A Fun Time
Review SummaryDespite 3 days of rain, our family had a fun time on The Explorer of the Seas. This was our first time on Royal Caribbean after booking 2 previous cruises with Carnival. In short, we preferred the food on Carnival (contrary to everyone else, I know!!) and much preferred our rooms on Royal Caribbean. The staff of The Explorer of the Seas couldn't have been nicer and more helpful/professional. I think the Cruise Director was terrific also. My 17 year old daughter complained that there was less to do for her age group than on the Carnival Cruises, but my 50+ year old self thought it was just right! My biggest complaint, and I feel a little entitled and crummy complaining at all--but I would have wanted to read this prior to the cruise--, is that the ship itself needs some work. Nothing huge, just small, detail stuff: windows were dirty, paint is chipped, tile is cracked, and I saw random human hair in places I didn't really want to, etc. Was this a show-stopper? No. But I didn't have that experience on Carnival either time. Am trying Celebrity next time to be able to compare all three cruise lines.
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Pros: Great Staff, terrific Cruise Director
Cons: The food was average and the ship is tired (needs updating/paint/etc.)