Explorer of the seas short review with some pictures 5/15/2015

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merry olde england
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Hello! My first review so bear with me! I will be posting a few ship and port pictures as well as all the cruise compasses.

I booked this cruise over a year ago, we found out we were moving to England and I jumped at the chance to be within driving distance of Southampton! We cruised with our daughter who is almost 15 months old so early nights and short port days but we still had a ton of fun!






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merry olde england
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We drove down to the port the day before the cruise, less stress and I found a deal at a local B&B where you get an overnight stay, lovely breakfast, parking for the whole cruise and shuttle service to the port and back!

Twin Oaks bed and breakfast
Our room:







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merry olde england
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We made it to the terminal at about 10:45a, walked right in, no lines, got our sea passes and headed straight onto the ship!

We thought the ship looked great, very clean, new carpets, loved the overall decor
















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Excellent, looking forward to this.
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First food on the ship and where we ate lunch when the mdr was closed

Cafe promenade!







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Got into our room right at 1pm! We stayed in 9298, no complaints about location, very quiet! This room was really perfect for us, we were able to park our stroller in the closet and I brought a blow up ducky tub for my daughter for bath time. Lots of space for her to run around.








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Originally posted by thecakebox
First food on the ship and where we ate lunch when the mdr was closed

Cafe promenade!




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Now that's what I call food porn!

On a serious note, thanks for the review my mother will be on the boat for her first cruise so she'll hopefully be able to pick up some tips.
What has the seating availability been like in Windjammer & public areas? This appears to have been the most consistent criticism post dry dock.
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Fab to see an explorer review with pics. I can't wait to read more.We are on explorer next month.
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Past cruises:
Carnival Conquest October 2002
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Explorer of the seas June 15
Norwegian Escape October 2015

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merry olde england
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Originally posted by Over Land & Sea
Now that's what I call food porn!



On a serious note, thanks for the review my mother will be on the boat for her first cruise so she'll hopefully be able to pick up some tips.

What has the seating availability been like in Windjammer & public areas? This appears to have been the most consistent criticism post dry dock.

Haha right? Too good not to post

I think we ate in the WJ twice, we stuck to the dining room because the food was better and it was easier with the baby. They did have crew members up there assisting people to find seats, be prepared to share if you want a table at peak times. Cafe promenade was often a madhouse on sea days, still managed to find a table without too much trouble though!


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Bruges was my favorite port of the trip despite the fact that it rained all day! It was also our first formal night. We did an on your own ship excursion, no complaints there, just transport to the square and back.










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Originally posted by thecakebox






Got into our room right at 1pm! We stayed in 9298, no complaints about location, very quiet! This room was really perfect for us, we were able to park our stroller in the closet and I brought a blow up ducky tub for my daughter for bath time. Lots of space for her to run around.








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That future cruise offer is interesting. $500 obc AND 50 per cent off second passenger? Is that as good as it sounds?
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Past cruises:
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Explorer of the seas June 15
Norwegian Escape October 2015

Booked cruises:
Harmony of the Seas October 16
Norwegian Spirit April 17



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merry olde england
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Originally posted by cymru cruiser
That future cruise offer is interesting. $500 obc AND 50 per cent off second passenger? Is that as good as it sounds?

You aren't getting $500 unless it's a suite on a really long cruise, lol. We booked a balcony room on a 10 day and it was $150 obc. Same prices you can find online right now but the deposit was $150 vs $1350 or so I would have paid so that made it a good deal for me.


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Hi , sorry we missed you at the meet and mingle, this was our first time on the Explorer and it wont be our last.
loving all the photos.
John and Angie { Callyscally}
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