526 Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas Cruise Reviews

Very nice ship. Excellent food in the buffet. Lots of variety. We had an inside room for 3 of us, including a 15-year-old teenager. Room was spacious enough for the 3 of us. Room was always very clean. I found the entertainment to be ... Read More
Very nice ship. Excellent food in the buffet. Lots of variety. We had an inside room for 3 of us, including a 15-year-old teenager. Room was spacious enough for the 3 of us. Room was always very clean. I found the entertainment to be lacking compared to entertainment on Carnival. We are not into art auctions, diamond shopping, or bingo. We don't consider those to be fun activities. There were a number of activities on the promenade deck, which made it almost impossible to get to the cafe to get a snack, coffee, or tea. Also even when arriving at the Star Lounge 20 minutes early, we were not able to get a seat for certain shows. We enjoyed all the ports of call. However, we found that Bonaire did not offer a lot of excursion options. We went swimming and snorkeling on our own. For the most part, the staff were friendly and helpful. We will take another Royal Caribbean cruise but probably on a different ship. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
The embarkation process in Miami was quick and easy. We had stayed at the Epic Hotel near the cruise terminal so it was a short cab ride over. Other than its speed and ease there is not much to say about embarkation. That's ... Read More
The embarkation process in Miami was quick and easy. We had stayed at the Epic Hotel near the cruise terminal so it was a short cab ride over. Other than its speed and ease there is not much to say about embarkation. That's probably it a good thing. It was smooth! There were parts of this cruise that were exceptional. For example, the Main Dining Room staff (Alan - Head Waiter, Lin - Waiter, and Uragil - Assistant Waiter) were absolutely exceptional. We have never had better service or a more personalized presentations. The pool areas were always crowded but the staff of the pool bar and everyone involved in the sports programming did a fantastic job. These crews are among the finest we have encountered on any Royal Caribbean cruise. As far as entertainment goes, the headline show in the Main Theater was a Motown thing. Good performers, just not a very interesting show. The ice show in Studio B was, again, good performers but not a very interesting show. The band Midnight Avenue that played in the Star Lounge over and over was fantastic and their singer (Faith) is incredibly talented. Stuff like the 70s and 80s parties was done well enough. But the New Years party was atrocious and seemed completely unplanned. This is our third New Years cruise and the entertainment on New Years Eve this time was just plain terrible. The cruise director, Mike, stood on the promenade bridge and sang a couple of weak versions of Stevie Wonder songs. In fact, most of the stuff that Mike did was dull. He seems like a nice enough guy but he does not ooze the fun like many cruise directors do. Another issue that repeatedly arose was the fact that many of the bars were running out of top spirits. It was as if there had not been a bar stock in a long long while. If you wanted Botanist gin, Four Roses bourbon, Buffalo Trace bourbon, or Pyrat rum the odds were about 20/80 that they had it versus did not have it. Our teenagers had a great time with Optix and seemed to really enjoy the activities there. The helipad became a late evening spot for the teens...some of that was good, some not so good as a few of the teens were rowdy and cursing at other passengers in the are...trying to look cool, no doubt. But, all in all a pretty good group with pretty good programming. Our first port was Labadee. Weather was great and we hung out at Columbus Beach. We did not do an excursion but found plenty to do. For our first trip to Labadee we were impressed. The views along the beaches were great. Our second port was Aruba. We did a sail and beach excursion which was decent but not incredible. The natural beauty of Aruba was the feature, as it should have been, and the crew gave us a good tour of Aruba's history and significance. The drinks on the sailboat were included but were pretty much horrible. The drinks at the beach were included but were made on the ship and were pretty much horrible. Real cheap ingredients. That said, Palm Beach, where Pelican Pier is located, was a nice place to spend a few hours. If you're ever in Aruba on New Years Eve, expect fireworks everywhere. Like miles of firecrackers lit at a time. Insane. Most of the stores close early but restaurants and bars stay open for New Years Eve. Our third port was Bonaire. We rented a golf cart and drove the north part of the island. Navigation can get kind of wild up there and lots of one way streets make it difficult but Google Maps proved quite good at getting us around. There are some areas of the coastline with cliffs and beaches that are beyond words beautiful. We did not do the southern side of the island...but the folks at the golf cart rental recommend it more than north. Lots of stuff was closed because this was New Years Day. The little distillery in Rincon was open. Nice place. Good people. Not much to see at the distillery though. Golf cart rental was a great way to get around the island. Our fourth port of call was Curacao. We did the Discover Curacao shore excursion and it was excellent. In fact the whole experience that we had in Curacao was excellent. The sea walls, the fort, the floating bridge. It's an amazing place. Among our favorites. The ship itself was in great order and looked fantastic. The Main Dining Room food, for the most part, was excellent. We did not do any specialty dining. All in all, a good but not great cruise. I would go on Explorer again just for the Main Dining Room staff, they were that good. But, then again, our next cruise is already planned on the Oasis. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was sold as a Holiday cruise - with New Year's celebrated on the ship. We booked a Junior Suite and were not disappointed! It was comfortable and roomy (and the bathtub and walk-in closet weren't bad either!). This was my ... Read More
This was sold as a Holiday cruise - with New Year's celebrated on the ship. We booked a Junior Suite and were not disappointed! It was comfortable and roomy (and the bathtub and walk-in closet weren't bad either!). This was my first Caribbean sailing - but not my first RCL cruise. I was told the ship and amentities would be more crowded than what I was used to - and that there would be a more family vibe. I didn't find crowds to be that bad - we're up early for breakfast so the Windjammer at 7:00 - 7:30am was perfect. Not too crowded at all and seats could be found all over the place! The family vibe was definately there. Not a fan of a lot of kids, but it was okay as they were mostly behaved (even though some took to running up and down the hallways late at night...). Most disappointing was the food in the Main Dining Room. No special dinner for New Year's Eve. Food choices were okay, but not exceptional. All menus were red meat heavy (and I am not a vegetarian by any means!). Appetizers had more imagination and were quite good. We had dinner at Chops one night. My filet mignon was cooked to perfection! My husband rated his steak as just okay. The menu indicated that sides were shareable, but some were not. I think if a couple shares three sides, that would be ample (we shared only two). Desert was just okay - we got the same selection as in the Main Dining Room. RCL staff were wonderful in every area - they all