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  1. I am on Explorer of Seas after the refurb is completed May. Mediterranean cruise. June cruise and already have my room assignment. It is one of the new balcony cabins getting added during refurb. 11th floor. Very front if the ship? Thoughts. Good location?
  2. We are going on a Med cruise this summer. The docking time is 5 am. When do they let people off the ship? If we take our own luggage how long does the process take? We will be arranging transportation to get us to the Rome train station so want to have an idea of what time to book the private car. Thanks!
  3. Upon boarding, where's a nice place to go to get a drink and watch the human masses as they get acclimated to the ship (preferably outside to enjoy the tropical weather)? j (both around the crowds, or an out of the way place to chill) Additional tips for places to stake out during the cruise ... such as the solarium pool or one of the lounges in the atrium ... where do people go to chill while crowd watching? TIA
  4. I’m looking to take family of 4 on a 5 day cruise either in Nov or Dec. originally was planning to do 7 to get on Symphony however decided on 5 and stay down at South Beach for 3 days... Looking for insight in this ship. Understand it is an older ship however I believe it is getting an overhaul this year. We like newer looking rooms. dies anyone know if they are remodeling rooms or just the exterior type of things? lastly, would you recommend? Looking at cabin on aft (8690, 7388 type of rooms...) kids are 4 and 8. forgot to add, my parents are going as well so we will be getting a connecting cabin. thanks
  5. We just returned from a Christmas cruise on the Explorer of the Seas. Thought I would mention a couple things for others who maybe sailing before she goes into dry dock. Voom internet, couldn't connect with macbook pro. Spoke to the gentleman in the internet area and he said it has been an issue for a few weeks. They are not expecting it to be resolved prior to the drydock. Windows computers can connect and I was able to connect right away on my iphone and ipad. The service was a bit slow however I was able to stream from Acorn Tv. Bit disappointed I couldn't connect my macbook I wanted to test out working from ship. Lesson learned I will bring mac and windows laptop in the future. We were in Owners Suite 1320 ,love the setup of the room apart from the shower being a bit small. Not sure of other rooms have this issue but there were only 2 american plugs in the room and they were as far away from were we needed them as they could be. Everything else was european style plugs. My husband requires a scooter for distances and luckily our room attendant was able to help us out with the plug situation. You can't even get the scooter near were the plug was located. However this resulted in us having orange extension cords running across the room. The included coffee maker , well that was pretty sad indeed. Some old beat up mr coffee with you guessed it an american plug with no plug near it. The tea kettle was shabby but it seemed clean and I really wanted to be able to make my tea AND at least I could plug that in. Hope this helps anyone who may be cruising soon. Just bring windows laptop for internet and adaptors for plugs just in case!
  6. We sailed to Alaska in 2016 on Explorer and were pretty miserable. Because of the open staircase from the casino, the promenade was so smoky and disgusting that we didn't even want to walk through it. For a cruise where you are in a cooler environment and want to be inside more, it's very important to be able to breathe freely 🙂We are now considering Ovation for Alaska for summer 2020, but I am hesitant because of our poor experience on Explorer. Can anyone who has been on both ships (or ships of both classes) offer a comparison?
  7. When I do a search for this sailing, it does not show up on any websites. I’m assuming this means it is completely sold out. Or would there be another reason for this? Thanks!
  8. Booking on explorer of the seas for Feb. 2021 and thinking of booking a balcony cabin on deck 11 forward (new cabins added in amplification). Can anyone tell me if the very forward facing balcony cabins have an obstructions? I see there is a "peekaboo" area in the before deck plans.... not sure if this will affect the view for the new cabins added there. Other choice would be deck 11 forward on the port side... opinions on which would be better? Thanks
  9. Does Izumi still have hot rock cooking on the Explorer of the Seas? -Tim-
  10. Saw the post about CruiseSat coming to various ships but I'm on the Explorer next month the Saturday night of the big Penn State-Ohio State showdown. Is that going to be shown on board ship? If so will it be somewhere that is smoke free? What's your experience with college fb on RCI?
  11. I was looking at the deck plans on Explorer for the Jr. Suites. Does anyone know how the cabin layout changes depending on if there's a connecting stateroom or not?
  12. My husband is booked as a single on Explorer on the November 29 2019 sailing (he booked alone because I don't have any vacation time left to go with him), and he's trying to talk me into going with him and working from the ship for that work-week instead of him just sailing alone or me taking vacation time I don't have. We would have an inside cabin. I'm apprehensive, not at all sure I'd be able to find a comfortable place to work from, or that the internet would be adequate, or that it wouldn't be too distracting. On the other hand, I have a lot of "downtime" on cruises where I'm borderline-bored, and surely I could fit work the work that needs to get done into those hours. And it would mean someone else cooked and cleaned for me for a week while I worked, which is very tempting. So I thought I'd ask for opinions: Have you worked (like, a full work day or week, not just checking your work email) from a cruise ship before? If so, tell me about it! Is the desk in inside cabins on Explorer big enough to fit a laptop and a portable monitor to work from? If not, would it be better in a higher cabin category? Is the surf + stream internet up to doing video and/or voice call meetings for up to 3 hours a day? Is there anywhere else besides my cabin on Explorer that I could park myself, my laptop, and maybe my portable monitor and use them comfortably (i.e. table and chair not at an uncomfortable mismatch in height) and not obnoxiously (obviously I wouldn't be taking calls out in a public lounge or anything, but I also don't want to monopolize lounge space other people need/want or anger the service staff) for a few hours? Particularly where I could plug the laptop in? Is this just a Really Bad Idea that I should forget about?
