Disappointing: Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review by momtoSam
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Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
Now the ports of call on this ship. There is nothing wrong with them, but the timing is just ridiculous except for Coco Cay. Port Canaveral - is 1 pm to 10 pm. In order to go visit parks in Orlando, you really need to buy the express line tickets , otherwise with the 2 hour commute from Port to Orlando and back to Port , there's not much time left in the park with all of the lines. For two people the tickets to Universal with express line option would be $460 plus the $70 transportation from the ship for two people. Nassau, Bahamas - 2:30 pm to 11:30 pm. What can you really do in this time in Nassau? Blue Lagoon beach wasn't even offered on the ship since it closes at 5pm (except for animal encounter). We went to Atlantis , but it's expensive. We got to Atlantis at around 3pm , and left at 7 pm to do some shopping in Nassau. Well, everything was already closed at that time in Nassau.
Food was still good, but my husband was disappointed that there was no indian dishes he used to enjoy in previous cruises from a dining room menu. I guess it has to do with the new chef who is from Austria now.
Another issue, we've encountered was particular to our rooms. The first night after we came from a dinner we found out that there was a flood in both of our bathrooms (we had 2 connecting rooms), and it looked just filthy and disgusting. The staff didn't come in to clean them up right away, only after numerous calls and trips to guest services, an hour and half later they were cleaned and useable. Apparently, it was due to a "movement from a ship", the pipe got clogged up and several rooms got affected.
We like ice skating. Well, the last two days at sea, this wasn't even offered since they did 4 ice shows (the same one) in the last two days. It also seemed like they now have less activities to do while on the days at sea compared to prior years. Royal Promenade cafe no longer has paper cups. I guess it's ok with with going green and stuff, but it's hard to carry a cup of tea or coffee if you want to drink it on the go or bring it to your room.
Overall, it was an ok cruise Less
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