Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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4 out of 5

Convenient departure from NJ to warmer climate was just what we wanted

Sail Date: January 27, 2012

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

As I did for a similar 2013 cruise, I dug through through pictures and my personal travel log, before deciding whether to write a review for this cruise.  My husband and I travel together. We drove from Boston down to NJ and parked our car at the pier. The convenience of walking across the road and directly onboard was great.

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Cabin / Stateroom
Standard interior cabin. Nothing surprising with our accommodations.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Literally park steps away from the gangway. Very convenient and efficient process both getting on and off the ship.
Ship Quality
We like the set up of this ship. Crew works hard to keep her clean and neat.
Destinations and Excursions
We booked the cruise to get out of the cold. The ports were secondary considerations. Those on this itinerary are well-established ports of call and we've been to them many, many times before.
Onboard Activities
Fairly routine activities by the pool, bingo, art auctions, crafts, trivia, and the like. A few unsupervised options (e.g., LGBT, Friends of Bill) as well. Nothing stood out as terribly inventive in this area. It's nice to have options to join in or not depending on your mood.
Children's Programs
Predictable, fairly standard revue shows, comedy, and magic act. It's a welcomed change up to sitting back home on the couch watching tv, right?
Service and Staff
Wait staff attentive and prompt. Cabin steward was friendly, used our names, always had ice in the bin. We are pretty simple folk and so our requests were not extravagant. We appreciated not having to repeat ourselves once.
Food and Dining
Always enjoy MDR on RCL ships. Food quality was very good. Hot items were hot, cold items cold. Buffet was predictable but good.
Cape Liberty (Bayonne), New Jersey
This is an industrial port area. If looking for something to do, cross the river and head into NYC. Otherwise, your choices are limited.
Labadee (Cruiseline Private Island)
Stayed on board the ship.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
We really enjoy Old Town. Walking around the fort is especially nice. Be mindful, if you are in port on Sunday or a holiday, services are very limited and lots of places are closed.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

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