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Hi there!  We are looking to book a cruise for February 2020 and came across the 9 night Explorer of the Seas itinerary which we think we would love.

 

Have been on this ship several times but it has probably been about 4 years and I am wondering what shape she is in.  I think I read she will be going into dry dock next year, but it would not be before this cruise.  Looking for any opinions from recent travelers.  Should we “go for it” or choose another ship.

 

As a side note, it is myself and my husband who would be going.  We are mid 50’s and have sailed a bunch of times on several different lines .  We love RCCL and know what to expect, just curious on whether this ship is still in good shape or if we should choose another.

 

Thanks so much!

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Royal taskes very good care of their ships, I would not hesitate to cruise on Explorer.

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We just completed a nine-night Norwegian Fjords sailing on Explorer and found her to be in fine shape.  Frankly, I don't know how they manage to keep them in such good shape.  Don't hesitate.

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Thank you both so much!  We have always loved the Explorer and am thrilled to hear she is still in great shape!

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We were on in March out of Sydney for 12 nights and had a great time. The ship looked in great shape from what I saw. She will be getting spruced up next year. The crew were great, the food was great everywhere we ate and we had nothing at all to complain about.

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Good to hear the positive comments about Explorer. We are booked on the 9 day sailing departing February 9th.

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4 hours ago, mooseman52b said:

Good to hear the positive comments about Explorer. We are booked on the 9 day sailing departing February 9th.

She departs Feb 7, 2020.

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We were on her this past October on a 21 day TP and she was fine. I'm sure you will enjoy the ship and your cruise.

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My wife and I were on her in May this year and found her to be in fine fettle. Staff, food and facilities were great. Thoroughly enjoyed it and would board again in a heartbeat

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It appears the only person complaining about the Explorer is a certain Norwegian, most on other threads agree with the sentiments expressed here.

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We will board her on November 29, 2020 for the 5-night followed by the 9!! Wonder what refurbishments are being done next year? Looking forward to this cruise with a group of family and friends!

 

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Posted (edited)
3 hours ago, mugtech said:

It appears the only person complaining about the Explorer is a certain Norwegian, most on other threads agree with the sentiments expressed here.

 

He does have a sidekick who agrees with his narrow views, and seems to dislike RCL no matter what ship

Edited by Sancho_proudfoot
Typo

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31 minutes ago, Sancho_proudfoot said:

 

He does have a sidekick who agrees with his narrow views, and seems to dislike RCL no matter what ship

Good to know

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We’re sailing on Explorer on Sunday!! 

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Posted (edited)
21 hours ago, Heatherco said:

Thank you both so much!  We have always loved the Explorer and am thrilled to hear she is still in great shape!

Me too,just booked a cruise on her for October 2019.

Edited by grapau27

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4 hours ago, gillme said:

We’re sailing on Explorer on Sunday!! 

Please let us know what you think of the ship and hope you have a brilliant time.

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4 hours ago, gillme said:

We’re sailing on Explorer on Sunday!! 

Me too and also on 18th & 25th October sailings

 

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17 hours ago, Saab4444 said:

She departs Feb 7, 2020.

Duration date put in the departure slot too

 

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I just booked the EX for August 2020 out of Rome post AMP refurbishment. I wish RCI was open now with the changes being made. Mainly specialty dining. I assume that Chops will stay but not sure about Giovanni’s. Not concerned about any of the other changes which I assume will be similar to the MR and NV.

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On 6/18/2019 at 7:34 AM, Sancho_proudfoot said:

We board on 21 July for 14 nights. Will report back with an update then, but not anticipating any issues.

We're on the same cruise. Super excited for it

 

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On 6/18/2019 at 12:02 AM, Heatherco said:

Thank you both so much!  We have always loved the Explorer and am thrilled to hear she is still in great shape!

We are on Explorer in October so I will report back on her condition then but as our Host Clarea says Royal always make sure their ships are in great shape.

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