Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review by WilliamGStuart
- Sail Date: July 2019
- Destination: Norwegian Fjords
- Cabin Type: Ocean View Balcony
Our overall impression (which we seemed to share with many fellow guests) was that standards had been allowed to drop by RCCL.
Meals in the Sapphire Dining Room were disappointing. The service was fine, but the menu choices were strange and, most importantly, the quality of the food was notably lower than on our six previous cruises. Could it be that RCCL are lowering the standard of the (included) meals and ingredients to encourage guests to upgrade to “added-cost” meal selections or visit their speciality restaurants? Meat quality was poor.
The windjammer restaurant seemed to have become even more overcrowded-tables were packed very close together in an attempt we assume to cope with the no of passengers, but this made it hard to get to and from tables.
Entertainment. The young cruise director seemed poor, compared with those we had sailed with before. He was lacking their presence.
Entertainment. The scheduling of events that were put on during the cruise disappointed us- and was something we were not alone in criticising. Perhaps linked to the cruise director inexperience?
Ship’s condition. We gathered that Explorer of the Seas is going in for a refurbishment and dry docking next year. She was showing her age, with paintwork, railings and some furnishings in need of tender care or replacement. Some chairs in the Star Lounge had bare patches on the arm rests; several seats in the theatre needed fixed.
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Bed was very comfortable, though I would observe that the linen/bedsheets were looking a little tired and creased.
Bathroom was a good size for a cruise ship.
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