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Explorer of the Seas Review

4.5 / 5.0
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The captain drops a clanger!

Review for Explorer of the Seas to the Middle East
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10+ Cruises • Age 80s

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Sail Date: Oct 2015
Cabin: Superior Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony
Excellent ice show ... a real bonus
Leading the convoy down the Suez Canal
Another superb visit to Petra, the Rose Red City
Enough to give anyone the hump in Petra

THIS cruise was certainly a weird one, perhaps memorable more for the things that went wrong than right.

It was our first run-out with Royal Caribbean (although our 13th cruise in all) unimaginatively entitled “14-night Suez Canal Cruise on Explorer of the Seas” from October 9 to 23, 2015.

What first made it attractive to us was the visit to Israel and an excursion to Jerusalem, a trip down the Suez Canal and a return to the fabled Jordanian Rose Red City of Petra.

Cabin Review

Superior Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony

Cabin D3

Spacious, well-managed, fair-size balcony and QUIET!

Port Reviews


Barcelona needs no description and we didn't really have time to see it. Straight on the ship. But we've been many times before.

Jerusalem (Ashdod)

This, sadly, was cancelled at relatively short notice because of the escalating violence.

Aqaba (Petra)

A little tiring as we were unable to get a horse and carriage but the place is magic and the Treasury is one of the world's top archaeological sights.

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