The Explorer of the Seas is the perfect mix of restful relaxation and nonstop thrill. The Explorer is a 3,300 passenger, 14 deck cruise liner.
Entertainment and family time is the name of the game on board the Explorer. The climbing rock wall, ice skating, and surf simulator will not only make for unforgettable family memories but are all also no extra fee. Don't worry water lovers, the Explorer has you covered as well. Housing three pools and four whirlpools, families can relax poolside and swim the day away. The Solarium offers parents a poolside space all their own for splash-free relaxing. At night, the main pool hosts a Dive-In Movie Night where families can watch movies and live sporting events.
The real trick with most parents on cruises is finding programs where kids can have fun and learn at the same time. The Explorer's Adventure Ocean youth programs are the perfect opportunity for edutainment. Splitting kids up into three groups based on age (3-5, 6-8, and 9-11) the youth crew sets up themed events, activities, and classes for young passengers and allows parents some kids free relaxation.
Teens have their own place at Navigators, where they can chill with other teens (under crew supervision, don't worry). At night, the Adventure Ocean program becomes a babysitting operation, costing $7 per child, per hour. In-cabin babysitting is $19 per child for up to THREE kids. For families with older kids, this may not be a problem, but for those with many little ones, group babysitting is the better option.
Of course, the Explorer caters to adult vacations as well. As with most Royal Caribbean ships, the Explorer does not short on theater entertainment. Check out original productions, ice skating shows, and a spectacular dance performance. The numerous lounges and onboard casinos offer amazing date nights and alone time. Day to day, the Explorer is home to game shows, culinary classes, salsa dancing, wine tasting, parades, mini-golf, and much more. Families may even leave the Explorer feeling they did get the chance to try everything the Explorer has to offer.
Each ship has a variety of fun activities for the whole family, so be sure to check your ship before you cruise to view what's available. Whether you're 8 or 80, there's no reason not to have fun on your getaway at sea; before breaking off into everyone's activities, enjoy some time together by planning to meet for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
This is the time to make memories and nothing could be more memorable than setting up a shore excursion for the whole family. Plan your shore excursions ahead of time for the best chance at booking your top selections.
*Please note it is often cheaper to book two staterooms or two connecting cabins instead of one large stateroom suite - plus it gives you a second bathroom.*