Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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5 out of 5

Best Wait Staff Ever!

Sail Date: September 02, 2016

Reviewed: 9 months ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Balcony

Dinner each night was a treat because of our wait staff. Our waiter cooked up several Indian Dishes (in addition to our menu selections) and served 2 different Indian dishes each night family style to our table. The other provided us with entertainment and magic tricks at the end of our meal each night. We will Miss them both. I have been on numerous cruises, (never with RC before); and this one was pure enjoyment. Dinner was never too slow; and the chef came out each and every night to ask about our meals.

Cabin / Stateroom
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
We did a private tour in Juneau and saw more orca whales for less money on a small boat than any shore excursion through the ship. We also hired a private car to tour Victoria, and we saw far more, for far less money in an elegant car customized to our itinerary. The train ride was just ok for me in Skayway.
Onboard Activities
Cruise Director was fun; and the ice show was amazing as well a the Quest game. The 70's music trivia was not fun; because there were only a few seconds in each song..
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Our waiter Augustine Gonzales, and Changching (hope I am spelling it write - he is from China) and is fairly new were exceptional. Their personalities and extra things they did for us and the laughing we all did made the trip so much more fun! The chef came out each night and asked about our food.
Seattle, Washington
Cruise Inside Passage, Alaska
Juneau, Alaska
Skagway, Alaska
Harv & Marv's Whale watch on a 6 person boat - excellent.
Cruise Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska
incredible view from our balcony.. so glad we had the balcony.
Victoria, British Columbia
Hire a private tour car. you will see far more for far less money.


8 pm dining allowed us to have our own wait staff, as we did not have to share them with any other table.

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