Did not meet expectations

Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

2 out of 5
5 Night Western Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip)
Sail Date: January 24, 2015
Ship: Explorer of the Seas
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 3 years ago

Really disappointed with the cruise.  Evening entertainment was weak when compared to other cruises we have taken. We were hoping food and food service to be better than what we have had on Carnival and Norwegian. What we found was the evening buffet was marginally better, but the main dining rooms and the specialty restaurants were no better than the Carnival Liberty cruise we were on the week before.  There was not nearly enough tables in the outdoor deck areas.  We like to eat our breakfast and lunches on the open decks but the Explorer of the Sea had only a token number of tables. Both Carnival and Norwegian provide ample table/chairs for casual dining.

Finally, smoking was permitted in the Lido Pool area on the Starboard side. Having designated smoking and non-smoking in an open area is like having peeing and non-peeing areas in a swimming pool.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
On par with Carniva, Norwegian, not as good as Holland America nor Princess.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
same o ' same o '. Been There - Done That.


3 out of 5
Waaay too much time in evening when nothing was scheduled.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Housekeeping and Windjammer dining room service were especially good.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Showing it age.

Cabin / Stateroom

1 out of 5
Cabin was smallest we have had in over 30 cruises.

Ship Tip

This ship did not meet expectations. Having taken short 3-5 day cruises on other cruise lines, we were disappointed with the overall experience. We could have sailed on Carnival for 7 days for what we paid for this RCCL 5-day cruise. Expected a better experience.

5 out of 5
Really like cruising from Canaveral. Easy to get to, close to beaches, Disney World.
3 out of 5
Great For Scuba and snorkeling, but not so much for general sight-seeing.
1 out of 5
No redeeming value to this port. By far, the ugliest port of call in the Bahamas/Caribbean.
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