Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review by soccerhockeymom: Fun time had by all
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Fun time had by all
Embarkation: Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
Booking with an online agent was very easy. We live in Pa and booked out of Bayonne ,NJ. It took us 1hr 25 min to get there. We arrived in Bayonne at about 11:30 and waited in line for about 1/2 hr before dropping off our luggage. The process was so easy. My husband dropped my daughter and me off with the luggage. He and my son parked the car and we met in the terminal building. They had drinks and cookies as you walked in. Then right on the ship we went. We were directed to go to the windjammer for lunch.We bought the kids a drink package right away. I heard that once you sail you cant buy them anymore. Its well worth the money! They had a very nice lunch .After lunch we headed right to our cabin. We had 2 cabins one for us and one for the kids. Both had balconies.The balcony was all glass and well maintained. Thats the way to go. Made the room seem bigger. Last cruise we just had a small window. Our luggage didn't arrive until around 4:00. We unpacked and headed out to the upper More
deck to watch us sail away from the dock. It was so beautiful. Going under the Varrazano Bridge was very cool. It looked like we weren't going to clear it. Then we went back to our cabin and finished unpacking Before dinner.
We had a 6pm dinner time. Our table was right in the middle of the dinning room. Which was fine. We had another couple and their kids seated with us. They were very nice.After dinner we walked around the ship and headed for the show. It was a good show. After the show we explored the ship some more.
The ice show was fantastic. You have to get tickets early. Ask when you first get on the ship for the time and place you can get your tickets. They are free. Also book your excursions right away so you get the times you want. We did the helmet dive. It was GREAT !!
Bermuda..... A very nice island. As soon as we were able to get off the ship we did.Remember to bring your passports. We arrived in Bermuda at 8:30 and our helmet dive was at 9:30. It was easy to find the tour. After returning to the ship we had lunch in the windjammer and off to snorkel park. It is walking distance from the ship. It is very small and the said is very rocky. It was hard to walk in the water. They had jetskiing there. My son wanted to go. It was $135 for 45 min. He said it was a great tour of the island. We then went back to the ship showered and off to dinner.
Dinning... The meals were very good. If you didn't like what you ordered you just asked for something else. Having kids change /dislike what they ordered they made it easy for them to get something else.
Second day in Bermuda... We left the ship by 9am. bought bus tickets for the day. Those you buy once off the ship.Tickets were $4 per person one way. It was easy to find the bus. Then a crazy ride to Horseshoe bay. It took about 15 minutes. The bus drivers drive a little crazy. They drop you off on the street and you have to walk down to the beach. There are bathrooms and showers, snack stand and chair rental. we rented chairs for $10 and got a nice spot on the beach. The water was beautiful. The sand was too but not pink. This beach is known for its pink sand. The sand has pink flecks in it. Its still very nice.There are NO water sports on this beach. By noon the beach was filling up. We headed off the beach. There is a van for $2 you can get a ride up the hill. Me and my daughter took the van my husband and son walked up the hill. Its well worth the $2.
While back on the ship there is plenty of activities to keep you busy. The cruise director (Dave) was great.
We met a woman who rented scooters and got into an accident. She ended up with 30 stitches in her face,lost 2 teeth and was bandaged up on her arm. While in the hospital they told her that they have had 10 deaths in this year from scooter accidents. Just an FYI...
Overall the seas weren't that rough. But not calm either. I took Bonine and had sea bands on all the time. It seemed to work.
Leaving the ship... we decided to do the express early departure. It was great!! You didn't have to leave your luggage out the night before. You just pack up before you go to sleep. Wake up and go to breakfast. Then grab your luggage get an elevator ( which isn't easy) and walked off the ship .A bus was waiting to get you to the terminal. Customs was fast. Walked to the parking lot and off we went. It was so easy. I hope this was helpful...Have a great trip Less
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