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Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review to South Pacific

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 13

Overall rating:

4.8 out of 5
Explorer of the Seas

11 Night South Pacific (Sydney Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 18, 2018

Ship: Explorer of the Seas

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 3568

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

I loved the cruise plenty to do and entertainment was great. I would do a similar cruise again but to a different place and maybe longer to relax more.Being my first cruise I wanted to do everything but could relax more you can do a lot or not much at all its up to you.


5 out of 5
It was fast and no problems

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
They were very nice lots of variety and lovely service.

Cafe Promenade

5 out of 5

Lovely coffee and food

Windjammer Marketplace

5 out of 5

This eatery was wonderful plenty of nice food and we always had a table and drink service was so quick.

Schooner Bar

5 out of 5

Very nice decor and wonderful entertainment comfortable seating and a nice venue to mingle with people.

Pool Bar

5 out of 5

Very nice staff and drinks were OK.

Main Dining Room

5 out of 5

Very busy but very nice food and great service by all staff.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Rock climbing flowrider and whirlpools. I enjoyed the adult only whirlpools.


5 out of 5

It was very relaxing and not too crowded.

Rock Climbing Wall

5 out of 5

Very busy it was good for Kids but wasn't open long enough for the amount of people long wait times.

Guest Services and Explorations!

5 out of 5

Very efficient and willing to help always.

Center Ice Rink

5 out of 5

This was amazing.


5 out of 5
Stage shows were fantastic especially the ice skating show. Musicians in all bars were pleasant to listen to and relaxing.

Studio B

5 out of 5

It was a great venue for all shows ice skating rink then made into a dance floor for a dance.

Palace Theatre

4 out of 5

Very nice but busy for shows had to stand up for some shows could be bigger.

Jazz Lounge

5 out of 5

This was great view was perfect quiet venue for before dinner drinks.

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
My teenage son loved the teenage club made plenty of friends and enjoyed himself so much with the dances and other activities.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The room stewards were always cleaning our room twice a day which was good. Waiters were very good and they looked after all our needs.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The ship was very clean and layout and design was good but we chose the wrong room and had to do too much walking to get to food and shows.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Beds were hard but we got a topper for mattress. With 3 people in our cabin it was crowded but you don't spend a lot of time in cabin. The cabin was very clean and suitable for us.

Ship tip

Make sure your not near the ice skating rink as all the shows and food are at the back and you can't walk straight through you have to go up a few levels then walk a long way.

Ports of call

Sydney, Australia

5 out of 5
Taronga zoo

Noumea, New Caledonia

3 out of 5
It was very dirty with lots of graffiti and the streets were very narrow. We did a Chou Chou train trip and it was OK but we didn't like the people at takeaways they charge a lot and not very friendly.

Mystery Island, Vanuatu

5 out of 5
It was a lovely port with the island very clean and people friendly. The snorkelling was very average we did a tour and didn't find it very good snorkeling.

Mare Isle, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia

4 out of 5
We caught a bus to yatelle beach very pretty and swimming was nice but coral snorkeling was very average except near the jetty where you board tenders where you can snorkel around rocks and caves.

Isle Of Pines (Ile Des Pins), New Caledonia

5 out of 5
Isle of pines was very pretty. We did some snorkeling around a sacred rock which was nice but coral was dead and we did a 2hour bus tour which showed us the whole island and was very interesting


5 out of 5
It was fine easy and quick trip.
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