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San Juan to the Caribbean Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas Cruise Reviews

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Finally, 8 of us cruising again
"One drawback (there was only a little over 1,000 guest on the ship) was they had so many EMPTY tables that they could have given these tables to those people, but did not!After arriving at the cruise terminal, one of our people had not received their test back, so they had to do it again, taking about an hour, while we waited...."Read More
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RCCL cruise quality slipping ... VOOM is garbage

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avid_cruiser7
6-10 Cruises • Age 20s

Explorer of the Seas 17 April 2022 sailing. Masks were optional ... YEAH ! This was our 8th cruise on RCCL. SJU-St. Maarten- Sea Day-Aruba-Curacao-Bonaire-Sea Day-SJU. My initial impression is that RCCL - Explorer of the Seas is saving money in the wrong places. RCCL post-COVID is not equal to RCCL pre-COVID. Staff seemed over-worked and stressed and the boat was only 75% full. Food in ...
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Sail Date: April 2022

Cabin Type: Junior Suite Accessible


Although an older ship - it’s lovely with a great crew!

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40luv
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

We chose this cruise/ itinerary as a result of “lift and shift” from a canceled cruise. I did not realize the week was school spring break! So the ship and excursions were crowded. Next time - I’ll check. Originally we booked an ocean view room. We had the opportunity to “Royal Up.” Our offer was accepted and were were in a VIP panoramic suite 440 square feet. . Very nice. 10 floor to ...
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Sail Date: March 2022

Cabin Type: Ocean View Panoramic Suite (No Balcony)


Some good, some bad

Review for Explorer of the Seas to Caribbean - Southern

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kwebster58
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

I am writing to share my experiences being on the Explorer of the Seas out of San Juan at the end of January 2022. My original booking was for April 2020, just as the pandemic shut down the cruise industry. I ended up canceling because of pre-existing health issues the morning that Royal Caribbean announced they had canceled my sailing – later in the day. Because of the timing, I was not ...
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Sail Date: January 2022

Cabin Type: Ocean View Balcony


Finally, 8 of us cruising again

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beshears
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

I have been able to cruise over 15 times, and ALL the restrictions because of the Covid, really makes a person to NOT want to cruise. We did the test 2 days before our cruise, thankfully passing. Since we live in Missouri and never know what the weather will be in January (we left with good weather, and came back with about 4" of snow on the ground), we left the day before, flying/staying in San ...
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Sail Date: January 2022


Done with Royal Caribbean

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Cornelius51
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

My wife and I did the Southern Caribbean Cruise out of San Juan on December 5, together with other family members. I have cruised with Royal Caribbean in the past and had great experiences. The company has obviously changed, however, and my experience this time was a nightmare. First, everyone in our group booked a specific stateroom and paid in full for the cruise at the time of booking. ...
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Sail Date: December 2021


Excellent Cruise!!!

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criticabarco
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

We received a good deal from our cruise advisor Tony for a grand suite cabin. Also the departure port, San Juan, Puerto Rico was near our home. My husband and I celebrated my birthday at the Chop Grill restaurant and was awesome! The cabin 1252 was a dream. Everything was cleaned. In the main restaurant the food was very, very good. Sorry but the pizza was the worst at sea!!! We do not visit any ...
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Sail Date: December 2021

Cabin Type: Grand Suite


Will probably never have such a fantastic cruise as this

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Pinellas Park
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

Let me start out that the ship was 1/3 full according to several staff people we talked to. I also don't know if some of the changes are permanent or will change back in the future. Check In: We were able to upload all the documents online including our pictures for boarding/disembarking. At the dock they just looked at the documents. We didn't have to wait in a line for picture ...
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Sail Date: November 2021

Cabin Type: Junior Suite


Not the RC I knew

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cgrigs
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

price change. Customer Service could not tell me what the price change was, I was to call my travel agent. We spent over 90 minutes with Customer Service to no conclusion with the exception they would try to get us a forward cabin after we set sail. I then called Costco and spent 90 minutes with them while they were discussing my issue with their Royal Caribbean contacts. Just to note that Costco ...
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Sail Date: November 2021


Average ship with average food

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sealegs5
10+ Cruises • Age 40s

We travelled with our 6 month old baby girl and I have to say apart from our cabin steward the staff were extremely accommodating, especially the head waiter in the dining room I can’t remember his name he was from Bali I think his name was Suyanto or something similar. I’m gluten free so he also looked after me well and offered to make me something different if I didn’t fancy anything on the ...
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Sail Date: October 2019

Cabin Type: Ocean View

Traveled with children


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