Explorer of the Seas - let down by transfers and service: Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review by claner
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Explorer of the Seas - let down by transfers and service
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
Of the ports we enjoyed St Thomas, St Maarten, Barbados, St Kitts and Dominica. We did not go ashore in Puerto Rico or Antigua. One of the down sides was the restaurant dinner service which was shambolic. Long waits between courses, wrong meals, wrong menus, poor presentation of meals, poorer quality of food etc. Other general gripes included poor behavior by unsupervised children, high noise levels, poor port and transfer arrangements and increased prices for drinks particularly wine. We enjoyed our excursions on Barbados, Dominica and St Maarten and these remain good value for money. Generally the crew was friendly as usual and the Gold Seapass was an exellent innovation.
To sum up we enjoyed our cruise but next time we cruise the Caribbean we would look for a departure port outside the USA. We would also be tempted to try another Cruise company next time as we have noticed a steady decline in RCI during the last 4 years. Less
Cabin review: GS1274 Grand Suite
Cabin 1274. Quiet part of ship, small uncomfortable settee and chairs. Space filled out with extra unneccasry tables. Balcony long but narrow and views obscured by centre pillar. Generally nice size but smaller than GS on Legend of the SeasRead All Grand Suite (GS) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
Our friends were hassled by hawkers and sellers from the moment they got off the ship. Shops shut due to Bank holiday. We stayed aboard.
Short shuutle bus ride (or pleasant walk) to dockside shops and to departure point for excursions. We enjoyed a trip to the Mahogany Workshop, Rum Factory and Plantation House which were all really interesting.
A two hour bus ride from the Newark Sheraton due to excessive traffic mostly trhough what appeared to be a large building/redevelopment site. Rather chaotic arrangements for luggage when we arrived at the giant tent for embarkation. As we had priority with a Grand Suite booking we were quickly on the ship though despite being herded onto another bus onec we had checked in.
Beautiful island with excellent port facilities. Short walk to a variety of harbour side shops and to the town centre. We had previously had a trip around the island by train which is an excellent excursions.
Excellent harbourside shops and a short walk only to buses for excursions. Enjoyed an excursion around the island although most shops shut on French side due to a public holiday.
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