The switch is being made as part of Royal Caribbean’s plans to move larger ships to Australia. She will join her slightly smaller sister ship, Voyager of the Seas as well as Radiance of the Seas.
Arriving for the first time in Sydney on 28 November 2015, the line plans to hold a historic event by having two Voyager-class ships and two of the largest cruise ships on Sydney Harbour in one day.
Regional vice president Asia-Pacific, Gavin Smith said the switch demonstrates the line’s commitment to the Australian market.
“We are thrilled to introduce Explorer of the Seas as the latest world-leading cruise ship to Australia – a major milestone that reinforces Royal Caribbean International’s position as Sydney’s biggest cruise line,” he said.
During her inaugural season, Explorer of the Seas will travel to ports across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.
She features a range of Royal Caribbean signature activities including the new FlowRider, ice-skating rink, ten pools and whirlpools as well as the Royal Promenade.
Meanwhile, Australians only have 12 months left to sail on Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody of the Seas in local waters before she heads to the Mediterranean.
The 2,400-passenger ship will leave Australia in April next year after eight consecutive seasons.
Rhapsody will be based in the Mediterranean from May to October 2015, further itineraries are expected to be announced shortly.