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118 Royal Caribbean Pacific Coastal Cruise Reviews

We picked this cruise because it left from Seattle, we liked the itinerary and the price was good. We had not been on a Royal Caribbean cruise for many years because we are Princess elite people. But this was very pleasant. My husband ... Read More
We picked this cruise because it left from Seattle, we liked the itinerary and the price was good. We had not been on a Royal Caribbean cruise for many years because we are Princess elite people. But this was very pleasant. My husband has eating problems but the dining room staff were very helpful. We enjoyed the Windjammer Buffet. The selections were excellent. The Ice Skating Revue was outstanding. The first entertainment show was just okay for us. The music was for the younger crowd. The next show was great, beautiful costumes and wonderful singing and dancing. We arranged this tour through a travel agency. We were very unhappy because Military On Board Credit didn't count. It only counts if you make your reservations through the Royal Caribbean Company. This is different than Carnival Cruise Lines. Our embarkation and debarkation was very smooth. We have had troubles in Seattle at Pier 91 before but because there was only one ship there it might have made a difference. We would probably go again - same price, same ship and same trip. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
When you go on a cruise, you expect the food to be good. The food in the main dining room and the buffet was horrible. Inedible. My steak the first night was hard on one side (like it had been sitting in a pan for hours). The food was ... Read More
When you go on a cruise, you expect the food to be good. The food in the main dining room and the buffet was horrible. Inedible. My steak the first night was hard on one side (like it had been sitting in a pan for hours). The food was overall flavorless. When eating, I would attempt to find the dishes that could not be screwed up because of how bad the food was. My wife got a rash, and ended up treating with a doctor on the fourth day, I believe. It was in San Francisco. Because of this, and because of the inedible food, we tried to disembark in San Francisco, but were told we would be fined and no refund would be available, even for the half of the trip we hadn't been on yet. I started to get a rash as well on the last couple of days of the trip. Shortly after we were off the boat, all of our rash went away. After complaining and trying to disembark, eventually the head chef called us. They sent two plates of chocolate covered strawberries and offered us one night of dining at Chops. The food at Chops was good. In other words, any food that is not charged for is tasteless or horribly cooked. The ship must not be clean, or the water supply on the ship must be bad or something to cause rash. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
On day prior to departure. We flew from Minneapolis to SeaTac and tookLink or light rail from SeaTac to downtown Seattle is only $1 For Seniors. There are golf carts from gate to station , call 206-396-5275 and we had informative ... Read More
On day prior to departure. We flew from Minneapolis to SeaTac and tookLink or light rail from SeaTac to downtown Seattle is only $1 For Seniors. There are golf carts from gate to station , call 206-396-5275 and we had informative passengers pointing out sights including both stadiums along the route, It was hot on our Arrival on 9/28. We got off at Westlake Station. Be careful as some of Seattle in transition and under construction. Stayed at LaQuinta, 2224 8th ave, 206-624-6820. had very comfortable bed and shuttle to pier for $10. . It Is within Walking distance To Space Needle, Chihuly Gardens. Call First . closed Due to construction and we couldn't reserve on next day.but was still an awesome sight. We did Happy hour from 4-6 at 5 point Cafe, an Historic dive bar with good burger. I think only take cash. In Astoria, we took tro!lety For $2 to end of riverwalk to see Sealions. The fish canneries and warehouses are being converted. We did Loop as crowded. Other shops had unique items. In San Francisco, at Ferry build at customer service, we bought Clippercard which can be reloaded. For Seniors, It cost $7 one way for ferry to Sausalito which goes past Alcatraz. Some walked or ride bikes across Golden Gate bridge. Once there, you may be able to take shuttle to Muir Woods, ask at Visitors hut. This Card May also used on historic street cars which are moving museum. We went to end of line both way, for Dr rate approximately $1.50. We toured WWII ship near Fisherman's wharf . The Cable car is also $7 so make sure that have sufficient fares loaded when you purchase. The Exployer of the Seas is a beautiful ship and well maintained. The staff was friendly and helpful. We had many menu options in the Sapphire Dining room and our waiter Alport remembered us and our standard requests. He would expedite our meal if we had time constraints. The Ice show was spectacular and a must see. Because of limited seating, using muster stations to assign performances was a success. Trivia, Karoke and Zumba were fun activities. Seeing the Golden Gate bridge from Viking crown lounge was awesome experience. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
I haven't been on a Royal Caribbean cruise in a while. I am not a major fan of RCI but we chose this cruise because we were travelling with friends and family and wanted an affordable cruise that all could enjoy. Explorer of the Seas ... Read More
