Solar Explorers: Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review by Tika
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Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
We took only one RCCL excursion and that was the Ferry to St. John from St. Thomas.......a good choice, great scenic ride and tour of ST. John. All the other excursions or beaches we just walked off the ship, found a cab or shared a minivan for a tour. The islands are all beautiful, the people all friendly and drivers were all very knowledgeable. In St. Maartem we took a cab to Orient Beach......driver dropped us off at a beach bar that had umbrellas, lounges,a bar and food........great fun time and the sights unbelievable....if you know about St. Maatin "optional" bathing attire. Dominica was beautiful. We shared a van with three couples and the driver took us on a scenic drive to the Rainforest and we stopped at some great photo spots. The port of Roseau is very colorfull with many locals with their tents filled with the usual trinkets etc. Weather sun and liquid sunshine temps very comfortable. Barbados, Sunday, all shops in town closed so we took a cab/van for a short ride to Boatyard, fun, food and great beach. Antigua shared a van again and went on a tour of the island and to Nelson's Dockyard & the Blockhouse ruins. The views were breathtaking. Puerto Rico ...we just took a short walk to Senior Frogs to get a shirt for one of our sons and headed back to the ship......been there toooo many times..........enjoyed the pool for the rest of the day. There are many, many excursions to choose from but pick up the Explorations booklet at the Explorations desk or Customer service area when you board and reserve asap.
Also if you want to go on the Galley Tour or Bridge tour be sure to make arrangements right away!!!!!!!!!!!! Ice show ..book your time right away.......great......a must see..............plus the Production shows are all fun........we saw most every show our first time on the EOS so nothing changes for several years. We enjoyed the Karaoke Superstar Championship.....amazing talent on board and the Marriage show thing was hysterical. The Royal Promenade is awesome and the parades were fun especially with the CD and staff entertaining. Pool side was fun too with the contests and line dancing etc. We had great weather in the Caribbean and the ride home was much smoother than our ride out of Cape Liberty. The ship is beautiful, Capt. Ryan is charming and approachable eager to greet people etc.
This was a great itinerary for January and a much needed escape from what we thought was winter............yikes..........we get home Friday 2/5 and end up with two major snow storms.......now have about a foot of fresh snow and it is still falling. Would we cruise the EOS again.....yes in a heart beat...........but will be a bit more savvy in what we pick/plan as far as all the many choices offered for excursions etc. I just wish more ships were based here in this area during the winter months. Less
Cabin review: OS1592 Owner's Suite
Our OS 1592 was very spacious. The closet area was too close to the bed and very difficult to get into ...........also needed shelves. The closet in the Grand Suite we had two years ago was much more accommodating. Great location.....balcony didn't have a lounge chair.Read All Owner's Suite (OS) Reviews >>
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