Wonderful Mediterranean cruise on the Explorer of the Seas

Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 51

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
Explorer of the Seas

16 Night Mediterranean Cities Of Distinction (Southampton Roundtrip)

Sail date: September 02, 2015

Ship: Explorer of the Seas

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 6343

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Review summary

We have cruised more than 25 times and this was one of the best cruises we have ever taken.  The crew on the ship made us very comfortable: wonderful wait staff, a dynamic and very personable cruise director, a captain that was caring, approachable and funny (you had to see him drive the zamboni as well as sing a song at the welcome back functions).

The ports were wonderful and very well selected. Wish we had more time in Malaga and Seville - but at least we got a taste of these ports.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Tasteful and nicely varied.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


5 out of 5
Nice variety of shows. Give them credit as it is hard to do so well on a 16 day cruise

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Extremely attentive

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Wonderfully kept up to date. The information screens were perfect for finding out anything you needed. They were everywhere.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Very convenient to the elevators. Recently implemented tea/coffee makers in the cabin were a wonderful convenience.

Ports of call

Gibraltar (U.K.)

5 out of 5

Barcelona, Spain

5 out of 5

Cannes, France

3 out of 5

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

5 out of 5
If you plan on visiting the Vatican Museum, go early! It gets very crowded as the day goes on.

Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy

3 out of 5

Cagliari, Sardinia

3 out of 5
If you are not a beach goer, plan a trip to the excavation at Nona.

Malaga, Spain

5 out of 5

Lisbon, Portugal

3 out of 5
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