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After doing 22 previous cruises in the past, and not having any complaints, our latest two cruises being on the Explorer of the Seas over the last two months, included the end sector of it's relocation to Sydney and the Christmas New Year cruise. This was our first cruise on this class of ship and also our first Christmas Cruise, we found it not easy to get around compared to other ships we have been on, and inside lounges were insufficient and all quite dark except for the Viking Crown Lounge. The Promenade is generally dark and crowded with passengers together with tables and chairs, which also makes this difficult for walking through. Christmas day was a FIZZER with no Christmas activities except for Santa Clause for the children, there was no special Christmas dinner to make it feel like Christmas. On New Years Eve there was some attempt for the occassion, but the promenade was found to be overcrowded and with minimum seating. All shipboard activities were very limited and not to the standard we have been accustom to in other ships. We found our earlier relocation cruise better organised than the Christmas cruise, but we do not feel that this ship has the atmosphere of other ships such as the Radiance Class. We love Royal Caribbean but were disappointed with this particular cruise.

Missing Christmas on the Explorer of the Seas

Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review by ozemu

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After doing 22 previous cruises in the past, and not having any complaints, our latest two cruises being on the Explorer of the Seas over the last two months, included the end sector of it's relocation to Sydney and the Christmas New Year cruise.

This was our first cruise on this class of ship and also our first Christmas Cruise, we found it not easy to get around compared to other ships we have been on, and inside lounges were insufficient and all quite dark except for the Viking Crown Lounge. The Promenade is generally dark and crowded with passengers together with tables and chairs, which also makes this difficult for walking through.

Christmas day was a FIZZER with no Christmas activities except for Santa Clause for the children, there was no special Christmas dinner to make it feel like Christmas.

On New Years Eve there was some attempt for the occassion, but the promenade was found to be overcrowded and with minimum seating.

All shipboard activities were very limited and not to the standard we have been accustom to in other ships.

We found our earlier relocation cruise better organised than the Christmas cruise, but we do not feel that this ship has the atmosphere of other ships such as the Radiance Class.

We love Royal Caribbean but were disappointed with this particular cruise.
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