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Explorer of the Seas Review

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howard18
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Sep 2015
Cabin: Grand Suite

I’m a regular on RCL and normally travel on my own in a GS grade suite.

I would very much agree with nearly all reviewers that embarkation could not get any smoother. The agents that run the service for RCL are first rate. I boarded at about 2.00pm and was in my cabin within 15 minutes. The usual extras were there including a new brand of coffee supplied I think by Starbucks. Plenty of fruit and some complimentary bottles of water. It was just as I expected.

There were a choice of restaurants on board. Giovanies, Izumi’s and Chops. I ate in Giovanies several times over the next two weeks and I couldn’t fault them. It’s when they greet you by name that you know that they pay attention to detail. With the restaurant manager insisting I try a new sweet as I was leaving one night. Chops was a total waste of money. Having paid $30 excess for dining there I was charged another $21 for a “Surf and Turf” which included lobster. This wouldn’t have been too bad except that the lobster consisted of two bites of white meat plus a reasonable steak. But then to want to charge you $8 for a coffee was just too much. I cancelled my remaining reservations. Then they charged me a cancellation fee (or tried to). Just not good enough. I guess as a profit centre they were not earning the bucks. The food and service in the MDR was quite acceptable. But I still wish they had silver service. One day the Americans will learn that there are other types of potato than mash. I also noticed that the number of men wearing dinner jackets was on the wane.

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Grand Suite

Cabin GS

Excellent as usual. Plenty of fruit and soft drinks on embarkation. Choice of pillows. Plenty of space (including hangers).

Only negative is that RCL still use a shower curtain instead of a door. The shower curtains tend to stick to you.

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