We cruised on the Explorer of the Seas out of Miami between 04/22/07 and 04/29/07. Upon our arrival we stayed at the Holiday Inn- Downtown Miami for one night before we left. The hotel was adequate, nothing special but it was clean, close to the port-5 mins. away, and had the Bayside Marina Mall across the street which is where we spent the evening having dinner an drinks. Everything that you could need or ask for was available.
A short cab ride to the port on the morning cost about $10.00 with tip. Our check-in at the dock went very smoothly and from the time we entered until the time we were on the ship was probably less than 15 mins. We arrived at the dock at approximately 11:30 AM for a 5:00 PM cruise and we were on the ship and at the poolside bar before noon.
We had cruised 3 years ago on the Adventure of the Seas for a southern caribbean 7 day trip and found the Explorer ship to be in very good condition, clean, and just as pleasant.
Our entire cruise was excellent with one exception and that was the entertainment on the ship. I felt that it was average at best and very sub-standard to the entertainment we had experienced on the Adventure. The cruise director- Allen was average and not half as energetic as on our last trip.
The food at all of the meals was excellent and all of our wait-staff was top notch. Chet from Turkey and Wuri from Indonesia were both excellent and we wanted to take both of them home with us.
We didn't do much as far as excursions go, we planned a snorkel trip in Belize which was cancelled so we stayed on the ship and we did a beach get-a-way in the Cayman Islands which was average.
I did not like being tendered at all as trying to get off of the ship at the tender ports was a nightmare and seemed to take forever. It was not organized at all and on all of my future cruises I will try to avoid ports that do not offer a dock.
At all costs avoid using MY AMBASSADOR LIMO out of Ft. Lauderdale as their service was terrible. They were late in picking us up at the airport and over an hour late in picking us up after the cruise was over and had to be called several times to pick us up. When they finally showed up the Limo had no air conditioning and the driver would not allow us to roll down the windows for the half hour ride back to Ft. Lauderdale.