worked really hard to ensure every guest had the most memorable vacation - and we did! Yes, some of the entertainment was cheezy, but there were a lot families, so we went with the flow and had an enjoyable time. Headliners were wonderful and we were quite pleased with all the performers. We wish there were more matinee movies on the sea days. Excursions booked through RCL were great, although really research your tours as we found that the decriptions provided by RCL were not always clear. For example, we booked a UTV ride in Aruba that went in part to the Natural Pool, but no where in the brochure did it tell us we could go swimming so no one on our tour packed a bathing suit or towel. Labadee was a great stop, but unfortunately, the beach lounger we booked was on Adrenaline Beach - which we found as unswimable due to the rocky bottom. Luckily we brought swim shoes, but the ocean floor was painful at times. There was so much to do that we didn't get to, so I hope we'll be able to go back and try the zipline! We opted for Jet Skiing this trip and it was so much fun! One thing if you go ashore, do pack some US $. The Haitians work on the island, and it's nice to tip them for the great service they provide (like showing you to your beach cabana and/or lounger). New Year's on the ship was fun! We got party hats, tiara's and noise-makers at our MDR table. The Promenade, as expected, was packed. I had read about reserving tables for a fee and must say, it would have been a waste of $ to do so - it was much more fun walking amongst the crowd! It was a real party atmosphere. Added bonus - we got to watch the fireworks in Aruba from our balcony! We have very fond memories of our trip. The weather was amazing and RCL staff were fantastic! A perfect way to spend our anniversary! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was my 5th cruise with Royal Caribbean, two of which were also Voyager Class ships including the Adventure and Mariner of the Seas. We enjoyed both of those ships as well. THE GOOD: The good definitely outweighed the bad when ... Read More
This was my 5th cruise with Royal Caribbean, two of which were also Voyager Class ships including the Adventure and Mariner of the Seas. We enjoyed both of those ships as well. THE GOOD: The good definitely outweighed the bad when it comes to the Explorer. The itinerary of this cruise was great - we made stops at the ABC islands and Labadee, Haiti. The excursions that we chose were informative and thorough.For example, in Bonaire we did a glass bottom boat tour which I certainly recommend for those fascinated by marine life! Additionally, we found that we enjoyed the food on this ship more than we had on its sister ship, Adventure. The buffet and the dining room were equal when it came to dinner, with the Windjammer buffet serving some food offerings that were in the dining room, as well as adding extra options such as burgers, hot dogs, mac and cheese, and a salad bar. At dinner for desert it would alternate between a chocolate fountain and a crepe station in addition to the cakes that changed every night. The service that we experienced in both the main dining room and the buffet I think was up there in my list for ships with the best service (and I've been on over twenty something cruises). The staff couldn't be any more pleasant. At the buffet, you didn't need to get up for drinks- the waiters would immediately come to the table and ask you what you wanted. (Complimentary drinks) Dining room service was also very quick as we would usually be in and out within one to two hours. Our inside cabin was how we expected it: small. However, there was ample storage space. THE NEGATIVE: Entertainment was poor. The nightly production shows were boring. There was also a performance by a group of singers that the ship had brought in that I found so incredibly boring that I left in the middle of it. The only good shows were from a magician that was brought in and the one ice skating show. Speaking of the ice skating show, the ship would assign you times based on your muster station that you would be able to see the show. For us it was a nuisance because we were assigned a time of 7 pm which would be for us in the middle of dinner. During the day there was also a lack of activities to do. There were no slides or other cool attractions found on Royal Caribbean ships. The only things to do were really the FlowRider (which always has too many people), the rock climbing wall, mini golf, and shuffle board. Almost everyone I saw on the pool deck had a book in their hands, (including me!) something that I rarely see on big cruise ships. I definitely would recommend bringing a book as well. As much as I love the Solarium on RC, there were not enough seats for everybody, as it was incredibly difficult to get a seat. The only time we managed to get a seat was at 9:30 in the morning when everyone was either asleep or eating breakfast. As for the ship as a whole it definitely is due for renovation and amplification. This will actually be done by May of this year! However, I still highly recommend this ship! 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
I sail to snorkel. Ship looked okay but going into drydock 3/2020 for 7 weeks. Embarkation process sucked. Captain blamed it on CBP. 77 b to b held up 4000 new cruisers. Sounds fishy...lolol. Three + hours to board. No one inside had a ... Read More
I sail to snorkel. Ship looked okay but going into drydock 3/2020 for 7 weeks. Embarkation process sucked. Captain blamed it on CBP. 77 b to b held up 4000 new cruisers. Sounds fishy...lolol. Three + hours to board. No one inside had a clue except our FB group. We had a guy held up. He was one of the b to b held up and posted throughout the process. Most meals I could finish. I'm not a foodie. Terrible entrees in MDR. I refuse to pay for Specialty Dining. I was on same route same week on Explorer 2018 and thought MDR food was great. The Quest was great. Performance show was great. I avoided tanning because I burn easily. My Stewart was outstanding. On top of everything. 10's. Dining Room waiter Henry and Kaif were excellent. Labadee looked like an RCI tourist trap. Nice place to stretch legs... Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
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 ... Read More
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 the last two available as we only booked three days prior to sailing at a great price too I hasten to add, an inside cabin on deck 8. Off we sailed and we were nowhere near the Bay of Biscay before we heard the most awful crashing at the front of the ship which was apparently the waves ! The ship was pretty rocky and there were several falls and lots of sickness all of which I have never witnessed before . The Captain informed us the weather was bad but would settle down which it eventually did a day later lol We ate in the main dining room svereal times but we were the only people on a table of six there were lots of tables likes this and despite asking to sit with others it was never granted so we decided to eat at at the Windjammer instead, The food was very good I especially enjoyed the curries and seafood of which their was plenty . The entertainment was not very good at all and sadly the cruise director not much better he gave you no incentive to put the tv on and find out what was happening .The only entertainer who drew crowds every night was Perry Grant he sang in the Schooner bar and he was my reason for going on this cruise this was the third time I had seen him in a year .The bar was packed and it was standing room only every night The audience participation was second to none on this cruise it was hilarious . After