154 Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas Caribbean - Western Cruise Reviews

As a Crown and Anchor Platinum member...the overall experience was horrible. The food was average at best. The biggest issue I had was that the service was just not even close to what Ive experienced on an RC cruise before. The employees ... Read More
As a Crown and Anchor Platinum member...the overall experience was horrible. The food was average at best. The biggest issue I had was that the service was just not even close to what Ive experienced on an RC cruise before. The employees just seemed like they were there to just get a paycheck. I called customer service to discuss my issues as a customer and I felt like they were dismissive and not interested in trying to help make things better. The employees spoke english but their accents were SO heavy you couldn't understand a word they said. We had 830pm dining room seating and didnt leave the table before 11 most nights and that was because the food never came out and when it came out it tasted average at best. The best tasting food on the cruise was at the Promenade. (the pizza) We went to Johnny Rockets and the service was so poor and the servers we couldn't understand the english they spoke because of their heavy accents. The service at the pool was non existent and the bars were overcrowded because of that. The Wifi for the first 3 days was intermittent at BEST. The internet manager spoke English but again couldn't understand what he was saying because of his thick accent. The photographers we had the same issue with. The 800 number is useless and I feel like an unvalued customer. Sorry RC Im going to start cruising elsewhere! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was my 1st cruise we upgraded to a Jr Suite abd our accommodations were stellar!! LOTS of room. Only complaint was they could not get the air regulated and it was too hot. We were really glad we decided on a balcony. The ship was ... Read More
This was my 1st cruise we upgraded to a Jr Suite abd our accommodations were stellar!! LOTS of room. Only complaint was they could not get the air regulated and it was too hot. We were really glad we decided on a balcony. The ship was nice and we found plenty to do on the ship. I had many spa services and enjoyed everything other than high pressure sales. In fact, I thought that the entire cruise staff was always selling something, especially the specialty dining packages. We could not understand the first person and actually had told him to go away as we had our one reservation we wanted but he tried to convince us it’s cheaper to buy the package. We thought we were just buying a one night deal but it ended up we were charged for the whole 3 night deal and only had one specialty dinner. RC did fix this for us when I went to customer service. As for dining, I really did not think the food was very good anywhere. I’m not picky but especially the dinner menu was really tasteless for the most part. We probably enjoyed eating in the MDR for lunch and breakfast way more than we did in the evening, especially since this was an alternative to pushing about for low quality food in the Windjamner. Also RCL needs to enforce their dress code. I enjoy getting dressed up and dining in an upscale atmosphere but so many low class people were in tacky clothes- shorts, jeans, tshirts in the evening in the MDR. A rule is a rule and they need to be pointed to the Windjamner if they aren’t dressed appropriately for the MDR. Perhaps this was bc we were on a “free cruise” for Kia that there were more people on board that normally could not afford a cruise but it was tasteless for sure. I have to wonder if the issues with the food are due to their upsales for specialty dining? As for the Windjamner, I only visited twice as I can’t stand The queuing And walking about in these places of fat people gorging their faces with low rate food. It’s just gross. I found that the selections were like a college cafeteria, in fact maybe less. Just basic low cost foods. Throughout the entire cruise I never had a special dessert that I would care to have again. But overall the waiters were very good and our request for a Table for 2 in an out of the way place was honored. The ship was really beautiful but due to late dining we never watched a show. The debarkement or whatever it is called for both the ports and the final day were very unorganized and confusing. There were RCL staff giving out different info w regards to where to go and then the line the last day was extremely long. Overall I rated the trip high as we were there more for the experience than the food or I would have given it a much lower rating. We did take advantage if the discount to book another cruise before we left and will give it another try again in the future. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We've cruised for 15 years and this was our first Royal Caribbean cruise. It was very disappointing because the reputation was this was the best cruise line in the industry. The food was terrible and the entertainment was lacking ... Read More
We've cruised for 15 years and this was our first Royal Caribbean cruise. It was very disappointing because the reputation was this was the best cruise line in the industry. The food was terrible and the entertainment was lacking significantly. The ship was not prepared departure took too long and we had to wait like cattle for almost two hours before being able to board the ship. The majority of the Crew was very helpful however there were other dining room attendants that appeared not to understand English or what was being asked. They would just disappear and never come back. The food appeared to cater to Indian flavors and was limited. I never heard of a ship not having half-and-half for tea and they often ran out of items totally unprepared. I ordered Ruben her party NY strip steak and after three attempts they could not get it right. The steak was maybe an half an inch thick. The first steak came out Raw and was sent back. Second steak came out like shoe leather with a brown gravy put on top which I never saw before. And the third steak was raw with gravy cuz - a really disappointing experience. The menu each night was basically the same with minor changes. The food was Bland and unimpressive and there was no variety. 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
While the service crew were outstanding, and tried their hardest to make the cruise pleasant, the truth of it is that this is a Sea Bus. It is overcrowded (which makes good service very difficult), the ports of call are boring, with very ... Read More
While the service crew were outstanding, and tried their hardest to make the cruise pleasant, the truth of it is that this is a Sea Bus. It is overcrowded (which makes good service very difficult), the ports of call are boring, with very little to see or do (a lot of passengers stayed on the boat and didn't even bother to get off), and far too much time is spent at sea (about half the days are sea days). With 6 of the 14 days at sea, and some shortened (1/2 day) ports of call, you would think Royal Caribbean would step up the entertainment, but the best they could do was multiple trivia games all day long And good luck finding a place to sun around the pool! The hot tubs were always taken over by legions of teens; in fact, children could be found running unsupervised all over the ship. Unless you want to drink heavily, sun yourself daily, and let your kids run amok (or experience others who do), I suggest you find another cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
This was our first cruise and it was awful. Was it that the ship was filled with rude, lewd, snotty college kids? That may have been the heart of the problem, but we would have rolled with the punches if Royal Caribbean would simply have ... Read More