I haven't been on a Royal Caribbean cruise in a while. I am not a major fan of RCI but we chose this cruise because we were travelling with friends and family and wanted an affordable cruise that all could enjoy. Explorer of the Seas provided that for us. The Ship: Well maintained, very clean, but Explorer is in need of a major refurbishment. Some upgrades have been made along the way but those have just postponed the inevitable. There really is no theme to the ship anymore. We had inside cabins. Not terrible. But very small. The showers are quite cramped. The beds are below average. Somewhat springy. The refrigerator didn't work very well. You wont spend much time in your cabin anyway. The TV is quite bad. There's no DVD player. The same shows play over and over again. I think they were showing the same Fixer Upper episode every night. Crazy. But like I said, you won't be spending much time there. They should have a live channel or two. CNBC or Bloomberg at least. I like ships with a full promenade around the whole ship. This was on Deck 4. A lot of times we would be among the few people out there, so that was nice. Deck 11 had the pools, hot tubs, the buffet, etc. This deck probably got the most use. Very functional, but nothing special. Deck 12 was the running track. Nice. The Passengers: Good mix. People were polite and generally respectful. Dress code is very casual during the day. In the main dining room most guests dressed up for the two "Formal" nights on the sea days. But you don't have to do that. We did and didn't feel out of place. But otherwise, nice casual for the MDR, and regular casual everywhere else. Ages of the passengers varied. We didn't have that many kids on board but there were some. I think Explorer does a good job keeping the kids occupied and their activities separated from the more adult activities. Good job. The Good: Service in the MDR for dinner was excellent. The meals were above average. However, quality seemed to slip later in the week. We did have a couple very good dinners and overall we agreed that Royal Caribbean had upped their game on the food. We did not try the restaurants this trip. The ports were great. We chose some of the shore excursions that were offered and we enjoyed them all. We really liked Astoria, Oregon. We took a bus tour that stopped at the Astoria Column. We climbed all the way to the top and it turned out to be a fun day. San Francisco. What needs to be said? Victoria, BC. Cool city. Definitely will go back. Embarkation, de-embarkation. Very good. The Seattle cruise port seems to have its act together. Very smooth. The casino was large, and had a good variety of games and slot machines. If you want a cruise where theres some nightlife, here you go. There were many people out and about in the evenings into the night. There were a lot of different places to go. Fitness classes - the new stretching class was very good! Yoga was fair. Good Ice Show. I've seen a lot of cruise entertainment over the years. The ice show was actually pretty good. The Bad: As mentioned, the ship needs to be updated. The cabins are small and the bathrooms are tiny. This is no small thing. The fitness center is way too hot. We asked about getting some fresh air in there and we were told that there was nothing the staff could do. The center was busy the first morning but people came once, almost died from the heat, and didnt come back. The spa is over-priced and they push too much product and add-ons. I am used to paying, but this was ridiculous. Now if they offered a true spa experience, maybe the $200 for a 75 minute massage would be worth it. But its an assembly line. The spa itself really needs upgrading. The waiting room needs a sea view. The treatment rooms need to be a hair bigger. The masseuse was okay, but the whole experience could have been better. Lots of people there, though, so people obviously like it okay the way it is. Main Dining Room breakfast. Either get the food out there within an hour or just tell people you cant do it and have them go up to the buffet. They had the same menu every day. They also tried to help things along by setting up a small buffet in the center of the floor. We were traveling with some older folks and they like to be waited on, so we ate there every morning. But I would choose to just go up to the Windjammer where there's more variety and you can get what you want when you want it. The Cruise Director seemed to be AWOL. Lots of people smoking. Too many designated smoking areas. Frankly, I was surprised so many people still smoke. Summary: Overall, I rate this cruise a B, with value for the money being part of that grade. Large ships are not my preference, so I am somewhat biased. But I did have an enjoyable cruise aboard Explorer of the Seas. If someone in the family chose Explorer for a future cruise, I would certainly go again. Royal Caribbean seems to be firing on all cylinders these days. Much better than my last cruise on RCI in 2009. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
The NW itinerary is very relaxing and has lots to see and do. The weather can be unpredictable. This is the second year we’ve done this cruise. The crew on EoS were outstanding. They did everything thing they could to make the event ... Read More
The NW itinerary is very relaxing and has lots to see and do. The weather can be unpredictable. This is the second year we’ve done this cruise. The crew on EoS were outstanding. They did everything thing they could to make the event special and enjoyable. The ship has some great venues for a wide variety of activities. We tried the promenade view room. It was fun but would probably not do it again. We like to see the ocean. The cabin staff was terrific. We had a group of 11 and arranged a regular dining time. It worked out great. The staff was very accommodating. It took some time to eat because of the size of our group. The shows we saw were very good and we really enjoyed the ice show. Getting on and off the ship in Seattle is a breeze. Much easier than any other ports we’ve used. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We hadn't done this itinerary. Wanted to see San Francisco. We were upgraded to a Junior Suite 2 days before cruise. Had a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Embarkation was easy. No problem finding seat in ... Read More