we had visited Madeira, Tenerife, and Gran Canaria the weather had started to take a turn for the worse for our route home and apparently we would approach four storms ,after a lot of confusing hearsay we were told that we would not be visiting Vigo nor La coruna and in fact we would be spending four extra days onboard to avoid the storms . We reached Lanzarote (theres a great zara in Lanzarote ) and some people disembarked , obviously this change of itinerary affeceted lots of people in many ways either children not being able to return to school and people waiting to have surgery that they could not rebook as they did not know how long before it would be rescheduled and some people just desperately wanting to get back to ther own businesses . Eventually the ship sailed and the Captain announced that we would now be stopping at Malaga for two days then a further two days in Lisbon ,I for one was elated I love Malaga, and Lisbons Antiques and general market was due to be held on the day we arrived (Tuesday ). The weather In Malaga was quite windy and there were several ships in port it was very busy the market was on but it was a thouroughly enjoyable stop,again some passengers disembarked and I admit to being scared regarding the seas as we sailed away . We arrived In Lisbon and it was cloudy with a few showers The market was great as you look from the ship its behind The Dome to your right so not far and I took a 10 euro tuk tuk there and walked back down the hill . As we sailed away from Lisbon we heard that our Captain had in fact given up his own vacation to keep us safe which I think is to be admired . People were apprehensive mainly because we had experienced such bad weatther on the way out ,We did feel more movement and I believe that peoples cabins were changed away from the front , we never felt a thing in our cabin as it was inside and midship .some people stayed in their rooms as they were unable stand up due to the movement and sickness and some people slept on the sofas on deck 11 as they felt the fresh air helped . Miraculously we avoided the worst of the four storms and reached Southampton late on the Thursday evening and started disemabarking about 20.30 . The passengers that left the shipprior to Southampton were offered £300 each as compensation to get home and I managed to claim on my travel insurance for delay and received £200.Passengers that had the drink package had to pay their own for the extra four days which was not appreciated by some .Unfortunately The Explorer was due to commence a Transartlantic Cruise and this itinerary was also changed they missed all the ports bar one and also lost four days so I believe lots cancelled .I will think twice before booking October and November in future as things could have been far worse but thanks to our Captain this time they were not . Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
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 ... Read More
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 well located. Very quiet. Excellent room attendant 'Floyd'. Only ate in the Windjammer and at the Promenade Café. Excellent food and service. Biggest disappointment was shuttle bus in Hamburg. I believed that Royal Caribbean had indicated that shuttle bus was recommended. They charged 18 USD per person and I bought tickets on board. We went to same place that we had been dropped off for return bus to ship. Lot of people, didn't notice any signage regarding shuttle bus service. Waited approx. 40 mins, no bus arrived. Noticed other people walking in direction of ship, we followed. Very easy walk along quayside which took approx. 20 mins. On return to ship went to Reception desk, noticed others that had also walked in the queue. Persons in front of me made report to Receptionist, I added my observations and disappointment to their report. Giving our cabin number. I was told that Shore Excursions would respond on their return to the ship. They did not! I went to their desk during the evening and was advised that the shuttle service was not the responsibility of RCI. I did argue the point as I felt that they were responsible. They sold the ticket and advertised the service. The shuttle was operated on behalf of RCI. Member of staff did not agree and Manager called. Manager said I was rude to staff member and would not discuss. She did check to see why I hadn't had response to my original complaint but could not find it on their system! Entertainment on board was good, ice skating show was excellent. Felt that Reception/Shore Excursion staff let RCI down. All other staff were brilliant. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
I'd heard about Royal Carribean and knew it had a good reputation. This was my first cruise. We had a great time! The stops were excellent;even Skagen where there wasn't too much to see, was a nice small town. The excursion ... Read More
I'd heard about Royal Carribean and knew it had a good reputation. This was my first cruise. We had a great time! The stops were excellent;even Skagen where there wasn't too much to see, was a nice small town. The excursion to St Petersburg was good, even though it was more expensive than some other providers.The 2 guides were full of information. It would have been better to get to the Hermitage early as it was just too crowded at 2pm. Ship entertainment was excellent.The shows were all good, and we LOVED Perry Grant who played alomost every evening for 3 hours in the Schooner bar. He's very very funny. We saw an excellent ice show in another hall one afternoon, and that was great. The staff are all lovely.The service is second to none.But we did feel the dress code was poor: too many people wearing (beach) shorts in the main restaurant was not good enough .These people should be restricted to the Windjammer for dinner if that's how they dress. There should definitely be a no-shorts (and possibly smart shirt only?) policy in the other restaurants. The excursions are very over priced.The fjord cruise in Stavanger was $280 for 2. We paid $110 for the same trip by booking direct. I'm aware all the other excursions were way over-priced. Drinks- the package is very expensive for the top option.With the discount on the first day it worked out at $1092 for 2 persons.After the first day the discount was taken away and it would have been over £2000 for 2. As light drinkers this was never an option.They should offer drinks deals by the day, as they do for wifi. -more later. Wifi- very annoying you have to pay for this, and a a high price. This should be free.I used it one day and it was VERY sloooow. One other beef- no irons were loaned to rooms.They claimed they were a fire hazard. Why do hotels offer them then? As a result it was $4 a shirt just to press.This is outrageous.If you don't allow a facility, you shouldn't then charge exhorbtant prices for cleaning and ironing. I sometimes got the feeling RCC were trying to bleed their customers dry whereever they could. it was my 60 th birthday on the cruise- I think RCC could offer a complimentary bottle of wine for all birthdays, especially big ones.It wouldn't cost them much . and would be excellent PR. In summary, though, it was excellent, and I'm sure my complaints are going to be similar or same with all cruise lines. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We are a married couple in early 60's. We booked this because we prefer Royal Caribbean for it's informal yet not too rowdy atmosphere. The cruise ticked all the boxes. There were over 900 kids running around which noised ... Read More
