Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean

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2-3 cruises


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4 out of 5

Very Good Cruise

Sail Date: June 23, 2011

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Balcony

The ship was large with much activity. Nine days is the perfect length for a cruise because you can go offshore for four days and relax on board for five days. Bermuda is wonderful, as was Old San Juan.

Pros: Ship was in excellent condition.

Cons: Food was a bit dull.

Recommends Explorer of the Seas? Yes!

Food and Dining
There was a great variety of food, including a variety of ethnic foods at each meal. The dining room food was fresher than the cafeteria food. Johnny Rocket's was very good. The food overall was always available, but a bit bland.
A variety of options were available at all times. The pools and hot tubs were clean. The gym was big, but the weight machines were too close together. Big musical productions were ok, but not superlative.
Ship Quality
The ship was in excellent condition and very clean. The promenade area was well layed out.
Cabin / Stateroom
Superior outside room with the balcony was very nice and spacious. It was worth the extra money. Our sons had an interior room which was a bit cramped.
Service and Staff
Helpful and friendly staff. The captain was very personable and much in attendance. Towards the end of the cruise, the ship had to turn back to port for an ill crew member. The Captain kept us informed at all times and we were not delayed at all.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
We took a taxi into town which was mainly a tourist trap. Did not make it to the beaches here.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Only went to Old San Juan, which was wonderful. Took in both forts, although if you only have time for one, go to El Morro.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
We rented a car and drove all over the island. Some, but definately not all, of it was picturesque. Some very pretty beaches.
King's Wharf, Bermuda
Bermuda was wonderful. We ignored the advice of the cruise line and rented scooters. This was fantastic as we were able to see most of the island in one day.

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