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Explorer of the Seas
Explorer of the Seas
Member Name: maachi
Cruise Date: August 2013
Embarkation: other
Destination: Canada & New England
Cabin Category: E1
Cabin Number:
Booking Method: Internet Agency
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 5.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment 5.0
Spa & Fitness 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 5.0
Embarkation 1.0
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 5.0
Rates 4.0
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Flew directly from Toronto to Newark

Took Royal Caribbean shuttle from Airport to Pier ($28 per person); Taxi was $23 per person; Ride is about 30 minutes to the Pier

Bayonne Pier:

Check-in was total chaos with those who had just disembarked still waiting for their transports whilst those who had just arrived waiting for over 1-hr to embark. RCL needs to greatly improve this facility which resembles an abandoned warehouse


Excellent Cruise Director John Blair; Comedy shows were extremely funny and I have seen many shows but these ones were outstanding; The production shows were very good similar to other cruise lines but the Ice Skating show was amazing; The juggler on-board was excellent as well

Movies: no latest Hollywood blockbusters were screened (RCL needs to learn from Princess here); Movie room was very small and cramped; Movies should have been screened in the Palace Theater

Food & Cabin: Had a deluxe balcony cabin Cat-E1 in Mid-ship; although the carpet in the cabin and hallways was a bit worn out, the ship was still in excellent condition; We last sailed on this ship in 2002 so we have very fond memories

You really do not need a balcony cabin on this cruise as it does get colder approaching New Brunswick and Halifax. So my advise is save your money and stick to an inside or outside


Boston: Took the superducks hop-on hop-off tour which cost $31 per person. Excellent tour (these buses have a panoramic view of the city compared to the Old town trolley tours that RCL sales on-board). You can buy the tickets as soon as you disembark at the pier

Portland: Took the RCL tour of Kenneybunkport;Excellent tour

Bar Harbor: Booked the Acadia National Park and Cadillac Mountain tour thru acadiatours at $30 per person; Tour was excellent; details are:

Acadia National Park Tours / National Park Tours and Transport, Inc.

207 288-0300 (Reserve Tickets)

207 266-4662 (Private Charters, Step On Guide Services)

(RCL wanted $112 per person for the same tour; go figure);

Saint John, New Brunswick: Took the RCL tour of St Martins Village and Caves; Excellent tour for $86 per person; excellent tour; could not go inside the caves because of the high tides

Halifax: Took the 10 most important points of interest in Halifax tour which included Peggy's cove,Titanic Burial Site; Victoria Gardens, Ship Building Dockyards, The Cathedral, The Queen's Residence and the Citadel Outlook; Excellent tour at $99 per person

Shuttle back from Bayonne Pier to Newark was $16 per person

whats else can I say but "Outstanding value for your money on an Outstanding ship with extremely pleasant passengers; average age was over 65 years". Don't settle for anything else....


Publication Date: 09/13/13
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