Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern
Sail Date: May 10, 2012
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 5 years ago
Review SummaryThe only reason for not giving this a 5 star rating was that there was not enough port time especially in San Juan, P.R. (5 hours). We would especially liked to have seen the rain forest in P.R. but the four hour excursion would have taken up most all of the time. The eight hours we had in Bermuda and St. Maarten were inadequate to see much once securing transportation and traveling. We understand that the times set for each visit were due to the large distance we covered on this cruise (3,300 miles) and the time frame needed to complete it.
One port that we visited on this trip for the first time was Labadee, Haiti. That was not necessarily a port we were looking forward to; however, it was a real treat. We were with friends that had traveled there before and they have made many improvements there in the past six years since they last visited. The only complaint about this stop, and we heard this from many who went ashore and I imagine many who have visited before, was the local vendors practically harassing you into buying their wares. On a return visit we wouldn't even go near that area which I think is a shame for their income.
Overall, we loved the trip and we got one of the things we especially wanted on this cruise was more "sea time" (four days). The crew of this ship was exceptional and the shows and other entertainment top notch.
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Pros: Friends we made; the ship and it's crew, Labadee, Haiti
Cons: Not enough time in each of the ports.