Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review by Princepaddy: Live and Learn
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Live and Learn
Destination: Canada & New England
Embarkation: Quebec City
While my wife and are relatively new to the cruise world (7 cruises) but it doesn't take a brain surgeon's expertise to know when a cruise is much less than it should be.
If you like hard working, pleasant crew members the EotS is the ship for you. If you like organized, smooth embarkation and debarkation the EotS is for you. If you like great public areas that are interesting, well maintained and accommodating the EotS is for you.
If you think country club casual clothes for dinner should include 1 1/2" wide suspenders over an "Old Guys Rule" T shirt and 40"+ jeans the EotS is the ship for you. If your idea of formal night is a polo shirt and some wash and wear khakis the EotS is for you. If you like wonderful dinner menus that describe a meal that you will never get the EotS is for you. If you like room carpeting that has coffee stains from the last decade the EotS is for you. If your idea of bathroom toiletries is a bar of soap and one of those plastic push More button, all purpose lotions in the shower the EotS is for you. If you like to mix with fellow passengers who equate quantity of food with quality the EotS is for you.
While we booked this trip on a last minute whim the fact remains that all of the above would be in place whether we were on the ship or not. The clear message is that for a few hundred dollars more you can get a cruise that will meet all of your expectations and more. I cannot recommend the RCI Explorer of the Seas to anyone. Less
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Cabin review: H2292 Oceanview Stateroom
Cabin 2292 was an ocean view window. The carpeting had coffee stains from several past cruises and the irony was that the crew was replacing the carpeting two doors down. The toiletries were a bar of soap and a push button all purpose lotion in the shower. It was no noisier than most cabins on the second floor. Initially the cabin was very difficult to find because one has to go up to the fourth floor to cross over and take the elevator down. Then the "You are here" signs were not accurate. Nowhere was our cabin room mentioned on the signs. The first night it took us 45 min. to find the room despite the fact that we asked several crew members for help and I was an Eagle Scout. The secure location did limit the hallway noise. The room was cleaned every day and our cabin attendant was great.Read All Oceanview Stateroom (H) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
"Bah Habah" is the classic Maine tourist town for both cruisers and land trippers. There is lots to see and do whether on a tour or on foot. Bar Harbor is a tender stop. To the city's credit they brought out large sightseeing boats that could accommodate hundreds of passengers. No long waits to get into town. If you are into free wifi (RCI isn't) the park adjacent to the docks and several other sights are available and FREE.
To really see a town like Quebec you must spend a minimum of 3 nights there. There are lots of hotels available, from historic to new. We stayed in the Loews Concord (not historic) but a wonderful view back to old town and across the harbor. It is a few bucks more but well worth it. It is located on the Champs Elysees of Quebec and ideal for spreading out throughout the city. The Hop on, Hop off busses are a great way to see the city unfortunately they do not run enough busses and hopping on after you hop off can be very challenging right up to cut throat. They need to solve this problem.
RCI has replaced St. John's Newfoundland with Cornerbrook, Newfoundland. While the cruise up and back in the fiord was scenic the town itself is not worth getting off of the ship. The cruise line must have cut some deal with the government to provide stimulus money by way of the cruise passengers.
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