Vastly overpriced! Terrible value!
Sail Date: August 01, 2011
Ship: Explorer of the Seas
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 7 years ago
Review SummaryAvoid this cruise like the plague- at least in the Summer. It was so ridiculously overbooked you could barely move. The crowds overwhelmed everything. Wait times were insane. We could never find a table for the buffet. My parents were older and really struggled at times. What annoys me is that this cruise was very EXPENSIVE. I have been on far cheaper cruises with a much smaller passenger to staff ratio so even in RCCL's class of cruise this was awful. Cruising should be RELAXING not this stressful. The staff tried their best, but they were obviously overwhelmed. Also, the lack of enforcement of dress code was disgusting. Even in the formal dining rooms, most passengers dressed like bums - caps, hoodies, tank tops, bathing suits, short shorts, sneakers. Made a mockery of the published dressed dress code and no one in the staff even cared. This ship left from North Jersey and this was a pretty hard scrabble crowd. They obviously had no interest in the traditional decorum of a cruise. If you desire at least a modificum of traditional cruising decorum avoid this cruise and probably RCCL in general. I didn't think this would be a "booze-cruise" given the cost but I must admit I was wrong. RCCL markets itself as famil-friendly but this cruise was definitely not - there were some real creepy people and tons of drunks - a little scary for kids IMO.
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Pros: The food and hospitality of the staff.
Cons: Cruise was disgracefully overbooked!! There were massive lines for most everything - dining rooms, elevators, activites. Literally no quiet areas could be found.