  13. Hi everyone, I am planning European cruise with family next summer (seniors and 2 kids ages 8 and 10) and trying to decide between the ships - Allure, Anthem or newly refurbished Explorer. Ports are secondary for us, we are familiar with most of them and will enjoy any of them. But want to choose the ship that would be most fun. Criteria's were: - must have waverider (I believe all 3 do?) - must have great food (is one better then other?) - which has the best kids club? - any of them have water slides? - which has the most fun activities for active family Thank you for any comments!
  14. I saw some reviews before I went that the ship was looking worn and tired. That was not my experience at all - everything was fine. Cabin was clean and comfortable and generally the ship seemed in decent condition - can't expect a new ship/new refurb all the time. Food was generally ok. Had one inedible main course in the MDR but that can happen. Service first night was very slow but after that fine. Very disappointed in the Formal nights. At least half didn't bother first formal night - and there were guests in the MDR in t shirt and tracksuit bottoms. We didn't bother dressing up for the 2nd formal night (although still proper dress) and a lot of others seemed to follow suit. If people don't want to participate, there are plenty of other parts of the ship they can go to. It's a shame there was no enforcement at all. My mother had some service issues. Her suitcase was put on arrival in a different corridor from where her cabin was causing some panic. Guest services just said (at 6pm) to wait until 8pm and then ask again. I found it by wandering around her deck. Also, her Cabin was not turned down the first night and twice her breakfast never arrived. These may not seem big things, but when you are 83 it does cause some upset. Casino was very good (and very busy every night) and the staff helpful. One passenger won a £13k Grand jackpot on one of the slots. I earned a Certificate for a free future cruise. Sadly the options for the cruises are quite limited - all US based, with 10 of them from dates already passed. I probably will only therefore be able to use the trade in value.
  15. Does the Crown & Kettle Pub on Explorer of the Seas serve any food, and if so is there a fee for it? If so, can you provide a link to the menu? Considering whether to get the Unlimited Dining, and as I'm not a big sushi fan, it seems we'd be bouncing between Chops & Giovanni's, with maybe a lunch or two at Johnny Rockets (where I understand we'd still need to pay for any milkshakes). I'm concerned we might get bored eating at the same places over 9 days (and 5 sea days), so I'm trying to determine if there are any other places where the $35 a la carte dining credit might apply.
  16. How can I find out which pier Explorer will dock at when she arrives in Miami on Tuesday?
  17. We made a reservation for the zip line in Haiti, taking advantage of OBC and Cyber Monday pricing. Our time is 8 a.m. According to the itinerary, we dock at Labadee at 7 a.m. Will this be a problem? Since we made the reservation thru the Cruise Planner, will we be accommodated if there's some reason the ship doesn't dock on time and we can't disembark in time?
  18. We're in a JS on the Explorer and we're looking at maybe bidding up... do we need to get a coffee maker? Some posts here make it seem there is a coffee maker and a tea kettle but other material we've seen doesn't include it. Would appreciate the definitive word. Yes to a coffee maker and kettle?
  19. Does the Explorer have separate USB ports in cabins? Related question, I know you are not allowed to bring extension cords on the ship. Are you allowed to bring the multi-outlet/usb hub units that plug directly into the outlet without a cord? I know they can't be surge protected. And would any of them even fit though? It seems like the outlets are in kind of a tight space.
  20. Does anyone know if the muster stations are inside or outside? We have station D25 and the plaque on the back door makes it look like it's outside.outsiders
  21. Heading out on Explorer in January and wondering if anyone can tell me what, if any, broadway show they might be performing in the theatre? Appreciate your input!
  22. Hi! I am booking a Mediterranean cruise for the family and Explorer of the Seas seems to be the only one on the itinerary we wanted. Family of 5 with 2 adults and 3 school aged children. My travel agent told me that the Ultra Spacious Ocean View room (265 sq. ft.) at the very front of the explorer can hold all 5. Two questions: 1. Have any of you had experience with these rooms? Would it be enough space for 5? Should I add an inside cabin just for the extra bathroom? 2. My son is prone to motion sickness, so we always do midship. Will the very front be too rocky or noisy during sailing? I heard the Mediterranean is usually calm in summer, but I've never been. Thanks! Jenny
  23. Hi there! We are sailing on the Explorer of the Seas in February and I am debating whether to add the internet package or not. We have unlimited service with Verizon and utilize their TravelPass when traveling to other countries. I am wondering, however, if it will work on the ship as well? We have t sailed in a few years so I cannot remember. Any advice is really appreciated! Thanks!
  24. Because of bad weather ahead we are now staying in Lanzarote until 6p, we were scheduled to leave at 1p. Ports of Vigo and A Coruna have been cancelled and we are waiting to hear where we may go instead. Scheduled back into Southampton on Tuesday 11/5. We were 2 hours late into Funchal making it a very short stop due to the weather on the way down.
  25. We are on Explorer in Feb 2020 and was wondering if we need to get tickets to the evening shows each night or just go, find a seat and enjoy the show? Also we are signed up for My Time dining because early ding was not available so do we need to make a reservation each night to dine or can we go the first night and get a table and request that table again for the remainder of the cruise??
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