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Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review by NJ Jon 2009: Great Ship-Great Crew

Explorer of the Seas 5
NJ Jon 2009
Member Since 2009
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Cabin 5.0
Dining 5.0
Embarkation 3.0
Enrichment Activities 3.0
Entertainment 2.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates Not Rated
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions 3.0
Value for Money 5.0

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Great Ship-Great Crew

Sail Date: December 2013
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: Bayonne (Cape Liberty)

Had a great experience on the Explorer. Food was outstanding. Service level was terrific. Cabin was lovely. We had a balcony on deck 8. Plenty of room and storage. Would recommend this ship to anyone.

A couple of downsides:

We did the 7 night Bahamas cruise from Bayonne. While the port was very convenient for us being from Central NJ, the ports schedule left much to be desired. We didn't arrive to our first port (Canaveral) until 2:00 on day 3. Given the 5pm sunset, didn't leave many options given our lack of interest in theme parks. Same timing for Nassau, the 2nd port. Not enough daylight to enjoy the beach. We we're lucky that the weather cooperated for our last port, the cruise line's private island, Coco Cay, which was absolutely great. We we're told that the wind conditions didn't allow any other ships to visit Coco Cay this week.

Breakfast and lunch we're open seating unlike our previous cruise experiences which allowed us to go to our table and More waiter in the main dinning room. This meant either roaming around the Windjammer Buffet in search for a table, which often took 15-20 mins. or waiting in line at the main dinning room which was often quite long on sea days.

Entertainment was a bit lame/kind of low end comics and singers

That being said, would cruise again on the Explorer in a heartbeat. Ship was awesome, crew was great, can't wait to return to RCCL. Less


Published 01/04/14

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Great size, very functional...plenty of space.

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