Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

Contributor Level: Purser

2-3 cruises


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4 out of 5

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Sail Date: September 09, 2016

Reviewed: 9 months ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Balcony

Lets start with the good... I liked the bingo games. The prizes were larger than other ships and cruise lines I've been in. Our stateroom attendant and wait staff were all very nice. The kids club was great for my son. $1 mimosas daily in the casino. The ports were nice, the cruise through Tracey arm fjord was beautiful. The gym was big enough to accommodate. We had a lot of fun on the rock climbing wall and ice skating rink and we even played some basketball. Boyfriend made use of the cigar lounge. Relaxing and good variety of cigars. For dinner our party of 4 was seated with 2 other couples and after the first night we asked for a table for 4 and was no problem to get. I loved the tutti salad bar at lunch on sea days. The prices in the spa were cheaper than other lines but I can't comment on the quality. Now for the bad. I was disappointed in the food. To me the best part of a cruise is the food and in the dining room it tasted like the food was just heated and not really cooked. The desserts left something to be desired. Compared to other ships and lines, the food on this ship did not cut it. The shows weren't very exciting. They didn't appeal to anyone in the group. The shows we did see were mediocre at best. I also thought the room was small and organized awkwardly even for a cruise ship

Cabin / Stateroom
Small even for a cruise ship. The room had one bed and a couch that pulled out to a bed and both were hard as a rock. The closet is right in front of the door blocking it so if someone walks in while you're in the closet it bangs up both doors. The bathroom is right in front of the couch bed and the light switch is outside the bathroom so if you go at night you wake everyone up
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The buffet has the same food as the dining room plus more. I like full service meals so I never ate in the buffet but I was disappointed in my meals and I would have had better choices in the buffet. Go early or late to beat the crowds and the buffet isn't so vad

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