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  1. I'm not picky about the food as long as I can dine outside. Are there any spaces with dining tables set up outside on Explorer?
  2. A group of 3 couples are making plans for our next cruise together, and we are hoping to know if the balconies on Vision of the Seas (or Explorer OTS, or Empress OTS) can be opened up between cabins that are side-by-side? We'd love to be able to have one big balcony, and I've heard that some people have been able to do that. So far, it has not been physically even possible on the ships we've cruised. Look forward to hearing from any of you who know about this possibility. Thanks!
  3. Just got off Allure of th Seas Diamond drinks were available during happy hours at any bar,lounge, or main dining room. is it the same on Explorer of the Seas? Also there was a complimentary latte/cappachino machine on Allure. Is there one in Explorer?
  4. 1) Any tips and tricks for 2 adults on Explorer? 2) We loved the solarium on the bigger ships - how is the adult pool on Explorer? 3) Where are some good quiet locations to hang out? For example, on Majesty we enjoyed the deck chairs behind the movie screen for people watching. 4) How are the live music venues? We love listening to live music but not dancing! We are hoping to catch some jazz in Dizzy’s. 5) What’s your favorite bar?
  5. We have never been really happy with Voom on any ship. We really just like to keep in touch with family and we don’t stream movies etc. My DH really enjoys his newspaper in the morning and reading it with Voom is difficult. Wondering if adding streaming would help?
  6. Is the bed near the door or balcony, on Explorer, in the regular balcony staterooms?
  7. Hello, I am so happy to say that we will be returning to Royal Caribbean in January! We were Carnival-Turned-MSC cruisers, but found a good deal on a 9 night cruise on the Explorer of the Seas to all new ports that we could not turn down. However, by the time we board the ship, it will be nearly 4 years since my last RCI cruise (which was on the Empress of the Seas, which obviously does not reflect the grandeur of the Royal ships), and 8 years since my first RCI cruise, a Hurricane Sandy cruise on the Enchantment of the Seas. For the other two people in my party, it will be their first RCI cruises. Either way, I am very excited to not only make it back to RCI, but to give them a fair try and see if they can win me over in 2020. I just booked this cruise and I have some questions, so I'm grateful for any help whatsoever! 1) We are booked in a Panoramic Oceanview Stateroom (very excited!), which is above the gym and next to the Vitality Spa. Will there be a lot of hallway traffic specifically for the Spa, or is the spa entrance by the elevators/stairs? Will there be noticeable noise from the gym and/or spa? Obviously, the gym will be closed at night, but will a morning yoga or spin class wake us up? 2) We will have a 19 year old with us, a college freshman. When he was younger, he loved going to the teen clubs and making friends, but now that he's over 18, he's struggling to make friends on cruises. Does Royal do anything for the 18-20 age group since they can't drink? Or will he just have to hope for a lonely straggler his age at night and just strike up a conversation? 3) Does Royal have any special restaurants included in the price of the cruise? Carnival has Guys Burgers, Blue Iguana Cantina, etc, does Royal have a similar concept? Or are all the specialty dining options for an upcharge? 4) Are there any "secret decks" or special areas to note on the Explorer like Carnival has on many of their ships? We are trying to get the local tips before we sail so we can try to blend in 😉 5) Since we take vacations the same week each year, we typically board a ship with that week off and try to use the specials onboard for booking a future cruise. What will the onboard special be for booking onboard? If we like RCI/want to give it another chance, we may want to just book onboard. 6) What are the drink options in the Windjammer without the drink package? 7) What are the lunch options on embarkation day besides Windjammer? And when will our stateroom be available? Can you carry suitcases onboard, or will you need to leave them with the porters? We will be embarking from Port Miami. I can also assume that embarkation will begin around 11AM? 8 ) What machines/appliances are in the gym/spas? Are there saunas and steam rooms for regular passengers? Does it usually get crowded? 9) Any excursion or day trip recommendations for Labadee, Aruba, Bonaire, and/or Curacao? All of them will be new ports for us, so any tips would be greatly appreciated! 10) Any general RCI tips/notable differences between MSC and Carnival? We really want to like RCI, and I'm hoping now that we're trying one of their new ships, we will have a great experience that propels us to book with them again in the future, so any general tips on how to maximize either the Explorer specifically and/or a Royal cruise in general would be greatly appreciated. Again, thank you in advance so so SO much to anyone that can help, happy cruising!
