Ringing In 2012: Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review by WAYLIN

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Ringing In 2012

Sail Date: December 2011
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: Other
This was our fourth cruise on the Explorer of the Seas leaving from Cape Liberty which is about 1 1/2 hrs.by bus from our home in PA.
This was the quickest boarding we have experienced so far.Our stateroom was available when we boarded and we were having lunch in the Windjammer by 2PM.
The weather cooperated and the seas were calm for the first three days.
New Year's Eve was fun but we thought there would be a more organized celebration ie Fireworks or something special in the lounges and bars.There was a special menu,hats and a few balloons at our table.We rang in 2012 in the 19th hole lounge.
We stayed on board in Port Canaveral on New Year's Day and enjoyed the quieter ship.
We arrived in Nassau on 01/02 to find the shops were closed for a local holiday parade.We weren't planning to shop but it was a major disappointment for first time visitors to Nassau.We took a cab to Atlantis,$4/person one way,and had a great time in the casino with our friends.
Our More third port,Coco Cay, was cancelled due to a high wind warning for 01/03 so we stayed in Nassau a second day.The forecast was correct.It was cold and extremely windy.The seas were high and it was pretty rocky until the wee hours on 01/04.
The last sea day was calm and sunny but too cool to be outside for any length of time.
Disembarkation was the usual chaos at the elevators getting to our assigned waiting area.We were at our bus with luggage by 8:45 with all but four passengers but waited on the bus for over an hour for them.But departure time was 10AM so we couldn't be too upset. We were all early,they were on time. Less

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We stay mid ship near the forward elevators on deck 7 0r 8 in a D class balcony stateroom which is a little larger than E class.The closets are adequate,the drawer space limited in the desk/dresser.Our luggage can be stored under the queen size bed which frees up closet space.The balcony was private,both walls were metal rather than opaque glass.The only complaint is the bed on the sliding door side is really close to the window and hard to pass getting in and out of bed especially if it's rocky.The forward elevators go directly to the dining rooms which is convenient.

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I'm rating Nassau from previous visits.The downtown is any easy walk from the port.There are lots of shops and jewelers .The new straw market building is now open and very pleasant.Senor Frogs and the Hardrock Cafe are fun with some nice quality t-shirts ,etc,in the gift shops.A trip to Atlantis is worthwhile especially if you enjoy casinos.Plus the drinks are free and good !
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