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 board Explorer of the Seas for your six night cruise.
Day 3: Vigo, Spain
Spain's Atlantic coastline is home to the Galician town of Vigo and its many attractions. Explore the Cathedral of Santa Maria de Vigo and Plaza Constitucion in Casco Vella, before admiring the views from Castro Fortress. Immerse yourself in culture at Museo do Mar de Galicia, Museo Municipal de Vigo, and Museum of Contemporary Art. Discover the El Sireno sculpture at Porta do Sol or go shopping on Rua do Principe. Watch the fisherman at O Berbes and spend some time on Playa de Samil beach. Venture further afield to Santiago de Compostela and Pontevedra or even take a boat trip around the Cíes Islands.
Day 4: Gijon, Spain
The coastal city of Gijon sits on the shores of the Bay of Biscay. This Spanish port is just north of Oviedo, the capital of Asturias, and is perfect for exploring. The narrow cobblestone streets host a collection of fascinating architecture, museums, sculptures, piazzas, and gardens. The old fisherman's quarter sits on Cimadevilla — a peninsula that separates the port — and is home to colourful seafront houses and minute beach huts. Visit the Roman baths museum at Campo Valdés and relax on the golden sand of San Lorenzo Beach.
Day 6: Le Havre (for Paris), France
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 7: Southampton, UK
Today your cruise comes to an end. Disembark and make your way home.