Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review to South Pacific - Australia

Third Mate

7+ cruises


Helpful Votes

1 out of 5

unmet expectations

Sail Date: November 13, 2015

Reviewed: 10 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

internet was bad, too bad to be able to use, web pages and e-mail wouldn't load, yet no refund; they try to take every last penny from you, whether they deserve it or not. $3.25 for a small bottle of water? Really? The excursions run from mediocre to terrible. Food is monotonous. Service staff - room attendants, etc. - generally very good. Unreasonable to charge $8.00 to be able to get fountain soda (and up to $22/day or more for other soft drink packages.). Entertainment ranged from good to bad, but unfortunately most of it was very, very bad. They cater to "Diamond Club" members who have full use of the best lounge (only one where you can really see out) to the detriment of the rest of the passengers (like me).  You can look at the food on RCI to see how they cut corners - no veal, for example, in any dishes -they substitute cheaper pork. Medical staff is not smart enough to figure that if they taped open the rest room doors that would decrease the chance of transmission of norovirus, a problem on cruise ships and on this cruise ship as well.

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they are all tiny. They need to have more electrical outlets. And for those of us who need CPAP we have to have an electric cord go through the middle of the room to the machine when you sleep. Dumb design.
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compare prices, including and especially those just a few weeks before voyage. Ignore their policies and bring a bottle of your favorite booze - their drinks are really expensive. Don't bring good dress clothing - you won't need it. Don't run out of routine meds- they charge $100's in profit .

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