Aging ship, but convenient departures from NJ: Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review by eh270

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Aging ship, but convenient departures from NJ

Sail Date: January 2014
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
Our cruise was the one just before the one making all the headlines for the Norovirus outbreak. Two of the days at sea were a little on the rough side.

Crew: The overwhelming majority of the crew members were happy and attentive, with a few edge case exceptions.

Facilities: Despite a renovation in 2009, the ship is showing its age. The giant tube TV in our tiny interior stateroom is a perfect example of this.

Ship: On past cruises, I've felt borderline harassment at times by the sanitizer-brigade, running up to me and squeezing lotion into my hands, but I know it's for the best. On this cruise, however, this was not the case. Upon ending the buffet and MDR, there were automatic sanitizer dispensers available but nobody really insisting that they get used, and I saw many people walk by without using it. Shockingly, there weren't even sanitizer dispensers *available* on the embarkation deck just after re-boarding the ship in ports of call. Maybe not so More shocking that the cruise after ours had to return to port early.

Food: I ate one night in the Portofino restaurant and it was definitely worth the money. Food in the MDR was generally very good. Less

Published 02/06/14
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Cabin review: D19231 Superior Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony

Tiny interior cabin, but what else is new? This room has two fold-down cots. As of January 2014, it also has an old tube-tv instead of a flat panel, which will only make your room feel smaller.

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