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Explorer of the Seas Review

4.5 / 5.0
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1968 reviews
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Royal Caribbean no longer up with luxury cruise leaders

Review for Explorer of the Seas to Europe
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10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Sep 2019
Cabin: Junior Suite

Having had a brilliant cruise on Navigator last year, we booked to do the same itinerary with friends from Scotland.

Our 19th cruise - and 8th with R.C. but what a huge disappointment - so much has changed.

The admin staff were 'polite' to the point of rudeness.

Cabin Review

Junior Suite

Cabin J4

Good size. Plenty of storage. Bath and overhead shower. Connecting door to next cabin.

Good size balcony.

Carpet very grubby

Door off hinges on cupbard

Bed frame changed during cruise!!! surely this should be done when in for refit

Port Reviews


Not your fault Southampton ! I left passports at home (6 hours drive away) so it was rather traumatic!

Port staff were brilliant and assisted us in making onward plans to catch up with ship in Gibraltar - a very expensive detour :(


Not a lot to see in port - very few shops and nothing to do. You need to find an excursion for this stop!

Rome (Civitavecchia)

Been to Rome many times, so just walked into port. Dirty and tired, shops not as good as they used to be. Quite a large food market which is interesting.


Fiasco - No organisation with port shuttle led to near fights with people queue jumping.

Town ok and great for shopping- fairly long walk in- but a nice walk with some good port shops you miss if you take the shuttle.


Both last year and this year RC failed to dock in Genoa.

They claim it was overcrowded - cant see how when they are supposed to book berth there long in advance.

They subbed it with St Margherita - which they did not stop at due to non appearing Hurricane. Stayed at sea instead - BORING


If you want to shop for jewellery, perfume then this is the port for you.


Oh Lisbon - we would have loved to have stopped there !!!!

The non appearing hurrican meant they skipped this port - and took us to LE HARVRE

a concrete blot on the landscape and just a ferry port with nothing of interest to offer.

Loooong walk in for very little.

Bitter disappointment and they made us stay over night.we were tempted to take a ferry back to UK just to get out of it !!

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