This was our first cruise and it was awful. Was it that the ship was filled with rude, lewd, snotty college kids? That may have been the heart of the problem, but we would have rolled with the punches if Royal Caribbean would simply have fed us. We were so hungry and thirsty the entire time. The vast number of kids made dining rooms, casino, and bars pretty much inaccessible. No big deal, right... there's always room service. But the room service food was absolutely awful. I'm not being picky; the room service food was vending machine quality and quite stale. I'm confident this food was not prepared during the cruise; it had to be leftovers from previous cruises. Why buy food for this cruise?... the ship is about to go into dry dock and these drunken kids won't care what they're fed. We ate and drank everything in the mini bar though the sodas were warm. We tried to call and ask for ice, but no one answered nor returned our calls. I took time away from my business, hired someone to man my business in my absence, paid for a cruise and transportation to Florida, so that I could sit in a room and live off of M&Ms and hot Sprite. I'm surprised that I haven't heard anyone complain about Windjammer Café. We tried to eat there a couple of times but there wasn't anything appealing offered. Each time the buffet was large, but kind of sad looking (pasta dishes with barely any sauce and watery veggies), and only one meat selection (chicken tenders the first time, and what looked like "potted meat" the other time). Surely it isn't always like this; I can't believe people would put up with it. I wasn't expecting anything spectacular, but I thought cruise food quality would be on par with Ruby Tuesday or Applebys, but it was not at all. To compare this food with a high school cafeteria would insult the high school. It's highly unlikely we will take a second cruise (definitely not on Royal Caribbean!). We hated the first one, but we enjoyed the ports and we enjoyed our balcony. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
As a first cruise we thought we were in a good time. Man we were mistaken. We booked this several months in advanced. We made sure to follow all the rules and regulations as i fly a ton and didnt want any issues. The confiscated the ... Read More
As a first cruise we thought we were in a good time. Man we were mistaken. We booked this several months in advanced. We made sure to follow all the rules and regulations as i fly a ton and didnt want any issues. The confiscated the water we were told we could bring on-board. Then come to find out during the cruise others were allowed to keep their water either for religious reasons or simply they were told they couldn't speak english. Oh and never returned the water as they stated they would. Once on the boat we were informed that we were downgraded to a junior suite due to a maintenance issue and wouldn't get any of the suite features in the junior room. While the junior was larger it still wasn't anything like what we paid for and were confirmed to get. still nothing back from royal on a refund. Service - what a joke. Except for our dinner server and his assistant everything was horrible! We were told by many travelers that there was a specific dress code for 99% of the ship areas. This is to include dinner time. Wrong not of this ship/cruise. We had people in bathing suits, cover ups, underwear and even a guy wearing a dog suit costume at dinner ever night including formal night. When we complained we were told that its spring break and they can only do so much. We had to purchase the minimal beverage package due to the water bottle issue above. 3 of 5 nights we were unable to get any water. We complained every day and were told they would look into it. But nothing done. The internet package was horrible as well. We were only able to use it due to it being down almost the entire time. The food choices other than the two locations were quite lacking. It appears that there were a lot on the rccl website but not once we got on the ship. According to the crew its getting a lot of new dinning options in dry dock. The entertainment was ok. The problem here is they would put the most popular entertainment items in the smallest rooms and it was so packed that we couldnt attend. Then the music/juggling acts were in the big rooms but only a handful of people were there. Something good, was we were able to visit two beautiful beach towns in cozumel and nassau. The excursions were avoided except for joining the ships shopping guide for some shopping. Caveat 1 ---- this was the last cruise for a 15 year old ship prior to dry dock. Caveat 2 ---- royal caribbean went out to colleges to offer this cruise at a huge discount. (according to the desk 2/3 of the ship was from a college) In summary, i hope that royal caribbean cruises are better than this. The ship is old, it was spring break and the staff was under staffed. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
I had been planning for months to surprise my wife for our 25th anniversary with a cruise, telling her to take vacation and telling her nothing else. Plans made for a relaxing cruise to celebrate and Thursday before we departed (Saturday) ... Read More
I had been planning for months to surprise my wife for our 25th anniversary with a cruise, telling her to take vacation and telling her nothing else. Plans made for a relaxing cruise to celebrate and Thursday before we departed (Saturday) I let her know what we were doing. Being married 25 years it also meant I knew enough to give her time to properly pack and not showing up at the port and her going, "OMG, I'm not packed for a cruise." One of the secrets being married 25 years for my male friends reading this. All the planning and preparation as well as expectations could not have prepared us for the real surprise, finding out Royal Caribbean had allowed through a third party the booking for 2,200 college kids on spring break to be on the cruise. We arrive at the ship and check in went fairly smooth, even though if you were not Gold the lines appeared to be quite long. Looking at the guests in line it did appear to be a lot of younger generation people. It wasn't until we were on the ship and my wife and I in line to get drink packages that we discovered the ship was 2/3rd's college kids on spring break. There were drunk kids falling down in the Windjammer even before we departed the port. Not a good sign! The ship departs and we get our luggage and my wife decided to get a glass of wine. I said I would wait and 45 minutes later she comes back. The lines to get a drink were crazy. We went to the casino and could not even get on the Blackjack table at first, and forget trying to get a drink at the bar while waiting. Both the first and second day you could not even get close to the hot tub and pool on the top deck, littered with intoxicated kids having a good time. Sleeping the first night was a luxury with all the school chants up and down the corridors, drunk kids bouncing off the doors, and music being played. I went to Guest Relations on the second day to tell them how extremely upset I was over Royal Caribbean not telling us it was a "spring break cruise," to be told "we'll file a report. It wasn't until we pulled into Cozumel that things quieted down as all the kids went ashore to indulge in adult beverages. Cozumel was the first port I personally witnessed some of the kids with bags packed being escorted off the ship. Good for RC, but not good enough as the cruise was helpless with addressing all the problems. By the way we were told they ran out of Tequila and Vodka the first night. How does a cruise ship on a five day cruise run out of anything the first night? Every night was a sleep challenge. Every day was a challenge to use the amenities on the ship. I realize the ship was going into dry dock, and definitely showed it was in lack of repair. It was also not well maintained