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This was our first group and it also was my family's first time out of Australian waters. Part of the reason why we chose this cruise was that it was not too long but at the same time not too short. getting to the cruise was easy, just a quick train trip and before you know it you arrive at Circular Quay as the ship was there waiting for us. We had a bit of confusion with our cabin however it was all sorted out an hour after leaving (by then the ship crew know what cabins are available and all that sought of stuff). in spite of having two rooms my family and I were still able to communicate through the cabin phone (i found a way to change to ring tone on the actual phone, cheeky me). my parents and sister had a balcony stateroom which was nice and well presented but is really suited for couples, the pull out sofa bed were quite uncomfortable and the balcony is actually a great place to sit and watch the world go by and also make a mini clothesline. I had an oceanview stateroom at the very front of the ship 2 decks below the bridge and control stations. this was a nice room, again couple suited if you're not keen on a balcony. this room was a rather noisy room in rough conditions and also you can feel a lot of movement but you'll get used to it. I recommend have dinner as early as you can on the first day. so that way you don't have to worry about a full dining room come the second seating and also you'll make it in time for sail away. if you are having dinner as you are leaving. the views are pretty awesome. the ship had everything for everyone which is good as it keeps you busy and is what attracts you to do more cruises. the entertainment and activities suited everyone. for me, it was music trivia after dinner and then straight to Karaoke every night. Dining every night was always an occasion. there were two formal nights on this trip and it was a reflection on the heydey of cruising and transatlantic crossings. being a pasta lover I ordered the pasta dish when it was available. the waiters and bar staff are superb, they take the time to get to know you and your requests. nothing is too hard. our waiter and drinks man were marvellous and memorised our drinks after the first night. on board, staff do their best to give you top quality service ranging from guest services to cabin stewards and everything in between. all staff were excellent and answered your questions and sorted things out as quickly as possible. even on embarkation day when every single person is lining up. when it comes to shore excursions the kind words of wisdom from those who have been on a cruise and even on this website say to book shore excursions with the cruisline. this gives you a stronger sense of security when it comes to safety as safe in the South Pacific would breach most WHS/OHS codes. travelling as a family with a teenager to be meant that she would feel too old for the younger age and too young for the older age group but still, there was plenty to do. we watched the ice show 2-3 times on the trip. my sister was very reluctant to go on the cruise and she lives up to that. she just liked it. I loved this cruise and if I could live on the ship I would. a piece of advice from me. if you feel like having a massage or spa treatment. do it on the first night. it not only is it one of the cheapest times to go but it also sets the mood for your trip and loosens you up and helps you stay relaxed for the rest of the trip.

The best holiday I have ever been on

Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review by lachieb

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This was our first group and it also was my family's first time out of Australian waters. Part of the reason why we chose this cruise was that it was not too long but at the same time not too short.

getting to the cruise was easy, just a quick train trip and before you know it you arrive at Circular Quay as the ship was there waiting for us.

We had a bit of confusion with our cabin however it was all sorted out an hour after leaving (by then the ship crew know what cabins are available and all that sought of stuff).

in spite of having two rooms my family and I were still able to communicate through the cabin phone (i found a way to change to ring tone on the actual phone, cheeky me). my parents and sister had a balcony stateroom which was nice and well presented but is really suited for couples, the pull out sofa bed were quite uncomfortable and the balcony is actually a great place to sit and watch the world go by and also make a mini clothesline. I had an oceanview stateroom at the very front of the ship 2 decks below the bridge and control stations. this was a nice room, again couple suited if you're not keen on a balcony. this room was a rather noisy room in rough conditions and also you can feel a lot of movement but you'll get used to it.

I recommend have dinner as early as you can on the first day. so that way you don't have to worry about a full dining room come the second seating and also you'll make it in time for sail away. if you are having dinner as you are leaving. the views are pretty awesome.

the ship had everything for everyone which is good as it keeps you busy and is what attracts you to do more cruises. the entertainment and activities suited everyone. for me, it was music trivia after dinner and then straight to Karaoke every night.

Dining every night was always an occasion. there were two formal nights on this trip and it was a reflection on the heydey of cruising and transatlantic crossings. being a pasta lover I ordered the pasta dish when it was available. the waiters and bar staff are superb, they take the time to get to know you and your requests. nothing is too hard. our waiter and drinks man were marvellous and memorised our drinks after the first night.

on board, staff do their best to give you top quality service ranging from guest services to cabin stewards and everything in between. all staff were excellent and answered your questions and sorted things out as quickly as possible. even on embarkation day when every single person is lining up.

when it comes to shore excursions the kind words of wisdom from those who have been on a cruise and even on this website say to book shore excursions with the cruisline. this gives you a stronger sense of security when it comes to safety as safe in the South Pacific would breach most WHS/OHS codes.

travelling as a family with a teenager to be meant that she would feel too old for the younger age and too young for the older age group but still, there was plenty to do. we watched the ice show 2-3 times on the trip. my sister was very reluctant to go on the cruise and she lives up to that. she just liked it.

I loved this cruise and if I could live on the ship I would.

a piece of advice from me. if you feel like having a massage or spa treatment. do it on the first night. it not only is it one of the cheapest times to go but it also sets the mood for your trip and loosens you up and helps you stay relaxed for the rest of the trip.
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