  8. Not sure if we want to book a Jr. Suite or not. Does Explorer have any up dinning for jr. suites? We have not been on this ship since it moved out of NJ and thinking about a cruise 2021 after dry dock. Last time we booked a suite they had special suite area for the pool but that was G. Suite. They did have special dinning for lunch and breakfast.
  9. If any has taken the 9 day cruise out of Miami on the Explorer recently, could you please copy a few pages of the Compass for me? I am trying to decide which dining time to get. I know we can do anytime, but my family likes a regular table with other people We currently have late dining which is our preference, but last time we missed a lot of events, especially Karaoke which my son loves to do!! Thanks for any help.
  10. For the Dec 13th sailing, I am able to upgrade from inside to either balcony GTY or panoramic oceanview (bigger room). Since we are a party of 2 adults 2 small kids, we would likely end up in a "spacious balcony" rather than a regular balcony. The upgrade would cost me $39CAD per cabin, however I would lose my $125 OBC. What should I do?
  11. My mother is on deck 12 for a cruise next week on Explorer of the Seas,. In the ticket booklet it gives the check in time from deck 10 downwards - deck 12 is not mentioned. I assume it has not been updated since the cabins on deck 12 were added even though this was a a few years ago. So I phone the call centre to ask about check in for deck 12. The first agent just couldn't get what I was asking and eventually came back saying Royal Caribbean. never board by deck number and therefore my question was wrong. The 2nd agent understood the question. but didn't have any answer (after putting me on hold for 10 minutes). I assume the check in time will be the same as deck 10? This is not the first time I have had problems with their offshore call centre. Oh to be able to speak to someone in Southampton as used to be.
  12. New to Royal and sailing on explorer of the seas may 17, 2020 10 day from Rome with a group of 6 of us. Have figured out a lot by reading and searching but for some reason I am struggling to figure out which days will be the 'formal nights' (and how many) so we can plan which night to have a 3x50th birthday dinner at chops. Trying to plan ahead. also what time will the evening shows happen? And is there somewhere I can go to get an idea as to what kind of shows they are? with my time dining and being a group of 6 are we best to pre-book dining times or wing it? Also looking at the behind the scenes tour on board and looking for thoughts as to how it was and if it is worth the $118 Canadian per person. thank you, Very excited to try a new cruise line and beyond excited for our first trip to Europe. Dianna
  13. I know there's a way to tell if your cabin has the bed closest to the balcony or the bathroom. How do I do that on Explorer?
  14. Any idea when the Explorer is due to get her make over?
  15. When Explorer sails from Miami, does the ship offer luggage service to FLL?
  16. Which ship do you prefer? I know they're sister ships. We actually were on Explorer of the Seas in 2001! Seems like yesterday. However, it's not yesterday. Which ship is in better condition. Doing a quick read of current reviews, it seems Adventure gets pretty good reviews while Explorer's reviews are not great. The room category we'd select would probably be a Junior Suite. Itinerary Southern Caribbean.
  17. I booked cabin 8630 on Explorer. Have not been on this ship in ages and was wondering if this location is good. Usually on a higher floor but last time we ended under the buffet, lol. Thanks for any help. Also, besides the extra room is there any advantage to booking a Junior suite. On Anthem you got to eat in the special restaurant, The Kitchen, which was really nice.
  18. Good morning - we are looking into a 9 night Explorer cruise in early 2021 and I was looking for info on the planned upgrades as part of her "Royal Amplified" drydock next year. Hard to find specifics for Explorer's upgrades, but if it's similar to other Vision ships like Voyager & Navigator, I assume it will be pretty similar? Stuff like: New water coaster and speed slides, upgraded pool deck, Playmakers, Laser Tag, Escape Room, etc.? Anything else I missed? Sky Pad is also part of the typical overhauls. With the Sky Pad shutdown, has anyone heard if Royal is planning something different for that space going forward or are they going to "re-engineer" the Sky Pad concept?
