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Sail Date: October 2017
Upon Arrival of my room had to call cleaning staff since my toilette was filthy drawers full of Hair. Smallest inside cabin I ever had. Missed my self serve laundry since we where on a 21 day cruise. Never had to pay for Crafts ... Read More
Upon Arrival of my room had to call cleaning staff since my toilette was filthy drawers full of Hair. Smallest inside cabin I ever had. Missed my self serve laundry since we where on a 21 day cruise. Never had to pay for Crafts activities on all my 8 cruises. Worst entertainment line up of all my cruises. If you like Trivia you will like since they have ALL DAY long... Nice area for adults only swimming pool and hot tup Staff WAS GREAT in Buffet and dining room areas. Buffet at lunch had a Great Salad Bar. Great Steam room and sauna. Loved the 75.- for 10 Drink Card Food was quiet good. Try to get Agai and Maria on Table 333 as your server THEY ARE THE Best. Tell them hi from Silvia Do not bye with the internet - sucks.....people had it refunded when they complaint. Tv was poor Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2017
Wanted to visit S Pacific islands and Australia. Some poor weather; no one can help weather! but the RCL selection of Fiji islands that were visited caused this cruise to be just average. Ports showed more poverty than other islands and ... Read More
Wanted to visit S Pacific islands and Australia. Some poor weather; no one can help weather! but the RCL selection of Fiji islands that were visited caused this cruise to be just average. Ports showed more poverty than other islands and were somewhat disappointing. Other S Pacific Island stops offer more of what we envisioned would be the case for the S. Pacific. Tours to the local villages were just OK. On the positive side, the ships crew and service were excellent. Cabin service, Windjammer and main dining services were all excellent. The casino bar personnel were particularly friendly knowing your preferences before you even made your request. Public areas were well maintained, very clean. We had the unfortunate opportunity to visit the ships medical center during the cruise for my wife and they were absolutely wonderful and efficient. Much thanks and praise for the Explorer Of The Seas medical team! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
The price for this cruise was good & wanted to catch up with friends in Seattle, room was in a great area, bed hard & sheets too short for the bed when together as a queen. Food in the dinning room menu was only for 14 days ... Read More
The price for this cruise was good & wanted to catch up with friends in Seattle, room was in a great area, bed hard & sheets too short for the bed when together as a queen. Food in the dinning room menu was only for 14 days then repeated back to day one, variety was not very good, service of our waiters was wonderful & both very nice people, great friendship. Entertainment was not too bad, a couple of comedians were terible but the rest ok, the Lectures were great especially the lady that gave talks on crimes & autopsies also the chap about histories of music. The ice skating is one of the best lots of entertainment I have seen, would travel on this ship again if it was only for the ice skating. All tender ports went smoothly & not a long wait either end. There were a lot of sea days which I love but a lot of people complained, as it is a good distance not sure what else could be done. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
We chose this cruise to sample Micronesia and Australia. The ship was just the right size to do this. Anything smaller would have been short on public spaces and activities. Service was excellent. We even had to have a leaky toilet fixed ... Read More
We chose this cruise to sample Micronesia and Australia. The ship was just the right size to do this. Anything smaller would have been short on public spaces and activities. Service was excellent. We even had to have a leaky toilet fixed at 4:00 a.m. The repairman was there in 10 minutes to fix it and within 20 minutes security was there with a room attendant to sanitize the whole bathroom. Now that's service! Activities on board were many, but we mostly just did a few (Sharon's LCR game was fun). The entertainment on this cruise was above average with some very good headliners. Food and service was above average on this cruise although some people thought they should get Park Avenue quality. Holy smokes....they