Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas Cruise Reviews

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Explorer of the Seas

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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
7 reviews
124 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
647 forum posts
3 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
151 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
5,531 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
bufflenut
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
The good: 1. Lunch and dinner buffet, the best we've had in 10 cruises. Large variety, very good vegetables, food is hot, very nice selection of curries at lunch and dinner, some of which were outstanding. There is always cut fruit that ... Read more
rmurray847
Member Since 2011
4 reviews
445 forum posts
4 helpful votes
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
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Wanderlost
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
170 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
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
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peacefulOR
Member Since 2014
1 review
131 forum posts
3 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
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
2 helpful votes
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
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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
allpoints
Member Since 2001
1 review
716 forum posts
6 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
2 helpful votes
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
21 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
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