• Newsletter
  • Write a Review
  • Boards
  • Deals
  • Find a Cruise
  • Reviews
  • News
  • Cruise Tips

Explorer of the Seas Review

4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating
1999 reviews
12 Awards

Superb attention to my gluten free diet

Review for Explorer of the Seas to Transpacific
User Avatar
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

Rating by category

Value for Money
Public Rooms
Fitness & Recreation

Additional details

Sail Date: Oct 2018
Cabin: Promenade View Interior

We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. After booking the 21 day cruise I discovered I was gluten intolerant and went on a gluten free diet. I thought I would be doomed to eat foods naturally gluten free and have to pass up so many of the goodies. The first night, in the dining room, when I told my waiter about my diet needs, he brought the head waiter over to talk to me. From then on, they made sure I was enjoying as much as possible while not messing with my diet. Every evening Clinton would bring me the breakfast, lunch and dinner menus from the next day and have me place my orders. In addition to those things marked as gluten free, they would make changes to the food if possible to meet my needs. For example, replacing the pasta with GF pasta, replacing the toast with GF (finally eggs and toast for breakfast), etc. My order was always prepared in a special gluten free section of the kitchen, to prevent cross contamination. In addition to the dining room, the buffets were also accommodating. They had a gluten free section which always had GF breads and rolls, GF entrees, deserts etc. If I wanted the GF bread toasted, they used fresh gloves and used a dedicated toaster. They offered delicious GF pizza upon request. They had great GF cookies at the Cafe Promenade. I am sure they would be as accommodating and attentive to any special diet needs.

Other than the food, the rest of the cruise was spectacular as well. We loved the ports, the ship is beautiful, and enjoyed many of the activities. My only complaint would be that the evening entertainment started too late for us, so we missed a lot of it. In past cruises we were able to listen and dance to music before dinner and go to the show shortly after dinner. We missed that.

Cabin Review

Promenade View Interior

Cabin 1T

Loved looking over the promenade and people watching from afar.

Port Reviews


Took the city bus into the beautiful mountains past the coast.


Did amazing snorkeling right off of the nearby beach.

Mystery Island

The most spectacular snorkeling ever. I didn't want to stop. Just walk off the tender, cross the small island and go in for aquatic beauty.


Suva was a disappointment. We did see the real Fiji, which is OK, but it was not the island paradise we expected. Either have the expectations of the poverty that exists in Fiji or take a trip to the other side of the island.

Port Vila

Nice port, lots of duty free shopping, nice beaches, etc.


Nice place to walk around and explore.

Sydney (Australia)

City is a beautiful city and we enjoyed our 5 days in the city, plus a day in the Blue Mountains. We will got back to see more of the city and the country.

2 Helpful Votes
previous reviewnext review

Find an Explorer of the Seas Cruise from $254

Want to cruise smarter?
Get expert advice, insider tips and more.
By proceeding, you agree to Cruise Critic’s Privacy and Cookies Statement and Terms of Use.
About UsCruise DestinationsFirst Time CruisersFind A Cruise

Share your feedback

International Sites

© 1995—2022, The Independent Traveler, Inc.

  • Privacy and Cookies Statement

  • Terms of Use

  • Site Map

  • Cookie Consent