Explorer of the Seas is a FUN ship. Some areas of the ship could use refurbishing, ie theater seating and cabins need some updating. I hear that is coming soon. The staff is top notch. Sailed twice with Explorer and have never experienced any rudeness with any personnel. They are wonderful!
The food in the Windjammer is OK. Not the best quality: powdered eggs, some stale pastries. The fried egg and omelet station has very long lines. They should add extra personnel at the griddle. People would rather eat that than the rubbery pancakes, waffles, etc. After a few days, I was eating boxed cereal or a bagel.
Main Dining room is good. Food is a little too salty. Sodium restricted dieters beware!! Service is outstanding!
Elevators are SLOW!! Work off the calories and walk up and down the stairs.
Entertainment was good. Loved the comedians and magicians. The Cruise Director himself was a RIOT...Chris Northey. However, they should eliminate the 70's disco party and move on to something else. I have seen the same party for 4 years now.
The Spa has raised the prices TREMENDOUSLY!! Close to $200 for massages. YIKES!
The DJ in the Chamber SUCKS!! They need a more current DJ who is up to date with the current dance music.
The best hangout spot for after hours is The Cafe Promenade...late night pizza, sandwiches and snacks!! Love sitting in the promenade to people watch!
Beware...Cruises for more than a week tend to have ALOT of Seniors on board. Watch out for those scooters and grumpiness!! LOL!!
I have cruised on RC 6 times and have no desire to switch. I am ready for Oasis and Allure now. I might skip the Freedom line!!
Excursion on the ship are expensive. At the port you can get great sightseeing excursion at 1/2 the price. Very reliable and safe. The prices get cheaper as the day wears on, too!!
The island is very safe. Don't fear doing things on your own and at your own pace. The people are very nice (other than those merchants above) and will take you anywhere you want to go. Taxi fares are NOT cheap...beware if you have a large family. It could cost you $200+ for a day at the beach!!