We hadn't done this itinerary. Wanted to see San Francisco. We were upgraded to a Junior Suite 2 days before cruise. Had a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Embarkation was easy. No problem finding seat in Windjammer for lunch. Ate in MDR every night. Had lunch at Johnny Rockets one day. Cheese burger and chocolate shake b ( awesome ) Got spoiled each night at dinner with multiple dishes. Had key lime pie even when it wasn't on the menu and husband 'said favorite savory bites bread. We had cabin 9272, mid ship. The shows we attended were entertaining. Met a lot of people that made our week so wonderful. The cruise director was good, especially for the love and marriage show. The nightly cocktail hour was held in the Star lounge for Diamond and above. We missed meet and greet. Gothe to go on tour Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We live just 100 miles north of Seattle, left home at 8:15 am and were on the Explorer at 10:50. In 20 cruises never before has the embarkation process been so smooth. Explorer was the only ship in port so I'm sure that helped the ... Read More
We live just 100 miles north of Seattle, left home at 8:15 am and were on the Explorer at 10:50. In 20 cruises never before has the embarkation process been so smooth. Explorer was the only ship in port so I'm sure that helped the ports part but compliments to the Explorer staff. Entertainment on the ship was good. By far our favorite was the ice skating show "Seasons". It was performed three times and we watched it three times. Excellent!!! The ships singers/dancers did twp shows that were also very good. The other shows in the Palace Theater were just okay. Entertainment venues around the ship we felt were also just okay. I know RCCL is trying to attract a younger crowd, so maybe us older folk will just have to tolerate it. The ports of Astoria, San Francisco, and Victoria were all ports we have been to many times so we took no tours. Just got off the ship and got some very needed exercise. The food in the dining room was great. My wife and I had anytime dining with a 5:30 reservation for a table for 6. Never any waiting. So each night we had different table mates which we really enjoyed. We were able to get to know many different people from all over the USA. We ate breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer. Food here was also very good - evidently too good because we are now on a starvation diet. We also enjoyed the Cafe Promenade. A great place to sit and meet more people. As I have said, we met many very nice people. We feel that the passengers on this cruise were the friendliest ever on a cruise. The Captain and other officers were also visiting each day on the promenade. Disembarkation was even easier and faster that embarkation. We chose to carry our bags off the ship ourselves. About 7:15 we took the elevator to deck 4, took directions from a young man out the door, checked out, and when we got to customs, three agents were waiting for us. Shuttle to our car and home at 9:45. I chose this cruise because of the proximity and the price. It turned out to be one of the best ever. Of course, out of 20 cruises, they all are all GREAT. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose this cruise due to the itinerary. Although I live near San Francisco I had always wanted to sail under the Golden Gate Bridge on Cruise Ship. It was well worth the wait! We sailed with two other couples and had a terrific ... Read More
We chose this cruise due to the itinerary. Although I live near San Francisco I had always wanted to sail under the Golden Gate Bridge on Cruise Ship. It was well worth the wait! We sailed with two other couples and had a terrific time. We thought the ports would be fun, and they were. We spent 4 nights in Seattle at an AirBnB prior to cruise. From Embarkation to Debarkation the entire cruise went extremely smooth. We walked right on ship, looked around a bit and lunch in dining room. Our rooms were ready at 1, our luggage got there soon. Cabin steward was very nice and efficient. We found some great bartenders at The R Bar, Pub and Star Lounge. The Cafe for my vanilla steamer was a great way to start my morning. The barista knew my drink after the second day- impressive! Room was a bit smaller than we are used to but it worked. Light switch to bathroom not in good spot (behind door so it lights up the whole room if you need to use it at night) and refrigerator was cool not cold (our guy brought us ice buckets for our wine). Food was very good and our waiter was excellent. The shows were good and the pools and spas not overly crowded. We had sunshine for most of the time. 80 degree weather in SF was awesome. The Flowrider is something I enjoyed watching and the group doing it were experienced and very friendly to me. This ship is large and only seemed very crowded when they had the items for sale on the Promenade. The rest of the time hardly any wait. This was our 12th cruise and we really enjoyed Explorer of the Seas. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
What has happen to RC? I don't know if its because tips are included now, so staff does not try as hard... but service is far far below what it used to be for RC. I cancel auto tips and pay as I see fit and so happy I did that for ... Read More
