Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas

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  • Good time, but a number of problems

    May 16, 2011 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: Islands are very scenic.
    Some staff very nice.
    Balcony/room very nice.
    Cons: The curise was extremely crowed.
    Squeeze/rake you for every dollar they can.

    Summary: My wife and I are in our 40s.  This was our first crusise.  We paid for an Owner's suite.  We booked a 12 day cruise in Feb 2011.Our room was nice, big, separate living, dining, etc.  Our room attendent was nice, but the ... read more

  • Exploring from NJ to Bermuda Aboard the Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas

    Sep 23, 2009 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: activities galore, great entertainment, elegant decor, comfortable room, clean, good staff, wide range of food
    Cons: food not as gourmet as hoped, not good for under 3, expensive drinks

    Summary: I recently came back from a 5-night cruise to Bermuda aboard the Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas. This was my first cruise and I am very happy with my experience. Everything from boarding to room service to entertainment and dining was well thought ... read more

  • Great overall, 9 day Bermuda/Eastern Caribbean

    Aug 5, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Friendly service, good food (over all), comfortable rooms, plenty of things to do!
    Cons: Some parents don't supervise their squealing children

    Summary: Warning- LONG! Bermuda St. Marten St. Thomas San Juan The ship: Overall very good! Lots of space, plenty of deck chairs, clean, easy to get around. However, I did notice that the ship needs light renovations soon, because she’s ... read more


    Jun 7, 2007 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: The ship is very nice. Live bands and main dining food is also a plus.
    Cons: Guest services was horrendous! Ruined our whole trip.

    Summary: Absolutely disgusted by the way guest services handled our problem. Seemed like the man who helped us was afraid of getting in trouble for misinforming us so he decided to ignore us for over a half an hour when we asked to speak to his supervisor. ... read more

  • 17 Dec 2006 Review of the Explorer of the Seas: A Lesson

    Mar 23, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Beautifully designed ship!
    Cons: This could happen on your next cruise!

    Summary: Preface Let me start off by saying this cruise aboard the Explorer was not the norm for Royal Caribbean. A passenger became very ill soon after embarkation and had to be transported back to Miami after three hours at sea. That incident snowballed ... read more

  • 9-Days: Bayonne, NJ to Caribbean

    Aug 1, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Grand ship, great itinerary, good excursions, and left from my backyard
    Cons: B-grade food, over-crowded pool deck, smokey lounges

    Summary: I just returned from a 9-Day cruise aboard Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas (aka-- the first ship with a rock climbing wall). With over 3000 passengers, this was the largest of the eight cruises I've been on, and I was dreading the crowds. Much to ... read more

  • 5-day Western Caribbean on Explorer

    May 23, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Beautiful ship, good food, and activities for all ages.
    Cons: Small showers and little glass on balcony.

    Summary: We were on the May 7th, 2006 5-day W. Caribbean sailing of Explorer. This was the last Explorer cruise leaving from Miami for some time and a “transition” cruise before repositioning to New Jersey. Arrived at the port at 11:00AM and had checked in by ... read more

  • Best ship ever......

    Mar 8, 2006 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Best ship bar,Ben & Jerry's ice cream,rock climbing wall...
    Cons: They need some help refining to the embarkation & debarkation procedures...

    Summary: We did the Eastern Caribbean in January 2006. Boarded the ship in Miami with a few problems. It took almost three hours to get on board even though all our documentation was in order as was the doc's for the other 3,500 passengers on this gigantic boat. ... read more

  • Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas Western Caribbean Cruise December 5-12, 2004

    Dec 19, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Price of stateroom
    Cons: Long lines, inadequate number of elevators

    Summary: Western Caribbean ~ December 5-12, 2004 Itinerary: at sea ~ Belize ~ Costa Maya ~ Cozumel ~ Grand Cayman ~ at sea I recommend and urge you to read and compare reviews of RCI's Radiance, Mariner or Navigator Western Caribbean ... read more

  • Explorer of Seas has some expensive and ragged edges

    Dec 12, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Many activities for younger crowd. Ice skating show incredible. Portofino restaurant outstanding.
    Cons: Charge full fare for infant. Restaurant service indifferent. Gouge you at everywhere with additional charges.

    Summary: As a veteran of about 30 cruises in the last ten years, I am disturbed to see an evolution in, at least, part of the industry that would imply the U.S. airlines are their role model. I have cruised with Royal Caribbean three times in the past sixteen ... read more

  • Explorer of the Seas: A guide for first time cruisers!

    Mar 13, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great ship, beautiful, with friendly staff.
    Cons: Beds are uncomfortable; the crowds on this big ship are like being in Manhattan.

