Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review by tanstaafl_2001: 9/10/11 - 5 day to Bermuda
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9/10/11 - 5 day to Bermuda
Embarkation: Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
Embarkation was a breeze. Since we were in a Junior Suite, we were directed to the priority boarding area where we encountered no lines whatsoever. From the time we entered the terminal until we were on board ship was maybe 15-20 minutes.
Our stateroom was a Junior Suite on deck 9 on the forward part of the hump. Our luggage was sitting outside the door by the time the rooms were available at 1:30 - that was the earliest I've ever had them delivered. Loved the walk-in closet and the view on the balcony was great (as long as you wanted to look forward - couldn't see anything aft).
We dined in the Windjammer and Johnny Rockets for most breakfast and lunch. Food and service were both very good. Dinner in the MDR was also very good, but the service seemed a bit on the slow side compared to past cruises. Our only disappointment was Portofino's - service was outstanding, but the food was just OK - didn't live up to the standard we have experienced in Portofino's on other More ships. We also used room service for breakfast one morning - food was delivered on time, order was accurate, and the temperature was still hot.
Entertainment was typical for Royal Caribbean - production shows were good, of the two comedians, one was good, but the second was very good. Ice show is still a don't miss event.
Bermuda itself is a lovely island. We explored some of the little coves adjacent to Horseshoe Bay - absolutely gorgeous! We didn't walk around Kings Wharf until well after dinner. Several shops were still open, there were quite a few crafters displaying there wares in front of the stage, where a reggae band was playing. Afterwards, a military band and a bag-pipe band performed together - very impressive.
We only used the Solarium, and not the main pool area. Heated pool was nice, and the hot tubs were actually hot for a change. Chair hogs were abundant, but we still were able to find lounge chairs. Bar service in this area was kind of hit-or-miss, but since the bar was only a few steps away, it wasn't that big of a deal.
All in all it was very enjoyable cruise, with above average service. We will definitely be going back to Bermuda on this ship. Less
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