Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review to Bermuda

Contributor Level: Deck Hand

1 cruise (first)


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5 out of 5

Fantastic 1st Cruise Experience

Sail Date: May 21, 2011

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Oceanview

So big, so many different areas, all with different decors for different tastes. But easy to find our way around in very short time.

Pros: Liked the

Cons: too short!!

Recommends Explorer of the Seas? Yes!

Ship Quality
Beautiful decor, different in each area - had to be a style for everyone's comfort. Very clean, looked brand new - hard to believe the ship was in service 10 years. Larger indoor spaces, some with vaulted celings or spanning several decks gave a very spacious feel. Easy access to outdoor spaces.
Service and Staff
Even though we had an assigned attendant, all of them were very friendly and helpful. Dining room wait staff were very professinal. Guest relations staff worked to personally resolve any issues.
High quality entertainers in shows. Very capable & funny emcees for the karaoke & contest events. Attended events with others I didn't expect to enjoy & had a great time anyway.
Children's Programs
Travelled with family members who had children along. Kids really enjoyed the activities and they had parades and shows to share their activities with parents. Staff was great with the kids & we felt very safe leaving the kids in their care.
Food and Dining
Dining experiece was very nice. Only ate during main dining time twice - not very flexible to change dining times after 1st day & unable to dine with new friends who had other seating time. Found buffet style "Windjammer" to be much more flexible and food was great with fantastic variety.
Cabin / Stateroom
Worries about deck-2 room were unnecessary. Clean, tidy, plenty big enough for two. Twice daily cleaning & straightening by attendant became very spoiling ;-)
King's Wharf, Bermuda
Public transportation was simple to use and easy/flexible. Day-1 went to Horseshoe Bay during day, back to ship for shower/change, then ferry to Hamilton for sightseeing and dinner in English pub style restaurant. Beach was great - lots to do right there (rocks & caves hill climb for terrific photos). Great little protected cove for kids with fish. Day-2 stayed around Naval dockyard/King's warf area. Plenty to do at Snorkel park & souvenier shopping.
Don't Miss: The ferry ride into Hamilton is so picturesque & very reprensentative of Bermuda w/colorful houses & boats everywhere. But don't skip the BEACHES!

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