Caribbean and Bahamas: Southern Caribbean Cruise

Royal Caribbean®

Visit the Caribbean to dive into the aquamarine water and see the Caribbean's underwater life up close and personal with a snorkelling or scuba diving adventure. Discover captivating coral reefs and unique species of jellyfish like the orange Moochers, Loggerhead sea turtles and the red cushion sea star, which can be seen in shallow waters.

Included Extras

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Sailing Itinerary

Note: Cruise itineraries are subject to change. Please verify ports and times directly with the cruise line.

Day 1Port of CallMiamiDeparture 4:00p.m.

Overview

The City of Miami known as the “Magic City” is located in Southeast Florida, in Miami-Dade County on the Miami River, between the Florida Everglades and the Atlantic Ocean. Since its incorporation in 1896, the City has grown tremendously, transforming it into one of the world’s renowned centres where people can work, live and play while enjoying a high quality of life. The City of Miami, known for its diverse culture and ethnicities is the largest municipality in Miami-Dade County. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 362,470. By the year 2010 the population in the City is projected to rise to 390,191. Miami which is known as the Gateway to Latin America attracts a tremendous amount of foreign born people, resulting in a large Latin American population that includes Cubans, Nicaraguans, Colombians, Venezuelans, Puerto Ricans, Argentineans, Ecuadorians, Brazilians, Dominicans, Haitians and Mexicans. According to the 2000 U.S. census, the City has a 60 percent Hispanic population, a 22.3 percent African-American population and an 11.9 percent White/other population.

Day 2 Cruising
Day 3 Cruising
Day 4Port of CallKralendijkArrival 8:00a.m.Departure 11:00p.m.

Overview

Kralendijk is the capital of Bonaire, a Dutch island in the Caribbean Sea. Colourful architecture dots the shopping street of Kaya Grandi. The Bonaire Museum displays archaeological finds, shells and old photos. Off the coast is Bonaire National Marine Park, with a coral reef sheltering tropical fish. This stretches west to Klein Bonaire Island, where the sandy beaches provide a nesting ground for sea turtles.

Day 5Port of CallWillemstadArrival 8:00a.m.Departure 9:00p.m.

Overview

Forget the squat resorts muscling each other along the coast and don't be put off by the disjointed shambles of badly signed roads: Willemstad is gorgeous. The capital of the Netherlands Antilles and one of a select number of urban areas on UNESCO's World Heritage List, it's divided in two by capacious St Anna Bay, the largest harbour in the Caribbean. Punda, to the east, and Otrobanda, to the west, are connected by a quaint pontoon bridge known as the Swinging Old Lady - she cocks a leg for boats. Punda is the oldest part of the city, crowded with 17th- and 18th-century Dutch-style buildings. The 1732 Mikvé Emanuel Synagogue is the oldest in the Americas. Its interior, including the original pipe organ and brass chandeliers, has been carefully preserved, and the floor is covered in footstep muffling sand. There's an adjacent Jewish Cultural Museum. Fort Amsterdam was once the centre of town and now houses the main offices for the government of the Netherlands Antilles. You can see a cannonball lodged in the wall of the fort chapel, a memento of Captain Bligh's 26-day siege in 1804. Also in Punda is the wonderful floating market (mercado flotante). Vendors make the sea trip from Venezuela every morning with fresh fruit, vegetables and seafood - the stalls aren't actually floating, but they're close enough to the water to justify the name. At the eastern end of Willemstad is the Sea Aquarium, where you can get a preview or a recap on the creatures of the deep. You can even dive or snorkel in this controlled environment if the sea seems a little frisky. Head west and across the channel to Otrobanda ('other side'). Otrabanda became Willemstad's first suburb in the late 17th century, when lepers and convicts banished from Punda began moving here. The area's low-rise architecture is the result of an 18th century order not to obstruct Fort Amsterdam's line of fire. Most of the city's historic buildings are in Otrobanda, including the 1734 St Anna Basilica, the oldest in the Antilles. The Riffort, a defensive post on the entrance to the sea, has been used as a telegraph station, radio station, desalination plant, WWII officers' digs, scout hall and is now partly occupied by a ritzy restaurant. Otrabanda's charm extends beyond its brochure-ready buildings. The maze of streets and lanes wiggling back from the waterfront are fun to wander - stores and houses run the gamut from pastel and spruce to crumbling and spooky. Also, much of the advertising and store signage is hand painted, giving the streets perky, individual characters. The Curaçao Museum in western Otrobanda is housed in a 19th-century sailors' hospital. Displays include paintings by early-20th-century Dutch masters, a carillon and a menagerie of other musical instruments, and a hat-making diorama (hats were a source of income for many women up until WWI). There are also worthy exhibitions on the local Indian population and the geology of the ABC islands.

