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All Things Explorer of the Seas! -- Part 2

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here here, I miss our ship too, she's been with us up in NJ for so long, it's hard to imagine her being anywhere else! I haven't been on Quantum, and honestly don't plan on it while she's up here, same with Anthem too when she comes, but I know, if there was any doubt of RCI's food, it was lost and forgotten about when I went on Explorer this past July. I have never tasted food so good, and the best, it was all you can eat! My group and I were all more then satisfied with both the Windjammer and MDR, we wanted to try the breakfast in the MDR at least once during our cruise, but didn't get to because we enjoyed the Windjammer so much. I wouldn't hesitate to try the Liberty though when she comes to Cape Liberty in May!

 

 

Liberty is AWESOME....my 2nd favorite ship after Explorer! Been on Liberty twice, and am trying everything in my power to get back on her when she's up here in NJ for the few months next year! It's just like Explorer, with a few extra bonuses! :D

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So many points so sorry if it's been answered. We travel In April on Explorer with my 4yo. We want to use the kids club a few times but wondered what kind of stuff they do. How do they notify a parent if your child wants you or gets hurt etc?

With the arcades, do you have to pay for the games?

Thanks again!

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We took our 2 1/2 and 4 1/2 year old grandsons to an almost empty arcade on explorer and never paid for tokens. The games have many bells and whistles and kept them entertained hopping from 1 game to the next. They loved it!

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We took our 2 1/2 and 4 1/2 year old grandsons to an almost empty arcade on explorer and never paid for tokens. The games have many bells and whistles and kept them entertained hopping from 1 game to the next. They loved it!

 

 

How'd you manage not paying?

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I couldn't agree more! The Windjammer on Quantum was nowhere near as good as the Windjammer on Explorer!!!! And Café Promenade on Quantum didn't compare to the Café Promenade on Explorer either. I really, really love Quantum, however I really miss my Explorer lol!

 

 

***Christie***

 

I wonder what the Windjammer food selection will be like after dry dock.

If the navigator refit is anything to go by, the port side will become Giovanni's Table and the starboard side Chops grille.

Island grill will then become what is left of the Windjammer

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I wonder what the Windjammer will be like after dry dock.

If the navigator refit is anything to go by, the port side will become Giovanni's Table and the starboard side Chops grille.

Island grill will then become what is left of the Windjammer

There may be something about the port side that makes it too difficult and/or expensive to make it a restaurant on the first gen Voyager class ships. On Voyager, they did nothing with the port side. They changed Portofino to Chops and put Giovanni's in the top deck of the old night club on deck 4.

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Honeymooner, I think she just let the kids play on the games without the game being on. They didn't know as they were very little, lol.;)

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If anything like the Quantum, horrible. I only eat in the Windjammer, loved the food in the Explore Windjammer. Quantum did not compare, a big disappointment, Same food day and night, no theme nights, ice cream is nonexistent, other than machine at the pool between 12 noon and 7pm.. any questions please ask.

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Honeymooner, I think she just let the kids play on the games without the game being on. They didn't know as they were very little, lol.;)

 

 

Oh ha duh. I get that now. My brain doesn't work very well at 1am :)

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It was exciting to learn that Explorer of the Seas will be deployed to Alaska in 2016.

 

http://www.royalcaribbeanpresscenter.com/press-release/1136/royal-caribbean-announces-2016-europe-and-alaska-adventures/

 

It is also great news that 'Dry dock Dave' will provide updates on the 10 day non-revenue Transatlantic to Cadiz and the refurbishment of the Explorer of the seas.

 

The reports from the Navigator dry dock were fantastic.

 

Follow this thread for developments.

 

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2180844

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It was exciting to learn that Explorer of the Seas will be deployed to Alaska in 2016. ...

I wonder if they will enclose the Solarium on Explorer during the dry dock?

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I wonder if they will enclose the Solarium on Explorer during the dry dock?

 

I am not sure when they updated the deck plans, but the post April 24th deck plans are there. They show the deck 12 cabins and state the solarium can be covered.

 

Solarium

 

The indoor/outdoor pool and lounge area can be covered during inclement weather by a huge glass roof.

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I am not sure when they updated the deck plans, but the post April 24th deck plans are there. They show the deck 12 cabins and state the solarium can be covered.

 

Solarium

 

The indoor/outdoor pool and lounge area can be covered during inclement weather by a huge glass roof.

 

The change may be in the works but I would just point out that for years the RCI website said that Voyager class ships had a covered solarium when they, of course, did not.

 

I am surprised that a Voyager class ship is going to Alaska because when there is inclement weather there are not a lot of areas inside the ship to be able to view the outside scenary.

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Well, I hope they can get the 'supposed' glass roof in order during dry dock.

 

Fortunately, Dry dock Dave will be there to update us.

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The change may be in the works but I would just point out that for years the RCI website said that Voyager class ships had a covered solarium when they, of course, did not.

 

I am surprised that a Voyager class ship is going to Alaska because when there is inclement weather there are not a lot of areas inside the ship to be able to view the outside scenary.

