Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review to Bermuda

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4 out of 5

Our First Cruising Adventure

Sail Date: November 04, 2007

Reviewed: 9 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

This was our first cruise and we had no idea how to proceed or what to expect. I called and one of their service staff helped me through the registration process in a very professional manner. My hats off to and their expertly trained staff!! Within 10 days we received our packet of information about our cruise, luggage tickets and itinerary and I felt like we were all set to go! We were signed up for Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas trip to Bermuda and Boston. There was difficulty signing in when we arrived at Cape Liberty because the ship was late coming back from a cruise to the Caribbean due to Hurricane Noel. Our boarding was delayed by approximately five hours and we were all hearded into a waiting area that was loud and unpleasant to sit in. HOWEVER, Royal Caribbean did what they could to make this more pleasant by bringing in pizza and sandwiches, so we felt somewhat better. Our spirits lifted immediately when we finally boarded the ship, and we saw how beautiful and well appointed it was. Our interior room exceeded my expectations and was very clean, comfortable and quiet. We were almost immediately greated by our cabin steward who stated that he wanted to make our stay a pleasant one. I thought that was a very nice touch. Indeed, he did seem to be available whenever we needed anything and was very pleasant to deal with. We went to dinner immediately, where we met the very efficient waiters of Royal Caribbean. They are very well trained and polite, and make an effort to learn your name and what your dining preferences are. We especially liked our Romanian waiter -- he was simply the greatest!! As for the ship, we especially enjoyed the upper decks, with the hot tubs, pools and lookout areas.

Pros: Our waiter, the service we got in both the dining room and in our stateroom

Cons: The noise on the Promenade level and the crowding there when the ship was out at sea

Recommends Explorer of the Seas? Yes!

Entertainment
OK. We are not loud people. We enjoy reading and watching scenery, so we are not a good judge of nightlife and bar activities. The ice skating was excellent and we attended two shows at night in the Palasades Theatre (one we liked better than the other). At times I was not sure if this was a good ship for quiet people like us.
Ship Quality
The ship is clean, well appointed and and cared for. The public areas (restrooms, elevators, pools, etc.) are clean and better than we expected. Very nice public seating areas in bars and poolside. (Dizzy's lounge on the 14th floor provides an excellent view).
Food and Dining
We loved the food. Excellent food and service in the main dining rooms. We did not miss a meal in the dining room in the evening. Windjammer cafe is open for many hours each day, so there is no possibility of going hungry. We also enjoyed having coffee and cookies at the Promenade Cafe. We also enjoyed our tablemates and really had fun talking to them.
Cabin / Stateroom
Very nice for an interior room. The room was clean (including towels and linens), and had everything we needed in a small space. We were surprised to find that we had cable TV, which we do not even have at home. Also, it was quiet at night, and we slept very well.
Service and Staff
Wonderful staff. That says it in a nutshell!
Boston, Massachusetts
We went to Quincy Market, Old State House, and took a guided tour of the city. Boston is clean and lively. A great place to visit!
Don't Miss: Quincy Market, the Old Statehouse
King's Wharf, Bermuda
Very nice. Lots of things to do for individuals who are walking off a cruise ship. It was easy to access the public transportation and we enjoyed riding the ferry to other parts of the island.
Don't Miss: Take the ferries. They are clean, there is good space and you can get around fast. It cost us $20 apiece for a two day ticket. Perfect!


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