Explorer of the Seas

 

Turn your bucket list couple’s trip into the experience of a lifetime.

Uncover the awe-inspiring Acropolis in Athens. Peer into the past at the Parthenon. Cue the views in Curaçao for beauty that no camera can capture — but you’ll never forget. And chase outdoor adventures along Aruba’s sun-kissed coast. Filled with unforgettable activities and features from bow to stern, Explorer of the Seas® is one of the coolest culture-cruising ships out there.

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Onboard the Explorer of the Seas

Costco Member Reviews

4.3 of 5 stars4.3/5 (1442 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

Dining Room

Main Dining

Sapphire 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: 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.

Ben & Jerry's®: Vermont's Finest Ice Cream hits the high seas. Grab scoops served up with a smile, or indulge in a sundae, shake or smoothie. This restaurant is available for an additional cost.

Windjammer Café

Casual Dining

Windjammer Café: 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.

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.

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.

Promenade View Interior (Category: 2T)

Category: 2T

Interior (Category: 1V)

Category: 1V

Interior (Category: 3V)

Category: 3V

Interior (Category: 4V)

Category: 4V

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

Large Panoramic Ocean View (Category: 1L)

Category: 1L

Spacious Ocean View (Category: 4M)

Category: 4M

Ocean View (Category: 1N)

Category: 1N

Ocean View (Category: 2N)

Category: 2N

Ocean View (Category: 3N)

Category: 3N

Ocean View (Category: 4N)

Category: 4N

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: 2B)

Category: 2B

Spacious Ocean View Balcony (Category: 3B)

Category: 3B

Spacious Ocean View Balcony (Category: 4B)

Category: 4B

Connecting Balcony (Category: CB)

Category: CB

Ocean View Balcony (Category: 2D)

Category: 2D

Ocean View Balcony (Category: 4D)

Category: 4D

Ocean View Balcony (Category: 5D)

Category: 5D

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
Separate bedroom with king-size bed; Private balcony with hot tub; Whirlpool bathtub; Living room with queen-size sofa bed; Baby grand piano; Concierge service; Balcony: 170 sq.ft.

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

Category: OS
Queen-size bed; Separate living area with queen-size sofa bed; Private bathroom with bathtub, separate shower, and bidet; Private balcony; Concierge service; Balcony: 64 sq.ft.

Grand Suite - 2 Bedrooms (Category: GT)

Category: GT

Grand Suite - 1 Bedroom (Category: GS)

Category: GS
Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size bed); Sitting area (some with sofa bed); Private balcony; Concierge service; Balcony: 95 sq.ft.

Junior Suite (Category: J3)

Category: J3
Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size bed); Private bathroom with bathtub; Sitting area; Private balcony; Balcony: 69 sq.ft.

Junior Suite (Category: J4)

Category: J4
Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size bed); Private bathroom with bathtub; Sitting area; Private balcony; Balcony: 69 sq.ft.

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

Category: VP

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

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  • 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
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