Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Contributor Level: Deck Hand

4-6 cruises


Helpful Votes

3 out of 5

Better last year

Sail Date: January 07, 2007

Reviewed: 10 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

This is a huge, beautiful ship that takes you to several beautiful islands. The port calls are short on any cruise, so you will only get a glimpse of what they offer. However, they offer a great value with meals and entertainment included.

Pros: Great Caribbean weather

Cons: Ridiculous bar prices!

Recommends Explorer of the Seas? Yes!

Ship Quality
Ship is beautifully designed and decorated, but is already showing signs of unattended wear. Spills on the floor are often just marked w/ a small warning sign instead of promptly being cleaned up and made safe--I nearly fell and wrenched my back on a spill in the dining room, and fell again on slippery steps on deck.
Food and Dining
We took this same trip last year, and feel the food quality had obviously declined. Some nights were good, 1night quite poor, but they did serve lobsters, if that's a tie-breaker for you. The worst part is the price they charge for a cocktail--more for one drink than you can get an entire liter on shore, and you cannot BYOB. Serious drinkers can run bar tabs in the 100's of dollars, which of course is what RCCL hopes you will do.
Cabin / Stateroom
We tried an interior cabin this time after having trouble w/ 2nd-hand smoke in a balcony cabin. They price is lower, and we don't spend that much time there anyway. The cabins are very efficiently designed, and our bed was one of the best we've ever had on any vacation.
Service and Staff
Our cabin steward was great, as were almost all of the ship's staff. Be aware that RCCL "recommends" that you give almost $140 in "gratituities" to your various servers, in addition to 15% on all beverages.
The Explorer had many great stage productions, but this year they had the lamest juggler I ever saw on any stage anywhere. The casino seemed to have very tight slots, and odds on the table games are reduced from those in Vegas and other mainland casinos.
Nassau, Bahamas
This was a really short port call, so we didn't do much. The diving is supposed to be good, tho' we didn't go. The Atlantis resort will only let you in the casino and a part of their large aquarium unless you are a guest, or pay a huge day rate.
Don't Miss: Everyone still wants to see the Atlantis on Paradise Island.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
This is the best port to buy liquor to take home. Go to Bobby's Bar in Drakes Passage--great drinks and food w/ excellent prices.
Don't Miss: Buy your liquor here.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
The "city tour" was pretty lame, due to the brief period of time available.
Don't Miss: Definitely visit the Columbus-era forts.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Great beaches on both the Dutch and French sides.
Don't Miss: The zip-line tour was great fun, although overpriced.

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