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Explorer of the Seas - Exploring Alaska in Style

Explorer of the Seas - Exploring Alaska in Style

As part of our ongoing commitment to our clients, Purple Palm Vacations spends a lot of time learning about the cruise itineraries you want to sail by experiencing them firsthand. Recently we had the pleasure of sailing on Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas® on a beautiful 7-night Alaska cruise. She impressed us with her easy-to-get-around layout, wide variety of entertainment options, and stunning Alaskan itinerary. 

We Recommend This Ship For:  Families, Multi-Generational Families, & Large Groups

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Video of the spectacular Dawes Glacier in the Tracy Arm Fjord taken from my balcony room.

Photo Tour

Take a photo tour and see for yourself what the Explorer of the Seas has to offer.  â€‹All pictures were taken on our cruise and none have been modified or enhanced.

The Explorer of the Seas in beautiful Juneau, AK
The outdoor big screen shows new-to-DVD movies.
A view of the pools with stunning Alaska scenery.
The enclosed Solarium is an ideal place to relax on an Alaskan cruise.
The Solarium Bar
The deck chairs stay empty on a cool weather cruise.
The front of the ship taken from the bow.
There are lots of fun activities on the kids deck.
The FlowRider is a surf and bodyboard simulator.
Mini-golf with a view

Ship Highlights

  • The Explorer of the Seas underwent a complete renovation in 2015 and she looks brand new as a result.
  • She is the largest ship cruising to Alaska and has something to do for everyone, making her a great fit for large groups with varying interests traveling together.
  • The wide variety of activities include a running track, climbing wall, mini-golf, basketball court, ice-skating rink, surf simulator, and a fitness center and spa.
  • The running track is up high on deck 12 and gives runners and walkers spectacular sea views.
  • There is a well-equipped fitness center with more space than many at sea and beautiful views looking forward as you cruise.
  • Movie lovers can watch new-to-DVD movies on the pool deck big screen or in the Palace Theater.
  • The large arcade with a wide variety of games, both new and old, is a hit with the kids.
  • You can re-create the famous "king of the world" Titanic scene at the front of the bow on deck 5.
  • There is an amazing ice show, Spirits of the Season, where talented skaters wow the audience with their spins and jumps despite what movements the ship may makes.
  • The enclosed Solarium is a great place for those 16 and up to relax and enjoy the scenery and is warmer than the other pool decks.
  • In Alaska, you need warmth and there are plenty of hot tubs (3 adult only, and 3 for everyone) to keep you warm, giving those who may want to be outside among the beauty and the light late into the night a good option.  Even better, some hot tubs stay open 24 hours a day.
  • TIP:  for Alaska cruises, the balcony cabins on the starboard side have better views overall.
  • The Explorer of the Seas has affordable, spacious oceanview staterooms that accommodate families of 5.
  • The Royal Promenade is a great indoor gathering place with shopping, bars and has free coffee and snacks.
  • You will never go hungry with plenty of food options included plus many more for an extra charge.
  • There are a plethora of entertainment options, including live music throughout the ship, entertaining nightly shows, enrichment lectures, towel folding  demonstrations, trivia competitions and so much more.
  • The Alaska ports of call of Juneau and Skagway are striking in their beauty, history and culture but the highlight of this Alaska itinerary is the Tracy Arm Fjord whose stunning beauty evoke a sense of peace only found in places this remote. 

Ship Facts

Year Built:  2000
Godmother:  Jackie Joyner Kersee
Total Cost:  US$650,000,000
Crew:  1,200 from 55 countries
Passengers:  3,286 (double capacity)
Decks:  15
Pools & Whirlpools:  10
Bars, Clubs & Lounges:  15

About the Author

My name is Amy Burbank, owner of Purple Palm Vacations and the Traveling Travel Agent. I travel throughout the year to the destinations that are in high demand looking for quality vacation options that go above and beyond. This blog is a collection of my Resort and Cruise Ship reviews that I feel are the best of the best and will truly provide a great vacation. Happy Travels!

Posted: Sat, Jul 2, 2016

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