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Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 15

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
Explorer of the Seas

7 Night Alaska Glacier (Seattle Roundtrip)

Sail date: June 16, 2017

Ship: Explorer of the Seas

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 7456?

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review summary

You should see Alaska where cars can't get to and only seen by boat. Very pretty. Be aware the temperature is much lower than most people are use to. Rain gear is also really handy.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Our staff help was very kind, respectful, happy and helpful. Shakey as he asked us to call him did a great job on our room and our waiter, Eshville was spot on giving the recommendations at dinner. His recommendations, not the chef's, was always spot on with the recommendations on the starters and the main courses. The other staff was also very helpful and polite. One staff member also knew I was on the wrong end of the ship looking for my room because he knew everyone on that end of the ship which was pretty amazing.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Ate at the Windjammer and the dining room. Didn't try the specialty restaurants. The waiter didn't say anything bad about any dishes, but he knew which ones were the best and he was right all week long.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Enjoyed the Piano Maam and her playing. The game activities were fun. Sylvia did a great job on these. The ice skating was very good. The comedian on the main stage was very good as well. Tried the rock climbing wall. Wanted to try the water surfing activity but it was too cold. The Jacuzzi and steam room was very enjoyable. Did the foot analysis and bought some insoles to help my walking which was helpful.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Enjoyed each performance. Remember the comedian and the ice skating.

Children's Programs

Didn't bring any children, but the golf ball exhibit on that floor was really cool.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
As noted above they get Gold Stars from me.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
It always seemed clean, with that many people, that much food, that much traffic, they did very well. I routinely saw someone cleaning something somewhere on the ship all the time.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
We were comfortable and utilized our space well. Shakey gets a Gold Star! My wife even took a picture with him.

Ship tip

Use those ship maps at the bottom of each stair case. Really helpful in getting around.

Ports of call

Seattle, Washington

5 out of 5
Spent one day in Seattle and enjoyed looking around. Expense for hotel room and travel to and from the airport was more than I enjoyed.

Juneau, Alaska

5 out of 5
Mendinhall glacier ride and Salmon bake was very good and pretty.

Skagway, Alaska

5 out of 5
Enjoyed ride to Hines and did the kayaking on the Chinalok ? Lake. Guides did a wonderful job.

Victoria, British Columbia

5 out of 5
Did the zip line outside of Victoria and had a wonderful time. The staff was excellent.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Gave good information, written and spoken and was on the time said.
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