Beautiful South Pacific Cruise but this was 14 nights.

Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review to South Pacific

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Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 32

Overall rating:

4.7 out of 5
Explorer of the Seas

12 Night South Pacific & Fiji (Sydney Roundtrip)

Sail date: February 15, 2019

Ship: Explorer of the Seas

Cabin type: Suite

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

i highly recommend this cruise itinerary and the ship. absolutely love the south pacific hope to do it for a third time! :)


5 out of 5
simple and easy

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Drinks were excellent, had a great bartender marcus who made us perfect sangria for the table every night. the food was good,different options that you are used to on a caribbean or US cruise. but the desserts seemed to be lacking. Chops is always a great way to treat yourself and also Izumi,had wonderful dinners there. The Windjammer always comes in clutch has so many different options it is impossible not to find something you wouldn't like.

Crown & Kettle Pub

5 out of 5

Excellent service and staff. Favorite bar on the ship!

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Trivia,mini golf, ping pong, shuffleboard all great fun.


3 out of 5
The lady who worked at the piano in schooner every night was not very friendly and some of the shows like mo town and elton john were not what i have seen before on a royal caribbean cruise,but the pool band was great and also the classic love and marriage shows were fun to see.

Jazz Lounge

5 out of 5

Dizzys is the best view on the ship. You can see everything up there , most of the time quiet and relaxing and easy to get a drink and take in the scenery and pool activities.

Children's Programs

i do not have children

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
the bar ,and restaurant staff were excellent our concierge Denzel was so helpful and friendly. Allan the head water was a riot! we loved him. Always a kind word and awesome stories, took requests of anything we might have wanted but did not see on the menu.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
i love explorer of the seas. It was the cleanest we have seen it in years. fresh coats of paint everywhere, no rust. Rarely did you see an empty glass or garbage sitting out. Beautiful ship. I can't wait to see the new renovations after dry dock.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
The room is definitely very spacious. The state room attendant kept everything immaculate! The bed and couches were very comfortable along with the pillows you got to choose from for your own personal comfort. The bathroom is definitely something to be seen. The jaquizzi tub and the shower that can be used as a sauna is a great feature. But in my opinion the best part of the room is the balcony.The hot tub on the balcony is the reason we get the room, and it is absolutely my favorite spot to be. Its a good place to enjoy while watching the waves or the beautiful port views.

Ship tip

stay on it as long as you can :) if you would like to lay out in the solarium for the sea day i highly recommend getting up early and bringing breakfast with you or having it in windjammer right before. seats fill up quick and people rarely leave there spot, or they try and save there spots with towels for the day. oh also DO NOT FORGET TO HAND IN YOUR TOWELS!!!! :)

Ports of call

Sydney, Australia

5 out of 5
great departure port.

Newcastle, Australia

5 out of 5
clean,safe and close beach to access. free shuttle is a plus too

Lifou Isle, New Caledonia

5 out of 5
beautiful rainforests and a beaches off the tender there a beach within walking distance with nice view of the ship.

Suva, Fiji

5 out of 5
the jewel of fiji tour is one of the best excursions i have ever done. the waterfall and the kava ceremony are something special. such kind people too. it was a wonderful experience

Lautoka, Fiji Islands

5 out of 5
one of the prettiest beaches in the world. Tivua island excursion is highly recommended try your best to get the first one to get a cabana or hut

Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu

5 out of 5
Hideaway island is a great day trip. go see the underwater post office!

Mystery Island, Vanuatu

5 out of 5
gorgeous beaches. can walk around the whole island in 20 minutes. it is very very VERY hot there make sure to get a spot in the shade.. do not invest in a clam shell the native are selling it is like sitting in a 1000 degree sauna.

Noumea, New Caledonia Did not visit port

we could not visit this island bc it was the backend of a cyclone


5 out of 5
easy to find luggage and go through customs. friendly people to help us find a cab to the airport.
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