Cruise was great, NJ folks not so much
Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern
Sail Date: May 19, 2006
Ship: Explorer of the Seas
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 11 years ago
Review SummaryI have been on 9 cruises. I was even on the 1st cruise the "explorer of the seas" took with paying passengers out of the port of Miami almost 6 years ago now. The boat and crew didn't let us down one bit, the food as excellent, service was great...
However the cruise left out of the NJ port and it took with it a majority of NJ people. Now don't misunderstand me, a lot of NJ people are very nice however a large majority of them were inconsiderate and just plain rude. Pushing us out of the way to get where they needed to go even though EVERYONE was exiting the same parts of the boat at the same time. Sitting on the beach some of them were so loud and obnoxious I couldn't even relax, we had to move. It was like they couldn't have a moment of silence, someone always had to keep shouting/yelling/talking.
At 1st I thought maybe we hit a stroke of bad luck and ran into the rude people just coincendentally, it happens. However after spending 9 days on the ship and running into various people that we met who were not from NJ they all complained they were rude/inconsiderate. And what got me is I didn't even bring the topic up, people just mentioned it randomly in passing and unfortunetly they all had the same complaints.
So if your a NJ native or enjoy brash inconsiderate people, leaving from the port in NJ might be your thing. This will however be the last cruise I will take from there. And I'm sure some NJ native is clapping saying "we don't want you anyway" since that seems to be the demeanor of the NJ folks.
This is unfortunet because flying in a few days early to tour around NY is just wonderful. NY is beautiful, especially in the late spring.
I feel bad writing this review as I did meet some great NJ people. However that being said, I think people should be aware of what the atmosphere/people will be like leaving from this port.
Food and Dining
The magic act was horrible, we left 1/2 way through it.
The comedy sets were OK, the second comedian (older bald guy, I forgot his name) was very funny. The 1st comedian was so bad the 2nd night we left the performance.
The ICE show was excellent, especially the couple from russia.
One thing that seriously lacked on this cruise was a band playing around the pool. Whenever we got any ammount of rain they would pack up and be done for the day. As such we only had a band out on the pool deck once or twice of any length of time.
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
The bed was just satisfactory, it was not by any means a pillow top cushy mattress. But I slept OK on it.
Our stateroom attendant as excellent, we always had clean towels and a tidy room.
Ports of Call
Don't Miss: butterfly farm.
Pros: Great food, excellent staff, nice boat.
Cons: Traveling with rude NJ people