Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas Cruise Reviews

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gjkov
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
This was the first cruise for our multi generational family group of 6, ranging in age from 10-70. We all had a great time! We stayed overnight in Seattle the night before the cruise and had about half a day to explore. Not nearly ... Read more
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tbcollector
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
16 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
Have cruised with RCI before, but not again after this cruise. The ship is attractive, the employees are friendly, and the ship is clean-some upkeep needs to be done. The main dining room (anytime dining) is terrible. Impossible to get ... Read more
LittleJcruiser
Member Since 2017
1 review
12 helpful votes
I was disappointed with this. Of the 5 cruises that I have been on, I was least impressed with this. Ship overall - Pretty but nothing special. The activities (basketball, rock wall, pools, surfing, ice rink, etc. are great for ... Read more
Grammaroo
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 forum posts
10 helpful votes
My husband and I sailed to Alaska in June on the Explorer of the Seas. This is not our first voyage on this ship but will probably be our last. This ship is badly in need of refurbishment of the "non-feature" types of items. ... Read more
Outward_bound
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
94 forum posts
13 helpful votes
We only had a few days of holidays left and decided to take a short (1 week) cruise to Alaska. We've cruised on the Explorer before (24 night repositioning cruise from Sydney to Seattle), and have enjoyed it. Unfortunately, within the last ... Read more
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jimzgrlz
Member Since 2017
1 review
28 helpful votes
We chose Royal Caribbean as we have sailed to the Caribbean in the past with them. I don't even know where to begin. First getting on the ship was just mass confusion. We arrived at the time stated for our deck and waited in line 2.5 ... Read more
firegal2539
Member Since 2013
14 reviews
1,451 forum post
3 helpful votes
Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas Review May 26-June 2, 2017 Alaska Cruise There were good points and bad points to this cruise. I don’t want to dwell on the bad, I will just give a brief description of what happened and ... Read more
kdunham23
Member Since 2017
1 review
11 helpful votes
Let me start by saying we loved RC and cruising. We have cruised several times over the last 4 years and each and every time with RC. We are a young couple/family and love the experience. We don't mind the lines, the hiccups, the delays ... Read more
frufc
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
We arrived in Seattle two days before the start date and had a good time there. We parked our car near the cruise terminal and were shuttled into the terminal . Then it all started going wrong the queues were enormous it took over 2 ... Read more
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sailawaynana
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 helpful votes
Easy way to travel with kids. Could barely drag my 11yr old grandson away from his friends he met in the Adventure Center.Cabin with balcony was worth the extra money for beautiful views 24/7 and great pictures right from the ship. Ice ... Read more
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eucen
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Overall - an enjoyable trip with a few issues (see below) Embarkation could've been better - we had an inexperienced staffer check in my group of six (3 rooms) and the staffer incorrectly checked in my parents. (had to retake photos ... Read more
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atlcruizr
Member Since 2012
6 reviews
18 forum posts
18 helpful votes
Overall this was a great trip to Alaska, however there are some areas which could use some improvement. We flew in to Seatac the day before which was a good decision since our flights were delayed over two hours due to thunderstorms. ... Read more
Troyer5
Member Since 2009
4 reviews
85 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
This was definitely NOT a "WOW" c ruise. I went on the Explorer of the Seas on her Best of British Columbia 4 night cruise with my mother. As she doesn't cruise much [this was her 6th cruise] tended to think everything was GREAT ... Read more
dave97402
Member Since 2016
1 review
17 forum posts
19 helpful votes
We took a 4 night cruise out of Seattle last week. It was great weather and a grand time. The Explorer of the Seas is a beautiful ship and is in great shape! Navigating around the ship was easy and fun. Plenty to do and see. Main dining ... Read more
Britchip
Member Since 2017
2 reviews
2 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Wanted the experience of crossing the Pacific and this did not disappoint. The embarkation was a debacle but once on board the staff and crew really delivered. Kudos to Graham and his entertainment team that worked so hard for us on the ... Read more
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SargassoPirate
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
414 forum posts
16 helpful votes
The embarkation got us off to a rough start. As Diamond Plus, we were seated in an "exclusive" area and started boarding right after the suites and pinnacles. We soon ground to a halt in the cattle chutes for Australian ... Read more
debbiecook22
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 forum posts
15 helpful votes
getting on and off the ship was faster than I thought. overall the ship is huge staff are fantastic lots to do or do nothing at all. cabin was really good size. attendant was excellent and was always there for you if needed. ... Read more
vicmoor
Member Since 2014
6 reviews
10 helpful votes
We disembarked from the ship this morning after 13 fantastic nights around the South Pacific. Embarkation was very slow due to a computer glitch and when we got on board we found out that we had been given the wrong type of room. A ... Read more
cocorococo
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 helpful votes
I chose this cruise because a group of friends were already booked on it. On reflection I should have chosen a cruise which did not fall within school holidays as there were a lot of unsupervised 'tweens' having a great time. Can't fault ... Read more
Sassa1
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
We chose this cruise as we needed a holiday, we wanted to go snorkeling and it looked to be value for money. Well the cruise met all our expectations. The embarkation was smooth and quick, the cabin spacious and very comfortable. The staff ... Read more
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Cruisers48
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 helpful votes
We've done many cruises, several with Royal Caribbean and generally were happy with the standard and service on this occasion. We were surprised to find a younger age group than usual on this trip, which meant that bars and entertainment ... Read more
Hang Tuah
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
13 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
I embarked from Sydney ( I live here ) and was impressed with the efficiency and speed of the boarding process. Although a fairly old ship with limited entertainment and activities, I would say that I enjoyed the 11 nights I spent on the ... Read more
alfredos
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
9 helpful votes
Only our second cruise, and our first time on RCI. Embarkation was quick, well organised, and utterly painless. No surprises with the cabin. It wasn't huge, but it was plenty big enough for our needs. We hadn't eaten since 7am at the ... Read more
livlyf
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
12 forum posts
8 helpful votes
I must admit, I did not have high expectations for this cruise. I had read some negative reviews and friends who had been on the Christmas 2015 cruise on explorer was very disappointed, we had previously cruised the Voyager in November ... Read more
iamacruiseaholic
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
this was our first cruise on RCI but our 7th cruise in total. I sailed with my daughter and granddaughter, we chose this cruise as we had picked up a great deal on line. We had a fantastic time, I can recommend RCI highly enough. The ... Read more
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