West Coast Family Adventure

Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review to Coastal - West Coast

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 3

Overall rating:

3.3 out of 5
Explorer of the Seas

7 Night Pacific Coastal (Seattle Roundtrip)

Sail date: September 28, 2018

Ship: Explorer of the Seas

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 8678

Traveled as: Family (young children)

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

Easy on and off. Cruise ship left a lot to be desired. Food iffy. Not family friendly.


4 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

2 out of 5
Limited options on Explorer of the Sea

Onboard Activities

2 out of 5
Not accessible for small children. Not much for them to do on Explorer of the Sea. Definitely not a ship for small children. Even though we saw small children in the pool but not legally. Was told to take off the swim diaper then you were ok. That seems stupid. I would rather kids wear them just in case.


3 out of 5

Children's Programs

1 out of 5

Service and Staff

3 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5

Ship tip

If traveling with small children verify what the ship you are traveling on offers. It definitely is not clearly stated in ship info. Why children that are mostly potty trained but wear swim diapers along with their swim suits are not allowed in the pool is rediculous. They swim on Disney cruises and hotels and many other venues. Any child over 2 pays the same fee as a 3rd adult in a cabin. There is not much offered for them to do. Unless they can take advantage of the offerings they should not charge them full fare. Their dining options are poor. No appetizers or food in the bars. 3 options for food that is included in the cost of the cruise is poor. Shopping limited. Nice that they offer movies and skating, miniature golf there again adult activities. I don’t think we will cruise with Royal again.

Ports of call

Seattle, Washington

5 out of 5
Live here. So it is an awesome place to visit.

Astoria, Oregon

4 out of 5
Was surprised with our visit. They were having a beer festival during our visit that was family friendly. Nice park. Nice little town. The shuttle was reasonable and accessible.

San Francisco, California

4 out of 5
It was nice having 2 days to explore the city. No excursions as there was enough to do within walking distance.

Victoria, British Columbia

5 out of 5
Very nice city. Did not do an excursion. Took the shuttle and it was well worth it. The shuttle fee is round trip and worth it unless you are a real hiker.


5 out of 5
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