    Summary: Overview: My daughter (18) and I (52) took our first cruise together on the Explorer of the Seas ship by Royal Caribbean to the Eastern Islands (Puerto Rico; St. Maarten; St. Thomas; and Bahammas (March 6-13,2005). Overall a wonderful experiences but ... read more

  • Explorer of the Seas Western Caribbean

    Sep 11, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: food, large size, sports deck, adventure ocean, rooms
    Cons: drink card, crowded pools, Belize

    Summary: I traveled on August 29th, 2004 aboard the Explorer of the Seas for what was supposed to be a 7 night cruise but turned out to be an 8 night cruise due to hurricane Frances. We visited Belize City, Belize; Costa Maya,Mexico; Cozumel,Mexico and ... read more

  • Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas, Good but Expensive

    Aug 30, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Food, shows.
    Cons: Crowded, one midnight buffet, unhelpful guest relations, ship getting old

    Summary: Yesterday my wife and I returned from the Explorer of the Seas cruise #198. Overall, the experience was "satisfactory" given the over $3,000 price tag (balcony room, including tips, drinks and parking - no airfare). The entertainment, including Cloda ... read more

  • Explorer of the Seas

    Jun 20, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Just overall a very pleasant experience. Ice show. Service.
    Cons: First lunch buffet. Location of dinertime picture taking.

    Summary: I am a first time cruiser who just returned from an Eastern Caribbean cruise (June 13- June 20) on the Explorer of the Seas. Maybe my thoughts will be helpful to other first timers. I wasn't looking forward to this at all but went because my wife really ... read more

  • Not good

    May 16, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Spacious rooms, sculptures made of towels and pillows. Free self-serve ice-cream all over the ship.
    Cons: food, excursions, misleading information on website

    Summary: I went on this cruise with my family and a friend. The ship is huge and there is certainly tons to do, but just like an amusement park, there were always long lines. Who wants to spend there vacation on lines?? The food is like cafeteria food. You only ... read more

  • Beautiful Ship, Disappointing Service

    May 11, 2004 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Beautiful ship.
    Cons: Disappointing service. Understaffed for number of passengers.

    Summary: This was our seventh cruise, six on RCCL. We are members of the Crown and Anchor Club Platinum level. Check in was relatively smooth, but we arrive early anyway. When we got to our room, none of the amenities RCCL advertises for the Platinum were in the ... read more


    Mar 29, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The ship's crew keeps you informed as to what's in store every day.
    Cons: Johnny Rockets had far too FEW seats. Outdoor seats put you in the wind.

    Summary: We cruised on the Explorer of the Seas in March 2004 to the E. Caribbean. We had a 7th deck stateroom with balcony on the back of the boat and it was wonderful! This was our first cruise and I don't think there's a better ship for an inaugural cruise ... read more

  • A first time cruiser in 2003, repeat in 2006

    Feb 22, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Plenty of activities, large ship, mostly clean
    Cons: Limited dining hours, limited drink choices, the ship is constantly swaying

    Summary: [2006] I just finished a second cruise on the same ship and will mark comments of how the ship has changed since 2003. The 2006 comments will be in italic. We took our first cruise leaving the Saturday after Thanksgiving 2003. As this was my ... read more

  • Like no vacation on earth???

    Dec 16, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: You will not feel cramped on this ship.
    Cons: Dining room food. Location of the Island Grill. 800 KIDS on board without parental supervision.

    Summary: A good time was had by everyone. Disapointments were few as were the glorious discoveries. This boat is the best on the high seas when it comes to space and design. Let's start. Embarkation was a breeze. I started my stop watch the moment we exited the ... read more

  • Still Like No Vacation On Earth, but...

    Sep 26, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Lots of activities. Parades on Promenade. Ice skating shows. Johny Rockets.
    Cons: Inconvenient upper bed. Salt water pools. Charge for drinks/food that used to be free.

    Summary: First of all, I want to thank fellow cruisers for many time and money saving hints I got from their reviews. I always do a meticulous research before vacation and I find this site to be the most informative. So this review is kind of a payback. And it is ... read more

  • I love this Boat!

    Jul 25, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great kids camp and overall wonderful experience for parents and kids alike.
    Cons: Salt water pools. The fact that it had to end.

    Summary: I was on RCCL Explorer of the Seas for the July 4th week, 2002. We went to Nassau, San Juan, St. Th ... read more

  • "Explorer of the Seas": Exploring the Eastern Caribbean with RCCL!

    Jun 4, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Impressive ship, courteous staff, great food, and beautiful island destinations!
    Cons: None!!!

