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Explorer of the Seas
Explorer of the Seas
Member Name: Danbee46
Cruise Date: July 2013
Embarkation: Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
Destination: Bermuda
Cabin Category: OS
Cabin Number: 1292
Booking Method: Internet Agency
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 5+
Entertainment 2.0
Spa & Fitness Not Rated
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Embarkation 2.0
Service 5+
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates 4.0
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Great Family Cruise

My wife and I decided to take 12 of our children, grandchildren and significant others on this short cruise to Bermuda. None of them had taken more than 1 cruise previously and several hadn't ever cruised before. Like everthing, there were both good and not so good things, but the good far outweighed everything else.

Embarkation: Getting to the terminal was a horror. It took about 90 minutes for our rented bus to get from East Islip, Long Island to the entrance of the Cape Liberty area (by 12:30pm) and another 60 minutes waiting in a huge line of vehicles. If a police officer hadn't allowed our bus to take a bit of a detour we would have been on line for at least an hour and a half. Once in the terminal, however, the process moved along quickly. It is a shabby facility and really is in need of a make-over.

Our Stateroom: We booked the Owner's Suite so that the family could gather there or just hang out with us. It was large (0ver 500 sq. ft.), very comfortable and well worth the expense (although it's not something we would do each time). The others had a mix of balcony cabins and rooms with just windows. They were all happy with their accommodations.

Staff: Every single staff person with whom we came in contact was smiling, friendly and helpful. Our cabin steward, Teddy, and our dining room waiter and asst. waiter, Ricardo and Bassem, were the best. They were so good that we gave them more than the recommended tips.

Food: While one should never expect gourmet food in the main dining room or the buffet, it was quite good. I thought the MDR menu should have included a bit more of a variety but everyone found something they liked and several of us ordered a second entree on some nights.

Entertainment: The production shows were more of what we had seen on other ships.....nothing special. I didn't find the comedian very funny and we were kind of disappointed in general. The exception was the ice show, which was spectacular.

Condition of the Ship: Many reviews of the EOS mentioned her age and the fact that they saw some signs of age. We didn't. We did not see worn carpeting, areas that needed paint, or anything else that would indicate a servicing need.

All in all this was a wonderful experience.

Publication Date: 07/29/13
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