Explorer of the Seas joined the Royal Caribbean fleet in October 2000. A recent makeover has added exciting new features including an outdoor cinema screen, FlowRider surf simulator, virtual balconies in interior rooms, and tasty new dining venues. The fourteen passenger decks are jam-packed with highlights - from the stylish Royal Promenade to the family-friendly fun, amazing leisure facilities, tasty culinary experiences, and amazing evening entertainment.
Days at sea are the perfect time to explore the ship. Escape to the tranquil surroundings of the adult-only Solarium to unwind in the whirlpools, or indulge in a rejuvenating facial in Vitality at Sea Spa. Show off your surfing skills on the FlowRider or scale the dizzy heights of the rock climbing wall. Glide across the ice at the ice skating rink or practice your golf swing at Explorer Dunes Golf Course. Discover fun times for tots to teens in the Adventure Ocean play area, Optix Teen Disco, and Video Arcade. A full programme of excursions and adventures also await at your ports of call.
Explorer of the Seas offers a variety of flavours and dining styles. Opt for an early or late sitting or My Time Dining in the three-tier Sapphire dining room to enjoy a daily-changing menu of culinary treats. Windjammer Marketplace hosts serve-yourself casual dining with the food islands and new, interactive stations showcasing international culinary delights.
The ship's speciality restaurants enhance the onboard gastronomic experiences. Chops Grille offers a menu of premium steaks, fresh seafood, and signature desserts. Step inside the 1950s-style American diner Johnny Rockets for gourmet burgers, fries, and milkshakes. Izumi Japanese Cuisine combines sushi and sashimi with Hot Rock Plates, sukiyaki and more. Tuck into rustic Tuscan dishes with a contemporary twist in the casual setting of Giovanni's Table.
Explorer of the Seas offers bars and lounges to suit your every mood. Sip exotic cocktails and ice-cold beers at the Pool Bar and Solarium Bar. Savour drinks with a sea view at Sky Bar or Crown & Kettle Pub offers a range of imported beers and ales. Chat with friends over drinks in the nautically-themed Schooner Bar or relax with an after-dinner cognac in Connoisseur Club. Celebrate with classic cocktails in the 1960s vibe of R Bar or watch sports events with a beer in The Tavern. Viking Crown Lounge combines spectacular vistas by day and turns into a lively dance club at night.
Evenings on Explorer of the Seas offer something for everyone. Broadway-style productions light up the stage each night in the Palace Theatre, and there are weekly themed events on the Royal Promenade. Star Lounge offers lively dancing, live music and entertainment, or take a chance at the roulette wheel and slot machines in Casino Royale. Watch first-run movies and big-time sporting events at the outdoor movie screen. End the night in style with dancing at the late-night DJ parties in Dizzy's Jazz Club.
Day 1: Southampton, UK
Arrive in Southampton and transfer to the port to board Explorer of the Seas for a seven night cruise.
Day 3: Hamburg, Germany
Germany's largest port and second-biggest city is found on the River Elbe in the north of the country. Hamburg has been an integral part of German trade since the Middle Ages and its strong maritime history can be seen throughout its culture, atmosphere and UNESCO-listed architecture today. Stroll through the legendary Fish Market, take a scenic barge tour, or visit one of many museum ships to learn more about Hamburg's seafaring past. Tower over Hamburg Airport and the Alps at the home of the largest model railway in the world — Miniatur Wunderland — or start at the Jungfernstieg in the city centre to find shops, cafes and multicultural restaurants.
Day 4: Rotterdam, Netherlands
The Dutch maritime city of Rotterdam is your next port of call. See the city's oldest harbour, Oude Haven, before taking a look at the 'glass palace' of Van Nelle Fabriek — an UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the ever-changing exhibitions at the Kunsthal and the expansive collection of Dutch and European art at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen. Ride to the top of Euromast observation tower for 360-degree city-wide views, stop by Miniworld Rotterdam to view the city in miniature, or pop into the Kubuswoningen cube house and museum.
Day 5: Amsterdam, Netherlands
There's so much to experience when you step ashore in the Netherland's capital city of Amsterdam. Explore the Museum District — home to the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum — and step back in time at Anne Frankhuis. Discover the opulent Canal Ring district — an UNESCO World Heritage site, or simply escape to the tranquil surroundings of Vondelpark. You can get close to marine and animal life at Natura Artis Magistra; buy colourful tulips at Bloemenmarkt; or enjoy an interactive beer tour with the Heineken Experience.
Day 6 - 7: Le Havre (Paris), France
A major port in northern France's Normandy region, Le Havre is situated at the mouth of the River Seine. A visit to Le Havre Art Museum with its impressive collections of paintings is a must; perhaps admire the beautiful 'Water Lilies' by Monet? Cathedral Notre-Dame, which has been extensively restored, also offers spectacular sights. Architecture is fascinating in this town; it mainly comprises post-war modern structures, the work of Auguste Perret. The Church of Saint Joseph is a tall building, over 100 metre high, and represents the town’s architecture perfectly. The beach here attracts visitors; the broad promenade is frequently occupied by people soaking up the sunshine. Le Havre is also gateway to the famous sights and attractions of Paris and the Normandy region.
France's capital, Paris, is a global centre for art, fashion, gastronomy, and culture. Its most famous landmark is the Eiffel Tower with steps and elevators leading to observation decks and offering spectacular citywide views. The Louvre Museum is packed with huge art collections, Roman sculptures, and is home to the iconic Mona Lisa painting by Leonardo da Vinci. The huge Gothic Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris features flying buttresses and gargoyles. Pay a visit to the impressive Sacre Coeur and then meander through the cobblestone streets of Montmartre. The famous Arc de Triomphe commemorates Napoleon's victories and the adjoining Avenue des Champs-Elysees is lined with elegant restaurants, bars, and boutiques. The Palace of Versailles is an 18th-century palace filled with extraordinary apartments and the acclaimed Hall of Mirrors. No trip to Paris would be complete without taking an evening bateau-mouche cruise along the River Seine to see the city's famous sights illuminated against the night sky.
Day 8: Southampton, UK
Today your cruise comes to an end. Disembark and make your way home.