Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review by bschoon60: Relaxation Bermuda Style
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Relaxation Bermuda Style
Embarkation: Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
This is our 6th cruise, 4th on RCCL. The cruise was a 50th (!) birthday gift from my DH. We arrived at Port Liberty at noon. I wouldn't recommend getting to the port much before noon as people were still departing the ship at 11:30 AM. The port is a shipping, industrial port not a cruise port. Our luggage was dropped off, we were processed and then taken to the cruise ship via shuttle bus. (Although the ship was within walking distance, there were fork lifts and other vehicles delivering supplies and luggage to the ship, so I think this was done for safety reason.) We were on the ship by 12:30 PM. We went to the Windjammer for lunch, as the corridors to the staterooms were closed and wouldn't be opened until 1:30 PM.
Our stateroom was ready at 1:30 PM and it was very clean. The balcony and sofa showed a bit of wear, but otherwise the room was great. Our room steward introduced himself and he was very efficient throughout the cruise.
The public areas of the ship More were immaculate and in great shape. We never had trouble finding lounge chairs around the pool, however the solarium was packed and we didn't get to spend anytime there.
We had My Time Dining and were assigned an area in the Columbus Dining room. We had the same waitress every night, Beatrice, who was outstanding! She was very happy and made delicious recommendations every night. We also ate in the Windjammer and Cafe Promenade. All the food was very good and we had no complaints. We also enjoyed frozen yogurt on the pool deck.
Our primary objective of this cruise was to relax so we didn't do a lot of the late night party stuff, but we did enjoy some of the shows. There were two comedians who were actually very funny. The ice show in Studio B was outstanding, however the production shows were just okay. We did not have a chance to use the spa or fitness center, but everyone we talked to had nice things to say.
When we got to Bermuda we docked at Kings Wharf/Royal Naval Dockyard where we rented a scooter. We had talked to a few people who had actually rented scooters there and they recommended it highly. We scootered our way to St. George's and walked around the village, visiting the Bermuda Perfumery. We also stopped at the Swizzle Inn for a famous Rum Swizzle. We scootered our way to the beaches on the south shore, going passed Gibbs Hill Lighthouse and stopping at Horseshoe Bay. The beach was beautiful and the rocks added some great scenery.
The next day we walked around Naval Dockyard and did some shopping. We spent some time in the Frog and Onion where we sampled their microbrew beers.
Disembarkation was well organized, if slow. We were able to stay in our stateroom until 9:30 AM, which was more comfortable for waiting, but weren't called to be off the ship until 10:45 AM. We needed a taxi at the pier, and had to wait about 10 minutes for one.
All in all this cruise was a really positive experience. The staff and crew on the ship were very friendly and service was top notch. I would recommend this relaxing cruise to anyone. Less
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