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Explorer of the Seas
Explorer of the Seas
Member Name: Lawnquilt
Cruise Date: December 2011
Embarkation: other
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Cabin Category: E2
Cabin Number: 7320
Booking Method: Cruise Line
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 3.0
Entertainment 4.0
Spa & Fitness 1.0
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 Good, The Bad and The UGLY
We are only 30 minutes south of the pier, so we drove and left our car in the lot. We are Diamonds and were directed to the priority boarding line, but boy, it was SLOW. The other lines moving much faster.

Our cabin attendant was certainly not the best we have ever had. She was constantly late giving us notices - in fact, we missed the CC M&M because the notice arrived the day after the event. Since we were familiar with procedures, we had to keep asking her if there were any notices for us - we had to have our shore ex tickets printed at guest relations because they never arrived in the cabin. Also missed a notice about balcony painting (while in port) because it arrived the next day, which caused us to have to vacate cabin on sea day and then smell paint the whole night. We did put a comment into guest relations, the paper said someone would get back to us within 24 hours, but no one contacted us about it. We did make several complaints about late notices to guest relations, the only one who attempted to do something about it was Brittany - everyone else just blew us off. We had to keep going down to get our internet credits and discount for our package. Good thing we kept checking or else we would have missed it. I prefer to hand the tip envelope to the person - I had attendant's envelope put aside - behind a cereal box with the writing to the mirror - well, she found it and took it. It was not in plain view - I had it put aside to hand to her. I guess she wanted to be sure she got it (should have told her it wasn't in our box - hahaha)

I am a picky eater - not a difficult eater, just picky. Our waiter Denise for our early seating table 505 was one of the best we have ever had on a cruise. Her assistant Abinash was new, and he did a great job. From the very first day, Denise had my dinners PERFECT - this earned her a WOW card from me, that's for sure!! We had great table mates - which made our dining experience just great!!

Disappointed at the activities. It appeared that most either were pay to go or there was an ulterior motive (purchase). The shows were not exciting at all. Many people had issues with the one comedian - but he was "equal opportunity" and goofed on everyone - not targeting any particular "group". Lighten up folks. Ice shows were the same that we have seen for the last few times on EOS. We got a special invitation and so went to the show - great as always.

Production shows really need some flashier costumes - I would have preferred less costume changes for some flashier costumes.

Many people forgot the words "excuse me". People running into elevators before people could get off. Line cutters were prevalent.

The girl running the disembarkation at Maharajas was great - she could have used another person like herself. She certainly kept it orderly.

Our port experiences are included in the port reviews.

Publication Date: 12/28/11
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