Your Ultimate Cruise Guide

Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review by DrDiggz: Excellent Time!

Explorer of the Seas 5
DrDiggz
Member Since 2013
0 Posts

Member Rating

Cabin 5.0
Dining 5.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities 5.0
Entertainment 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 5.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 4.0
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions 5.0
Value for Money 5.0

Compare Prices on Explorer of the Seas Bahamas Cruises

Excellent Time!

Sail Date: February 2013
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: Other

Well, my girlfriend and I just disembarked from Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas on 2/17/13 and I must say that this cruise was very relaxing and full of non stop entertainment. That being said I do have a few minor issues with the ship and crew. The Explorer is beginning to show some slight signs of age for example, minor rust spots on the inside walls of my balcony stateroom as well as some rust showing on the outside of the ship. The interior of the ship looks as good as it did when I first cruised on her in 2002, absolutely beautiful ship overall.
The Dining room food was amazing and cooked to perfection and our waiter was excellent and catered to our every need quickly. The Windjammer Cafe was very good as well but became boring because of the lack of different choices during the trip, same food over and over again...
The only problem I encountered was with an extremely rude bartender in the casino royale bar. A quick trip to guest services and the issue was taken More care of immediately, never saw that bartender again for the whole week and we were given and apology and some chocolate covered strawberries that were sent to our room. We opted for the Premium Inclusive alcohol package for $55 a day per person and it was well worth it.
Our stateroom attendant was amazing as well.
Overall a vacation to remember and I will definitely be cruising with Royal Caribbean International again, hopefully on either an Oasis class or the new Sunshine class.
P.S. I asked some of the officers as well as the Captain about the Quantum of the Seas and they hinted that the ship would be sailing out of either New York City or Cape Liberty N.J.and that it would be a cold weather/warm weather conversion ship slightly larger then the explorer. but they also stated that they were not allowed to say anymore about it as per the Big Wigs at Royal Caribbean. Less


Published 02/21/13

Read more Explorer of the Seas cruise reviews >>
Read Cruise Critic's Explorer of the Seas Review >>

Compare Prices on Explorer of the Seas Bahamas Cruises

Cabin review: D38528

Cabin 8525 Deck 8 Fore, port side Balcony Stateroom was perfect, far enough away from elevators as to avoid hallway noise, Tv's need to be updated to flat screens. otherwise a fine room.

Port and Shore Excursions


Amazing! Para-sailing and Jet Skis are a must do!
Read 344 CocoCay Reviews

Just hop on a cab and for $4 a head you are dropped off at Atlantis on Paradise Island, explore the resort or walk through Atlantis to Cabbage beach which is free. I would not advise using the local banana boat and jet ski rentals. locals are too pushy.
Read 3006 Nassau Reviews

Cocoa Beach

Quick bus ride to the Ron Jon Surf shop and coco beach. Simple and easily worth the 15 bucks.

Compare Prices on Explorer of the Seas Bahamas Cruises

Skip X

See Explorer of the Seas deals up to 82% off:


14n Madeira, Azores, Canaries Cruise Explorer of the Seas
78% Loved It

7 Night Western Europe Cruise Explorer of the Seas
78% Loved It

10 Night Far East Cruise Explorer of the Seas
78% Loved It
See all Explorer of the Seas Deals >>

Thank You For Signing Up!

Please Note: To ensure delivery of your free e-letters, please add news@cruisecritic.com to your address book.
We're committed to protecting your privacy and will not rent or sell your e-mail address. By proceeding, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.