Day 6Port of CallOranjestadArrival 8:00a.m.Departure 5:00p.m.

Overview

Oranjestad is the capital of the Dutch island of Aruba, in the Caribbean Sea. Near the marina, the 18th-century Fort Zoutman and the Willem III Tower, formerly a lighthouse, house the Historical Museum, which chronicles the island’s past. The Archaeological Museum displays indigenous artifacts dating back as far as 2500 B.C. Along the waterfront, L.G. Smith Boulevard is dotted with boutiques and shopping malls.

Day 7 Cruising
Day 8 Cruising
Day 9Port of CallMiamiArrival 7:00a.m.

Overview

The City of Miami known as the “Magic City” is located in Southeast Florida, in Miami-Dade County on the Miami River, between the Florida Everglades and the Atlantic Ocean. Since its incorporation in 1896, the City has grown tremendously, transforming it into one of the world’s renowned centres where people can work, live and play while enjoying a high quality of life. The City of Miami, known for its diverse culture and ethnicities is the largest municipality in Miami-Dade County. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 362,470. By the year 2010 the population in the City is projected to rise to 390,191. Miami which is known as the Gateway to Latin America attracts a tremendous amount of foreign born people, resulting in a large Latin American population that includes Cubans, Nicaraguans, Colombians, Venezuelans, Puerto Ricans, Argentineans, Ecuadorians, Brazilians, Dominicans, Haitians and Mexicans. According to the 2000 U.S. census, the City has a 60 percent Hispanic population, a 22.3 percent African-American population and an 11.9 percent White/other population.

Onboard the Explorer of the Seas

Costco Member Reviews

4.3 of 5 stars4.3/5 (37 Reviews)

Ship Rating

3.5/5

Explorer of the Seas® offers exciting features like an ice-skating rink, the Royal Promenade and a rock-climbing wall. Additional amenities include enhanced staterooms, expanded dining options and exceptional recreational facilities. This ship is so high-tech it even features the University of Miami Ocean Lab, a state-of-the-art oceanographic and atmospheric science lab.

Onboard Activities

Activities & Services (included in cruise)

Rock-Climbing Wall

  • Card Room
  • Casino
  • Disco/Nightclub
  • Movies
  • Movies Under the Stars®
  • Theatre/Show Lounge
  • Fitness Centre
  • Sauna/Steam Room
  • Educational Programs
  • Guest Lecturers
  • Ice Skating
  • Miniature Golf
  • Pool - Adults Only
  • Pool - Outdoor
  • Pool - Indoor/Covered
  • Rock-Climbing Wall
  • Sports Facilities
  • Whirlpool/Jacuzzi
  • FlowRider® surf simulator
  • Laser Tag: Clash for the Crystal City
  • Basketball Court
  • Running Track
  • Art Gallery
  • Bars/Lounges
  • Library
  • Children's Indoor Play Area
  • Children's Outdoor Play Area
  • Educational Classes
  • Organized Age Specific Activities
  • Teen Centre or Disco
  • Teen Programs
  • Business Centre
  • Concierge Desk
  • Conference Centre
  • Duty-Free Shops/Boutiques
  • Elevators
  • Religious Services
  • Safe Deposit Boxes

Activities & Services (available for an extra fee)

Full-Service Spa

  • Game Arcade
  • Beauty Salon
  • Fitness Classes
  • Full-Service Spa
  • Spa Services/Massage
  • Scuba Diving PADI
  • Internet Centre
  • Dry Cleaning/ Laundry Service
  • Infirmary/Medical Centre
  • Wedding/Vow Renewal

Costco Travel makes every effort to verify the accuracy of all information provided. Additional fees for amenities or services may be charged by the cruise line. Amenities or services may be discontinued or revised by the cruise line without notice. Staterooms designated as wheelchair-accessible do not necessarily meet ADA requirements. Costco Travel is not responsible for inaccuracies or provider modifications.

