Day 9 – Sailing Day. Another windy day that was too cold to swim. The shows I went to were good. The juggler was funny and good for the kids. They had a blast watching. The ice show was better the one on Mariner of the Seas two years ago. Don't miss it. The 70s Dance Party was great, and the activities manager plays a perfect Austin Powers. He has been doing that act for a long time for amusement parks and shows. o o Leaving the port was not as easy as getting on board. After you get off the ship, you and your carry ons take a bus trip to your luggage, which I myself don't get. It is a very short distance, and I would have rather walked. Then you pick up your luggage and take it through customs. What a pain that was! Then you can either carry all your stuff to your car or have someone try to get it and load it up. Once you are loaded you try to inch your way out of there and not hit someone. Then you are home free. LOL.
In closing, I say go on Explorer of the Seas. It's good for all. I will say one bad thing, though. Don't bring a child under three. They do have things to do for them for a couple hours a day, but the other 90% of the day you will be either stuck in the small room like a prisoner or walking and carrying them around the ship while they cry and others around you are relaxing and having a fun vacation. Now, I know what you are thinking - take the kid to the pool. It's May and 4 of the 9 days we are either in the north or going north, and its 66 degrees. Then, within an hour my kids’ lips were purple in that pool. So, if you have small children, go in June or July when it's 88 the whole trip. Or take a 5 day trip, but 9 days with a one year old will make you feel like you need a another vacation from your vacation.