are trying to prepare meals for over 3000 people three times a day. We took a galley tour which was very interesting. We even got to see the head chef taste test what was going to be presented that evening. We did the mystery dinner theater. For those that have not tried this event, it is a fun 'campy' acting activity with a great meal at the end in Chops on this cruise. The only real complaint that we had was the Germaines luau. They advertised three drinks and they only provided one. The food was good. The entertainment was geared more to 20's somethings with cheers for your bus driver and get on the stage to show your 'stuff'. The actual native dances were not performed until the very end of the event with no explanation about what they were about. Several of our Explorer gusts left the show early via taxi or Uber. Our Explorer group made up about a quarter of the audience. We would not recommend this shore excursion if you expect to see a more traditional luau. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
My husband and I chose this cruise to connect with a previously booked 11 night South Pacific cruise aboard the Explorer of the Seas. We enjoy sea days and so new that this itinerary would work well for us. We enjoy sea days and the ... Read More
My husband and I chose this cruise to connect with a previously booked 11 night South Pacific cruise aboard the Explorer of the Seas. We enjoy sea days and so new that this itinerary would work well for us. We enjoy sea days and the Cruise Director (Dan) and staff did a great job of ensuring a wide variety of activities were offered on this cruise. The ship is looking a bit tired in places (of particular note is that the dining room chairs as well as the card room table and chairs could stand to be replaced). The crew were great. I have to commend the efficiency of the tender process...it seems to me that more lifeboats were deployed for this task than on other cruises we have taken. I also want to commend the ice skating team and in particular Alex who choreographed a new Ice Show (Rock of Ages) specifically for this journey. This was a spectacular ice show which the skaters obviously loved performing. It was so good that I hope that they are allowed to continue to perform it and actually take it to other ships in the fleet. Entertainment on board was also very good. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2017
We booked this cruise for our first venture in the Pacific, along with a stay in Sydney and the Radiance of the Seas to New Zealand from Sydney. Throwing in a couple days in Seattle, this was a trip of a life time for us. We booked a ... Read More
We booked this cruise for our first venture in the Pacific, along with a stay in Sydney and the Radiance of the Seas to New Zealand from Sydney. Throwing in a couple days in Seattle, this was a trip of a life time for us. We booked a junior suite, and that was probably the best thing about the whole experience. The tub was a real luxury and we told our cabin attendant that we planned to take it with us, but it would not fit in the luggage. Service about the Explorer was excellent, and the elite Crown and Anchor (Diamone/Diamond+) cocktail "hour" even evening was a real life saver. Generally good food and drinks served by the outstanding staff made these daily parties another high light. Although we were traveling with friends, we met interesting people and enjoyed the social atmosphere. RCCL really does a great job with this loyalty bonus. Unfortunately, we did not feel the same about the entertainment or the dining room menu. Much of the entertainment featured talented performers, but did not hold up well in the theater. Most were really suitable for lounge acts instead. For the first time, we did not make dinner once in the dining room. We did have 5 excellent meals in specialty restaurants. in fairness, we rarely eat a large meal in the evening, but the menus simply failed to motivate us. In all, we enjoyed the cruise as an opportunity to get much needed rest and relaxation. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
The south Pacific was on my bucket list and I wanted to pay my respects at Arizona Memorial. This cruise was back to back with prior week in Pacific Northwest which includes an Overnight in San Francisco. The ship is lovely and ice ... Read More
