Posted January 28th, 2005, 10:50 AM
I thought the ship was beautiful. I didn't notice any areas that looked like they needed repair. Everything worked just fine in our cabin (although we had a couple of instances when the toilet wouldn't flush. We'd walk away and it would flush within a few minutes. Very strange)
We had a Promenade cabin so we didn't have a balcony. We did have a large window that looked down into the Promenade. Our cabin was SMALL but very efficient. There storage shelves on both sides of the mirror on the desk. We had a drawer and shelf in each nightstand, shelves about the television along with 4 drawers below. The closet was pretty large and also had some shelves built in.
The food was "good" but I wouldn't say "wonderful". I could see where someone accustomed to 4 star restaurants could be disappointed. However, as the Mother of 4 kids I thought it was good -- anything is better than McDonalds (or even worse having to cook myself!).
We had breakfast everyday in the Windjammer. They had pretty much anything you could want....pancakes, waffles, eggs, bacon, sausage, bagels, muffins, biscuits, etc.. There was also cold cereal, yogurt and fruit. We did notice that the food was never really hot, but what can you expect from a buffet? I had the same thing pretty much every day -- an omelet made to order (yum!) along with bacon. I'd also have a couple of waffles with strawberries and whipped cream. I really enjoyed breakfast since it's a meal I don't cook at home (I'm munching on a bowl on Lucky Charms right now as I type)
We had lunch in the Windjammer on 4 different days. They had a large selection of foods but I'm not a big lunch eater especially after a huge breakfast. Their salad bar was pretty good. I also enjoyed their burgers and fries.
We ate in the dining room every night. For the most part we all liked what we ordered. My only really disappointment was the Chicken Philadelphia on the first night that turned out to be one of the frozen stuffed ones. There were two different salads each night - one was always Caesar. There were always several appetizers to choose from including at least one soup. I have a major sweet tooth so I really enjoyed the desserts - one night I couldn't decide so I ordered two different ones.
We never really tried to pack a lunch. We did grab a box or two of cold cereal on a few occasions (I had Fruit Loops on the way to cave tubing). We also brought apples and bananas a couple of times. No one ever checked our bags on the way off of the ship so I'm sure that you could easily pack a full lunch.
I don't know how anyone could manage to have a bad time on a cruise unless they started out with a bad attitude. No, everything wasn't perfect but the staff did their best to fix anything that went wrong. We had a great time and like I said earlier I would do it again in a heartbeat
Explorer of the Sea 1/16/05