Caribbean and Bahamas: Southern Caribbean Cruise

Royal Caribbean®

Hundreds of years of history have left jungle ruins from ancient times and vibrant colonial towns with brightly painted buildings reflecting a fascinating history. Discover the white-sand beaches and rugged cliffs of Barbados. See towering mountains like Petit Piton in St. Lucia, explore the lush rainforests of Belize, or boost your adrenaline as you zip-line through the treetops of Labadee or Honduras. If calm, contemplative nature is more your thing, spend the day admiring cascading waterfalls in Jamaica and the vivid coral reefs of Bonaire, home to manta rays and parrot fish.

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Sailing Itinerary

Note: Cruise itineraries are subject to change. Please verify ports and times directly with the cruise line.

Day 1Port of Call MiamiDeparture 4:00pm

Overview

The City of Miami known as the “Magic City” is located in Southeast Florida, in Miami-Dade County on the Miami River, between the Florida Everglades and the Atlantic Ocean. Since its incorporation in 1896, the City has grown tremendously, transforming it into one of the world’s renowned centers where people can work, live and play while enjoying a high quality of life. The City of Miami, known for its diverse culture and ethnicities is the largest municipality in Miami-Dade County. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 362,470. By the year 2010 the population in the City is projected to rise to 390,191. Miami which is known as the Gateway to Latin America attracts a tremendous amount of foreign born people, resulting in a large Latin American population that includes Cubans, Nicaraguans, Colombians, Venezuelans, Puerto Ricans, Argentineans, Ecuadorians, Brazilians, Dominicans, Haitians and Mexicans. According to the 2000 U.S. census, the City has a 60 percent Hispanic population, a 22.3 percent African-American population and an 11.9 percent White/other population.

Day 2 Cruising
Day 3Port of Call Cayman/George Town Arrival 7:00amDeparture 4:00pm

Overview

Miles of powdery white beaches above clear blue water and one of the richest marine environments make Grand Cayman one of the Caribbean’s finest vacation destinations (and a world class scuba diving destination). As a British Crown Colony, Grand Cayman enjoys all of the benefits of sophisticated government, touting one of the strongest economies in the Caribbean (with over 600 banks) while still allowing visitors to enjoy duty free shopping in Georgetown for jewelry, art, local crafts, and unique souvenirs like treasure coins from a sunken Spanish galleon circa the “Pirates of the Caribbean” era.

Day 4 Cruising
Day 5Port of Call Willemstad Arrival 12:30pmDeparture 8:00pm

Overview

Forget the squat resorts muscling each other along the coast and don't be put off by the disjointed shambles of badly signed roads: Willemstad is gorgeous. The capital of the Netherlands Antilles and one of a select number of urban areas on UNESCO's World Heritage List, it's divided in two by capacious St Anna Bay, the largest harbor in the Caribbean. Punda, to the east, and Otrobanda, to the west, are connected by a quaint pontoon bridge known as the Swinging Old Lady - she cocks a leg for boats. Punda is the oldest part of the city, crowded with 17th- and 18th-century Dutch-style buildings. The 1732 Mikvé Emanuel Synagogue is the oldest in the Americas. Its interior, including the original pipe organ and brass chandeliers, has been carefully preserved, and the floor is covered in footstep muffling sand. There's an adjacent Jewish Cultural Museum. Fort Amsterdam was once the center of town and now houses the main offices for the government of the Netherlands Antilles. You can see a cannonball lodged in the wall of the fort chapel, a memento of Captain Bligh's 26-day siege in 1804. Also in Punda is the wonderful floating market (mercado flotante). Vendors make the sea trip from Venezuela every morning with fresh fruit, vegetables and seafood - the stalls aren't actually floating, but they're close enough to the water to justify the name. At the eastern end of Willemstad is the Sea Aquarium, where you can get a preview or a recap on the creatures of the deep. You can even dive or snorkel in this controlled environment if the sea seems a little frisky. Head west and across the channel to Otrobanda ('other side'). Otrabanda became Willemstad's first suburb in the late 17th century, when lepers and convicts banished from Punda began moving here. The area's low-rise architecture is the result of an 18th century order not to obstruct Fort Amsterdam's line of fire. Most of the city's historic buildings are in Otrobanda, including the 1734 St Anna Basilica, the oldest in the Antilles. The Riffort, a defensive post on the entrance to the sea, has been used as a telegraph station, radio station, desalination plant, WWII officers' digs, scout hall and is now partly occupied by a ritzy restaurant. Otrabanda's charm extends beyond its brochure-ready buildings. The maze of streets and lanes wiggling back from the waterfront are fun to wander - stores and houses run the gamut from pastel and spruce to crumbling and spooky. Also, much of the advertising and store signage is hand painted, giving the streets perky, individual characters. The Curaçao Museum in western Otrobanda is housed in a 19th-century sailors' hospital. Displays include paintings by early-20th-century Dutch masters, a carillon and a menagerie of other musical instruments, and a hat-making diorama (hats were a source of income for many women up until WWI). There are also worthy exhibitions on the local Indian population and the geology of the ABC islands.