The south Pacific was on my bucket list and I wanted to pay my respects at Arizona Memorial. This cruise was back to back with prior week in Pacific Northwest which includes an Overnight in San Francisco. The ship is lovely and ice skating shows were spectacular. The staff was friendly and ship was well maintained. The Zumba class led by Sylvia was fun. I was well informed by Roll call that needed 60 day in advance reservations from National Park service. I heard some people who used ship shore excursion that they had been disappointed as could not get same day ticket for transport to Memorial. It is similar fee!ing as visiting Holocaust camp. The sea days had many planned activities. Cruise Critics got together for games of Left, Right and Center which was great way to visit and compare shore excursions. David in Schooner bar and karaoke in Tavern was crowded. Dizzy's on deck 14 had great view while sailing away. Our only issue was my husband 's suitcase was misplaced at terminal so anxious as bus loaded for shore excursion to Blue Mountains which inc!uded Scenic World but glad slightly delayed but we're lucky to find it before left. Learned a lot about Sydney as we traveled. Most of tour members had same day flights, we got to airport about 3pm. We stayed at Ibis hotel, But there are 3 near airport so be sure to know address for drivers. I was glad I had converted US $ to Australia's $ before we left on cruise as did not see ATM. We used Link train from SeaTac airport to downtown Seattle., Westlake Station. As seniors got lower rate, $1.. If you only have carry on luggage ,call 206-624-6820 from gate for golf cart to station. We learned not available at baggage claim Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
Great way to get from US to Australia. Best crew we’ve ever had—the Captain was very friendly and accessible, Hotel Manager, Michael Landry was visible, responsive and friendly, MDR and Windjammer staff were great. Always easy ... Read More
Great way to get from US to Australia. Best crew we’ve ever had—the Captain was very friendly and accessible, Hotel Manager, Michael Landry was visible, responsive and friendly, MDR and Windjammer staff were great. Always easy to find a place to sit in Winjammer—a first in our experience. Cruise Director, Dan and Activities Manager, Amy were great as were Jacob, Michael, and Sylvia. We love this size ship. Very easy embarkation and disembarkation. More effort needed for disinfection. I complained about lack of hand sanitizer stations at entrance to MDR on deck 3 and was told they were available on deck 4!? By day 2, this had been remedied. Water was scalding hot in public restroom sinks, discouraging many from proper handwashing. Anticeptic wipes in gym not regularly refilled. By disembarkation, I estimate 1/3 of the passengers had terrible coughs and colds. South Sea Island resort, Fiji and Mare, New Caledonia were fantastic! Two of our shore excursions were embarrassingly awful—RCI should be ashamed. The resort in Suva had 6 sunbeds and 6 lounges for 2 coaches of guests and we were told only registered guests could use the pool or wander the grounds. This resort was damaged in the Jan, 2016 cyclone and hasn’t recovered. The resort staff did their best, but...The bus trip in Lifou required a steep uphill walk to get to the coach and didn’t stop at a supermarket as advertised . Scenic drive was a joke. RCI should require a crew member to accompany each tour or at least check out the ports occasionally. Our third RCI CRUISE this year (150 days total on RCI) and the menus have gotten really old and boring. Eggplant parm is more like an appetiser stack—3 small pieces of eggplant with possibly 3 tablespoons of marinara and 1 Tbsp of cheese. Savory bites ( a favorite of many) have to be special ordered. There is no effort to feature any local flavors or menu items. Time to change thing up! Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2017
Every aspect of the ship, staff, entertainment etc was wonderful. The Activity Director and his staff were absolutely tireless when offering such a variety of activities. I can't think of anything that RC could do to make that part ... Read More