We are a married couple in early 60's. We booked this because we prefer Royal Caribbean for it's informal yet not too rowdy atmosphere. The cruise ticked all the boxes. There were over 900 kids running around which noised things up a bit but what do you expect when you book a cruise during the school holidays. Big shout out to Hello Clo, the best cruise director RC have in my opinion. She was always visible about the ship and such a cheery person We did notice a few slight issues. First is the lack of bar staff and waiters, particularly in the Schooner bar. Poor guys there were run off their feet. Again I noticed that the numbers attending the main dining room seem to be getting ever lower and the Windjammer is always mobbed. Is anyone at RC seeing this ? Perhaps it is time to convert the 3 MDR floors to a buffet and put the MDR on deck 11 - only a suggestion. We are Diamond plus members and as such have access to the Diamond and Concierge lounges. If RC are going to provide these lounges for 24 hour access, can they please ensure the coffee machine is always stocked. We regularly went up for a late night coffee only to find out the kitchen was closed and told if we wanted coffee to go downstairs to the Promenade cafe. Sort of defeats the purpose of having 24 hour lounges. Also, with regard to the music guy Perry singing in the Schooner bar at night. It was always mobbed right into the corridor and you simply couldn't move or get past. While upstairs, the much larger Star lounge was empty. Again I ask, is anyone at RC paying attention to things like this ? And we know people don't do trivia for the prizes. But to give out the same prize ( yellow highlighters ) again and again got a bit boring. Surely it wouldn't cost too much to give out the odd cap, T-shirt, pen, key ring, etc Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
I really wanted to leave a review here to offer my thoughts on this ship after reading some of the negative reviews. Prior to going on the trip, I had seen lots of reviews giving really harsh opinions of the ship looking really tired or ... Read More
I really wanted to leave a review here to offer my thoughts on this ship after reading some of the negative reviews. Prior to going on the trip, I had seen lots of reviews giving really harsh opinions of the ship looking really tired or of the food being awful or the service slow etc... Honestly, I have no idea if these people were sailing on this ship or if there is one with a similar name that they are getting mixed up with?! Or alternatively what sort of expectations these people have created for themselves! We chose the cruise based on the itinerary and the deal that Royal Caribbean were offering at the time (drinks package and onboard spend). We boarded relatively swiftly and soon discovered that this was both a mammoth ship and quite a magnificent city on water! We've cruised with Royal before and also NCL and Princess. I'd say the ship was somewhat of a hybrid of the two. Overall the ship was looking great and flowed really well - only on the odd occasion did we really feel that the ship was busy, which was at a couple of times in the buffet, particularly in the buffet for breakfast when the port call was shorter. All of the areas of the ship were smart, clean and in good repair - the promenade, whilst not to everyone's taste it seems was a hive of activity all the way through the cruise. The food was imaginative and plentiful to say the least - we ate really well... I'd say not quite as well presented or of quite the quality on offer by princess, but then this was price reflective also. My only criticism would be that they could offer some stronger and more imaginative vegetarian and vegan offerings - meat eaters definitely got a better deal here, but there were still lots of options and alternatives. The only significant let down was Jonny Rockets really. I really think Royal Caribbean should make this a complimentary eating spot. Every other line we've been on has an outdoor burger grill that is complimentary and whist the offering is marginally better, it really felt like we'd thrown $9.95 per person away, as the burgers in the buffet, just one deck down were almost the same, as were the fries etc. The absence of a burger bar on the pool deck compared to the other lines was noticeable on fine sea days, which seems a shame and a bit of a cash cow - I really wouldn't bother and I doubt we'll bother again. Jonny Rockets was notably quiet whenever we looked in... maybe people are catching on? The stateroom was smart and pretty sizeable. We had an inside and parents had a balcony - both were nice. Beds were comfy and decent storage space for a 2 week cruise. The shower gel was nice and the sheets and towels always clean, fresh and had a nice feel to them. The activity and options for things to do were quite simply never ending, there was always a plethora of activities and things on offer to do. The entertainment was variable. We saw some BRILLIANT shows and entertainers and some entertainment which seemed below par, unfortunately the Royal Caribbean post cruise survey didn't really give the opportunity to differentiate. As other have said, the ice show is brilliant! GO AND SEE IT!!! Shows in the theatre varied a lot... We had a bit of a random singer spell during the two weeks, where we had like three solo singer nights in a row and by the third, we seemed to be suffering singer fatigue! The Royal Caribbean production shows were usual cruise fayre really... singers and dancers singing and dancing to music that is no longer in copyright etc etc... they were so so, but ok to pass an evening with. The promenade parties were a lot of fun, the 80's one and the 70's one were really well polished, well attended and lots of atmosphere - Rock Britannia, seemed a bit flat - but still a good laugh. Be nice if it was a few decibels louder to really rock the ship. One entertainer that deserves an extra special mention was Perry Grant... oh my goodness, this guy was the most entertaining guy I have ever seen on a cruise ship anywhere... he rightfully gets rave reviews again and again - I won't say too much, but if he is still on when you sail - spend some time with his show in the schooner bar, you will laugh, sing and make friends! The service was consistently brilliant. Super polite, fast, efficient etc. One of the things that I really liked was that the staff always said how much Royal Caribbean had looked after them - this is a really big deal to me and it would influence me to holiday with them again. In terms of the ports of call, they are pretty personal, so I won't review them, but we chose the Baltic's and thoroughly enjoyed them! Explorer is a remarkable ship with a remarkable crew - I would definitely recommend it! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We chose this cruise because my adult children particularly wanted to visit St Petersburg. Despite reading some negative reviews about the state of the ship before we went, we found it to be fine: immaculately clean, decor was smart, ... Read More
