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Explorer of the Seas Review

4.5 / 5.0
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1948 reviews
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Standards dropping

Review for Explorer of the Seas to Norwegian Fjords
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6-10 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Jul 2019
Cabin: Ocean View Balcony

This was our 7th Royal Caribbean cruise, and we chose this Russia and Scandinavia sailing because of both the cruise line and the itinerary. It was also our second sailing on Explorer of the Seas, so we have had prior experience with RCCL.

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.

Cabin Review

Ocean View Balcony

Cabin 4D

No issues with our cabin. It was nice in size, and in a quiet part of the ship. The single, small tv was adequate though the choice of channels was poor.

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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