Sailed on the Explorer of the Seas for a 7day Bermuda cruise out of Cape Liberty. There was 6 of us, myself and DH, DH's parents, DH's sister and brother in law.
Cape Liberty is a little confusing, not much signage, but its convienent for us because we don't have to fly. We arrived pretty early and breezed through the check in. There was coffee, tea, cookies, etc. We were on board by noon. We always wear our swimsuits on and hit the pools and pool bar. We were lounging, drinking, dancing on the Lido deck. It was also awesome to see the NYC skyline while you in the port. Then we did the muster drill. Then we got ready for dinner in the MDR and then walked around ship a little and then called it a night.
We all went on a cruise last year together and all we did was lay out everyday and drink and be in bed by 9pm passed out. We swore this time we would do more that the ship had to offer and we did for sure.
We always did the windjammer for breakfast and lunch, washy washy! We played mini golf and the walking track in the mornings, and played shuffleboard alot. Then we would lay out some and a drink or two.
The shows were excellent. The ice show is not to be missed. There was also a dancing with the stars type show, musical review show, a juggler/gravity show, and two guys that sang and did comedy they were amazing....havent laughed like that in so long. Also loved that the newlywed show is at night....always so good and unpredictable. The last cruise we did was Carnival and no one the shows really interested us.
Bermuda was beautiful. The first day we did the King's Wharf area. We went to snorkel beach....HATED IT....private beach thats $5 to get in...glass everywhere....have to pay for anything...the boys snorkeled but glass everywhere in water and beach...hard to walk around. Went to frog and onion that night, i thought it was lame.
The next day we bought a one day ferry/bus pass and went and walked around Hamilton...so cute and charming! Asked locals how to get to bus station...went to horseshoe bay...really worth the hype...bus ride was cool...alot to look at and then all the sudden its beautiful natural beaches and clear water for a mile or so.
The next day at Bermuda was a half day. We did a glass bottom boat tour for $20 pp...worth it. Nice guys that run it...Coral Princess. See the reefs and shipwreck and lots of fish. Just beautiful to be out in the water surrounded by blue. Then back on the ship.
Last sea day was peaceful. The MDR we only ate in 3 times, our servers were rude, even ruder if you didnt get something extra $$$. THe food wasn't great either, carnival was much better. But I liked eating a quick dinner then heading to the shows, I dont know how people do it, eating dinner for so long and being able to stay up so late. Also 90% of the desserts are sugar-free...ugh!!!!
Richard Spacey -Cruise Director and Leigh - Activities Director - UNBELIEVEABLY AMAZING. See them everywhere. They are a comedy show on their own. After every show stay a couple minutes to hear what Richard has to say---hilarious. Also his evolution of dance skit is amazing he does it before a show and his top 10 dumbest questions people have asked him - you cant make this stuff up!!!!!
NOTES TO SELF FOR FUTURE CRUISES:
BRING CONTACT SOLUTION - IT IS NOT SOLD ON BOARD.
BRING SPARE PAIR OF CONTACTS - EITHER SALT WATER OR SUNSCREEN TOTALLY RUINED MY ONE CONTACT AND WAS SO PAINFUL I HAD TO WEAR GLASSES.
BRING YOUR OWN HAIR DRYER.
BRING YOUR OWN SHAMPOO, CONDITIONER, BODY WASH. THEIR SHAM/CONDI COMBO IS HORRIBLE.
BRING EXERCISE CLOTHES TO DO THE JOGGING TRACK AND EXERCISE CLASSES.
BRING SWEATERS OR SHRUGS - A/C - THEY KEEP THE SHIP COLD.
BRING BATTERIES FOR CAMERA.
Really love cruising, expecially since I hate flying. So now have been on Carnival and Royal Caribbean. Like them both for different reasons. Biggest difference - Carnival - excellent food, lame shows. Royal Caribbean - ok MDR food, excellent shows.
We got so much out of this ship. All the shows and activities would have cost so much back home.
My deciding factors for booking cruises will now be the cost, itinerary, and the things you can do onboard the ship!