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Explorer of the Seas
Explorer of the Seas
Member Name: craeside
Cruise Date: March 2012
Embarkation: other
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Cabin Category: N
Cabin Number: 9517
Booking Method: Cruise Line
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 3.0
Public Rooms 3.0
Cabins 5+
Entertainment 5+
Spa & Fitness Not Rated
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Embarkation 3.0
Service 3.0
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates 4.0
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Hmmm The Good the Bad the Ugly
Ok where do I start? Well let me start by saying why is it that there is always something, so far for us on Royal Caribbean that takes what could be a wonderful experience and well this one thing seems to simply ruin it. On top of this it always happens at the end of the cruise!!!! I hope RCCL is reading this !!!

So lets start with the Bad then we will go to good..

Let's start with this I had a slight problem with one of the RCCL recommended shops in St Kitts. I reported it to Dimitru the shopping guide who said he would take care of it and get back to me. Well over the course of 4 days I left six messages for the guy wondering when he planned on getting back to me. Well he ignored me and never did get back to me. That's right folks 6 messages and he never got back to me. Very upset at this as it's just disrespectful to not return a promised message.

I'm disappointed in the Windjammer waiting staff nearly every day we went there we showed up to tables that on occasion did not get cleared/cleaned until after we had finished eating. And as for getting a waiter to get you orange juice, apple juice or coffee, forget it in two weeks I believe that only once or twice did we not have to get our own drinks. I would have to say terrible service in the windjammer on this trip.

We found generally the staff on this trip were no where near as cheery or friendly as on the Voyageur, they were not rude but they did not have the same "wow" factor as Voyageur. However there are some exclusions to that statement. There was one blonde girl who sang in front of the Windjammer that was very good why on earth RCCL has not moved her to the entertainment staff I have no idea because she is a beautiful singer!!! and the no washy, no poody, no yummy, no happy guy he was hilarious and should be out front for every windjammer opening, he also server in the main dining room and he was very good down there as well.

And out state room attendant Lance.... Lance worked so hard and did such a fine job I can't even put it into words.... Generally we also found the main dining room staff at night was very good.Food was exceptional as usual but it seemed like there was less variety this time. The windjammer cafe windows were disgusting !!! I requested that they clean them so we could actually see out of them this never happened.

And as usual the photo department comes through with flying colours NOT! We bought the cruise in review DVD the sound quality well its crap sorry no other way to put it...

Ships Services rating on scale of 1- 10 Ten being very good

Stateroom Attendant 15 (Yes I know 15 out of 10?? He was just that good)

Windjammer Service 3 (Very poor service)

Windjammer Food 8 (Very good food)

Main Dining Server 9 (Hand and Foot Service)

Main Dining Food 9 (Oh my god the food is Awesome)

Ships Crew 5 (Not as friendly as they could be)

Entertainment 13 (Yes 13 Entertainment was exceptional)

Cruise Director 50 (Ok I know 50 but this guy Richard Spacey is mind blowing he is so entertaining he is part of the show himself and he has fun with it and Frankie the Activities manager is awesome as well)

Captain 14 (He is truly a sailor he seems so uncomfortable with people which makes me feel safe as he loves his Job of being Captain and does it very well. I don't want an entertaining Captain I want one who would rather be on the bridge and this guy does)

Ship Cleanliness 3 This ship needs a good cleaning not anywhere near as clean as Voyageur.

Photo Department 0 Once again these guys just plain and simply suck poor quality DVD, some of them can barely operate the Cameras they use, and they are far to pricey I mean come one $149 dollars for 10 digital pictures are you kidding me sell them for $50 with all the digital prints and you might have the entire ship buy them and RCCL or image studios would make way more money..

Publication Date: 04/02/12
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