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This was a bucket list check mark. So easy to embark, Pier 91, it took about an hour for the whole process. We went through a questioning about our bottle of wine, but really had no problems. We did see people with 12 & 24 packs of Pepsi products. They serve Coke products on ship. We disagree with the expensive beverage packages and think they should allow people to bring their own on board. The first few days were very rough seas. It was a shock to be so unprepared for the severity. The pools were coolish until we had a few solid days of sunlight. Swimpools were really overfilled, over flowing during rough waters and wetting anything you left chair side. Pool staff were polite, friendly and helpful. Disappointed that some cruisers forgot to bring their moms and left messes on tables, and elsewhere and not even cleaning up after themselves. Not many small kids but the few,we saw were left alone on deck and hopped from hot tub to hot tub pressing buttons. Signs are posted that children should have parent supervision at all times. Many posted rules were never enforced. Food was tasty and many options. Staff attempted to be accommodating however they had trouble understanding the difference between no added sugar and desserts without sugar except for their natural content. Sugar free jello was such a hassle to get, I gave up asking. Room Stewarts and customer service staff were efficient, complete and sought to please and fulfill every request. Excursion Sydney Opera house and airport drop off. Disembarkation with excursion to Sydney Opera house was a bomb. It was a lot of be on time and wait. It did make sense to stagger people disembarking so their customs dept could keep things moving. I think RCC should have given us more time to be in our rooms or hang out on deck. SOH was amazing, however some fellow cruisers who were part of tour were really disrespectful folks. They video taped parts of the tour that the tour guide pleaded us not to, pushed to the front of the line repeatedly and talked loudly while the tour guide talked. We drove around and saw many things in Sydney. We drove past the famous Bondi beach twice as it was Sunday and high 80* and there was no parking for our bus. We were promised time to eat lunch and shop but never had the opportunity. In exhaustion the bus decided to go right to the airport. There we were dropped off with our bags and had to walk a long distance. Sydney airport was bad. Lots of people but customer friendliness lacked. TSA - Sydney was HORRIBLE ! I am pre check. But it took almost an hour. Yes I had a small 1/2 inch scissor for medical reasons but they opened my sterile insulin pump infusion sets and contaminated them. They lost a unopened vial of insulin when they dug through my medical supplies. The head guy Jim L. did nothing. And did not even fill out an incident report. I was in tears as the insulin cost me $250.00. And I was dependant on getting home with that medication. There were several problems in getting money exchanged to local currency. RRC does not offer any foreign currency. Some ports of call did not accept the US dollar. The trip was fabulous despite 3 days of rough seas, a medical emergency for a elderly man who needed to be evacuated resulting in cancellation of a port stop in Lifou, Mystery Island. Mare in New Caledonia was so beautiful. Yedjele beach is rated one of top 5 in the world.

Third cruise a charmer!

Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review by WI6WA2

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This was a bucket list check mark. So easy to embark, Pier 91, it took about an hour for the whole process. We went through a questioning about our bottle of wine, but really had no problems. We did see people with 12 & 24 packs of Pepsi products. They serve Coke products on ship. We disagree with the expensive beverage packages and think they should allow people to bring their own on board.

The first few days were very rough seas. It was a shock to be so unprepared for the severity.

The pools were coolish until we had a few solid days of sunlight. Swimpools were really overfilled, over flowing during rough waters and wetting anything you left chair side. Pool staff were polite, friendly and helpful. Disappointed that some cruisers forgot to bring their moms and left messes on tables, and elsewhere and not even cleaning up after themselves. Not many small kids but the few,we saw were left alone on deck and hopped from hot tub to hot tub pressing buttons. Signs are posted that children should have parent supervision at all times. Many posted rules were never enforced.

Food was tasty and many options. Staff attempted to be accommodating however they had trouble understanding the difference between no added sugar and desserts without sugar except for their natural content. Sugar free jello was such a hassle to get, I gave up asking.

Room Stewarts and customer service staff were efficient, complete and sought to please and fulfill every request.

Excursion Sydney Opera house and airport drop off.

Disembarkation with excursion to Sydney Opera house was a bomb. It was a lot of be on time and wait. It did make sense to stagger people disembarking so their customs dept could keep things moving. I think RCC should have given us more time to be in our rooms or hang out on deck.

SOH was amazing, however some fellow cruisers who were part of tour were really disrespectful folks. They video taped parts of the tour that the tour guide pleaded us not to, pushed to the front of the line repeatedly and talked loudly while the tour guide talked. We drove around and saw many things in Sydney. We drove past the famous Bondi beach twice as it was Sunday and high 80* and there was no parking for our bus. We were promised time to eat lunch and shop but never had the opportunity. In exhaustion the bus decided to go right to the airport. There we were dropped off with our bags and had to walk a long distance. Sydney airport was bad. Lots of people but customer friendliness lacked.

TSA - Sydney was HORRIBLE ! I am pre check. But it took almost an hour. Yes I had a small 1/2 inch scissor for medical reasons but they opened my sterile insulin pump infusion sets and contaminated them. They lost a unopened vial of insulin when they dug through my medical supplies. The head guy Jim L. did nothing. And did not even fill out an incident report. I was in tears as the insulin cost me $250.00. And I was dependant on getting home with that medication.

There were several problems in getting money exchanged to local currency. RRC does not offer any foreign currency. Some ports of call did not accept the US dollar.

The trip was fabulous despite 3 days of rough seas, a medical emergency for a elderly man who needed to be evacuated resulting in cancellation of a port stop in Lifou, Mystery Island.

Mare in New Caledonia was so beautiful. Yedjele beach is rated one of top 5 in the world.
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Cabin 6603
Small but adequate. Kept very clean by Romulo our cabin steward. Our inside window overlooked the Royal Promenade.
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