Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review to U.S. - Southeast

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3 out of 5

"A nice, relaxing cruise but..."

Sail Date: April 01, 2012

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Inside

A nice cruise ship with good facilities - Rooms kind of small but big enough for one person.

Pros: plenty of activities, food, facilities for general use, some of the excursions

Cons: perhaps not for a single person traveling solo

Recommends Explorer of the Seas? Yes!

Service and Staff
Perhaps it's the experience of a Single person traveling solo but the service received wasn't always to the expectation. As examples: Some waiters too anxious to clean tables before I was done eating, someone not acknowledging simple requests for getting black tea bags when the box was empty. I also heard some "wise-ass" comments which were uncalled for.
The personnel at the gym should try to be aware of odd customers engaging in unsanitary activities in the men's locker room. And not everyone likes to drink in the afternoon so the waiters shouldn't be pushy about it.
Being friendly and courteous without getting too personal should be the norm.
A good example of someone accomplishing it was the bartender at the Schooner bar. He was friendly, respectful and had a way of keeping customers engaged (such as the puzzles he presented at the bar).
And it would be a "going above & beyond" gesture to keep an eye on those customers getting drunk and crossing the line with others on-board.
A good variety and quality of options to keep things busy and entertained.
However, there could be more activities specifically designed for Singles - and not just "Singles Mingles". There could be more engaging activities such as a dance night, or a sporting event (for example, rock climbing or swimming competition) or even a speed dating event.
Perhaps a pre-cruise survey may be used to get an idea of number of singles on-board, their age group and interests in these types of activities. This way the events may be well-targeted for the audience and not wasted.
Cabin / Stateroom
Rooms kind of small but big enough for one person. Basic amenities such as lotion, shampoo, shower gel etc. should be the same across different type of rooms.
Comfortable and clean otherwise.
I think the announcement channel in the room should be used for all announcements not just emergencies - hard to hear while in the room with TV on. People have the option to turn it off anyway.
Ship Quality
Well-sized and well-maintained cruise ship with clean facilities. Accessibility to some areas seem limited at first but you get used to it.
Food and Dining
A good variety and quality of food - convenient times and locations.

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