What has happen to RC? I don't know if its because tips are included now, so staff does not try as hard... but service is far far below what it used to be for RC. I cancel auto tips and pay as I see fit and so happy I did that for this cruise. Workers in the windjammer were dropping silverware on the floor and putting out in service. Three people in our party had an experience with hair in our food! The wifi was a joke, spent more time trying to connect and stay connected than enjoying any benefit of wifi. The blow dryer in our room only worked for a couple seconds and shut off for at least a minute in between, so I could never style my hair. The rooms need deep cleaning, our room had thick dust and even an old dust covered childs toy behind the bed tables. And things like the bathroom cup holders had old toothpaste from last guests. We discovered that with MyTime dinning you do not get the service you would otherwise. My Time dinning we had no Mater D, no crumb sweeper, no kindness or friendliness from wait staff we usually receive on RC. There were only 2 broadway type shows the entire cruise in the main theatre, and on ice skating. RC used to do a big show every night. First time we were eligible to robes in our. One robe had a rubber glove fall out of it and they were stained and very used up. A young lady who turned 12 while onboard, never was recognized or sang to at dinner the night of her birthday or any other time. We usually book our next cruise aboard, but the ladies in Next Cruise acted as if they didn't understand how to find best deals, and best sailing times. Needless to say we didn't book our next cruise. We are looking into other cruise lines. I used to care about raking up my membership level, now I could care less. One lady litereally kept looking at us with a "I have no idea look" the entiretime we sat down with her, Iam very very unhappy with what RC is turning into. Not the 5 star I used to feel it was. Felt like a cheap knock off. Maybe its because its an older/small ship with all newbie staff and the best staff is on the new big ships? I just don't know. This was my 6th cruise on RC. This has been the only cruise that wasnt 5 star. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Looked for a cruise to a location other than a beach. Pacific Northwest had stops in areas of the United States we have never seen so the itinerary was perfect. Seattle, Astoria Oregon, San Francisco and Victoria Canada. Explorer of ... Read More
Looked for a cruise to a location other than a beach. Pacific Northwest had stops in areas of the United States we have never seen so the itinerary was perfect. Seattle, Astoria Oregon, San Francisco and Victoria Canada. Explorer of The Seas is a wonderful ship. Although it shows a little ageing it is well maintained and very clean. The service was excellent, room attendant and wait staff in the dinning areas were very attentive. I agree with others- ice show is a must see. Main shows were very entertaining and had a good laugh. Did not play in the casino....I guess my one complaint would be the smoking in the casino was so bad I did not want to stay. I guess it is the same in most casinos. Enjoyed two days in San Francisco, plenty of time to take several tours and spend time at pier 39. Crew was excellent.....enjoyed the captains daily updates. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. I would defiantly recommend this cruise if you are looking to see some of the Pacific Northwest. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
we had been dreaming of a cruise for a very long time, we are both disabled and on a fixed income and almost seniors, the ad came in an email, what seemed like a good deal, we were booking an inside cabin when a balcony became available ... Read More
we had been dreaming of a cruise for a very long time, we are both disabled and on a fixed income and almost seniors, the ad came in an email, what seemed like a good deal, we were booking an inside cabin when a balcony became available for the same price so we jumped on it, the first cruise experience was great and we met some amazing people, and the crew and staff were amazing and very graciouse and polite. we enjoyed a number of shows onboard and although we don't drink , we did enjoy some of the bars and lounges, the food for the most part was very good except the food was very salty most the time, if your on a salt free diet you might be in trouble! my wife spent some time in the casino and won some money, this is where the trip went bad, my wife on the last night onboard came up missing some money from her purse which she left in the room when ever we left the room. we decided to report it to security, they came to our cabin and searched the room and our luggage at least three times, causing us to miss the last night of festivities and shows, and treatment from the security personal made us feel like we were criminals, we didn't accuse anybody of anything just that we were missing money. I felt humiliated, and confused. and they made us feel as we had done something wrong, would like to go again maybe on this ship, just won't report any problems. probably should checkout other cruiselines. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose this cruise mainly for the itinerary and secondly for the Friday to Friday sailing. We have never been to any of the ports of call and they didn't disappoint! We rented a car in Oregon and drove down the coast a bit and ... Read More
