NO SPARKLE !!!: Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review by madangus

Explorer of the Seas 3
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Sail Date: April 2009
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
We are a well travelled bunch and holidays are so special, but we are relatively new to cruising. We had never been to New York and when we found that the Explorer of the Seas was sailing from here at the Easter holidays we didn't need much convincing to book. New york was fantastic we spent the weekend there we were amazed and squeezed in as much as we could. We stayed at the Hyatt regency jersey city - what a hotel right on the edge of the Hudson river, fantastic views of the statue of liberty and the Manhattan skyline. Rooms superb very clean, and the staff were the font of all knowledge. The hotel is in reality at 30 steps from the PATH train and 1 stop later you are in new york. The hotel was great as being in new jersey it was only 10 minutes by taxi to the cruise terminal. Only down side they don't do a kids menu which wasn't great, and the swimming pool is tiny so no lap swimming for anyone who is thinking about it. Anyways enough about New York its FAB.... Our tickets said to More be at the terminal for 1pm, we got there about 12:15pm, the taxi took about 20 minutes getting into the dock yard, its a old navy terminal so nothing special to look at. On first seeing the ship , she looked impressive HUGE and alot bigger than our last cruise ship. We got out of the taxi and we went straight to a RCI employee who was taking your suitcases, all done very quickly and without any hassle, it was very busy and for anyone with small kids keep an eye out as there are small fork lift trucks going back and forth with the luggage. We joined a queue and quickly got inside a large marquee to check in, it is split into deck numbers and went very smoothly in all took about 20 minutes. Once this was done we didn't have to wait and were ushered onto a bus to take us about 200 meters to the ship - seemed silly but must be policy. We boarded and were told that Windjammers cafe was open and serving lunch but cabins wouldn't be ready till 1.30pm. We didn't have the WOW factor as we entered the ship as they have you board then take an elevator to deck 11 so you don't see the main atrium or the royal promenade, we found this strange as with a Disney cruise you enter the atrium when you board and straight way its WOW.

Cabin 8216 (deck 8) starboard side fwd. great location, quiet, because

its above the bow of the ship when in the caribbean you can see flying

fish. Cabin itself too small, dated and faded, needs a face lift, bed

very comfortable. ample closet space. The balcony rust everywhere, big

patches of paint that have peeled off the bulkhead, paint all over the

glass on the front of the balcony, tried and worn patio furniture.

WINDJAMMERS CAFE - is fantastic and caters for everyone, my son loves sushi and the JADE counter which is located at

the very back of the cafe is the place to go, it serves asian cuisine

and is A+. We went to our cabin after this and sorry to say were

disappointed the cabins are faded and very tired the ship is in dire

need of a refurb. Our balcony and I was really mad, wasn't worth paying

the extra money for, rust everywhere, big patches of paint peeled off

the bulkheads and big splodges of paint on the glass on the balcony, 2

really old chairs and it wasn't a table but a footstool as the patio

furniture, but we decided to let this go and get out and explore the


THE MAIN DINING ROOM - is split into 3 parts on 3 desks we had

deck 5 in the Columbus restaurant, we were sat with 2 other families so 9

of us in total on our table each with kids all brits and we all got on

really well, it was a good mix all with different backgrounds. the food

was mostly miss and not hit was was a let down. they do a kids menu but

you have to ask for it, I wont comment on our waiters as there are so

many staff all will be different. the menus do vary and I wont knock

them for that but the steaks well I like to have them cooked to my

liking, not to the liking of the mass.


PORTOFINO - great setting and atmosphere, food FAB, a really nice touch

if you want a adult only night. $20 cover charge is a bit steep but a

great night.

ROYAL PROMENADE - was a great experience with the shops

and the cafe promenade was FAB the cookies , hot chocolate , cakes and

sandwiches on demand are just the treat when you return from a day at

the beach. The shops onboard had some great offers if anyone likes

swarovski they have loads onboard and reasonable prices and some

bargains on little clutch bags. KIDS CLUB - from my 6 year old he loved

it, made loads of friends so many he couldn't remember their names. The

good thing was when in port if your kids didn't want to go they could

stay at the club, the only down side is when the club only runs for 3

hrs at a time 9am - 12noon, 2-5pm, 7-10pm. some days I felt I was clock

watching as I was conscious that I had to collect my son. The other

thing was teenagers everywhere sitting on the stairs and refusing to

move when you went buy, I can only assume the teen club didn't offer

them enough or they wouldn't be there. GYM - was great it had all the

cardio equipment that you will need along with weight machines and free

weights, it was absolutely chocka on the first few days but I found if

you went at 4pm it was empty. they supply the towels and there are

water fountains to fill up your drinks bottles, also changing rooms and

a hot tub to jump into after your workout. SPA - didn't use it but the

spa are on deck 11 is for adults only nice padded sun loungers but get

out about 9am if you want a lounger, there the first to go. there is a

pool and 2 hot tubs, a very nice spot on the ship and at 10:30am they

do aqua aerobics in the pool there.

MAIN POOL - again a great area but

busy, again get out early to bag a good lounger, 2 pools and 2 hot tubs

one for adults only.

ADVENTURE OCEAN FAMILY POOL - one pool(4ft), one

small kids pool with a small slide and a separate bigger slide - this

slide is not open all the time, port days only open for 2 hrs and sea

days open 11am - 3pm. kids loved it and if you get there early there

are sun loungers there also for adults and children.


great fun but we thought it would be open all the time only open 1 hr

in the morning and 1 hrs in the afternoon the same is for the rock

climbing wall and ice skating. the golf is open all the time and was

really good fun, along with basketball and table tennis. WE CANT FAULT


SHOULD BE OPEN LONGER. I have gone on too long already with this

review. on the short. We expected plusher and didn't get it. if the

cabin and the main restaurant had been up to standard then it would

have been one of the best cruises we would have had. The facilities on

board are impressive and if you have never cruises before the you will

love it. One last thing take your evening dress/tux people did dress us

on the formal nights which really created a wonderful atmosphere. Im

just sorry to say that we were spoilt on our last cruise and this one

didn't me our expectations it has lost its sparkle.





Published 04/21/09

Cabin review: 8216

cabin 8216 (deck 8) starboard side fwd. great location, quiet, because its above the bow of the ship when in the caribbean you can see flying fish. Cabin itself too small, dated and faded, needs a face lift, bed very comfortable. ample closet space. The balcony rust everywhere, big patches of paint that have peeled off the bulkhead, paint all over the glass on the front of the balcony, tried and worn patio furniture.

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