Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review to Bermuda

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4 out of 5

An enjoyable and relaxing cruise.

Sail Date: July 23, 2006

Reviewed: 10 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

The ship is immense and beautiful. The onboard directions made it easy to find your way around. The first day was a learning experience, but after that it was familiar. Lot's of walking up and down since the elevators tended to be crowded, at least for the initial boarding (we used the stairs) and after some shows. It also took us a day or two to find the shortcuts to where we wanted to go, i.e. shortcut through the casino to get from the fore side of deck 3 to the aft side of deck 3. The Windjammer Cafe, the buffet dining room was a great alternative to lunches and between meal snacks. The 24 hour cafe on the Promenade made it very convenient for that first cup of coffee in the morning, or a quick slice of pizza after a dip in the pool(s).

Pros: Plenty of activities to keep you occupied.

Cons: The scrambled eggs tasted manufactured. It's a silly point but the only con I have.

Ship Quality
The stateroom attendants are excellent.
Food and Dining
The scrambled eggs taste manufactured. The omelets were an excellent alternative. The pre-made sandwiches were skimpy on meats and cheese. Lots of lettuce and tomato, one slice of meat and one slice of cheese. Way too much bread for the filling.
Cabin / Stateroom
If you can afford it get a stateroom. The sliding glass door and balcony made all the difference between feeling confined and open to the rest of the world. It was great having a view of the ocean while on the voyage and the vista of Bermuda.
Service and Staff
You will not find a happier more helpful group of individuals any where else in the world. The Headwaiter, who kept turning up at poolside, at the Windjammer Cafe and at dinner went out of his way to greet you. All, and I mean all, the staff were extremely cordial and always greeted you with an "hello" whenever you saw them. A very happy bunch.
The cruise director is very outgoing and one of the most entertaining and funny guys in the world. The production shows were not to be missed. Their schedules were created so that all voyagers would be able to attend. You couldn't have asked for more to do. Well, maybe a bowling alley? Haha , just kidding. That's about the only thing not on the vessel.
King's Wharf, Bermuda
Stick with the ferry to Hamilton or St. Georges as your jumpoff point. The bus to Hamilton (the #7) was always crowded as it passes all the beaches on its way to Hamilton. The 15 minute ferry ride to Hamilon and then the number 7 bus to the beaches was much faster than waiting in line for an hour for the bus from King's Wharf. Save your exploration of King's Wharf until after visitng Hamilton.
Don't Miss: Try Snorkel Park as a diversion, just watch out for the ants on the beach. Take a table for your possessions instead.

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