Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas Cruise Reviews

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bluecartakesacruise
Member Since 2013
1 review
6 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
Excellent time on the Explorer doing a 7 night run from Seattle and back. We came very close to cancelling this booking based on a series of bad no, scary terrible reviews on here. By happenstance some folks I know had just come back ... Read more
canuckcruiselover
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
500 forum posts
Embarkation was a breeze. We arrived at the port at 10:30 am and were in the Windjammer at 11:00. We have sailed on many of the RCI ships and have never had a cruise we didn't like. The Explorer was no exception. We skipped the MDR ... Read more
hesfireshes911
Member Since 2005
2 reviews
174 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2016
It's all about value. This cruise was very affordable. We cruise for the cruise experience and not just ports. The food was good but the evening dining was excellent. The breakfast and lunch (and snacks) is always a cattle call on the 11th ... Read more
healthytouch
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2016
Great service both in the cabin and the dining room. Waiter and assistant waiter left us wanting for nothing. The main issue was not enough and poorly programmed elevators so it took a long time to get to some places on the ship for those ... Read more
Bettiedessie
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This was a great cruise along the coast of North America. I enjoyed all 3 ports of call. The ice show was top notch. One of the best I've seen. The dance shows were so much fun to watch The music was great and I'd have bought a cd of ... Read more
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allpoints
Member Since 2001
1 review
714 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
Probably one of our least favorite cruises. A real disappointment. Cabin attendant had no eye for detail. For example, missing or the wrong daily planners. Came back to our cabin to find another guest standing in our foyer area with ... Read more
halp79
Member Since 2016
1 review
29 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Loved the virtual balcony. The shows were not compelling with the exception of Mike Price, the juggler. Embark/disembark were smooth. The cabin was ok, but there was a lot of banging in the cabin because of the rough seas. Not sure why it ... Read more
ronandrea1977
Member Since 2012
7 reviews
1 helpful vote
Alaska Cruise [Explorer of the Sea] This was the third time my wife & I sailed on the Explorer of the Sea cruise ship. It was the first time on a cruise to Alaska; the other times were an Eastern Caribbean and a Bermuda Cruise. We ... Read more
MomOfAFlock
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
17 helpful votes
First time cruisers! This cruise was a bucket list item. We expected to take it some day, maybe in 10 years or so when retirement is upon us. But we were blessed to receive it as a gift by my husband's employer, as a reward for years of ... Read more
malefevre
Member Since 2003
1 review
295 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Overall, I really like Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. This was my first Alaskan cruise. We were in Seattle for 1.5 day before the cruise to tour Seattle. This was an amazing trip. When we boarded the Explorer, the boarding lines were ... Read more
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Surrey0
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed September 2016
Boat - very good, Service - excellent, trips - very good. Entertainment - mixed, one love band outstanding!!! Information speeches were limited. The entertainment crew worked hard but too many quizzes!! Easy on boarding as was the ... Read more
Nomclean
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed August 2016
This cruise for us was part of a packaged tour Facilities on the boat were very good, it was clean and staff were always cleaning public areas. Sapphire dining room food was of a high standard as was the service. Windjammer ... Read more
cdskurat@gmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
I decided to choose this cruise for the activities on the ship for my 14 yr old son and our 10 yr old nephew. The overall is that everythng looks worn. I know that the ship had just been redone last year-- so I am not sure what happened. ... Read more
chadcf
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 forum post
5 helpful votes
Overall we had a great time on this, our 3rd cruise. We arrived fairly early at the port, around 10:30 AM and had no problems getting on the boat. We were on in less than 30 minutes, there was plenty of parking, shuttle came quickly and we ... Read more
happygirlchocolate
Member Since 2012
1 review
63 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Arrival: We arrived at 1045. Boarding was quick as we were staying in a suite. My cousin and aunt were in a promenade room and it took her over 45 minutes for them to board. We went straight to the Windjammer for lunch, which was fine ... Read more
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Linangels
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
We booked a prominade room,thinking they looked special. The music from the prominade was so loud you could not rest in the afternoon or sleep at night! We had to move cabins, the staff was very very helpful! The food was good, but less ... Read more
VegasMark
Member Since 2005
18 reviews
387 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Background information My wife and I (30-somethings) sailed with our in-laws. I have been on about 24 cruises and my wife about 10. This was the second cruise for my in-laws. Hotel information We arrived a day early (and stayed ... Read more
luvbnmomto2
Member Since 2016
1 review
21 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Loved this ship!! Actually it was our 2nd time on the Explorer and she is even more amazing than I remember. We are a family of 4, 2 teens and my husband and I. I wish I could have given a better rating but Royal Caribbean is not what it ... Read more
EdJanetcruiser
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
We were pleased with everything on our cruise. The check in was crowded with standing for a long period of time. They needed to have seated areas for non handicapped. The ship was beautiful. It had a great art collection. So much I ... Read more
garyduran
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
Embarkation and disembarkation went very smooth. The ship was wonderful and filled with fun activities, people, and perfect opportunities to make lifelong memories with the family. We watched movies from the pool in the evening, competed ... Read more
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jszoke
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
This was our first cruise, sailing to Alaska to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. Seattle is a wonderful city; we ate dinner in Pike's Place and used the Sound Transit to get around. Used Seattle Express to get to the pier; that went ... Read more
Seeinstars
Member Since 2014
1 review
16 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We chose RCCL for our family cruise to Alaska. 12 adult "kids" and spouses plus 10 grandchildren, ages 4-17. It was the perfect ship for activities (rock climbing, flow rider, mini golf, sports court, pools, and kids club). Such ... Read more
lawkentoday
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
This was my first cruise and was for our 20th wedding anniversary. Part of the problem was weather related, for which I cannot blame the cruise line. We boarded on a Friday in Seattle around noon, but could not get to our room until ... Read more
A.P.
Member Since 2015
1 review
7 forum posts
6 helpful votes
My spouse and I chose this cruise to visit Seattle, Alaska and Canada for the first time. Embarkation was fine; transportation at Pier 91 is easy and accessible. I believe we went at a busy time so it probably took about 30 mins to an ... Read more
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jwutony16
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
13 helpful votes
I went on this cruise as part of a group that owns franchises in Florida. While I never complain about a cruise because I love them so much, the Explorer of the Seas had some flaws. We had a balcony stateroom which was great. Inyoman our ... Read more
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