Explorer Of The Seas
Ranked #32 of 133 cruise ships

A huge vessel of superior rating. Built in 2000. The Explorer Of The Seas carries a maximum of 3840 passengers in 1557 cabins, 757 of which have balconies with a further 183 having ocean views. There are 26 wheelchair accessible cabins and access on the ship is very good.

Cabins are medium sized with good facilities and 138 inside cabins have views of the Atrium.

Entertainment features 2 show lounges and a library and casino. Sporting facilities include rock climbing wall, ice skating rink, health spa and fitness room.


5/5
Explorer Of The Seas Explorer Of The Seas is rated 5 out of 5 from 4 Reviews
100% of users recommend this cruise ship
Review Overview (4 reviews)

Cleanliness 5 stars
Entertainment  stars
Food 4 stars
Staff 5 stars

Explorer Of The Seas Reviews

5/5
5

annette cruised on March 2008
it was our first time crusing,we found the ship to be just as the holiday company had said it would be.we had a exalant time on and off ship.we will be going again with this company.staff couldnt do enought for you .goodfood and plenty of choise.very clean good value for money.

Tour Operator: royalcaribbean

Recommended: Yes
Review Rating

Cleanliness
5 stars
Entertainment
4 stars
Food
5 stars
Staff
 stars

5/5
5

Kay Newman cruised on August 2005
We sailed with 3 teenage daughters. We had two outside cabins with balconys next door to each other. The cabins were bright and clean. We ate breakfast most days in the Windjammer Cafe as one daughter is a fussy eater and she could choose more to her tastes. Every evening we ate in the main dining room. We were on the early sitting allowing more time to enjoy the entertainment. The staff were pleasant and helpful. The food was excellent and often we were presented with more than one main course to try.
The Ice show was amazing and well worth the queue for tickets. All bars were individual and ...
there were nearly enough to have a nightcap somewhere different each night. Our favourite was Dizzy\'s Jazz Bar with it\'s bird eye view of the pool deck.
We went to bed most nights before our two elder daughters (14 & 16)they spent most sitting on deck with other teenagers in the hot tubs.
I only have one criticism and that is regarding the \'Inch of Gold\' sale onboard. I purchased a necklace and bracelet for my daughter at 2 dollars an inch. The gold plate is coming off already (3 weeks) and left a nasty rash around her neck. After our cruise we went on an all inclusive week to Jamaica but although we enjoyed it we all wished we were back on board. I did not want to cruise but am definitely converted and will most certainly be onboard the Explorer of the Seas again soon!!

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Tour Operator: RCI

Recommended: Yes
Review Rating

Cleanliness
5 stars
Entertainment
5 stars
Food
5 stars
Staff
 stars

3/5
3

Simon Crockford cruised on December 2004
This was our 6th Cruise with RCI and our second on Explorer of the Seas. I am not going to describe the public room and cabins in detail as this has been done very well already but rather give you my impression on returning to EOS after just over 3 years.

We arrived at check in early around 11.30 and was asked to sit in a small waiting area as the main check in area was still full from the first batch of passengers. We sat here for around 15 minutes before being allowed to go and check in. This worked well as the desks were nearly all free and we ...
could check in in right away. We were then told to join a line that wound its way around the hall for non US citizens to go through immigration our hearts sank on seeing this line but RCI had enough of the automated machines available and the line moved quickly so the whole check in and immigration process took no more than 30 mins which is very acceptable when you consider how long the lines can be at an airport.

Our first feeling on boarding EOS was one of comfortable familiarity she feel welcoming and familiar so we where quickly able to move pass the people who had boarded for the first time and where obviously awe struck by her scale and beauty. We found the Adventure Ocean Desk which again was located in its usual position on the embarkation deck for my 7 year old daughter to get her YEP (Youth Evacuation Program. This program means that if there was a real emergency on the ship the kids in the youth program would be brought straight to their muster station by member of the adventure ocean staff) wrist band. We chatted briefly to the team member manning the desk but felt she was reading from a script which said this is embarkation day, this is what I say and did not appear to be really interested in my daughter.