    Summary: Let me just start out by saying that this review is going to run long, I have tried to label all the sections so that readers can skip to the parts that they are most interested in! My husband and I cruised on the ‘Explorer of the ... read more

  • Big Ship is becoming the Ci Ci's of the Seas

    Mar 18, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Beautiful ship. Great shows! Good food. Nice room.
    Cons: Too big. Terrible service. Ports of call times not enough.

    Summary: This was our 4th cruise, and our first time on RC. The ship was absolutely beautiful and big! This is where I think the cruise industry is starting to lose something; the personal touch you get on smaller ships. Our cabin steward said two words to us the ... read more

  • Exceptional Cruise - The Explorer is worth exploring

    Feb 23, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: A great experience!
    Cons: none

    Summary: Sailed 10/26/02 out of Miami to Western Caribbean. This was my 5th cruise and my first with RCCL. Previously I had sailed with Princess and Carnival. The ship is magnificent, the staff terrific and the food was over the top. The long line at the pier ... read more

  • Explorer of the Seas--What A Way To Go

    Dec 29, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Tons of things to do.
    Cons: Only one week to do them in.

    Summary: We took the trip of a lifetime the summer of '01. We had always wanted to go on a cruise, but had heard such a variation of things about them. We chose Royal Caribbean based on reviews and the suggestion of our travel agent at AAA. We went for the ... read more

  • Amazing cruise!

    Nov 25, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Lots of activities, wonderful food, service with a smile, good ports of call
    Cons: small showers, unprofessional photographers

    Summary: I recently went on a seven day cruise with Royal Carribean. The ship was Explorer of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world. The ports of call were San Juan, Puerto Rico, Saint Thomas and Saint Marteen of the Virgin Islands, and Nassua, Bahamas. ... read more

  • Big and Beautiful

    Oct 1, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent Dining. Enormous range of activities. Gorgeous ship. Friendly staff.
    Cons: Rollerblading rink not what we had hoped for. Semi-private balconies. Ports and Tours okay.

    Summary: My wife and I took the Explorer of the Seas for an eastern Caribbean cruise in December 2000. First off, I have to say that I've been on over two dozen cruises in my life, mainly due to having parents who are both in the travel industry and able to get ... read more

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  • Great Travel Experience

    Apr 15, 2011 by
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    Pros: Great atmosphere, great food, great service, and a lot to do while on board.
    Cons: Smoking allowed throughout casino.

    Summary: Booked a  five day cruise to Bermuda with Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas, April 9 to 14, for a party of six. We each had inside cabins in order to save money. They were small, but with a lot of storage for two people. Bathrooms were clean ... read more

  • Had a fabulous time!!

    Dec 2, 2007 by
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    Pros: impressive staff attentiveness,boat lovely
    Cons: shore excursion personnel needs to get their act together,as well as disembarking system.What a mess!

    Summary: Very pleasant & attentive staff.Quite impressive.Ship itself is beautiful.Interactive TV system very cool.A wonderful experience,can't wait to do it ... read more

  • Explorer of the seas " the Pay Per View Ship"

    Apr 15, 2007 by
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    Pros: Didn't sink
    Cons: Overpriced, rude staff, run down ship, bad food, everything costs extra.

    Summary: I just got off the explorer of the seas. I have been on many cruises and this was by far the worst experience. The crew was incredibly rude. Here are some bullet points. * Ship in horrible conditions * carpets stained * Ship Rusty * Buffet ... read more

  • Unique educational opportunity

    Feb 13, 2005 by
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    Pros: Great ship with a unique opportunity to learn about the ocean you are sailing on.
    Cons: You can't get to everything in just 7 days.

    Summary: I just wanted to inform the readers that the Explorer of the Seas is the ONLY cruise ship on earth with real working science labs on-board. The University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science has a marine science lab and an ... read more

  • fun, fun and more fun

    Feb 11, 2004 by
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    Pros: great crew, tastefully decorated ship, fantastic food, and the ports are lovely
    Cons: none

    Summary: I went on a 7 night trip to the Caribbean with my boyfriend in October 2003. I had a fantastic time. The ship we used was Explorer of the Sea in the Royal Caribbean line. It was very tastefully decorated and the crew was fantastic. The ship was equipped ... read more

  • Ruined Honeymoon

    Jan 18, 2004 by
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    Pros: Fellow Cruiser were very friendly.
    Cons: Service and food (or lack of food)!

    Summary: We hope you have a good time...because if you don't Royal Caribbean doesn't want to hear about bad food, rude employees, no room service delivery, and numerous other problems. They just want to cash your check. Royal Caribbean has shown no desire to ... read more

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