island hoppers holiday: Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review by choc56uk

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island hoppers holiday

Sail Date: April 2009
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
This is our second cruise with royal A much bigger ship this time explorer of the seas We had 4 night's pre cruise visiting Niagara Falls and Lake Erie to see family then onto Newark for our one night pre cruise. Embarkation was a breeze ....we arrived at port at approx 10-30 am and was on board for about 11-45.....arriving on deck and having our first cocktail soon after...... We strolled to the windjammer for lunch ...a bit hectic but like everyone else trying to get a table for lunch......all went ok pleasant enough Had another stroll around the ship as we are travelling with our 2 friends who had never cruised before so it was all new to them.......

Our first time on explorer and was amazed ourselves at how big she is.....

Cabins were blocked off till after 2pm....

So more strolling until cabins were available......we had a promenade on 8th deck.....smaller than a balcony .....but we booked this to give it a try....after spending 12nights More in this type of cabin we decided by our choice that we would only ever have balcony cabin again.....only because I missed the fresh air in the mornings and sometimes felt a little enclosed...otherwise everyone to there own budget and choice. - I did however like the bay window to peep down onto the promenade that was good.

Our friends had a balcony on 7th on the hump and they loved every minute of it....and when we visited them I could see the's much brighter and fresher.

We dined in the Magdalene dining room on 3rd…..a table for 8. We shared the table with a family from Preston who also had been on cc and had chatted with them on the website ….we enjoyed there company and will be keeping in touch.

The food was very good. At times we were spoilt for choice and shared various items from the menu. We purchased a 12 bottle wine package which we enjoyed very much and thought it was very good value compared to the bottle of wines bought individually on the night….

We dined in Portofino's with our friends and it was so good and enjoyable we had to make another reservation and enjoyed a second visit - the food choice was fabulous and the service and ambiance was exquisite. That means we ate in the dining for the remaining 10 nights - I do have strong opinions about presentation and quality of food and felt that sometimes that a couple of nights the meal was rushed or that the standard of food was just below par…… this is only my opinion and on the whole the food was very enjoyable .

The ship was kept very clean and often saw the deck hands painting the ship and cleaning windows and decks.

Our cabin stewardess kept very discreet and we hardly ever saw her and was very good in keeping everything ship shape!!!

The bar staff were very attentive ….we used the aquarium bar mostly for pre dinner drinks and were very happy with those.

We saw a couple of theatre shows they were ok but would not rave about them…..we also saw two ice show productions which were excellent and highly recommended….

We met some lovely new friends from the cc meet n mingle and had a good meet up…we also had a good cabin crawl.

Disembarkation was very smooth and quick…no hassle and soon on our bus back to Newark airport

All in all a brill holiday…..nothing wrong with this choice and would do it all over again in a flash!!!!! Less

Published 04/23/09
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Port and Shore Excursions

Our favorite of all port stops… always

We booked another trip the cruise beach break to prickly pear island ….a small island off the coast. with free snorkeling and open bar and lunch included

It was a very nice day with lovely sand between your toes….and we just did not want to leave this beach….

The sun was shining and the drinks were flowing……what could be nicer????

A highly recommended excursion

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Had a 4x4 trip booked with Royal Caribbean off road quite bumpy …the inside of the island appears very lush and green .a rainy and cloudy day spent some time on paradise beach and was swimming in the rain…..

A nice island with very friendly people

A nice beach but would not call it paradise

Would not do this trip again

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No trips booked for this new port of call…..

Strolled to the dockside local market selling crafts …. A lot of poverty observed although people very friendly ……. It would appear to be a very pretty island and if we ever return will do some kind of excursions.

Returned to ship for lunch and relax

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no trips booked arrange a mini meet up with other cc members to visit Fort San Felipe del Morro - approx $3 pp entry fee

A 16th century citadel very informative and full of history

We love this city and always like to return …..the streets were very clean and did not feel threatened at all

We strolled around the shops and visited a bar for a nice cool drink

We returned to the ship at dusk but did not sail away till 11 pm

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It was Easter Friday on arrival…..just ventured around the harbour shops and had a cool beer from a beer hack….. Spent some leisure time back on deck

docked at havensight Strolled in the hot sun to the harbour shops …..purchased some gifts and liquor ….walked around the colourful market and purchased some Caribbean shirts etc…. Took a trip up the sky ride and enjoyed a few bushwhackers drinks and food in the shade Excellent views from the top
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