Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review by meown4
- Sail Date: January 2000
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Carnival's stewards came and went without seeing them and we always had clean well stocked rooms. Soft fold down beds. No bathrobes either that are standard w Carnival. The swim towels were only worn towels and not very big.
The shore excursion we choose in St. Maarten was the 4x4 jeep and was a lot of fun, the BOB underwater excursion in St. Thomas is not to be missed, San Juan city/rum factory tour was good too. They let us off the bus to shop also in old San Juan. Bahamas we did the Breezes day, Not really worth the money we didn't leave until 1 only had 3 hours and was very crowded.
On Carnival you were given a meeting room to meet for tours then got off the ship together. Royal caribbean just lets you off and you must find a small 5x7 sign to meet the tour. Many people were angry. totally disorganized.
Dining was not what we were used to with Carnival we had to wait up to 10 min between courses. My son asked for milk with dinner every nite only got it the first night. It seemed too much trouble. The cocktail waiter never came by and the photographers never showed either. The grand buffet where they really fix up food was a big disappointment. Carnival's is so much better.
We booked an after cruise excursion because our flight was at 4pm. we were told this would take up the time after disembarkation before the plane. Big mistake we had to get off the ship at 7a and there was no food available room service or dining room before then. The excursion was over at noon. We sat at the airport 4 hours. Carnival does things differently, more parties more organization and better service. Being a seasoned traveler it could be just in the wrong place at the wrong time. But I think we will stick with Carnival.
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