Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review by Still dreaming: We were a rocking!
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We were a rocking!
Embarkation: Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
We flew into LaGuardia Thursday and stayed in New York for a couple days before our Saturday cruise. I had pre-arranged dial 7 car service to pick us up at 1:00 on Saturday to take us to Bayonne. Excellent experience with dial 7. The trip took about 30 min.
This is our 4Th cruise and our first with Royal Caribbean. We have cruised with Carnival, and two Norwegian ships.
Check in went very smooth. Porters were very helpful in guiding us in the right direction. We had our set sail pass already filled out which is a must!!! We were then transferred by bus to the ship. We went strait to our room and dropped of our carry on bags and headed to the Windjammer for some lunch. After walking around the ship a little we headed back to our room and our bags were there already. Very fast and efficient. Muster drill was done earlier to try and get it in before the remnants of tropical storm Hanna hit the area.
Food: Generally it was very good. I had More made reservations at Portofino's for the first night over the internet. The food and service was excellent, even when we were hitting 12 to 18 foot waves. We ate the rest of our dinners in the main dinning room and they were very good, just not as good as Portofino's. Lunch- we ate at the windjammer and Johnny Rockets- good Breakfast- windjammer and main dinning room. There was a noticeable difference in the breakfast from the Pride of America we were on this past April. I was really looking forward to eggs benedict but there wasn't any offered. So we went to the main dinning room the next day and the benedict came out obviously pre-made since the eggs were hard and not very hot. On the Pride they were assembling the eggs benedict right on the buffet. Just a minor problem. The buffet seemed very large but they had a lot of repeat stations.
Service was very good. We thought the service on the Pride was OK but the EOS just had a lot more employees. We never went without bar service and the dinning room service was noticeable better.
The only reason can compare this cruise to the pride is because we did them both this year. From what I have been reading, all the cruise lines are cutting back so comparing our cruise on the Sun 6 years ago would not be apples to apples.
Bermuda- We took the ferry over to St. George. The ride was nice and you do get to see a lot of the shoreline. We just walked around, had a bite to eat and found the bus to Hamilton and Horseshoe Bay. I have to mention that it was extremely hot!! 85 degrees with 80 percent humidity. It just wasn't a day we felt like touring and shopping it was a definite beach day. Horseshoe bay was awesome. We rented chairs and umbrella. Well worth the trip. The second day we went to snorkel park, looked around the dock yard and then went back to the ship and sat around the pool. It was extremely hot and as more people came back the pool became very crowded. They had one of the three pools shut down for some reason. The weather the last sea day was cloudy and cold.
I got up early on Thursday and watched us come into New Jersey. I know every one talks' about seeing the VN Bridge leaving but seeing it in the dark all lit up was amazing. Just seeing the New York, New Jersey skyline in the dark with all the beautiful lights and watching the sunrise was incredible.
We did the carry our own luggage off since we had a 1:00 flight from Newark. We were off the ship by 8:15. There is a cab stand available and plenty of cabs waiting. They also have a shuttle available for 14.00 a person or Royal Caribbean had a transfer for around 30.00 per person. Taxi was 42.00 plus tip. We were so early for our flight the curb check in attendant suggested getting on an earlier flight, which we did and we were back in Minnesota 2 hours earlier then we had planned.
The cruise was great. Ice show was excellent, comedian was very good and all the entertainment on ship was extraordinary. Less
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