Day 6Port of Call Oranjestad Arrival 8:00amDeparture 8:00pm

Overview

Oranjestad is the capital of the Dutch island of Aruba, in the Caribbean Sea. Near the marina, the 18th-century Fort Zoutman and the Willem III Tower, formerly a lighthouse, house the Historical Museum, which chronicles the island’s past. The Archaeological Museum displays indigenous artifacts dating back as far as 2500 B.C. Along the waterfront, L.G. Smith Boulevard is dotted with boutiques and shopping malls.

Day 7 Cruising
Day 8 Cruising
Day 9Port of Call Miami Arrival 7:00am

Overview

The City of Miami known as the “Magic City” is located in Southeast Florida, in Miami-Dade County on the Miami River, between the Florida Everglades and the Atlantic Ocean. Since its incorporation in 1896, the City has grown tremendously, transforming it into one of the world’s renowned centers where people can work, live and play while enjoying a high quality of life. The City of Miami, known for its diverse culture and ethnicities is the largest municipality in Miami-Dade County. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 362,470. By the year 2010 the population in the City is projected to rise to 390,191. Miami which is known as the Gateway to Latin America attracts a tremendous amount of foreign born people, resulting in a large Latin American population that includes Cubans, Nicaraguans, Colombians, Venezuelans, Puerto Ricans, Argentineans, Ecuadorians, Brazilians, Dominicans, Haitians and Mexicans. According to the 2000 U.S. census, the City has a 60 percent Hispanic population, a 22.3 percent African-American population and an 11.9 percent White/other population.

Onboard the Explorer of the Seas

Costco Member Reviews

4.3 of 5 stars4.3/5 (1506 Reviews)

Ship Rating

3.5/5

Explorer of the Seas® offers exciting features like an ice-skating rink, the Royal Promenade and a rock-climbing wall. Additional amenities include enhanced staterooms, expanded dining options and exceptional recreational facilities. This ship is so high-tech it even features the University of Miami Ocean Lab, a state-of-the-art oceanographic and atmospheric science lab.

Onboard Activities

Activities & Services (included in cruise)

Rock-Climbing Wall

  • Card Room
  • Casino
  • Disco/Nightclub
  • Movies
  • Movies Under the Stars®
  • Theater/Show Lounge
  • Fitness Center
  • Sauna/Steam Room
  • Educational Programs
  • Guest Lecturers
  • Ice Skating
  • Miniature Golf
  • Pool - Adults Only
  • Pool - Outdoor
  • Pool - Indoor/Covered
  • Rock-Climbing Wall
  • Sports Facilities
  • Whirlpool/Jacuzzi
  • FlowRider® surf simulator
  • Laser Tag: Clash for the Crystal City
  • Basketball Court
  • Running Track
  • Art Gallery
  • Bars/Lounges
  • Library
  • Children's Indoor Play Area
  • Children's Outdoor Play Area
  • Educational Classes
  • Organized Age Specific Activities
  • Teen Center or Disco
  • Teen Programs
  • Business Center
  • Concierge Desk
  • Conference Center
  • Duty-Free Shops/Boutiques
  • Elevators
  • Religious Services
  • Safe Deposit Boxes

Activities & Services (available for an extra fee)

Full-Service Spa

  • Game Arcade
  • Beauty Salon
  • Fitness Classes
  • Full-Service Spa
  • Spa Services/Massage
  • Scuba Diving PADI
  • Internet Center
  • Dry Cleaning/ Laundry Service
  • Infirmary/Medical Center
  • Wedding/Vow Renewal

Costco Travel makes every effort to verify the accuracy of all information provided. Additional fees for amenities or services may be charged by the cruise line. Amenities or services may be discontinued or revised by the cruise line without notice. Staterooms designated as wheelchair-accessible do not necessarily meet ADA requirements. Costco Travel is not responsible for inaccuracies or provider modifications.