from a cleanliness standpoint with the crew not able to keep up with the intoxicated kids and their antics, but also wonder if they were understaffed with the upcoming dry dock. Plumbing made noises in the mens room out side of Magellan. Parts of the ship were being damaged by the kids, and no one seemed to care. We even heard reports of furniture being thrown overboard and kids attempting to go from balcony suite to balcony suite on the outside of the ship. Luckily we didn't have a man overboard. The food was not up to the usual Royal Caribbean standards as we are Crown and Anchor members and cruised with several times and were starting to become our favorite cruise line...until this. Day before we returned home the coke machines were empty. Attempted to get a cherry Coke, it was out. Went to another machine and it was out. Ok, we'll try something else and it was out as well. They run out of booze then out of soft drinks, now I'm angry. Shows were not to usual high standards, and overall very disappointed. Overall this ended up being the cruise from H***. Guest relations didn't seem to care and in fact one crew member told me, "Sorry but there is nothing we can do. This kids have the right to be on here as well." No argument about their rights, but what about the obligation of Royal Caribbean to let regular cruise members that springbreakpartycruises dot com had book through RC to do a spring break party cruise out of the trip. The image of Royal Caribbean in my opinion has been tarnished. My anniversary surprise cruise for my wife was a total disaster and waste of money and time we took off from work. Royal Caribbean hasn't responded to my cruise review response request they sent me, and they probably are basking in their checking account with filling the ship to capacity (we heard oversold), sold an inordinate amount of drink packages, and wasn't concerned about the damage we saw because of the status of the ship going into dry dock. Shame on you Royal Caribbean! You ruined the trip I planned for with my wife, and apparently do not care. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Pros • The food in the dining room and buffets was good (but not outstanding) • The dining room staff was very friendly (especially our assistant waiter) • We had a family oceanview stateroom, which was spacious and nice • The ... Read More
Pros • The food in the dining room and buffets was good (but not outstanding) • The dining room staff was very friendly (especially our assistant waiter) • We had a family oceanview stateroom, which was spacious and nice • The overall decor in the ship was quite tasteful, and the artwork in the stairways, and the hallways leading to the staterooms was nice • The shows were good, but not outstanding • Each elevator has a carpet panel in the floor to remind you what day it is (e.g. “Tuesday”) Cons • Compared to other cruise lines, we found the majority of the staff not particularly friendly, e.g., many didn’t even make eye contact when passing them in hallways • The “Self-assist” disembarkation procedure was a mess – we stood in line (that stretched from one of the deck 4 staircases, through the casino) for about 45 minutes with several hundred other people, and then we all slowly shuffled off the ship. Then when we got into the port, we waited another 45 minutes in line to go through Customs and Immigration. It was tiring and frustrating. • Excursion tickets weren’t delivered to our room on the first evening (as promised) – we had to go to the Guest Relations desk the night before the excursion and ask for them • Beach towels are not provided in the rooms – you have to pick them up on the pool deck, or at a special desk when leaving the ship for a shore excursion • The design of the main promenade on Deck 5 has a flaw regarding air freshness – There is a staircase leading up from the casino right into the middle of the promenade, so you almost always have to walk through cigarette smoke when you walk along the promenade • The speakers in many of the elevators are not working well, so it’s hard to understand what’s being announced • They don’t provide some standard things in the staterooms, e.g., pen & paper, a recycling bin, and at least one free bottle of water • The buffet dessert tables had no pie or fruit tarts – pie, at least, should be standard • No giant chess board anywhere on board!   Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
Prior to sailing we knew it was an 'older boat', and read the reviews that complained about decor, food, and other various things. But our overall impression after we got off the boat was very positive - almost everything was ... Read More
Prior to sailing we knew it was an 'older boat', and read the reviews that complained about decor, food, and other various things. But our overall impression after we got off the boat was very positive - almost everything was much better than we expected. These are just some random notes we made, and hopefully they'll be applicable after the boat comes back in May. Food Much better than we though. On day 1 we headed to the Windjammer with everyone else, and weren't that impressed. After that meal every one we had was surprisingly good. Dining room menu has a range of options, from simple things like pasta all the way to salmon / lobster. Windjammer seems to be very popular for breakfast in the morning and I *strongly* recommend standing in line for an omelet, my wife and I felt it was one of the best things we had all week. Food at the Cafe Promenade was good, the dessert items are better than the cold sandwiches. The pizza there is also good, not great. That was really the theme - there was nothing 'other-worldly', yet we were very happy every time we were finished eating. Dining Options RC kind of tricks you into thinking that there's a lot of dining options on-board, when there's really not. For breakfast it's either the dining room or Windjammer. Lunch is Windjammer or Johnny Rockets. Dinner is Portofino, Dining Room, or Windjammer. On other ships we felt like there were 1 or 2 other places to check-out, and if we had taken the 9-night cruise I think it would've gotten tiring going to the same places. That said - there are a ton of bars. More on this later. Lack of Staff Unlike other cruises we've been on, it felt like there just weren't a lot of RC people around. On the pool deck, an attendant would walk by maybe once every 2 hours. No cocktail waiters walking around the pool (didn't matter to us). In the casino, while playing, it was extremely difficult to get a waiter - sometimes there was 1 person, most of the time it was no one (to the point where the dealers were apologizing). Smokey Casino As soon as you enter the casino, the musty smell hits and it's apparent the casino has that saturated smell. It didn't bother me but my wife avoided it. I spent all 5 nights in the casino, and just like anywhere else sometimes I was next to a smoker, other times i'd go 2 hours and not notice it. Balcony Room We had a balcony on deck 8, almost middle of the ship. The RC booking agent recommended it and we were very happy with it. The balcony has two chairs, a small table, and made our room 'feel' larger. When facing west it was a great way to watch the sunset. The price difference was well worth it - an interior at the time of booking was $420/person for 5 nights and we paid right around $500 for a balcony, with a $200 on board credit. Decor This was the complaint we probably saw the most on Cruise Critic about this boat. There's some older art, some older carpets, and some strange color schemes. But who cares?! Seriously - isn't the food you're eating much more important that some statue that you think is not aesthetically pleasing? This seems to bother the older crowd, but we just thought it absolutely didn't matter in terms of enjoying the cruise. Feed us, throw out some decent entertainment, and add some consistently