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Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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Review: 1
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Overall rating:

4.5 out of 5
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Explorer of the Seas

9 Night Southern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: January 10, 2020

Ship: Explorer of the Seas

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 9652

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 6 months ago

Review summary

Our trip to the ABCs wast great!!! See the details above!


5 out of 5
Very good! Lines were quick. Had to wait a little bit because the ship had come in late that morning due to the strong winds the night before.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Enjoyed the dining room for dinner and had a great wait staff. Did Chop's one night and had a great meal and services! Windjammer was very good as well. Dining room for breakfast was just fair.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Didn't really use must of the on board activities other than the Solarium Hot Tub on the Starboard side, which was nice but could have been hotter. Had to stay away from the Port side of the ship because the cigarette smoke was so overpowering, even the Starboard Solarium Hot Tub area!


4 out of 5
Caught two shows (musical acts) which were both very good. Did one trivia night and the prizes were Royal Caribbean pens for the winners (that' a little cheap)!

Children's Programs

no children with us

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Room steward Wen was outstanding! Great personality and room was always perfect! Very good wait staff in dining room: Sanil & Eka. Staff on the ship overall were very friendly and great!

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Overall, I loved the basic design and layout of the ship, however...the cigarette smoke that came out of the casino was awful. It made the back of the ship decks 4, 5, 6 smell terrible (especially Deck 4). It was obnoxious to try to walk through the casino due to the overwhelming smell (even when nobody was in the casino!) Hopefully the refurbish coming up in March will do something about the ventilation! Otherwise, as nice as this ship was, I'll never sail on it again.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
It was nice. Not too big, not too small...just right! Room was kept spotless by Wen!

Ship tip

Don't take it until after the refurb if the smell of cigarette smoke bothers you...hopefully solved after that

Ports of call

Miami, Florida

5 out of 5
Miami Beach is a fun area, even just to walk around. The Cuban restaurants (Bella Cuba & YUCA) around the Lincoln Street Mall were GREAT!

Labadee (Cruise Line Private Island)

3 out of 5
Its a ship "island" Great beach area (didn't use). Bummer that Zip Line had to be canceled due to wind :-(

Oranjestad, Aruba

5 out of 5
Aruba is a nice place (probably the 3rd or 4th time there). Lots of good options!

Kralendijk, Bonaire

5 out of 5
GREAT excursion with Road Runner in a Twizy!!! https://www.roadrunner-bonaire.com/index.php/twizy-tours.html

Willemstad, Curacao

5 out of 5
Beautiful downtown, very colorful! Played gold at Old Quarry. Awesome course...but VERY windy :-)


5 out of 5
Did a walk off. Easy taxi ride to airport (fixed fare, which was great ($27)). Once the line to get off the ship started moving, we were off the ship, taxied to airport and through security in 1 hour!
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