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Explorer Dream Review

3.5 / 5.0
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Disappointing crowd to be cruising with!

Review for Explorer Dream to Australia & New Zealand
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djitek
2-5 Cruises • Age 30s

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Sail Date: Dec 2019
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There is nothing luxurious about the Dream Explorer. Despite the millions advertised spent in renovations, most guests will not feel it because a good bulk of the renovations went into the palace suites that 95% of the passengers will not be able to see or experience. Regular rooms remain old, outdated, small, and oftentimes dirty. The casino, VIP palace decks, expensive non-inclusive restaurants, and smoking areas occupy way too much valuable space on the ship that the majority will not be able to use.

The rooms are old, average cruise ship sized, and dirty. The bed was small but comfy, the bathroom is tiny and really old will be a problem to get into if you are overweight. I am 180cm, 72kgs (Tall and slender) and the bathroom was way too tiny for me to get in and out. Pillows were absolutely filthy with years of stains if you, unfortunately, have to take a look under the pillowcase. Walls and ceilings squeak at night when the ship sways back and forth. The sink and shower have trouble draining, the bathroom cups don’t get changed the entire week. The shower and bathroom have mold, the hallways smell, the balcony is small with a tiny rusty stool looking table that can only fit an ashtray. Walls are thin and you can hear outside the halls. At times, the rooms smelled inside from other passengers who were smoking from the balcony. Overall, very poor, dirty, and outdated rooms. Couldn’t wait to get off the ship!

The food from the 3 inclusive restaurants will get tiring quickly despite daily rotations. The food is very average at best with some days below average and quite disappointing. Afternoon “all day” snacks are very cheapo, consisting mainly of French fries and one other Coscto-type fried frozen food. Drinks outside of coffee, tea, water, and the apple juice machine are not included. It seems like the staff is constantly trying to sell you something everywhere you turn whether it’s drink packages, discounted watches, perfume, tickets to paid shows, overpriced “duty-free” liquor which you can’t even open on the ship, and of course day trip excursions. This can be tiring to see.

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The rooms are old, average cruise ship sized, and dirty. The bed was small but comfy, the bathroom is tiny and really old will be a problem to get into if you are overweight. I am 180cm, 72kgs (Tall and slender) and the bathroom was way too tiny for me to get in and out. Pillows were absolutely filthy with years of stains if you, unfortunately, have to take a look under the pillowcase. Walls and ceilings squeak at night when the ship sways back and forth. The sink and shower have trouble draining, the bathroom cups don’t get changed the entire week. The shower and bathroom have mold, the hallways smell, the balcony is small with a tiny rusty stool looking table that can only fit an ashtray. Walls are thin and you can hear outside the halls. At times, the rooms smelled inside from other passengers who were smoking from the balcony. Overall, very poor, dirty, and outdated rooms. Couldn’t wait to get off the ship!

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