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Explorer of the Seas damaged by 40ft waves

Posted by RCI fans on November 3, 2014 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Explorer of the Seas has been hit by 20-40ft waves, resulting in damage to the ship.

The Royal Caribbean vessel was sailing from Bayonne, NJ to St Maarten when rough seas struck the ship. At roughly 5am, a powerful 40ft rogue wave was strong enough that two life raft came crashing down onto the promenade deck. 

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In addition, the wave also damaged automatic sliding doors on the promenade and there are reports of water rushing into deck 4, disabling all aft elevators. 

Thankfully, there are no reported injuries and the ship is still en-route to St Maarten.

Hurricane Gonzalo forces Explorer of the Seas to alter itinerary

Posted by RCI fans on October 17, 2014 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Hurricane Gonzalo, which is currently battering Bermuda, has forced Royal Caribbean to alter Explorer of the Seas' upcoming schedule.


The local authority in Bermuda, has asked that all tourists do not attempt to visit the island over then next few days, as the hurricane passes over the island and while the recovery efforts are underway. 

Therefore, Explorer's 18th October sailing from New Jersey, will no longer call at Bermuda and will now visit Halifax, Nova Scotia on Monday 20th October from 7am until 3pm and St. John, New Brunswick on October 21st from 9am, departing 8pm. 

The new itinerary now differs greatly from the original one and Royal Caribbean is asking guests to pack accordingly for the weather, which is significantly colder, than what guest would expect in Bermuda. 

As a gesture of goodwill, Royal Caribbean is providing each stateroom with an undisclosed amount of onboard credit. If guests are unhappy with the changes and would like to cancel their voyage, Royal Caribbean are offering guests a future cruise certificate for 25% of the cruise fare paid for their sailing.

Explorer of the Seas was scheduled to sail a 5-night cruise from New Jersey to Bermuda and back. It is not known if Explorer's 25th October sailing will be affected. 


Explorer of the Seas to receive new dining options?

Posted by RCI fans on October 17, 2014 at 12:45 PM Comments comments (4)

With Explorer of the Seas scheduled to enter dry dock in March 2015, before heading to the UK, it seems she will also receive additional dining options and the new Dynamic Dining concept. 

In an email sent to guests already booked on board Explorer of the Seas, Royal Caribbean revealed the new options Explorer of the Seas looks set to receive, including Jamie's Italian and Michael's Genuine Pub.

Explorer of the Seas to homeport in Southampton for 2015

Posted by RCI fans on March 31, 2014 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean International's Explorer of the Seas will sail its very first Europe season in summer 2015. The cruise line's Adventure of the Seas, which was originally announced to homeport at Southampton, U.K., is being exchanged for Explorer of the Seas, which will take over three- to 16-night, roundtrip itineraries from late-April through Sept. 2015.

Holidaymakers can choose among three- and eight-night Northern Europe itineraries, 11- to 16-night Mediterranean itineraries, or 10- to 14-night Madeira, Azores and Canary Islands itineraries. Adventure of the Seas will remain at San Juan, Puerto Rico, to sail seven-night Southern Caribbean cruises throughout the summer season.

Explorer of the Seas will complete an extensive, month-long drydock revitalisation before starting seasonal service and boast a wide range of new innovative features to offer guests an unforgettable onboard experience. Guests can test their surfing skills on our new Flowrider surf simulator, watch a film come to life in our magical 3-D Movie Theatre, sample cuisine from around the world in one of the many excellent onboard restaurants. There will also be all-new staterooms and luxurious suites, plus new virtual balconies that bring the outside into interior staterooms. Additional features will be unveiled at a later date.

Voyager-class Explorer of the Seas was amongst the first to pioneer many of the exclusive amenities onboard Royal Caribbean that remain unmatched by any other cruise line. The Voyager class of ships was the first to introduce the active cruise holiday and features the cruise line's iconic rock-climbing wall, a real ice-skating rink, a full-size basketball and sports court, and the Royal Promenade, an interior boulevard that runs nearly the length of the ship that is flanked by restaurants, lounges and boutiques and where spectacular parades and evening dance parties are held.

Explorer of the Seas will be joined in the U.K. by the industry's ground-breaking Quantum-class ship Anthem of the Seas at Southampton and Radiance-class Brilliance of the Seas at Harwich, England.

Explorer of the Seas will be going on sale as of 3rd April 2014.

STATEMENT: Explorer of the Seas norovirus outbreak

Posted by RCI fans on January 26, 2014 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)



Explorer of the Seas will return home from its 10-day cruise two days early, after an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness that spiked over the weekend. New reports of illness have decreased day-over-day, and many guests are again up and about. Nevertheless, the disruptions caused by the early wave of illness means that we were unable to deliver the vacation our guests were expecting. After consultation between our medical team and representatives of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we think the right thing to do is to bring our guests home early, and use the extra time to sanitize the ship even more thoroughly. We are sorry for disappointing our guests, and we are taking several steps to compensate them for their inconvenience.


