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Explorer of the Seas Review

4.5 / 5.0
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Review for Explorer of the Seas to Canada & New England
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SuzieQ1944
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Sep 2014
Cabin: Junior Suite

This is the third time we have been on the Explorer of the Seas. As many folks know this ship will be out of service soon, to be refurbished and updated, etc. It is very obvious that it is in need of this reno. The ship left/returned to Bayonne, NJ. Yes, it's a disgusting/old place, but really, who cares? We weren't there long enough to really care.

With that said, the staff are wonderful, our cabin attendant was very good; we had the same 2 wait-staff whenever we ate (My time dining). They were very attentive. These are my basic complaints about this ship - the bathrobes and the linens are worn & frayed; NO excuse for this. Still too much smoking! Sorry I was never a smoker, so I cannot be very objective. Once when we were embarking from a port, there was a man sitting outside (where you have to board/show sea pass), smoking a cigar! It was nauseating! Also, the casino - too much smoke, even in the no-smoking section. There was even a man smoking (another) cigar in the casino & this is NOT allowed at all.

The 'demographics' for the cruise were approximately 60+. There weren't a ton of activities, but for us they were about fine. I enjoyed the art lectures & auctions, history/port lectures, meeting new people. I don't think there were more than a dozen children on the entire ship. The entertainment was very good - the stage shows were wonderful as were the entertainers.

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Junior Suite

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The only 'negative' thing I can say is we weren't entitled to the concierge room (we are Diamond level). This is a very nice-sized room, definitely much larger than the balconies we have had in the past. The bed was a king size, a larger bathroom with a TUB! There is also a very large walk-in closet with plenty of storage space.

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