We chose this cruise because my adult children particularly wanted to visit St Petersburg. Despite reading some negative reviews about the state of the ship before we went, we found it to be fine: immaculately clean, decor was smart, everything was well-maintained. We were in an aft balcony cabin with my son in the overhead bed and found it comfortable and sufficiently spacious, with a particularly large balcony. Entertainment was not always to our taste and we were disappointed that there wasn't a west end musical production of the type we've seen on Royal Caribbean in the past. But some of the acts they had around the lounge areas were excellent, we particularly enjoyed the reggae band and the classical guitarist. We do a lot of quizzes and got to know several of the cruise director's team who were lovely. We were a bit disappointed that RC are still rolling out the same Murder Mystery dining show, having already done this twice we didn't want to pay to see the same scenario played out yet again. Ports of call were efficient, even St Petersburg seemed pretty well organised and we quickly got ashore everywhere we went. The one thing which really let this cruise down was the food. Two of our party of 5 are vegetarian, which is not uncommon in the UK. We had told RC about this in advance even though according to their website vegetarian food is always available and does not have to be notified to them. We tend to go separate ways during the day so one thing we really enjoy is a proper sit-down meal in the MDR in the evening where we can all catch up. We have sailed with RC in the past and in the past there have always been at least 2 veggie options available in the MDR every night, one on the main menu and one under "classics". Unfortunately, they've dropped the vegetarian dish from the "classics" selection and on 4 of the 14 nights there was NO vegetarian main course on the menu: on 1 night there was nothing at all, on the other 3 the only options contained parmesan cheese which for legal reasons is always made with animal rennet. We complained to the Head Waiter, Guest Services (who referred us back to the Head Waiter) and directly to RC via their website (who sent us an email saying they were sorry we were disappointed but made no effort to address the issue). The Head Waiter tried his best but told us that the menus are set from a central point in Florida and the ship's chef cannot alter them. He did offer us a list of vegetarian options from which we could choose the day before, but what we got didn't always match what we'd ordered and in any case who knows how hungry they're going to be a day in advance on a cruise? A couple of times we did cave in and go to the buffet instead, where we found plenty of other vegetarians who had already given up on the MDR. There was more choice there, but it wasn't ideal as the veggie dishes were often placed in front of others containing meat or fish so prone to cross contamination with people dropping meat into them, and too few serving utensils were set out so people would use the same for both dishes (I did ask for new utensils when the latter happened but shouldn't have to do this). Oh, and having informed everyone possible about your dietary requirements don't expect this to be passed on to Shore Excursions. Apparently they are completely separate (don't RC have computers)? On the first day of our St Petersburg excursions we were served up with a plate of potatoes as our main course. Dining has always been one of the most enjoyable aspects of cruising for us, but on this cruise we felt very much like second-class citizens. According to 2018 figures from Waitrose, 12.5% of people in the UK are now fully vegetarian or vegan with a further 21% claiming to be flexitarian, where a largely vegetable-based diet is supplemented occasionally with meat. So on a ship sailing from Southampton where the majority of guests are from the UK there will be a significant number of people on board who are exclusively or largely vegetarian and an even higher number of groups or couples which include at least one vegetarian in their party. Sort your vegetarian options out RC or you risk losing a lot of repeat business! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Mostly went on this cruise for the wonderful ports we stopped in. Embarkation and leaving the ship were quick and easy. The ship was fine. The average age of the ship was very old (older than i thought and I expected the crowd to be ... Read More
Mostly went on this cruise for the wonderful ports we stopped in. Embarkation and leaving the ship were quick and easy. The ship was fine. The average age of the ship was very old (older than i thought and I expected the crowd to be old). This was fine for us as we are not the type to stay out late partying - but almost nobody showed up to parties or events. The shows were also tailored for the older crowd. The ship was our biggest so we expected entertainment to be awesome - the lead male and female singers were great but there was only one comedian the entire trip and we were unimpressed with the entertainment overall. There is not a ton to do on the ship - basketball and ping pong are outside and the wind makes them almost impossible. If you are not doing trivia, at a bar, or playing bingo, there is alot of time for hot tubs. The adults only section of pool and hot tubs were the biggest I've seen and we loved them - but they did not have access to watch the movie if you are excited about that. There were also a variety of lectures prior to the port stops. Dining was fine - very comparable to other cruise ships and companies. The service, however, was EXCELLENT. The best dining room service we have had in about 6/7 cruises. We did not try any specialty dining for the first time. Ports were great - some very small towns such as Oslo had little to do but were enjoyable. Russia did not disappoint - be sure to book excursions before hand in order to get off the ship. HOWEVER, the cruises sometimes imply or otherwise make it seem as if you can only get off the ship if you have an excursion booked through them directly. This is NOT the case. While the Royal Caribbean cruises had more time (about an hour before and a bit after) in Russia, we completed our full two day tour. I recommend SPB for small groups - the cruise had large buses with up to 45 people. Many places such as the Hermitage and Peterhof are packed and it is very disorganized in the museums so having a small group with SPB of only about 15 made things MUCH easier. Highly recommend the Ice Bar in Helskini - there are several (such as Stockholm) but Helsinki is far superior with a large indoor facility. Love the trip - once in a lifetime. PS there are not a ton of kids on this trip - we loved it. however, if we had kids there was not alot for them to do and not enough kids to get anything done Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
My only previous cruise experience was a 2 month voyage on Queen Victoria sailing from Sydney to Southampton. If I were to compare the experience with my voyage on Explorer of the seas I am highly impressed with my latest venture. I ... Read More
My only previous cruise experience was a 2 month voyage on Queen Victoria sailing from Sydney to Southampton. If I were to compare the experience with my voyage on Explorer of the seas I am highly impressed with my latest venture. I was pleased to find that the crew were so friendly and obliging. Our room attendant, Jasina, always had a smile for us and prepared our room spotlessly and at times that suited our comings and goings. We dined most evenings in the Sapphire Dining Room(level 3) and our group of 9 could not believe our luck to have our sensational waiters, Shival and Kisan. we all agreed that you could not wish to meet more friendly, courteous and professional gentlemen. After dinner we would enjoy listening to Liz on the piano, where we also met two more of your wonderful crew, Adriana and Rakanathwa. Congratulations to all and I look forward to maybe one day enjoying your company once more Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Chose this deal when on Radiance last December as big irresitible hook of $350usd OBC offered. We were assigned Inside cabin deck 8 aft, a burst water pipe put paid to that, so after a haggle with Guest Services we ended up in a Junior ... Read More
