Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Contributor Level: Third Mate

2-3 cruises


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3 out of 5

Enjoyed the cruise but they cut a lot of corners.

Sail Date: March 15, 2013

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Balcony

This is my second cruise with Royal Carribean and third over all. I really enjoyed the first cruise about 10 years ago, but noticed that they have cut a lot of corners on this cruise. I wouldn't recommend getting the soda package. You have to carry a sensored cup around and serve yourself except at the formal dining room. You have to wait a certain amount of minutes between fill ups. Just not worth it for the price. We really enjoyed the excursion by speedboat at Samana, Dominican Republic. It takes you to their national park and you ride through the mangroves and tour through the volcanic caves then on to a beach. I don't recommend going to the straw markets in Labadee. The villagers hound you and pick pocketed our friend. If you want to shop, go to the large store by the straw market. They do not bother you in there and they sell most of the same things. Over all we enjoyed our cruise but will probably be a long time before we cruise again. We will try going directly to a resort next time only because we just didn't feel it was worth the money we spent and it was quite expensive with a family of six.

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Cape Liberty (Bayonne), New Jersey
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Samana, Dominican Republic
You have to ride a small boat to shore. There isn't very much to do in the town. Also, they didn't make this known until already on cruise, but if you are handicapped and require a scooter or wheelchair you cannot get off the boat at this port.
Labadee (Cruiseline Private Island)


Ship needs to be updated and we noticed they do not have the fruit carvings like they used to.

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