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Explorer of the Seas
Explorer of the Seas
Member Name: brysk5
Cruise Date: July 2013
Embarkation: Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
Destination: Bermuda
Cabin Category: E1
Cabin Number: 9648
Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment Not Rated
Spa & Fitness Not Rated
Family & Children (By Age Group)
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Embarkation 2.0
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money Not Rated
Rates Not Rated
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Nice cruise

I've sailed out of Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and Galveston. This port, Cape Liberty in New Jersey, was the worst I've experienced. The wait was long to be dropped off. The check in process (controlled by Royal Caribbean), was easy and fast. Then you had to get on a shuttle to get to the ship.

Once on the ship, it was a wonderful cruise! The ship is a Voyager class ship. The stateroom was clean, and had plenty of storage for all our clothes and luggage.

The employees on this ship were the best I've experienced. Without exception, they were friendly, approachable and fun! They went out of their way to help. The captain was very visible and participated in more activities than any other captain. He was very friendly and willing to stop and talk with anyone.

Bermuda is beautiful! Much cleaner and very different from the Caribbean ports I've visited. We didn't do any excursions through the cruise line. We had no problems exploring on our own. We enjoyed the Hartley's Helmet Dive that we set up just a few days before the cruise.

This was the first time we've done My Time Dining. I'd been worried that the service would be lacking, but it was better than some we've had in the regular dining rooms. It was easy to change the time of our reservation, and easy to change the number of people who would be attending dinner.

Debarking was the worst part of the cruise. On our last cruise, our Platinum status got us off quickly. Not this one. The special debarkation lounge was for Emerald and above only. We had to wait in long lines to catch the shuttle back to the port. Fortunately, Customs was fast.

Overall, good cruise.


Publication Date: 07/17/13
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