Explorer should Explore other Options: Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review by kittenjing

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Explorer should Explore other Options

Sail Date: May 2010
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
Just returned today from 9-day cruise to Bermuda/Bahamas. Cape Liberty is tough to maneuver out of - very, very crowded with long lines waiting for taxis, etc. Why doesn't the port institute the concept of "Arrivals" and "Departures" so drivers can follow and lessen the traffic?

I felt Explorer needs to update their food items; everyday was the same, especially for the lunch buffet - desserts were certainly unappealing at best, never looked 'home made' but appeared sort of 'plastic'. For some strange reason broccoli was not available for your omelets, however brocoli did magically appear at lunch buffets (for salads) as well as at dinner time. Strange...

Dinner was hum-drum, nothing to write home about; our wait staff was terrific though -friendly, professional and so attentive; they were the best part of dinner; the food was never hot - barely warm at best. Very little vegetables served with your entree and when served they were not cooked thoroughly; hard More carrots, potatoes - you get the picture. Very disappointing.

We felt as though we were being 'nickel-ed and dim-ed'- for example when ordering cappuccino's, lattes - you had to PAY for them with your Sea Pass which meant this card was constantly being passed around all day long - why doesn't RCCL think of having a 'coffee card' much like Princess has? It's much more convenient - or how about just adding an additional, say, $15.00 per person up front and have these beverages available all day without charging? Also you could not get an iced coffee on Explorer!! You could get a cup of coffee, then another, separate cup full of ice - not at the Cafe Promenade, however - so once you did receive these items YOU could then blend them for your very own iced coffee! What's the deal with that?

The pools on Explorer were small and very crowded - the steps and handrails were slippery - a friend in our group fell the other day and bruised her side.

Really don't think I'll be quick to reserve another cruise on RCCL - Less

Published 05/24/10

Cabin review:

Never having a balcony room it was roomy and nice enough; shared with a friend and we had enough closet room (could have used a few more hangers but that was fine); balcony was very nice, quiet and private. Don't understand why RCCL feels not having irons in the rooms due to them being a fire hazard but they have (small) hair blowers - wouldn't they be fire hazards as well? Anyway pack yourself a travel iron and you'll be fine. We were located on Deck 8 - quiet and a wonderful stateroom attendant couldn't be more helpful.

Port and Shore Excursions

Beautiful! Spent some time at the Fairmont Southhampton and it was beyond amazing! Beach was peaceful, clean and definitely should be on your itinerary for a visit. The Fairmont hotel is exquisite - every amenity you can imagine and a staff just waiting to assist. Purchase a transportation ticket as soon as you arrive - $20 gets you a two-day pass for buses and ferry service - definitely worth it - you can explore the island all day and see some amazing beaches and homes - the locals are friendly and helpful.

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Look into the Comfort Suites across the street from Atlantis; booking a room there allows you total access to Atlantis for a low price ($80 per person); if you were to book through the cruise line, I understand the cost is approximately $160 per person. Atlantis is amazing, lots to do and see - great pools, crystal clear and not all that crowded - water rides and slides - a great 'lazy river' which goes on and on - again, lots of fun - nice beaches - Atlantis itself is on the pricey side - high-end stores which make for nice window shopping (assuming you can't afford to actually buy anything) - walking around there will take up some time as there's so much to see.

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