Every aspect of the ship, staff, entertainment etc was wonderful. The Activity Director and his staff were absolutely tireless when offering such a variety of activities. I can't think of anything that RC could do to make that part better. They were constantly cleaning every inch of the ship. Daily a cabin steward would wipe the handrails in the cabin halls, cabin door handles, stairway rails etc with disinfectant. Rest rooms were attended constantly. The cabin was spacious, comfortable and well attended. The Windjammer area is large and the staff works very quickly to clear and clean tables. The food in the Windjammer was plentiful, great variety and good taste/quality. The service in the Diniing room was very good. I found the menu and the taste of the food just ok. I feel they went too far trying to offer upscale/gormet items in the daily changing menu and the standard menu was not really appealing - need something in between. The beef served in the Dining Room was tasteless in any recipe or served as a steak. We went to the Steakhouse and Italian specialty restaurants. Both were fantastic and well worth the nominal fee. Service, food and ambiance were all upscale. Bar service was wonderful in terms of the friendliness and attention of the staff in all bars. Some of the staff could even entertain with magic tricks and card tricks (without slowing service). They made paper flowers and sang "Happy Birthday" for the guests when they were aware of a birthday. One big drawback in all the bars/taverns is that each bar was not stocked daily and everyday the staff was scrambling to find the usual brands of wine that were featured on the menu or they were just telling us it was not available. This is a problem easily fixed. The ports of call were very interesting and the reason we chose this itinerary. The shore excursions were very very good, interesting and convenient. Definately worth the price. One of the excursions strongly advised that we should wear long pants out of respect for the local culture but that was not needed and was very hot and uncomfotable. I would absolutely sail RC again and sail on this ship again. This was an extremely long trip and we are not regular cruisers so it was a bit of a stretch for us but there is nothing RC could do to make it any better. I Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
Cruise to Sydney on the Explorer of the Seas 2017 10/6 Olympic Peninsula, WA to Pier 91 in Seattle. About 11:45. Dropped off perfect, porter took the bags away and check in went very smooth. Had 2 bottles of wine we got checked in. We ... Read More
Cruise to Sydney on the Explorer of the Seas 2017 10/6 Olympic Peninsula, WA to Pier 91 in Seattle. About 11:45. Dropped off perfect, porter took the bags away and check in went very smooth. Had 2 bottles of wine we got checked in. We missed a sign for the Suite guests check-in which was supposed to be somewhat faster, but the line of non-Suite pax moved just fine, 10 minutes. Our only wait was the security scan, like a TSA operation, maybe 30-40 minutes. Got on the ship and got our bearings, grabbed a bite at The Promenade Cafe. Bought deluxe drink pakage on line and my wife got the Soda package. Also a 15 cup coffee card. Rooms opened up around 1PM but our bags weren't there yet. Nice junior suite with a walk-in closet, tub and balcony, etc. We got a call about our first day specialty dinning and an upgrade. Met our cabin Steward at around 3:30 and she retrieved our bags and took our request: Ice, 2 robes, 2 wine glasses. Robes didn't show up. The pre-ordered sail away, wine and cheese platter showed up in our cabin around 8-ish while we were at dinner. Sail Away at Dizzy's very busy, but no trouble getting a drink. Dinner at Giovanni's was excellent. Waiter had a bit of trouble "deshelling" shrimp, but none the less, well prepared. Wine bottle 40% off with card. Only slight oh so slight complaint, a piece of tin foil on my Oso Bucco that I'm not quite sure the waiter conveyed to the chef. Language barrier perhaps. A few people wearing blue jeans in the specialty restaurant. Only one show first night and we missed it, 7:15. In bed by 9:00. Stored that wine n cheese for another day. A bit rough seas but gentle 10/7 coffee is brewed, not instant at the Promenade yeah! Cappuccino was ok and the scones were just dry. Great place to watch people in the early morning, INCLUDING the woman in the house robe and slippers. Almost made a comment to her, but bit my tongue. Only thing missing, curlers in her hair and a cigarette hanging from her lips. Very windy up on Deck 12 for my walk. Then the gym, very crowded but it's the first day at sea. Walked a mile and then breakfast. Its too was very busy and seats hard to find. They are announcing instructions (waiters and seating) and asking people to take their books and card games elsewhere so patrons can find a seat. Two minutes and I'm seated. Easy. Meet n Mingle at 10. Talk on Hawaii people so boring I fell asleep. Dinner was roasted duck, a bit dry. Went to the evening Bob Arvon it was good not great. Lost $40 in the casino 10/8 Seas have calmed a bit and may reach 65-70 degrees. Pool is uncovered! Enjoyed reading in the Windjammer. Afternoon talk on the History is Rock n Roll. Boring, a guy reading from a script of 50's guys with a dull PowerPoint presentation. Theater staff uncooperative with dimming the lights so made it unbearable. Left. Dinner tonight was very good cordon blu. I went to the early evening theater, Inspiration of Dance. Good and very high energy dancers. Had a night cap at the bar on the 5th floor aft. Very friendly guys with some great conversation, etc, no TV, just a lounge. 