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Explorer of the Seas arrives in UK following a multi-million makeover

Explorer of the Seas berthed in Southampton as Anthem of the Seas passes
Royal Caribbean International's Explorer of the Seas arrived in summer home port of Southampton on Thursday following a multi-million makeover.

Hot on the heels of the naming ceremony for Anthem of the Seas on Monday, RCI showcased the new-look Explorer of the Seas having just taken part in a 40-day, bow-to-stern full revitalisation.

Highlights of Explorer of the Seas’ revitalisation includes 81 new virtual balcony staterooms and 24 new panoramic ocean view staterooms, offering floor to ceiling wraparound panoramic windows.

On deck are added a FlowRider 40ft surf simulator, 220sq ft outdoor cinema screen showing first-run movies, big sporting events and giant video game challenges.

Also new, a print-on-demand Focus Photo Gallery, an art gallery spread throughout the ship displaying original works.

New restaurants and bars include signature spaces, Giovanni’s Table traditional trattoria, Chops Grill steak house, Izumi Japanese cuisine, R Bar and The Tavern sports bar,
The Card Room, The Diamond Club, NextCruise and Star Lounge.

Stuart Leven, managing director, UK & Ireland for Royal Caribbean International, said: 'We’re on a mission to change holidaymakers’ expectations and just as Anthem of the Seas set sail this week on her maiden voyage, a newly refurbished Explorer of the Seas arrived in Southampton today. We are constantly working to bring the innovation of our newest ships to existing ships across the fleet, ensuring that every ship is our best ship.'

Sailing on her first European season from Southampton, Explorer of the Seas' itineraries feature Mediterranean, Northern Europe and the Canaries.