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Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Explorer of the Seas Western Caribbean January 30, 2005

Getting on the ship:

We got to the pier about 11:15. There was no line At all, got right on the ship. I think the whole process Took 15 minutes max. They have this down pat, we Were very impressed with them. Rooms were ready At 1:00, they had lunch ready at 11:30.

Room:

We booked a ocean view room on the 2nd deck. Our Room number was 2618. We had a nice room, plenty Of drawers and closet space. We were close to the Elevators, but never heard any noise. Bathroom is a Little tight. Shower looks small but isn't so bad when You get in it. Had good water pressure on the shower. Our room steward did wonderful towel animals every Night, and he had the pillows done up in different designs Every day.

Ship

The ship is huge, you can get lost easily. They have a three Level dining room. The promenade deck is always got a lot going on, Specially in the evening. They set up tables with specials, tshirts 2 for $20 etc. The ship is in great condition. They were constantly cleaning it all the time. They had a adult only pool, with two huge Jacuzzis. They had to large pools with four Jacuzzis for everyones use. They had a kids area at the one end of the ship, with a big slide. They have a rock climbing wall, mini golf, inline skating, ice skating, and big basketball court that is all free.

Food

Food was good. They had good choices every day. The Only complaint we have is the steaks were awful. The Prime rib and other steaks were tough with no taste. The Filet was not good either. All the other meats were great. Lamb chops were excellent. Buffet had a nice salad bar Daily, usually pretty good choices. Go all the way to the Back and they have hamburgers and pizza. We found it On the third day. They also have a grill in the back where You can have your eggs cooked how you want them.

Ports

Belize, Costa Maya, Cozumel and Grand Caymen. We did The ships tours on all ports. We went to Althun Ha in Belize. This was a four and half hour tour. The ruins were wonderful, 5 Large temples. Next went to Chacchoben in Costa Maya, they Had 3 large temples at this site with some original paint still on One. We did a city and shopping tour in Cozumel. We did a Sting ray city and turtle farm tour in Grand Caymen. It was a lot Of fun. Diver went down and brought the sting rays right to the Windows on the semi submersible boat. Grand Caymen still has A lot of hurricane damage, it was unbelievable how almost all the Trees fell down.

Entertainment

Production shows were pretty good. The ice show was fantastic. Its amazing what they could do. I suggest anyone to go to the ice Show, they pass out tickets for a couple of shows through out the week. The krooz comics were a lot of fun. You could see them performing on The Promenade deck and before the shows.

Service

This ship had wonderful service. We had Daniel and Miche for our Waiters. They did a great job. Calvin and Fitzroy were our room stewards. They did a great job, wonderful towel animalsJ They only thing I Noticed on this ship that some of the crew(ones working buffet etc) Did not seem very happy. They did their job but many did not ever Have a smile on their face. It made me wonder how well they are treated By their supervisors. I hope they were just missing home. I know they Work very long hours. They did a great job keeping ship clean and Serving up the food.

Getting off the ship

We had a tour in Miami, Everglades tour. We got off ship around 7am. We had our luggage and were off on our tour by 8 am. Tour was great In Miami, and they dropped us off at the airport when done.

Tips and FAQ

Johny Rockets $3.95 cover fee pp per visit, plus extra for shakes and drinks. Soda card is $6 a day for adults, $4 a day for kids. Portofinos is $20 pp extra Book shore tours before you leave from home, saves you from standing in Line for long time on ship. The snacks at the Café Promenade are free, they have cheesecake, other sweets and light snacks all day. The Ben and Jerrys had been closed the whole week until the last day, I Know its extra but not sure how much. Its attached to the café promenade. They have a really nice gym, wish I had used it more. They had nicer Equipment then my gym I belong to.

We really enjoyed our cruise, we will try RCCL again I am sure. This was Our first RCCL, but 5th cruise.

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