Wonderful vacation: Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review by margarita fan

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Wonderful vacation

Sail Date: July 2011
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
We flew to Newark the night before the cruise and stayed at the Newark airport Marriott. This was a great choice. We had a good meal and the next morning had a swim in their great pool before leaving for the ship. We booked a Dial 7 limo which arrived on time and cost $50.

Embarkation; as previously mentioned it is a little chaotic. We arrived at 12 and had to wait for a bit, but it wasn't too bad. The worst thing was the heat, as it was about 96 and standing in any kind of tent is hard! We then explored the ship, found our rooms and had lunch. Then we met our CC group at the sky bar for a drink!

The ship itself is lovely. The royal promenade is very attractive, and the public rooms are great. Our stateroom was a little tired, but very clean and the beds super comfortable. My 16 year old daughter slept on the pullman and found it fine.

There was a bit of weather the first 2 days, but I had taken Bonine and was fine.

The activities were quite good - More the shows weren't bad, although they were a bit the same. There was plenty of trivia, though we didn't win any! The kids activities weren't so good for my teen - a lot of them started at 9, but we were on 2nd seating. Still she made some friends and spent time with them, so she was happy. It would have been nice for a few more organised things.

Windjammer food was as usual - not bad and plenty of choice. We ate breakfast and lunch here very day. Our dining room was great - lovely table on deck 4 overlooking the middle, great food and a lovely waiter. We had no problem with the food at all, it was all good. The portions are just the right size, but they are very keen to give you more if you want.

Disembarkation; I was a bit nervous as we had a 9.30 limo and an 11.55 flight. We needn't have worried. We did self disembarkation, were off the ship for 9, customs and immigration were quick, our car was early and we were at Newark for 9.50. We then had a long wait!!

All in all we really enjoyed it and would not hesitate to cruise on this ship again. Less

Published 08/01/11

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Port and Shore Excursions

Bermuda is gorgeous. The buses are no problem, they put specials on for cruise passenger. We took the bus to Horseshoe Bay, fantastic. We should have walked a bit further down the beach as it never got crowded there. Where we were was quiet for a bit, but the we were invaded by some people with no respect for personal space! Didn't spoil it, and we had fin eavesdropping! We then got the bus back (also easy) to King's Wharf and did a little shopping then visited the dockyard museum, which was very interesting. Also had a lovely lunch at the Frog and Onion!

We didn't have that long here, but I am glad we went as it was very interesting. We didn't rush off the boat, then took a walk to the forts (which don't open till 9). The forts were interesting (though there's not that much information on them) with some great views. I had a walking tour of old San Juan from the tourist office website, which gave us a bit more information. In the old town we also discovered the Coach factory store, so spent some time and money there! But we were glad we took water as it was really hot.

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We had Bernard's tour here, $40 each. They took us to Maho beach to see the planes, then Marigot for a market shop (not much there, just tacky souvenirs mostly) then to Orient beach for an hour or so. You need to rent loungers here, as there is no spare beach! We got to see quite a lot of the island, and the guide chatted on the way and pointed things out. When we got back we stopped off for some shopping.

We didn't go to Magens bay as everyone else was going there. We took a taxi (the taxi getting is a bit chaotic) to Emerald beach. We were worried about getting a taxi back, but there is a best Western there and a taxi rank. The beach is lovely, quite small but with only a few people on it. We were planning to stay for a short time, but we ended up renting loungers, having lunch and staying all day. No problem getting a taxi back!

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