Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas Cruise Reviews

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JeromeAM1971
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
As this was our first cruise (2 adults, 8 year old and an 11 year old) we had no real expectations. We dropped off our bags early at the ship (around 9.00 a.m) and explored Sydney's waterfront and the Opera House district. Embarked ... Read more
Monstar
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
We were recommended by our cruise consultant to try Royal Caribbean.We found that there was so many things which failed to deliver an enjoyable cruise.From the lack of air conditioning and the water being turned off in the cabin.The mini ... Read more
Traveller01
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
23 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
We just completed a ten day cruise on the Explorer of the Seas to the South Pacific in November 2016. We purchased the cruise on the price as we tend to chase cruises that are under $100 per day. As we had been to the Pacific Islands, the ... Read more
aussielozzie18
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
1,044 forum post
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
Very relaxing 10 day cruise. Booked an inside with virtual balcony. Really liked this concept. Virtual Balcony view was crystal clear. Nice to wake up and see the weather and seas. Gave the room plenty of light during the day but had ... Read more
WWalsh
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
Where to start - lovely ship, shame about the lack of customer service and operational expertise. Have cruised with RC a number of times before this last trip - but am very doubtful I will do it again. It wasn't a good start when RC ... Read more
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Yo-mom1
Member Since 2013
5 reviews
44 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
Flew from Houston to Seattle. Transfer to ship was easy and fast. The embarkation was easy and fast. Room was ready for us to occupy. We had a Mini Suite that had some issues but we adapted to them. The ship was wonderful, clean and in ... Read more
itsmandysteve
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
This cruise was sent to us via email it was such good value we could not say no, This cruise was fantastic plenty of time to relax and unwind. We loved it The staff in the winjamer, dining room and our cabin person were all the ... Read more
Caz L.
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
We chose RCI because a friend had recommended them to us. We chose this particular cruise because we booked last minute and it was one of the few left with rooms available; plus we had never been to California. Embarking at Seattle was ... Read more
Kreader
Member Since 2008
4 reviews
312 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
I chose this cruise because of the cost. Inside cabin was ok. No coffee table any more so I had the cabin steward move on the bedside tables in front of the loveseat. Food was for the most part so-so. Only a few dishes to rave ... Read more
luvpiano
Member Since 2008
4 reviews
5 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
We chose this cruise for two reasons: even though we live on the West Coast, we'd never sailed this itinerary before, and the prospect of driving to a port and not having to endure the torture of air travel appealed to us. However, driving ... Read more
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water1519
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
43 forum posts
Sailed September 2016
We selected this cruise to experience the West coast ports of the United States, and it certainly provided an outstanding overview. The ports from Santa Barbara to Victoria were well selected, and each entertained in a different way. We ... Read more
TXranchgal
Member Since 2013
6 reviews
113 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2016
Overall we had a very good cruise. There were a few things that could have been better. We arrived the day before the cruise and stayed at the Quality Inn, Seattle Center. This was an older hotel and it showed its age, but it was the ... Read more
Semi Retired
Member Since 2006
1 review
635 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
Unlike the previous weeks reviews on this ship, we had an all-around good experience. The only downfall was in the Chops Grill. The food was excellent as usual, but the service was terrible. You could tell something was off this night. We ... Read more
VA Martha
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
i wanted to see the West Coast, mainly San Francisco, Seattle, Oregon and other parts of California. The ship was beautiful and the cabin was excellent. My cabin was an outside cabin. I was in cabin 3608. The Anytime Dining was not ... Read more
sunshine755
Member Since 2011
1 review
146 forum posts
We choose this cruise for the convenience and location to the house. The ship itself is amazing. It is very nice. However, it goes down hill from there. The customer service agents look like they are held at gun point to work there. They ... Read more
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Cruise Raider
Member Since 2006
17 reviews
5,310 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We chose this cruise as we love Pacific Coastals and Seattle wasn't too far to fly. We have cruised over 50 times across several different lines but this was our second cruise on Royal Caribbean, the first being close to 10 years ago. ... Read more
B J
Member Since 2003
1 review
2,560 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
Obviously RCCL is cutting back on EVERYTHING. We felt like the crew is overworked in the dining ro0om with too many tables assigned to them and even though they were trying very hard they were having trouble doing the job they normally ... Read more
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kopterdok
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
Overall a very nice cruise. This was only my second cruise so I don't have a lot to compare it to. I found the staterooms to be clean and comfortable and the house keeping staff were always there to do anything to make our stay more ... Read more
rmurray847
Member Since 2011
4 reviews
438 forum posts
1 helpful vote
My wife and I cruised on EXPLORER on the Pacific Northwest Itinerary from 9/23-9/30. Our prior cruise had been last summer on NAVIGATOR OF THE SEAS, a near twin to EXPLORER, so we knew the layout quite well from Day 1. For the first ... Read more
Wanderlost
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
157 forum posts
Sailed September 2016
The Pacific Coastal itinerary is one of our favorites, especially when it involves sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge. We cruised last year on RCL's Jewel of the Seas and vowed to try to do this cruise every year if the price was right. ... Read more
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great49er
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
My wife and I recently cruised on the Pacific Coastal Sep 23 - 30th out of Seattle on this ship. Our overall impression is that this ship is nothing special. It feels small, the crew wasn't particularly friendly, there were no examples ... Read more
sngle_98
Member Since 2009
1 review
16 forum posts
5 helpful votes
I flew into Seattle on Wednesday with my 16 year old son. I was with a group of cross stitches. Spent Wednesday evening at the Chihuly museum, it was nice. I had seen some of his works in my home state. We ate at a local restaurant, 5 ... Read more
shellfish5
Member Since 2005
1 review
29 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2016
We enjoyed the ports very much and the ship is quite beautiful. We visited Astoria, San Francisco (overnight) and Victoria. Everything from embarkation to ports to disembarkation was smooth and organized. We did a Seattle tour after our ... Read more
LovetheSea
Member Since 2000
6 reviews
1,317 forum post
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
Driving up to the Explorer of the Seas at Smith Cove in Seattle, you see how large this ship is. We arrived at 11:00. Which was perfect timing. Not too busy yet. Check in was smooth and well organized. Cabins were not ready until 1 pm. We ... Read more
peacefulOR
Member Since 2014
1 review
120 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
We were delighted to be able to drive to a cruise instead of flying several hours and the itinerary was great. Embarkation was the easiest ever in 9 cruises; it was under 30 minutes from the first door to walking onto the Explorer. We ... Read more
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