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Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review to North America

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 46

Overall rating:

3 out of 5
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Explorer of the Seas

Pacific Coastal

Sail date: September 30, 2016

Ship: Explorer of the Seas

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 3003

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Review summary

This was my 4th time on Explorer. The other 3 times have been out of Bayonne NJ either to Bermuda or Canada. These trips were enjoyable with good food, entertainment and service.

Not quite the same on this coastal trip.  Firstly, although it is called coastal, you only get to see the coast on your way in or out of port.

Also the trip was in Oct, so no surprise, it was cold and rainy, yet most of the tail activities were scheduled for outdoors (most were cancelled or unattended).  The big option for indoor entertainment was Trivia.  Unfortunately, everyone on the ship was there so unless you got there an hour ahead there was no seating (or pencils for that matter).

Food was just ok with little variety. 

We did not see our cabin attendant for the first few days.  but the one bright note is that he was very attentive.  He saw we had a bottle of wine in our cabin and brought us wine glasses I hate the sheets being tucked and without being asked, he left them untucked after the first night. Nice!

Loved stops in Santa Barbara, San Francisco, and Victoria. Could have skipped Astoria (San Diego, Monterey or even an extra day in San Francisco would have been nicer).

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5


3 out of 5
Shows were ok. RC used to do much better though

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
All staff was pleasant. the only thing was in the Windjammer announcements were constantly being made to let the staff get your coffee, drinks, etc as the seas were rough. Not once did any staff ask if we wanted anything. we had to flag them down

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

1 out of 5
When booking our cabin we were not told that there was no sofa or coffee table in our room. The only place to sit was on the bed. We saw no other cabin like this

Ports of call

Seattle, Washington

5 out of 5

Santa Barbara, California

5 out of 5

San Francisco, California

5 out of 5

Astoria, Oregon

3 out of 5

Victoria, British Columbia

5 out of 5
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