Explorer of the Seas is a very large ship and in this post I’d like to give you a tour of her.
Before we go though here are a few statistics.
- Class: Voyager
- Built: Finland
- Entered Service: October 2000
- Refurbished: March 2015
- Displacement: 137, 308 tons
- Passenger Capacity: 3,840
- Crew: 1,185
You can read more here but I think these are pre-refurbishment figures and I think extra staterooms have been added since then.
Naomi and I did not go to every place on the ship, we missed the fitness centre and beauty salon due to lack of interest and the medical centre as fortunately we didn’t need it but we covered most of the other areas between us. Naomi has given me permission to use some of her photos which I thank her for. She took a great many in the early mornings before many people were about and got some spots that I missed.
Let’s begin our tour on Deck 3. Deck 1 is predominantly crew areas and Deck 2 has mostly staterooms so we didn’t take any photos on either of those decks although we did embark and disembark from the ship from them once or twice.
On Deck 3 you will find Studio B which is houses the ice skating rink and I believe is also used as a disco for young people (presumably without the ice). Outside is the Photo Centre where you can book a photographer for formal photos, buy things like batteries and camera accessories and view and order the photographs that the ship’s photographers are forever taking of guests when the join or leave the ship, go to dinner or just happen to catch their eyes. Ships photographers are like paparazzi but with better manners.
Also on Deck 3 is the lowest level of the Sapphire Restaurant and the lower level of the two level Palace Theatre. Deck 3 is a trickier one to navigate than some of the other decks as the fore and aft sections are separated by the ice rink. You have to be careful to use the right stairs or lift for the place you want to go or you have to go up and across to reach it. This happened to me a couple of times and I was not the only one.
On Deck 4 forward you will find the upper floor of the Palace Theatre. This deck has a lot of public rooms so you can walk through the Schooner Bar to Casino Royale, out the other side to The Tavern and past Giovanni’s Table and the Art Gallery to the middle level of the Sapphire Restaurant. There are stairs fore and aft and several sets of elevators. Occasionally when a show lets out or in port when a lot of people are coming and going these can get busy and if you are only going a few floors walking is probably quicker.
Deck 4 also has some outdoor areas where you can sit on a deck chair and relax or if you are not the relaxing type, play shuffleboard. Deck 4 is also one of the few areas open to smokers so it is usually popular.
Staying outside we can go forward and climb a short flight of steps to reach Deck 5. It can be windy out here but on a calm day it’s lovely and a great place to watch the ship arriving into port from.
Are you tired yet? There is still a long way to go so we’ll just have a quick peek into the Star Lounge which is where you access the open deck from and rest our feet before tackling the Promenade. In the next post we’ll take a walk along the Promenade, take another look at the Sapphire Restaurant and head up to our cabin on “LuckyDeck 7” to have a look at some towel animals.