Explorer of the Seas 9 night Eastern Caribbean Review

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#1
2,621 Posts
Joined Nov 2005
We set off on Sunday to the Cape Liberty Cruise Terminal at Bayonne. I live 30 minutes away so we took a car service to avoid the $20 a day parking fee and chance of having to dig ourselves out when we got back. The ship looked huge when we got close! We waited about 5 minutes to drive up and then were able to pull into a spot outside of a white tent. Our luggage got unloaded to a porter and we went in the tent to wait for the rest of our party. It was pretty cold, the tent is unheated and has maybe 4 park benches available. I put my mom and dad on the bench and tried to get the rest of our party contacted. It was a bit chaotic but eventually we headed up to the screening line and then check in. From there you take a bus about 1 minute to the ship and get on. The Windjammer was packed so we hung out until the rooms were ready and got to exploring the Explorer.

So I went on this cruise with my family. I bunked with my Mom and Dad in an oceanview cabin on deck #2. I was 2260. My sister, her husband and their 2.5 year old were in 2560. Our best friends Jen and Tommy were in 2618. We all really like our rooms and felt that they were well organized and laid out and spacious for an oceanview. I'm used to hump balcony cabins so for me it was small and I really missed the balcony. I used the pullman bed which pulled down from the ceiling right over my parents bed. I have to say, climbing the ladder to bed and out was pretty fun. There is a little night light in the ceiling above the bed and my view from my pillow was directly out the window so that was super nice.

I think we all napped and hit the Windjammer for dinner. I was able to see the parade which was really fun and cute. This day was actually a bit tiring and stressful due to having worked so much before this day and the stress of getting everyone together, getting on the ship, finding our rooms, doing the muster and then figuring out our schedule.

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Deck 2:

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Deck 2 movie theatre:
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#2
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Centrum:

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Promenade:

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Studio B:

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#3
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Casino Floor:

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In the promenade:
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Solarium pool:

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Main pool:
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Portofino's:

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#4
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Schooner Bar:

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The Chamber:

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#5
Lindenhurst NY
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Joined Nov 2009
Great review so far!

The Motorcycle didn't used to be lifted up with a railing around it like that. My guess is that too many people wanted their picture taken sitting on it.
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#6
Cambridgeshire UK
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Joined Oct 2011
Thanks for posting the great photos - I leave on the EOS, for the first time, in just over 3 weeks! Your post has made me even more excited! Thank you!
#7
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Thanks! That's my guess about the motorcycle too, Gilgo!
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#8
south central PA
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Joined Oct 2004
Thanks for the review and the pics!

Hubby and I will be on her in 40 days

We are very excited. Taking our Harley along (small TA group cruise, 35 bikes max) and riding the islands. Looking forward to a different and wonderful cruising experience!
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#9
Northeast PA, USA
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Joined Apr 2001
Great pics. We were just on the Explorer Feb 10th. Great ship and staff.
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#10
North Haven, CT
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Joined Sep 2012
Nice pictures! Thanks for posting. I'm going on EOS in November, can't wait! Do you have any cruise compasses you can post? Any recommendations for shore excursions?
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#11
Wallingford, CT USA
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Joined May 2004
Sometimes the EOS 9 days have 2 formal nights, sometimes 3 formal nights. We go in May. Did you have 2 or 3 formal nights, please. And thank you.
#12
Barnegat Bay ❤
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Looking forward to your review. We just booked Explorer for our Spring Break 2014 cruise!
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12/2005 - Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas - Miami, Florida - Nassau, Bahamas - CocoCay, Bahamas - Key West, Florida - (oceanview)
#13
NH
71 Posts
Joined Feb 2011
my family was on this cruise too and we had 2 formal nights. Loved this cruise! This was our 7th cruise and the staff was by leaps and bounds the best we have ever experienced. Have fun!
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#15
Sunny Arizona
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Joined Apr 2002
Going on the Explorer in a little over a YEAR so looking forward to any info and pics anyone posts! Thanks!
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#17
St. Charles Missouri
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great pics
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#18
New York Metro Area
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Joined May 2006
Love the pics! I leave in 16 days and I can't wait. Look forward to reading more of your review. I never left from NJ before and was wondering when did they open up the pool.
#19
Devon
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Joined Feb 2013
Originally posted by CrystalBlue
Love the pics! I leave in 16 days and I can't wait. Look forward to reading more of your review. I never left from NJ before and was wondering when did they open up the pool.
And I'll be on a week today. Can't wait. Great pics, thanks :-)
#20
2,621 Posts
Joined Nov 2005
Hi everyone!! I'll post more tonight when I'm home from work!

For shore excursions I did:

Puerto Rico: None, just walked around since we got in at 4pm

St. Thomas: Took a taxi to Sapphire Beach and LOVED it! I have pictures and a video I'll post when I get to that day or you can find it now on the St. Thomas port forum!

Samana, DR: I was pretty nervous about this port but had a blast! We went to Cayenas Del Mar and it was gorgeous! Crystal clear water, great beach (bring water shoes for the rocks), wonderful food, 2 drink tickets, lounger for the day wherever we wanted it and an awesome beach bar and all for $16.20 per person! I have pictures of that day as well!

Labadee, Haiti: I booked an over the water cabana at Nellie's Beach for us and it was PERFECT! I also did the Dragon's Breath zipline and it was totally exhilarating and terrifying, lol!

We had 2 formal nights on board! I didn't make either! They opened the pools the day we got on. I was in the hot tub in the Solarium the second morning and you could actually use the pool without freezing late on the second day when we were near the Carolina's.

I have all my cruise compass' and will post them after my review!
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2017 - Independence of the Seas
2013 - Explorer of the Seas
2010 - Freedom of the Seas
2008 - Radiance of the Seas
2001 - Sovereign of the Seas