This was my 3rd trip on Explorer, and I have one more booked before she leaves us in November 2014.
I always get the same aft facing balcony #9690, as I enjoy that majestic view of the wake of the ship behind us. Could watch that all day long~~ If you've never treated yourself to this type of cabin, go for it! (another secret: the balcony is huge. has deck chairs in addition to the normal chairs and cocktail table). It was a real "find".
The ship is a bit tattered looking at this point.,... the little things that were wrong with the cabin are still wrong. Maintenance doesn't seem to be happening much at this point, as this ship will be leaving Bayonne for a brief run from Port Canaveral, and then off to Asia next year. It will go to drydock and probably be refurbished in between it's old and new ports.
But I will miss the Explorer. It's a great sized ship, offers all the nice amenities that we've come to love about royal caribbean...skating show, royal promenade with the fun 70's show, and the iconic Royal Viking Lounge. We've enjoyed the ship and it's itineraries very much. And Bayonne is such an easy place from which to cruise. An easy drive from most of the mid atlantic.
Later this year the Quantum will arrive.... don't know how we will like in comparison. Will certainly have more amenities, and different ones. But a lot of us will really miss our old Explorer and the fun times we had on her. It will be like losing a good friend!
See all of you onboard Explorer on October 9, 2014. Our farewell trip!