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 1-3: UK to Sydney
Fly from your chosen UK airport to Sydney, Australia and be privately transferred to the four-star Rendezvous Hotel Sydney Central for a three-night stay.
Sydney is the capital of New South Wales and is packed to the brim with famous attractions and sights. Explore Sydney Harbour with its Opera House and Harbour Bridge; before relaxing with a seafood platter in an open-air, waterside eatery. Admire the architecture at Parliament House, Australia Museum and Sydney Town Hall. Head to Darling Harbour and visit Sea Life Sydney Aquarium and Wild Life Sydney Zoo, before discovering the city's history at the nearby Rocks area and Rocks Discovery Museum. Ride to the top of Sydney Tower Eye for amazing city-wide views and to meet the challenge of the Skywalk. Or simply hop on a ferry and spend a few hours enjoying the delights of Manly Beach.
Day 4: Sydney, Australia
After check out, be privately transferred to the port to board Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas for your onward journey to the South Pacific.
Day 7: Isle of Pines, New Caledonia
The Isle of Pines is a small island situated south of the mainland New Caledonia. You won’t find mass tourism here. Instead, its breathtaking beauty is purely the nature — untouched for centuries. Relax on the white sand beaches of Kanumera bay, or sail atop canoes alongside dolphins and turtles from Upi Bay. You can also swim with thousands of multi-coloured fish in the crystal clear waters of Oro Bay. Although now a paradise of natural wonders, the Isle of Pine was once a penal colony; remnants of which can still be found on the south-western part of the island.
Day 8: Mystery Island, Vanuatu
Situated on the southern point of the Vanuatu archipelago, Mystery Island is a tiny uninhabited islet. Although there are no permanent residents, you won’t be alone when you arrive. Locals from the nearby Aneityum Island set up beach village markets to greet guests with local handcrafted goods every day. For sure, the highlight of the islet is the fun in the waters. Grab your snorkel and go diving in the crystal clear waters or take a short boat ride to Aneityum; where you can take off and explore the nearby tropical surrounds atop a paddle board.
Day 9: Noumea, New Caledonia
Off the east coast of Australia lies the island of New Caledonia. The Port of Noumea provides easy access to the beautiful beaches on Baie des Citrons and Anse Vata to the south. You can also take a few minutes boat ride to the offshore beaches Îlot Maître and Îlot Canard. All of these locations provide opportunity to engage in outdoor water sports all year round. The cultural diversity will be felt throughout the city as well — whether it’s through sightseeing the traditional architecture such as Saint Joseph’s Cathedral or dining in the fusion of flavours and cuisines.
Day 10: Lifou, Loyalty Islands
Lifou Island is part of the Loyalty Islands' archipelago in New Caledonia, a French overseas territory in the Pacific Ocean. Step ashore to a friendly welcome from the locals. Head to Easo Beach for a few hours' rest and relaxation or take a guided tour to the fascinating Grotto D'Avio and The Devil's Cave. Gain insight into island life with a visit to Notre Dame de Lourdes Chapel or the fragrant Mucaweng Vanilla Plantation.
Day 13: Sydney to UK
Your cruise comes to an end, Disembark the ship and be privately transferred to the airport for your return flight home to the UK.