Not impressed with Royal Caribbean, but the ports of call were great

Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe

Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 10

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
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8 Night Norwegian Fjords (Southampton Roundtrip)
Sail Date: May 26, 2015
Ship: Explorer of the Seas
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 7228
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 2 years ago

This was my first time cruising with Royal Caribbean.  All my previous cruising experience was with Carnival.  I guess I expected more because RC cruises are more expensive and considered a notch above Carnival.  That was not my experience though.  Carnival is much better in the following areas:  Bathrobes in staterooms, better food variety, quality and availability of health conscious foods in all dining rooms, better entertainment overall.  The Explorer of the Seas is a beautiful ship, but was much too crowded, especially since we were confined inside most of the time due to bad weather.  We were always having to look for a place to sit in the Windjammer cafe, and all lounges.  I found myself hanging out in my cabin for a good part of the trip.

Food and Dining

1 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
1 out of 5
Didn't go there - it got cancelled after we booked the cruise. Instead we went to Rotterdam, which was okay.
5 out of 5
Loved the long journey into the fjord, with the beautiful quaint village at the end.
5 out of 5
Loved the train ride - but the hike was cancelled due to snow
3 out of 5
The weather was bad when we were there, and I didn't find a lot to do in Alesund
5 out of 5
Loved the history of the old town, shops and restaurants which served traditional Norwegian food.
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