Visiting the A-B-C islands in the Netherlands Antilles

Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 4
Helpful Votes: 31

Overall rating:

4.3 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: 8282

Traveled as: Large Group

Reviewed: 6 months ago

Review summary

We had a great time with friends who we had dinner with each night in the main dining room with a great waitstaff. Bring extension cords for your room as the outlets are not where you need them. The Netherlands Antilles islands were beautiful.

Embarkation

5 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The Main Dining Room on Deck 3 was very enjoyable. Our waiter Donald and his assistant Divyanand were attentive and prompt with their service. They got to know us well over the 9 days and anticipated our needs. They were informative, friendly, and fun. The Windjammer had great breakfasts and a lot of variety for lunch too.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
We enjoyed the gym on sea days. The treadmill was not such a chore when looking out over the ocean and watching the birds dive into the water.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
The entertainment was less than other Royal Caribbean cruise ships. The theme was music -- even in the movies chosen. Now that is fine but there was not much variety. The one and only comedian had one raunchy adult show. Would have enjoyed more comedy. The juggler was amazing on a moving ship but still a ho-hum addition to the 9-day entertainment schedule.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The main dining room staff bent over backwards to anticipate our needs and provide quality service and attention.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
The ship is headed to dry dock in 2 months and can use it. They did paint our balcony one day because of the rust on the metal parts.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
The cabin was as expected except for no outlets near the bed! We had to string an extension cord across the room to power a C-PAP machine and cell phones. It was comfortable and had plenty of storage, some of which we did not even use.

Ship tip

Bring an extension cord if you want to have power where you need it. Ask for the waiter Donald in the Main Dining Room.

Ports of call

Miami, Florida

4 out of 5

Labadee (Cruise Line Private Island)

3 out of 5
We walked around Labadee. I would have loved to have wondered through the shops in the Market village but the shop keepers were so aggressive I couldn't walk past them fast enough - even when I saw something I might have wanted to see closer. I could not stand that experience and wish they would realize they are actually chasing people away!

Oranjestad, Aruba

5 out of 5
We had a nice time in Aruba at a wine-tasting which seemed too short. Then we hired a cab to take us around the island. That was nice to see some of the sights.

Kralendijk, Bonaire

4 out of 5
We did not do an excursion here. The small "city" was right off the ship and had a marketplace with artisans and shops which was fun to wander through. I contributed to the economy in each port!

Willemstad, Curacao

5 out of 5
I think I liked Curacao best. The bus tour we took to the Curacao liquor factory and the beach was nice. We had lunch at the beach and enjoyed an afternoon there with the white sand and blue waters.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
We carried our luggage off and did not have any problems.
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