Boarding went well, about 20 minutes from time we arrived at terminal 1 in Port Canaveral. We had lunch in the Windjammer restaurant. I had sliced roast beef; it was good. A small piece of sugar free strawberry mousse and a chocolate chip cookie for dessert was great. We got our cabin (6536) about 1:00pm and our bags arrived about 3:00pm; better than expected or promised. The Explorer is due for renovation in March and is showing its age. It's a nice ship, but in need of help. This is our third cruise on the Explorer in about ten years. We have a balcony cabin on the port side toward the front of the ship. We left port about 4:30 heading for Labadee, Haiti as our first destination, a day and a half away. The seas were a bit rough making my wife queasy. She donned her seasick bracelets but still felt off a bit. Dinner in the restaurant that night was shrimp cocktail (excellent) and prime rib with potatoes; the prime rib was average at best. Dessert was less impressive, a cobbler that was too dry. The rough seas led to an early bedtime as that was the best way for my wife to avoid getting seasick.
January 30th At Sea
At sea all day; the seas are somewhat smoother and I think the Captain slowed the ship down a little to smooth out the ride. Breakfast was excellent, with fresh cooked eggs and bacon, as well as some delicious oatmeal. There was plenty of fresh fruit and breads to go with a good assortment on the buffet in the Windjammer. Several windows in the restaurant were permanently clouded; the ship is ready for rehab. Many areas throughout the ship are showing signs of rust and age. There were plenty of activities throughout the day, which was good because a light drizzle cleared the pool area in the afternoon. For dinner we all ordered the tenderloin which was fantastic; our waiter brought us seconds which was much appreciated. We started with the shrimp cocktail once again followed by lobster bisque, both very good. Cheesecake topped-off a very hood meal. The service was excellent. In the Palace theater, they had a great show of 60s and 70s songs and dancing by very talented entertainers.
The Explorer of the Seas is showing its age. Antiquated televisions with very poor picture quality (no flat screens), worn carpets, hard beds, and old furniture are in desperate need of replacement. The TV programming is terrible; mostly foreign language channels. The refrigerator was never cold enough to cool a drink; thankfully our cabin attendant was always keeping our ice bucket full. The cabins have outlived their so-called beautiful appearance. The balcony was in need of touch-up paint to cover the rusty areas around the doorway, and the dirty chairs and rusted table on the balcony should have been thrown out years ago.