Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review by teresa: Explorer of the Seas - Canada/New England
Overall Member Rating
Explorer of the Seas - Canada/New England
Destination: Canada & New England
Embarkation: Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
This is our second cruise, first was Zaandam, 1200 people, smaller Ship going to Alaska, now that was a trip to remember, 2004. Had a great time.
Mum and I decided we would like to go on other cruise. Canada/New England, bigger ship, more people. Was a little worried, as we are talking over 3000 people. You'd wonder where they were??? We kept on bumping into the same people. (Note, should of waited another couple of more weeks, if you wanted to see the trees changing).
Ages 49 and 79 years. Females.
Inside cabin, deck 8. As we knew, better to go up, less movement.
Stayed overnight in Toronto, Sept 14, (travel day), plane to arrive in New Jersey Bayonne Airport, at 10:30am. Air Canada. Was a good and quick flight, (just over a hour), even gave us cookies and coffee. I was quite nervous, as the past couple of months have had ear problems, and was concerned about my ears on flight. With pills and nasal spray, made it through. Arrived in New Jersey, More got luggage, found gentlemen with sign to go to Ship. Had to get a Bus to the Harbour, there, that was a little problem, bus was late, waiting over a hour. People waiting were a little upset.
Everything else was going smoothly. Finally arrived at Harbour, was given notice that instead of Newport Rhode Island, we would be going to New London, Connecticut. Was okay with us, we had no plans. Was a trip to enjoy and relax, and spend time with my Mum.
Didn't take long, and we were in our cabins by 2:00pm. Also had a very nice surprise from my husband, as he sent flowers to our Cabin. (Note husbands, boyfriends). Very impressed!!
We had asked for early dinner, and a table for two. We had to share a table with 2 other couples. Which was nice. But would of like to have had the time with each other with dinner meals. I'm sure, if I had demanded, it might of gotten change. But was interesting, sharing, our excursions with the other couples.
Not sure if anybody can describe, how HUGE this Ship is, until you see it. WOW!!
Cabin was great, lots of shelves and cupboard space. Couch, coffee table, dresser with lighted mirror, round shower stall, twin beds. T.V. Even had a string attached, if you wanted to hang up your washables, in shower. Only thing, the bathroom sink, was plugged up. Never got that fixed, but, to us was a very minor thing. If had money, would like a balcony. Kind of cool, on T.V., you saw your names. Also could check your account.
Stayed in Port, New London. Was at Sea Sunday, arrived in Halifax Nova Scotia, Monday, well, if you ever get a chance to go to Peggy's Cove. Do so!! It will take your breath away. Don't forget to go to Lighthouse, and get your passport stamped, as well as, send your postcards. One of our Excursions. Only wish, we had more time there. Was only allowed half hour.
Weather all week was super, 70's.
Tuesday, St John's New Brunswick, not much there. Stayed on Ship. Casino, look out, had a very fun time, but, you can lose your money. Mum won $100, was exciting, to see the quarters fall down.
Promenade Deck 5, you could get coffee, sandwiches, pizza, anytime. It was like a huge Mall!! We still got lost, many times on Ship. Forward and Aft. They had many draws for jewelry, didn't win. Enjoyed the Crow's nest, what a view.
Wednesday, Bar Harbour, that almost topped, Peggy's Cove. Another Excursion. Land and Sea, on the Margaret Todd Schooner. We enjoyed it. Saw porpoises and Bald Eagles. Lovely area. Didn't know, you have to board a small boat to get ashore, as well as that day, had to go through immigrations. Worked out well. Not the line-up, that I had heard about. Went smoothly.
Thursday, Portland Maine. Stayed on Ship. (Note, the Spa, was very expensive). Would of tried, if less cheaper. Lots to do on Ship, activities, if you wanted to. (Also note, for some reason, my hair, was terrible, bought my own shampoo, was very frizzy, last couple of days, use their kind in shower, turned out fine??).
Friday, Boston, they don't tell you, you have to get a Shuttle Bus, to get anywhere, to far to walk, and charge to your card, cost $12.00 each, for a 10 minute ride. Went to a mall area, sorry, forgot the name. Neat old buildings, some performers, same old stores. Leaving Boston, we hit a very bad FOG. Was Scary! Movie time, would of made a good flick! Great job to Captain!! We also got our passport stamped again in Boston. Cool!!
Note also, get your Ice Show tickets very early, they don't have enough. Was a fantastic show. Some people were very upset.
Saturday, at Sea, we both had a fantastic time. Didn't want to leave. Drinking Bloody Caesar's, relaxing on the lounges, soaking up the sun. What a life!!!!
Sunday, embarkment, took awhile, but, was able to move around ship and not be confined into a big room.
Our dinner waiter was Hitesh, "yum yum 007", if you met him, you will know what that means. Great service. Food good, in all places, not fancy, but good. Johnny Rocket, great onions rings, as told, from many people, also great entertainment from them.
All staff very friendly and helpful. We kind of lived on Deck 5 and Deck 11.
We didn't see any other shows on Ship, we were too pooped. But heard they were pretty good.
Only downfall we found, is front desk, needed better English. Spa was expensive. Miniature Golf, needed repairs, but was fun.
Coming home, our plane, Continental, was late. All in all, we had a great time. Noticed a lot of older people, well mostly over 55 and up, some in walkers and wheelchairs, not many kids, went at a good time, weather great. Service great. If you needed help up ramp, they had wheelchairs.
Had a great time with my Mum, love you dearly. Looking forward to Cruise 3!!
Teresa &(Mum), my Shipmate. Hugs xoxo Less
Read more Explorer of the Seas cruise reviews >>
Read Cruise Critic's Explorer of the Seas Review >>
Cabin review: 8233
30th Anniversary Trip
Nickel & Dime Cruise
Oustanding vacation on the Ant...
FIRST cruise and we LOVE it!
Just an ok cruise.
Bring your own foamy!
America the Beautiful