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Let me also state by saying that we do not make a habit of writing reviews, however in this case we felt as if we should make our feelings known. These are our true and honest thoughts. We have done over 15 cruises so are not newbies. We embarked the Explorer of the Seas at Southampton for our 12 night trip to the Canary Islands. We had a balcony cabin on deck 6 - this proved to be very quite and no problems arose. When we purchased the cruise we were given a select drinks package, which as I am not allowed to drink was really of no use, however once on board we had it changed to the Royal Replenish package. The first real thing that we noticed was that the food in the MDR was over the 12 nights somewhat limited. Several of the same things appeared every night and I am not talking about the classic section. No real steak or lobster unless you paid extra. These items used to be on the menu all the time. However what was on offer was cooked and presented very well. The Windjammer was a real turn off, the same food every day. 4 types of potatoes and no vegatables (well one lot) that was cooked. You could have raw carrots, broccoli, cauliflower etc. All the deserts were the same, called something different the next day. Even the rolls and sandwiches in the Promande Café were always the same. On to the entertainment most of the outside entertainers were pretty good apart from Darren Day, he should stick to singing. The in house singers and dancers however were a different matter - they put on 3 shows and if you hadn't of known you would haver said that they just repeated one show 3 times, they were almost identical. Same era 30's, 40's music no get up and go at all. No real special customs or scenery. As I have mobility issues we did a number of the ships excursions, these were all organised very well. They were however all very expensive compared to what could have been obtained if we were more able. On the whole we were satisfied. There were a number of very good quizzes and of course bingo that one could take part in. But there were no really good lectures on the places we visited. or anything else for that matter. Usual Captains Q & A session. Shopping on board as usual was a joke, expensive shops selling expensive tat. More and more watches. But you can't buy a bar of chocolate or a packet of sweets. The only sweets available were those in the mini bar which cost $3.75 approx. £2.25 - they cost 89p in the shops normally. The shop assistances appeared to be very bored all the time. The price we paid for the cruise was probably the highest we have ever paid, but what we got back has not gone up to match, the cut backs are becoming very obvious. The gap between what was on offer 2/3 years ago and what you get now has widened quite considerably. Oil is cheap at the moment so we should be getting more, but we are not. However one thing has not decreased and that is the service we received from the staff, all of them that we had dealings with without exception were excellent and in same cases went further than they had to. If RCCI continue to increase their prices, which they probably will if the oil prices start to go up, but decrease what is on offer than perhaps my husband and I will be sailing with someone different next year.

Things seem to be slipping a bit.

Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review by merlindog22

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Let me also state by saying that we do not make a habit of writing reviews, however in this case we felt as if we should make our feelings known. These are our true and honest thoughts. We have done over 15 cruises so are not newbies.

We embarked the Explorer of the Seas at Southampton for our 12 night trip to the Canary Islands. We had a balcony cabin on deck 6 - this proved to be very quite and no problems arose.

When we purchased the cruise we were given a select drinks package, which as I am not allowed to drink was really of no use, however once on board we had it changed to the Royal Replenish package.

The first real thing that we noticed was that the food in the MDR was over the 12 nights somewhat limited. Several of the same things appeared every night and I am not talking about the classic section. No real steak or lobster unless you paid extra. These items used to be on the menu all the time. However what was on offer was cooked and presented very well. The Windjammer was a real turn off, the same food every day. 4 types of potatoes and no vegatables (well one lot) that was cooked. You could have raw carrots, broccoli, cauliflower etc. All the deserts were the same, called something different the next day. Even the rolls and sandwiches in the Promande Café were always the same.

On to the entertainment most of the outside entertainers were pretty good apart from Darren Day, he should stick to singing. The in house singers and dancers however were a different matter - they put on 3 shows and if you hadn't of known you would haver said that they just repeated one show 3 times, they were almost identical. Same era 30's, 40's music no get up and go at all. No real special customs or scenery.

As I have mobility issues we did a number of the ships excursions, these were all organised very well. They were however all very expensive compared to what could have been obtained if we were more able. On the whole we were satisfied.

There were a number of very good quizzes and of course bingo that one could take part in. But there were no really good lectures on the places we visited. or anything else for that matter. Usual Captains Q & A session. Shopping on board as usual was a joke, expensive shops selling expensive tat. More and more watches. But you can't buy a bar of chocolate or a packet of sweets. The only sweets available were those in the mini bar which cost $3.75 approx. £2.25 - they cost 89p in the shops normally. The shop assistances appeared to be very bored all the time.

The price we paid for the cruise was probably the highest we have ever paid, but what we got back has not gone up to match, the cut backs are becoming very obvious. The gap between what was on offer 2/3 years ago and what you get now has widened quite considerably. Oil is cheap at the moment so we should be getting more, but we are not.

However one thing has not decreased and that is the service we received from the staff, all of them that we had dealings with without exception were excellent and in same cases went further than they had to.

If RCCI continue to increase their prices, which they probably will if the oil prices start to go up, but decrease what is on offer than perhaps my husband and I will be sailing with someone different next year.
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The Balcony cabin we booked was kept very clean and well serviced by our attendant Carlos. However the Balcony was quite small and unlike a lot of the RCCI ships it had a metal frontage on to the sea. So if you were sitting on the balcony a short person would be looking at metal and not sea. It was obvious that some attempt at painting at gone on, on the balcony as there were loads of paint pieces just laying about on the floor. Carlos did his best to clean these up but they had become stuck to the floor of the balcony.
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