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Explorer of the Seas Review

4.5 / 5.0
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1962 reviews
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Noro strikes again.

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6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Oct 2015
Cabin: Interior Stateroom

This was our 1st cruise with Royal Caribbean having previously traveled with most of the other major cruise lines. In general we were somewhat disappointed with the cruise and particularly the on board service and the lack of entertainment options during the day. Also as a person who has enjoyed craft activities on other cruises it was disappointing that participating in this activity incurred a charge.

Boarding in Dubai was farcical due to the absolute lack of information. and the exceedingly long queues. Little did we know that part of the cause was due to extra sanitation on account of health problems on the previous leg.

Caution re the Novo virus continued for the whole cruise to such an extent that staff were being pulled from all areas of the ship to assist in sanitation and in distributing plates in the Windjammer cafe.

Cabin Review

Interior Stateroom

Cabin M

Cabin 8303 is an inside cabin with views into the promenade. Its location on deck at toward the rear of the ship results in minimal impact from noise from the promenade and activities on the promenade. The location also provided quick and easy access to the aft lifts and stairwell which was very convenient. Deck 8 is also convenient for accessing all areas of the ship.

For 2 people we found the cabin quite spacious with the seat under the window adding to the spaciousness of the room.

Whilst the storage space was OK it was less than experienced on other cruises.

It was good that the cabin came with a small electric jug which was something we had not previously encountered

Port Reviews

Kochi (Cochin)

Dont catch a taxi / tuktuk at the port but rather turn right and walk 500 metres to the ferry port and catch the ferry to Fort Kochi. The Tuktuk drivers are also less pushy.


Great place to get out and wander. The port is very central and the free bus is an easy way to get around

Kelang (Kuala Lumpur)

Port Klang is over 1 hours drive from KL. Apart from the overpriced shore excursion taxi is the only way to get to KL. There is a taxi rank at the wharf with fixed prices however it was chaotic at the taxi rank. We sawa signs where Princess and another cruise line offered a shuttle from the pier to a nearby shopping centre however Royal Caribbean claimed they were not allowed to do so.

There is a small town some 2km from the wharf although it doesnt offer a lot.

We would not envisage returning to this port again

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