10/9 warming up! Was looking for some Kaluha for my coffee at the Promenade Cafe, nope. Asked for Baileys, nope. Tasted with Jamison, nope. Had a very nice breakfast in the Sapphire. Dizzy’s is the spot for reading and watching people by the pool down below. Ate at Windjammer. The hotdog buns were flatten, almost unusable. I was going on to bring it to someone's attention. Disgraceful buns. Went to the ice skating show in the afternoon. Get there early. Seating is very limited. Fantastically show on ice. Ate at Chops and fantastic service and meal. They let one guy in with a T shirt. Funny. When we ate at Giovanni on the first night, we left an unfinished bottle of wine for safe keeping. The past two nights staff has been unable to find this bottle. We have been comped two glasses. We went to the Hayden Smith show. Very talented along with his wife put on a great show. The late night show, adult comedy, Chris Bliss, was just OK 10/10 morning coffee and a trip to the busy gym. Pajamas at the Promenade Cafe. People! Where is your decency? Nice fresh omelet in the Windjammer. Wanted to read outside this morning but wind and rain picked up. Did the Windjammer for dinner. The evening show was with a Bob Arno, thiefhunter.com. He is an expert on pickpocketing and had a very entertaining show. 10/11. The best time to get to the gym, before 8 AM. I looked in the casino for a quick Texas Hold em lesson but there was no one teaching. But I later watched and learned. Bob Arno later gave another talk on pickpocketing and hackers. Good! Lunch and other meals in the Windjammer.... the stuff is NOT presented in an appealing way. Hamburgers look pathetic. Vegetables get soggy. Buns dry out. Stews the grease rises to the top. Pizza dries out sitting there. More freshness is needed. Desserts are well done with turnover and replenishment often. And a Mexican pizza with curry? Yuck. This evening we went back to the Sapphire dining room hoping to get our favorite table (#342 requested) and waiters Michael and Ray. Host led us to a table that was not the correct one, another guy butted in and drug us to a table for two, hated it and the location, #240. Staff was not attentive to us, no pepper! lasagna was unacceptable, and we didn't get offered dessert. I told the supervisor his staff was in the "Honolul-vacation" mode and he promised to make it better. He punched some numbers into his computer. We'll see. Had to go to Windjammer for dessert. Good dessert. I just want to find a Supervisor and shake him. Some staff just needs to care more! This evening the show was Tony Pace, very good and creative ideas. Hawaii in the morning. 10/12 had a friend pick us up outside the dock area on Ana Moana Blvd. Koke Head for breakfast, small local place. Drove around to dry side and back up the middle. Stopped at Island Snow Shaved ice in Kailua. BHO hangout. Made this a tourist town with many Asians. That evening we went to the Hale Koa Luau. Excellent and our friends (natives of Hawaii) were very impressed with both the food and entertainment. 10/13 Friday the Thirteenth. Docked in the bay of Lahaina and tendered in. I learned that those with mobility scooter cannot take those scooters on a tendered. They can't Store the scooter. Hot in Lahaina. Wandered around and hoped to catch a public bus to Kaanapali. Forget it. Once an hour, and no extra buses for the cruise ship passenger. Got a cab, $17. Watched people and played in the water for an hour. Coming back to Lahaina, same story, only an hourly bus so we took a cab. Uber was available but the time kept jumping from 4 to 14 minutes. Uber $11, but got a cab instead. Learned something else today. The Chinese tourists travel in packs (later named a “swam”) of 20-30 and all think they can get on the bus as a group. Same can be said of a cab but a smaller pack. The cab driver told us they always try to talk them down and no tips. Burger