Chose this deal when on Radiance last December as big irresitible hook of $350usd OBC offered. We were assigned Inside cabin deck 8 aft, a burst water pipe put paid to that, so after a haggle with Guest Services we ended up in a Junior Suite at rear of deck 6 for the remaining 5 nights, brilliant. Staff were great, dining room waiters Geraldine & Prudencio & Maitre D fussing to make sure all was good. Breakfast & occasional lunch in MDR Sapphires was excellent. Windjammer was crowded, better to avoid at peak hours. Captain Mal & officers mixed on several occasions with guests, very visible & omniprescent. Crown & Anchor evening was good, Captain & C & A lady doing the talking. WE took the 79USD package & used it at Izumis 3x, great tucker. Production shows were hot hot hot, loved every one. Fast Forward, Invitation to Dance & Las Vegas show. The supporting acts were very good over all, Monique Martinez & Coedian Paul Bracks excellent. The solo guitarman Jovencio was very good, Piano lady spoilt by too trebly amplification, C Wind band very good playing 70-80s music. Ports of call Lifou, Mystery Island & Isle of Pines were great, that torquoise colored water is unforgettable, Noumea however is forgettable. Enrichment was by someone from Minerals Council i think, too early for me. Embarkation was easy at 130pm, disembarking was a cattle call. Tenders to the islands was great, 4 tenders docking at the island piers making a quick journey. The trip was made so enjoyable by the Junior Suite, first upgrade ever after about 16 cruises. Next time on RCI we will be Diamond so that will mean no queing at all, look forward to it. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We have just returned from a 14 day South Pacific cruise on Explorer of the Seas. May I say I was very concerned going in since she was launched in 2000 and is 19 years old. For us humans 19 years is nothing but having thousands of people ... Read More
We have just returned from a 14 day South Pacific cruise on Explorer of the Seas. May I say I was very concerned going in since she was launched in 2000 and is 19 years old. For us humans 19 years is nothing but having thousands of people engage with her a lady can show age! The itinerary drew us to Explorer since we were all the way over on the other side of the world and came off Ovation of the seas in New Zealand ( more on that later) so why not extend the trip. We booked the Owners Suite and said let’s see what happens. Bottom line, WE LOVED HER! Yes there was a bit of wear but not what we expected. She looked like a beautiful girl for what I call “old school” nostalgic. The touches of cruise ships from the past were fantastic. The crew outstanding, there was not a time that the crew stepped up and made our experience outstanding. Being Diamond the Diamond lounge was the best lounge on and ship we have been on. Since there were 462 Diamond or Diamond Plus people the lounge poured out ito Dizzy’s which was fantastic, did not go over well with the other people because Dizzy’s was closed from 4:30-8:30 every night. Andy the ar tender than you for your service and Micheal your service was fantastic! The specialty restaurant staff was outstanding! Thank you to all! Chefs table outstanding! Our Jamaican chef you were the best and I still say you have a Chefs table highlighting your culture would be a win! I know Explorer goes int dry dock next year so she will only get better. Take this from one who travels a lot, if you are considering Explorer book her, she will not disappoint you! Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
All staff members were lovely the ports that we stopped at were amazing although we missed Noumea because of a tropical cyclone. The one thing i wasnt overly impressed about was the lack of entertainment, they only really had trivia, ... Read More
All staff members were lovely the ports that we stopped at were amazing although we missed Noumea because of a tropical cyclone. The one thing i wasnt overly impressed about was the lack of entertainment, they only really had trivia, bingo, dance classes and the evening shows. Dont get me wrong the shows were awesome and the trivia was fun because we did it with friends and my partner did attend the dance classes but couldnt always participate because of the lack of space but other than that there wasnt much to do. Some days the first thing we went to on the compas was at 3 or 4pm so a little more entertainment catered to younger people would be appreciated, especially if there is bad weather like we had and they closed the outside decks so we couldnt use the rockclimbing wall, flowrider, pools or ice skating rink which sucked. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Quick summer getaway with my brother. Second time on board Explorer and first visit to Tasmania. 'Spacious ocean view balcony' cabin was more than enough room for us two smallish blokes - a shame more space could not be allocated ... Read More
Quick summer getaway with my brother. Second time on board Explorer and first visit to Tasmania. 'Spacious ocean view balcony' cabin was more than enough room for us two smallish blokes - a shame more space could not be allocated for the bathroom! Evening shows in Palace Theater were varied and good value. Best show is the 'Spirits of the Seasons' Ice Spectacular which I've seen five times now! Former Olympians in spectacular costumes doing stunts on ice on a slightly rocking cruise ship - need I say more! Great variety of free dining at Windjammer buffet and Sapphire My time Dining, with snacks including pizza at Cafe Promenade (our regular lunch stop). No need for us to pay extra for specialty dining! No need for us to buy a drinks package either, as we stuck to the free purified water, tea/coffee and orange juice. Very clean, albeit wearing ship, with utmost attention to hygiene with hand sanitizers everywhere. Excellent service, as always, from our cabin steward, dining staff, etc. Still uncomfortable with a couple of Royal Carribean's sexist daytime activities by the pool, 'The World's Sexiest Man Competition' and 'International Men's Belly Flop Competition'. Awaiting Royal Carribean's response regarding why they exclude women!? As Sydneysiders, we didn't bother getting off at Newcastle or Wollongong (no offense to fellow Aussies from those parts). We were only interested in Hobart, which was a beautiful landscape port with houses built into the rolling hills, especially when viewing from top deck whilst sailing away late afternoon! Hobart was almost like being in a different country in a good way. We didn't bother with any of the Royal Carribean shore excursions which appear overpriced. Instead we did an excellent, two hour, tip-based morning walking tour via Hobart Free Walking Tours. Afterwards we did the two hour round trip on the Mt Wellington Explorer Bus (Red Decker Company) for some truly sublime, picturesque views of Hobart and surrounds from the top of Mt Wellington. Brace for the zero degrees Celsius wind chill however - in summer! Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Family first time cruisers, was a bit overwhelming to begin with with the boat at max capacity and all were excited. Settled in well with a good mix of age groups, food in windjammers was great with variety each day, i found the dining ... Read More
