CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Explorer of the Seas Eastern Caribbean July 11, 2004

The ship is beautiful, but all was not wonderful. The pools are salt water. I read lots of reviews about the ship and did lots of research before booking it, and no where was it stated that the pools were salt water. There were too many people for the size of the pools. The excursion we had booked (Away from the crowds beach break) in St. Maarten was nice, until we got ready to go back to the ship. The driver returned, got out of the bus and got on another and left us there. The owners put us on another bus, but this was very stressful. Be very careful of anything you purchase on board - watch for an automatic tip to be added. My daughter bought a soda and all the person did was hand her a can and she was charged a tip. Way too much emphasis is placed on tipping. The cost of the cruise is enough and there should be no "requirement" of tipping. Also, the dress code needs to be a little more relaxed for the main dining room. After "playing" all day, we did not feel like dressing up for dinner, so we ate in the Windjammer most of the time. The food there is ok, but we would have preferred to eat in the main dining room if we could have just worn shorts and collared shirts - not dresses or pants.

The plus was a bit bigger than anticipated - ocean view on 2nd deck. This is a great deck to be on - very quiet. The ship security was very good. The athletic team was great. The activities planned for shipshape dollars were always fun and entertaining. The food in the main dining room was very good and the service was great.

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