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Bahamas Explorer of the Seas Bahamas Cruise Reviews

Royal Caribbean
Explorer of the Seas
Bahamas
Departure Port

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72 Bahamas Explorer of the Seas Bahamas Cruise Reviews


augustmoon849 avatar

augustmoon849

1 Review Written

New to cruising

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We are far from seasoned cruisers, but wanted to try a short trip out of FL this winter in an effort to know more and make the best decision about boat options when planning an Alaska trip in 2016. Our previous ...
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Sail Date February 2015


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1traycee

1 Review Written

Cruise from Hell

We had never been on a cruise before and this was my last cruise. Long lines everywhere - 3 hours on the ship, lines for the elevator, lines for food, lines for guest services. Don't waste your time in line for the ...
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Sail Date December 2014


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jjustbeck

3 Reviews Written

2 Helpful Votes

Up and Down disabled cruise

First the downs. My disabled husband and I took a 5 day Bahamas cruise on Explorer of the Seas for a little birthday/holiday getaway. It was an interesting adventure just to get started. We originally booked a ...
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Sail Date December 2014


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atlboaters

1 Review Written

No Diamond Lounge, Poor Bar Service

We're Diamond members, so we've been on a few cruises and I think we know what to expect on board. One of the things we like about our Diamond status is being able to meet other cruisers in the Diamond lounge. This ...
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Sail Date December 2014


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ks1k

5 Reviews Written

2 Helpful Votes

Another Wonderful Experience With Royal Caribbean; NOT

Itinerary and departure time were changed and we received no notification from Royal Caribbean. If it had not been for the Cruise Critic forum we would have been totally in the dark. Thank you Cruise Critic! Dining ...
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Sail Date December 2014


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Taflach

1 Review Written

Excellent Vacay

This was my husbands 2nd cruise ( first on Carnival). He said he would never do it again and I begged him to try another one on RCI. He is now in love and decided we will do this every yr. The service was ...
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Sail Date December 2014


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MrsB05

15 Reviews Written

28 Helpful Votes

The Crew MADE This Cruise

We booked this cruise several months ago because we got a very decent rate on a JS. We like to cruise in December to both celebrate my birthday and rest up for tax season (DH is a CPA). The Bahamas is not our ...
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Sail Date December 2014


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rq27606

4 Reviews Written

Aging ship, ready for refit

Overall, it was a good cruise. Good value, good time. Great staff who worked very hard. My comments will include some suggestions and minor complaints. I would do it again, and probably will. The ship is aging and ...
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Sail Date December 2014


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williamsk

6 Reviews Written

1 Helpful Vote

The Turkey Trip

Second time on this ship, 9 years apart, this time with kids. A different experience. The Explorer is still one of favorite ships, although she is by no means the smallest, she still offers the best of both worlds- ...
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Sail Date November 2014


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nyhighlands

2 Reviews Written

First time cruiser and definitely not the last!

I got the opportunity to take my first cruise on the EOS out of Bayonne (Cape Liberty) in March 2014. The weather at the port was chilly but that didn't stop the sun from reddening my face. I was jacked to get on ...
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Sail Date March 2014


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Duwayne

1 Review Written

Much less than expected

We sailed this route and Line because of proximity and price. Driving to and from the port is always a plus. Boarding wasn't too bad but they make you wait for buses to take you from the terminal to the ship and the ...
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Sail Date February 2014


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addie1864

1 Review Written

Good time with old friends.

This is the 4th time we sailed on the Explorer. Mainly because it leaves from NJ and we would rather avoid the hassle of flying. The Explorer is a nice ship and even though it is an older one it still offers a lot ...
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Sail Date March 2014


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firefighter32

1 Review Written

Overall a Good Time with only Minor Issues

We sailed out of Cape Liberty on March 29, 2014. The day we left there was a system that went through and we had rough seas sailing out. I had already been warned that the ride would get bumpy because the currents ...
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Sail Date March 2014


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Ruthie1017

1 Review Written

Explorer of the Seas - March 29 - April 5

I just returned from the Explorer after a 7 day Bahamas cruise. Here are my thoughts. Day One: Port Liberty is more or less the same as the Florida terminals. Organized chaos, but everyone knows their job. It ...
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Sail Date March 2014


JoyF avatar

JoyF

1 Review Written

Never again!

