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Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review to South Pacific - Australia

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 10

Overall rating:

4 out of 5
Explorer of the Seas

12 Night South Pacific & Fiji (Sydney Roundtrip)

Sail date: February 21, 2018

Ship: Explorer of the Seas

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 8376

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

An overall relaxing holiday, but would exclude Fiji on reflection.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Quick and easy.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Chops was good as always and we also had an excellent meal at Giovanni's. The main dining room is so big, noisy and crowded, we stuck mainly to the Windjammer. Selections were pretty good overall.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Pools were noisy and overcrowded, however the adults only area was fine.

Casino Royale

1 out of 5

The Casino experience couldn't have been any worse. Pathetic lack of returns and boring choices of machines. Stated Four Card Keno, but it was not available on any of the 9 machines that it was displayed on. The staff in the casino, particularly Ketut and Arpon on drinks, were just great. The Casino Manager (Richard) was kind enough to send us wine and chocolate strawberries to our cabin, however it went nowhere to make up for our losses :-(

Casino Royale

1 out of 5

The Casino experience couldn't have been any worse. Pathetic lack of returns and boring choices of machines. Stated Four Card Keno, but it was not available on any of the 9 machines that it was displayed on. The staff in the casino, particularly Ketut and Arpon on drinks, were just great. The Casino Manager (Richard) was kind enough to send us wine and chocolate strawberries to our cabin, however it went nowhere to make up for our losses :-(

Casino Royale

1 out of 5

The Casino experience couldn't have been any worse. Pathetic lack of returns and boring choices of machines. Stated Four Card Keno, but it was not available on any of the 9 machines that it was displayed on. The staff in the casino, particularly Ketut and Arpon on drinks, were just great. The Casino Manager (Richard) was kind enough to send us wine and chocolate strawberries to our cabin, however it went nowhere to make up for our losses :-(

Casino Royale

1 out of 5

The Casino experience couldn't have been any worse. Pathetic lack of returns and boring choices of machines. Stated Four Card Keno, but it was not available on any of the 9 machines that it was displayed on. The staff in the casino, particularly Ketut and Arpon on drinks, were just great. The Casino Manager (Richard) was kind enough to send us wine and chocolate strawberries to our cabin, however it went nowhere to make up for our losses :-(

Casino Royale

1 out of 5

The Casino experience couldn't have been any worse. Pathetic lack of returns and boring choices of machines. Stated Four Card Keno, but it was not available on any of the 9 machines that it was displayed on. The staff in the casino, particularly Ketut and Arpon on drinks, were just great. The Casino Manager (Richard) was kind enough to send us wine and chocolate strawberries to our cabin, however it went nowhere to make up for our losses :-(

Casino Royale

1 out of 5

The Casino experience couldn't have been any worse. Pathetic lack of returns and boring choices of machines. Stated Four Card Keno, but it was not available on any of the 9 machines that it was displayed on. The staff in the casino, particularly Ketut and Arpon on drinks, were just great. The Casino Manager (Richard) was kind enough to send us wine and chocolate strawberries to our cabin, however it went nowhere to make up for our losses :-(

Casino Royale

1 out of 5

The Casino experience couldn't have been any worse. Pathetic lack of returns and boring choices of machines. Stated Four Card Keno, but it was not available on any of the 9 machines that it was displayed on. The staff in the casino, particularly Ketut and Arpon on drinks, were just great. The Casino Manager (Richard) was kind enough to send us wine and chocolate strawberries to our cabin, however it went nowhere to make up for our losses :-(

Casino Royale

1 out of 5

The Casino experience couldn't have been any worse. Pathetic lack of returns and boring choices of machines. Stated Four Card Keno, but it was not available on any of the 9 machines that it was displayed on. The staff in the casino, particularly Ketut and Arpon on drinks, were just great. The Casino Manager (Richard) was kind enough to send us wine and chocolate strawberries to our cabin, however it went nowhere to make up for our losses :-(

