Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas Cruise Reviews

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elenef
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
34 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We booked this cruise as a family group of 8 which included 2 teenagers. Being Christmas and New Year there were 1250 children on board and despite the large number of children they did not cause us any problems and were well supervised ... Read more
Sonexxx
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Royal Caribbean do run nice ships. We've been on a number of their cruises now. Decided to try a Xmas and New Year cruise out of Sydney. All very jolly but considering the premium price we paid for the particular cruise it really wasn't ... Read more
Glendag
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
This was not a pleasant cruise. The ship was old and resembled a 1980's RSL club in need of a refit. The food in the main dining room was mostly terrible - weird combinations, not served hot, poor presentation and lacking love. Despite ... Read more
Cheezlet
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
|As 2 couple we have sailed with Royal Caribbean for many years and enjoyed a high class of service and entertainment. We have done a Christmas cruise from Sydney before but this was the most expensive and worst cruise we have ever been ... Read more
meporter16
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Due to a tropical cyclone , didn't get to Fiji, but appreciate being kept safe. the captain and cruise director were hilarious, most staff friendly and helpful. The best thing I took onboard would be my $2.50 clothesline! The onboard wine ... Read more
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Newby58
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
533 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
For this cruise I took my 17y/o and 32 y/o daughters and left the men and grandkids at home. It was to be a special bonding time and didn't disappoint. Some call these short sailings booze cruises. Whilst there were some that did just ... Read more
DavidB27
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Despite (a staff member told me) RC advising their staff 6 months earlier, my wife and I were told only AFTER paying our balancing payment that 25% of the four destinations were not be made. We were travelling UK to Australia for this ... Read more
summernz
Member Since 2005
2 reviews
38 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
We had a lovely relaxing holiday on the Explorer of the Seas. We got to the ship at 11.30 and were on board within 20 minutes. Our balcony stateroom was a good size with plenty of storage. There is nothing nicer than having a ... Read more
freedomoftheseas
Member Since 2015
1 review
42 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
I love Royal Caribbean,first cruise on Explorer,the ship is beautiful everything i had expected, but much like Voyager have cruised on Radience,Rhaposidy,Voyager.Embarcation was smooth,straight on at 10.30am,The friendly smiles nice to ... Read more
Sacha53
Member Since 2016
1 review
27 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
I chose Royal Caribbean to have our first cruise as I had had very good reviews from family and friends. We left Sydney on the 20th of November for the South Pacific. We were not let down. Everything about our nine night cruise ... Read more
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rmconley
Member Since 2012
1 review
115 forum posts
4 helpful votes
I am not happy about the reduction of benefits to Diamond members. We have cruised with Royal Caribbean International many times and expected the same benefits we received on our other Royal Caribbean International cruises. We cruised on ... Read more
JeromeAM1971
Member Since 2016
1 review
17 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
9 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
6 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
1,059 forum post
7 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
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WWalsh
Member Since 2016
1 review
17 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
cdwise
Member Since 2017
1 review
31 forum posts
Food especially in Chops was excellent. Ice show was very good but we prefer to dance rather than watch shows. So we really didn't watch many of the shows so can't comment other than on the ice show which was very good. This is the only ... Read more
Yo-mom1
Member Since 2013
5 reviews
50 forum posts
7 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
13 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
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Kreader
Member Since 2008
4 reviews
331 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
10 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
water1519
Member Since 2010
4 reviews
44 forum posts
2 helpful votes
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
8 reviews
133 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
654 forum posts
5 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
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