Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas Cruise Reviews

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Neicy& Ron
Member Since 2004
1 review
326 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed two weeks ago
We choose this cruise as a short break. Boarding at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Sydney was surprisingly quick, considering the numbers in the line. On boarding we headed straight to our cabin #9244. Great location right ... Read more
DragMaster63
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
5 helpful votes
This cruise was a last minute decision for us, based on a fantastic price for a Guaranteed Ocean view room. We ended up on Deck 2 Port side aft, which was quite a good position to minimise the effects of rough seas, as the area does not ... Read more
StephenBurra
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
We really had a relaxing holiday. On a cruise there are many different tribes from our society and you soon find your niche make good friends, We spent a lot of time at the adults pool and because we travelled outside a holiday period we ... Read more
Deb1971
Member Since 2016
5 reviews
1 forum post
10 helpful votes
Have cruised before but this was the first with RCI. Boarding was relatively quick, which was a blessing given the rainy weather and the number of people boarding. We flew in to Sydney that morning and were able to drop off the bags ... Read more
Gowrie
Member Since 2012
1 review
34 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We have Diamond status on RCL so we are not newbies. We have recently returned from a 10-day cruise to New Caledonia and just lost ten days out of lives that we will never get back again. This cruise was an absolutely terrible ... Read more
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ozbrian
Member Since 2010
1 review
854 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Everything ran very smoothly whic is usual with RCI. We had a great time with nothing to complain about. If I had to be picky I'd say the entertainment was a little light on this sailing. We had mainly comedians and magicians. The saving ... Read more
AllyM
Member Since 2017
1 review
11 helpful votes
Booked this cruise 6 weeks from departure at a very good price. We had a forward balcony on cabin on deck 7 which was very clean, room was very comfortable and bathroom a good size. Room attendant was exceptional as I have always found on ... Read more
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mellywelly
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
We chose this cruise as we liked the itinerary and were expecting amazing things with a 5 star cruise ship. It was good and we had fun but we couldn't help compare certain aspects to other cruise ships we have been on. The entertainment ... Read more
Brayone
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
This was our first cruise, 8 days to the south pacific. Being a first cruise we have nothing to compare it to, but we were so happy with every part of the 8 days. It was an awful day in Sydney for embarkation, and having being told our ... Read more
Manz21
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
6 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Ship was very stable so no seasickness. Cabin was spacious with more than enough storage room. Cabin steward couldn't have been more helpful. Dining room food was pretty good and the staff again were very helpful. I wouldn't bother with ... Read more
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ColBren
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
This was our 8th cruise with RCI and probably our last for some time. It was a 10 night voyage to the South Pacific on 4/02/17. We have been Diamond members and in our early fifties. We like a drink and love the cruising experience. ... Read more
susanesmith
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Overall cruise was very good. Stewards great, food good (mostly, Chops was a let down - too much pomp, not enough substance - and Izumi was deplorable - and had run out of things). Much of the entertainment was naff, and aimed at old ... Read more
Love Holiday Time
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
I chose this cruise on the recommendation of a friend, that I was travelling with who had used Royal Caribbean many times. One the website the ship looked good and had plenty of facilities. The stateroom was dirty and shabby, the linen ... Read more
marlute2102
Member Since 2012
4 reviews
343 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
First up, will say that we are pretty loyal to RCL and have cruised on this ship and her sister, Voyager, 3 times now. But for the first time, felt that the ship was over run by way to many mid to late teen bogans!! In the ... Read more
nickfromsyd
Member Since 2014
1 review
11 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We stayed in a balcony cabin and the room was nice but there were holes in the walls covered with stickers and the pillows were flat but as i read the recommendation from another cruiser i brought my own. The food on board was quite ... Read more
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Cruising0106
Member Since 2017
1 review
11 helpful votes
Embarkation at Sydney was smooth considering approximately 4000 passengers. Room was available at 1.30pm. Entering the ship was amazing with the "promenade" - shops, bar, cafe running down the centre of the ship. Staff ... Read more
Yogs007
Member Since 2015
1 review
10 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
I know it was school holidays but this cruise was ridiculous. Families bringing their kids into the adults pool and the staff ignored it. Kids riding elevators from day 2 on. The Ice Show was excellent again and the Production Shows were ... Read more
micma
Member Since 2014
4 reviews
15 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
This was our fourth RCI cruise, first on Explorer, and it didn’t disappoint. Embarkation/disembarkation was quick and easy in Sydney. We’d dropped our bags off early and gone for a walk around Circular Quay, then boarded ... Read more
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egiddio
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
Being our first cruise, my wife & I were both very apprehensive as to what to expect. Travelling with 4 kids aged from 8 to 16, this added a further element of uncertainty. After speaking with friends whom had been on cruises, the ... Read more
erikaks
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
4 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
This cruise was chosen for the itinerary and the experience of sailing on a Royal Caribbean Ship. We were lucky to book one of the new Panoramic Oceanview Family cabins. They are wonderfully positioned above the bridge with six huge ... Read more
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Kateandstevec
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Have to say our room attendant, waiters and drink waiter staff of an evening made a trip amazing, nothing was too much of a problem and they went beyond to make a cruise memorable. Overall our cruise was great, ship was spotless, food ... Read more
Jobail
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We enjoyed almost every minute, the staff were the most helpful, courteous staff we came across. We did not rate the shows generally as the sound was far too harsh and loud for us. It is first time not seen every show. The ice show was ... Read more
grannycruising
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Overall as a family group we were happy with this cruise.9 in our group 3 cabins. 2 balconys and 1 ocean view cabins clean and tidy Pool areas were good ,always clean towels available. Grankids loved the flowrider. Food ... Read more
Nebularcrionix
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
*I purchased the drink package but unfortunately I found that it was frustrating to try and get service from any of the bars on the ship, partly due to the lack of attention from the bar staff and also due to understaffing of the bars. For ... Read more
nikkichris
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
This was our xmas holiday /new year cruise, just the two of us. The virtual cabin was great, apart from our young neighbours on one side who continually slept most of the day and slammed the door most of the night throwing themselves ... Read more
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