After this we found our cabins and dropped our bags. The cabin was clean but not sparkling as there were some dust balls left on the carpets and it was obvious the carpets had seen a bit of life with the stains and marks on them. We had 2 inside cabins near the stern on deck 6 from choice as I have found that because of the design limitations set by the promenade deck which means there are only 2 banks of elevators either ends of it the midship cabins get a lot of passing traffic and noise and the ones beyond these elevator banks either in the bow or stern are a lot quieter. We had requested that the beds in one of the cabins were made up as singles but they had been left as a queen but a quick call to our cabin stewards voice mail was all that was needed to resolve this as by the time we returned to collect our life jackets for muster they had been separated. This set the standard for the excellent efficient and unobtrusive service we received through out the cruise from the cabin steward.

We left our cabins to reacquaint ourselves with the ship and was quickly reminder of the quality of beauty of the art work around the ship and quickly found our selves remarking how well she had withstood the effects of having near 3000 people per week for the last 3 years walking through her halls and rooms, I know she is due to be dry docked for a refit soon but it is obvious that a lot of time has been put into the routeing maintenance of the ship. The rest of the afternoon passed in a pleasant hazy of lunch at the windjammer café which was the usual buffet food you expect from the café style restaurants on these ships Okay nothing to complain about but nothing to rave about either. After muster drill we made our way to the pool deck for the sail away and to grab our first cocktail and listen to the music. Boy what a mistake the band Tsunami (which has considering the events of a week later an unfortunate name) was absolutely awful the key board player constantly played off key to the extent that my daughter who has only recently started piano lessons asked why he was playing out of tune. They had the effect of clearing the pool deck in a very short time as people moved to distance locations on the ship to watch us leave Miami. We quickly escaped to the Viking crown lounge with is eagle eye view to see Miami and Miami beach slide pass in the setting sun. The quality of the band set the tone for the music in general on ship I must say out of all our cruises the music was consistently the worst and we had experienced.

Both my wife and myself attended the Adventure Ocean induction in studio B where the Adventure Ocean team members introduce themselves and highlight some of the things happening during the week. Having attended these in the past they have always been a fun way for the kids to see what is on offer in the program. This event happened but lacked the zip and pace of previous ones we had been to again we were left with the feeling that the script was being read and the motions gone through but nothing more was being put into the event. We missed the main welcome aboard program in the theatre but seeing the show on the ships TV the comedian sounded very good and funny which from experience maintain our RCI experience of having good comedians during a Cruise again his late night show was very funny. The highlight of the entertainment was Charo she had a cabin near us and we had seen her with the crew sing and chatting to them when she came onto stage she was a bundle of high energy and humour never afraid to use herself and her accent as the butt of the humour, It was went she started to play the guitar though that she changed from being another entertainer to someone who was very talented I won’t forget her version of Revels Bolero played on the Spanish guitar.

The route was not too important to us and after a relaxing day at sea we arrived in Belize a country I had last visited around 12 years ago. It was very pleasant walking a mile before breakfast watching us and a Carnival ship slowly wind our way through the narrow channels to our anchor point about 2 miles off shore from Belize city. Having travelled extensively in this region before we had decided that none of the excursions interested us much so we would make the day another sea day and enjoy the ship facilities. That night we left for the short trip to Costa Maya and boy what a waste of time this port was we were there with Star Princess and Carnival Miracle, the port area was so cramped you could hardly move, with long slow moving lines for every thing we quickly returned to the ship to relax in the solarium and enjoy a few peaceful drinks and the hot tubs. The 3rd stop was Good old Cozumel I really don’t think I need to describe this fun busy port which offers so many options of things to do again being lazy we spent the day doing some shopping and just enjoying being on vacation. Next day Christmas eve we stopped a Grand Cayman and like everyone we took the opportunity for some last minute shopping. Christmas day was spent at sea on our way back to Miami a fun way to spend the day father Christmas managed with great skill and advanced flying to land his sledge on the pool deck and proceeded to studio B where he had gifts for every child. All too quickly we were back in the theatre listening to the usual cruise directors jokes about the sea air shrinking clothes etc.
Next morning the disembarkation was efficient and painless we hang around the ship sitting in Studio B watching with increasing disbelieve and sorrow at the news breaking from the Indian Ocean remembering it was only 3 month before we had stood on some of those glorious beaches watching the wave crash ashore.