good service. That's what you're paying for. My Time Dining We thought also, before going, that it was odd when people would mention staff by name in their review. As in, shout out to so-and-so. We did MTD and on our first night we got a table for 2, with 2 servers who were absolutely fantastic. I'm not going to mention their names, but we requested that table for the remainder of the cruise and each night they were terrific. Fast, efficient, very friendly. Each dinner took no longer than 40 minutes. We told them on the last night how we had heard of dinners taking 2 hours, and they said that because they did a MTD section, the goal is to get people-in-and-out. All 4 of our meals were very good, although in hindsight I'd pay the 16 for the Filet upgrade. Entertainment Mixed bag here. The production shows are geared for the 55+ crowd, we were bored and left early a few times. But some of the late night entertainment was great; we had a terrific time at The Quest and the Love and Marriage show. Didn't go to ice skating because our slot time was 4pm on the At Sea day - didn't feel like leaving the sun for an ice show. The mini golf is nice, along with the other sports deck stuff. Be warned - the daytime entertainment schedule was really lacking, unless you like 45 minute seminars on buying Tanzanite. During the day we found almost nothing we wanted to go to. Bathrooms This was a strange issue we had - bathrooms are on each deck, but they're in a different place each time. Signage is not good, and sometimes we'd wander from corner to corner trying to find where the bathroom door was hidden. There's bathrooms in the casino I didn't know about until the last day - because there were no signs saying "oh there's a bathroom around the corner" Coffee 4 levels of coffee. 1st level - room service coffee. If you order it, you get a full pitcher of coffee and some mugs. Maybe the worst coffee i've ever had. Something you'd expect to find in a tire store. 2nd level - coffee in the dining room. They've got large machines, it was always hot, and drinkable. 3rd level - Cafe Prominade features Seattle's Best, 24/7. Very, very good. They have mugs and to-go cups. *Tip*- bring your own travel mug on board, best way to grab coffee to go. 4th level - Starbucks. Also in Cafe Prominade is a fake-Starbucks, with about half the menu. Coffee was around $4, but it was incredibly good. The beans are ground right after you place your order. RC nailed this - you have choices depending on how particular you are. Workout Facility We spent 2 mornings in the gym, getting there around 7:30. By 9am it was crowded and hard to find a machine. The room is facing foward, which in some cases means 'east', which means you are running into the sun. It's nice but would've been better to have some kind of shade to put down. They provide towels and wipes which was good. Also another good thing to bring a water bottle for. Fees for Activities Want to do yoga? That's a charge. Spin class? Charge. Johnny Rockets? $6 to get in, then $5 for any milkshake you want. Sports simulator? $40/hour. This isn't a complaint, just an observation - we saw additional fees more than expected. Getting Off the Ship Total mess. Self-assist is an all-morning disaster with confusing lines of everyone rolling their luggage through narrow spaces. 2000 people all wanting off at the same time. Very, very few RC staff around to direct which way a line is going and where it starts. Winding through the casino... through the palace.. everyone's angry and people blatantly cutting in line. Poor way to end a nice experience. We knew what to expect and it was still aggravating to watch un-managed chaos. Random Notes On the last night we bar-hopped and each bartender was very friendly (and poured very, very heavy). They want tips, and they want you to keep coming back to their bar. I ordered a vodka tonic and for $9 it was filled with Grey Goose then a splash of tonic. If you happen to have a balcony, we'd recommend being there for departure time in one of the ports - you can watch the 'Run-Of-Shame', people clearly late for the boat being cheered and booed for not having a watch. The promenade itself is good, but there needs to be more places to get food than bars to drink at. Who goes to an art auction on a cruise ship? On day 1 the elevators were very, very slow and after that we had no issue. Had a terrible experience with Royal Caribbean's 'shopping' person in Cozumel. We were trying to negotiate some jewelry, and she intervenes to tell us that if we buy somewhere else it will be 'cartel jewelry' and we should pay full price for the item - actively working against us in this situation. I ignored her and the shop came down on their price, with no help from her.   Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
I have only been on one cruise - a Carnival ship 27 years ago. My 17 year old daughter had never been on one. This was her graduation gift. We took the Explorer of the Seas from Port Canaveral to Cozumel and Nassau. What a great time! The ... Read More
I have only been on one cruise - a Carnival ship 27 years ago. My 17 year old daughter had never been on one. This was her graduation gift. We took the Explorer of the Seas from Port Canaveral to Cozumel and Nassau. What a great time! The ship is gorgeous, lots to do at all times. We did everything from play ping pong to rock climbing to karaoke to a digital scavenger hunt to enjoying all the shows onboard. The cruise director Leigh was EXCELLENT. Having not been on another cruise lately, I don't know if he's above average, but he certainly made the trip even more fun and entertaining. The cabins were nice and were clean (a must for me), we only had an interior but it was sufficient for the small amount of time we spent in there. Our cabin attendant was wonderful, he knew our names before we even met him, and he catered to our every need (which admittedly weren't many). The main dining room food was good, although the dress was a little more casual than I expected (perhaps because of it being a 5 night cruise?). The Windjammer Cafe was available for buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner, if you chose not to eat in the main dining room. The Promenade Cafe was a great place to grab a snack or a light lunch or dinner - they had sandwiches, pizza and sweets available around the clock. The only problem we had was some seasickness. 30 minutes after leaving Port Canaveral my daughter and I were both nauseous. We bought some of the wrist bands in the general store on board (note: bring your own! everything's very pricey on board!). Thank goodness they worked. But the ship rocked horribly every single night. Several nights I had to get up and take the hangers down out of the closet because they were banging against the wall. And one night I sat and watched my tube of chapstick roll back and forth on the desk between my daughter's hair straightener and my hair dryer. Back and forth, back and forth. The last night was the worst, I couldn't even sleep for the rocking. My daughter had taken her bands off while in port and forgot to put them back on when we got on the ship; we missed dinner that night because she was sick. Within an hour of putting the bands on, though, we were at the going away show. Let me say, though, that our room was at the very front of the ship, so that may have made a difference. Also, someone told me that the newer ships have better stabilizers. I believe the Explorer was built in 2000. Oh, and one final thing, debarkation was not a very pleasant experience. We chose to carry our own luggage off, in which case we were told to be at the Palace Theatre between 7:45am and 8:30am. We arrived at 7:45am, thinking we'd be off the ship in no time. When we arrived via elevator, we couldn't even exit the elevator because there were so many people lined up to get in. We ended up taking the elevator down an extra floor and carrying our luggage up the stairs, only to wait in the hallway with hundreds of other people for at least 30-40 minutes. It wouldn't have been so bad if they had made an announcement or explained to us why the delay, but nothing was said. People were getting very upset. We were finally filed through the Theatre and off the ship, then had to go through customs. We actually reached our car (we parked right at the port) at about 9:20. I think perhaps the delay was caused by us arriving back at Port Canaveral a little later than anticipated, but it would have been very nice of the ship to let us know that - or to have made an announcement about it before everyone crowded into the hallways at the pre-announced time. Other than that, what a great time!!! I think the debarkation fiasco is not a normal occurrence; I would definitely recommend this 5 night cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
