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Southampton Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas Cruise Reviews

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Disorganised 3-day cancelation and reservation
"We chose this cruise because of transatlantic Miami destination with four stops in Caribbean islands. One week before departure we were informed that the cruise would depart 3 days later than planned because of..."Read More
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Not quite what we expected

Review for Explorer of the Seas to Transatlantic

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georgemac145
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

This cruise was cut to 11 days due to bad weather on previous cruise. RCI did offer a price reduction - pro rata - or a full refund to be used towards a future cruise. Apparently full cash refunds were offered, but we did not know this at the time. Anyway we decided to go despite the change which meant we only visited one Caribbean Island instead of four. Summary: barding was excellent and on ...
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Sail Date: November 2019


Disorganised 3-day cancelation and reservation

Review for Explorer of the Seas to Transatlantic

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kikaan
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

We chose this cruise because of transatlantic Miami destination with four stops in Caribbean islands. One week before departure we were informed that the cruise would depart 3 days later than planned because of storm weather at its position then. Three of the island stops were thus canceled. We had the opportunity to cancel and be reimbursed of change our travel plans to Southampton from Barcelona ...
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Sail Date: November 2019

Cabin Type: Junior Suite Accessible


A real eye opener as to how Royal Caribbean views its UK customers

Review for Explorer of the Seas to Transatlantic

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gettinold
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

This review isn't so much about the ship. More about the way Royal Caribbean went about showing how little they care about their British customers. We found out a few days before leaving that this trip was going to be cut short by 3 days, supposedly because of bad weather. A strange excuse because when you book a cruise, you are told that these ships are so large that they can handle any ...
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Sail Date: November 2019

Cabin Type: Interior


First time cruise and last time with RCI

Review for Explorer of the Seas to Transatlantic

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grayruan
First Time Cruiser • Age 60s

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 ...
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Sail Date: November 2019

Cabin Type: Ocean View Balcony


Dancing With The Captain !!

Review for Explorer of the Seas to Canary Islands

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Icantthinkofone
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

Remember this song ?There was no land in sight !!!! October 25th was quite a nice day to embark on our 11 night cruise to the Canaries I have been on this cruise many times and couldn't wait to sail. Embarkation was reasonable but being Diamond does not seem to have that preferential treatment it used to ....sadly . Once onboard we were able to go straight to the cabin which was one of ...
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Sail Date: October 2019

Cabin Type: Interior


EXCELLENT CRUISE- SHAME ABOUT RIP OFF SHUTTLE CHARGE

Review for Explorer of the Seas to Europe - British Isles & Western

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GILLCOX
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

We chose this cruise because we had not been to Hamburg, Rotterdam and Amsterdam. Felt it was a good way to see these destinations. Apart from the drizzly weather, which was expected at this time of the year, they were very interesting places. Embarkation at Southampton was extremely easy, onboard very quickly and cabin and luggage available within hour. We had inside cabin 8673, very ...
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Sail Date: October 2019

Cabin Type: Interior


The ship was great, but don't go on this trip!

Review for Explorer of the Seas to Europe - British Isles & Western

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Zmonster8u
6-10 Cruises • Age 50s

The ship was nice, people were great. Dining room dinner menu disappointed and we ate in the windjammer most nights. When we did eat in the dining room, it was good. The ship was on the small side, but it doesn't need to be bigger with ports so close together and one cruise day. First port, Hamburg Germany on a Sunday. All stores are closed on Sundays, forget shopping. Are you serious ...
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Sail Date: October 2019

Cabin Type: Interior


Hit & Miss

Review for Explorer of the Seas to Europe - All

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Findus Stander
10+ Cruises • Age 40s

Cabins need a refurb. Public areas ok. Entertainment was hit and miss. Ventriloquist was excellent a really funny show. Take that experience were good. Not sure about the headliners, didn't enjoy any of their shows. Drinks prices high. Charged for shuttle buses we waited for over an hour for one and in the end paid for a taxi back to the ship, other cruise lines provide these free of charge. ...
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Sail Date: October 2019

Cabin Type: Ocean View

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Lacks that luxury feel

Review for Explorer of the Seas to Europe - All

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Mrs Haggar
2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

This ship is disappointing. The room 2640 is on top of the engine room and is very noisy. The decor is tired and dated. The staff and food are excellent but it feels budget in comparison with celebrity and P & O. For example, there are no nice complimentary toiletries - just some body wash in a locked container in the shower. There are no little towel animals or chocolates on the pillow, nor is ...
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Sail Date: October 2019

Cabin Type: Ocean View


Expected Better

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Cruiser Rick1
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

We chose this cruise for the D Day Beaches and the American Cemetery at Normandy. We booked a fairly expensive all day excursion in Le Havre. I was shocked to receive an email about a month before sailing, that due to ship speed limits, we would not arrive a Le Havre at 10:30 am as scheduled but at 12:30 pm. The excursion was cancelled and we did receive a full refund. I booked a different ...
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Sail Date: October 2019

Cabin Type: Ocean View Balcony


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