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Everything You Need to Know About Australia’s Largest Cruise Ship

Australia’s largest cruise ship arrived in Fremantle in November 2015. Here are a few facts and figures you need to know about Australia’s largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas.


It’s a behemoth… twice the size of the Rhapsody of the Seas, to be precise.

Its new look comes at a cost… of US$80 million (A$110 million).

It’s the first of four… ships in the Royal Caribbean International fleet to relocate to Australia.

It has 1600 cabins… making her the biggest hotel in Australia.

If Explorer of the Seas was stood on its aft end… it would be 62m taller than Central Park Tower.

The dining options are diverse… thanks to eight restaurants and 15 bars.

Catch a wave while on board… on the 12m long surf simulator or watch a friend take a wipeout at the seated stadium.

At 311m in length and 15 storeys high... it looms large over most other cruise lines operating in Australia.

It has a shopping mall… that runs the entire length of the ship.

The average guest… is estimated to be aged in their 50s.

There are three pools and six whirlpools… with the main deck featuring an outdoor movie screen.

You can practice yoga and tai chi… at the state-of-the-art fitness centre.

Chow down on everything from sushi to steak… at eateries that include Johnny Rockets and Ben and Jerry’s ice cream parlour, signature steakhouse Chops Grille, Italian-style trattoria Giovanni’s Table and Japanese cuisine at Izumi (specialty restaurants incur a cover charge).

Get your game face on… at one of the many family-friendly tournaments such as trivia or table tennis.

Adults can retreat… to the adults-only retreat, the Solarium.

Teens and tweens are kept happy… with the complimentary youth program, which includes teen lounge area and disco.

You can shop till you drop… at a variety of duty-free stores.

Pretend you're in Vegas… at the sprawling Casino Royale, which includes 287 poker machines and 16 tables.

Enjoy a beverage… at the Diamond Club (Diamond members of the Crown & Anchor Club), Star Lounge, R Bar and the Tavern.

Enjoy your morning mile… along the top-deck walking or jogging track, which boasts 360-degree water views.

Practice your signature moves on ice… at the rink that is exclusive to Royal Caribbean or check out a performance from ex-Olympic and world-class champions.

Take the adventure ashore… by booking an excursion designed to show off the very best each port has to offer.

Ascend to giddy new heights… by clambering 12 metres above deck on the rock-climbing wall.

Switch off… in your stateroom, where you can order room service around the clock or check into the spa for a day of pampering.

Get your caffeine fix… alongside like-minded coffee snobs at Café Latte-tudes

Mingle with other bookish types… at the well-stocked library where you can play board games or put your nose in a book.

Enjoy a cocktail by the pool… on one of the expanded decks.

Connect with other competitive types… during a round of mini golf or basketball.

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