The Viking Crown will be packed to the gills.

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While I realize high temps in the 60's F or upper teens C can maybe seem 'frigid' to some, it can actually provide quite comfortable weather for tourism.

 

Add in that 2014 was the warmest year in Alaska history and the concerns over indoor space may or may not be an issue.

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I wasn't so much thinking about temperature as much as drizzly or rainy days. From what I've seen on travel shows that is much more of an issue than it is in the Caribbean where rain seems to blow out real quickly.

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I hope someone does one of those great before and after deck plans for Explorer. I guess one will pop up on the blog soon if not here.

 

It looks like they are profiling the ships a bit, with some getting Sabor and Boleros, while others get Giovanni's and The Tavern, upscale sports bar in addition to the pub.

 

Some of the changes being done at dry dock are of course similar to what has been done to Navigator, Freedom and Voyager.

 

Some of the changes:

 

Deck 14

Seven Hearts/Cloud Nine ---- Izumi

19th Hole ---- Diamond Club

 

Deck 12

Vitality Spa exterior ---- 38 Oceanview cabins

Adventure Beach ---- Outdoor Youth Area

 

Deck 11

Solarium updates???

Outdoor screen added

Portofino's ---- Chops Grill

 

Deck 6

Business Services ---- Next Cruise

 

Deck 5

Maharajas ---- Star Lounge

Connoisseur Club not removed as on Voyager.

Ben & Jerry's ---- Ice Cream Parlor

 

Weekend Warrior Sports Bar, ----- Promenade Shops

Tommy Hilfiger, Logo Shop

and General Store

 

Champagne Bar ----- R Bar

 

Deck 4

The Chamber upper level ---- Giovanni's Table

Aquarium Bar port side ---- The Tavern (upscale sports bar)

Aquarium Bar starboard ---- Art Gallery

 

Deck 3

The Chamber lower level ---- 19 Inside cabins

Art and Photo Gallery --- Focus and 15 Oceanview cabins

 

Deck 2

The Board Room ---- 5 Oceanview cabins

The Screening Room ---- undefined part of Palace Theater

 

Decks 3/4/5

Magellan Dining Room ----- Sapphire Dining Room - 3 tier dining room

Da Gamma Dining Room

Columbus Dining Room

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Deck 5

Maharajas ---- Star Lounge

Connoisseur Club not removed as on Voyager.

Ben & Jerry's ---- Ice Cream Parlor

 

Weekend Warrior Sports Bar, ----- Promenade Shops

Tommy Hilfiger, Logo Shop

and General Store

 

Champagne Bar ----- R Bar...

Surprised there is no Vintages, but I guess the shops are more profitable.

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Any mention of Explorer getting a flow rider like Navigator did?

 

Yes. She is getting a Flowrider.

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Explorer has now been confirmed to return to Alaska for the 2017 summer season along with the already announced 2016 Alaska season.

 

She will sail on longer sailings to and from Sydney, only stopping in Hawaii without selling separate shorter segments.

 

Explorer Of The Seas Depart: 05:00 PM 04/22/2017 Sydney, Australia

Explorer Of The Seas 04/23/2017 At Sea

Explorer Of The Seas 04/24/2017 At Sea

Explorer Of The Seas 12:00 PM - 09:00 PM 04/25/2017 Wellington, New Zealand

Explorer Of The Seas Arrive: 11:59 PM 04/26/2017 Cross International Dateline

Explorer Of The Seas 04/26/2017 At Sea

Explorer Of The Seas 04/27/2017 At Sea

Explorer Of The Seas 04/28/2017 At Sea

Explorer Of The Seas 04/29/2017 At Sea

Explorer Of The Seas 07:00 AM - 09:00 PM 04/30/2017 Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia

Explorer Of The Seas 07:00 AM - 06:00 PM 05/01/2017 Moorea, Tahiti, French Polynesia

Explorer Of The Seas 05/02/2017 At Sea

Explorer Of The Seas 05/03/2017 At Sea

Explorer Of The Seas 05/04/2017 At Sea

Explorer Of The Seas 05/05/2017 At Sea

Explorer Of The Seas 05/06/2017 At Sea

Explorer Of The Seas 08:00 AM - 11:59 PM 05/07/2017 Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii Radiance Of The Seas Depart: 5:00 PM (Tender)

Explorer Of The Seas Arrive: 08:00 AM 05/08/2017 Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, United States

Explorer Of The Seas Depart: 06:00 PM 05/09/2017 Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, United States

Explorer Of The Seas 05/10/2017 At Sea

Explorer Of The Seas 05/11/2017 At Sea

Explorer Of The Seas 05/12/2017 At Sea

Explorer Of The Seas 05/13/2017 At Sea

Explorer Of The Seas 05/14/2017 At Sea

Explorer Of The Seas Arrive: 06:00 AM 05/15/2017 Seattle, Washington - United States

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Hi there, has the explorer already been in dry dock or any news when dry dock would happen?

 

Anyone with some fantastic explorer view links / albums to share? Thanks!

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