I had heard some stories about long lines and delays boarding in Canaveral at the new terminal, but it seems that they had all the bugs worked out by this cruise. From the time we arrived until we were on board was under 20 minutes. Once ... Read More
I had heard some stories about long lines and delays boarding in Canaveral at the new terminal, but it seems that they had all the bugs worked out by this cruise. From the time we arrived until we were on board was under 20 minutes. Once on board, we did have to wait for a little while as the health inspectors finished up-Explorer scored a 99. After a quick bite in Windjammer, we went to our cabin, #7322 on the hump. It was clean with a great view. And a pleasant surprise, some complimentary snacks and a small bottle of wine were waiting for us. Maybe because I hit platinum on this cruise? The warm sunny weather was a nice change from New York, and we took advantage of it as we hit the pool waiting for the muster drill and sail away. Everything went pretty smoothly and we sailed out just about on time. We had all our dinners in the MDR. The menus were about the same as on previous cruises, all well prepared and served by an efficient, attentive wait staff. The shore excursions were OK, both beach breaks. I'd recommend saving the western Caribbean and Bahamas for warmer weather as the water was a bit chilly. But it was still great relaxing on the beach soaking up the sun. We only went to a couple of the shows this time around-the action at the poker table was too good to miss, but the daily show with Leigh and Erky was great as usual. This was their last cruise as a team and they made the most of it. Because of my work schedule I had to catch an early flight, we had to use the self departure-it was well organized and once they cleared us to get off the ship, it only took about 15 minutes to get to customs, and we were through and on our way to the airport right on time. Overall, Explorer was very clean and the crew were always smiling and ready to make my vacation special. So you have to be asking, why disappointed and sad? Explorer was the first and only ship I've cruised on, and I'm going to miss her. Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
My hubby and I have never been on a cruise before...this was our first time, but as many have warned us, it will not be our last!!! First let me say that embarking was a breeze. We headed straight to our cabin to check it out and it was ... Read More
My hubby and I have never been on a cruise before...this was our first time, but as many have warned us, it will not be our last!!! First let me say that embarking was a breeze. We headed straight to our cabin to check it out and it was beautiful. We had a balcony on deck 7, port side. We then headed over to the Windjammer to have a bite for lunch, meeting up with our friends and fellow travelers. After lunch we explored the ship a bit. Each night we dined in the main dining room. Our waitstaff was Jevy and Rachael, and they were wonderful. Could not ask for better service! We also enjoyed wonderful service from Patrick, our cabin steward. We did eat all but one breakfast in the Windjammer and all lunches there as well. We ordered room service a few times as well. I have no complaints at all about the food or the service in any of these locations! Each night we also were sure to attend the show in the Palace theatre. These were all wonderful productions. They ranged from comedy acts to singing acts to dancing entertainment, each as good or better than the other. Just top notch. We also saw the ice show...which is a DO NOT MISS. The hula hoop girl was spectacular. The days were cool and while we did spend time up on the pool deck, I ended up purchasing a windbreaker and wrapping myself in a towel at times. This was due to a storm headed up north. While we had wonderful weather, the wind made a chillier trip than expected. We enjoyed trivia at the Schooner bar several times and did some shopping aboard the ship as well. We are not drinkers nor do we enjoy the casinos, but that did not hinder our trip at all. We loved every moment of it. Let me take this time to commend Leigh and Erky for the entertainment they provided. Best of the trip: 70s dance party on the Promenade the last night of the trip. The ports were enjoyable as well. I will say this: do your homework before booking excursions. We loved the Cozumel excursion to Chankenaab. Unfortunately, the snorkeling was canceled and we only received a minor $9 credit for that. I would suggest if you want to save a few bucks, you can take a cab to Chankanaab and pay to get into the park. I think it is only in the neighborhood of $23 a person...a bit less expensive than the excursion price, which is double that. The excursion on Freeport was requested by our friends. They wanted to do the cave tour. Now, I had read that there were no bathrooms, so I was very concerned about this one. DO NOT BELIEVE IT. There are most definitely bathrooms. When you get out of the bus, there is an outhouse right there...and it is extremely clean with no smells and well stocked. After the caves you go to the beach where there is a restaurant and there are bathrooms there as well. So do not let this concern you. However, despite the presence of the facilities and the wonderful time we had on Freeport, I would NOT recommend the excursion. The trip did not justify the cost. The caves were two little tiny holes in the ground. Basically, you can get down via a spiral staircase and stand on a platform at the bottom and look around, but there is literally nowhere to go. It is tiny. There are only two and neither is any better than the other. The beach is quite a walk, but it is lovely. We were able to lunch at the restaurant which had great food and spend some time on the beach. However, it was definitely a long wait for the food...they are on island time. This limited our beach time. Each port had some shopping right at the ship (be careful what you are buying though!). We were able to spend time in each port doing a little shopping even though we had spent most of the day on the excursions...so there is enough time! In fact, we took a taxi into Cozumel to do more shopping (had to buy some Mexican vanilla and rum cakes!) and were still back in plenty of time to shop at the port. Disembarking was not a problem. There was a good line at customs and I think we were at the end of it, so probably one of the last couples on the ship. Though it took a while to get through the customs line, it all went smoothly. The cruise line is very organized about getting people off and our bags were waiting there for us when we did. The food, entertainment, facilities, and staff were magnificent. We were treated royally by everyone and loved every moment. We will most certainly be cruising again very soon!   Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
