Fresh from her 40 day refurbishment, Explorer of the Seas arrived in Southampton this week ready to show off her new features!

At 15 years old she has had 86 new cabins added which increases overall capacity from 3,114 to 3,288.

The new cabins include ‘ Panoramic Ocean Views’ which are located on a new section of the ship which has been added to deck 12. This area is at the front of the ship and used to be the running track which surrounds the Vitality Spa. These cabins sound like they will be a fantastic addition, the view across the front of the ship from up on deck 12 will be awesome!

The Inside cabins have also had a re vamp, having had the new ‘Virtual Balconies’ added. If you have not heard about these before, they are basically floor to ceiling TV screens which displays a live image from outside the ship. I love this idea, it is such a simple thing but adds a huge amount to the cabin on board.

Virtual balcony

The main restaurant on board, ‘Symphony’, has also had a refit, benefiting from new black and white upholstered chairs, with one of the tiers of the restaurant now reserved for the ‘ My Time Dining’ option.

A few specialty restaurants have changed on board, ‘Chops Grille’ steakhouse has been replaced with the Italian restaurant ‘Portofino’ and the Japanese sushi restaurant ‘Izumi’ has been added to an area  of the Viking Crown lounge. This was one of favorite meals when I last sailed on Grandeur of the Seas!

In what was the upper level of Chamber Nightclub is now the Italian family restaurant ‘ Giovanni’s Table’ for an alternative style of Italian cuisine to ‘Portofino’.

Finally, the outdoor spaces have not been left out! A brand new FlowRider has been installed and a 220 square foot cinema screen over the mid ship pool.

For those not wanting to try out the brand new Anthem of the Seas and prefer the slightly smaller Voyager Class ships she is a great option for summer sailings out of Southampton.

We have some fantastic deals on Explorer of the Seas over the summer so if you would like any prices please do not hesitate to give me a call on 0161 7982506.



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