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Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review by ktrock

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Explorer of the Seas
Explorer of the Seas
Member Name: ktrock
Cruise Date: April 2010
Embarkation: Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Cabin Category: F
Cabin Number: 9542
Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 5.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment 3.0
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 5.0
Embarkation 5.0
Service 4.0
Value-for-Money 5.0
Rates 4.0
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Explorer is a very good ship
I've read a couple member reviews here and on another site where people complained of crowding, rude crew staff, and dirty areas. I hardly saw any examples of that. In fact, I was surprised to hear that something like 3200 guests were aboard. This huge vessel accommodated us quite well. I always felt like I had plenty of room. Then again, I didn't take an elevator the whole time and my wife took it maybe twice in 9.5 days. Our attendants/waiters were nice throughout the trip. If I were to quibble I could say the people in the spa were a little pushy at times.

Boarding was ridiculously easy. Getting there early probably helped. We were aboard in maybe 1/2 hour. We enjoyed our on-board activities. Shuffleboard, rock wall, miniature golf, fitness center, captain's peek-a-boo deck, swimming and lounging kept us busy on sea days. It can sometimes be difficult to find a deck chair on a sunny day but they do an excellent job of putting 1 in every conceivable spot. They do charge $10 for each beach towel (refundable upon delivery). Another reviewer made a good point in that someone is less likely to throw that towel on a chair and claim it for the day if it costs them $10. There are "warm" tubs and then there is the hot tub on the Solarium. To each his own.

We thought the food was good. Breakfast/lunch at the Windjammer Cafe, dinner in the Columbus room. Not a bad meal the entire time. And Portofinos is terrific. You'll pay for it but that's fine dining. The entertainment seemed a little thin. Mostly singing and dancing with the occasional comedian. To be fair we only saw a couple shows but thought they could really use to add a drama into the mix. Honestly, Cruise Director Mike and newly promoted Activities Director Pat did a Q and A session on the last day that was as entertaining to me as any of the shows. Our stateroom was an exterior room with a balcony on the 9th floor. Roomy enough. Hopefully you don't spend a lot of time there.

Lastly, as another cruiser mentioned a crew member jumped overboard as we started our journey back to New Jersey after leaving San Juan. Despite all odds against, the captain turned us around and made what seemed like every effort to locate this person in the water. And as far as I can tell the captain dealt straight with all of us too; keeping us informed. They also reimbursed people for penalties incurred for having to make late changes in travel plans (since we were now getting in late) and allowed us to make a free call from a land line to make arrangements. My wife and I had to make a couple phone calls but for us, in a twisted way, gave us another 1/2 day at sea on vacation. With all that we figured there would be chaos during disembarkation but for us, it was smooth.


Publication Date: 05/16/10
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