We chose this cruise mainly for the itinerary and secondly for the Friday to Friday sailing. We have never been to any of the ports of call and they didn't disappoint! We rented a car in Oregon and drove down the coast a bit and back. San Francisco we did the Ship tour- HoHo bus with the harbor cruise. Then in Victoria we did the ship tour to Buchart Gardens with the picnic. This was my favorite!!!! The food was delicious and plentiful and the Gardens were stunning. I only wish it wasn't so crowded but I can see why it was! The service on the cruise was outstanding from the Dining room to the cabin steward. The Explorer of the Seas was in very good shape with no visible wear and tear. The only thing we didn't like was when we booked our anytime dining we had no idea of when the entertainment was scheduled for the night. We usually missed it. I like how the Oasis Class ships let you prebook both the entertainment and your dining times. No chance of missing anything! We had a wonderful, relaxing cruise and can't wait to sail again! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We had decided to do the seven-night Pacific coastal cruise since it visited ports that we have never on vacation. We came up and stayed in Seattle for two nights prior to the cruise and I would recommend this for anyone taking cruise out ... Read More
We had decided to do the seven-night Pacific coastal cruise since it visited ports that we have never on vacation. We came up and stayed in Seattle for two nights prior to the cruise and I would recommend this for anyone taking cruise out of Seattle as it allows you for a little bit more relaxing time before boarding the ship. On board the ship I had decided to upgrade the refreshment package to an ultimate package this is where my dissatisfaction with Royal Caribbean started on this cruise. I was told that it was just going to be an upgrade charge but was charge the full price of the package and when I discussed this with the customer service desk they told me that the difference would be refunded to my credit card later never happened. My wife also had a horrible experience in the spa where a hairdresser did horrible things to her hair which actually spoilt the first formal night on the ship for us. I would say that the quality of the food has gone down as it wasn’t bad but I definitely had better on other Royal Caribbean ships that sailed on. Our shore excursion in San Francisco was another thing but I don’t want to seem to be complaining too much, but I would stay away from the hop on hop off bus I was in San Francisco and rather take an Uber or Lyft ride service if you want to see the city and not be at the mercy of horribly overcrowded buses. One thing I would have to say the plus side is that the staff for the state rooms were outstanding, always taking care of us with such a friendly demeanor that we gave them most of the tips on board. The entertainment staff on board also did a really good job and I would recommend people that they get to the venues early in order to get a good seat, especially for shows on the Promenade. Shore excursions in Victoria BC are worth it especially the Butchart Gardens which is an impressive site even if you don’t enjoy looking at the flowers it is amazing to see how much work went into the construction of the gardens. Also there are hidden gems throughout and one of them being a flower that smells exactly like a chocolate bar. A final bit of information for travelers with Royal Caribbean would be to ensure that you save all of your receipts for at least 2 to 3 months following the cruise as it will help you deal with their customer service which can be frustrating to an extent that it is almost not worth dealing with them. I've been fighting for two months now in order to get the refund that I was promised and finally came across a really nice customer service representative who should be lauded for her patience in dealing with customers, especially frustrated ones like me, and I wish more people were like her on board ship so that these things would not have happened. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Wanted USA cruise. Excellent close/quick cruise.. Short flight and quick trip to pier. Checked in and on board in less than 10 min. Departed and in taxi in less. Ship in "like new" condition. Excellent ports that allow ... Read More
Wanted USA cruise. Excellent close/quick cruise.. Short flight and quick trip to pier. Checked in and on board in less than 10 min. Departed and in taxi in less. Ship in "like new" condition. Excellent ports that allow touring on your own. Try Bouy for good food and beer while in Astoria. They have glass floor for viewing sea life. Also, great area out side for water viewing. For SF - SF city guides have 4-6 tours daily ... Free of charge. Did ferry building and Chinatown - excellent city guides. Best overall entertainment on the ship...from the ice show to RCI singers and dancers who had international dance team join the group. The cocktail hour for diamond plus was moved to the Lounge due to large number on the ship. ... Good plan. Excellent choice for B2B as you won't run out of places to tour/visit. Would repeat this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
I always cruise with Royal Caribbean, and have many times. Among the obvious reasons, such as itinerary, food, and service, my main reason is the entertainment. I believe this is the only line that has a Pub on every ship. I have had ... Read More