Great short getaway for the winter in the warm caribbean waters. My second time on the Explorer OTS is showing its age. The crew does an amazing job of working it all in harmony with what they have to work with. The Ship has an ... Read More
Great short getaway for the winter in the warm caribbean waters. My second time on the Explorer OTS is showing its age. The crew does an amazing job of working it all in harmony with what they have to work with. The Ship has an outstanding cruise director that definitely adds to the experience. The entertainment is still pretty good in the Palace Theater. The ice shows are spectacular. The only thing I found that is going down hill is the dining. The service was good, but the food selection was very poor with the exception of the lobster night. The promenade Cafe was the best for a quick bite. They definitely need to work on de-boarding procedures for the passengers that do their self assist. It was total confusion and not well thought out. Overall it was a great cruise once again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
This was our very first cruise and we chose the Explorer of the Seas because of where it sailed to and the dates we needed to sail. We were very impressed with the ship and staff, it made our first cruise very pleasurable. We had read ... Read More
This was our very first cruise and we chose the Explorer of the Seas because of where it sailed to and the dates we needed to sail. We were very impressed with the ship and staff, it made our first cruise very pleasurable. We had read other reviews and kind of knew what to expect, but honestly, our expectations were exceeded. Our cabin was larger than we expected, it was a balcony room, and it was very clean and comfortable. Our cabin attendant was amazing, keeping our room clean twice a day and making us towel animals at the end of our day. The food on the ship was amazing and soooo much of it, all the time. We loved the shows and Royal Caribbean's private island, Coco Cay, was wonderfully relaxing. They had a BBQ for us and it was delicious, ribs that fell off the bone, hamburgers, hot dogs, etc., we never lacked for something to eat. We heard that the ship will be in dry dock in March for 45 days, so I'm sure they will be updating it some as it is almost 15 years old. Since this was our first cruise, we don't know if other ships are more "modern" than this one, but it seemed to have everything we needed. We will definitely sail RC again and again!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
Embarkation was a breeze. We were in our cabin within 15 minutes of arrival. The cabin was one of the largest we have ever sailed in. However, the bed was like a sleeping on a wooden board and the pillows were similar to the ones you get ... Read More
Embarkation was a breeze. We were in our cabin within 15 minutes of arrival. The cabin was one of the largest we have ever sailed in. However, the bed was like a sleeping on a wooden board and the pillows were similar to the ones you get in a cheap motel. The promenade deck was mind blowing. I have been on many cruises on many different cruise lines, this was the most outstanding promenade deck of any. Well, lets talk about the food. Mediocre is the best I could say about it. The first night I had to send my dinner back because it was inedible. The replacement was a little better. One night duck was served and it tasted like it had suffered from freezer burn. The braised leg of lamb was overcooked. The salmon was dry. The lobster tail was perfect. The deserts were outstanding. The wine steward showed up only once at our dinner table during the Cruise. The waiter and his assistant were very good. Big problem, however is that they are understaffed in the dining room. The entertainment was great and the Cruise director and Assistant Cruise director were both among the best. We didn't find out about the 2 for 1 drinks at the theater until the next to last night of the cruise. There should've been something in the Daily Newsletter. We spent most of our free time in the solarium. No kids!!!! Disembarkation was a lengthy process.   Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
We cruised out of the new cruise terminal out of Port Canaveral it was a very easy embarkation from the time we got to the port till we were walking on the ship was about an hour. The Explorer is a beautiful ship however you can tell that ... Read More
We cruised out of the new cruise terminal out of Port Canaveral it was a very easy embarkation from the time we got to the port till we were walking on the ship was about an hour. The Explorer is a beautiful ship however you can tell that she is showing some age the carpets were discolored and there were a few stains on furnishings but all and all the ship was very clean. Our room was ready at about 1:00pm and was also very clean our room attendant was wonderful we had a problem with our TV that he had fixed by the time we got back from dinner the first night. Our wait staff was good but not great it seemed to me that these poor people had way to much to handle and were running around like chickens with their heads cut off. Our head waiter was great though Jo was at out table every night and was always joking and fooling around with us we all just loved her. We thought the food was great in the main dinning room the windjammer was good but your typical buffet. We had lunch at Johnny Rockets on one of our sea days and loved it. Our first stop Was CoCo Cay and I loved it. The weather was great and the island was everything that I expected from a tropical paradise this was my favorite part of the cruise. Our next stop was Cozumel Mexico were we got off the ship and took a trip down town for some shopping, again we could not have asked for better weather. We spent about 4 hours just exploring downtown and having a great time my husband fell in love with this port. The entertainment on the ship was very good. We seen the head liners These Guys and had a really good time, the ice show as always was the highlight of the cruise. It was a wonderful vacation on the explorer and the seas and I can not wait to do it again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
Arrival: You cannot see the check-in time when you book the cruise. With a departure at 4:30 pm, all should check in before 3:00 pm and we don't know this until we made the online check-in. One of us has a flight arrived MCO on 11:30 ... Read More
Arrival: You cannot see the check-in time when you book the cruise. With a departure at 4:30 pm, all should check in before 3:00 pm and we don't know this until we made the online check-in. One of us has a flight arrived MCO on 11:30 am the same day, less than 4 hour prior to embarkation. We rent a car from MCO and return it in Port Canaveral for 119 dollars and some toll fee. That's a good way to save time since we can hire the car before flight arrival and wait in the cell phone parking lot and we reached port terminal around 12:30 pm. Be sure to check in online at home - and that took us more than one hour to get on board. I cannot imagine if we didn't check in online how can we catch the cruise. On board: My time dining is flexible but you need to make a reservation or only 7:45 pm is available. You can reserve a table when leaving the dining room rather than calling them in the day time. Foods are awesome and you can ask for more than one main course when find something attracting.... Our housekeeper forgot to mention adjusting the clock forward. And in some days there is no towel dolls on bed. Well perhaps I shouldn't expect them everyday.... He keeps the room clean and tidy. There is a 10% off sale of Swarovski on the 4th day. Well, the premium outlets in Orlando offers 40% -50% off. Overall: Despite the minor problems mentioned above, it was a very impressive cruise experience. We enjoyed the waves and water. We have put Cruise into the new year's to do list.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