at Cool Cats. Back to the boat by 4. Windjammer for a late dinner interesting. Interesting use of leftovers they call "Chinese Food". The Kung Pao Chicken and sweet n sour pork, no more than "reused" meat with a sauce. Tough meat. And no vegetables mixed in. Something my mom would have done when rations were tight. Wonder what our Chinese passengers thought? Just had to share this. In the Windjammer tonight I witnessed our ship's Captain Kjetil, shook down a crew member or two. First, one of the dessert guys was engaged in a very cordial talk with the Captain. Kid was very happy with his job and all went well. Then along comes another crew member, from an unknown department dressed in a t shirt and sweat pants type clothes with his RCI name tag on. Captain was none to pleased. In fact another officer was brought over and you could tell the topic was the manner in which this worker was dressed. The worker was flustered and walked out without his dessert. This got a few of the crew's attention. A comedian was on at 10:15 named CC or something like that. From Australia. Not funny and I along with a handful walked out 20-25 minutes into the show. Horrible Martini on the 4th floor in the Palace Theater, no olives so let's try a lemon in that Martini. Nope. Then got a very good Martini up at Dizzy's. I was the only one there as people were beat from the day in Maui. 10/14. Crowds are light in the gym around 7. First day I sat around the pool. Not too crowded, 80 degrees. Windjammer what are you using for cheese on top of those pizzas? Looks like a crumbly “cheese product”. Hot dogs are good, it's just those stale mangled buns I don't like. Fries are good. Played in the slot tournament again. It's $20 if you are a returning player. I didn't do so well. Formal dinner tonight was very good but a bit noisy. Little lobsters and Prime Rib on the menu. Good service and wonderful couples from Australia and Florida. Entertainment tonight was Jeff Nease and it was very funny. Dizzy's was hopping too. 10/15 a good calm morning on the high seas. Hoscicia is our Cabin Attendant. The weather soon turned rainy off and on. The cabin crawl was this morning. And poker run. What a fun time! A lazy day at sea. Enjoyed watching the blackjack and poker players. Dinner in the Sapphire was good, scallop linguine and I asked for extra scallops and got them. Evening's show was a couple of singers, Rachel Sears and Craig Robinson. She had a great voice. Tried my hand a blackjack and played quite awhile with minimum loss. Had a dealer that I did not care for, kind of cocky and she dealt entirely too fast, like she was trying to break a speed record. Many times cards were not out of the shoe before she was done paying the previous hand. Suspect. She miss read my hand signals a few times so used voice instead of a hand wave. I don't think she liked that because it slowed her down bit which I was doing intentionally. Fed up and left at midnight. 10/16 Met for some cribbage games in the AM. Then joined in at the mini golf tournament. Nothing to serious, very breezy up on the 13th. Fun. Then got a little sun time with a mediocre Caribe band by the pool. Entered the slot tourney again and did well. Slot tourney price weird. First time you play it's $25, then $20 the 2nd and 3rd time. No one knows why this is the rule. Tonight's dinner at Giovanni's was outstanding. They pile on the dishes because they think you should try this and that. Most were great. Some were only worth a bite. Lamb and veal good. The hypnotist show afterward with Shawn was good and entertaining. Housekeeping left a message to call their manager. He just wanted to make sure all was OK. 10/17 Crossed the equator this morning around 7:15. The shellback and pollywog event will be at noon. There is also an outdoor BBQ. Boy was it hot outside today! Said 82 degrees but clear skies and close to the equator made for a short hot time around the pool. Some chocolate dipped strawberries showed up in out room today From ?? Received a call from one of the dining room managers about my survey responses. Very understanding and wanted to rectify the bad service and opinions on the Windjammer as well. Manager made a point to see us when we entered the Sapphire tonight and sit near table #342 so we could get Ray and Michael as our servers. The two did an outstanding job. We ordered a bottle of wine off the wine list, $41. When we got the bill I did not receive my drink package discount of 40%. Only 15%. There was a mix up and after some back and forth I got the 40%, not 15%. So watch it before you sign the receipt. BTW, they were out of the Kendall Jackson Reserve Cabernet. Went to Strings Alive show in the Palace. Very good. Comedian Jeff Nease did a late night adult show and it was fantastic. Good to see RCI let loose with adult comedy. 