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Best Free Things To Do On Explorer Of The Seas

Vacationing on a budget? This cruise ship has plenty of amazing free things to do onboard.

By Amanda Mesa | Published on April 28, 2023


You don’t need to blow your budget in order to enjoy an unforgettable vacation. In fact, one of the most affordable ways to have a fun-filled getaway is by planning a cruise. The cruise line is known for its award-winning shows, world-class restaurants and family-friendly onboard attractions — and many of them are included in your cruise fare. Every ship in the fleet delivers incredible free experiences, like complimentary dining options that spotlight flavors from around the globe, captivating entertainment that rivals the best theater productions on land, interactive activities for kids, teens and adults, and sizzling nightlife that keeps the party going long after the sun goes down. One great example is Explorer of the Seas, a Voyager Class favorite that has plenty of thrills to fill every sea day with fun. Keep reading to learn more about some of the best free things to do onboard.

1. Soak Up The Sun At The Main Pool

What’s a cruise vacation without some laid back fun in the sun? The main pool onboard Explorer of the Seas is perfect for family bonding — just grab a couple of lounge chairs and settle in by the water or hop in for a refreshing dip. The pool deck often sets the stage for all kinds of cool events and activities, like belly flop competitions and dance contests accompanied by a DJ. Admission is complimentary to all guests onboard.

2. Fuel Your Competitive Fire On The Sports Court Or The Mini Golf Green

Like most of our ships, Explorer of the Seas has a sports court where you can join a volleyball match or get in on a little one-on-one basketball action. Nearby you’ll also find Explorer Dunes, a mini golf course where every game comes with stunning views of the surrounding sea and shores. You can play whenever and as often you like, no reservation needed. And guess what? It’s all included in your cruise cost.

3. Unwind Poolside At The Adults-Only Solarium

Craving a little bit of time with the grown-ups? The Solarium is an adults-only retreat where the vibe is always set to maximum relaxation. Kick back and lounge in the sun or the shade, or go for a dip in the Solarium’s lagoon-like whirlpools. It doesn’t cost anything to enter this tranquil oasis, and you can stay as long as you like. There’s even a bar nearby in case you want to use your Deluxe Beverage Package to order a glass of sparkling wine, a pint of your favorite ice-cold beer, or an expertly crafted tropical cocktail.

4. Enjoy A Movie Night Under The Stars

Some nights, Explorer of the Seas plays classic flicks and modern blockbuster hits on the 220-square-foot movie screen located on the pool deck. Screenings are totally free and open to all guests onboard — just check your Cruise Compass for show times, grab some complimentary snacks at the Windjammer or Café Promenade, and cozy up on a lounger for the coolest movie night at sea.

5. Watch An Original Production Or An Ice Show

If you love toe-tapping musicals, thrilling theatrics, and anything that has to do with the performing arts, you’re on the right cruise ship. Explorer of the Seas is a great place to watch some of the amazing original productions that have helped win Royal Caribbean awards for its onboard entertainment. Head to the ice skating rink for dazzling performances by a talented team of figure skaters, or hit the main theater to catch show-stopping numbers that blend song, dance and top-notch acting. All the shows onboard are included in your cruise cost, too.

6. Taste Your Way Around The World In The Main Dining Room Or The Windjammer

Explorer of the Seas has some great dining options onboard, but if you’re looking for delicious eats that won’t cost you anything extra, head to the Main Dining Room or the Windjammer. The Main Dining Room offers breakfast every day, and lunch on sea days, but it’s most popular as a place to dial up dinner. At this sweeping upscale venue, you’ll get to sample dishes inspired by the world’s top culinary capitals, from France to Thailand and beyond — and it’s all included in your cruise cost. The Windjammer, on the other hand, is a more casual option. You’ll find familiar comfort foods here, plus rotating flavors that spotlight cuisine from different countries. Like the Main Dining Room, meals at the Windjammer are complimentary.

7. Sign Up For A Free Dance Class

There are plenty of options for late-night dancing onboard Explorer of the Seas, so you’re going to want to make sure your moves are on point. Sign up for a complimentary lesson led by a pro and learn the basics of salsa, merengue, swing and more before hitting the dancefloor after hours. Your Cruise Compass will list out a class schedule with locations so you can pencil in some time to work on your jive and cha cha skills.

8. Conquer The Rock Climbing Wall

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned speed climber, you’ll love the rock climbing wall onboard Explorer of the Seas. It’s a great — and free — way to get in a workout while you’re on vacation, and those who make it all the way to the top are rewarded with some of the most captivating views of the surrounding sights. You don’t need a reservation to try this complimentary activity. All you need to do is show up, strap in, and start climbing.

Remember, these are just a few of the free things to do onboard Explorer of the Seas. There are plenty more complimentary eats, thrilling attractions, and family-friendly experiences included in your cruise cost. Whatever your budget, you’ll find it’s super easy to have an amazing time with your adventure squad on this fan-favorite Voyager Class ship.

Disclaimer: Complimentary activities are subject to change and may vary by market and sailing.




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