Dining

Main Dining Room

Main Dining

Main Dining Room: Sweeping, multi-level ambience, world-class cuisine and extraordinary personal service from a dedicated wait staff. Royal Caribbean’s main dining room serves exceptional, multi-course meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Giovanni's Table

Specialty Dining

Chops Grille℠: The chefs of Chops Grille proudly present quality, hand cut steaks at Royal Caribbean's hallmark restaurant. A fresh twist on a favorite, with a revamped menu that brings contemporary flair to traditional steakhouse fare. Offering the first dry-aged steaks at sea, each hand selected and aged for nearly four weeks to achieve the pinnacle of flavor, tenderness, and aroma. This prime beef is joined by Maine lobster, veal parmesan, grilled branzino and more succulent dishes paired with addictive sides and irresistible desserts. This restaurant is available for an additional cost.

Chef's Table: A once-in-a-lifetime culinary experience – join up to 14 guests in an exclusive enclave to savor a five-course, gourmet menu. Every course pairs with a wine chosen to enhance your enjoyment of the dish. This restaurant is available for an additional cost.

Giovanni's Table: A variety of savory, rustic Italian dishes – reminiscent of the Tuscan countryside – are served up family style in this Italian trattoria. This lets the whole family share in the delectable flavors of Italy for a memorable dining experience. Join Giovanni's for dinner and experience a unique way to enjoy classic Italian favorites, fused with our own contemporary spin. This restaurant is available for an additional cost.

Izumi Sushi & Hot Rocks: The traditional Japanese dishes at Izumi will impress you with pure, delicate flavors, freshness of ingredients and impeccable presentation. Choose from sushi rolls, sashimi, hot rock (ishi-yaki) plates, and more. This restaurant is available for an additional cost.

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. This restaurant is available for an additional cost.

Windjammer

Casual Dining

Café Promenade: The multi-level Royal Promenade is the heart of our ships – and the best spot for people watching. Pick a table with a view at Café Promenade, serving coffee, snacks, pastries and sandwiches throughout the day and into the night – so you can enjoy the action when you please. Specialty coffees are available for an additional cost.

Windjammer: 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 serving stations featuring pastas, omelettes made-to-order, global cuisine, salads, soups, sandwiches, meat-carving, and tons of tantalizing desserts.

Room Service: Room service is available 24-hours a day (a convenience charge applies to each order placed).


Times, costs and other specifics are outside the control of Costco Travel. All information is at the sole discretion of the cruise line and is subject to change without notice. Dining time and table size preferences are submitted to the cruise line on a first-come, first-served request basis and are confirmed aboard ship. Questions, concerns and/or special needs regarding dining arrangements must be addressed with the maitre d' hotel aboard ship. Every effort is made to accommodate travelers' preferences; however, Costco Travel cannot guarantee dining arrangements. In specialty restaurants, space is limited and reservations are recommended. A cover charge and dress code may apply.

Staterooms

Staterooms feature modern appointments, sitting area with sofa and private bath.

Connecting Promenade View Interior (Category: CP)

Category: CP
Delight in bowed windows overlooking the Royal Promenade.

Beds

  • Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed

Size

  • Stateroom: 167 sq. ft.

Promenade View Interior (Category: 2T)

Category: 2T
Delight in bowed windows overlooking the Royal Promenade.

Beds

  • Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed

Size

  • Stateroom: 167 sq. ft.

Interior (Category: 1V)

Category: 1V
Enjoy your vacation in the perfect space.

Beds

  • Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed
  • One Pullman bed in staterooms with up to 3 guests
  • One double sofa bed or two Pullman beds in staterooms with up to 4 guests

Size

  • Stateroom: 160 sq. ft.

Interior (Category: 3V)

Category: 3V
Enjoy your vacation in the perfect space.

Beds

  • Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed
  • One Pullman bed in staterooms with up to 3 guests
  • One double sofa bed or two Pullman beds in staterooms with up to 4 guests

Size

  • Stateroom: 160 sq. ft.

Interior (Category: 4V)

Category: 4V
Enjoy your vacation in the perfect space.

Beds

  • Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed
  • One Pullman bed in staterooms with up to 3 guests
  • One double sofa bed or two Pullman beds in staterooms with up to 4 guests

Size

  • Stateroom: 160 sq. ft.

Guarantee - Inside (Category: ZI)

Category: ZI
This category can be booked for a special rate, guaranteed to you. Please note that the category is not associated at the time of booking with a specific stateroom, deck, bedding configuration or other particular settings. The assignment of an actual cabin will be performed during your check-in. The cabin can be anywhere on the ship.

Features a large round window, sitting area, vanity and private bath.

Ultra Spacious Ocean View (Category: 1K)

Category: 1K
Have a spectacular view in an immense space with family.

