Part of Explorer of the Seas' responsibilities as the Royal Caribbean ship based in
Bayonne, New Jersey in New York harbor is to take guests from the wintery
northeastern United States to the warmth of the Caribbean. This essay shows the ship
(and various other ships she encountered) in six Eastern Caribbean ports during one
such winter cruise.
Explorer's first port of call was Royal Caribben's private enclave in
Labadee, Hatti. Royal has transformed this peninsula into a resort
paradise. (See our photo guide to Labadee). Unfortunately, on this
cruise clouds put a damper on the fun. At the same time, they
provided a dramatic backdrop for the ship.
The next port of call was San Juan, Puerto Rico where
Explorer docked near the heart of the old city. Waiting to say
hello, was sister ship Navigator of the Seas. However, no
sooner than Explorer arrived Navigator departed (right). As
a result, Explorer had the harbor to herself.
Cruise ship photo essay - Explorer of the Seas - Royal Caribbean - Explorer in the Caribbean
St. Maarten is a popular gatering place for cruise ships. On this day, however, there were not all that many. Explorer
docked stern to stern with the sailing cruise ship Star Clipper (above right). Another sailing ship, Wind Surf, was at the
neighboring pier, which was built for Oasis of the Seas (below left). Right next to Explorer was another former resident of
New York harbor, Carnival Victory (below right).