Wash your frickin hands people! Before I talk about the cruise, there was an outbreak of Norovirus on this sailing which can be largely prevented if people washed their hands frequently, but clearly a lot of people don't believe in basic hygiene. Before the outbreak I heard one woman complaining about having to wash her hands when entering the Windjammer buffet because "she washed them before leaving the cabin" - do you think she may have touched a few surfaces between the cabin and the Windjammer? I saw another person go from the stall in the mens room right out the door to the pool deck. You think with all the constant reminders to wash your hands and what we learned from COVID people would be more aware of simple, effective hygiene, but I guess not. Royal Caribbean was very good about cleaning high touch surfaces before the outbreak (and even more so afterward) but if people are not going to take personal responsibility for their actions, there is not much they can do to reduce the risk entirely.
Anyway, this was a great cruise and went to a lot of ports that would be hard to get to other than on a cruise ship. I have been on the Explorer of the Seas twice before and like the ship. It is a good balance between a smaller sized ship but with some of the bells and whistles of larger ships (Flow Rider, water slides, etc.).
Was in a Junior Suite and our cabin steward was excellent - room was always tidy and well stocked with coffee maker pods for our morning caffeine fix. Room servicing was twice a day for the suites which I tend to like as it does make the return to the room after exploring or coming back from dinner a bit more special. Wished they would get rid of tubs and have shower stalls instead - find them very slippery and can be challenging at any age to get in and out of.
Junior suite on 10th floor below Chops. Good sized room with HUGE closet. Tons of storage space (didn't use some of it). Comfortable bed and furnishings. Good sized balcony with table.
Cruise port is around 25 minutes from Ravenna in an industrial area. Not much to do other than to get on / off the ship. Embarkation was quick and efficient.
Picturesque town to walk around in for a few hours. Some tours available to caves, winery, etc. Ship docs so it is easy on / off.
Love Athens - 3rd time here. Took 80X bus from port to downtown Athens in 30 minutes and walked around for a few hours. Took the train back but it is a long walk back from the train station at the end of a long day walking around Athens - would take the 80X bus next time.
First time to Corfu - easy to walk into old town (45 minutes) - lots of sights to see / explore. New fortress is closed on Tuesdays.
Loved the trip into Kotor through the Fjord. Very beautiful sail away. Needed to tender in / out of town. Walked around for 2 hours and then headed back to the ship.
Love Mykonos - 3rd time here. Very busy in port (5 ships in town) and we had to tender to port and then take a sea taxi to old town Mykonos (some ships tendered directly to the old town). Loved lunch at Niko's Tavern.