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Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review by DOGMONSTER

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Explorer of the Seas
Explorer of the Seas
Cruise Date: February 2004
Embarkation: Miami
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
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Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 5+
Spa & Fitness 5+
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Embarkation 3.0
Service Not Rated
Value-for-Money Not Rated
Rates 5.0
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I was saddened to hear some of the poor experiences other cruisers had on this ship. We had a great time. Our waiter, Mustafa, was excellent. The ports were nice, especially St. Maarten, and as another cruiser mentioned, Nassau was also very clean and the people there were pleasant. (We almost didn't even go ashore because of all of the bad reports we had been hearing about Nassau.)

The entertainment was phenomenal! We have been on 3 other cruises (2 with Carnival) and to Vegas in the last 4 years and still thought that the production shows were among the best we've seen.

The food was average by cruise ship standards, I have learned to stay away from the buffets because of the crowds and likelihood of getting cold food. I much prefer the dining room, especially for breakfast and dinner. We ate at Johnny Rockets a few times and the sandwiches were great (try the apple pie a-la-mode also) but beware, it can get crowded.

One problem that someone else had mentioned, was the chair saving at the pool. We found 2 chairs at around 9:30 and stayed there until early afternoon. There were towels and a bag on the 2 chairs next to us when we got there. When we left around 2:00, the owners of the stuff hadn't come to claim it or use the chairs. (At around 12:00 we told some folks to take the seats and set the stuff aside, because no-one had shown up) I'm not sure how to prevent people from being rude and inconsiderate but pool chairs became a scarce commodity.

We did not notice any problems with children as was also mentioned, but we hung out near the adult pool during the "at sea" days. Overall, the cruise was great, beautiful clean ship, (all 3 of our other ships were new when we sailed on them) very good service and excellent entertainment.

Publication Date: 09/16/04
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