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Explorer of the Seas Review

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Review for Explorer of the Seas to Australia & New Zealand
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10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Nov 2015

We were advised prior to departure that there would be delays in boarding, supposedly due to the outbreak of norovirus,which turned out to have been on the ship 2 legs prior, but as we were flying in from Brisbane and had arranged a ship transfer, we had no option but to arrive any later.The queues were horrendous, up to 180 metres long and in the hot sun, some of these passengers queuing were quite elderly too, but no cold drinks or chairs on offer, and that was only to get into the terminal building itself.Then the long snake queue to get to the check in counter.

All okay then but by the time we reached Adelaide 3 days later, they had run out of granola, prunes and apple sauce for the roast pork, despite there being apples available in the Windjammer.And the duty free liquor had risen by $2 a bottle according to friends that had boarded in Singapore!

Then we get to the time changes, the first ship I have sailed on where we were required to do time changes of 1 hour forward in the middle of the day(and there were to be 5 of them on this voyage) which was reluctantly accepted, only to find that on the return fronmNZ to Sydney, the 2 one hour time changes were to be done at the normal time of 2am.Penny pinching by RCL perhaps? On that subject, they have cut out the courtesy shampoo, conditioner and hand lotion(now available only on request if you know to ask for it) and on my first night I didn't even have any soap!

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A nice place to visit


Nice to visit.look out for the albatross colony at the heads


A nice small little town to visit


Just walked around Bay St


Well worth a visit to the Te Papa museum

Sydney (Australia)

Didn't have a review as I reside here

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