Fodor’s Expert Review
In 2000, Explorer of the Seas was the second of five Voyager-class ships to be introduced. Like sister ships, Explorer will also be upgraded to receive more features in 2014, including an outdoor movie screen poolside, an updated wine bar, casual Park Café, Italian specialty restaurant, digital signage, lounges for elite past passengers, and a new nursery.Read More
A truly impressive building program introduced one of these gigantic Voyager-class ships per year over a five-year period. With their rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, in-line skating tracks, miniature golf, and multiple dining venues, they are destinations in their own right. Sports enthusiasts will be thrilled with nonstop daytime action.
The unusual horizontal, multiple-deck promenade-atriums on Voyager-class vessels can stage some of the pageantry for which Royal Caribbean is noted. Fringed with boutiques, bars, and even coffee shops, the mall-like expanses set the stage for evening parades and events, as well as spots to simply kick back for some people watching.
Other public rooms are equally dramatic. Though it’s considered to be three separate dining rooms, the triple-deck height of the single space is stunning. These ships not only carry a lot of people, but carry them well. Space is abundant, and crowding is seldom an issue.
Big, bigger, biggest! Royal Caribbean has the largest modern mega cruise liners in the world, as well as some of the most innovative technology on its newest ships, from robot bartenders to the fastest Wi-Fi at sea. Its fleet of 25 and counting are all-around favorites of passengers—arguably the most multigenerational (and Millennial) crowd at sea—who enjoy traditional cruising ambience with a touch of daring and whimsy. Each ship in the fleet has action-packed activities such as surfing pools, rock-climbing walls, and on the newest ships, skydiving simulators, and 10-story slides.
Expansive multideck atriums and promenades, as well as the generous use of brass and floor-to-ceiling glass windows, give each vessel a sense of spaciousness and style. The action is nonstop in casinos and dance clubs after dark, while daytime hours are filled with poolside games and traditional cruise activities. Port talks tend to lean heavily on shopping recommendations and the sale of shore excursions.
- 14 passenger decks
- 1 specialty restaurant (2 on Mariner and Navigator), dining room, buffet, ice cream parlor, pizzeria
- Internet, Wi-Fi, safe, refrigerator, DVD (some)
- 3 pools, children’s pool (only Voyager, Explorer, and Adventure)
- fitness classes, gym, hot tubs, sauna, spa, steam room
- 12 bars, casino, 2 dance clubs, library, 3 showrooms, video game room
- children’s programs
- dry-cleaning, laundry service
- Internet terminal
- no-smoking cabins