The Explorer of the Seas is a Voyager class ship of Royal Caribbean International. Explorer of the Seas is a large ship that measures 138,000 GT. Overall, Explorer of the Seas is a big ship, but also an old ship. Let's start off with ... Read More
The Explorer of the Seas is a Voyager class ship of Royal Caribbean International. Explorer of the Seas is a large ship that measures 138,000 GT. Overall, Explorer of the Seas is a big ship, but also an old ship. Let's start off with the staterooms. I stayed in a Superior Balcony on Deck 7; my TV was old; it still had the lump on the back of the TV. The balcony view was port side which was nice. The 4- Night Cruise to Labadee had two sea days; the pool deck was often crowded which had many children splashing me with water which I advise parents to supervise their children. The main dining room service was okay. Our assistant server forgot to serve us bread which made me lose my appetite. The Cruise Director was mean; they had this competition and he wanted twins and two Asians walked up and they looked the same; he then said "no your not twins; your Asians!" He sent the Asians back with a disgruntled face. Overall the ship was fun; Labadee is fun. I would love to cruise with Royal Caribbean again because I am a Gold Crown and Anchor Society member. Explorer of the Seas will be refurbished in May 2015 adding the Flowrider and replacing the in-line skating track. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
I held a family reunion aboard this ship. Eleven total, including 3 grandkids, my sister, 3 children and 2 daughter-in-laws. None had cruised b4. Weather was perfect the entire time. Cococaye and Cozumel were magical. Boarding was fine. ... Read More
I held a family reunion aboard this ship. Eleven total, including 3 grandkids, my sister, 3 children and 2 daughter-in-laws. None had cruised b4. Weather was perfect the entire time. Cococaye and Cozumel were magical. Boarding was fine. Dinner and Portofino's was great. Our waiter and asst. waiter were kind and generous. DW and I had a balconey. It was only our second cruise at Diamond level. I was appalled at tthe way we were treated in that regard. First night we found the card room near Viking Crown lounge that served as Diamond meeting place. Waiter told us we could have wine or champaign, but if we wanted a dink we had to get it ourselves. We were entitled to 3 drinks per night, but when I ordered a Vodka Gimlet at the bar I was told it would count as 2 drinks because it was a 'Martini' style drink. No snacks of any kind, another couple seated near us said it was the worst experience at Diamond level they had ever encountered. Every time I ordered a 'free' drink the bartenders were slow to serve and seemed disappointed, even when I tipped. Shocked when Captain began hawking watches and cameras during his noon announcements. NEVER heard of such a thing. First cruise ever where there was NOT a veteran's meeting sceheduled. Disembarkation was a mess. The entire staff just seemed a little of., Ship seemed dirtier with less effort made to keep it shipshape. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
Royal Caribbean is still our preferred cruise line. However, Explorer of the Seas is in need of some attention and it is my understanding that the ship will go in for enhancements starting early spring. But, in general, the entertainment ... Read More
Royal Caribbean is still our preferred cruise line. However, Explorer of the Seas is in need of some attention and it is my understanding that the ship will go in for enhancements starting early spring. But, in general, the entertainment was very good, the food on par and the staff attentive. For some reason, we were not required to check-in/out towels which caused two problems. One, is you didn't know if someone was coming back to a chair or not and two, the pool deck looked very sloppy with all the used towels laying around the deck. We will continue to cruise on RCI, but will make sure the ship is one of the top three classes and that the ship is not too old or has had enhancements. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
I was exited to sail on the Explorer as we had sailed on its sister ship 3 times, The Mariner of the Seas a few years back when it sailed out of Pt. Canaveral. At first look the ship appeared to show its age and it didn't bother me ... Read More
I was exited to sail on the Explorer as we had sailed on its sister ship 3 times, The Mariner of the Seas a few years back when it sailed out of Pt. Canaveral. At first look the ship appeared to show its age and it didn't bother me much until I got into our cabin. It was a balcony cabin on deck 6. Cabin number 6306. Our relatives had the Royal Pomenade view cabin across the hall 6307. Our room had odors, smelled moldy. The upholstery was stained. There were rust stains on the balcony. It felt and looked like one of those old hotels you'd find on the side of the highway that offered the least expensive rate in town. Honestly I felt uneasy in the room. I didn't want to touch anything. The other balcony cabins we had on the Mariner were on higher decks, so they had a glass balcony which made it feel more open. Deck 6 apparently had the cut-out which I didnt care for at all. You have to stand up to see out. The main dining in this room had a different decor from the other Voyager class ships. This decor was an Art Deco style which didn't give the grand feeling like they had on Mariner. I heard the Explorer was the 2nd Voyager class ship built so they tried this Art Deco style on it and I'd heard it wasn't as popular and now I can see why. It was a bit of a let down. Still I like the main dining room floor plan much better on the Voyager and Freedom class ships. I sailed on Oasis and didn't care for the layout of that dining room. Wish they'd kept it the same as Oasis's main dining room want as open. Like the rest of the ship, the Explorers main dining room showed some wear and tear. I was disappointed that Vintages wine bar on the Royal Promenade wasn't on this ship. Instead they replaced it with some beat up looking sports bar. Vintages was one of our favorite stops on Mariner. It had s great ambiance. Mariner also had some really colorful Britto prints on the main pool deck which gave the pool a more colorful, fun vibe. Food in the buffet was marginal at best compared to what was offered on Mariner when it was newer. Hope Royal Caribbean sees this post and changes some of this when Explorer goes into dry dock for renovations. I don't think we'll be sailing on another Royal Carribbean ship that's not been renovated very recently. Disembarkation was very difficult as they changed disembarkation to the new terminal, so we embarked from the old terminsl and they shuttled us over to the new terminal in an old stinky bus. It was hectic and difficult. Not sure why they would do this to us. Bad idea a Royal Caribbean. I'm very suprised this happened and combining this with the smells and deterioration of the ship, I am quite seriously thinking that I am no longer going to be loyal to Royal. Up until this cruise, they were my favorite cruise line. I'm very shocked that they would wait this long to renovate their ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
My husband and I cruised the Explorer of the Seas December 18-23 with stops in Coco Cay and Cozumel. Here is my brief summary of the cruise. Embarkation: We arrived around 12:15 and the whole process took less than 45 minutes. Ship ... Read More
