Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Experience
4-6 cruises

Review
1

Helpful Votes
6

3 out of 5

RC Explorer good and bad

Sail Date: January 28, 2011

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

I think this ship would really appeal to first-time cruisers and kids--features such as the skating rink, johnny rockets, rock climbing wall are unique. However, this ship is about 10 years old and needs drydocking for upgrades to TVs, carpet, etc. The promenade is a fun feature. Shops were so-so. Food was mediocre (best in dining room). The food in the Windjammer needs improvement. Also, it is only opened until 9 pm. Sandwiches avalable in the cafe 24 hours, but that's it. Cutbacks, such as hot tub being lukewarm, lack of towel availability, 1 slice of meat on a sandwich, etc., were evident.

Pros: interesting ship features, i.e. skating rink

Cons: mediocre food and cutbacks across the board evident

Recommends Explorer of the Seas? Yes!

Cabin / Stateroom
Room was too small and not well laid out, though it was in clean condiiton.
Service and Staff
Most of the ship staff were friendly. However, I've seen greater enthusiasm on other ships and more knowledgeable staff....though there were a few exceptions.
Food and Dining
Average is a good rating because it was really mediocre. Ambience was nice. Specialty options limited. Casual Windjammer cafe on deck 11 only open until 9 pm which was kind of disappointing....The 24 hour cafe on the promenade was nice if you like sandwiches...but I can't eat bread and there was little else. The coffee was excellent if you're a coffee drinker. Room service was good, though food quality was average. Also a charge of 4.95 if ordered after midnight.
Ship Quality
The ship is big enough to explore but not so big you get completely lost. The cleanliness is good, but the ship should be drydocked soon for new carpet and new TVs, etc.
Entertainment
Same as other ships. Run of the mill entertainment.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Do a sefl-guided walk about the city yourself and go to El Morro. Dine in the El Convento Hotel, Aquaviva, or The Parrot Club...
Don't Miss: El Morro
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
If you are at the right port, there is a butterfly garden and bird show down to the right and behind the buildings there. You can see it from a high floor out the window of the ship. For a small fee, you can see a beautiful butterfly sanctuary as well as some of the smartest birds in world do all kinds of interesting things...very fun.
Don't Miss: Coral World, Magen's Bay
Samana, Dominican Republic
Beautiful port and friendly people. We visited Cayo Levantado, a beautiful little island a few miles from the ship. However, bring your own first aid kit! There is no medical care on the island...so watch out for the sea urchins by the rocks of the beach.
Don't Miss: Cayo Levantado
Labadee (Cruiseline Private Island)
This was one of the most beautiful places I ever visited. The barbecue was free and delicious, the grounds were gorgeous, and the activities were wonderful. Island surrounded by tropical rainforest, moutains, and what looks like something out of National Geographic magazine,
Don't Miss: Make sure you take in all the beauty of this port...an absolute must see.


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