My first cruise.... beautiful Norway...

Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 4

Overall rating:

4.4 out of 5
Explorer of the Seas

8 Night Norwegian Fjords (Southampton Roundtrip)

Sail date: September 13, 2019

Ship: Explorer of the Seas

Cabin type: Inside

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Cruise was nicely planned . Weather enforced an un-wanted port day , back and forth changes in itinerary, and places we planned and researched about, were never visited, Alesund and Geiranger ... However, port days were well compensated , entertainment wise...


5 out of 5
Extremely smooth , efficient and quick

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Main dining room , very relaxed atmosphere and great service. Buffet, food plenty and varied...

Cafe Promenade

4 out of 5

Lovely but too crowded at particular times

Main Dining Room

4 out of 5

Grand & welcoming venue

Windjammer Marketplace

5 out of 5

Bright, and full of wonderful natural light

Viking Crown Lounge

5 out of 5

One of the jewel venues

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Have not tried these ...

Guest Services and Explorations!

5 out of 5

Well located and helpful staff

Day Spa and Fitness Center

4 out of 5

Friendly & convincing staff


5 out of 5
Performances were good

Children's Programs

Didn’t have children in our group

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Staff seems very well trained and serve you with pleasure !!!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Common areas were generally clean and well maintained .

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Cabin size was good enough for 2 adults, BUT beds rather small and mattresses not comfortable at all.... Shower cubicle also extremely small... cleanliness was okay, however , replacement of shower/ floor mat, coffee & sugar and soap needed to be requested at times...

Ship tip

Extremely Beautiful ship, wonderfully trained staff hence great service with a smile....

Ports of call

Southampton (London), England

4 out of 5
Good signage and good service.

Bergen, Norway

5 out of 5
Yes we did excursions, and port was okay

Flaam, Norway

5 out of 5
Port was okay and enjoyed our excursions

Geiranger, Norway Did not visit port

shop changed itinerary

Alesund, Norway Did not visit port

Ship changed itinerary

Stavanger, Norway

3 out of 5
Port looked somehow chaotic with all the containers moving around


5 out of 5
extremely good
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