Explorer of the Seas 5

“Another great cruise”
Cruise review of Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas

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We are a family of 4 (2 adults, 2 teen boys). This was our 3rd time on the Explorer, our 4th RCL cruise and 5th cruise overall. (boys, 2nd, 3rd, 3rd). We love the Explorer. Great size ship, fantastic crew, and most importantly we can drive to port (about 8 hrs., so it saves on flight costs). We got a fantastic deal on 2 inside staterooms on deck six. The Explorer isn't the newest ship and while there are signs of wear and tear, it's nothing that should affect your enjoyment of the cruise. I sure she will look great after her upcoming refurb. We are looking forward to Quantum coming to Bayonne, but will definitely miss the great deals you can get on Explorer.

Fantastic wait staff at our 2nd seating in DeGamma dining room. Food was good, and the lobster tails were amazing, best cooked lobster I've ever had.

We sailed 3 nights then 4 port days of St. Maarten, St. Kitts, San Juan and Labadee. Weather was great in all (a couple 20 min rain showers here and there, but More mostly sunny blue skies). We didn't do any ship excursions this trip but did book a Tour of St. Kitts privately through a taxi service that was fantastic.

Shows were great as usual.

We always to the express disembarkation and it was quick and easy. Off the ship, through customs and in our vehicle in less than 30 min.

All in all another terrific family cruise. Less

Explorer of the Seas Cruises to the Eastern Caribbean

Overall Ratings

Sail Date: December 2013
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
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Value for Money

Cabin review:

Great location

Port and Shore Excursions

Fantastic beach day, even with 2 ships in port.

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Old San Juan is nice to walk around, but we did that last time, we were also docked from 7am to 2pm so it was hard to do much here.

Read 2237 San Juan Reviews

Island tour

We loved the island tour we did in St. Kitts. A full tour of the island, plus a beach stop. So many beautiful photo ops.

One of our favourite ports. Great beach very close to dock (just a quick water taxi ride over which cost $7 for all day). We would like to tour this island more one day as I know there is so much else to see.

Published 12/31/13

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Explorer of the Seas Cruises to the Eastern Caribbean

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