Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas Cruise Reviews

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MBrag
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
We had cruised RCI as a family about 12 years ago (on the Explorer of the Seas) and had high hopes of a great extended family vacation. We were sorely disappointed. Aside from a great captain -- who navigated very close to the glacier ... Read more
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abklyngirl
Member Since 2014
1 review
10 forum posts
We took a Royal Caribbean Alaska cruise about 16 years ago, departing from Vancouver. It was wonderful and especially memorable was the Hubbard Glacier. The ship spent the day there, up close and amazing, and it rotated 1/4 turns every ... Read more
DebbieS109
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
Beautiful scenery, wonderful train,dog sled, gold panning excursion. Did not enjoy the bike and brew excursion in Juneau. It was along a rather busy highway with dangerous crossings and I did not find it relaxing at all. Food was amazing ... Read more
KCLT
Member Since 2016
1 review
18 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
I have cruised on Carnival and NCL prior to RCCL and I a not impressed with RCCL at all. I traveled with my husband (30's) and my two kids (age 6 and 4) and my mother (age 52) 1. Embarkation in Seattle was organized but it was like a ... Read more
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CJ_In_Chicago
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
40 forum posts
6 helpful votes
After a pretty disorganized embarkation process (the employees of the port were a little clueless) they didn't put drink package stickers on our SeaPasses and then said we did not need them, but we did.....so our first stop once on board ... Read more
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RickinStl
Member Since 2015
1 review
82 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Let me start by saying this was the first time my wife and I have cruised and been to Alaska. We started out not knowing what to expect. But thanks to some wonderful people on here we had a vague idea of what we were in for. I never ... Read more
kayguz
Member Since 2005
2 reviews
178 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We decided on the Explorer of the Seas for Alaska because we wanted a RT Seattle (to visit with friends) and we knew that our 5 year old would be happy in AO. I also knew that there would be lots of families with kids on this cruiseline-- ... Read more
allimoor
Member Since 2016
1 review
19 helpful votes
The scenery in Alaska was beautiful and we had great weather for each of the three ports(Juneau, Skagway, and Victoria) which made the excursion days spectacular. However, the cruise itself was a complete disappointment and missed the ... Read more
Frankroe99
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
This was my first cruise and I was very worried from some of the reviews I have read about both Royal Caribbean and the Explorer of the Sea's. I was a fantastic vacation from boarding the ship which took less then 20 min. They will take ... Read more
cathypiwowar
Member Since 2016
1 review
16 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
First of all, everything was well organized from the time you walk into the terminal to the end of your cruise. We moved through everything pretty quickly considering how many people are getting onto the ship at the same time, and yes you ... Read more
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Atlantacruiser3344
Member Since 2016
1 review
20 helpful votes
While we LOVED Alaksa and the excursions, we are seasoned cruisers that were very disappointed with the boat. -Ship was understaffed. See below as we think that most issues were due to not enough staff: -Public restrooms on the ship ... Read more
1josh777
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
139 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
Our family of 5 had a great time during our Alaskan cruise on board the Explorer of the Seas. Embarkation: The port in Seattle was a mess to get into. This, of course, has nothing to do with Royal Caribbean's service but I figure I ... Read more
rba12345
Member Since 2010
1 review
1 forum post
6 helpful votes
ust returning from a 7-night Alaskan cruise on Explorer. We are a family of four with two teenage girls and we had a great time onboard. We are typically DIY travelers, so the cruise was a different kind of vacation for us. I think ... Read more
mblucot
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
The crew members were fabulous. I never walked by a crew member that didn't say hello. The amenities and entertainment offered on board were very enjoyable. The ship is so clean it amazed me. With over 3000 passengers it was never dirty. ... Read more
VegasGirl1108
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
15 helpful votes
Overall this was a great cruise. If you are considering Alaska- GO!!! The Explorer was a wonderful ship that has a lot to offer. Since the "big ships" can't get into the places in Alaska that the smaller ones can (and the smaller ... Read more
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Shortridge
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
I was so happy with this cruise! Boarding was easy and quick. I suggest getting to the terminal at about 10:30 am, because they put you in these taxi waiting lines. This has nothing to do with the cruise lines, it's a Seattle pier 91 ... Read more
Lrtalk
Member Since 2015
1 review
13 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
Our family finished a week on Explorer in Alaska on Friday. In June 2015 my wife and I along with another couple spent a week on Celebrity Solstice in Alaska, and our kids decided they wanted this year’s family vacation to be a ... Read more
shadoweyeone
Member Since 2013
1 review
31 forum posts
4 helpful votes
My family and I usually travel with Carnival and admittedly have gotten used to their way of doing things. Many of our friends travel with Royal and have offered that it is a better cruise line to travel with. We decided to give them a try ... Read more
dilleyjc
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
My husband and I went to Alaska on the Coral Princess in June of 2010. We decided to cone back and take extended family with us. We had 3 rooms - 2 mini suites and an indoor cabin across. The cabins were well appointed and slightly ... Read more
JerseyAmy
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 forum posts
15 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
This is our second time aboard Explorer, the first being in 2006. The ship is large, with a full schedule of activities from yoga to lectures and evening entertainment for adults and activities for kids. We were sailing to Alaska, which ... Read more
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belkin58
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
2 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We enjoyed a great day in Seattle before the cruise including the Boeing Factory Tour, Pikes Place Market and the Space Needle. Uber is a great way to get around town and to the port. The port is chaotic and clearly not equipped to handle ... Read more
bsk44
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
We took a family trip to celebrate milestone birthdays. After having cruised with Royal Caribbean multiple times before, I was very disappointed in the ship/experience. There were lots of crowds and it felt very campy (theme nights, game ... Read more
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Bklyn11214
Member Since 2008
1 review
29 forum posts
8 helpful votes
I enjoy reading all the reviews as everyone has a different opinion. Bottom line is, everything is subjective. I loved the cruise. This was my 4th RC cruise but my first cold weather one. First, let me say that what to pack was a major ... Read more
TCATsweet
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
We found checking in at the port was no trouble and once boarding the ship with so many people I felt the crew did an amazing job of getting everyone to their rooms Our stateroom 9371 was quite a shock it was so tiny it was impossible ... Read more
cinesage
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
18 forum posts
15 helpful votes
Our cruise began in Seattle, a city that was new to my spouse and me. We arrived a day early and had a chance to take in the Pike Place Market and the Space Needle. It appears to be a city with a lot of activity, sites to see, and that ... Read more
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