Explorer of the Seas goes in for her $162 million makeover


Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas will be refreshed with new waterslides, restaurants, and redesigned pool area. She will sail the Mediterranean in 2020 summer and is one of two ships of the line’s Mediterranean fleet.

The 3,114-passenger ship will be the first amplified ship to cruise the Mediterranean and she will be showing off new features like the Perfect Storm racer waterslides, Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen, a redesigned, resort-style poolscape with the signature Lime & Coconut poolside bar and a transformed kids and teens spaces.

Kids and teenagers on board will also be able enjoy a new laser tag experience called Glow-in-the-dark laser tag debuting in Studio B which doubles up as an ice-skating rink with jaw-dropping shows for passengers.

The ship also debuts new Adventure Ocean, an award-winning immersive program where kids aged six to 12 can choose their own adventure.

For dining, besides Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen, there will be other new dining venues such as the Johnny Rockets Express offering popular American food at the poolside and Starbucks with its signature drinks and pastries. In addition, there will be the Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, a high-energy spot where passengers can root for their home team as the game is played across 52 TV sets.

She sets sail from Rome on May 7, 2020 offering seven-night or nine-night itineraries Eastern Mediterranean itineraries visiting the best of Italy and the Greek Islands from Santorini to Mykonos and Crete.

The Voyager-class Explorer will be shortly joined by another newly updated Oasis-class ship, Allure of the Seas. The 5,492-passenger ship will sail the Western Mediterranean from Barcelona. The two ships will mark Royal Caribbean’s “boldest season in Europe yet,” said the line.