If you’ve booked yourself and your family on Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas for a cruise around the South Pacific or New Zealand next summer, you’ve probably also done your research on what activities your kids are going to have in the Kids Club to keep themselves busy, especially on those sea days.
While there’s plenty of information on the cruise line’s official website detailing this, the cruise line will often keep some details a secret purely so you will be pleasantly surprised when you get onboard as you discover the world of entertainment is so much larger than you first thought. Here’s a rundown of some of the extra entertainment perfect for families sailing on this giant 3,800-passenger mega-ship.
1. Video Arcade
Situated just outside the Kids Club itself, Explorer of the Seas features an expansive video arcade packed full of different games for all ages. Guests can shoot the bad guys on the screen, blast aliens with lasers and hop into some racing action for bragging rights. There are also some air hockey tables and pinball machines too.
At the entrance to the arcade, guests can swipe their SeaPass card to charge some credit to their stateroom. This credit can then be used on the games, with prizes given for spectacular performance including bonus games and even some toys and other rewards.
2. Movie Screenings
If nothing below deck grabs your attention for the evening’s entertainment, grab a blanket and head to the top level as most nights will see one of the latest release movies, a classic flick you probably haven’t seen in years or even a family movie on the Poolside Screen.
Often screened in the late afternoon or after dinner, it’s best to grab one of the loungers up close to the screen to ensure you can hear the movie. All you’ll need is some popcorn.
3. Mini Golf Course
If you’ve cruised on Explorer of the Seas‘ sister ship Voyager of the Seas, you may have had a game on the fun mini-golf course. The two courses are located at the rear of the ship on the top deck and are definitely different, with both offering a challenge great for the whole family or all your new friends.
The course is not floodlit but is open all day, with self-serve putters and golf balls able to be located near the first tee.
4. Teen Speed Rock Climbing Challenge
Another activity open most of the day for free climbing, occasionally you’ll see in your daily program an opportunity for teenagers to challenge each other to some fun races ascending the rock-climbing wall on the ship’s top deck.
Hosted by the Sports Director, teenagers can be safely harnessed up and expel some energy putting their climbing skills to the test as they race to be the first to ring the bell.
5. Nintendo Wii at The Tavern
At night, The Tavern on Explorer of the Seas will be packed with adults enjoying a drink and the evening’s entertainment, which often includes sports on the big screen.
However, by day, this venue is perfect for the Under 18’s as this same screen is set up with a Nintendo Wii console with games including Wii Sports. It won’t take long for a group of young people to get together for some tenpin bowling, baseball, golf or tennis on the Nintendo Wii.