10/18 cloudy and rain today. This kept many inside venues busy. I have noticed the Captain and his crew among the people. Good to see them mingling about. Had a good omelet to order. Cribbage this morning. Went to the golf tourney finals but I did not make the cut for the finals. Watched the Flowrider. This afternoon, Love and Marriage game show was very funny. Mostly read today. Tried Johnny Rocket's Hamburgers tonight. For $6.95 any burger and dessert. Drinks and shakes extra (2 for 1). Very good and fresh. Good service too. Tonight's show was Wild, Cool & Swingin' just OK. I'm not a fan of these sort of music & dance productions. Finally, the bars have run out of limes and lemon so no more mojitos until we can resupply. 10/19 Hot coffee. I like to carry a couple of cups to my room. And now the Promenade coffee shop has run out of those cardboard "to go" cup carrier-trays that allow a person to carry hot beverages. Good news! We now have limes and lemons at the bars. Must have went to produce locker. Went to an interesting talk on "Autopsies" for an Aussie police officer. Dinner tonight with our favorite waiters Michael and Ray. Miss a day and they question you, in a good way. Braised beef rib and beef shoulder. Shoulder very tender and what was supposed to be a braised rib was a huge blob of fat with few strands of tasty beef. They offered more but I didn't need it. Mo town tonight. Good. Won a bit of cash in the casino tonight 10/21 Docked in Lautoka Fiji at 8 AM. Beautiful weather with a slight breeze. Town is about 3 miles from the port so we opted for the $9 shuttle bus. Drops you off at a shopping area. Nothing special. Friendly locals. Got my beard trimmed for $2. We did not eat in town. I take it that a lot of people did not spend much time in town as ship was again busy by early afternoon. 10/22. Slight delay getting into Saba this morning. A cargo ship was in our space. This appears to be a very shallow harbor with two sunken ships near the docks. Trip of Suva arraigned thru Cruise Critic blogger was well organized. We did the 3 hour tour. Basically was a bus ride around the island with a few photo stops. Also stopped at a resort for potty and soda break. Final stop was at Jacks for souvenirs, limited to twenty minutes. We got back at around 1:30 and hoped on the free shuttle to the shopping center for lunch. Ate a decent NY style pizza at the food court. Those guys and gals on the shuttle were fun. Many things are closed on Sunday but some of the popular places were open. A lot of people in churches today. On a trip to the shopping store a gentleman stopped us, flashed an ID and asked us to beware if pick pocketers, place our wallet in our front pocket and that the younger men were preying on tourists. Just keep your eyes open and be aware of your surroundings. It really was not that bad. Nice people. This evening’s show, Bevin Addinsall didn't interest us so we did not attend. Internet is down tonight. Restarting server. It's affected a lot of people. Will ask for a refund for today's internet service. 10/22. Sea day. Somehow I was up and around at 5AM. Walked an hour around deck 12. Seen the most disgusting man in the Promenade Coffee shop. Luckily I got my coffee, self-serve, before he did. He walks in carrying his flip-flop sandals in his hands. Barefooted. He puts the flip-flops on the ground and helps himself to coffee in his bare feet without washing his hands. Ewww! Played cards this morning. Word is the internet is still down for a few more hours. Problem with the Miami office. Went to the talk on Mare. Good talk little to do there. Toilet system is down for only an hour. Went to Izumi tonight for our final 3 dinner package. It was ok, nothing too fancy. Good flavors and choices but can be pricey with its ala carte choices. Serious smoke problems when all the guests are cooking on hot rocks. Heard a number of patrons coughing from the smoke. Smoke also drifts into Dizzy's. The entertainment tonight was Jon Darsk, very good. Pianist. Also the EOTS orchestra back-up band does an excellent job with each act on the ship. The casino had Ladies Night and was good to both of us. Laundry ready. Wash n fold service for $25. 