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Sail Date: December 2016
This was our 1st RC cruise. We traveled with our two teenage children for our wedding our anniversary. We had a Ocean balcony cabin and our children had boardwalk balcony room. The cabins were small and the bathrooms were really small. ... Read More
This was our 1st RC cruise. We traveled with our two teenage children for our wedding our anniversary. We had a Ocean balcony cabin and our children had boardwalk balcony room. The cabins were small and the bathrooms were really small. The shower is hard to move around in.. My husband is 6'2" and that was really hard for him. I got a cabin for my kids that had a great view of the aqua theater and the back of the ship. There were no shows in the aqua theater because of rough seas. Our cabins were only 2 back from the aqua suite. The cabins were ok for two however so many squeezed 4 into our size cabin.. Our cabin attendant Kechia was the best. Our cabin was always clean and She was very very nice. Dining: The food in the main dining was bland and not at all what we expected. The service was good and the staff was friendly. I would not suggest "anytime dining" We had reservations at 5;30 and walked right in and were seated while the "anytime dining folks" waited until seats were available. I changed this option late into our booking so I could not get a later time. I did it on the advise of another cruise critic reviewer. We preferred the specialty dining options which cost a few dollars more but were 100 times better. The food at Chops Grill was wonderful. We did not take our kids to specialty dining because they prefer Johnny Rockets, The Dog House or room service. Entertainment: So many of the shows were cancelled due to rough seas- surprised us. we did attend CATS. You will need to make a reservation for all shows or go on a list and wait. CATS was long and boring. Performers where talented and great just not a great show all together. Hard to follow. My husband got a nice nap in, Would have preferred Grease or Hairspray. Not available on this ship. Activities: Could not get my husband off the flow rider. Go early in the am so you do not have to wait in long lines. My husband booked two private lessons and said it was worth every penny. We are not pool sitting folks because we live in Florida with a pool however the pool areas seemed packed so we opted to do other things. My husband and I really enjoyed the adults only solarium area in the evening. It is very quiet and hardly anyone is there. Children are allowed during the day. We sat in the large hot tub a few times. Spa & Salon: On the day of the formal evening I took my daughter up to get her hair done. Ryan did a great job and made her feel like a princess. We wanted to take him home with us. Excursions: In Labadee Haite my family did the zip line and we all did the dragon coaster. If you are afraid of heights, which I am, don't do these. My husband and children loved both the views of the island where wonderful. I would have liked a private cabanna on the beach. We got there early and they were sold out the day before so we sat under a palm tree which was nice for about 1/2 hour then got very crowded. I suggest the beach facing the boat. It looked so much nicer than the one we were at. The only reason I selected this area was to watch my family on the zip line. That takes about an hour and fifteen. In the Bahamas we shopped on our own. Guest Services: I felt like when we approached guest services they wanted to get us out of their hair as quickly as possible. I watched every Utube video I could to help us get around the ship and one suggested that when we get on the ship we go to guest services and tell them that we wanted to be put on the VIP list. I did just that and explained to them that I write a lot of reviews for Trip Advisor and Cruise Critic. They basically blew me off. Said they would call us and we never got a call. My husband wanted to be put on the list to tour the bridge but that was full. They called an apologized and offered us a specialty dining at N/C only to call us back the next day and tell us that they had made a mistake and could no longer offer that to us. We had already made our reservations and went anyway- paid for it. There was definitely a communication issue throughout the cruise with this department. Booking our Cruise: I booked this cruise 10 months in advance through RCI on the phone and watched the rate go up and down. 90 days before the cruise there was a huge sale and because I had paid our final payment they would not honor it. They offered us a bottle of wine in our room. We do not drink wine. We did not book our next cruise on the ship. We will book next time with a travel agent. Overall we had a great time. We will go on RCI again. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2014
I was exited to sail on the Explorer as we had sailed on its sister ship 3 times, The Mariner of the Seas a few years back when it sailed out of Pt. Canaveral. At first look the ship appeared to show its age and it didn't bother me ... Read More
I was exited to sail on the Explorer as we had sailed on its sister ship 3 times, The Mariner of the Seas a few years back when it sailed out of Pt. Canaveral. At first look the ship appeared to show its age and it didn't bother me much until I got into our cabin. It was a balcony cabin on deck 6. Cabin number 6306. Our relatives had the Royal Pomenade view cabin across the hall 6307. Our room had odors, smelled moldy. The upholstery was stained. There were rust stains on the balcony. It felt and looked like one of those old hotels you'd find on the side of the highway that offered the least expensive rate in town. Honestly I felt uneasy in the room. I didn't want to touch anything. The other balcony cabins we had on the Mariner were on higher decks, so they had a glass balcony which made it feel more open. Deck 6 apparently had the cut-out which I didnt care for at all. You have to stand up to see out. The main dining in this room had a different decor