Family first time cruisers, was a bit overwhelming to begin with with the boat at max capacity and all were excited. Settled in well with a good mix of age groups, food in windjammers was great with variety each day, i found the dining room food a little bland and generic. Izumi was amazing the chef's signature sushi rolls to die for! We had deluxe beverage packages which were definitely worth it with bar staff service top quality spirits such a grey goose vodka and the limit for beverages was $14 USD which meant you could have any beverage including the top cocktails. Noumea was a sham, shops are closed on Sundays so you have to pay for a tour or return to the boat (nothing open to self guide around the city) I'm sure this is done on purpose purely to promote tourism. Mystery Island and Isle of Pines were magnificent and definitely worth it, the aqua water and snorkelling is not to be missed! We packed a couple of snorkel sets and did our own thing. Overall excellent cruise - now to get back down to precruise weight :) Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
hi we just finished our 9 night cruise on Explorer Of The Seas and we had a great time. the main reason for having a great time was mainly due too the fact that we had a large group of 31 people with a mix of both adults and kids. some of ... Read More
hi we just finished our 9 night cruise on Explorer Of The Seas and we had a great time. the main reason for having a great time was mainly due too the fact that we had a large group of 31 people with a mix of both adults and kids. some of us have cruised before, my family cruised on the carnival spirit 3 years ago so we could compare it to that cruise. so firstly we could not fault any of the staff at all, from the dinner wait staff, the cabin attendent down to the pool staff everyone was excellent as they were on our previous cruise also they all deserve more money. when it comes to entertainment our whole group were So dissapointed, the nightly shows were very dissapointing compared to our previous Carnival cruise which were awsome.one show was a so called comedy show performed by the director of the cruise but i must say Sorry but you aint no comedian we expected so much more. So when it came to Kids club we thought having such a large group of kids they would love kids club but they didnt. it took them 1 hour to want OUT and never wanted to go back. our kids when on the carnival cruise were allowed alot of time to do their own thing but on Explorer they were told you should have read the intinerary if you dont like what we had planned you should not have come. at one stage the kids did such a very exciting activity where 20 or so kids sat in a circle with a single staff member in the middle passing the ball to them one at a time (very exciting). and i dont want to keep comparing the Explorer to the Spirit but the Spirit had a better layout in our opinion, for eg the adults only area on the Carnival Spirit was at the rear of the ship was really well laid out with a large round covered lounges around the deck edge, when compared to the Explorer's adult area called the Solarium was a roman theme and in my thoughts wasn't very appealing at all. it was in the middle of two other areas one being the main pool the other being the cabin and lift areas which if you had children you had to walk through the are to get to the pool, which sought of defeats the purpose of an adults only area.our room was cabin 1852 right at front of the ship with the whole wall being a window it was awsome and it was bit bigger than a standard room. We visited the pacific islands which are OK if you have never been before but after a couple of times its the same old thing dead broken coral after 30 odd years of trampling it gets a bit boring will definilty be looking at other locations for further cruises. so overall we had a great time with our group but would prefer a different ship and destination next time we expected so much more after being told Royal Caribbean are the best. sorry guys tried to add pics but for some reason it wouldnt work so sorry Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We chose our Cruise on Explorer of the Seas primarily because it fitted our criteria of being on a Cruise departing Sydney to Celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary, which ended up being the day of departure on the 15th of January 2019, it ... Read More
We chose our Cruise on Explorer of the Seas primarily because it fitted our criteria of being on a Cruise departing Sydney to Celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary, which ended up being the day of departure on the 15th of January 2019, it was a first time Cruise for my wife and I, and overall as an experience we had a great time, there were a few things about the whole experience that were a little disappointing which i will detail later in the review. Firstly the good things about tihe Cruise were the Staff who were very friendly, courteous, and helpful, a standout was our room attendent who had to contend with our comings and goings at all times without any help from us letting him know with placing a "Make up my room" sign on the door which we only discovered late in the Cruise ! He was always cheerful and friendly, the Cabin itself was excellent, clean, and tastefully furnished, the ship itself was amazing, the promenade on Deck 5 was like a shopping strip with shops and bars, as for the activities, it took my wife a long time to convince me about the merits of going on a cruise, i just had this pre conceived idea that i would be bored, there were so many activities, from Trivia, to concerts, and shows, we were never bored on the ship. There were a few things about the cruise that were disappointing, firstly communication with Royal Carribean in Sydney was poor, i called the number provided for the Sydney office, it was an International Call centre, i wanted to surprise my wife for the Anniversary, they had an Anniversay package with Champagne and Chocolates, but the package also included gaudy decorations which i did not want, I was happy to purchase without, however as calling was useless as the person i spoke to did not quite understand I was happy to purchase but wanted to buy without the pillow cases that said "I Love you" and the hanging decorations, he was unable to help me make the purchase without the decorations, an email i sent elicited a response that i was unable to purchase the package without the decorations, i ending up taking two bottles of Champagne on board which you are allowed to do, as well as Chocolate dipped strawberries purchased from a shop near home, communication pre cruise was poor. Secondly for us the Cruise had too many people on it, getting a place in or around the pool was a game in itself, very difficult, dinning we found to be slow, on a couple of occasions it took 2 hours, thirdly as i am usually an independent traveller who researches everything about destinations pre trip, when researching our stop to Noumea, i became very interested in the Maritime Museum which had an exhibit about La Perouse, however when reading further I discovered that the only day of the week that the Museum was not open was Monday, the day we were in Noumea, might i suggest to Cruise companies that it is not a good idea to be in Noumea on Monday's as many Museums and Markets are closed, on our trip it might have been better to have the first stop at Noumea and the last Stop at Isle of Pines, that way we get to see all attractions in Noumea, and finish with the Isle of Pines which was unbelievably good. Another annoying aspect of the ship was the "Art Auction " which is just basically over rated artworks that are based on established popular styles of art, they are by no means masterpieces which they are made out to be, and the hard sell was hard to take as well, we went to the inroductory to the Art Auction on the first night because they offered free champagne, every night we came back to our room there was advertising about the Art Auction, Hard Sell was a very negative feeling i have about the Cruise experience, from advertising about imploring us to win another Cruise by getting between 4000 and 10,000 points in the Casino, to the Vitality Spa where a free beauty consultation led to an uncomfortable hard sell experience for my wife. Also bear in mind that the shore excursions offered on Royal Caribbean are way over priced, as you can purchase the same or similar excursions with tour operators for much cheaper, for example the Tchu Tchu train on Noumea when purchased through Royal Carribean is about $69AUD, from the New Caledonia Tourist website it states the cost at 2200 F which is about $29AUD With the long list of disappointments listed it may look like we did not enjoy the cruise, nothing could be further from the truth, the Cruise was great and it will always be a great memory of how we celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We chose this cruise for a family Christmas cruise because we believed there would be lots to do for the kids. Our only criticism of the children's activities are that a couple of the attendants had so little interest in what they ... Read More
