Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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Experience
4-6 cruises

Review
1

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4 out of 5

Explorer of The Seas December 14, 2007

Sail Date: December 14, 2007

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Large Group

Room Type: Balcony

Embarkation 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.

Pros: Stability and decor of the ship

Cons: Embarkation, Disembarkation

Recommends Explorer of the Seas? Yes!

Labadee (Cruiseline Private Island)
The nicest "private" location of all cruise lines. Too bad some passengers still think littering the beautiful water and beach is okay.
Don't Miss: Bring a snorkel
Casa De Campo, Dominican Republic
Not much to do here. Elected the Altos de Chavon for sightseeing. Was very beautiful, but not entirely ready for tourists yet. (unopened restaurants and shops). But it was like visiting a beautiful village in Italy.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Wish we had more daylight hours. Shopping was impossible since there were 3 ships in port and we only had a few "shopping" hours. Loved touring the town.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
St. Thomas is always a beach day for us.
Don't Miss: Magen's Bay Beach
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
St. Thomas is always a beach day for us.
Don't Miss: Magen's Bay Beach
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Wish we had more daylight hours. Shopping was impossible since there were 3 ships in port and we only had a few "shopping" hours. Loved touring the town.
Labadee (Cruiseline Private Island)
The nicest "private" location of all cruise lines. Too bad some passengers still think littering the beautiful water and beach is okay.
Don't Miss: Bring a snorkel
Casa De Campo, Dominican Republic
Not much to do here. Elected the Altos de Chavon for sightseeing. Was very beautiful, but not entirely ready for tourists yet. (unopened restaurants and shops). But it was like visiting a beautiful village in Italy.


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