Convenience of Cape Liberty departure and a very nice cruise

Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 15
Helpful Votes: 153

Overall rating:

4 out of 5
Explorer of the Seas

9 Night Eastern Caribbean (Cape Liberty Roundtrip)

Sail date: January 13, 2013

Ship: Explorer of the Seas

Cabin type: Inside

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review summary

After digging through pictures and my personal travel log, I decided it was fair to write a review for this cruise.  My husband and I traveled together, driving from Boston down to NJ. We left our car at the pier and walked right onboard.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
We always enjoy RCL MDR food and service. The buffet area got a bit messy at times but food quality was vey good.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Fairly standard activities and the cruise director's staff were all super and enthusiastic.


5 out of 5
Shows were pretty standard. Pub guitar and piano players were great.

Children's Programs

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Our steward and table staff made this cruise great. People were attentive and always referred to us by name.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Nice ship with a bit of wear and tear, but nothing more than was expected. We do like the center main street area.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Nothing special about the inside cabin.

Ship tip

The Explorer Lounge is a nice place to get away to a quiet spot for reading or checking the Internet.

Ports of call

Cape Liberty (Bayonne), New Jersey

5 out of 5

San Juan, Puerto Rico

5 out of 5

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

5 out of 5

Samana, Dominican Republic

5 out of 5

Labadee (Cruise Line Private Island)

3 out of 5

Traveler Photos

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