from the other Voyager class ships. This decor was an Art Deco style which didn't give the grand feeling like they had on Mariner. I heard the Explorer was the 2nd Voyager class ship built so they tried this Art Deco style on it and I'd heard it wasn't as popular and now I can see why. It was a bit of a let down. Still I like the main dining room floor plan much better on the Voyager and Freedom class ships. I sailed on Oasis and didn't care for the layout of that dining room. Wish they'd kept it the same as Oasis's main dining room want as open. Like the rest of the ship, the Explorers main dining room showed some wear and tear. I was disappointed that Vintages wine bar on the Royal Promenade wasn't on this ship. Instead they replaced it with some beat up looking sports bar. Vintages was one of our favorite stops on Mariner. It had s great ambiance. Mariner also had some really colorful Britto prints on the main pool deck which gave the pool a more colorful, fun vibe. Food in the buffet was marginal at best compared to what was offered on Mariner when it was newer. Hope Royal Caribbean sees this post and changes some of this when Explorer goes into dry dock for renovations. I don't think we'll be sailing on another Royal Carribbean ship that's not been renovated very recently. Disembarkation was very difficult as they changed disembarkation to the new terminal, so we embarked from the old terminsl and they shuttled us over to the new terminal in an old stinky bus. It was hectic and difficult. Not sure why they would do this to us. Bad idea a Royal Caribbean. I'm very suprised this happened and combining this with the smells and deterioration of the ship, I am quite seriously thinking that I am no longer going to be loyal to Royal. Up until this cruise, they were my favorite cruise line. I'm very shocked that they would wait this long to renovate their ship. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2014
The Explorer of the Seas is a Voyager class ship of Royal Caribbean International. Explorer of the Seas is a large ship that measures 138,000 GT. Overall, Explorer of the Seas is a big ship, but also an old ship. Let's start off with ... Read More
The Explorer of the Seas is a Voyager class ship of Royal Caribbean International. Explorer of the Seas is a large ship that measures 138,000 GT. Overall, Explorer of the Seas is a big ship, but also an old ship. Let's start off with the staterooms. I stayed in a Superior Balcony on Deck 7; my TV was old; it still had the lump on the back of the TV. The balcony view was port side which was nice. The 4- Night Cruise to Labadee had two sea days; the pool deck was often crowded which had many children splashing me with water which I advise parents to supervise their children. The main dining room service was okay. Our assistant server forgot to serve us bread which made me lose my appetite. The Cruise Director was mean; they had this competition and he wanted twins and two Asians walked up and they looked the same; he then said "no your not twins; your Asians!" He sent the Asians back with a disgruntled face. Overall the ship was fun; Labadee is fun. I would love to cruise with Royal Caribbean again because I am a Gold Crown and Anchor Society member. Explorer of the Seas will be refurbished in May 2015 adding the Flowrider and replacing the in-line skating track. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2014
This was our first cruise on Royal Caribbean. We so enjoyed this cruise! We left from Port Canaveral, FL and found this an easy port to use. We had sailed out of this port before and knew how easy it was. We traveled there the night before ... Read More
This was our first cruise on Royal Caribbean. We so enjoyed this cruise! We left from Port Canaveral, FL and found this an easy port to use. We had sailed out of this port before and knew how easy it was. We traveled there the night before and stayed at the Raddison at the Port. They have a great deal with parking and shuttle service to the port. The room was clean and nice with a sleep number bed. The shuttle was great and the drivers were safe and courteous. The biggest drawback to the ship was the temperature. It was very warm, especially on formal nights. I am in my 50's and found it very warm. I spoke to many cruisers who also found it warm. The ship itself was clean and bright. The staff was helpful and courteous. This was the biggest ship I have been on and found it to not be crowded in any one area. They had very useful electronic interactive signs to help you find how to get to places, what was going on at the time, etc. Our service was excellent except for breakfast service in the dinning room. One day I had hot OJ and when I told the server she brought me a cup of ice. They did not seem to care very much in the morning. I was impressed with all the room and chairs at the pool areas. The flow rider was very cool. The rock climbing wall got a lot of use. They even held Zumba classes outside in the basketball court area in the mornings. I even played mini golf. I was impressed with the entertainment. The ice skating show was very good, but make sure you make a reservation for it. We didn't know we had to do that until we were on board and didn't get the show time we wanted but it worked out and was all good. The bands and singers they had throughout the ship were also very good! We saw a magician, Drew Thomas and the Texas Tenors both from America's got Talent. The other shows were from the ships company. They had plenty of water available and self serve so you don't have to wait for a bartender to give you water. They had hand sanitizers everywhere also but felt they did not really enforce it after the first day. People are pigs and need to be told to wash their hands. The other issue was with people being rude with the elevators. Everyone wanted to rush in before anyone could get off but not the ships fault. We also saw a 3D movie in the theater. There are many activities aboard and you should not be bored. Read Less
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