My husband and I cruised the Explorer of the Seas December 18-23 with stops in Coco Cay and Cozumel. Here is my brief summary of the cruise. Embarkation: We arrived around 12:15 and the whole process took less than 45 minutes. Ship Condition: The ship is still quite beautiful - and bears a striking resemblance to my beloved Freedom, I honestly did not notice any unusual wear and tear on the public areas of the ship. Granted, I wasn't really looking, but nothing jumped out at me. Pools/Solarium: We did not make use of the pools or hot tubs, however, we did spend a lot of time in the Solarium, just lounging and reading. We really never had a problem finding seats (in the shade as we prefer) and spent quite a bit of time here. In fact, this was one of our favorite places! Exercise/Gym: We visited the gym daily, and appreciated the abundance of machines, the indoor hot tub, as well as the showers, Steam room, and sauna. It did seem that they had a bit of problem regulating the temperatures both in the hot tub and the showers. The hot tub seemed to swing from scalding hot (so that they had to shut it down) to simply tepid. And there were at least 2 showers in the women's locker room that were intolerably hot as well. I asked an attendant to help me control the temperature and she suggested I move to a different shower. This problem with the showers continued for the duration of our cruise, but I simply learned which showers to avoid and which to use. The Sauna and Steam rooms were awesome on the women's side - although my husband complained of his steam room being too hot. Overall, however, we were quite pleased with the Gym setup. We also ran on the "jogging" trail on the pool deck (5 laps = 1 mile) I prefer running tracks on lower decks with less traffic and wind. We were only able to run on this track during port days for those reasons. Promenade: A few years back I fell in love with the Promenade on board Freedom - this Promenade was a slightly scaled down version of that. It could get VERY crowded during sales events or when shows let out... and for some reason the PTB thought it was a good idea to schedule sidewalk sales to coincide with the ending of shows. This caused some serious human traffic jams. However, I do love the Promenade parades and parties and there is just something impressively quaint about a mini-main street in the middle of a cruise ship! Food: We avoided the chaos of the Windjammer and visited Johnny Rockets upon boarding. They were open from 12-3 and there was a buy one get one special prior to departure. Absolute best decision ever! We were one of two couples there at the time and had a very relaxing and entertaining lunch as we waited for our rooms to open. We visited the Windjammer a few times and it seemed like every other Windjammer. The food was fine - but the desserts were totally tasteless. And trust me, we are not food snobs. But we both agreed that the desserts were bland and kind of all tasted the same. I did love the french fries, though! Main dining was hit and miss. The service was impeccable - but the dishes ranged from excellent to just ok. Desserts were mostly the same tasteless offerings that were found in the Windjammer and Cafe Promenade. The baked potatoes were awesome, though! Breakfast in the main dining room was very good - with a nice fruit/cereal/granola/yogurt bar as well as hot prepared plates. We ordered room service for breakfast twice and thought it was nice that they called 10-15 minutes beforehand to let you know your food was on its way. This served as a nice wake up call. The first day our hot dishes were all cold, so we just ordered cold dishes (fruit/granola/yogurt/pastries) the next day. Overall we felt the food was just average - but that certainly did not keep us from eating it!! Entertainment: The Ice show was great! The comedian was awful (everyone at our table agreed) The "Royal Caribbean Singers and Dancers" variety shows were just average. Love and Marriage show was hilarious! We skipped Quest this time. The Glow Dance Party on the last night was totally lame - unless you were a 14 year old, however the Chamber night club could be a lot of fun if you hit it at the right times. Overall, the entertainment was much less impressive than the larger RCI ships but acceptable considering the low price we paid for the cruise. Crew: Everyone we met was very friendly and helpful. We really have no complaints at all as far as service was concerned! In conclusion we felt that this cruise was a great value for the money! (We paid approx. $800 for 2 people for 5 nights)   Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
Very easy getting onboard, however the rooms weren't ready until 1:30pm; no biggie. Our JS was clean, quiet, and the beds were very comfortable. Our room attendant, Debbie, was excellent, helpful, smiling, and ever present. The food ... Read More
Very easy getting onboard, however the rooms weren't ready until 1:30pm; no biggie. Our JS was clean, quiet, and the beds were very comfortable. Our room attendant, Debbie, was excellent, helpful, smiling, and ever present. The food in the MD was possibly the best we have had on a cruise ship (MD). Nice menu to choose from, and it was tasty. The crew/staff onboard were all friendly and helpful. My only complaint is that getting off the ship was quite unorganized and the staff didn't control the crowds from cutting in,etc. There was nearly a fight, words were exchanged, and even some pushing and shoving in the dining room holding area; not a crew member in sight! Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
Totally lovely cruise! The staff was very friendly and totally focussed on great service for their customers. Scarey... no way! sure we had a little wind but really? You're in the water, water moves, therefore the boat moves... If ... Read More
Totally lovely cruise! The staff was very friendly and totally focussed on great service for their customers. Scarey... no way! sure we had a little wind but really? You're in the water, water moves, therefore the boat moves... If you want no movement... stay on the couch! Dining Room: Table staff and heat waiter were fabulous and extremely accommodating.As a vegetarian, they went out of their way to provide me with delicious alternatives... "Ask and you shall receive!" Food was wonderful! Great Job! Windjammer: Nice variety. they had many different cuisines at all times, and some things I've not seen before in a Windjammer. Very tasty! Good job! The Cruise Director and side kick (Erkey "from Turkey) were hilarious! Cabin Steward served his first week waiting on us. Robert catered to my special requests and did a wonderful job! Room Service kept us in Iced tea, and Hot Cocoa constantly, even while we were out! Accommodations: Promenade View, Cabin 6259 was spacious and comfortable with two couches and a bay window. Extra large vanity and a storage cubboard below the corner TV and shelves above for hats, ice bucket, etc. Great night tables with drawers! Nice-sized glass coffee table for trays and laptop! Bed was very comfy. Furniture is statting to show it's age but it the ship will undergo a renovation in a few months. Just a few steps to the elevator and down one floor to delicious pastries & Starbucks directly below our cabin. Bay window curtains were dual layer with sheers so we were ableget low-level light from Promenade through the sheers at night for low light in the cabin while sleeping. The disappoinment was the disembarkation, which took far too long for 'walk off." On the Allure you can walk off and be in your car in 15 minutes! Exit routes for those walking off was not thought out well, as people in line were blocking elevators that people were trying to exit from. Sizeable bottleneck. Would we go to Nassau and Cozumel for 5 nights again for $185 a person with food and beverages inclusive and multiple entertainment venues on the Explorer. Yes we would! Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
Explorer of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 5.0 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.1
Family 5.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.8
Enrichment 4.0 3.5
Service 4.0 4.3
Value For Money 5.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 4.1

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