NO SPARKLE !!!: Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review by madangus
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NO SPARKLE !!!
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
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.
WINDJAMMERS CAFE - as said A+.
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
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.
INLINE SKATING -
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
RCI FOR THE ONBOARD REC FACILITIES THEY ARE GREAT BUT SOME OF THEM
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.
DID I MENTION THE TROLLEY DASH THE HALLWAYS ARE CONSTANTLY CLOGGED UP
WITH THE CLEANING CARTS SOME TIMES CABINS ARE NOT MADE UP TILL
DINNERTIME, AND YOU HAD TO NAVIGATE YOU WAS TO THE ELEVATORS TRYING NOT
TO WALK INTO ANY OF THE CLEANING CARTS. Less
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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