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The cruise was good with the exception of embarkation which was of Stone Age level. Despite being diamond+ level it took us nearly 90 minutes to get from quayside to boarding. On recent cruises on the Ovation it took roughly 15 minutes due to having most of the paperwork , photographs etc. entered on computer at home. There was no staggering of arriving guests so everybody seemed to arrive at once causing long queues. The ship was good as was the food in MDR and Windjammer with the waiters all excellent. The officers could learn a lot from the keenness of the Filipino , Indonesian etc. staff. The specialty restaurants were also good, especially Izumi with Davidjake. Entertainment was average and daytime activities poor. The diamond lounge was over-crowded at night and the Concierge lounge dowdy, with no sea views. Getting off at each island created large lines. It seems that the usual ticket systems have been abandoned.

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Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review by scotty43

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2018
  • Destination: South Pacific
  • Cabin Type: Promenade View Interior
The cruise was good with the exception of embarkation which was of Stone Age level. Despite being diamond+ level it took us nearly 90 minutes to get from quayside to boarding. On recent cruises on the Ovation it took roughly 15 minutes due to having most of the paperwork , photographs etc. entered on computer at home. There was no staggering of arriving guests so everybody seemed to arrive at once causing long queues.

The ship was good as was the food in MDR and Windjammer with the waiters all excellent.

The officers could learn a lot from the keenness of the Filipino , Indonesian etc. staff. The specialty restaurants were also good, especially Izumi with Davidjake.

Entertainment was average and daytime activities poor. The diamond lounge was over-crowded at night and the Concierge lounge dowdy, with no sea views.

Getting off at each island created large lines. It seems that the usual ticket systems have been abandoned.
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Cabin Review

Promenade View Interior
Cabin 1T 7557
Spacious, clean and well kept, hard bed.
Deck 8 Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins