Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review by johnnyga: Best Cruise on the Best Ship
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Best Cruise on the Best Ship
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
My DW and I were part of 5 couples that have travelled together in the past. We were last on the Brilliance of the seas in Oct 07. This time instead of flying to Florida, We chose Cape Liberty. We live in the Phila Area, so instead of each driving, we hired a Mini-bus (think Casino Bus)Everything went off without a hitch. We left our home area at 11AM and were in the Winjammer by 1 PM.
We left on time at 4PM (gotta like that you don't have to bring your life jacket to the muster)The weather was beautiful except for the last day off the East Coast when the decks were closed due to high winds.
We took the Old and New San Juan tour and it was very good. In St. Thomas, we shopped (what else) and then went to Magen's Bay. What a ride! The bay was not very crowded even though there was 3 other ships in at the same time. Was disappointed that we could not get a close up view of the Oasis, since it was docked almost out of our sight. In Samana, we went to the Cayo More Levantado Beach. This was really a great place with a great beach and plenty of other services. We booked this excursion based on reviews in CC. We heard from others that they were disappointed in some of the land tours in Samana. In Labadee, we decided not to book any excursions and went to one of the Beaches, walked around a lot and had a very good BBQ lunch. The only downside was the pressure of the vendors selling trinkets. We considered what we spent a donation rather than a purchase.
We had late seating at dinner and were not disappointed in the food or the services. We sat together and had a great time. Murat was our Waiter and Levent his assistant. They catered to our every need. We also had Denis as our Bar Man and he did a great job. I don't understand why some people do not like the food. We were well pleased with the quality, the service and the variety.
We were in a Balcony Cabin where Rogie was our Steward. He did a great job, being mostly behind the scenes. He was extremely creative in the towels animals every night.
We took advantage of some of the other services like the Promenade Cafe for Latte's and other snacks. The entertainment was mostly good. The Windjammer was never really crowded for Breakfast and Lunch and the selection was good.
Dis-embarkation was a breeze if you have some patience. We docked at 7AM and by 9:15 we were picking up our luggage, met the bus shortly after and were home by noon
A good time was had by all !!! Less
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