Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas became the largest ship ever homeported in Australia, sailing from Sydney

RCL’s Explorer of the Seas to undergo $162 million makeover

RCL’s Explorer of the Seas will look amazingly refreshed after a $162 million makeover with new waterslides, restaurants and redesigned pool area when she sets sails in the Mediterranean in summer next year.

The refreshed Explorer will have a new Perfect Storm racer waterslides, Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen, a redesigned, resort-style poolscape with the signature Lime & Coconut poolside bar and a transformed kids and teens spaces.

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Explorer will be the first amplified ship to cruise the Mediterranean when she sets sail from Rome on May 7 2020 offering a seven-night or nine-night itineraries visiting the best of Italy and the Greek Islands from Santorini to Mykonos and Crete.

Kids and teenagers on board will enjoy a new laser tag experience called Glow-in-the-dark laser tag debuting in Studio B which doubles up as an ice-skating rink with jaw-dropping shows for passengers.

There will also be a new Adventure Ocean, an award-winning immersive program where kids aged six to 12 can choose their own adventure.

Teenagers can chill out at the “exclusive teens hangout” featuring the latest movies, gaming and music. There will also be a private outdoor deck.

Besides Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen, there will be other new dining venues such as the Johnny Rockets Express offering popular American food at the poolside and Starbucks with its signature drinks and pastries. In addition, there will be the Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, a high-energy spot where passengers can root for their home team as the game is played across 52 TV sets.

While the Explorer is cruising in Eastern Mediterranean, she will be joined by another newly reimagined Allure of the Seas which will sail the Western Med from Barcelona. The two ships will mark RCL’s “boldest season in Europe yet,” said the line.

RCL has set aside more than $1.62 billion to refurbish 10 ships over the next four years.

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