Incredible cruise on Explorer: Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review by LDH1027

Explorer of the Seas 5

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Incredible cruise on Explorer

Sail Date: February 2012
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: Other
After taking two previous cruises on XOS (the last of which had been an unmitigated disaster from start to finish), we were pleasantly surprised and for the most part very pleased with this cruise. We found the service beyond reproach and the friendliness of the staff unsurpassed. Our only complaint would have been that there were some travellers on this cruise who seemed to feel that they deserved some form of special treatment-granted they were some 1300 strong but hey we pretty much all paid to be there and were equally deserving and didn't feel the need to make a scene about it. Unfortunately the attitude and in some cases outright rudeness demonstrated by some of these guests to staff and fellow travellers made it embarrassing to admit to being from the same country. While not everyone from this group of travellers showed such poor manners, it as unfortunate that a large enough number did to cause many of their fellow passengers to be offended and even embarrassed on their More behalf.
Despite this we found the staff very helpful, pleasant and eager to please. We were pleasantly surprised with the food from the MDR, which, although perhaps not always inspired, generally proved to be quite good, and in many cases, superb.
The entertainment, while good, could stand to be revamped - 5 years or however long RCI is maintaining the shows is just a little too much of the "been there, seen that". While we appreciate the cost in mounting these shows, perhaps 3 years for a run is more than sufficient before it gets a little tired. All in all it was a pleasure being on XOS again, and although she's starting to look a little tired and in need of her upcoming face lift, wouldn't hesitate to book on her again but not on these shortened cruises that RCI is offering from Cape Liberty. When we travel to the Caribbean it is to enjoy more the beautiful islands not more sea days. We're not sure where RCI is getting their information that people don't want the longer cruises, as no one we talked to felt that way, perhaps, they'll actually ask their passengers instead of some "think tank" poll that was sent to an obviously limited number of past clients. Less

Published 03/12/12

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Port and Shore Excursions

Beautiful beaches, when you can find a quiet one. Lovely scenery and some pretty good excursions.
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Beautiful city (old and new) with lots to see and do. On this trip we were there till 10PM and seeing the city at night was incredible. Only complaint is the access to beaches - if that were easier would have been a 5+
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Beach Break

was ok - a little crowded for us

Beach Break

Lovely location - perhaps a little too commercial for our tastes

Island tour

Absolutely the best tour we have every taken - covered all the high spots and a few less common PLUS got us quality beach time - all for a decent price. Highly knowledgeable and entertaining. Awesome! Would not hesitate to book again or refer.

National Park

Interesting tour although would like to have seen better access for elderly or physically challenged.

One of our favourites - every visit is a new experience and don't forget the can't be missed Maho Beach!

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