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Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Western Europe

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 5
Helpful Votes: 113

Overall rating:

4 out of 5
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Explorer of the Seas

12 Night Canaries & North Africa (Southampton Roundtrip)

Sail date: June 17, 2015

Ship: Explorer of the Seas

Cabin number: 9542

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Review summary

This was a great itinerary. We did something different at every stop! Ship was great, food was all adequate, Windjammer was a bit disappointing but it is a buffet... This cruise originates in the UK so for other USA travelers be aware that there are some differences! Not the same bacon and sausage we are used too, lol! Bingo is a true learning curve, very fun and much less expensive than our version! Seemed that prices all around were a bit lower and not nearly as many people chasing you down trying to get you to spend more money. Loved that aspect of the trip. Met some fascinating people and can't wait to do another trip from the UK!  



Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Adequate, Windjammer tends to be lukewarm and a bit bland. Mystery Dinner was a blast.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Didn't really find much other than the Enrichment lectures with Sondra Ettlinger and some of the quizzes.


5 out of 5
Enjoyed all of the shows, although some of the UK humour did go above my US knowledge lol

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Everyone did a great job!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Pretty decent shape, elevator buttons pretty worn out so be sure you mash them, they don't always light up!

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Occasional problem with sewer odor in bathroom. Guest services had room freshener sprayed in room itself but this didn't really solve anything... Plenty of storage and closet space! Balcony was great but a bit dirty.

Ship tip

Don't miss the Ice Show and the Mystery Dinner! Laundry is not one day service, more like 2-3 days so plan accordingly. Great deals on excursions by booking early, wink wink. I booked online prior to departure and was a great move on my part.

Ports of call

Southampton (London), England

5 out of 5
Plan a day to visit!

Vigo, Spain

5 out of 5
Panoramic view from Fortaleza del Castro

Agadir, Morocco

3 out of 5
We did 2 excursions, one in am and one in pm-Agadir and Medina. Avoided Marakesh due to long bus ride and we saw quite a bit!

Lanzarote, Canary Islands

5 out of 5
Volcano national park Timanfaya, you will be amazed

Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

5 out of 5
We did the city sights which included Teror and the crater, very awesome.

Tenerife, Canary Islands

5 out of 5
Museum is only in Spanish.

Funchal, Madeira

5 out of 5
Favorite stop, would love to come back here. We did the 4x4 adventure, loved everything about it. We hit every sight! Up high for views and down to the fishing village as well.

La Coruna, Spain

5 out of 5
We took a cab to Tower of Hercules and then walked back through Old Town, a bit of a trek but tons to see!
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