Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas Cruise Reviews

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Love Holiday Time
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 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
7 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
3 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
lachieb
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
This was our first group and it also was my family's first time out of Australian waters. Part of the reason why we chose this cruise was that it was not too long but at the same time not too short. getting to the cruise was easy, just ... Read more
Cruising0106
Member Since 2017
1 review
12 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
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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
17 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
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
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Jobail
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 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
elenef
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
36 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
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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
4 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
Newby58
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
558 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
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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
rmconley
Member Since 2012
1 review
116 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
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