Very busy, but relaxing cruise... : Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review by WifesChef
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Very busy, but relaxing cruise...
Destination: Canada & New England
First, the boarding process was held up a little, we heard rumors what might have happened, but only rumors. The worst part of the boarding was our fellow passengers. You're on vacation, relax, you will get on the ship, there will be plenty of food in the WindJammer. Be patient, the elevators will get you there, or you can take the steps.
Second, changing from Lipton to "Fair Trade" tea. That was a mistake. My wife picked up some tea bags for me at our first stop. All I could taste was paper when I used the "Fair Trade" tea.
Third, the price of bingo has doubled since we did our Christmas Cruise on the Explorer. It used to be 2 cards for $32.00, now you only got one card for the same price.
Now for the good stuff.
John (Cruise Director) and his wife Katrina (Activities Director) did a great job. Their excitement for what they did was contagious. As More John would say it was a "Great" experience. It made for a wonderful cruise. And we are doing great now. If John reads this, he will know his message was received.
The shows were very enjoyable (except for the first show production). Steve Smith (comic) was very good. His humor hit home a lot, and was clean. The other two production shows were good. Spectrum was great. We have seen several Motown type shows on cruises that fell flat, but this was a very upbeat, enjoyable show.
The closing show, John truly out did himself. Coming out singing Neil Diamond tunes, Katrina came out later and rapped... Spectrum did a mini set with as much energy as they used in their main show, and the juggler from the matinee show performed again.
The food and service were very good. The selection was varied enough where you didn't get tired of the menu. Our servers, Jorge and Jorge did a fantastic job.
Our JS was very comfortable, the cabin steward, Newton, was very personable and took care of us.
The ship is well maintained, some of the carpets could stand to be replaced. All of the restrooms I visited were very clean.
On the "International Lunch Day" the staff moved the lunch from the Promenade to the dining room. This was a great call. On our Christmas Cruise it was on the Promenade and it was absolutely horrible, people standing in line blocking the Promenade and once you got your food, there was no place to sit.
We visited a couple of bars and the bartenders were very friendly.
Another sea day would have allowed us to use more of the ship's facilities.
Our disembarkation went very smooth. From the time we left the ship, till we pulled out of the parking lot heading home, was about 20 minutes.
Captain Henrik had a fantastic crew working for him and taking care of his ship. Less
Cabin review: 6394
The balcony was a very good size. It had two tables, two chairs, two lounges. The hallway was very quiet. We like the size of the walk in closet, we were able to hang all of our clothes that needed to be hung up, with out them being crushed. This is the second time we have had a JS. My only concern is the bathtub. It is a little bit of a step up into the tub, and if somebody has a balance problem, there could be a fall.
Port and Shore Excursions
Acadia National Park
We booked the Deluxe island tour in a limo with a dinner. The Limo was designed for 10 people, it would have been uncomfortable with 10, we had 8 and was pretty cozy.
We did a quick town tour, and the loop around Acadia National Park, and then up to Cadillac Mountain then back into town for lunch.
The tour guide/driver was very knowledgeable of the town and area and answered all of our questions.
Lunch was okay.
The four of us took a transit bus to the South Station where we purchased day passes for the MBTA. We visited Sam Adams Brewery, and of course sampled their wares. We then rode the subway to Quincy Market and enjoyed the street shows, and had lunch at Cheers. Enjoyed lunch and the walking around the market. Then took the subway back to the South Station and bus back to the ship.
We took another taxi tour we read about in Trip Advisor. The trip started with a tour of town, then to Peggy's Cove, we stopped at other locations, then went to the cemetery where Titanic victims were buried. We then visited a few more locations in town and then headed back to the ship.
We purchased a $5.00 hop on, hop off city bus pass. This was a spur of the moment purchase since we had nothing planned. Rode the bus up to one of the main streets and walked for about an hour window shopping and just enjoying the day. We seen a "duck" so we decided why not, and took another bus down to the harbor. Once we arrived, we seen a company offering harbor tours for less than what the "duck" would have cost. We decided to do that instead. (I will write my review in Trip Advisor). We went past several light houses and learned of the history of the area. It was money well spent. After we finished the tour, we visited a couple of the little shops as we walked towards the ship. We did visit "Two Fat Cats" to have a Whoopie Pie. We were not impressed.
After reading the tours offered by RCI and looking at the tide tables, we decided to book a cab tour. We read reviews on Trip Advisor and hired a specific company.
The driver was very proud of his town, and knew it's history well. The ship came in a little later than originally planned so part of the tour had to be dropped, but it was still a very full tour.
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