I always cruise with Royal Caribbean, and have many times. Among the obvious reasons, such as itinerary, food, and service, my main reason is the entertainment. I believe this is the only line that has a Pub on every ship. I have had the great fortune to be on several cruises where Robbie McNay has been the Pub Entertainer. Robbie is amazing in that he has been performing for what seems like forever. Robbie knows every song you can think of. His guitar playing is phenomenal! Every night he played every requested song and he played them so well. We even had people trying to stump him, and they couldn't. Robbie's nightly concerts are reason enough to sail with Royal Caribbean. I have been on both Princess and Norweigan lines...Princess has piano players who ONLY do show songs and the Norwegian ship I was on had NO live music!! I have to say though, while on the Explorer, this pub was a bit of a disappointment. Robbie was stuck in the back, almost in the fire place, and it was difficult to hear him on the other side of the bar, where there are more seats. It would be nice if he was in the open, like the Schooner Bar. By the way, Dave in the Schooner Bar never finisbed ONE song! I did not like his version of entertainment. I went to an ice show and it was fabulous. The ship was rockin and they skated and landed so well. I was quite impressed. Thank you Royal Caribbean! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary, but we were happy with so much more! Having come off of a very bad cruise experience with Celebrity, we were a bit hesitant to try Royal Caribbean (as we understand Celebrity is owned by ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary, but we were happy with so much more! Having come off of a very bad cruise experience with Celebrity, we were a bit hesitant to try Royal Caribbean (as we understand Celebrity is owned by them). That said - our experience with each cruise line was very different. On this cruise, there was a wide variety of entertainment, the food was very good, the service was excellent & their on board activities were fantastic: from mini-golf to rock climbing, ice skating, the flow rider and more - never a dull moment! There was lots to do, the ports were great & best of all - we weren't bombarded by high-pressure sales pitches at every turn (like on Celebrity). It felt like a real vacation! On the down side, the ship is starting to look it's age & one of their specialty restaurants, Izumi, smelled extremely 'fishy'. I love seafood, but this was not a good smell & it turned us off from trying it out. The odor even carried into the neighbouring lounge at times. Aside from that, we really enjoyed this trip & look forward to checking them out again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
RCL has good reputation, have used before, and a group was going. The food in the main dining room was very good. The entertainment in the main theater was kind a hit or miss, Aa couple of shows were very good and have several shows ... Read More
RCL has good reputation, have used before, and a group was going. The food in the main dining room was very good. The entertainment in the main theater was kind a hit or miss, Aa couple of shows were very good and have several shows lacked spark of high entertainment value. They were nearly always vacant Seats at the 8:30 show. The cabin Stewart was very attentive to my special-needs as a handicap Trevor. The dining room staff was very professional. Sitting on the promenade watching people was very enjoyable. The cruise again on September 14, 2017. There are no Royal Caribbean wheelchair accessible excursions on this cruise. Our ports of call were in Astoria Oregon, San Francisco, and Victoria British Columbia. The entertainment in the piano bar and on the royal promenade was very good. This is an actual time of year to cruise the Northwest Pacific coast. I will not try to carry my own luggage off in the future as the staging area was very overcrowded with little space for all the people and their luggage. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Our first time cruising RC. Explorer is an older ship and the retrofits they have done to increase accessibility can be hit or miss--we found a lot of door buttons that didn't work and really jarring door lips and transfers for folks ... Read More
Our first time cruising RC. Explorer is an older ship and the retrofits they have done to increase accessibility can be hit or miss--we found a lot of door buttons that didn't work and really jarring door lips and transfers for folks with wheelchairs. The buffet was not low enough for my husband, in a wheelchair, to see what food options were. The food was just average, but the excellent service of the staff made up for it some. It was a low key trip for us--just wandering around at ports--so we didn't do excursions. We also didn't do many of the shows and entertainment as they didn't appeal to us. The cabin was good but /noisy/ with creaking, clicking, clanking noises from the ship. The bed was too firm, but some people with mobility issues might appreciate that for getting in and out of bed. Enjoyed the cruise, but wish the ship had been a little newer and accessible features better maintained. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose this cruise because we had never sailed from the Pacific Northwest and wanted to give it a try. Additionally, we liked the stop in San Francisco and Victoria, BC. Everything on this cruise was great, but that's what we have ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had never sailed from the Pacific Northwest and wanted to give it a try. Additionally, we liked the stop in San Francisco and Victoria, BC. Everything on this cruise was great, but that's what we have come to expect on a Royal Caribbean cruise! We found the food to be excellent, again, as usual. When I hear people complain about the food I have to shake my head. We are frequent cruisers and have dined in some of the best restaurants in the world, and for a cruise ship and at the price we paid, we felt it was an exceptional value and very high quality. And the waitstaff! Wow, incredible at doing everything they could to make the meal and experience enjoyable. Our cabin was clean and functional, although it's probably about time for an upgrade which many of our recent cruises seem to have been doing. Our cabin steward, Patrick, was very attentive and always pleasant to be around. The entertainment was 1st rate; very enjoyable. The entire crew was terrific. We had no complaints and left the cruise relaxed and totally satisfied with our experience. