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10 Night Eastern Mediterranean Cruise from Rome

10 Night Eastern Mediterranean Cruise from Rome (Civitavecchia)

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    Rome (Civitavecchia)
  • Day 2
    Taormina (Messina)
  • Day 3
    Malta (Valletta)
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Mykonos
  • Day 6
    Kusadasi
  • Day 7
    Santorini
  • Day 8
    Athens (Piraeus)
  • Day 9
    Cruising
  • Day 10
    Naples
  • Day 11
    Rome (Civitavecchia)

Explorer of the Seas

Explorer of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

A wealth of facilities, activities and entertainment for every generation

Cons

The high passenger capacity means queuing is inevitable

Bottom Line

With a broad range of activities, Explorer has something for everyone, from active cruisers to families


Cruise Reviews

This was my first cruise at age 75 and have no others to compare it to. My partner is 82 and has been on many cruises so he had those to compare this cruise to. I understand The Explorer of the Seas will be going in to be refurbished in ... Read More
This was my first cruise at age 75 and have no others to compare it to. My partner is 82 and has been on many cruises so he had those to compare this cruise to. I understand The Explorer of the Seas will be going in to be refurbished in March of 2020. I thought the ship was lovely as it was, but not without its quirks. My biggest disappointments were the entertainment, elevators, food. Day of embarkation consisted to standing in line for 1-1/2 hrs. Not fun for sure. Don't really know what the reason for the delay was due to. Heard 3 different reasons. This was a caribbean cruise to Labadee, Haiti, Caracao, Bonnaire, Aruba. Our stateroom was fine, small, but doable. My partner used the small shower and dropped the soap. Trying to pick it up by stooping he could not get up. What a nightmare. We struggled for 15 minutes but he finally managed to crawl out. Whew! These showers are not for big men. Air conditioning worked very well. Our stateroom was kept clean and very well supplied every day. The attendant came twice a day once in am and again in pm to turn bed down and clean again (I thought it was overkill myself). Attendant left the itinerary for the next day. Ship was very clean. I never saw anything to suggest it wasn't clean. I saw workers cleaning the small tables in the lounge bar with toothbrushes. Geez! Bathrooms on the ship were always very clean and well-supplied. I wished they had paper seat covers but that's just another thing to flush. Entertainment was at best 2nd class lounge acts. These acts were comedians, singers, the Royal Caribbean Dancers. All shows were about 55 minutes. Did not care for the entertainment and was disappointed when there was no "real" entertainment such as a play or musical. FOOD! Such a disappointment. 1st night of the 9 days cruise was the best and so I thought well this will go well. Prime rib was excellent, chicken marsala my partner said was very good. All downhill after that. Do not get wrong there were some very nice dishes but the majority of them, in my opinion, weren't very good. Small portions. Yes, I know we could have ordered more. It took a long time to get your starter dish and after that at least 1/2 hour to get your entree. Long, long wait in between. No chance of ordering more food. I had a problem with "New York Strip Steak" that was published on the outside board but when you got the menu it said "New York Strip Loin". This was a very thin and much tougher cut of meat. Not the New York Strip Steak I know. Another night they were serving turkey dinner with baked brie as a starter. Oh good, I love turkey and had never had baked brie. When I saw menu that night there was no turkey dinner or baked brie. I mentioned this to the waiter and he checked and came back and said that was their Thanksgiving Menu put up by mistake. One night I had Shrimp Scampi. Four very tiny shrimp and linguine that had soaked up the very spicy sauce. I didn't even eat the linguine. Waiter asked how I liked it and I said way to spicy. Then here comes a man in a suit (floor manager?). I told him very spicy and it didn't say that in the description. He said it did and then brought the menu to me and it did not say it had chili peppers in it. He said they would have to change that description. This is just one example of the food problems we experienced. Went to the breakfast buffet in the main dining room every day. It was just OK. I liked the little flower shaped waffles. Bacon was a surprise. I think they cooked it in a big kettle. Every piece was stuck together to the next one. You got a clump of bacon which usually consisted of raw and over done all fused together. I took the crispy parts and broke it apart. There was no way to cut this bacon. Lunch buffet was pretty good. You could get a handmade salad. One day I got a steak at the "live steak station". The chef, or I think really just a dining worker doing the steak, gave us a nice steak, better than the New York Strip loin advertised at dinner. Problem with it was after frying it in a pan, pressing it, turning it, cooking it, fiddling with the heat we cut into the steak and it was completely raw. We ordered medium each. Another disappointment. That young man needs more training that was apparent. And it went on and on for the 9 days. I won't even go into length about the Windjammer buffet. Cold food, runny mashed potatoes etc. I do have to give some slack here. That's a buffet for you, how many times is your food hot, or even warm when you have to carry it through a very air conditioned environment in a huge room. No ice cream machines. One additional comment on the dining experience - at a lunch buffet we were seated way in the back at a table for 2 with 3 other tables for 2. Impossible to get to our table in the middle. Had to walk in back of 3 other tables to get to it. Then we asked to be moved and the floor manager? (he wore a suit) moved us to another round table for 2. OK, there was no butter at the table. I eventually had to get up and ask a waiter for it since it seemed we didn't have one. The menu was still on table and now we had dishes piled up. No one came to remove the dishes or the menus. While we were seated many waiters and waiters standing by the front door had to have seen us but no one came to remove dishes and menus or even ask if we needed anything. We found out the section he moved us to was a closed section. What? He didn't know this? Such confusion in that dining room at times. We just