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Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review by eh270

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Explorer of the Seas
Explorer of the Seas
Member Name: eh270
Cruise Date: January 2014
Embarkation: Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Cabin Category: D1
Cabin Number: 9231
Booking Method:
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Member Rating   3.0 out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 3.0
Entertainment 4.0
Spa & Fitness 3.0
Family & Children (By Age Group)
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Embarkation 4.0
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 3.0
Rates Not Rated
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Aging ship, but convenient departures from NJ

Our cruise was the one just before the one making all the headlines for the Norovirus outbreak. Two of the days at sea were a little on the rough side.

Crew: The overwhelming majority of the crew members were happy and attentive, with a few edge case exceptions.

Facilities: Despite a renovation in 2009, the ship is showing its age. The giant tube TV in our tiny interior stateroom is a perfect example of this.

Ship: On past cruises, I've felt borderline harassment at times by the sanitizer-brigade, running up to me and squeezing lotion into my hands, but I know it's for the best. On this cruise, however, this was not the case. Upon ending the buffet and MDR, there were automatic sanitizer dispensers available but nobody really insisting that they get used, and I saw many people walk by without using it. Shockingly, there weren't even sanitizer dispensers *available* on the embarkation deck just after re-boarding the ship in ports of call. Maybe not so shocking that the cruise after ours had to return to port early.

Food: I ate one night in the Portofino restaurant and it was definitely worth the money. Food in the MDR was generally very good.

Publication Date: 02/06/14
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