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We stayed overnight in a hotel in Southampton then got a taxi to the city terminal for 11am. As D+ loyalty we got priority security and check in and were on the ship within 20 minutes. We called into the Diamond Lounge for snacks and a hot drink as windjammer wasn't open. Our balcony cabin was ready by 1pm and 30 minutes later our cases turned up so we unpacked and went for lunch. We used our D+ BOGO and went to Chops Grill first night and Giovanni's the second night. The other 4 nights we went to MTD and our waiters Russel and Bradey were excellent. Pre-dinner most nights we went to the Concierge Lounge where the service was excellent. We visited 3 ports. Vigo- Spain.Nice port 10 minutes walk up a hill got us to a long pedestrian street of shops including Zara and Mango. Gijon-Spain.This was a 20 minutes free shuttle ride into town.There was a nice promenade plus a long street of shops including Zara and Mango Le-Havre-France.There was a massive queue for the €5 return shuttle with estimated 45 minutes wait. We got a taxi instead to the docks shopping centre for only €8 which took around 10 minutes. We enjoyed our cruise and the ship looked in excellent condition.

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Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review by grapau27

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2019
  • Destination: Europe
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View Balcony
We stayed overnight in a hotel in Southampton then got a taxi to the city terminal for 11am.

As D+ loyalty we got priority security and check in and were on the ship within 20 minutes.

We called into the Diamond Lounge for snacks and a hot drink as windjammer wasn't open.

Our balcony cabin was ready by 1pm and 30 minutes later our cases turned up so we unpacked and went for lunch.

We used our D+ BOGO and went to Chops Grill first night and Giovanni's the second night.

The other 4 nights we went to MTD and our waiters Russel and Bradey were excellent.

Pre-dinner most nights we went to the Concierge Lounge where the service was excellent.

We visited 3 ports.

Vigo- Spain.Nice port 10 minutes walk up a hill got us to a long pedestrian street of shops including Zara and Mango.

Gijon-Spain.This was a 20 minutes free shuttle ride into town.There was a nice promenade plus a long street of shops including Zara and Mango

Le-Havre-France.There was a massive queue for the €5 return shuttle with estimated 45 minutes wait.

We got a taxi instead to the docks shopping centre for only €8 which took around 10 minutes.

We enjoyed our cruise and the ship looked in excellent condition.
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Cabin Review

Ocean View Balcony
Cabin 1D 8250
Nice cabin which was very clean and the carpet and sofa looked fairly new.
The balcony was nice with metal sides and not interconnecting so gave more privacy.
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