MS Explorer of the Seas
|Name:||Explorer of the Seas|
|Owner:||Royal Caribbean International|
|Port of registry:||Template:BAH, Nassau|
Kværner Masa-Yards |
|In service:||28 October 2000-present|
ABS class no: |
Call sign: C6SE4
DNV ID: 19903
IMO number: 9161728
|Status:||In Active Service as of 2010|
|Class and type:||DNV: 1A1 Passenger Ship RP LCS-SID BIS|
|Length:||1,020 ft (311 m)|
|Beam:||157.5 ft (48 m)|
|Notes:||CDC sanitation score: 98% (11/1/2008)|
MS Explorer of the Seas is one of five Voyager-class cruise ships from Royal Caribbean International. She can accommodate over 3,100 guests, including scientists making use of a built-in atmospheric and oceanographic laboratory operated by the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Voyager-class ships are the fourth largest passenger ships in the world, after Cunard's RMS Queen Mary 2, Royal Caribbean's own Freedom-class and Oasis-class.
On February 16, 2008, while on-route from Bayonne, New Jersey, for a nine day cruise to the Caribbean the bridge crew heard a faint mayday over the radio. This turned out to be the crew from the Tumbleweed, a 40 foot sailboat, who had a planned sail from Baltimore to the Florida Keys. The crew apparently had a mechanical breakdown of both engine and sails. They drifted for 11 days to the location N32.35 W 72.49 (roughly 275 miles southeast east of North Carolina. The crew of Explorer of the Seas located the craft and rescued the three men aboard. The rescued men departed the ship in Puerto Rico on February 21, 2008.
Balcony of the ship's only Royal Suite
- "Vessel Info: MS Explorer of the Seas". DNV Exchange. Det Norske Veritas. 2010. https://exchange.dnv.com/exchange/main.aspx?extool=vessel&subview=summary&vesselid=19903. Retrieved 4 June 2010.
- "Cruise Ships Inspection Score for MS Explorer of the Seas". Vessel Sanitation Program. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 11/1/2008. http://wwwn.cdc.gov/InspectionQueryTool/Forms/InspectionScoresAll.aspx?Vessel=7195.
- "Cruise Ship Guide". Cruise Travel (Lakeside Publishing Company): 37–43. January/February 2009. ISSN 0199-5111.
- Official website
- RSMAS/RCCL - University of Miami's Ocean Labs on Explorer of the Seas
- Voyager-Class.com - the largest online resource for information & pictures of the Voyager-class ships
- Research website for the onboard laboratory
- June 2004 article about the ship and lab from CNN
- Article about the Norovirus outbreak from CBS 4 Miami
- Miramar Ship Index - Explorer of the Seas