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Explorer of the Seas
Explorer of the Seas
Member Name: abc374
Cruise Date: December 2013
Embarkation: Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
Destination: Bahamas
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Cabin Number: 8394
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 5+
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 5+
Entertainment 5.0
Spa & Fitness 5.0
Family & Children (By Age Group)
Shore Excursions 4.0
Embarkation 4.0
Service 5+
Value-for-Money 5.0
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Fantastic New Year's Cruise

Had another great family vacation with Royal Caribbean. Interesting leaving from a cold port. We got to Bayonne about 11 and people were still leaving the ship. However, they have the drop off system well organized. They take your "checked" luggage right at the drop off and then the driver parks the car while the rest of the party can wait under the large canopy. Once inside things moved fairly quickly. Having to take shuttle buses to the actual ship slows things down a bit. Once on board the Windjammer is open for lunch but they ask you not to stay there after you finish eating since others are still looking to eat. The rooms are open at 1:30. We went up to Dizzy's lounge on 14 and had plenty of space to wait.

As always, the staff everywhere is very friendly and good at what they do. We really enjoy the dining room experience.

We took the Airboat Ride and Alligator Jungle excursion in Port Canaveral. It was well done. The airboat ride was cold and we didn't see much but he did scare some baby alligators into surfacing. In the cooler weather the alligators prefer to be under water where it's warmer. So go for the experience of an airboat ride not because you think you'll see large alligators. You stay in generally shallow but open waters. They do have baby alligators that they let you hold. The Jungle Adventure park is a small operation. It has a lot of animals in small enclosures including alligators and crocodiles. The tour operation is done very smoothly. It is a very long, convoluted walk to get off and on the ship through the cruise terminal.

We enjoyed Coco Cay. We rented Cabana #3. The cabana includes water, champagne, fruit, towels, 2 snorkel sets and beach mats. They have a couch inside the cabana. Two plush lounge chairs right outside and then 4 regular beach chairs on the side. There is also a special buffet lunch just for cabana people which was excellent.

Finally, when we returned to Bayonne, our car had been cleared of the several inches of snow that had fallen while we were away. Wonderful surprise.

In general, great cruise experience.

Publication Date: 01/07/14
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