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose this cruise because we had some RCCL gift cards that we needed to use. We wanted to cruise from a west coast port to save time and money. We live near Sacramento and drove to Seattle. We are two retired adults, mid fifties, and ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had some RCCL gift cards that we needed to use. We wanted to cruise from a west coast port to save time and money. We live near Sacramento and drove to Seattle. We are two retired adults, mid fifties, and cruised by ourselves on this trip (we often have friends/family with us). Our last RCCL cruise was in 2005ish on the Monarch, so it has been several years since we sailed RCCL. Parking in Seattle was super easy. I prepaid the fees online, we drove right into the parking lot and parked. Took the shuttle with our luggage from the parking lot to the pier for check in. Porters were nearby to take luggage and off we went to check in. Seattle has cruise check in down to a "T". This is the fastest we have ever checked in for a cruise and were on the ship (in over 30 cruises). It literally took less than thirty minutes from the time we handed off our luggage to the porter and the time we were onboard the Explorer. Once onboard, we decided to have lunch at Johnny Rockets. We have them locally, but there's something about a Johnny Rockets on a cruise ship that triggered my curiosity. It was as good as the land based JR's. They do have a $6.95 (If I remember correctly) per person surcharge. We had dinner in the dining room every night (8pm). There seemed to be a lot of empty tables throughout the week. Our table mates were fun and we all had a good time visiting each night. The service/food were excellent each night. Our server team, Kasim and Kimberly were exceptional. Most of our breakfasts/lunches were in the Windjammer and we always found the food to be excellent there as well. The donut "holes" are out of this world yummy. The only food related complaint we have is that there is no grill, besides Johnny Rockets. All the other cruises we've been on (again over 30) have had a grill by the pool (Princess, NCL,Disney, Celebrity,etc). Sometimes you just want to grab a burger by the pool without getting dried off, cover up, etc to go into the Windjammer. This wasn't that big of a deal, but a grill would be nice. Entertainment was great. We watched a few shows (do not miss the Quest show-hilarious). The entertainment staff and cruise director staff were all over the ship and did a good job keeping activities running smoothly. Our room stewart, Rolly, was amazing. The room was spotless, he provided ice when we asked for it and he was very pleasant to talk to when we saw him in the hallways. Our ports included Astoria, Oregon, two days in San Francisco (yes, we drove to Seattle so we could cruise to San Francisco which is less than two hours from home) and Victoria. We've been to all the ports before, but we decided to do tours in each one on this cruise. In Astoria, we did the Seaside and Cannon Beach shopping tour. I probably would just rent a car in Astoria if we ever cruise there again. The shopping tour only gave us 30 minutes in Seaside and one hour in Cannon Beach. It wasnt enough time to really see the cities or spend time on the beaches. In San Francisco, we did the hop on/hop off 48 hour pass, purchased on Groupon for half the price of the cruise line. We visit SF quite often, but never really did an official tour. It was fun. The first day, we took the bus to Sausalito and then decided to take the ferry back to SF ($12 per person for a one way ticket), then we had a nice lunch on Pier 39, which is our normal go-to place when we visit SF. On the second day, we did the hop on/off for the entire two hour tour and really enjoyed it. We did a city tour in Victoria, via a Groupon special that I found online. It was fun and informative. It took approximately 2 hours to see the entire city. Then we did some shopping and walked back to the ship. It's an easy walk from the ship to the downtown area, approximately 15 minutes walk. Disembarkation was among the easiest we have experienced as well. We were off the ship and driving in Seattle traffic by 10:00. Super easy. on our first RCCL cruise several years ago, we felt nickel and dimed all week. Not so this time. The staff never bothererd us about purchasing alcohol packages, photo packages, etc like they do on some other cruise lines (especially the first day of the cruise). We'll definitely cruise Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We selected this sailing to visit our son during his semester break. As it turned out my two sisters and their husbands joined us for a great week. The ship was very nice with lots of things to do. We were busy with the family and ... Read More