Dining

Dining Room

Main Dining

Sapphire Dining Room: Sweeping, multi-level ambience, world-class cuisine and extraordinary personal service from a dedicated wait staff. Royal Caribbean’s main dining room serves exceptional, multi-course meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Giovanni's Table

Specialty Dining

Chops Grille℠: The chefs of Chops Grille proudly present quality, hand cut steaks at Royal Caribbean's hallmark restaurant. A fresh twist on a favourite, with a revamped menu that brings contemporary flair to traditional steakhouse fare. Offering the first dry-aged steaks at sea, each hand selected and aged for nearly four weeks to achieve the pinnacle of flavour, tenderness, and aroma. This prime beef is joined by Maine lobster, veal parmesan, grilled branzino and more succulent dishes paired with addictive sides and irresistible desserts. This restaurant is available for an additional cost.

Chef's Table: A once-in-a-lifetime culinary experience – join up to 14 guests in an exclusive enclave to savour a five-course, gourmet menu. Every course pairs with a wine chosen to enhance your enjoyment of the dish. This restaurant is available for an additional cost.

Giovanni's Table: A variety of savoury, rustic Italian dishes – reminiscent of the Tuscan countryside – are served up family style in this Italian trattoria. This lets the whole family share in the delectable flavours of Italy for a memorable dining experience. Join Giovanni's for dinner and experience a unique way to enjoy classic Italian favourites, fused with our own contemporary spin. This restaurant is available for an additional cost.

Izumi: The traditional Japanese dishes at Izumi will impress you with pure, delicate flavours, freshness of ingredients and impeccable presentation. Choose from sushi rolls, sashimi, hot rock (ishi-yaki) plates, and more. This restaurant is available for an additional cost.

Johnny Rockets®: Get the family together for good old-fashioned hamburgers and fries at Johnny Rockets—complete with authentic 1950s décor, a menu filled with all-American favourites and a jukebox at every table. This restaurant is available for an additional cost.

Ben & Jerry's®: Vermont's Finest Ice Cream hits the high seas. Grab scoops served up with a smile, or indulge in a sundae, shake or smoothie. This restaurant is available for an additional cost.

Windjammer Café

Casual Dining

Windjammer Café: A culinary destination loaded with an array of delicious food for every meal and snack time – all with spectacular views and a comfortable, casual atmosphere. Browse multiple serving stations featuring pastas, omelettes made-to-order, global cuisine, salads, soups, sandwiches, meat-carving, and tons of tantalizing desserts.

Café Promenade: The multi-level Royal Promenade is the heart of our ships – and the best spot for people watching. Pick a table with a view at Café Promenade, serving coffee, snacks, pastries and sandwiches throughout the day and into the night – so you can enjoy the action when you please. Specialty coffees are available for an additional cost.

Room Service: Room service is available 24-hours a day (a convenience charge applies to each order placed).


Times, costs and other specifics are outside the control of Costco Travel. All information is at the sole discretion of the cruise line and is subject to change without notice. Dining time and table size preferences are submitted to the cruise line on a first-come, first-served request basis and are confirmed aboard ship. Questions, concerns and/or special needs regarding dining arrangements must be addressed with the maitre d' hotel aboard ship. Every effort is made to accommodate travelers' preferences; however, Costco Travel cannot guarantee dining arrangements. In specialty restaurants, space is limited and reservations are recommended. A cover charge and dress code may apply.

Staterooms

Staterooms feature modern appointments, sitting area with sofa and private bath.

Promenade View Interior (Category: 2T)

Category: 2T

Interior (Category: 1V)

Category: 1V

Interior (Category: 3V)

Category: 3V

Interior (Category: 4V)

Category: 4V

Guarantee - Inside (Category: ZI)

Category: ZI
This category can be booked for a special rate, guaranteed to you. Please note that the category is not associated at the time of booking with a specific stateroom, deck, bedding configuration or other particular settings. The assignment of an actual cabin will be performed during your check-in. The cabin can be anywhere on the ship.

Features a large round window, sitting area, vanity and private bath.

Ultra Spacious Ocean View (Category: 1K)

Category: 1K

Large Panoramic Ocean View (Category: 1L)

Category: 1L

Spacious Ocean View (Category: 4M)

Category: 4M

Ocean View (Category: 1N)

Category: 1N

Ocean View (Category: 2N)

Category: 2N

Ocean View (Category: 3N)

Category: 3N

Ocean View (Category: 4N)

Category: 4N

Guarantee - Oceanview (Category: YO)

Category: YO
This category can be booked for a special rate, guaranteed to you. Please note that the category is not associated at the time of booking with a specific stateroom, deck, bedding configuration or other particular settings. The assignment of an actual cabin will be performed during your check-in. The cabin can be anywhere on the ship.

