CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Explorer of the Seas Western Caribbean September 24, 2004

We have just returned from a great cruise on the Explorer of the Seas. We had booked a Veranda Cabin on deck 10 (1362) several months ago. After paying, I read the review from Mariana Romano. Since we had 6 couples going with us, my wife began to wonder if we did the right things. This was our 29 cruise (10th on Royal Caribbean). We could not imagine what kind of "hell" we would witness.

The cruise was tremendous. The food was outstanding. It was not La Bec Fin, or Tavern on the Green, or Silver Cricket, etc. It was great food which we all enjoyed. We had diner in the Main dining room, breakfast was a split between dining room, room service, etc. Lunch was the same. Johnny Rockets was great-they do charge a cover of $3.95. As past guest we had a coupon for the $3.95. I am now begining to think that Mariana was a spy from another Cruise Line. Our entire experience was just the opposite of hers.

Ports were great. Instead of Grand Caymon, we were diverted to Nassau. We did most of our tours on our own with the other couples. The ship is outstanding. The shows were the best we have experienced. A great comdian Adult performance after midnight and ofcourse a great ICE SHOW which should not be missed. Shopping was better on the ship. Great bargins on liquor.

The ship is so large that it never seems to be crowded. Great things to do all day.

The staff was superb. They were friendly, courtious and always cheerful. We had a tremendous experience. We had been on other Royal Caribbean ship which could not compare to the Explorer. I think Royal Caribbean must have taken a different approach with service, better quality food etc. since our last cruise.

On the whole it rated 5 stars out of 5.

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