We selected this sailing to visit our son during his semester break. As it turned out my two sisters and their husbands joined us for a great week. The ship was very nice with lots of things to do. We were busy with the family and didn’t spend as much time by ourselves as we normally do. Before talking about what we did I would just comment on the food selection. Our son is a vegan and has cruised on RCL several times. He specifically told them when he made his reservation that he was vegan and it was noted on his reservation. On other cruises the dining staff worked with him so he had a good variety of menus. He chooses fixed dining so he can work with the staff. In this case his only choice for at least 5 nights was linguini with tomato sauce. Even the Windjammer had a limited selection. I would think that a west coast cruise would have wider choices. We ate in the main dining room with my sisters and their husbands. I had reserved a table for six at 6:30 several weeks before sailing, and confirmed this with the host after lunch on embarkation day. So I was surprised when we arrived at the host's desk that night, he wasn't able to seat us at one table. He did find a four-top next to a two-top and had a good dinner with a very exuberant waiter. The next night the host scrambled to get us another table. Finally on the third night we were able to get a table with the same staff for the rest of the week. Alroy was a very good server. Teguh was his assistant and did a good job. We decided not to go to a specialty restaurant this cruise because we haven't enjoyed them like we should. We ate breakfast and lunch in the MDR and Windjammer during the week. The Windjammer was better arranged than on some of the other ships we have been on. Our main activity on the ship was to meet for cocktails before dinner. We tried several of the lounges and wound up getting a corner booth in the Tavern. My sister liked Eka in the Schooner Bar because she made the best chocolate martini. However, the Schooner was filled with Trivia players most nights. For the most part we were very pleased with the service and friendliness of all the staff. Finally, we went on two ship-sponsored excursions. We went to Muir Woods/Sausalito in San Francisco and were very pleased with Muir Woods, but weren't impressed with Sausalito and the ice cream store that the guide recommended. We also went to Butchart Gardens in Victoria and were very pleased. The bus broke down a few miles from the Gardens and the driver was able to baby it until it stopped in front of the ticket gate. He was a very gracious driver and kept his cool throughout. We decided to be on our own in Astoria, planning to hire a driver to take us to Seaside or Cannon Beach. But there weren't any cars. We took the tram into town and had a great time eating fish & chips at Bowpicker, touring the gift shop at the Mariner's museum, and getting local color at a brewpub. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
The ship was very nice and the food was good. The service was above average. Entertainment was good and the ice show fantastic☺. There were a lot of activities to keep you busy while onboard. It seems the specialty dining takes away from ... Read More
The ship was very nice and the food was good. The service was above average. Entertainment was good and the ice show fantastic☺. There were a lot of activities to keep you busy while onboard. It seems the specialty dining takes away from the main dining experience because most of the tables were only half full. Since we were cruising the Pacific North coast in September there was rain and cold winds the first sea day so we could not relax on the deck. Heavy fog going into San Francisco kept us awake through the night with the fog horn blowing (our room was Deck 12 Forward) and rough seas heading north to Victoria had us feeling the motion of the ocean. Overall we had a great time, made some new friends and enjoyed the food selections and the activities during the 7 day cruise, We would sail on Explorer of the Seas again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We did this same cruise last year and enjoyed the itinerary. This year, we also enjoyed the itinerary. Some issues arose with the hard beds. The bed was so hard that we bought a 2" foam topper and the room steward was kind enough ... Read More
We did this same cruise last year and enjoyed the itinerary. This year, we also enjoyed the itinerary. Some issues arose with the hard beds. The bed was so hard that we bought a 2" foam topper and the room steward was kind enough to put it on the bed for us. The food was good and there was plenty of it available. Lobster night was exceptionally great. So good that we each ate 2. Windjammer seemed to have fresh fruits and vegetables and a very nice variety. There was only one production show. It was their first performance as a group. Some nice dance moves, but it got very repetitive and there was no story - only the same dance over and over. The comedian Criss Bliss was very good. All in all a good cruise. The captain was quite visible and did a great job of greeting his guests. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We took a 4 night cruise out of Seattle last week. It was great weather and a grand time. The Explorer of the Seas is a beautiful ship and is in great shape! Navigating around the ship was easy and fun. Plenty to do and see. Main dining ... Read More
We took a 4 night cruise out of Seattle last week. It was great weather and a grand time. The Explorer of the Seas is a beautiful ship and is in great shape! Navigating around the ship was easy and fun. Plenty to do and see. Main dining room food was good. The best? No, but very tasty and the service was top notch. The buffet was good food. What can you say, it's a buffet. The pubs / Taverns were very nice with some interesting entertainment in them. Plenty of pools and hot tubs, flow rider, miniature golf, rock climbing wall...very cool. Soft serve ice cream on deck 11 was point on. Casino did not treat me well, but what casino has. The entertainment director did a great job and was very likeable. The connoisseur club was awesome for cigar smoking and located well. I would take another trip on the Explorer without hesitation. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
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