Bermuda Cruise w/ Carnival comparisons
Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review to Bermuda
Ship: Explorer of the Seas
Cabin Type: Suite
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 7 years ago
Review SummaryMy husband and I traveled on the Explorer of the Seas on the 09/26/09 cruise to Bermuda leaving out of Bayonne, NJ. We had Grand Suite (GS) #1552 on the 10th floor (forward).
Travel Profile: Husband/Wife in 40s, upper middle class, 1st time traveling without children (teenagers), two other cruises on Carnival only (Most recent: 08/2007), first RC cruise, picky but reasonable traveler.
Royal: (+) Shows are WAY more professional, entertaining. (+) Guests were cordial, patient, and polite on the Explorer. Note: I read one of the reviews about lack of courtesy on Explorer with NY/NJ guests as we left out of Cape Liberty. We found our fellow guests to be courteous and friendly. Now, our previous Carnival cruises were in the summer months with a lot more (both) parents/children with conduct issues and this cruise had mostly couples or families with very young children. (+) Room size and layout were larger than expected. We arrived on board at 12:30 and took the opportunity to walk in the cabin areas and see the insides of the various rooms. I was surprised and how large the regular balcony rooms were and I think its nice to have the option on the inside cabins with the windows overlooking the promenade. We also checked out the suites up (in size) from ours. I actually was happy that we didn't pay THAT much as our GS suites were perfect for our needs (2 people). (+) the activities were diverse, fun, interesting, and well executed.
Carnival: More inclusive on price. RC found a lot more opportunities to try and charge you more. I think its ridiculous to charge me for the cruise and then want to charge me $15 at dinner for a better cut of meat when you also offer restaurants with $20 seating charges. Also, I selected the (strawberry) Lava Flow at Dizzys for $6.75. The waiter advised that it came in raspberry or mango as well. I ordered the raspberry and got a bill for $10+. It turns out the raspberry costs a couple dollars more which we weren't advised. I also think its a mistake for RCI to precharge me for tips (My Time Dining and Suite Stewart). The service was fine. On Carnival I found the service to be outstanding. That may be the difference. In summary, we have enjoyed both our Carnival and RC cruises - each one has advantages.
Food and Dining
Cabin / Stateroom
Pros: Ship: Suite, Entertainment Bermuda: people are wonderful
Cons: Food was fine but not great