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Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 2

Overall rating:

3.9 out of 5
Explorer of the Seas

7 Night Alaska Glacier (Seattle Roundtrip)

Sail date: June 15, 2018

Ship: Explorer of the Seas

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 7375

Traveled as: Large Group

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

The Port of Seattle is much more friendly, clean and efficient than the Port of Galveston which we usually use. The customs and security process is much faster. Cruises to cooler climes have a big problem in my opinion . . . the ships are designed to spread the passengers all around the ship to avoid over crowding. But northern cruises often encounter cool weather, even when the weather is better than normal, it’s just not swim and suntan friendly in Alaska . . . so the guests mostly stay inside . . . making conditions much more crowded than with cruises to warm latitudes. All the Royal Caribbean ships I have sailed on are designed for Caribbean type cruising . . . and, in my view, they do not adapt well to cool weather cruises because they feel so confining and crowded.


5 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5

Windjammer Marketplace

2 out of 5

Over crowded! Hardly a relaxing place to eat. The food on the Explorer of the Seas seemed more institutional than the same Windjammer venue on Liberty of the Seas. The frequent announcement asking diners to give up their table upon finishing their meal speaks to the problem . . . But doesn’t fix it at all.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Casino Royale

2 out of 5

Just too smoky. They would probably take some of my cash if the smell wasn’t so offensive . . . And it wafs to other parts of the ship. This casino was not very well attended, but gambling managers continue to believe that gamblers are smokers . . . which may not be so true any more,


3 out of 5

Children's Programs

4 out of 5

Service and Staff

4 out of 5

Ship Quality

4 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5

Ship tip

The Windjammer is a zoo on Alaska cruises because (1) few people brave the cool weather on the open decks; (2) it is too small to accommodate all the guests who want to use it . . . so I would take more meals in the dining rooms.

Ports of call

Seattle, Washington

4 out of 5

Juneau, Alaska

4 out of 5

Skagway, Alaska

5 out of 5

Victoria, British Columbia

5 out of 5
Just walked around for 5 miles. Very walker friendly city from the port. This place reeks of civic pride . . . Within comfortable walking distance of the cruise port one can hardly find any graffiti, litter or the homeless beggars that are a problem in places like Jamaica.


2 out of 5
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