Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review to Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

Contributor Level: Second Mate

Experience
7+ cruises

Reviews
4

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4 out of 5

A good ship. Unfortunately we had to miss an important port of call.

Sail Date: October 09, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Balcony

Cruise was interesting due to the itinerary.

Very disappointed at not being able to visit Israel, due to the hostilities in that country.

Attentive crew, good food, happy atmosphere.

There was limited use of the on-deck facilities during the sailing through the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.  For security reasons passengers were not allowed on decks or balconies between sunset and sunrise.  This certainly meant that the cruise line could not meet the expectations of it's passengers.

Would have liked more commentary when transiting the Suez Canal - we did not know what we were observing.  Also much better maps should have been displayed both on the tv channel and in public areas for this type of cruise.

Internet was expensive and ineffective.

Entertainment superb as always.

Disappointed that there were no lectures and presentations telling the history of the ports we were visiting.

Cabin / Stateroom
My stateroom attendant was the most particular and happy person, she showed great attention to detail.
Cabin had excellent location, was bright and cheerful.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
All passenger disappointed at not being able to visit Israel, maybe the cruise line had prior knowledge that this would happen? Compensation was really not adequate as Israel was the main reason that so many people sailed on this ship. We did appreciate that the captain's priority was the safety of all on board.
Onboard Activities
Entertainment
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Barcelona, Spain
Souda (Chania), Crete
A pleasant port to explore.
Ashdod, Israel
Cancelled. Hope to try again in the future.
Suez Canal Transit
Would have liked far more information before and during transit.
Aqaba (Petra), Jordan
The ship's tour to Petra was excellent.
Dubai, U.A.E.
Good, free wi-fi within the terminal.

Tip

Participate and meet fellow cruisers.
A good ship!



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