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We frequently visit family in Australia and wanted to combine it with something different, and this cruise fitted in well with our timings. We know Sydney very well and it was nice to board a cruise there. Embarkation at Circular Quay could have been a tad better organised, at least outside the terminal. When there are 3500 passengers all wanting to get on board the scrum for getting rid of bags was a bit tiresome, although expected. The ship, despite being overtaken by many others now in the "size race" is pretty large but very manageable. It felt quite fresh and up to date, with only a few weak pints encountered in our 23 day cruise. Our stateroom (7676, easy to remember) was very pleasant, with a good deal of storage space, even for such a long cruise. Our attendant was good and unobtrusive, how we like them to be. We signed up for "Mytime" dining, which we liked a lot. Being seated with different people most nights gave variety to what can otherwise be a little tiresome. The food was good throughout, both in the main dining room and in the buffet. We did not visit any specialty restaurants, mainly because we watch our wight and eating even more food doesn't help much in that area. We thought the entertainment was very good, and the Cruise Director was outstanding, the best we have ever had. As Bridge players, we were delighted to find that there was organised bridge on board for the many sea days. That certainly helped to make the trip good for us. Royal Caribbean did not advertise this beforehand, which seems odd. The ship's staff were universally good, at least those we came across. Always ready to help and smile. The Pacific island stops were fine. We took a few excursions and were happy with them, although, as ever, they can be a bit pricey. We cleared US immigration on the ship when we reached Honolulu which was easy, and saved a lot of hassle when we docked in Seattle. Disembarkation was effortless and well organised.

Absolutely no complaints at all

Explorer of the Seas Cruise Review by barrycapal

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2018
  • Destination: Transpacific
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View Balcony
We frequently visit family in Australia and wanted to combine it with something different, and this cruise fitted in well with our timings. We know Sydney very well and it was nice to board a cruise there.

Embarkation at Circular Quay could have been a tad better organised, at least outside the terminal. When there are 3500 passengers all wanting to get on board the scrum for getting rid of bags was a bit tiresome, although expected.

The ship, despite being overtaken by many others now in the "size race" is pretty large but very manageable. It felt quite fresh and up to date, with only a few weak pints encountered in our 23 day cruise. Our stateroom (7676, easy to remember) was very pleasant, with a good deal of storage space, even for such a long cruise. Our attendant was good and unobtrusive, how we like them to be.

We signed up for "Mytime" dining, which we liked a lot. Being seated with different people most nights gave variety to what can otherwise be a little tiresome. The food was good throughout, both in the main dining room and in the buffet. We did not visit any specialty restaurants, mainly because we watch our wight and eating even more food doesn't help much in that area.

We thought the entertainment was very good, and the Cruise Director was outstanding, the best we have ever had. As Bridge players, we were delighted to find that there was organised bridge on board for the many sea days. That certainly helped to make the trip good for us. Royal Caribbean did not advertise this beforehand, which seems odd.

The ship's staff were universally good, at least those we came across. Always ready to help and smile.

The Pacific island stops were fine. We took a few excursions and were happy with them, although, as ever, they can be a bit pricey.

We cleared US immigration on the ship when we reached Honolulu which was easy, and saved a lot of hassle when we docked in Seattle. Disembarkation was effortless and well organised.
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Cabin Review

Ocean View Balcony
Cabin 1D 7676
As stated above, the Cabin was fine, with plenty of storage space, even for a long cruise. We encountered no problems at all during our cruise.
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