Disappointed in Explorer of Seas full review: Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review by asconnolly
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Disappointed in Explorer of Seas full review
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Arrival at the port: We actually left our car at self storage lot in the area that provided free shuttle service to the port. (Premier something?) It worked out extremely well, but the cars get quite backed up at the port and it took a while (1 hr), once in the port area to be dropped off. The port has freshly dry walled bathroom walls with no paint and was somewhat rough in appearance but functional. I was sure if this was due to hurricane damage from Sandy or not.
ON board - room condition: Our room initially looked okay, but after the first night my sinus's started hurting really bad. Luckily I brought some medication (not needed on the previous cruises), but I still had issues the entire cruise. I, at first thought that there was a detergent that was used, that I was allergic to, until I noticed the mold. Typically I wear glasses, so until I put my contacts in day 3 or 4, when I showered, I didn't notice the black mold growing in the caulked corners of the shower and door. I was able to run a tissue down one of these corners and wipe away some of this mold. I think this may have been the cause of my sinus issues.
Condition of ship: Some of this may be due to hurricane damage, but I was very disillusioned that it wasn't blocked off better and the maintenance activities shown. One of the main pools was missing a large section of tile, several tiles in the adult pool area were broken, a banister was missing on one of the upper deck and trim on the ship.
Seas: The seas were pretty rough on the trip down to the Caribbean, and very very rough on the first day traveling back. Our last day was very calm.
Entertainment: Activity Director and staff were awesome and we really enjoyed them. More of the major entertainment on board was about engaging the cruisers in the activity, and they only had a few comedians and shows, one a night vs, a couple. (I would consider this a style preference and not a negative)
Wait Staff and Food: Our main dinning wait staff and food was awesome. If you do go on this ship, ask for Desmond and Euclid. They are the best. Euclid even saw us on the Windjammer the one day, noticed what we were drinking and brought us fresh glasses. It was great. The windjammer was nothing special, though I really enjoyed there "mongolian" style stir fry the one night.
There are different style cookies each day and they generally have a sugar free one, these were pretty good. Also the pizza was pretty good. Less
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