Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Contributor Level: Deck Hand

2-3 cruises


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4 out of 5

Beautiful Trip

Sail Date: May 10, 2012

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

The 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.

Pros: Friends we made; the ship and it's crew, Labadee, Haiti

Cons: Not enough time in each of the ports.

Recommends Explorer of the Seas? Yes!

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
We talked to several who said that this food was some of the best they had had on a R.C.I. ship.
Service and Staff
The stateroom attendant and the waitstaff were excellent as always with R.C.
Cabin / Stateroom
We were very pleased with the size of our stateroom (D2 category) compared with staterooms on our previous cruises. The storage for our things was very well laid out. Also, we liked the solid side walls on the veranda as it gave us much more privacy than we've had on previous ships.
Very, very good. The Cruise Director said he had been with R.C. for 14 years and his expertise and quality of entertainment was fantastic. The nightly shows were very professionally done and timed well with our dining schedule. We particularly enjoyed a "Meet the Crew" time where the chief officers told about themselves and entertained questions from the audience. Another show we attended was a talent show by several fellow cruisers - fantastic talent for something put together in a few hours by non-professionals.

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