A Wonderful Honeymoon and Cropping Cruise: Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review by knighthawk321

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A Wonderful Honeymoon and Cropping Cruise

Sail Date: July 2011
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
My wife and I just returned from a 9 day 4 port cruise on the Explorer of the Seas. We had an absolutely glorious time. The ship, despite being an older Voyager class ship, is fantastic. The sailing conditions were nearly ideal. The weather cooperated nicely with very bearable sea states. The cabin was very comfortable, with room for all the stuff we brought with us for a vow renewal in full wedding regalia and for a long scrap booking crop. Having a balcony cabin made it that much more fun and romantic. Our stateroom attendant was extremely helpful to us, knowing us on sight and by name.

Even on a tight budget, there was always plenty to do. Jimmy Rhodes, the Cruise Director, is a riot! There were always activities to check out. The ice show was particularly fun, opening to some of my favorite music. The live music was excellent, in many different genres. We had one particularly nice experience in the Cloud Nine room, when, while my wife and a friend were working on their More scrap booking, one of the musicians came in to wind down after an afternoon of playing reggae on the pool deck. He sat to the piano and played some beautiful jazz for us. He said he liked to come there to practice, but what we got was far better than mere practice. Another wonderful time was the party at the midnight buffet. Good music, good dancing, lots of fun.

The food was generally outstanding. Our servers did an outstanding job keeping up with a very big serving area, always ready to take care of our needs. They work very hard at multiple venues, and really earned their pay and gratuity. The beverage service (I had the soda package) worked quite well. The Windjammer and Island Grill had excellent selections. The Mongolian stir fry, made to our selections, was quite good. The main dining experience was quite good, especially after dealing with some early problems with our orders being given low priority in the kitchen. Our servers did their best to help us. The only criticism I would give on food and drink would be the lack of choices outside the Windjammer and main dining for non - soda and non - alcohol drinkers. Outside those two venues, with the exception of the last night, the selection was ice water only. The other criticism, and, unfortunately, it has to be a slam, has to go to room service. Room service, quite frankly, was downright poor. Contacting them took forever. Getting the order took excessive time. The worst, though, was a breakfast we ordered for day 3, the morning of our vow renewal. We put the order out within the required time frame but it never showed. The next morning, we get a knock on the door, and there's our breakfast, exactly 24 hours late. Ooops!

The service from the crew was excellent. They did everything they could to make our stay enjoyable. The Cruise Program Administrator comes in for particular kudos for the way she made our vow renewal one of the most memorable days of our lives. She worked with us from the get-go to get every detail just right. The ceremony was as close to perfect as humanly possible. Many, Many Thanks!

The only issue we had was with the ATM's aboard. They were offline for 95 percent of the cruise. Not only did we have issues with them, I watched as one guest sat for quite some time watching one of them, hoping it would come online. Not good.

Other than the room service and ATM bobbles, our experience on the Explorer of the Seas was outstanding, and we would sail on her again any time. Less

Published 08/01/11

Cabin review: D29348 Superior Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony

Very nice stateroom. Good closet space, enough for all our clothes, including two suits and a wedding gown. Bathroom quite adequate, with a good shower. The bed was quite comfortable. The balcony was big enough for a romantic time, with a nice view. It was generally quiet, though with an occasional thundering herd of kids going by. TV needs an upgrade: still using CRT TV in the staterooms.

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Port and Shore Excursions

We "winged it" in Bermuda and I'm glad we did. We actually saved money doing it on our own. We caught a bus to Horseshoe Bay and had a wonderful time for much less than the equivalent excursion.

Far too short a stop to really enjoy it, unless you were ready to get off the ship the moment the gangway was extended. If you weren't an early riser, there wasn't much you had time for there.

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Very nice stop. The prices could not be beat, except for the $20 per person each way to get to Maho Beach. That bit of sticker shock aborted that run. It didn't matter much, as the wind was in the wrong direction that day to get the view of those oh-so-close landings at the airport. The water taxis were fun and the shopping, whether you bought anything or not, was also a fun experience. Be prepared to deal with vendors with a very intense marketing style. Don't be afraid to haggle, either. It works.

This was the stop we booked an excursion for, to Magen's Bay, which truly deserves its rep as one of the 10 best beaches. Getting there was an adventure, given the windy nature of the roads. We stopped at two scenic lookouts: one overlooking Magen's Bay and one overlooking the harbor. Do take advantage of them, as they give you beautiful picture post card (or even National Geographic) grade shots, depending on your skill and equipment.

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