CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
Explorer of the Seas by CQ (Mary) Eastern Caribbean August 6, 2009

9 Nites to Bermuda, St. Thomas, St. Maartan, San Juan.

Although the Explorer is based out of New Jersey this was our first cruise on Explorer. It was nice not having to fly.

Ship - The Explorer being 11 years old is in very good shape. We cruised on Liberty two weeks before this cruise and could not tell the difference that Liberty was only 2 years old and Explorer was 11. Kudos to Royal for keeping their ships in excellent and clean condition.

Ports - We really enjoyed the ports and also having close to 5 sea days. First time to Bermuda. Horseshoe Bay is beautiful. My son had broke his wrist two weeks before the cruise so we did not do the excursions we planned on doing. The only excursion we did was in St. Thomas Coral World which was fun. We will have to book the next cruise in order to take the excursions that we missed out on. :)

Entertainment/Activities/Shows - Shows were all good. Two comedians were funny. Production shows were good as well. Motown show was great. There was alot of activities going on all week. The cruise director Good Day Dave Chapman does a great job. Along with his staff they really make the cruise more enjoyable. I would have to place Good Day Dave on my #1 cruise director list tied with Richard Spacey.

The pool band Vibes are excellent!! I love those guys I have seen them on the Navigator in February and I was so happy to see them on the Explorer.

DJ Savio is one of the best DJ's Royal has got playing todays hot dance music in the disco each nite.

Food - Ok so I'm not a foodie. I don't cruise for food or to eat. The meals I ordered were all good. Never had any desserts.

Staff/Service - Well once again a ship with a wonderful crew. It was nice to see Richardo again in the Diamond Lounge. Abel the room attendant was great. Waiters were Excellent. Disco Bartender Sharon is the best!!

Did the Bridge tour and Galley tour. First time in the Galley and it was impressive.

We will cruise on Explorer again in 2010!!

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