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Explorer of the Seas
Explorer of the Seas
Member Name: box2rent
Cruise Date: March 2011
Embarkation: Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Cabin Category: JS
Cabin Number:
Booking Method: Internet Agency
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 4.0
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 4.0
Embarkation 3.0
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates 4.0
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The no fly part is important because I hate to fly. The parking part was not to bad the luggage people move you out very fast. The waiting on line under the tent did drag. We had a suite so at the end of the line there was a quick ticket check in for those with suites. I wish we were told that 45 mins sooner.

Because the ship is not three months old of course it does not look new. You see crew members cleaning and maintaining the ship all the time. I have no problem with that. We were on the 7th deck in the back the view was great off the balcony. The only problems with the room was the hot water from the bathroom sink and the never ending bad plumbing smell from the hallway. There was guys working on it every day.

The food and service was fine. We were brought as much food as we wanted. The wait staff was great. Our dinner mates were great. The Italian night was strange, no Italian bread and one of the entee choices should have included Chicken or veal parmesan with pasta and sauce.

Drinks cost as much as you would find if you went out to a club. They definitely make some money off the bar tabs.

The shows were fine. If you expect more you might have to pay $80.00 a ticket per show. What we got is included in our cruise price.

The cruise director and assistant were great they worked like the cared about their job.

The ports:

Labadee: Very good, but we didn't put enough sun block on.

Samana: We did not like it because we were approached every few steps from the locals to spend money. A very poor country that you fall into right off the ship. We were tendered and the process was easy to go back and forth. This was my least enjoyable.

St. Thomas, St. Kitts and Antigua were all very nice they all had nice beach's and things to do. The shopping for jewerly was over rated because we are not shoppers. We did buy liquor, our NY tax's are way to high.

We will save up and go on another cruise with RC. I hope by then that the reserving of lounge chairs with towels by the pool will be less evident.

Publication Date: 06/19/11
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