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EXPLORER OF
THE SEAS
PHOTO TOUR
AND
COMMENTARY
OVERVIEW
Overview....................................................Page One

Pools and Open Decks.................................
Page Two

Spa and Related Areas................................Page Three

Shops, Children, and Other Public Areas....Page Four

Bars and Lounges.........................................Page Five

Indoor Entertainment....................................Page Six

Dining..........................................................Page Seven

The Bridge...................................................Page Eight
Pools, Sports and Open Decks
is next.

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       The Royal Promenade
a 394-foot long three deck
high public space
runs
through the center of
Explorer.  Lined with shops,
bars and eating venues, the
area resembles a small city
street or an indoor shopping
mall.  However, it is more
than either such place.  With
bright colored decorations,
whimsical art work, and
lights that change over the
course of the day into the
evening, it seeks to be a
setting for adventure.  
Parades, live music, and
events occurring in the street
add to the sense of
excitement.  At a minimum,
it serves an excellent vantage
point for people watching.   
Above left:  Guest Relations desk, located at the aft end of
the Royal Promenade, serves as the reception desk in this
floating resort.
Above right:  The shore excursions desk is next to Guest
Relations.
Right:  The Business Center is up the aft atrium on Deck 6.
It includes the loyalty program desk and the future cruise
desk.
   
The art work on Explorer is
employed to maintain a level
of excitement and
adventure.   Left:  
Photographs of rock stars
and autographed musical
instruments adorn the
stairways in the forward
atrium.  Right:  Life-size
statues populate the casino.
Below:  The paintings and
sculptures are abstract.
ACCOMMODATIONS      The 1,557
passenger cabins on Explorer fall into four
major categories.  There are suites (not
shown); ocean view cabins (left); interior
cabins (above)(the cabin above right is an
interior cabin with a view of the Royal
Promenade); and balcony cabins (right).

All staterooms are equipped with television,
telephone, refigerator/mini-bar; hair dryers;
110/220 volt electrical outlets and
individually controlled air
conditioning/heating controls.  Of course,
the higher one goes in the cabin categories,
more is added to these standard features.    
At each end of the Royal Promenade, Explorer has an atrium rising as much as
11 decks through the ship (left).

A trademark feature of each of the RCI ships that has a Royal Promenade is a
vintage motor vehicle, which in the case of Explorer is a motorcycle.
Explorer is the second of Royal Caribbean's Voyager
class mega-cruise ships. (
See our profiles of sister ships
Adventure of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas).  
Although this class has now been surpassed in size, at
142,000 tons, Explorer is still a very big ship.

   Since the Voyager class is so big, RCI was able to
outfit  each of the five Voyager class ships with an
extensive array of facilities and amenities.  These range
from casual sports-orientated facilities to upscale dining
establishments.  There is a lot to do on Explorer of the
Seas.

   The emphasis on Explorer is on physical activity
rather than on intellectual enrichment.  The days are
casual as are most evenings.  However, the ship is not
uncomfortable doing a formal night.

   Inside Explorer is decorated in a contemporary
modern style which is consistent with the goal of
providing an active, exciting adventure experience.  At
points, such as the Royal Promenade and the Casino,
the atmosphere is similar to Las Vegas or an upscale
theme park.   However, at other points such as the
Champagne Bar, Dizzy's and the Aquarium Bar, the
atmosphere is that of a sophisticated upscale hotel.  
Thus, there is a great deal of variety.

   As a big ship, Explorer can carry a large number of
people.  Full occupancy ranges between 3,114 and
3,835 guests depending upon how many people are
occupying a cabin.  However, there is good passenger
flow and no feeling of overcrowding.   Some events
such as the ice shows and The Quest are extremely
popular and one must plan well in advance to attend
them.

   In short, Explorer seeks to provide an innovative,
exciting vacation adventure.  Explorer sails year-round
from New York Harbor  (Cape Liberty, New Jersey) to
Bermuda, the Caribbean and to Canada/New
England.      
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Cruise ship photo tour - Explorer of the Seas - Royal Caribbean - page 1
Explorer of the Seas
Captain Henrik Loy
Benny Weidacher, Hotel Director
At the heart of Explorer lies the
Royal Promenade.
Take a look up at the walls of the
Royal Promenade and you will
see life-size sculptures taking
part in the action.
Left: The signs displaying the
map of the ship are colorful and  
artistic.  

Right: In the hallways leading to
the guest cabins are display
cabinets with curios from
various nations.
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