Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas Cruise Reviews

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blackspiral66
Member Since 2016
1 review
20 helpful votes
First time cruisers - early 40s, no kids. Went on an author themed cruise, booked through an agent recommended by a family member. Ship seemed to have a number of activities, but something just didn't seem themed right for the location ... Read more
duluthga
Member Since 2006
4 reviews
216 forum posts
17 helpful votes
A bucket list cruise. We’re 57 & 55, on our 5th RCCL cruise. We have traveled the interior of Alaska (Fairbanks, Anchorage, Seward) but always wanted to see the coast. Alaska and RCCL did not disappoint. Seattle / ... Read more
DiamondSuiteCruiser
Member Since 2009
1 review
1,144 forum post
14 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
Boarding was a fiasco at this port, just getting to the port was very hectic and unorganized. Once in the terminal it got no better, it seemed as if the employees weren't trained well. Our room was an OS 1320 and ther sheets were ... Read more
bjgeier
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
We went on this cruise with family and friends and hoped to have the trip of a lifetime. It turned into the worse cruise we have ever been on. I will add that Alaska was truly magnificent and we will go back but it won't be on Royal ... Read more
cruiser4life22
Member Since 2011
1 review
2 forum posts
18 helpful votes
We recently got back from a mother/son trip to Alaska before he heads off to college. The trip was great and I wanted to offer some helpful hints/notes about this particular cruise. The port in Seattle is NOT walking distance to any of ... Read more

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sw100177
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 forum post
8 helpful votes
I only gave 2 stars because of the good staffs service that I received. Our room attendant and the dinning room servers were able to provide excellent service. Most other staffs on the cruise were nice and friendly although you might ... Read more
Berlybob
Member Since 2016
1 review
24 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
We've cruised RCI 4 times to Alaska. 2 on the Rhadsody of the Seas and 1 on the Jewel of the Seas. The Explorer was the worst ship we've cruised on. The food in the Windjammer was atrocious at every meal! Everything that was supposed to be ... Read more
Malt Scotchman
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
3 helpful votes
This was our fifth cruise with Royal Caribbean. This was a big celebration for me and my wife, both of us recently retiring. We invited our three adult children, son-in-law and granddaughter. We flew into Seattle arriving at 8:00am. I ... Read more
nanny4sure
Member Since 2008
1 review
70 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Embarkation was a nightmare - took us 3 hours to get onboard - ridiculous. We even followed their new staggered policy to checkin - guess it wasn't a success. And the food in the windjammer was disgusting - everyday! Curry and rice ... Read more
kentnmary
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
12 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Explorer of the Seas is a gorgeous ship. Loved the interior, public areas especially the 14th floor view Lounge. Our extended balcony was really nice. Room was good, lots of storage, good closet. Room steward did a great job. That's where ... Read more

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anita48
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
My husband and I looked forward to this third Alaskan cruise and the First time on Royal Caribbean. We heard great things about Royal Caribbean, but we were SO disappointed in the Explorer of the Seas! We have cruised many times mostly on ... Read more
CruiseDillz
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
9 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
We have been longtime loyal RCCL cruisers and I guess that is why I felt so let down. Boarding: We are Platinum so we got what we thought was prefered access and boarding. We had to wait outside to cross the street, then once in ... Read more
Justplainjeff
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
This was a prime example of a cruise line, in this case Royal Caribbean, sending an unprepared ship on a cruise just for whatever money they could collect. Horrible boarding experience in Seattle, and was just the start. There did not ... Read more
mjb2049
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
As a seasoned cruiser (over 20+) this by far was the worst cruising experience that I have had. It starts with a lack of feeling safe - muster drill was disorganized and a joke. The promenade is overcrowded and difficult to maneuver, ... Read more
joevancil
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
4 helpful votes
I chose this cruise for two reasons: one, because it was a short cruise to places that I wanted to see, and two, because it was perfect for getting me to my next rewards tier. Getting on board was a process; it wasn't horrible, but it ... Read more

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imacruisejunkie
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
7 helpful votes
I agree with some of the other reviewers regarding this particular cruise. I felt like we were the "leftover" cruisers. This ship had come from the South Pacific/Australia, and was gearing up for the Alaska cruise season. RCI ... Read more
Robdebmcc
Member Since 2016
1 review
15 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because it sailed out of port close to home and allowed for a quick mini vacation. This was a repositing cruise for Royal Caribbean sailing out of Seatle, WA for 4 nights. The ship itself was very nice. ... Read more
vanessa0604
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
This was my second cruise but my first cruise with Royal Caribbean and my friend's first cruise ever. Quite a few things seemed to fall through the cracks and was very disappointing. I ordered and paid for a birthday cake for my friend two ... Read more
theperry5@roadrunner.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
This was our 4th cruise from this port with this destination but the first on Royal Caribbean from this port, second on Royal Caribbean total. The embarkation was standard, but as we boarded we went to a bar to buy a couple of beers to ... Read more
kdonner775
Member Since 2003
1 review
483 forum posts
12 helpful votes
The embarkation was very easy.. everything at the port was handled well.. our cabin was a handicap cabin (which I very much needed,) but we had signed up for 3 people and only had one bed... they did remedy it by bringing in a rollaway.. ... Read more

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seattle sojourner
Member Since 2010
1 review
51 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Good things: Staff was excellent, friendly, helpful, courteous. Cabin with balcony was just fine and room steward was fabulous. Ice show. Mediocre things: Food, entertainment by "headliners". Specialty coffee bar which ... Read more
qoap24
Member Since 2009
1 review
99 forum posts
10 helpful votes
My DD was turning 21 and she loves to cruise, so I decided to book a cruise to celebrate. I had only been on Royal once in 2000. I did not care for Royal then, but I kept hearing good things about Royal and I liked the Explorer’s ... Read more
Commadored
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
This was a girlfriend's cruise. We all live in or near Seattle and we're celebrating our friend's 70th birthday. What I liked about the cruise/cruise ship: *The public ship areas were pretty and well-maintained. *We liked ... Read more
steilacoom
Member Since 2016
1 review
15 helpful votes
This was truly the worst travel experience of my long life. We were traveling with 2 other couples, old friends who had not seen each other in several years and we thought we would enjoy a short trip together. One couple had taken 16 ... Read more
wayjenh
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
13 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
Absolutely loved everything about our cruise; so much so that I didn't want to get off and I literally cried on our last night. The first thing I will say is that the staff were all wonderful. I had read quite a few negative reviews in ... Read more

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