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Cruise review of Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas

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We boarded our ship in Bayonne, NJ without any problem at all. We drove from Ontario to NJ and parked at the dock for $19.00/day which is reasonable. We were quickly through the process and boarded on a bus which quickly shuttled us onto the ship. Food was waiting for us in the Windjammer and we were ready to go.

Our inside cabin was small but cozy, water was hot and our room attendant friendly and efficient. We noticed right away that drinking multiple alcoholic beverages could break the bank but we did enjoy the occasional beer and wine at dinner. Our boys, ages 9 and 12 were entertained at the Adventure Ocean and Optix. They mostly didn't join us for dinner in the Dining Room but loved the windjammer and the promenade coffee shop. We saw most of the shows and found the Royal Caribbean singers and dancers top-notch. The skating show was incredible.
We pre-paid our gratuities and opted for the "Mytime dining" which allowed for flexible dining times. I would recommend this if you have children with you. I would also recommend the "express departure" when you return.

We grabbed our own luggage and were the first ones off the ship. We only booked one excursion. We went snorkeling and on a catamaran on St. Thomas. In future, we will book more excursions and spend more time on the islands. We are definitely looking at another cruise in the future.

Explorer of the Seas Cruises to the Eastern Caribbean
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The cabin was a small inside cabin with bunks above our bed. It was in a desirable spot, however as all the suites were across from us. It was quiet and cozy, but we will probably get an outside cabin next cruise.

Port and Shore Excursions

Kings wharf was chilly for April/May but very clean and friendly. We walked to shopping and a beach. There is a free shuttle that takes you to the close-by attractions.

Walked through an ancient castle. Very old and beautiful city, however can be some shady characters hanging about. Got some great deals on tshirts and caps.

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paid $6 for a water taxi. The taxi brings you to a beach and shopping. Didn't check too much out, way too hot there!

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