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Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review by Bailey0917

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Explorer of the Seas
Explorer of the Seas
Member Name: Bailey0917
Cruise Date: February 2013
Embarkation: Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Cabin Category: N
Cabin Number: 7677
Booking Method: Internet Agency
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment 4.0
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Embarkation 5.0
Service 5+
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates 5.0
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Explorer of the Seas- Embarking from NJ 2/2013

This was our first time embarking out of Bayonne. It was a breeze! Chilly due to it being February, but no issues. We booked parking through Premium Parking, slightly cheaper than at pier. They picked us up and took us back to car as well. Check in was easy. We had arrived about 10:30, did not board the ship till about 12:30-1pm so we had to wait in a waiting area.

The ship seems to need some slight updating, but is still well functioning. No odd smells or torn carpets etc. Staff was constantly cleaning something somewhere. Always said hello etc.

Windjammer Food did not impress me much, seemed to be overcrowded in there and the food was "cafeteria" quality in my personal opinion.

Royal Promenade was very nicely decorated. No complaints. The bar tenders in the Weekend Warrior bar, Andre and Vladimir, were great. Fun to talk with, made great drinks and very people friendly.

Didn't seem many shows, the ones we did were the one comedian and the Broadway musicals. Both were awesome.

Main Dining Room: The first 2 nights service was awful. Took quite awhile to be served but our waiter Ronald was very apologetic and he definitely impressed us the other nights, having our drinks there on table already and very informative. Our wine/bread/assistant waiter was Muhammad and he was such a sweetheart. One night i was not feeling well and he brought me over tea and bread and was very helpful. The food was great. Not much complaint there. I highly suggest the warm chocolate cake dessert! Wish they had this every night.

Room Service: We did use it often. Delivered within 20 minutes usually. Food was always hot and well cooked. No complaints. We tipped the person bringing room service.

The first 2 and last 2 days at sea were very cold, given the time of year. Seas were so rough the last 2 days home, they had to drain the water from the pools.

Disembarkation was a breeze. Literally all of 20 minutes. It was great!

Overall a very enjoyable time. Would definitely go on this ship again.

Publication Date: 03/09/13
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