Birthday Disappointment: Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review by SailorsMate45
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Destination: Eastern Caribbean
There seemed to have been some kind of problems with loading the baggage with hundreds of cases lying around the dock as we boarded. We didn't receive our bags until very late on the first evening. First time I've ever had to go to dinner in the clothes I traveled in.
Far too many teenagers running riot through the ship with little or no control. Did feel that the staff had their hands full there. Lots of noise in the hallways at night. We had to call security on last night as there was a group of people partying on the helicopter pad an area that's out of bounds.
Dining room staff were excellent and very good to the grandchildren. The Windjammer restaurant was a zoo most of the time, a place to be avoided at meal times. Would have been happier with more lunchtime choices to eat.
Not too much to do on the ship if the weather is bad. The evening's entertainment was poor, some of the worst we've seen on any cruise ship.
We're experienced cruisers and we were prepared for "Caribbean" cruising where standards are lower, so all in all we had an enjoyable trip, but it has made us think twice about cruising with Royal Caribbean again. Less
Cabin review: F7566 Large Oceanview Stateroom
Cabin 7566 Explorer of the Seas was good, plenty of storage and comfortable. Bathroom a little small but adequate, shower pretty good. Wind noise through sliding glass door disturbing while trying to sleep, but wind had to be in certain direction for that to be a problem. Balcony sheltered and quietRead All Large Oceanview Stateroom (F) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
The old naval port, somewhat out of the way, but seems plenty to do there. We took taxi to Horseshoe Bay beach so didn't seem much of the island. Beach was beautiful, supposed to have pink sand, couldn't say that we found it very pink. Found locals to be polite and very helpful. Docks seemed organized and controlled so travelers feel safe in making transportation decisions if not on tours.
Crowded port with 3 large ships in, traffic was grid locked. We'd decided to walk to El Morro and explore. Weather was extremely hot but once at the castle we cooled down in air conditioned theater, staff were excellent and we found it very interesting. Had visited town before but found it much cleaner than previously. Only one beggar in streets which was a pleasant surprise. Great town to walk around, narrow cobbled streets and quaint stores. Lots of history a good town to explore.
This was our shopping port and we were not disappointed. Water taxi's to the town were plentiful and were was no waiting, so being docked a little out of town wasn't an issue. Shopping was good, enough going on to keep the grandkids happy. Most stores offered drinks which was helpful. Again felt safe and found everyone polite and helpful. We were lucky we were the only ship in port this day.
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