After returning to home port on Wednesday, Jan. 29, we will perform a thorough “barrier” sanitization program on the entire ship to make certain that any remaining traces of the illness are eliminated. It will be the third aggressive sanitizing procedure the ship has undertaken since we became aware of the issue, and will additionally provide a window of more than 24 hours where there are no persons aboard the ship, which is a significant help. Guests scheduled for the next cruise on Explorer of the Seas can be confident that all possible measures will have been taken to prevent further problems.


At this point, it appears that reported illnesses among guests and crew peaked during the first few days of the cruise – though, as is common with many illnesses, some additional cases are to be expected over the course of the week. Our doctors tell us symptoms are consistent with that of norovirus, but that they are awaiting the results of tests to confirm that diagnosis. Our response included flying additional medical personnel and equipment to meet the ship, and conducting additional sanitizing procedures at two of the ship’s stops.


In the end, however, the number of cases was still higher than any of us want to see. We will be cooperating with authorities and conducting our own internal assessments to make sure we are doing all we can to promote the health and safety of our guests and crew.

Explorer of the Seas to head to Florida for Winter 2014

Posted by RCI fans on May 22, 2013 at 4:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean hasd announced that Explorer of the Seas will head to Port Canaveral in November 2014 for a winter season in the Florida port. 

Explorer of the Seas will sail four and five night cruises to the Caribbean and Bahamas.

Itineraries have not yet been released and the ports of call that Explorer of the Seas will call at are still unkown. These are expected to be released in the coming weeks. 

When Explorer arrives in Port Canaverla, Royal Caribbean will have 3 ships based there. She will join fleet mates Freedom of the Seas and Enchanment of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean's latest vessel, Quantum of the Seas will replace Explorer of the Seas in Bayonne, New Jersey when she makes her debut in November 2014.

The future of Explorer of the Seas after January 2014 is still unkown.

Royal Caribbean release 2013-2014 schedule for Explorer of the Seas

Posted by RCI fans on May 6, 2012 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean has announced the Winter 2013-2014 itineraries for Explorer of the Seas. Explorer of the Seas will continue sailing out of Cape Liberty, New Jersey where it is home ported throughout the year.


Explorer of the Seas will begin with an 11-night Southern Caribbean cruise, departing Nov. 3, 2013, which calls at San Juan, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, Antigua and St. Kitts. Vacationers also can choose a range of nine- or 10-night itineraries that take guests to three paradisiacal Eastern Caribbean ports, plus Labadee, Royal Caribbean’s private beach destination on the north coast of Haiti. Eastern Caribbean ports include San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, St. Kitts and Samana in the Dominican Republic.


In addition, passengers can choose to cruise on 7-night cruises to the Bahamas, with stops at Nassau, Bahamas; Port Canaveral, Fla.; and Royal Caribbean’s private island CocoCay. The Dec. 22 and 29 departure will see guests celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Day, respectively, at Nassau; while the Mar. 21, 2014 sailing will offer guests an eighth night at sea.


In April 2014, Explorer of the Seas will offer a pair of five-night Bermuda and nine-night Bermuda and Caribbean itineraries. The shorter sailing features an overnight at Kings Wharf, while the longer itinerary calls at Kings Wharf, St. Maarten, San Juan and Labadee.

Explorer of the Seas' 2013 schedule released

Posted by RCI fans on April 11, 2012 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Royal Caribbean International has announced Explorer of the Seas’ summer and autumn 2013 cruise schedule. The ships new line up, featues 30 sailings to 17 ports of call on seven itineraries. Explorer of the Seas will be sailing out of New York City to Bermuda, the Caribbean, Canada and New England from April through Oct. 2013.


From April through August 2012, Explorer of the Seas will alternate five-night Bermuda and nine-night Bermuda & Caribbean itineraries. The five-night itinerary will feature an overnight at Kings Wharf, Bermuda, while the nine-night sailing calls at Kings Wharf; St. Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Labadee, Royal Caribbean’s private destination on the north coast of Haiti. From September through October, vacationers can choose a seven-night Bermuda itinerary, which features three days and two nights at Kings Wharf.


Explorer of the Seas will also offer cruisers a Canada and New England sailing to catch the arrival of autumn and the changing of the leaves. Departing Aug. 31, guests will call at Boston, Mass.; Portland and Bar Harbor, Maine; Saint John, New Brunswick; and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Explorers of the Seas’ summer 2013 cruises are now open for booking.