Explorer of the Seas

3.8 out of 5
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About Explorer of the Seas

Explorer of the Seas is a large ship, carrying 3114 passengers and 1185 crew, and sails from Sydney, Australia and Seattle, Washington.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

First 24 night crossing (TransPacific Cruise)

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Took this cruise to see if we would like this many days at sea. Yes we liked it very much. Captain Rick had a great crew on his ship. Capt Rick was a people person and you could tell because his whole staff followed his lead.

 

Booked 3 back to back cruises while on ship.

 

 

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3 out of 5

WESTERN CRUISE

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MORE TIME IN SF. WHEN I BOOKED IT  THE  SCHEDULE YOU GAVE ME WAS CHANGED COMPLETELY. YOU HAD 1ST STOP IN ASTORIA AND 2 DAYS IN SF. THEY CHANGED IT COMPLETELY

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Loved the ship

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

The Explorer of the Sea is a beautiful ship.  I loved the common area (The Promanade) where everyone gathered.  It reminded me of a little village.  I was impressed with the fact that some of the inside staterooms actually had windows overlooking this area. There was a few shops and a 24 hour cafe where you could get coffee, sandwiches and pastries included in your package.  It also included Starbucks and Ben and Jerry's ice cream that was extra cost.  The cruise staff hosted many celebrations in this area as well.  We had a really fun 70's disco party.  

 

I could not rate this a 5 because I was not impressed with the shows that were offered on the ship and normally I love going to the shows.  Additionally, the times offered were a bit inconvenient.  Also about scheduling, we had a situation where we wanted to go to Karaoke one night and when we showed up at a place called the Tavern there was a group of people watching a game on the big screen.  At first the cruise director wanted to cancel the show but then he waited and we got a late start.  It seems to me that if this was a scheduled activity in that venue it should have been coordinated better with the Tavern.  

 

I have done this cruise before and did not participate in any shore excursions but I love all the ports the ship stopped at.  

 

Everything else was o.k. but they did seem to be short staffed and I felt better services had been offered on other cruise lines.  

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

A GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL.

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (young children)

We enjoyed the time together in the ship's friendly atmosphere.  Service was excellent, the food was good an plentiful and the facilities  on board provided some exciting activities, such as the ice skating rink for our 8-year-old grandson.

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
3 out of 5

Not The Royal I am used to

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This was my 4th time on Explorer. The other 3 times have been out of Bayonne NJ either to Bermuda or Canada. These trips were enjoyable with good food, entertainment and service.

Not quite the same on this coastal trip.  Firstly, although it is called coastal, you only get to see the coast on your way in or out of port.Nervous

Also the trip was in Oct, so no surprise, it was cold and rainy, yet most of the tail activities were scheduled for outdoors (most were cancelled or unattended).  The big option for indoor entertainment was Trivia.  Unfortunately, everyone on the ship was there so unless you got there an hour ahead there was no seating (or pencils for that matter).

Food was just ok with little variety. 

We did not see our cabin attendant for the first few daysSurprised.  but the one bright note is that he was very attentive.  He saw we had a bottle of wine in our cabin and brought us wine glassesHappy I hate the sheets being tucked and without being asked, he left them untucked after the first night. Nice!Big Smile

Loved stops in Santa Barbara, San Francisco, and Victoria. Could have skipped Astoria (San Diego, Monterey or even an extra day in San Francisco would have been nicer).

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
1 out of 5

Explorer of the Seas Debacle

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It started like most cruises but even a little bit better on the boarding process.  That was where the good mostly ended. We (wifey & I) were travelling with eleven other friends and our expectations were high because four of our party had cruised RC b-4 and really talked them up. They ended up apologizing saying that this was an anomaly and not the real RC. It took me three days to finally make the room stewards understand I wanted four extra pillows not the four that I had. No stationary or pen in the cabin. The server team in the dining room was slower than mud going uphill and when we got the nearly stone cold food because of their lack of speed it wouldn't have been much better if it were hot.  The food for the most part was bad in the dining room and totally terrible at the 11th deck buffet. We complained to the team supervisor to no avail and finally got tired of going over their heads and went directly to the food and beverage director after two days of piss poor service. The service got better but the food was still second grade at best ediblwe but not of the quality we have come to expect on our 12 previous cruises on Norwegian, Carnival and Holland America. It kind of makes me feel a little apprehensive about using RC again

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
1 out of 5

worst cruise ever!

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4 days to straighten out the pillow situation in the room,   2 more days and 4 phone calls to get the television to work,   food was low quality and the service even lower.  Activities on board were sorely lacking during the day.   dining room not open for lunch,  buffet only upstairs.   descriptions of excursions sounded great but 2 different ones we booked n board were deceptive as we found out while touring.  disappointed was not the word.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Keep the West Coast ing!

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Our favorite part of the cruise was Victoria, B.C.  It is a beautiful place.  We would like to recommend that you spend more time in this port.  Overnight, or at least until 9 p.m.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Great Cruise

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This was a great cruise for relaxing and getting away from it all. Two full days in San Francisco was nice, especially since the weather was perfect.

 

With so much going on on other cruises (day tours) this was nice in that they were limited so everything was more casual and not as rushed.

 

This is the secind time we have taken this cruise and it was a nice break from the usual Med cruises.

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5 out of 5

great cruise..

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a great cruise west coast cruise was one of the best cruise i have taken , food and service was super,going to san franciso for 2 days was great . the shows were super .the service was great all over the ship.the pomanote deck was the place to be.

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Deck 5

Deck 5 features Columbus Dining Room, Maharaja's, Champagne Bar, Connoisseur Club, observation deck, Cafe Promenade, Sprinkles, Crown & Kettle, gaming...

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Deck 11

Deck 11 features the ShipShape Fitness Center & Spa, Windjammer Cafe, Portofino, Island Grill, two outdoor swimming pools, whirlpools, pool bar, swim shop,...

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Deck 4

Deck 4 features Da Gama Dining Room, The Palace Theatre, Schooner Bar, Casino Royale, the Chamber, Aquarium Bar, and the Centrum.

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Deck 2

Deck 2 features staterooms in categories H, I and AY, as well as the Palace Theatre and entertainment complex.

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Laraine
Contributor Level: Third Mate

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

EdSachs
Contributor Level: Second Mate

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

BermudaCruiserM
Contributor Level: Purser

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

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Price

L

Size

Oct 2000

Built

2 yrs ago

Refurbished

3114

Total Passengers

2.63

Crew to Passenger Ratio

14

Number of Decks

1557

Total Cabins

25

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