Beds

  • Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed
  • One double sofa bed
  • Two Pullman beds

Size

  • Stateroom: 328 sq. ft.

Large Panoramic Ocean View (Category: 1L)

Category: 1L
Marvel the view through a floor to ceiling panoramic window.

Beds

  • Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed
  • One double sofa bed in staterooms with up to 4

Size

  • Stateroom: 191 sq. ft.

Spacious Ocean View (Category: 3M)

Category: 3M
Have a spectacular view for a memorable vacation.

Beds

  • Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed
  • One double sofa bed in staterooms with up to 4

Size

  • Stateroom: 211 sq. ft.

Ocean View (Category: 1N)

Category: 1N
Gaze into the beautiful views from your cozy room.

Beds

  • Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed
  • Two Pullman beds in staterooms with up to 4 guests

Size

  • Stateroom: 161 sq. ft.

Ocean View (Category: 2N)

Category: 2N
Gaze into the beautiful views from your cozy room.

Beds

  • Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed
  • Two Pullman beds in staterooms with up to 4 guests

Size

  • Stateroom: 161 sq. ft.

Ocean View (Category: 3N)

Category: 3N
Gaze into the beautiful views from your cozy room.

Beds

  • Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed
  • Two Pullman beds in staterooms with up to 4 guests

Size

  • Stateroom: 161 sq. ft.

Ocean View (Category: 4N)

Category: 4N
Gaze into the beautiful views from your cozy room.

Beds

  • Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed
  • Two Pullman beds in staterooms with up to 4 guests

Size

  • Stateroom: 161 sq. ft.

Guarantee - Oceanview (Category: YO)

Category: YO
This category can be booked for a special rate, guaranteed to you. Please note that the category is not associated at the time of booking with a specific stateroom, deck, bedding configuration or other particular settings. The assignment of an actual cabin will be performed during your check-in. The cabin can be anywhere on the ship.

Features balcony with floor-to-ceiling windows, sitting area with sofa and private bath.

Spacious Ocean View Balcony (Category: 1B)

Category: 1B
Immerse yourself in a gorgeous view for a memorable vacation.

Beds

  • Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed
  • One double sofa bed in staterooms with up to 4

Size

  • Stateroom: 203 sq. ft.
  • Balcony: 42 sq. ft.

Spacious Ocean View Balcony (Category: 3B)

Category: 3B
Immerse yourself in a gorgeous view for a memorable vacation.

Beds

  • Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed
  • One double sofa bed in staterooms with up to 4

Size

  • Stateroom: 203 sq. ft.
  • Balcony: 42 sq. ft.

Spacious Ocean View Balcony (Category: 4B)

Category: 4B
Immerse yourself in a gorgeous view for a memorable vacation.

Beds

  • Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed
  • One double sofa bed in staterooms with up to 4

Size

  • Stateroom: 203 sq. ft.
  • Balcony: 42 sq. ft.

Connecting Balcony (Category: CB)

Category: CB
Experience a spectacular view for a memorable vacation.

Beds

  • Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed

Size

  • Stateroom: 198 sq. ft.
  • Balcony: 46 sq. ft.

Ocean View Balcony (Category: 2D)

Category: 2D
Experience a spectacular view for a memorable vacation.

Beds

  • Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed
  • One Pullman bed in staterooms with up to 3 guests

Size

  • Stateroom: 198 sq. ft.
  • Balcony: 47 sq. ft.

Ocean View Balcony (Category: 4D)

Category: 4D
Experience a spectacular view for a memorable vacation.

Beds

  • Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed
  • One Pullman bed in staterooms with up to 3 guests

Size

  • Stateroom: 198 sq. ft.
  • Balcony: 47 sq. ft.

Ocean View Balcony (Category: 5D)

Category: 5D
Experience a spectacular view for a memorable vacation.

Beds

  • Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed
  • One Pullman bed in staterooms with up to 3 guests

Size

  • Stateroom: 198 sq. ft.
  • Balcony: 47 sq. ft.

Guarantee - Balcony (Category: XB)

Category: XB
This category can be booked for a special rate, guaranteed to you. Please note that the category is not associated at the time of booking with a specific stateroom, deck, bedding configuration or other particular settings. The assignment of an actual cabin will be performed during your check-in. The cabin can be anywhere on the ship.

Features balcony with floor-to ceiling windows, sitting area and private bath with tub.

Royal Suite - 1 Bedroom (Category: RS)

Category: RS
Relish an extraordinary vacation in this luxurious suite.

Beds

  • One King bed
  • One double sofa bed

Size

  • Stateroom: 1,260 sq. ft.
  • Balcony: 170 sq. ft.

