The Explorer of the Seas is one of the older ships currently in Royal Caribbean’s line, and its also one of the most recent to receive a massive upgrade. In fact, the ship entered dry dock in 2015, when it was outfitted with a number of Royal Caribbean’s latest marquee features, including the FlowRider surfing simulator and an inline skating track.
The improvements look good on the Explorer of the Seas and have brought her into the same rarefied air occupied by Royal Caribbean’s newer and bigger ships like the Allure of the Seas and the Oasis of the Seas. As you’ll see in the photographs that follow, you can find almost all of the same high-quality features and amenities aboard the Explorer of the Seas as you can find aboard ships that were only recently launched.
So, let’s take a quick tour of this ship, which is an oldie but a goodie within the Royal Caribbean line. As you’ll see, this ship remains one of the very finest in the world and could very well prove to be the ideal vessel for your next cruising vacation!
1. What a Ship!
In service since the beginning of the millennium, the Explorer of the Seas has become one of RCI’s most popular ships.
2. Cooling Off
There are a number of different pools to choose from up on deck, including this one with its beautiful Classical theme.
3. Fitness Spa
If you’re in the mood to work-out, soak, and spa, then you’re going to love this ship’s Ship Shape Fitness Center!
4. Outdoor Fitness
For more fitness-related activities, you can hit the Sports Deck, which features basketball, tennis and an incredible rock-climbing wall.
5. Sporting Fun
Of course, maybe you’d just prefer to keep up with the home team? If so, then a trip to the Weekend Warrior Sports Bar is in order.
6. Kid Stuff
For the smaller ones in your group, there’s the beautiful Adventure Pool, which features plenty to keep small children entertained.
7. More Kid Stuff
The Adventure Pool is located right next to the Adventure Ocean kid’s zone, which features plenty of entertaining activities!
8. Mini Golf and More
Perhaps you might enjoy a round of mini-golf? Well, there’s a course on board and even a 19th Hole Bar for after-round celebration.
9. Cool Stuff
The Explorer of the Seas is one of the many RCI ships to feature an on-board ice-skating rink. It’s open to the public at some times and features stunning shows at others.
10. Run Around
If you’re the type that likes to stay fit by going for a job or a run, then you’re sure to appreciate the generously sized Inline Track up on deck.
11. Johnny Rockets
In the mood for a burger? Well, you can pay a visit to the Johnny Rockets that might have the best view in the world.
12. Small Shows
For a night of intimate entertainment and cocktails, you’ll want to pay a visit to the Maharaja Lounge, which features all kinds of acts!
13. Bigger Shows
And, of course, there are big shows to be enjoyed while you’re on board. Those can be enjoyed at the Palace Theater.
One of the coolest bars that you’ll find aboard the ship is the Schooner Bar, which features a deliciously nautical theme.
15. Gaming Galore
Both kids and adults are sure to appreciate the excellent on-board Video Arcade, the features everything from arcade games to air hockey.
16. Pub Fare
For a casual dining experience and a frosty brew, be sure to check out The Crown & Kettle, which is located in the Promenade section.
17. Dance the Night Away
In the mood to strut your stuff out on the dance floor? Then you’re going to love the colorful Optix Disco.
18. Finer Fare
When you’re in the mood for a fancier meal, you’ll love the classical Italian fare that’s served up at the beautiful Portofino restaurant.
19. Buffet Style
And, of course, there’s a generously sized buffet area on board; it’s called the Windjammer Café, and it’s awesome.
If you’re in the mood to risk your money and potentially win some back, then a trip to the Casino Royale will strike your fancy.
21. The Suite Life
When you need ample space in your cabin for kids and other family members, booking a suite is definitely a wise choice.
22. Just The Two Of Us
Of course, if it’s just you and your partner that are going on a cruise, then one of the gorgeous balcony staterooms might be all that you need!
23. Plenty To Offer
As you can see, the Explorer of the Seas is one of cruise-goers favorite ships for good reason. Maybe it’s time you booked passage?