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Explorer of the Seas

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Another great vacation

shep1668 reviewed 3 days ago

What people said about this ship:

"...I on those not dressed are still allowed to eat in the dining room ." in 81 reviews.

"...I recommend every single one of them including the ice show which was just exhilarating and the Frank Vallee..." in 49 reviews.

"Our cruise director and assistant, Leigh and Erky, were a blast!" in 30 reviews.


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Family w/young children

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Alcohol and over 80

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Explorer of the Seas | Sail Date: May 03, 2014

If you are a alcoholic and over 80 this cruise is for you. The buffet dinner was great and the room service was great. However the staff that controlled intertainment sucked and not informative at all. Example : The chamber had scheduled a family fun hour 7:30 to 8:30 pm I took my grandchildren and nothing or no one was there. The whole cruise we were in the pool but at the last day and was cold we found by chance a swimming pool for kids with a slide . I cant understand that knowing we had children and never was informed about the kid pool. All this cruise did was to promote drinks to the drinkers. Coming back to port the local cab/taxi wanted 4.00 dollars ahead to go 10 blocks when the fare is only 6.25 any other day. Trying to keep money in the community is very hard with this expierence.

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
7+ cruises

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RCCL not what it used to be.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Explorer of the Seas | Sail Date: Jun 14, 2014

The overall food on the ship was poor quality. The 'so called' prime rib was such a low quality that I didn't eat it, as for the mushy lobster. Other than the omlettes for breakfast, there was nothing I found appetizing. The service in the dining room was exceptional. Our room Stewart was also outstanding. The entertainment was fair, ship is tired looking. The port in Bermuda is boring. The disembarkation was the worst I've seen, totally disorganized. We kept our luggage so we could walk off and leave earlier but that just didn't happen. They wouldn't let people use the elevators but made them carry their luggage down several flights of stairs. why??? It made no sense treating people like this. We are platinum members and the perks were sub par. The 45 minute cocktail reception was a joke. It was really just a sales pitch. Mediocre drinks and no passed appetizers. Not a nice way to appreciate your platinum and above passengers.

i will probably not cruise again with RCCL. We cruised with Celebrity in April and Regent in January, both being positive experiences. They know how to treat and pamper their guest. They did not treat their guest like cattle and present poor quality food.

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Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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Good experience but no 'wow factor

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Explorer of the Seas | Sail Date: May 17, 2014

The Exlorerer of the Seas is a nice cruise ship, albeit the decor in their staterooms are a bit dated.

Service in the dining room for lunch and dinner were excellect, and so was the stateroom cleaning/daily room service. We tipped extra on top of our mandatory daily tipping to a few individuals who provided excellect customer service. Entertainment on-board was decent. Pool area was good. We spent most of our time in the Solarium, adults-only jacuzzi and pool. The food was decent and had enough variety that you aren't eating the same thing everyday. My only complaint were the desserts, they were a bit lackluster. I would recommend this cruise to others. 

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
7+ cruises

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Bermuda cruise- Explorer of the Seas

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Explorer of the Seas | Sail Date: May 31, 2014

What an amazing trip.  Highly recommended trip.  Ship was awesome... as expected by RC, and Bermuda... if not already on your bucket-list... put it on there.  Very well worth the trip.

Renting scooters is discouraged by most, but my wife and I are adventurous- and loved them.  The island is only 22 miles tip to tip.... and we put 64 miles on our scooters in the 24hrs we had them.

 

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Family w/older children

Room Type:
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Experience:
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Best Way to Vacation

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Explorer of the Seas | Sail Date: Jun 05, 2014

The overall cruise was very good--the best of our previous experiences with Royal Caribbean. Gorgeous ship, great service, very good accommodations, and the four destinations were awesome.  We love the town plaza with all of the shops, eateries, staged and spontaneous activities, including a Starbucks, which made my wife and daughter extra happy . The evening dining menu and food quality in Da Gamma were ok and a little disappointing, however.  The best thing about the dinner was our waiters and the bonding we established. They were the most personal and best we have experienced and they became part of our extended family. Our greatest overall food experience was in the buffet (breakfast/lunch).  The food was very tasty and enjoyable every day. We did not experience the buffet for dinner. We had dinner twice at the specialty restaurant and enjoyed the food and atmosphere very much.  The room service menu and food were also very good. Our cabins were very comfortable and the experience of sleeping with the open balcony was so refreshing and rewarding. We are eagerly looking forward to doing this cruise again and hope our experience will be enhanced even more by our comments below.

Would like to make a few suggestions for enjoyment in the future.  The dinner menu and food quality need to improve.  For example, crab cakes were on the menu and every one in our party ordered them.  Not a single piece of crabmeat could be found.  They were made with fake crabmeat (pollock),  and after the first bite, all of us returned the dish.  A couple of times the food was not cooked thorougly or as requested and not enough daily variety was offered. These were inexcusable and disappointing.  Overall, maybe one-half of the items we selected during the nine dinner nights were good to very good. No excuse for it not being consistently very good.  Good thing we had the waiters we did.  They made up our dinner disappointments.

We were disappointed in the choice of sweetners used in the preparation of sugar-free deserts and available in the dining and eating facilities. All of the sugar alternatives were nutri-sweet varities that are all artificial and dangerous to ones health.  More healthier and natural sweetner such as truvia or stevia were no where to be found.  Splenda, which is not as good as truvia and stevia, but much better than nutri-sweet was unavailable, but available on other Royal Caribbean Ships we have traveled.  No excuse for that either.  We have come to love cruising on Royal Caribbeans and hope these suggestions will be implemented in time for our next cruise this year.

 

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Popular Tips for Explorer of the Seas


Catch her this year before she moves south and the prices go up to sail the Quantum.

Must attend the entertainment and game show. Besides, have great fund on Deck 5.

The breakfast in the dining room was excellent. We went there the last 2 days...wish we had done it sooner.



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Explorer of the Seas
54
Members on Cruise

14 Night South Caribbean Adventure (Cape Liberty To Port Canaveral)

Sail Date: Nov 01, 2014
Ship Name: Explorer of the Seas
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Explorer of the Seas
31
Members on Cruise

9 Night Bermuda & Caribbean (Cape Liberty Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Oct 09, 2014
Ship Name: Explorer of the Seas
31 Ship Mate app members

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Explorer of the Seas
26
Members on Cruise

5 Night Bermuda (Cape Liberty Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Oct 04, 2014
Ship Name: Explorer of the Seas
26 Ship Mate app members

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