My friend and I booked this as a birthday treat, some sun before a couple of days shopping in New York. We flew from Heathrow, UK and landed in Newark, the lady who met us to arrange transfer for the overnight stay ...
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Sail Date March 2014


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familyofour

4 Reviews Written

1 Helpful Vote

Surprises on The Explorer

We drove from CT to the port. We followed pot hole alley. Just kidding, but wow the pot holes in NJ!! My DH and 2 17yr old girls traveled the week of school break February 16th. We had a balcony aft on the 9th ...
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Sail Date February 2014


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Treated Like Royalty

5 Reviews Written

From Rags to Riches

Our group of 7 family members just returned from a 7 day Bahama Cruise on the Explorer of the Seas. This was my 5th cruise on the Explorer, and I am so sad to think that she will be replaced at the end of this year. ...
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Sail Date February 2014


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jccruising

1 Review Written

Not bad/Not Good

Embarkation- First let me mention the immediate roads leading to & from the pier are awful, pot-holes aren't strong enough description.. small craters are much better, I'm not sure how people with low riding cars ...
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Sail Date February 2014


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suhrfam

1 Review Written

Good, but not GREAT!!

This was our 4th cruise with Royal Caribbean and the first three were all great!!! Now, we have experienced something a bit different from what we were expecting….. This was not the cruise vacation we had ...
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Sail Date February 2014


JerseyGirl19 avatar

JerseyGirl19

1 Review Written

Explorer of the Seas was Great!

I sailed on the Explorer of the Seas out of NJ on February 23. This was my 4th cruise but my 1st on Royal Caribbean and my 1st out of NJ. (I have sailed on a 7 day Princess Cruise out of Ft. Lauderdale and 2-3 night ...
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Sail Date February 2014


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Terrianne1

3 Reviews Written

5 Helpful Votes

Not what we expected!

We sailed on the 9 th of February, two weeks after the ship docked early with the Novovirus on board! We weren't sure what to expect as we hadn't sailed in the cold before. The port wasn't as bad as we thought it ...
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Sail Date February 2014


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derekphelps

1 Review Written

Wow -- I spent how much on this cruise?

Overall, this was a terrible cruising experience. We have been on at least seven cruises with various cruise lines including Cunard, Carnival, Disney and one previous cruise with RCCL. After this experience, we are ...
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Sail Date February 2014


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Bentley's Bather

2 Reviews Written

No rating

Family Fun

We decided on this cruise because of the destination. Our family flew into EWR 2 nights before embarking. We were glad we did because of the winter weather. We stayed at Best Western Plus Newark. The proximity to ...
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Sail Date February 2014


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sgrebleski

1 Review Written

Point of View From a First Time Cruiser!

My boyfriend and I went on our first cruise ever on the Explorer to the Bahamas on Jan. 5th and while this was our first, it certainly won't be our last! A friend of ours dropped us off in Bayonne and initially we ...
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Sail Date January 2014


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JenniferCT73

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

SHIP BEAUTIFUL, MOST STAFF TERRIFIC

Even though this ship is considered "old" in the Royal Caribbean fleet, I did not note any age. I did not observe any dated or faded décor. We had a balcony cabin, which was spacious and kept spotless. Our sons had ...
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Sail Date January 2014


Explorer of the Seas Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.04.1
Dining4.04
Entertainment5.03.9
Public Rooms4.04.3
Fitness Recreation5.04.1
Family5.03.7
Enrichment4.03.5
Service4.04.3
Value For Money5.03.9
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