Explorer of the Seas - Eastern Caribbean: Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review by PeterPan

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Explorer of the Seas - Eastern Caribbean

Sail Date: April 2006
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
Background Information: We booked this cruise in January 2005 through a local travel agent. We made our own air travel arrangements, as well as booking a hotel the night prior to embarkation and the night of disembarkation. We are a couple in our upper 40s, and did not travel with children on this cruise.

Travel To Port of Embarkation: We flew from Colorado to Miami on April 1, 2006. Arrived at approximately 3:00 pm and got a cab to the Holiday Inn across from Bayside. Had a very long wait to get luggage at the airport, and did not get checked in at the hotel until almost 5:00 pm. Travel was uneventful, and we were quite excited to finally be close to the Port of Miami. Hotel Info: The Holiday Inn Port of Miami was an OK hotel. Seemed clean enough, but there were areas in need of repair. Based on the price we paid, we got what we paid for. Its biggest strong point is location. We took a short walk over to Bayside Markets and watched Voyager of the Seas depart, which really More got us in the mood! Had dinner at Bubba Gumps, and hung out at Bayside until around 9:00 pm. Back to the hotel, and set the alarm. We had breakfast at the hotel, and it was not very good for the money we paid. Headed over to the Port at 10:00 am, and we were on board with a drink in hand at 11:40 am. Very quick and organized!

Stateroom: The room was very nice for a couple. The staff did an outstanding job of keeping up our room during the cruise. Robert from Jamaica and his assistants cleaned the room and filled the ice bucket 3 times each day. We had towel animals 5 nights. Ship Info: Explorer was in wonderful shape! One vase displayed in the hallway went missing partway through the cruise. Assume it was the kids running up and down the halls, but thats another story. We didnt go looking for wear and tear, and nothing really jumped out at us either. Ship was always being cleaned and polished during the cruise. The crew obviously takes great pride in their work.

Dining: We ate dinner in the main dining room every evening except one. We went to Portofinos on that night. Main dining room food was generally very good. Not 5 star, but better than average. Portofinos was outstanding! I had the best beef tenderloin I have ever eaten. We ate breakfast at the island grill every morning except one. We had breakfast in the main dining room that morning. The main dining room breakfast was better tasting, but we wont complain about the Island Grill food either. We really just wanted to get a bite to eat and get started with the day! Had lunch one day at Johnny Rockets, and it was also good.

Activities: There is just not enough time in a day to accomplish everything we wanted to do. All of the activities we attended were quite entertaining. Clo was the CD, and she is very good at it! Quest was a lot of fun. The love and marriage show was hysterical, and the ice show was quite impressive. Just too many activities to list! We were not disappointed in any of the activities we attended.

Service: The service was incredible! Staff members were calling us by name by the second day. Of note were Sammy and Chip from the sky bar, and Molly and Fernando from Crown and Kettle. Sammy would greet us wherever we met him on the ship. Molly stopped us in the Promenade to ask us how we were enjoying everything. The service in Portofinos was incredible. Maricar and Miguel in the main dining room always made us feel special. The entire crew would always smile and say hello. Cant imagine any better service! Entertainment: The entertainment was very good. Planet Ice is a must see. A couple called Majestic performed in the theater, and their shows were crowd pleasers. The comedians were good, and Clo is the best! She is quite entertaining! She is still going to start her diet tomorrow, and despite her best efforts, we did not make it to Ireland.

Disembarkation: We had Gray tags, and were called at about 7:15 am. We were back at the Holiday Inn by 8:30 am. No problems, and very organized. Summary: An outstanding week. We sat outside at Chilis, and watched Explorer depart on Sunday evening. We both were wishing we were still onboard. The Eastern route was quite beautiful. We booked a Western route while onboard, and are once again counting the days until we return to Explorer of the Seas. Less

Published 04/20/06

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