Thoroughly enjoyed the ship Explorer of the seas

Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review to South Pacific - Australia
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 6

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
Explorer of the Seas

7 Night South Pacific (Sydney Roundtrip)

Sail Date: November 19, 2017

Ship: Explorer of the Seas

Cabin Type: Inside

Cabin Number: 8311

Traveled As: Couple

Reviewed: 9 months ago

Review Summary

We had a fantastic cruise and were very happy with the ship. Would definitely cruise Royal Caribbean Ships again. The entertainment was great. Plenty activities to choose from and keep you entertained. Ship never felt crowded as there is so many different venues and so much going on - sometimes it felt as there were only about 100 people onboard rather than the almost 3000.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
went quickly - was onboard in less than 20 minutes

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
buffet was average but sapphire dining room was very good. Mocktails could be improved - very sweet and limited choices. Cafe Promenade could benefit from different menu items. The same snacks/sweets were made daily . Good to start but became boring after day 3. Only other included lunch meal option was the buffet at windjammer - heaps to choose from but probably RSL quality - definitely not bad just not out of this world.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
plenty pools , lots of activities - not enough time to do them all. You cant get bored!

Entertainment

4 out of 5
all very good and pleasant to watch or listen to.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
they really do try hard but too many people to serve in restaurants as well as bars. Personal service was lacking due to volume of people to attend to. Did not find the staff exceptionally friendly as another cruise line we have been on. They were pleasant but definitely not engaging or warming. We had various dinner tables throughout the cruise.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Inside promenade rooms - spacious enough for 2 adults comfortably - could not fault room attendant. Cleaned every time we walked out the room. Really fantastic. Fridge not cold enough but bucket of ice refilled daily as per our requirements. Plenty storage!

Ship Tip

My tip is to eat in the main dining room every night! There are benefits ! Portion controlled meals - starter, mains and dessert. If the portion is not big enough for you - just order another :) But seriously , take advantage of been served and not running back and forth standing in buffet lines at peak times. We loved the main dining room at dinner. Food was definitely not the same as the buffet choices .

Ports Of Call

Sydney, Australia

4 out of 5

Noumea, New Caledonia

4 out of 5
Tchou tchou train is good value and much better than the bus ride we took on a previous visit.

Lifou Isle, New Caledonia

3 out of 5
Weather may have played a part in this rating . Tour was not really worth it - got a good ride to other side of island but dont expect any commentary or chatter as the driver we had did not speak english. Luecila beach was disappointing as we could not swim due to black algae so we were given a stop at the supermarket - non eventful. Was not worth the $40 pp . Better off staying at the beach close to tender and enjoy the water there.

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
Good.on time as per schedule provided - luggage waiting .
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