This is our second trip on Explorer, the previous being 2 years ago. Both times before we left I read lots of negative reviews and both times I couldn't fault anything once onboard. I have cruised 13 times in all.
Embarkation and disembarkation were well organised.
The food was delicious, especially in the buffet which had fabulous changing selections nightly plus the firm favourites.The Sapphire Main Dining was top notch too.
Service in both dining areas and the Promenade cafe was so efficient and prompt.
There were lots of fun activities and some great parties at night. The nightclub was busy and pumping every night.
Ice show was a must-see. The production shows with the singers and dancers were so well done to a really high standard. We went to the 9pm shows most nights and enjoyed them all.
Room steward service was excellent - we wanted for nothing.
This cruise was around the South Pacific and Noumea, Mystery Island, Lifou and Isle of Pines were all clean and beautiful. Lots of snorkelling with tropical fish.
One thing that would make the trip better though would be to have a better selection of free movies for the cabin television.
Very large balcony complete with two solid loungers and a table with two chairs.
Lots of room to move inside - indeed we got the steward to leave the sofa bed made up all the time for our 21 year old daughter and still had space.
Tea / coffee making was so handy and the steward kept us supplied with teabags and small milk capsules.
WE stayed 6 nights at Manly Beach across the harbour first which is a gorgeous holiday destination in itself.
Went to Anse Vata beach and enjoyed swimming and sunbathing. Free wifi at the overseas terminal was a real bonus.
The white sand is so impossibly fine and smooth, it was a real treal just to stand and sit on it. Huge,long beach - great for a walk. Snorkelling good too.
Always clean water, white sands, colourful fish etc. A fabulous day.