Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean

Contributor Level: Purser

4-6 cruises


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4 out of 5

beware of cruising with a baby!

Sail Date: May 22, 2014

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Inside

I have to say we enjoyed this cruise very much!  The kids (2 boys, 6 and 4) had a very good time.  they loved the pool and the jacuzzis (spelling??).  THe food was great.  nothing outstanding but never had a bad meal.  loved it all.  the entire ship was very clean.  for a ship to have been in service for a while now, i was impressed by the clenliness of everything.  nothing looked worn, slightly outdating in color, but overall I felt comfortable.  The ports were beautiful.  limited time in most of the ports which made it difficult to get out and enjoy them.  Labadee was BEAUTIFUL and we had the best time there!  They built it up wonderfully!!  My only and biggest problem..... our 8 month old!.  She was fine but the entire ship had nothing to offer her.  They did not provide any babysitting services, in the room or in any other area of the ship.  That proved to make things difficult for a baby that loved to sleep.  I made the mistake of getting an inside room with no windows, so sitting in the room while she slept was impossible.  she wasnt allowed in the pool, no diapers, swim diapers, or pull ups in the pool!  Then to top it off, the wanted to charge her gratuities!!!  I absolutely refused.  Partially my fault for having booked a cruise ship that did not provide any services for her but i also should have been alerted to the extremelly limited amenities for a baby!!!

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Ship Quality
Food and Dining
food was great but the selection was limited
Service and Staff
Wendal (our waiter) was great, always one step ahead of us and had everything ready and waiting, even for the kids!!!
Children's Programs
The camp was great for the kids, they always wanted to go. BUT, they don't go in the pool with the camp so the kids didn't want to go during the day.
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
just wish we had more time in some of the ports. extremely limited excursions for a baby to participate in.
Cabin / Stateroom
Very clean! small when having a port a crib in the room and a small 2 person couch that cannot come out of the room! very limited walking space!!! plenty of closet space.
Cape Liberty (Bayonne), New Jersey
traffic to get in, but once there we were on the ship fast.
King's Wharf, Bermuda
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Labadee (Cruiseline Private Island)
We had the most fun here! the whole family enjoyed the water and sand! we didn't even do an excursion.


looking for something different for dinner…. skip the dining room and go to the windjammer. The have MONGOLIAN STUR FRY!!! the best we have ever had!!!!

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