Casino Royale

1 out of 5

The Casino experience couldn't have been any worse. Pathetic lack of returns and boring choices of machines. Stated Four Card Keno, but it was not available on any of the 9 machines that it was displayed on. The staff in the casino, particularly Ketut and Arpon on drinks, were just great. The Casino Manager (Richard) was kind enough to send us wine and chocolate strawberries to our cabin, however it went nowhere to make up for our losses :-(

Casino Royale

1 out of 5

The Casino experience couldn't have been any worse. Pathetic lack of returns and boring choices of machines. Stated Four Card Keno, but it was not available on any of the 9 machines that it was displayed on. The staff in the casino, particularly Ketut and Arpon on drinks, were just great. The Casino Manager (Richard) was kind enough to send us wine and chocolate strawberries to our cabin, however it went nowhere to make up for our losses :-(

Casino Royale

1 out of 5

The Casino experience couldn't have been any worse. Pathetic lack of returns and boring choices of machines. Stated Four Card Keno, but it was not available on any of the 9 machines that it was displayed on. The staff in the casino, particularly Ketut and Arpon on drinks, were just great. The Casino Manager (Richard) was kind enough to send us wine and chocolate strawberries to our cabin, however it went nowhere to make up for our losses :-(

Casino Royale

1 out of 5

The Casino experience couldn't have been any worse. Pathetic lack of returns and boring choices of machines. Stated Four Card Keno, but it was not available on any of the 9 machines that it was displayed on. The staff in the casino, particularly Ketut and Arpon on drinks, were just great. The Casino Manager (Richard) was kind enough to send us wine and chocolate strawberries to our cabin, however it went nowhere to make up for our losses :-(

Casino Royale

1 out of 5

The Casino experience couldn't have been any worse. Pathetic lack of returns and boring choices of machines. Stated Four Card Keno, but it was not available on any of the 9 machines that it was displayed on. The staff in the casino, particularly Ketut and Arpon on drinks, were just great. The Casino Manager (Richard) was kind enough to send us wine and chocolate strawberries to our cabin, however it went nowhere to make up for our losses :-(

Casino Royale

1 out of 5

The Casino experience couldn't have been any worse. Pathetic lack of returns and boring choices of machines. Stated Four Card Keno, but it was not available on any of the 9 machines that it was displayed on. The staff in the casino, particularly Ketut and Arpon on drinks, were just great. The Casino Manager (Richard) was kind enough to send us wine and chocolate strawberries to our cabin, however it went nowhere to make up for our losses :-(

Entertainment

5 out of 5
The stage shows were great, particularly the ice skating show and Marty Coffey, the juggling comedian.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Excellent room steward and no issues with any of the staff or their level of service.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
The smoking area on Deck 11 could have been cleaner, but also the people using it, didn't help out at all.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Located to the rear of the boat, little noise (apart from kids running up and down the corridor), comfy bed and overall no issues with the room at all.

Ship tip

Take a cuppa and sit up at the Sky Bar area early in the morning. It is a lovely spot to greet the day from.

Ports of call

Sydney, Australia

5 out of 5

Noumea, New Caledonia

4 out of 5
We did the hop on/hop off bus trip and it was good value for money. Beautiful beaches and great views, with stops to allow you to take photographs.

Mystery Island, Vanuatu

5 out of 5
What's not to love about beautiful clean water, perfect temperatures and an island paradise.

Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu

3 out of 5
We did our own thing here and it was a bit of fun to walk around the township and enjoyed a nice coffee near the water taxis.

Lautoka, Fiji Islands

1 out of 5
Grubby, noisy, lots of beggars and I wouldn't get off at this port again.

Suva, Fiji

1 out of 5
Suva was the same as Lautoka, or maybe even worse. Don't bother unless you do an excursion that will take you to the beaches about 1hr from port.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
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