US$110m upgrade for Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas


Royal Caribbean International’s Explorer of the Seas will get a US$110m (€99.46m) upgrade in time for its Summer 2020 Eastern Mediterranean tour – impacting attractions and dining options on the ship.

Experience boosts include The Perfect Storm duo waterslides (Cyclone and Typhoon), a re-designed resort-style pool area with new seating options including hammocks, lounge seating and pool chairs and a revitalised Solarium private relaxation zone for adults. The Royal Caribbean signature pool bar, The Lime & Coconut, will offer themed live music, cocktails and sightseeing from its three levels, including landscape views from the upper deck.

Giovanni's restaurant Explorer of the Seas. Image: Royal Caribbean

Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen

Royal Caribbean will expand its range of restaurants, bars and lounges with Asian cuisine at Izumi, steaks at Chops Grille, Latin bar Boleros, the Schooner Bar and new restaurants including Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen, offering passengers casual dining and classic dishes with a contemporary twist. At Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, passengers can follow sports matches on 52 screens, or play a variety of games while enjoying a cold brew. A poolside Johnny Rockets Express will offer American food favourites; while a Starbucks will offer its signature beverages and snacks.

Activities updates include Clash for Crystal City glow-in-the-dark laser tag at the ship’s ice rink, Studio B. The children’s play zone Adventure Ocean will also be remodelled, with zones for each age group redesigned, and a spot for teens (pictured top) offering the latest movies, games and music as well as its own private outdoor terrace.

Children’s Adventure Ocean

Explorer of the Seas is the fourth ship of the Voyager class to be transformed as part of efforts to modernise the fleet, an investment of more than US$1tn (€0.9tn) in all, with 10 ships to be upgraded over four years.

Images: Royal Caribbean


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