Long Winter Reward: Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review by WAYLIN

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Long Winter Reward

Sail Date: March 2011
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
This was our first cruise at diamond level.There were a few nice perks ie chocolate covered strawberries,little welcome back snack pack,free wine or champagne nightly but the coupon book seemed no different than our friend's platinum level one.There is more hype than delivery.

The Meet and Mingle event provides less food and drink every year. The Welcome Back cocktail party is shrinking as well in time and offerings.Guess it's the norm everywhere today.If some one is a first time cruiser they would never know the changes.Even so,we will continue to cruise.

Labadee was so much improved since two years ago ! The tram car was great to get around the area and the new set up for the vendors was great.

My husband and our friend took the boat into Samana and said,as we had heard.there isn't much there.We women stayed on board and treated ourselves to a massage in the spa.{it's cheaper on port days}

This was our third time in St. Thomas but our first at Sapphire More Bay.Lovely beach with food and restrooms.Liked it better than Megan's bay actually. We booked through the ship for $39/person which included taxi fare and one non alcoholic beverage.It was 3.5 hrs total which wasn't enough beach time.We found out a local taxi was $11/person one way with no time limit.We would do this next time.Cigarette and liquor prices were significantly cheaper in port than on ship. This was our first time in St. Kitts and found it to be very unique with not a lot of development [yet].We took the recommendations from reviews and took a local cab to Cockleshell Beach on the Caribbean side and weren't disappointed.There were lounge chairs and umbrella's to rent,restaurant and restrooms.As I had read, we did see Wilbur the pig[who really is a boar]and the goat.There also was caged spider monkey.Take the posted sign seriously about it grabbing eyeglasses through the cage.It grabbed mine off my head in a split second and I was more than happy to pay the $5 retrieval fee .We had considered a day pass at the Marriott Resort but we're glad we didn't after meeting people who were staying there.They came to Cockleshell because the Atlantic side surf was so rough,atleast that day.

We booked a 5 hr. beach extravaganza in Antiqua as we had done last year assuming it was the same beach.It wasn't.It was at a hotel resort which was nice but didn't feel as tropical as last year's location. The lunch buffet was fine and served on a covered wharf on the property.Umbrellas had to be rented and were the small cheap kind you find in a CVS store.

Our sailing days were great with really calm seas.It was cool the first day leaving and the two days returning as expected when cruising in March.

The embarkation and deparkation process was as usual.We did have to change our luggage tags.The leaving time was later than our bus departure time. We pre-booked on board for the Explorer 11 day next year leaving 3/19/12.It is so easy for us to get to Cape Liberty from our home in Pa.especially so since the Transbridge Bus line is offering a round trip ticket for $25.80 /person for those over 62! We thought the RCCL sponsored bus at $100/person was a bargain the past two years since parking is $19/day at the port.

After the winter we had this year it certainly was a reward to ourselves to enjoy warmer climates only to wake up to snow the next morning at home! Less

Published 04/11/11

Cabin review: D18630 Superior Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony

Since we know the ship we picked our balcony room on the 8th deck aft several rooms from the elevator.The cabin has adequate closet and drawer space especially since empty suitcases will fit under the bed.I leave a lot our clothes on hangers when I pack.Good thing since there would never be enough in the cabin closet and I don't over pack. This location is also above the dining rooms,an easy elevator ride to diner.The cabin was always clean but needs some spot cleaning on the carpet and sofa.The balcony this trip was very private since we had metal walls on both sides.

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