Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Contributor Level: Deck Hand

4-6 cruises


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4 out of 5

A memorable cruise

Sail Date: April 02, 2006

Reviewed: 11 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

A good experience overall. I liked the concern of the cruise line for health issue of its customers by using hand sanitizers. All crew members were very helpful and friendly.All shows were top notch including the ice skating show. I enjoyed the dining choices and quality of the food. The shopping on board had fair prices and some bargains. The islands of PR, St Martin, St Thomas, and Nassau were a pleasure and we had plenty of time at each port..

Pros: The dining food & entertainment and the island choices.

Cons: false statements to get you come to ship seminars for free gifts that you have to run all over the island to get and over priced Bingo sessions.

Ship Quality
we would definetly cruise with Royal Caribbean again
Food and Dining
Nothing bad to say,all was good
Cabin / Stateroom
all good except for bed mattress too thin & gave me a backacke the first few days
Service and Staff
All were great with an extra special thanks to Candice Achong at Guest relations who helped me get a tuxedo for dinner with the captain on short notice.
everything was excellent
Nassau, Bahamas
Can get very crowded when several ships in port. Go straight to paridise island ,gamble a little see whatever is free to see there ( the $29 fee to walk on the property and see more of the aquarium & small tour without access to private beach is a waste ) Go to Free beach adjacent to the casino. Take water Taxi One way ($3) to paridise island but take taxi back faster for only a dollar more.
Don't Miss: See the Casino inside & out great place to take pictures
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Orient beach, rent a cab and go straight there to enjoy the beach and sights. Dont go hungry, a burger with cost you $12. Winding mountain roads through alot of poverty riddin areas to get to nice beaches eats up time to get there. Nice shopping with decent prices and bargains in Philipsburg area. Got Most of gifts there...Most shopping close to docking area .
Don't Miss: orient beach
San Juan, Puerto Rico
very crowded thin streets especially when several ships are in port.Our ship was at the furthest pier away from shopping etc which required extra for taxis
Don't Miss: get away from the shopping madness and see the country side
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Several nice beaches ,You do not need to take tours . Get taxi or mini van tours cheaper at the dock rather than from cruise ship. Best port ever for all kinds of jewelry shopping.

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