Features balcony with floor-to-ceiling windows, sitting area with sofa and private bath.

Spacious Ocean View Balcony (Category: 2B)

Category: 2B

Spacious Ocean View Balcony (Category: 3B)

Category: 3B

Spacious Ocean View Balcony (Category: 4B)

Category: 4B

Connecting Balcony (Category: CB)

Category: CB

Ocean View Balcony (Category: 2D)

Category: 2D

Ocean View Balcony (Category: 4D)

Category: 4D

Ocean View Balcony (Category: 5D)

Category: 5D

Guarantee - Balcony (Category: XB)

Category: XB
This category can be booked for a special rate, guaranteed to you. Please note that the category is not associated at the time of booking with a specific stateroom, deck, bedding configuration or other particular settings. The assignment of an actual cabin will be performed during your check-in. The cabin can be anywhere on the ship.

Features balcony with floor-to ceiling windows, sitting area and private bath with tub.

Royal Suite - 1 Bedroom (Category: RS)

Category: RS
Separate bedroom with king-size bed; Private balcony with hot tub; Whirlpool bathtub; Living room with queen-size sofa bed; Baby grand piano; Concierge service; Balcony: 170 sq.ft.

Owner's Suite - 1 Bedroom (Category: OS)

Category: OS
Queen-size bed; Separate living area with queen-size sofa bed; Private bathroom with bathtub, separate shower, and bidet; Private balcony; Concierge service; Balcony: 64 sq.ft.

Grand Suite - 2 Bedrooms (Category: GT)

Category: GT

Grand Suite - 1 Bedroom (Category: GS)

Category: GS
Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size bed); Sitting area (some with sofa bed); Private balcony; Concierge service; Balcony: 95 sq.ft.

Junior Suite (Category: J3)

Category: J3
Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size bed); Private bathroom with bathtub; Sitting area; Private balcony; Balcony: 69 sq.ft.

Junior Suite (Category: J4)

Category: J4
Two twin beds (can convert into queen-size bed); Private bathroom with bathtub; Sitting area; Private balcony; Balcony: 69 sq.ft.

Ocean View Panoramic Suite (No Balcony) (Category: VP)

Category: VP

Guarantee - Suite (Category: WS)

Category: WS
This category can be booked for a special rate, guaranteed to you. Please note that the category is not associated at the time of booking with a specific stateroom, deck, bedding configuration or other particular settings. The assignment of an actual cabin will be performed during your check-in. The cabin can be anywhere on the ship.

Deck Plan

Cruise Ship
Deck 15
Key to Symbols
SymbolDescription
Stateroom for occupancy 5 and upStateroom for occupancy 5 and up
Stateroom for occupancy up to 4Stateroom for occupancy up to 4
Accessible stateroomAccessible stateroom
Stateroom has an obstructed viewStateroom has an obstructed view
Stateroom for occupancy up to 3Stateroom for occupancy up to 3

Ship Facts

Explorer of the Seas ship image
  • Ship Name: Explorer of the Seas
  • Year Built: 2000
  • Year Refurbished: 2015
  • Year Entered Present Fleet: 2000
  • Ship Class: Voyager
  • Maximum Capacity: 3,835
  • Number of Passenger Decks: 15
  • Number of Crew: 1,185
  • Officers' Nationality: Norwegian
  • Ocean-View without Balcony: 232
  • Ocean-View with Balcony: 588
  • Total Inside Staterooms: 480
  • Tonnage (GRT): 142,000
  • Capacity Based on Double Occupancy: 3,114
  • Country of Registry: The Bahamas
  • Total Staterooms: 1,557
  • Suites with Balcony: 119
  • Crew/Hotel Staff Nationality: International
Costco Travel makes every effort to verify the accuracy of all information provided. Additional fees for amenities or services may be charged by the hotel, resort or cruise line. Amenities or services may be discontinued or revised by the provider without notice. Hotels, resorts, ships or accommodations designated as wheelchair-accessible do not necessarily meet ADA requirements. Costco Travel is not responsible for inaccuracies or provider modifications.

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Terms & Conditions

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Ship's registry: The Bahamas

    Package ID: RCIEXPCAR20221029