dining restaurants, along with the already popular Johnny Rockets, giving cruising gastronomes an excellent selection of cooked-to-order cuisine at the Giovanni Table and Chops Grille.
Also, there’s also a Starbucks and Ben and Jerry’s on-board.