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  1. Looking at possibly doing the Greek Isles fall of 2020...looking for opinions on Rhapsody vs. Explorer for this. We were on Rhapsody for an Alaskan cruise in 2015 and at that time, she needed some TLC which I believe she got some of in 2016, but see Explorer is getting a refurbishment in March/April 2020.....I cannot find anything on any kind of "refresher" for Rhapsody coming up. Looking for opinions regarding the ships in regards to sailing the Greek Isles from anyone who has actually sailed on them over there. We are in Florida, so the Caribbean is our usual sai
  2. 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 fel
  3. Apparently Explorer of the Seas was delayed leaving Stavanger, Norway last night. Various different comments on Social Media as to the reason, but some maintain that there were divers in the water inspecting the propellers. She won’t arrive in Southampton until 09.30- 10.00 tomorrow Sunday, so boarding is delayed by 2 hours. A letter has been posted, informing passengers that they can drop off their luggage, but boarding will not be allowed until 1300 and will be by deck..
  4. i just booked 9 day cruise in feb 2020 wondering if it be being refurbished before or after feb 2020??
  5. I have read that the Explorer will be going into dry dock sometime during 2020. Does anyone know what type of updates are planned?
  6. We decided to try the Chefs Table experience on our Jan sailing. Anyone want to tell me about it ?
  7. I just booked this cruise, it is the first cruise after re positioning from Europe. What ship's compass should i use for planning? Any western Caribbean one (incl the small ships) or larger other ship on this route? Sister ships on the Eastern route?
  8. Do any bars on the ship broadcast English football during the season? Many thanks.
  9. Junior Suite: $415 pp plus tax (without any C&A, etc. discounts)
  10. Does anyone have any knowledge of the bar prices on Explorer of the Seas, as I’m not sure I can justify £40+ per person per day? Thanks in advance.
  11. We are platinum on Carnival and NCL but decided to give RC a try. We will be sailing on the Explorer of the Sea in a few weeks. Two week Baltic Cruise. Any tips, tricks or stuff we should know? What is is the policy brining water onboard. We read 12 per cabin. We drink lots of bottled water. Is this strictly enforced? Thank you.
  12. Hi there! We are looking to book a cruise for February 2020 and came across the 9 night Explorer of the Seas itinerary which we think we would love. Have been on this ship several times but it has probably been about 4 years and I am wondering what shape she is in. I think I read she will be going into dry dock next year, but it would not be before this cruise. Looking for any opinions from recent travelers. Should we “go for it” or choose another ship. As a side note, it is myself and my husband who would be going. We are mid 50’s and have sailed a bunch of times
  13. Hard to tell from this diagram but can you walk from the elevators straight to stateroom 6437, or do you need to walk down the hallway and back up? We like to be close to the elevators, but it is not very clear. Thanks!!
  14. We're anticipating a Southern Caribbean cruise on the Explorer of the Seas this winter. What shape is the ship in? When was it last refurbished? Does it have a Flowrider? Fresh water pools? How was the dining/food? Thanks.
  15. Was just browsing through some Summer 2020 cruises and Explorer's itineraries out of Civitavecchia seem interesting. I noticed that there is a June 28th cruise and a July 12th cruise, however, there is no July 5th sailing. I can't imagine a cruise during the middle of Summer being chartered. Does anyone know if a July 5th sailing exists or if something else is happening?
  16. Pictures from Explorer of the Seas from May 2019👍👌
  17. Hi Everyone, I am due to travel onboard Explorer next Tuesday and I was recently on Indy and they did a silent disco, I am wondering if they do it on Explorer as it was a lot of fun. Many thanks, Nathan
  18. Will be sailing on the EOS next year. I was thinking of booking an aft corner balcony in order to not miss a chance to see Stromboli as we pass (twice - once on the way to Greece and then coming back. For those of you who have sailed in those cabins, is the view sufficient? Thank you!
  19. Just curious, while I was on the Ovation people were dismissing some of the flowriders as not being good waves. Any thoughts about the wave on these older ships with flowriders added? Thinking specifically about the Explorer and Adventure since they are sailing from South Florida this winter. jc
  20. Hi there, just booked on Explorer OTS for Med in September, this is after a 5 year sabbatical on P&O, and a lot has changed in that time. Do RCI still have formal nights on a 14 nighter. Also, without starting a war, do people remove obligatory tipping at Guest Services and reward your personal servers and cabin crew? This seems to be the norm on P&O and MSC Many thanks
  21. I was on Explorer a while back and they held the cocktail hour up in a portion of the Viking Crown Lounge instead of the Lounge on Deck 9. The Deck plans still show the lounge on Deck 9. Does anyone know if they still use the Viking Crown Lounge for the Suite lounge?
  22. Just wondering which restaurants would be included in this package on the Explorer of the Seas? We are cruising over NYE and have heard they jack up the price for NYE would we still be able to use this package for that night? If we ate in the main dining room dose it work for ordering the up charge items such as a steak?
  23. We are doing a 14 night Italian Med cruise from Southampton on 9 June and are wondering whether to pre-book the 5 night speciality dining package at £96.25 pp (approx $122) before we go. We've used the speciality restaurants on previous RCL cruises but have never really thought about booking in advance because when on board they always seem to push a 'special offer' dining package on the first day and subsequently. My question to anyone who has recently been on Explorer or similar ship and can comment on the prices is: Should I book the package now or wait till we get on board in th
  24. Has the refit work for next year been announced yet, does anyone know. We’re just off explorer on Friday and it is in need of someone TLC. Whilst we thoroughly enjoyed the cruise as always you can see areas where work needs done.
  25. Hello all. I’ve been looking at an Explorer cruise out of Southampton. I did a dummy booking and the only choice of dining was traditional 6pm or 8.30pm. Is my time dining not on this ship? Thanks for any help.
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