Food aboard was good but not outstanding we eat mainly in the Windjammer alternative evening dinning and found the choice limited but acceptable as we both have jobs were we spend our days talking to people it nice to be able to grab a table by ourselves and just talk to each other. My mother in law who was with us still enjoys the more traditional aspect of cruising and went to the main restaurant every evening. We joined her one evening and were totally appalled and surprised by the sleazy and creepy service, it was not fun watching a Turkish waiter and an Italian head waiter slim over her. The service was rushed so they had time to get everyone to stand up to do the Macarena, this just made sure we never set foot back in the restaurant again. I do feel this area of the ship and its service really does need to be sorted out and lets down the whole ship. We had always enjoyed eating in Johnny Rockets but the quality has gone down hill so much it was not worth the cover charge. There is a lot of difference between a well done burger and a dry greasy one placed on a dry stale bun.

A major disappointment was that in 3 and a bit years the production shows had not changed and were the same ones we had seen before. The ice show was also the same but I must say the quality of performance was much better. Clodagh our cruise director worked very hard but we felt she had always to be the centre of attention, and never gave credit to other members of her team and again we feel it was all too scripted and lacked a sense of spontaneity. Also being a holiday cruise the ship was full of families with children there were sign on the whirlpool etc indicating which hot tub where for kids and families or adults only, RCI deck staff did nothing to enforce these sign so you had to question why have them in the first place.

Overall we had a good cruise which gave us what we were looking for from this vacation RCI management and staff all work very hard to produce a Quality product that is efficient and seamlessly delivered, so why do I feel a little short changed ? Having got home and thought about it I feel it is just this attention to detail that has left the experienced being rather bland and formulaic with very little room left for the personality of the staff and crew to come through. I feel the dining room is the one area that would benefit from more attention to the script and less to letting personalities shine though. Where were the warm Caribbean smile from the crew the hellos etc. Personally we though the Kids program was unwelcoming and the counsellors uninspired it’s the only time they have not greeted my daughter by name regardless of how busy they have been and the only time at collection they have resorted to sitting on their chairs and using a megaphone to call her. But out daughter loved every minute of it so perhaps that says they had the program right for a 7 year old if not their parents.


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Tour Operator: RCI

Recommended: Yes
Review Rating

Cleanliness
4 stars
Entertainment
3 stars
Food
2 stars
Staff
 stars

5/5
5

Graham cruised on January 2004
in a word AWSOME. this was my first cruise (to celebrate my 40th) and has been by far the best holiday in my life, the organisation by R.C I was great, the pre cruise hotel fantastic they even organised (without my knowing) a hotel post cruise for during the day to leave luggage, shower etc. because our flight was not till evening. the ship itself was the largest in the world. (before queen mary 2) we were lucky enough to be among the first onboard that day so saw neer empty. i was told before going that a cruise is like a floating hotel, well this is like a floating ...
town it has everything on it 3 tier dinning room 2 tier theatre, ice rink (the ice show is simply out of this world), minature golf, basketball, rock climbing, many bars and restaurants. The service was fantastic, treated like royalty rooms cleaned twice daily, several places to choose from to eat or free room service,
they have a full programme of entertainment in the \'compass\' published daily and you need to carry that around as there so much going on day or night, evenings you can choose from an international production show in the theatre or simple piano bar or the casino. and not forgetting the small part of the ports of call, we went western carribean which included haiti, Jamaica, Cayman Islands and Mexico.
I am not a good writer of reviews and would take too long to type a lengthy review which i would end up missing parts anyway, suffice to say this was a fantastic holiday and if i find out how i will post some photos, but please any questions on this beautifull ship please post


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Tour Operator: RCI

Recommended: Yes
Review Rating

Cleanliness
5 stars
Entertainment
5 stars
Food
5 stars
Staff
 stars
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