Owner's Suite - 1 Bedroom (Category: OS)

Category: OS
Enjoy the ultimate suite for a perfect vacation.

Beds

  • Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed
  • One double sofa bed

Size

  • Stateroom: 506 sq. ft.
  • Balcony: 64 sq. ft.

Grand Suite - 2 Bedrooms (Category: GT)

Category: GT
Indulge in a comfortable suite and enjoy the extra perks.

Beds

  • Two sets of two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed
  • One double sofa bed
  • Two Pullman beds

Size

  • Stateroom: 547 sq. ft.
  • Balcony: 234 sq. ft.

Grand Suite - 1 Bedroom (Category: GS)

Category: GS
Enjoy a comfortable suite and the extra perks.

Beds

  • One Queen bed
  • One double sofa bed

Size

  • Stateroom: 381 sq. ft.
  • Balcony: 95 sq. ft.

Junior Suite (Category: J3)

Category: J3
An incredible intimate suite with a great view.

Beds

  • Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed
  • One double sofa bed in staterooms with up to 4 guests

Size

  • Stateroom: 277 sq. ft.
  • Balcony: 50 sq. ft.

Junior Suite (Category: J4)

Category: J4
An incredible intimate suite with a great view.

Beds

  • Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed
  • One double sofa bed in staterooms with up to 4 guests

Size

  • Stateroom: 277 sq. ft.
  • Balcony: 50 sq. ft.

Ocean View Panoramic Suite (No Balcony) (Category: VP)

Category: VP
Enjoy the view through a wrap around panoramic window with your family.

Beds

  • Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed
  • One double sofa bed
  • Two bunk beds

Size

  • Stateroom: 406 sq. ft.

Guarantee - Suite (Category: WS)

Category: WS
This category can be booked for a special rate, guaranteed to you. Please note that the category is not associated at the time of booking with a specific stateroom, deck, bedding configuration or other particular settings. The assignment of an actual cabin will be performed during your check-in. The cabin can be anywhere on the ship.

Deck Plan

Cruise Ship
Deck 15
Key to Symbols
SymbolDescription
Stateroom for occupancy 5 and upStateroom for occupancy 5 and up
Stateroom for occupancy up to 4Stateroom for occupancy up to 4
Accessible stateroomAccessible stateroom
Stateroom has an obstructed viewStateroom has an obstructed view
Stateroom for occupancy up to 3Stateroom for occupancy up to 3

Ship Facts

Explorer of the Seas ship image
  • Ship Name: Explorer of the Seas
  • Year Built: 2000
  • Year Refurbished: 2015
  • Year Entered Present Fleet: 2000
  • Ship Class: Voyager
  • Maximum Capacity: 3,835
  • Number of Passenger Decks: 15
  • Number of Crew: 1,185
  • Officers' Nationality: Norwegian
  • Ocean-View without Balcony: 232
  • Ocean-View with Balcony: 588
  • Total Inside Staterooms: 480
  • Tonnage (GRT): 142,000
  • Capacity Based on Double Occupancy: 3,114
  • Country of Registry: The Bahamas
  • Total Staterooms: 1,557
  • Suites with Balcony: 119
  • Crew/Hotel Staff Nationality: International
Costco Travel makes every effort to verify the accuracy of all information provided. Additional fees for amenities or services may be charged by the hotel, resort or cruise line. Amenities or services may be discontinued or revised by the provider without notice. Hotels, resorts, ships or accommodations designated as wheelchair-accessible do not necessarily meet ADA requirements. Costco Travel is not responsible for inaccuracies or provider modifications.

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Available Dates & Prices

Departure Date

Inside Stateroom

Ocean View Stateroom

Balcony Stateroom

Suite Stateroom

Departure Date - 05/28/2022

Inside Stateroom

N/A

Ocean View Stateroom

N/A

Balcony Stateroom

$1,011

Suite Stateroom

N/A

Departure Date - 06/25/2022

Inside Stateroom

N/A

Ocean View Stateroom

N/A

Balcony Stateroom

$1,147

Suite Stateroom

$4,158

Departure Date - 08/20/2022

Inside Stateroom

N/A

Ocean View Stateroom

N/A

Balcony Stateroom

$1,078

Suite Stateroom

N/A

Departure Date - 09/17/2022

Inside Stateroom

N/A

Ocean View Stateroom

N/A

Balcony Stateroom

$928

Suite Stateroom

N/A

Terms & Conditions

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Ship's registry: The Bahamas

    Package ID: RCIEXPCAR20221015