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Explorer of the Seas

September 2016 - Explorer of the Seas to Coastal - West Coast


This was the third time that I sailed on the Explorer of the Seas.  While the Explorer is a great ship I enjoyed it better before they did the recent changes.  While the outside theater is a nice idea,  it does not always work when there is high wind or rain.  The inside screening room was nicer. I liked that they made more use of the Palace Theatre.  I missed the little private areas throughout the ship where you could just relax and read. They eliminated the card and board game room and combined it with the library.  This made the library very crowed and it was difficult to find a book with all the people in the way.  The main dining room did a nice job and the waiters that took care of us (Ieka and Oka) were excellent.  The room and balcony and bathroom and closet were excellent.  Only the mattress could have been better.  Lunch in the main dining room was a little bit of a disappointment.  We had eaten there on our last two sailings on this ship, and thought that offerings were better on the previous cruises.  There needs to be more communication between the shore excursion people and the food staff..  In San Francisco if you went a night excursion you had to leave the ship before supper . The wind Jammer Café close early after lunch and opened too late for people who had to go on a tour. In our case the tour was bus tour that did not stop to allow a meal.  Something must have happen on the last day in Canada because at lunch there were no vegetables to be had at lunch.  We were not the only ones to notice this.  I also missed some of the seminars such a music appreciation or music history as well as just some general history.  Also any possibility of having some additional channels for the tv.  While we did have some disappointments, we did enjoy our cruise.  The staff was great and friendly and very helpful.  The ship handled very well in the seas. One area I was worried about was the fact that in order to make connections to get home we needed a very early flight of 9:50 a.m.  The staff helped me by telling us we could use the express departure and  told us there would be cabs available.  That gave me great peace of mind.  We were able to get to the airport in plenty of time. Just a though.  We had to leave our cabin around 600 a.m. but all the eating areas were still closed.  Perhaps one dinning area could be opened with a continental breakfast fir those who leave early.

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Quantum of the Seas

April 2015 - Quantum of the Seas to Caribbean - Bahamas

Great Ship

It is amazing.  The ship was so great.  We had read reviews where people claimed that service was awful, crew members rude etc.  We found that the crew was great and very helpful.  We had to change and schedule show times.  No problem customer service was patient and helpful.  We had to change meal times again no problem.  We could not have had a nicer cabin steward.  For the most part sevice in the dining room was great.  It would have nice to have more variety in Windjamer.  But it was great to see the hand washing stations.  Two concerns  one  there is a dress code in Grande.  We thought that was nice, but it needs to be enforced.  Too many men allowed in not dressed appropriately.  They were given coats to wear but it seemed like a joke to them.  Some guys just wore the coats over their shoulder and then quickly took the coats off after they got inside.  That distracted from formal setting.  Two sometimes dining room waiters spent more time talking with each other rather than attending to the dinners.  At least one waiter was so hard to understand that I ended up with the wrong desert - no big problem but I really wanted a certain item.  On the other hand there were waiters who made you feel as if you were the most important people aboard.  We loved the classical music seminar.  I do wish that there was a way one could see some type of master schedule of shows, entertainment and movies so that one could better plan their day with meals etc.  But the most amazing thing was even though there so many people aboard the ship did not feel crowded.  We were always able to find places to relax. We also were impressed with the way we were able to get on  and off the ship.  Took very little time especially at the end of the cruise.  With so many things to do we ran out of time.  One thing that could help with the experience - on RC private island - it would have been nice if the beach sand could have been raked.  The broken shells were horrible. But over all the cruise was great.

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Astoria, Oregon - Originally we did not think that we would enjoy this stop but we were wrong. It was enjoyable even though they employed school buses.
San Francisco, California - We always enjoyed San Francisco We took the hop on hop off bus and went to Muir Wood. We really loved walking along the water way by Fisherman's Wharf. There was just a lot to see and do.
Seattle, Washington - We arrived two nights early, This gave us a chance to tour Boeling, visit Peaks Market, Space Needle Wished we would have arrived even earlier
Explorer of the Seas Explorer of the Seas - The explorer is a great ship. The staff is ready to help you and make you fell comfortable .
Nassau, Bahamas - Since we had been there so many times, we remained on the ship
Quantum of the Seas Quantum of the Seas - The only reservations that were absolutely important was meal time on the last night and mama mia. Other times the staff was great to help

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