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Explorer of the Seas Review

Cruise Was Delightful, Embarkation Awful!

Review for the Southern Caribbean Cruise on Explorer of the Seas
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Dec 2014
Cabin: Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony

Embarkation from Port Canaveral was AWFUL - unorganized, only one security check-in. We arrived by taxi at 10:30 AM, our first time embarking at Port Canaveral. The cab driver didn't know where our luggage should go and was more interested in finding his next fare. We did find a porter and once unburdened of suitcases, got in line. After half an hour of standing, we overheard someone say "This is the priority line." That suited us since we qualify, but others had to move.

It was an hour after that before the line moved and we were like cattle being herded. People were jumping in front of the line. Needless to say, we don't plan to cruise from that port any time soon. It appeared that the non-priority line moved faster. We should have gone there. On this cruise, there were MANY higher echelon guests.

But once onboard Explorer or the Seas (our 8th cruise on this ship), we relaxed and enjoyed all that was offered. The ports of call were new to us: Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, plus Labadee (which we have been to numerous times, and love it!). Being our first time to those islands, we took a cruise-sponsored tour, lasting approximately 3 hours each. That helps us determine what to do next time. The tours were interesting and informative.

Cabin Review

Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony

Cabin E2

I take LOTS of clothes (2 outfits per day, never wear the same thing twice) and this time, 12 pairs of shoes. There is plenty of storage space for everything! This stateroom was on the edge of the "bumpout", giving us a bit more balcony room.Explorer is soon to be refurbished. Meanwhile, the non-flatscreen television was the only "old" thing. The balcony had many coats of paint and looked tired - but that didn't stop us from enjoying breakfast outside a couple times and just sitting to see the beautiful views.We have been in windowless interior staterooms, ocean views, promenade and balcony staterooms. They are all adequate. Balconies are the best when cruising from a southern port and we were happy with this one.Our stateroom attendant, Rosita, was always friendly and made a point to introduce herself on Day 1. She did a good job keeping our stateroom clean and tidy.

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