10/24 approaching Mystery Island, 7:25 a medical emergency has come up and we must skip this island. Oh well, Mystery Island is just an island with no facilities. A beach stop. Made it to Lifou Island vicinity at 1600 where the tender took the body ashore. Captain says we can't dock at Lifou a day early so we'll set sail and return in the morning. Tonight's entertainment is Chelsea Gibb. Ok if you like cabaret music. The casino had to wait until the ship was 12 miles off shore to start up the machines. 10/25. Filled out the Aussie immigration form. This morning in Lifou Island, back to where we dropped off the patient last night. The map indicated we cruised out and back last night. Went ashore for a few hours. Very primitive. Walked up to the church that is on the cliff, 30 minute walk and it overlooks the Jinka Bay. Various drinks and native food for sale. Snorkeled a bit but I've seen better. Small beach with all the cruisers in one spot! Tonight's entertainment was Nick Nicholas a magician and comic. Strong Brit accent. Funny in some spots but nothing amazing. 10/26 Arrived in Mare, New Caledonia. Tenders were available early. Once on shore, if you plan on going to the beach, Yejele, then you will need to purchase a shuttle ticket either in shore or ship. I heard complaints about the $16 round trip fee for the shuttle. Don't believe anyone that it's s short walk to Yejele. Beautiful beach with toilets and refreshments available from the local. Snorkeling was OK. There is an under current at the snorkeling location. Ship was a little late leaving. Tender was waiting for someone who appeared to have a bandage hand, no details. Incidentally, my wife fell near the beach area. Scrapes and bruises from the sharp volcanic stones. Got a Crown and Anchor invite to Rock of Edges ice show tonight. Very good! Then thought I'd see the Palace Theater show afterwards with Nathan Foley. The guy does a butchering job on all song. Bad singer and performer. 10/27 A trick to a nice peaceful breakfast. Go at 7AM. Delightful and breakfast the way I would want it, tasty, hot and no crowds. Workers are much friendlier. And for us people watchers....a treat. We have an immigration interview today. Immigration is by muster station. It was easy, just making sure you have your visa in the computer. Tonight's show is the production show, Fast Forward. The show was ok. You can only sing 70-80's for so long and it gets old fast. This show might may have been better on first day when entertainment was more of a "wow" and disco hits were not so worn out. A better male singer would help too. Ugly bug Halloween party was a hit and the guest's rendition of "Thriller" worked. Went to casino, big pay day for one lady. Went to Dizzy's and the wind and rain and lightning was awesome. Sheets of rain! Down at the pools/tubs water splashed as high as 10' as the ship rocked in the swells. 10/27. Rain has left and gorgeous day ahead. Breezy. Actually saw a sailboat on the starboard side this morning. Ship traffic is rare. Not much going on that I want to do today. I placed in the top ten for the slot machine tournament, so the finals were today for a free cruise. I got second place! But RCI gives NOTHING for the finalist. Not a tee shirt, coffee cup or a deck of cards. Sheesh! A little sun time! Lots of good-byes. Dinner was eggplant Parmesan which was cold so had some giant prawns and an extra dessert. Tonight's entertainment was a variety show with Martin Ralph. Funny but nothing amazing. So-so. Then the crew made their final appearance on stage. Went to the casino a final time and tripled my money. Lots of winners this cruise. Suit cases are packed and on the way tonight. We will be the last off the ship in the morning. 10/29 disembark day. May I recommend the 3rd floor for breakfast? Overall RCI really does well to make guests feel welcome. The itinerary is meant for long sea days which I enjoyed. The small islands, while beautiful in their own way, didn't really make the trip any better for us. Now the crew must endure six months of traveling to these itty bitty out of the way islands. I cannot believe there is that much of a demand to see these tiny primitive places, but RCI has apparently found a niche. The ship is getting tired: carpets, rusty balconies, furniture, frayed towels and scarred (banged up) walls in common areas. The entertainment is good, always hard to please an international crowd. Staff did a super job of making our trip a memorable one. I would do this cruise again. Read Less
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