Seven Seas Explorer Cruise Review by CARTER3
- Sail Date: May 2017
- Destination: Mediterranean
- Cabin Type: Deluxe Veranda Suite
So I'm not going to focus on the ship or food but on the reason at least we came and that was to see the UK and Ireland.
The tour guides are independent contractors with little or no training. They are not in touch with other buses or guides or the ship-so why does this matter...? On 3 trips we have lost or had passenger issues and the lack of coordination made the situation worse.
THe information is very basis, little enthusiasm and nothing unique or special about the trips that is memorable. Simply pick a number, get on a bus with a guide and return back to the ship. By example we had bad weather in Scotland and had to tender in. Understandable but what is not is with cold winds, sheets of water-why we spent 3 hours driving around and 20 min at the castle (Edinburgh) - nothing could be seen or experienced and with no location for the bus folks got lost (which we help find in the blowing rain while we asked the bus to not move once it was found).
The groups are not organized by speed, so you may have active folks with someone with walker, cane or other issues that really can not handle the roads, stairs etc-it reduced what can be seen and makes the trip also an issues for those less active as they are rushed to the point we had a number of falls.
Yesterday in Liverpool it got windy for some reason the boat waited to as for a tug out of harbor-that delayed the exit by 6-7 hours so we missed our next stop of Cork (Blarney Castle etc) today...instead its another boring day a sea. The other ships got out but Regent was slow on the oversight and it cost everyone a key day in the trip.
Our room-ended up being connected (inspite of what floor diagram showed) so every work, flushed toilet etc next door was part of the experience...
We have another trip paid for to N. Europe on same Explorer in 2 months and trying to get our money back...
If you cruise to enjoy the ship, food and drink you will be happy but if you cruise to be comfortable while you explore the world...you will be disappointed.
Good luck-we will be shifting over to Crystal and others we have had better success with going forward. At this point I wish we had come over on our own or not taken the trip.
One more item-speakers hugely boring...think of your most monotone prof in college.. and entertainment is essentially lounge band performances...yawn....
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