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Explorer of the Seas Fact Sheet

Explorer of the Seas
Explorer of the Seas. Credit: Wikipedia

Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas is well-suited like other vessels in its fleet for recreation-minded people.

It has all of the activities that would have seemed extravagant on a cruise ship just 10 years ago. They include a FlowRider, rock-climbing wall and ice-skating rink in addition to the more traditional basketball court, mini golf course and running track.

Explorer of the Seas also has three pools, six whirlpools and a fitness center that offers classes in yoga, tai chi and other activities.

Entertainment options include a new 3D movie theater, the usual main theater events, casino and ice-skating shows.

Family programs cover babies and older children. The ship also has a teen disco.


Staterooms cover four main categories from least expensive to most expensive: interior, oceanview, balcony and suite / deluxe.

Prices are based on a combination of space and amenities. An oceanview room may be more expensive than a larger interior room without a view. Most staterooms have a private bathroom and twin beds that can convert to a king-sized bed.

Interior staterooms range from 150 square feet without a sofa to 160 square feet with a sofa. Interior staterooms on this ship now offer a virtual balcony using a floor to ceiling high-definition screen that displays real-time views of the ocean and destinations.

Oceanview staterooms range from 160 square feet to the “family panoramic” stateroom with 406 square feet and floor to ceiling wraparound panoramic windows. The family staterooms have two twin beds.

Balcony staterooms include a smaller option with two twin beds, 164 square feet of living space and 51 square feet of balcony. The larger option has two twin beds, 179 square feet of living space and 52 square feet of balcony.

Cruisers with a large budget may choose the suite, which has the most space of any option on the ship. Each suite has its own balcony. The choices range from a junior suite with 264 feet of living space and 75 square feet of balcony to a “Royal” suite with 1,087 square feet of living space, 217 square feet of balcony, separate bedroom, king-sized bed, whirlpool bathtub and baby grand piano. The living room has a queen-sized sofa bed.



  Registry: Bahamas • Built at Kvaerner Masa-Yards, Turku, Finland

        Maiden Voyage: October 28, 2000

Godmother: Jackie Joyner-Kersee


        137,308 GRT • 1,020 feet long • 157.5 feet wide • 29 feet draft • 22 knots cruising speed

        14 guest decks • 15 total decks • 14 passenger elevators • 4 bow thrusters • 4 stabilizers

        3,114 guests (double occupancy) • 3,840 guests (total) • 1,185 crew (Norwegian/International)



Public RoomCapacity
Main Dining Rooms1,879
  Christopher Columbus 723
  Vasco De Gama 540
  Ferdinand Magellan 540
  Cortes Private Dining 58
  Balboa Private Dining 58
Island Grill454
Windjammer Café 310
Johnny Rockets 248
Café Promenade 105
Portofino Restaurant98
The Palace Theater 1,362
Studio B 904
Casino Royale 416
Maharaja’s Lounge 350
Viking Crown Lounge 335
  Crow’s Nest 97
  Dizzy’s Jazz Club96
Public RoomCapacity
  19th Hole82
  Seven Hearts Card Room 32
  Cloud Nine 28
The Chamber Nightclub240
Aquarium Bar130
Schooner Piano Bar130
Weekend Warrior93
Crown and Kettle Pub75
Champagne Bar 58
Connoisseur Club 34
Concierge Club 26
Adventure Ocean Youth Area 125
Optix Teen Disco55
Conference Center and Services 405
Multimedia Screening Room 60
Library 42
Skylight Wedding Chapel 39


      Total: 1,557 • Ocean View: 939 (707 with balconies) • Interior: 618 (138 Promenade View)

      Staterooms with third/fourth berths: 569 • Wheelchair accessible staterooms: 26

      All staterooms convert to Royal king size bed configuration and have private bath, vanity area, closed-circuit

      flat panel LED televisions, electric mini-bar, hair dryers and individually controlled air-conditioning


      Vitality Spa and Fitness Center • Beatuy Salon •Solarium • Three Pools • Six Whirlpools

      Sports Court • Rock-climbing Wall • Nine-hole Miniature Golf Course • Golf Simulator

      Ice Skating Rink •  In-line Skating Track •Jogging Path • Video Arcade • Peek-a-Boo Bridge

      Boutiques • Art and Photo Gallery •

      Ben and Jerry’s Scoop Shop • Medical Center • Royal Caribbean Online Internet Center

      Atmospheric Kiosks • Marine and Oceanographic Laboratories

Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas. He is the author of four books about cruising in the Caribbean, Alaska and Mexican Riviera.
February 17, 2020