We had the most amazing cruise ever to Scadinavia on Explorer! I read the negative reviews on Explorer beforehand and they had me concerned. I really shouldn't have worried at all as the ship is in great condition for her age. Yes, there was some paint chipping and condensation on the windows but you are much more particular than us if that's going to affect your vacation at all.
The ship was clean, the staff (especially our stateroom attendant) was so friendly, the food in both the MDR and Windjammer was delicious and the entertainment was great (especially the skating show). We really couldnt find any fault at all with the ship. When we had an issue with our bathroom it was fixed in 15 minutes. We went to a lot of the game shows and sports events and had a fantastic time. We won 10 medals! Never had an issue finding a seat in the theater or star lounge. Even on busy sea days we always found a seat in the Windjammer and it was great that they opened the chops grille to give more seating for breakfast.
We chose this cruise for the incredible itinerary and it didnt disappoint . Embarkation was very easy, we were on the ship in about 20 minutes. At most ports the ship docked within walking distance of the main areas . We did Oslo (go to Vigeland statue park), Copenhagen, Talinn Stockholm (dont miss the Vasa museum) on our own and found the cities easy to navigate from the ship.
For helsinki we did a royal Caribbean excursion to a really fun ice bar which was great!
For St Petersburg we used SPB tours which did the same itinerary as royal but was cheaper and had a smaller group
In stavanger we climbed pulpit rock. Incredible views but an incredibly difficult hike dont underestimate it!
Overall this was the cruise of a lifetime on a wonderful ship. Highly recommend a cruise on Explorer!
Loved our promenade view cabin. It was a perfect size, didnt feel at all cramped without a balcony. Since we did a Baltic cruise it was too windy to use the balcony anyways. The room was very quiet and clean and our attendant was great!