“Cruising with Hurricane Earl”
Cruise review of Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas

Easton-Girl Explorer of the Seas 5 Cruising with Hurricane Earl
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The Explorer of the Seas is a beautiful ship and boarding from Bayonne, NJ could not of been easier. Within 20 minutes of parking the car, we were directed to Windjammers to begin our cruise with lunch. From the moment you board, the staff showed why Royal Caribbean is the top cruise line. Smiles, assistance, and happiness was everywhere. At promptly 1:30 PM our cabin was available. There was plenty of room for two adults and four suitcases. The balcony was a wonderful treat although the banister could of used varnish. Our room steward, Antonio, was helpful and provided the extra towels needed.

The ship is quite large and has many activities to participate in. Rock climbing, swimming, ice skating, shows, spa, fitness, etc. We chose the early seating for dinner and each night we were treated as royalty by Harvey, our waiter. The dining room serves wonderful meals from pasta with sauce to veal and steak dinners. Not once was I disappointed with the food selection.

Portofino's is a must, at least one night. The food presentations were unbelievable. Skewers of seafood, steaks, and regional specialties made it difficult to chose only one. The restaurant gives you the feeling that there are only a few people on the cruise because of the spacing of reservations.

During the 10 days, I could not of asked for a more relaxing vacation even with Hurricane Earl following us along. The captain did change our itinerary by getting us to Portland a day early so that Hurricane Earl could travel up the coast without us. This provided us with beautiful days of sunshine without the rain. We visited Portland and Bar Harbor, ME, St. John, NB, Halifax, NS, and finally Boston, MA. Each port had activities for all, whether walking the piers or touring, it was such a beautiful time to visit.

The favorite tour was Peggy's Cove. It is breathtaking to see the area and learn of the history of such a small fishing town. Second favorite was Halifax and the Titanic history. It is amazing the history of this town.

I would highly recommend this ship and the itinerary to anyone looking for history and beauty without the sandy beaches.

Explorer of the Seas Cruises to Canada & New England
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Cabin review: Superior Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony

8528 is a great cabin. The cabin was sufficient in size and the balcony was a wonder.ful addition. The only problem we had was that the bathroom door was missing a few screws and would stop you from closing it. Antonio was our room steward and he got this fixed early in the cruise.

Port and Shore Excursions

A beautiful town, with Acadia National Park surrounding the town center. Hills and valleys seem to makeup the area. We chose to do a self directed walking tour ourselves. Eating in a quaint little restaurant right on Main St. The lobster roll was a hit with the group.

Boston was great. My group chose to take a bus into Quincy Market where we began the self guided tour of the Freedom Trail. The trail is market by red paint or red bricks throughout the downtown of Boston. Many of the historic sites are free or minimum costs. Quincy Market is home to many food vendors, established restaurants, and of course, shops. The history of Boston is evident everywhere you walk. Make sure you are wearing walking shoes as the sidewalk is cobblestone and uneven.

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The is a wonderful port, whether just walking the docks which lead you to the Maritime Museum and shopping or taking a bus tour. We chose the bus tour to the Titanic cemetery and Peggy's Cove. A wonderful college town, Halifax is home to the cemetery that many victims of the Titanic sinking were buried. The tour included historic information on the tomb stones layed for the victims and short passages about various people buried there.

Off to Peggy's Cove, the most photographed lighthouse stands there. The small fishing town is home to less than 50 people with a rich history of surviving storms with waves well over the homes. A local artist offers his work as a souvenior to tourists.

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Portland, Maine is a beautiful city. While several tours were offered, we chose the Freeport tour which included the LL Bean Store. The town of Freeport is quaint with little shops and the impressive LL Bean Anchor store with the largest boot outside for photos opps.

Published 09/17/10
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