We chose this cruise for a family Christmas cruise because we believed there would be lots to do for the kids. Our only criticism of the children's activities are that a couple of the attendants had so little interest in what they were doing it didn't make it enjoyable for the children. Also children were vetted according to height for the wave pool which resulted in shorter older children missing out on using that facility in favour of younger children who may have been taller. Our seven year old grandson was only just short of the height restrictions but 5 and 6 year old taller children who were not so adept at sport were able to use that facility. Seemed a strange way of vetting use. We had just come off a 26 day cruise with another cruiseline (with only 900 passengers) where we were so disappointed to miss 3 shore stops because that cruise line believed it was not safe to tender. This Royal Caribbean cruise though with about 4500 passengers with such a well trained tender staff had no problem getting all passengers off in a very timely manner, way quicker than our previous cruise and on ports which would have been considered unsafe on the other cruise. This made us realise how untrained the other cruises staff were with tendering processes. Well done Royal Caribbean and Explorer of the Seas. The food at speciality restuarant Izumu was brilliant with the food in the main dining room being of good quality. Service at both restaurants was excellant with the wait staff being very attentive and knowledgeable on the menu. We didnt like the way parents allowed their children to handle food in the buffet restaurant and only ate there if in a hurry. That should be stopped as there was gastro onboard however none of our party caught it. Overall we would definitely go on this ship again even without the grandchildren. There was so much to do with the entertainment in the evening being very good. With so many passengers we had been expecting huge delays for boarding, disembarkation and tendering but did not find this at all. This had to be one of the most well organised cruises we have been on. Thank you Royal Caribbean and Explorer of the Seas. A great experience. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
The ship was fabulously decorated and the staff and crew went way above to create a memorable experience. The atmosphere with most of the passengers dressing up was certainly festive. Lots decorated the cabins and the cabin doors. Food ... Read More
The ship was fabulously decorated and the staff and crew went way above to create a memorable experience. The atmosphere with most of the passengers dressing up was certainly festive. Lots decorated the cabins and the cabin doors. Food delicious. Cafe Promenade needs updating. One negative experience was the massively expensive Lunch at La Meridian on Isle of Pines was terrible and the excursions manager said no one had ever complained before and it was their most popular excursion. Don’t fall for it, the food was disgusting. They said they would let head office know. There were lots of extra activities for the kids (1700 onboard) but a little limited for adults. Shows were great. Because of the number of children the adults pool was not crowded, with plenty of deck chairs available. The screen in the theatre and the projector desperately needs updating. Although the ship was full the staff handled the numbers very well. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This was my third cruise with my family (wife and 8 year old daughter). My thoughts are that overall, Explorer provides a solid cruise experience. While some of the bells and whistles are absent, all of us had a great holiday. The ... Read More
This was my third cruise with my family (wife and 8 year old daughter). My thoughts are that overall, Explorer provides a solid cruise experience. While some of the bells and whistles are absent, all of us had a great holiday. The dining experiences in particular, were consistently of a high quality. On realising that I liked Indian food, my waiter at the Sapphire dining room ordered me an Indian main every night, off the menu. Little touches like this were consistent. Having tried all the specialty dining with the 3 night package, I think Giovanni's table probably had the best experience but my daughter thought Sapphire was where it was at. The entertainment staff did well too. Trivia, live music and poolside activities provided us plenty to do. We did find that trivia was very popular and we arrived about 15 minutes prior to get a seat. Evening entertainment showed signs of brilliance with excellent singers, dancers and a booked out ice-skating show. Some of the tribute bands were less great though. One caveat - Adventure Ocean was packed this cruise. We had to arrive 15 minutes before opening to get a space. I haven't had that experience on Ovation or Carnival Spirit, despite school holidays. The Christmas experience was well done. There was a parade, Santa Claus, gifts for the kids and plenty of activities throughout the day. My wife and daughter participated in the choir, which they really enjoyed. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Had heard n read reviews about Royal Caribbean cruises.was our first time on a cruise. The embarkation was very smooth with no hassle n on upon the ship the staffs guided us through the allocated entries. The cabin was very clean and ... Read More
Had heard n read reviews about Royal Caribbean cruises.was our first time on a cruise. The embarkation was very smooth with no hassle n on upon the ship the staffs guided us through the allocated entries. The cabin was very clean and well kept.the dining staff were very helpful n there were lots of choices of food. The entertainment was great as we experienced a variety of performance . Lots of activities for all ages .The service provided by most staff were excellent.though the swimming pool area was taken by the same people everyday n not every one got the opportunity to enjoy the pool. The on shore excursions especially city n country side ride was a bit too costly as not much was provided on this trip.the staffs at the stopover place for refreshments were very rude n unfriendly. The pastry was ridiculous.did not get to see much on the noumea excursion.waste of time Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Explorer of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabin 4.0 N/A
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 5.0 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness & Recreation 5.0 N/A
Family 5.0 4.1
Shore Excursions 3.0 N/A
Enrichment Activities 4.0 N/A
Service 4.0 4.3
Value for Money 5.0 N/A

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