  19. Landed back ashore in Southampton this morning after 14 nights on the Explorer. First off, let's quash a few nasty rumours which may be making guests due aboard in the next few months worry about their choice of cruise: 1. "She's a rust bucket!". Nay, nay and thrice nay. There are a few tiny rust spots here and there, like the inch-square patch on our balcony where the upright stanchion met the deck. Unlike some, l didn't go hunting it out, but nowhere did I notice any significant areas of rust. 2."all the sun loungers are the old blue and white plastic type, and most are unusably broken". Nope, they aren't. There are hundreds, if not thousands of smart new grey mesh loungers everywhere. Some of the older ones have been retained, but only a few, and the best quality of the old variety. 3."Windows everywhere are dirty and/or cracked and/or misted as the seals have failed". Again, no. The only one l noticed (again, l wasn't actively seeking faults) was one of the 42 panes in Dizzy's Lounge, which was badly stained. A couple of the splayed panes at the front of the Solarium were a bit dirty, but as it is impossible to look through them anyway, it's irrelevant. 4. "Ship is LONG overdue the upcoming refit". Meh, slightly true. A few areas, like the seating in the Star Lounge, are showing signs of wear. We did see literrally hundreds of new matresses coming aboard, with containers full of old ones being driven away at the next port. The food was good in the MDR, Chops and Johnny Rockets ( the only places we actually ate meals). Snacks from Promenade cafe and Windjammer were fine. Twice we found service in the MDR a bit slow, but otherwise good. Cruise director Clo and her staff particularly were great. Her team of Marvin, Neil, Angelina and Collette were marvellous. Headliner acts were either very good (Mick Miller, that ventriloquist who enraged Simon Cowell on BGT, and Beatles Connection) or outstanding (East Coast Boys). All sports facilities and all pools and whirlpools were open and in use. Pools and whirlpools were closed for a few hours, in rotation, for thorough cleaning. Staff were everywhere, cleaning, tidying, varnishing painting. In summary, yes, this ship will certainly benefit from the upcoming amp BUT there is nothing onboard to give any sensible cruiser joining her in the next few months any cause for concern whatsoever. Enjoy your cruise on the Explorer - all 5 of us did!
  20. We just booked Explorer yesterday during the WOW sale. We are cruising to Cozumel and Costa Maya in November. I was last on Explorer in 2012. Who has been on it recently and has tips/advice on the ship or ports? I do have one question in particular - the RC website lists Giovanni’s, but the “explore this itinerary” has Jamie’s - which is it? Thanks in advance!
  21. Explorer hump rooms are good, right? What I mean is they are not noisy. I think some ships like the Vision are noisy.
  22. We do not smoke and try to avoid smoking areas. What are the rules for smoking and where are the smoking areas on Explorer of the Sea? My wife was told since our ship departs from Southampton in England there is no smoking allowed in the Casino. Good for us. I am worried that people will smoke on their balcony and we won’t like being on our bakaciny. What are the rules and do people follow them? Thank you.
  23. This will be my first Europeon cruise and would appreciate any advice, tips for international cruising. I read somewhere that we do not go through customs at debarkation, Is this correct? Any other useful info is appreciated. Flying in from US.
  24. Hi, does anyone know the nights Explorer of the Seas will have formal nights and also if there are any "themes" for a 9-night sailing out of Miami, going to the ABC islands, leaving the day after Thanksgiving? Thanks!! Last year, a friend of mine and I went on a cruise on Adventure of the Seas, and for example they had a "disco" theme night but I didn't know about it prior to the cruise. It'd be fun to know about any themed nights so I might bring a little something! Thanks
  25. Booked a 5 night in January, Labadee/Nassau. Price was right and dates fit. Any recent cruisers with information as to Adventure Ocean, Pools, any kid specific pool areas, other Kids activities and general condition of the ship. I know it has the flowrider but my kids (6/8) didn't love it so much. I've read some negative reviews that the ship is somewhat worn and will be cruising pre-amp... We're in a balcony so the view should be good and all I really need is a balcony and a glass of wine but worried about the kids being less excited as we just got off the Navigator and they completely fell in love with it.. THANKS!
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