Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review by Bentley's Bather: Family Fun
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Embarkation: Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
We decided on this cruise because of the destination.
Our family flew into EWR 2 nights before embarking. We were glad we did because of the winter weather. We stayed at Best Western Plus Newark. The proximity to the airport is great.
Also, this hotel has a cruise shuttle package to Port Liberty.
Because we had an exta day we were able to spend a day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Coming from our home in Saskatchewan I have to say I was nervous about the transportation options into the city, but we made out fine and came acoss many friendly and helpful people!
We enjoyed a leisurely morning the day of the cruise because the shuttle to the port didnt leave until 11:00 am. Well, it was supposed to leave then, but it was a half hour late. That wasn't a hardship tough because the port was fairly close to the hotel.
We have cruised 3 times prior to this, but this was our first time from More Bayonne. This definitely was not the best terminal.
Checking in was a breeze because we had a suite for a stateroom and were treated royally. However we got on the shuttle to the ship the same time that all the other people who shuttled from the hotel did.
We've cruised twice with NCL and once with Disney, but this was our favorite cruise!
The cruise director, Leigh, was super! Andre, the activities director, was also super.
The entertainment was exceptional! We went to every performance and were never disappointed.
Our family ate in one of the main dining rooms every night. The meal selecrtions were very good!
Our 16 year old daughter didnt participate in the teen events but the teens that I saw seemed to be really enjoying themselves. Apparently there were overr 1100 children on board but we wouldn't have guessed that.
We went to the Kennedy Space Center for our excursion in Florida.
That was really interesting and good value.
The ship docked at Nassau Bahamas. We didn't do any excursions there but we walked around and looked in the shops.
We were tendered in to Coco Cay. What a beautiful little island.
However it was too hot for me so I went back to the ship after lunch.
One of the perks of being in a suite was the concierge service. Denzil, the concierge, was very helpful all the time. And friendly! Actually, all the crew were very friendly!
Debarkation was very smooth and straightforward. We were nlessed with a very friendly shuttle driver back to our hotel. Less
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