Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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2-3 cruises


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3 out of 5

An okay cruise

Sail Date: June 22, 2007

Reviewed: 9 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

This was our second cruise - the first one was with Celebrity. The Explorer of the Seas was nice, but they did not re-enforce the main dining room dress code, diving and jumping in the swimming pools. The ship was full and the swimming pools could not accommodate everyone. Even the shows that you needed tickets for (Ice Show). We tried to attend on all five days they had the show and was unable to get in. The ship needed to have specific times for jogging -all day long on the decks you had to step out of the way for numerous people jogging with strollers, etc. At breakfast, you could not get seats in the Windjammer and had to find staff to clean tables. Prices of water and alcohol were higher than the Celebrity. I also felt that paying $20 per person to go to the Italian restaurant was a little much. We had a balcony room and I felt for the money we paid, we could have had a nicer time at an all inclusive.

Cons: Too many kids

Recommends Explorer of the Seas? Yes!

Ship Quality
The ship was filled to capacity and staff could not keep up with the cleaning of bathrooms, tables, etc.
Food and Dining
The food in the main dining room was excellent, but I felt that charging $20 per person for the Italian Restaurant was a little too much.
Service and Staff
Some of the show were okay. We could not get in during the five days they had the Ice Show to see the show.
Cabin / Stateroom
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
This was the best port. A lot to see and do.
Casa De Campo, Dominican Republic
Since we had been to the Dominican Republic before, we knew to sign up for an excursion and not just try and walk about town.
Labadee (Cruiseline Private Island)
We enjoyed this island.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
The ship did not stay there long enough to do anything but shop. Getting back on the ship was terrible. It poured down rain and they only had two people checking IDs and Sea passes. Kids that were of age to drink in Puerto Rico came back to the ship drunk, and were disorderly.

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