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Explorer of the Seas
Explorer of the Seas
Member Name: narrow56
Cruise Date: March 2013
Embarkation: other
Destination: Bahamas
Cabin Category:
Cabin Number: 7517
Booking Method: Cruise Line
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 5+
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment 4.0
Spa & Fitness Not Rated
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 3.0
Embarkation 5.0
Service 5+
Value-for-Money 5+
Rates 5.0
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Another great cruise on Royal Caribbean!
Who: Me (Sara, 25) and my husband (Andy, 25)

What: My 4th (husband's 3rd) cruise

When: March 31-April 7, 2013 (with a couple days prior to the cruise spent in NJ/NYC)

Where: Explorer of the Seas


Sunday- Embarkation at Bayonne, NJ

Monday-Day at Sea

Tuesday-Port Canaveral


Thursday-Coco Cay

Friday-Day at Sea

Saturday-Day at Sea

Sunday-Disembarkation at Bayonne, NJ

Why: I wanted to take a Spring Break cruise. I'm a teacher, so we get that week off!

How: We drove 6 hours to NJ from our home in Upstate NY (near Canada).


There was quite the line of cars going into the port, but it moved pretty quickly. It was a really weird set up for dropping off luggage. You pulled into a spot, the porters took your luggage (you tipped them of course), then had to pull back out. I've never seen it done this way before, but it did move quickly, so I can't really complain.

Next you pull around to the parking lot, pay $19 a day, then go park. It's a short walk to the terminal from there. Because we are gold we had priority check in (which I didn't even know about until we got there). The check in was very fast, less than 5 minutes. We skipped the annoying just boarding picture, and went straight to the shuttle. It was a 1 minute ride to the ship!


The food was great throughout the whole cruise. There is always something good to eat at all times. Here are some of my favorites:

Favorite foods:

Carrot cake

Eggplant artichoke tart

Johnny Rocket's burger

Johnny Rocket's onion rings

Johnny Rocket's chocolate milkshake

room service spinach artichoke dip

chilled banana rum soup

NY strip steak

chilled pineapple mango soup

stuffed shells

warm chocolate cake


eggplant empanada

Portofino beef tenderloin

caramelized banana milles-feuilles

pineapple lychee soup

Stateroom: Our interior stateroom, 7517, was near the theater, but quite the walk from the dining venues. It was obviously small, but it was clean and quite comfortable. I found the bed to be a little on the hard side. Our stateroom attendant, Christopher, always kept the room clean and asked if we needed anything. I was disappointed that we didn't get a towel animal every night!

We ordered room service on our first night. The pizza was about the size of a Pizza Hut personal pan, and quite delicious, though I preferred the pizza at Cafe Promenade. The spinach artichoke dip is MUST TRY! It comes with sour cream and tortilla chips.

Service: The service was excellent during the whole cruise. I especially thought our waiters, Pepito and Samuel, were fantastic.

Entertainment: Compared to our cruise on the Carnival Pride last summer, the nightly entertainment was much better! There was a production show or headliner each night. The singers and dancers were very talented.

Coco Cay: I liked this private island. I wish we had more time there! However, I hated tendering. The biggest downer of the cruise was the tender process for Coco Cay. It definitely didn't ruin the cruise, but it was annoying. We were told to get a ticket for the tender boat near the champagne bar on Deck 5. We went, got our ticket, then went back to our room to wait for our number to be called.

Not long after we got our ticket, they announced that we no longer needed a ticket, and it would be open tender. I figured that meant the busiest time was over. Boy, was I ever wrong! The line was backed up from Deck to all the way up to Deck 4 (and maybe higher but I couldn't see that far). People were not happy, and there was just a lot of negative energy. It made zero sense for them to do this. The worst part was the line moved very slowly. I just don't understand why they stopped using the tickets.

Fun things to try:

beer tasting

ice show

Fast Forward production show

back stage tour

martini tasting

belly flop contest

Love and Marriage show

Overall, this was a great cruise! Royal Caribbean did not disappoint.

Publication Date: 04/15/13
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