MS Explorer of the Seas

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MS Explorer of the Seas
Name: Explorer of the Seas
Owner: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (2000)
Explorer of the Seas Inc.[1]
Operator: Royal Caribbean International
Port of registry: 2000–2002: Monrovia,  Liberia
2002 onwards: Nassau,  Bahamas
Route: Bahamas, Bermuda, Eastern Caribbean, and New England itineraries out of Bayonne, New Jersey
Builder: Kværner Masa-Yards Turku New Shipyard, Finland
Yard number: 1345
Laid down: 01 August 1999
Completed: 28 September 2000
Maiden voyage: 28 October 2000
Identification: Call sign: C6SE4
DNV ID: 19903
IMO number: 9161728
MMSI number: 311316000
Status: In service
Notes: [2][1]
General characteristics
Class and type: Voyager-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 137,308 GT
105,034 NT
10.937 DWT
Length: 311 m (1,020 ft)
Beam: 38.6 m (127 ft) - Waterline[3]
48 m (157 ft) - Max[3]
Draught: 8.3 m (27 ft)
Depth: 11.7 m (38 ft)
Decks: 15
Deck clearance: 3,400 m (11,200 ft)
Installed power: 6 × Wärtsilä 12V46 (6 × 12,600 kW)
Propulsion: Diesel-electric
Two ABB Azipods and one Fixipod
Four bow thrusters
Speed: 23.7 knots (43.9 km/h; 27.3 mph)
Capacity: 3,114 passengers
Crew: 1,180
Notes: [2][1][4][5]

MS Explorer of the Seas is a Voyager-class cruise ship owned and operated by Royal Caribbean International built in 1999. She can accommodate over 3,000 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. In March and April 2015, Explorer of the Seas is scheduled to receive major upgrades, including the replacement of the inline skating rink with a Flowrider surfing simulator.[6][7]

Ports of call[edit]

As of 2012, Explorer of the Seas is sailing Bahamas, Bermuda, Eastern Caribbean, and New England itineraries out of Bayonne, New Jersey, United States. In fall 2014, she will sail 5 to 9 day Caribbean cruises out of Port Canaveral, Florida.[8] After dry-dock refurbishment in Spring 2015, Explorer will sail Northern Europe, Mediterranean, and Madeira, Azores and Canary Islands itineraries out of Southampton, Hampshire, United Kingdom.[9]

From November 2015 to August 2016 Explorer of the Seas will be based in Sydney, Australia, for the summer cruise season.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

Rescue of Tumbleweed[edit]

On February 16, 2008, while en route from Bayonne, New Jersey, on a nine-day cruise to the Caribbean the bridge crew heard a faint mayday call over the radio. This turned out to be the crew from Tumbleweed, a 39-foot sailing vessel,[10] who had a planned sail from Baltimore to the Florida Keys. The crew reportedly 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 of North Carolina. Explorer of the Seas located and rescued the three men, who then departed the ship in Puerto Rico on February 21, 2008.[10]

Crew overboard[edit]

On May 5, 2010, 26-year-old bartender Satianand Buddaru was caught on surveillance jumping overboard. The ship turned around to rescue him but was unable to locate the bartender. [11][unreliable source?]

Norwegian Star collision[edit]

On September 14, 2012, Explorer of the Seas was moored in Bermuda when heavy winds pushed Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Star at its stern. Neither ship suffered any significant damage.[12]

Norovirus outbreak[edit]

On January 24, 2014, 281 passengers and 22 crew members aboard Explorer of the Seas fell ill, reporting symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea. Due to the number of passengers sick, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent a Sanitation Program Officer and an epidemiologist to the ship on Sunday, January 26, 2014, when it was docked in St. Thomas.[13] By 27 January 2014 the number of ill increased to 564 passengers and 47 crew members and a decision was made to end the cruise early.[14] After Explorer of the Seas returned to port, 684 of the 4,237 aboard had symptoms of norovirus.[15]



  1. ^ a b c "Vessel Info: MS Explorer of the Seas". DNV Exchange. Det Norske Veritas. 2010. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Advanced Masterdata for the Vessel Explorer of the Seas". VesselTracker. 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Explorer of the Seas". STX Finland. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Cruise Ship Guide". Cruise Travel (Lakeside Publishing Company): 37–43. January–February 2009. ISSN 0199-5111. 
  5. ^ "Carnival Destiny (16001)". Port State Information Exchange. United States Coast Guard. .
  6. ^ "Now Our Best Ship Is Every Ship". Royal Caribbean International. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "VOYAGER CLASS FLOWRIDER REFURBISHMENT". Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Cruise Calendar". Royal Caribbean International. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "Explorer of the Seas to Homeport in Southampton, and Sail European Waters in 2015". Royal Caribbean Press Center. Royal Caribbean International. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Silverstein, Erica (27 February 2008). "Royal Caribbean Ship Rescues Sailors in Distress". The Independent Traveler. Retrieved 20 May 2011. 
  11. ^ "Satyanand Buddaru". Cruise Ship Missing. 2010-05-05. Retrieved 2014-04-26. 
  12. ^ Greg (September 15, 2012). "Norwegian Star Breaks Moorings in Bermuda". CruiseInd. 
  13. ^ "281 passengers ill aboard Royal Caribbean cruise". 25 January 2014. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  14. ^ David McFadden (27 January 2014). "Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas cruise ended after hundreds sick with diarrhea, vomiting". The National Post. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  15. ^ Aleccia, JoNel (29 January 2014), 'We made it!': Nearly 700 sick as illness-plagued cruise ship returns home, NBC News, archived from the original on 2014-01-29, At least 630 of the ship's 3,071 passengers and at least 54 of the 1,166 crew members came down with diarrhea and vomiting—classic signs of norovirus. 

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