Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe

Contributor Level: Purser

4-6 cruises


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3 out of 5

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

Sail Date: May 26, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Balcony

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.

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Kristiansand, Norway
Didn't go there - it got cancelled after we booked the cruise. Instead we went to Rotterdam, which was okay.
Olden, Norway
Loved the long journey into the fjord, with the beautiful quaint village at the end.
Flaam, Norway
Loved the train ride - but the hike was cancelled due to snow
Alesund, Norway
The weather was bad when we were there, and I didn't find a lot to do in Alesund
Stavanger, Norway
Loved the history of the old town, shops and restaurants which served traditional Norwegian food.

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