Explorer of the Seas

Overview

There's never been a cruise ship like this. Enjoy one-of-a-kind features like an ice-skating rink, the Royal Promenade and a rock-climbing wall. There was only one way to accommodate all of these innovative ideas. We built a bigger cruise ship. The 138,000-ton, 3,114-guest Explorer of the Seas offers more space for every guest - plus enhanced staterooms, expanded dining options and exceptional recreational facilities. This cruise ship is so high-tech, it even features the University of Miami Ocean Lab, a state-of-the-art oceanographic and atmospheric science lab.

Key details

  • Cabins 1642
  • Crew 1185
  • Passengers 3284
  • Decks 14
  • Launch Year 2000
  • Registry Bahamas

Reviews summary

2.5
Below average
( 7 reviews)
Brilliant
1
Good
2
Average
0
Poor
2
Awful
2
  • 3.5 room
  • 3 pool
  • 2 service
  • 1 dining
  • 3 amenities
  • 1.5 value
  • 2 food
  • 3 cleanliness
 

Traveller reviews

EX plover of the (WALLET) seas

2
Poor
by
Reviewed Thu 23rd of July 2015

"This is the first and last time I will sail on the Explorer of the seas. I have cruised twice on the independence of the seas and it was excellent. Explorer of the seas entertainment was awful apart from the ice skating show. Automatic gratuities are applied to all drinks purchased and the prices of drinks is a rip off ($9.00 for a glass of basic wine)
Automatic gratuities are applied to your sea pass account for every individual staying in the same cabin $12.50 per day per person.
Forewarned you can cancel the automatic gratuities on the ship but no one tells you this! I think a customer should choose what amount and who to tip not royal Caribbean.The cabins were cleaned well but if you have paid higher for a balcony cabin and you like a smoke well this would have been a waste of your hard earned money. No smoking is allowed in your balcony, When booking this should be told to the customer prior to booking. The smoking policy is in the royal Caribbean website. Too late reading this if you have already booked."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Sun 12th of July 2015

Rating breakdown

  • 3 Room
  • 3 Pool
  • 3 Service
  • 2 Value
  • 3 Food
  • 3 Cleanliness

Worst cruise ever.

1
Awful
by
Reviewed Thu 25th of June 2015

"3rd June 2015 for 14 nights. This was my 6th cruise. 4th around the Med but the first on Royal Caribbean. A dreadful holiday with poor food and cramped areas for sunbeds. If you wanted a bed you had no chance unless you put towels out at 7am. They say they will move items after half an hour but don't. Majority of meals in the restaurant were nothing like what was on the menus. Often warm and too much salt and presentation was non existent for most of the time. Why do you have to pay a lot more to eat good food in a supplement restaurant when you have already spent nearly 4000 pounds for 2 in a balcony storeroom. No toiletries apart from a bar of soap and a dispenser in the shower. Just basic- could have had an interior cabin as there was no difference! I would not recommend this ship or company to anyone, not even my worst enemy."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Thu 25th of June 2015

Rating breakdown

  • 2 Room
  • 2 Pool
  • 3 Service
  • 1 Value
  • 2 Food
  • 3 Cleanliness

on board the training ship.

1
Awful
by
Reviewed Fri 15th of May 2015

"From day one it was very poor ,no-one new where anything was or where they should be.Water in the cabins came out orange color,the shows very poor as all the staff were not fully trained i would call this a training ship.all this after a major refit,our party went to have a game of cards no chance there was only six tables and total of 24 chairs for aprox 2,000 passengers.The waiters in the theater would rather play and doe tricks with there trays than serve anyone.The one good on board was the ICE SHOW this really was FANTASTIC Royal Caribbean should be proud of them as they were the only ones that gave us something good on board.We will travel with royal Caribbean again but not on the EXPLORER again."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Fri 15th of May 2015

Rating breakdown

  • 4 Room
  • 1 Service
  • 2 Value
  • 2 Food
  • 3 Cleanliness

Canada & New England Cruise Sept 2010 - Thompsons could do it better.

