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Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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First Time Cruiser with Some Suggestions

Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review by jojobrendy

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Feb 2016
  • Destination: the South Pacific
  • Cabin Type: Interior Stateroom

As a first time cruiser without having any other shipping line to compare with I would have to say there a few things that could be improved.

-Food/Service: Overall the service from all staff was very good, food in the Sapphire dining room was of a good standard, however my husband and a friend both had a slightly rare roast lamb meal and both contracted food poisoning from it, this is known as both were ill for a few days after and my friends husband and myself were not ill at all. If it was a gastro bug (as the staff stated) then one can expect to come down with it when sleeping and sharing a room with our partners.

-Safety: Staff need to address the sea conditions and the effect it may have on the family swimming pools, as I had to leap from my sun lounge to rescue a small child who was drowning (2ft under). The next morning the pool was closed when in fact it should have been closed the afternoon before. NB: this ship does not have any Lifesavers. Perhaps a spa could be converted to a water fountain for the small children to use as the pools DO NOT have a childrens wading area that is safe.

-Daytime entertainment: The adults only pool would do with some music, maybe just background music. Dont waste your time going to the farewell parade, it is aimed at very young children.

Money: this is a cashless ship that use US $, (ships exchange rate 62c, my bank 72.3c, so when asked if you want RC or your bank to do convert, its obvious which way to go.

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