felt abandoned at this table. The elevators, while plentiful, did not work properly at times. Press the down arrow and the elevators went up. Some seemed to be stuck on the 1st floor and never came up again. Many times we had to go to another bank of elevators to only wait again. The first stop was Labadee, Haiti. The walk from the ship was long. My partner uses a cane and had a very difficult time making that walk. I never did go to the market because it seemed so far away. I think they had shuttles but there were a lot of people waiting. We had a drink where we could see the water and then they had a mediocre buffet, with hamburgers that were almost crispy they were so overdone. With the exception of a couple of service staff, everyone was so friendly, smiling, giving you great service. Four people gave us exceptional service and we did give them a private extra tip. Would I go on another Royal Caribbean ship? NO! I thought the the prices of drinks and anything else that required you to buy it was excessive. The word greedy comes to mind. I thought an 18% gratuity was excessive on every drink. While I probably would not mind if it was on the total of entire order. I want to go on another cruise, but not a Royal Caribbean cruise. The excursions were nice and we had nice tour guides that we learned a lot from. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Embarking was an absolute mess! The coast guard too a long time for their inspection, I figured this would happen, so we didn’t show up as early as we usually do. We were still there about 15 minutes early because of the shuttle times. ... Read More
Embarking was an absolute mess! The coast guard too a long time for their inspection, I figured this would happen, so we didn’t show up as early as we usually do. We were still there about 15 minutes early because of the shuttle times. We were in terminal G, not sure why we didn’t go to the large new terminal, we were the only RC ship in port that day. The terminal was packed, hot, and one employee directing people was quite rude! I really enjoy the smaller ships, not that she’s really small, and I like the layout pre Amped. We had a great cabin and attendant Mira. Explorer is definitely ready for her refurb, but she is still very nice, and clean. I found an article called secrets of Explorer of the seas, check it out , and visit the locations! Giovanni’s was absolutely amazing, try the gnocchi! The adult pool is nice, places to sit on the top and put your feet in ankle deep water, or room to sit in the very shallow water and/or dangle your legs into the deeper part. The guys enjoyed the Connoisseur Club, the Cigar lounge. Our dining room staff were amazing! Martin and Cristina, they brought me special request salads every night. Our Excursion in Cozumel was the Coba Pyramid climb and Cenote swim. Our Quine was Diego, he was very informative about the culture and history of the area, making the 3 hour round trip entertaining. The sack lunch was one of the better excursion prepacked lunches I’ve ever had, it consisted of ham & cheese on a hoagie bun, a small bag of chips, a lightly crispy Quaker Oats fruit bar, banana, juice box, and a tiny brown bag with mustard, mayo, and a breath mint! They also supplied cold water before the pyramid, and a real sugar Mexican Coke after! The Cenote was beautiful, 60 stairs down a rough spiral staircase. Crystal clear water, life jackets available. There isn’t as much oxygen in the cave, so in short time I was out of breath and had to get out of the water, even the young in great physical shape was huffing and puffing! In Costa Maya we went to a place called Tropicante. Great service, their blog is sandals and skis.com. The service and food are fantastic! Debarking was a breeze! We caught a waiting shuttle to the airport for $10 per person. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
I saw this cruise on TV Cruise 1st channel and booked for the transatlantic voyage to the Caribbean. The fact that it was due to visit Islands that I had previously been to in my teens when I was a young seafarer sailing on cargo ships, ... Read More
I saw this cruise on TV Cruise 1st channel and booked for the transatlantic voyage to the Caribbean. The fact that it was due to visit Islands that I had previously been to in my teens when I was a young seafarer sailing on cargo ships, before everything went in containers, it was to be a nostalgic voyage as well as my first cruise. Needless to say myself and travel partner arrived at Manchester coach station on the 5th Nov 2019 and found we were the only ones there waiting for a coach to Southampton. We where both extremely worried as no place was open to phone and find out what had happened. Maybe you will call us stupid but I don't use emails very much and that is the reason for us showing up on the wrong day. Cruise 1st had sent one email to tell me about the cancellation and rescheduling of the itinerary. I was asked if I wished to cancel and I would have but my travel buddy was all set to go on holiday and travel across the ocean for the 1st time so I couldn't say no. I don't believe the weather and passenger comfort had anything to do with the changes as when we did eventually sail from Southampton the weather was very bad and lots of passengers including my partner were seasick. The ship rarely went above 18/19 knots so could have gone faster and had enough time to visit the missing islands. Also having to pay for internet access , soft drinks and (special) coffee in a drinks package and even bottled water from the cabin steward is a bit much. It's not as though this Cruise Line is struggling. I was given some paltry compensation but it never made up for missing out on visiting 4 Caribbean Islands. I did have a lot more to say about this ship and the company who run it but as I am the only other person who seems to have reviewed this bad experience maybe it is best to just forget it and promise myself to never bother with Royal Caribbean and their very old ship again. Just another thing ! I always expected to be served lobster at some time whilst on a cruise. If it was served I definitely missed it or maybe it was meant to be served on the day about 1000 people on board had sea sickness . So much for passenger comfort. I really do have to say a really big THANK YOU to the service staff especially the cabin stewards who work so hard to clean and make up so many cabins each day and to all the staff I had personal interactions with Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
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