2
Poor
by
Reviewed Mon 13th of September 2010

"Just returned from a two week (12 days) Royal Caribbean cruise to Canada & New England, visiting places like Portland & Bar-Harbor Main, St John & Halifax - Canada and Boston - Massachusetts.

Firstly you fly to New Jersey, one night stay at the Sheraton New Jersey hotel, which all i can say is possible the worst hotel i've stayed in - rooms excellent but staff very rude, not interested or at all helpful.

The explorer of the seas is an impressive ship with excellent staff, and when i say staff i mean (the room attendants and serving staff) management leave a lot to be desired very rude, not interested or helpful in anyway. Also their pricing policies are not good they apply a forced 15% gratuities and 1.5% purchase tax to everything you purchase on board this ship.

For instance, price for a small bottle of beer
Beer price $4.23
Gratuities @ 15% $0.63
Purchase Tax @ 1.5% $0.07

Total Price $4.93 = approx £3.52 for 1 small bottle of Beer. Vodka and coke approx $7.00 = approx £5.00 per drink.

There was 6 in our party 6 X £5 = £30 a round.

To summarise:
Places visited - Excellent.
Explorer of the Seas - Poor.

Would i travel with Royal Caribbean again - NO. The likes of Thompsons and Ocean Village are a lot better organised and better value for money.
"

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Mon 13th of September 2010

Rating breakdown

  • 5 Room
  • 4 Pool
  • 1 Service
  • 1 Dining
  • 3 Amenities
  • 1 Food

We spent a wonderful 2 weeks aboard this...

4
Good
by
Reviewed Wed 26th of July 2006

"We spent a wonderful 2 weeks aboard this amazing ship in October. We didn't have very good weather but there was so much to do it was impossible to be bored! The food was outstanding, waiters exceptionally friendly and staterooms small but spotlessly clean.

The best feature for us traveling with children was the adventure ocean kids programme which caters for children from 3 to teens. Every day, there was a new fun activity but also educational elements. The staff were really caring. They had everything from a talent show to a pajama party and a pirate night where they took over the ship! The entertainment was also very professional, especially the Broadway style shows and the ice show.

We didn't bother with excursions preferring to do our own thing but there was ample time in all ports of call. My one criticism was the time it took to disembark the ship but this was US customs not the cruise line. It was also fun dressing up for the gala dinners though we opted out of these in our second week. There were plenty of bars where you could be quiet or lively."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Wed 26th of July 2006

This was out first cruise, back to back...

4
Good
by
Reviewed Sat 22nd of July 2006

"This was out first cruise, back to back on Royal Caribbean. Ship was first class, a great boat and very spacious. Food excellent, cabins larger than we expected.

The only draw back if you do back to back, the food/entertainment were exactly the same the second week. Island excursion were brilliant. No need to dress up formally if you don’t want to. Cabin staff were gems. Very polite and attentive.

If we were to cruise again, it would be a week at sea / week on land. Too much for us."

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Sat 22nd of July 2006

I have just returned from a back-to-back...

5
Brilliant
by
Reviewed Mon 2nd of January 2006

"I have just returned from a back-to-back cruise on the Explorer in the Caribbean. Royal Caribbean booked us in the Radisson Hotel in Miami, which was excellent and despite the reports that I had heard embarkation passed quickly in Miami,
We had an outside stateroom with balcony, which was roomy and cleaned twice daily including turndown.

The food was excellent although the Windjammer self service buffet gets very busy from 8.00 until 9.00 and when the ship is at sea it is almost impossible to get a seat at lunch 12.00-13.30, saying that there is plenty of choice and the staff will do their utmost to meet any request

The main dining room is tremendous and the food is equal to a top class restaurant and the waiters will bring you anything or replace anything that you do not like.
The Portofino restaurant is awesome ($20 extra) well worth it
I had the best pasta and steak

The excursions are a lot cheaper if booked on the ship rather than before you depart (same price in $, in English pounds on website) and I thought good value
Gratuities can be billed to your ship card, paid in cash or not paid at all- whatever you want.

Any problems you have - we had 2, were quickly sorted out at reception.
My only complaint is that any drinks taken are automatically charged with a 15% service charge, even ordering drinks at a bar
"

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Mon 2nd of January 2006

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