Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas has been plucked, scrubbed, refitted and repainted ahead of her first cruise season in Australia.


When she arrives in six months time, the ship will be one of four new ships to sail Down Under this coming wave season. Others include P&O’s two new Pacific Eden and Pacific Aria as well as Legend of the Seas, which will be based out of Brisbane.

During her visit, Explorer of the Seas will add some 3,100 beds out of Sydney per night, giving Australians more holiday choices.

Additionally, she will be the second Royal Caribbean vessel to offer new entertainment as well as at-sea firsts after emerging from a 43 day, multimillion dollar revitalisation last week.

pool deck

Explorer underwent the same transformation Voyager of the Seas experienced last year, which includes all new bars, restaurants and activities onboard.

The Voyager Class ship now features virtually identical amenities and upgrades as twin sister ship Voyager of the Seas, including a FlowRider surf simulator, new stateroom concepts, three new specialty dining restaurants, a host of new technologies plus a complete refresh of all public spaces and staterooms.

Royal Caribbean Asia Pacific Commercial Director, Sean Treacy said the ship has been packed with features and amenities that can only be found on a Royal Caribbean cruise to give Australian guests the ‘very best’.

Here are some of the changes onboard and 10 reason why she’s now ‘so Australian’.


1. Surf’s up!


It’s one of Australia’s favourite sports.

She will be the second ship in Australia to have the FlowRider surf simulato, offering guests the chance to surf while at sea.


2. Always outdoors

Virtual Balcony

We love a view.

Even passengers booked in select indoor cabins will get a view as the virtual balcony projects real-time sights of the sea on floor-to-ceiling wrap around windows.


3. Exotic flavours


A multi-cultural society, we’ve been spoiled with some of the finest cuisines around the world.

Explorer of the Seas caters to this with three new specialty dining restaurants – a Japanese one, Italian one and a steakhouse.


4. Bars baby!

The Tavern

Alcohol – it’s practically in our DNA.

Explorer has been fitted with two new bars – a sophisticated R Bar and the new sports bar, The Tavern.


5. Stay connected

Explorer of the Seas

We’re spoiled on land with Internet connections practically everywhere we go.

Royal Caribbean is catering to this connective-dependency with the latest technology offering speedy ship-wide Wi-Fi

There’s also interactive maps by the elevators to make travel from one deck to another simpler.

Voyager of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas will join Explorer of the Seas in Sydney will offer a range of Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific and Asia sailings on 55 itineraries during the 2015/16 season.

While Legend of the Seas will be Royal Caribbean International’s very first ship to be based in Brisbane, offering an array of 17 attractive itineraries during her maiden season.

What do you think of Australia’s new ship?