Explorer of The Seas December 14, 2007
Sail Date: December 14, 2007
Ship: Explorer of the Seas
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Large Group
Reviewed: 8 years ago
Review SummaryEmbarkation was horrible because of the late arrival of the ship in Bayonne. Passengers from the previous cruise were disembarking and passengers for our cruise were arriving. We waited in line, on our bus, for two hours to get from the entrance of the Port to the embarkation area. There is so much real estate to work with at the port that it should be possible to separate the incoming and outgoing traffic more. No one can complain about the service or the condition of the ship. The dinners were very good, but I've been on other ships where they were better selections and tastier preparations. The Windjammer buffet was as good as any other ship with plenty of diversity. There are only two specialty restaurants Portofinos and Johnny Rockets. Both were very nice, but there seems to be more of them on other ships (steakhouses, sushi, French, etc). There were plenty of organized activities on board. I liked the Solarium area where no one under 16 was allowed. The pools and hot tubs in this area were more pleasurable and safer without the kids. There were plenty of smoking areas available for me to smoke my pipe. The entertainment was top-notch. Better than any other cruise that I've been on. The only rude or obnoxious people on board were some of the passengers who don't feel that they should wait their turn, whether it's going ashore, returning on board, or in the buffet line. It was my first cruise on Royal Caribbean. My sense is that the officers and crew will do anything to accomodate a passenger. Well done, RCI.
Ports Of Call
Pros: Stability and decor of the ship
Cons: Embarkation, Disembarkation
Recommends Explorer of the Seas? Yes!
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