We chose the cruise to celebrate some special birthdays somewhere hot and sunny! We have previously travelled with Marella on their other ships and with P & O.
Embarkation was super quick - off the plane in Barbados, straight on a coach and to the ship.
The Explorer is a nice ship but lacks any wow factor. There is no central atrium which other ships have and we found this ship awkward to navigate as you have to go up/down a floor to get to some areas and remember what colour staircase you need to take!
Our cabin steward Okky was ready with a smile and greeting all the time and remembered our names from the first day. He kept the cabin super clean. Plenty of storage areas in cabin, super comfortable bed and proper shower door instead of a shower curtain!
We spent the day at Palm Court Gardens and had sunbeds reserved before leaving the Uk. On arrival our beds were ready and we paid in US dollars. Palm Court has an infinity pool, restaurant and lively gardens and is about 10 minutes walk from the cruise port.
We got a taxi to Maho beach for a couple of hours to watch the planes land (over the beach). Really great atmosphere on the beach and beach bars. Taxis are shared and you pay for a return, really efficient and return when you like. Taxi drop off/pick up next to the beach.