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Explorer of the seas short review with some pictures 5/15/2015

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Hello! My first review so bear with me! I will be posting a few ship and port pictures as well as all the cruise compasses.

 

I booked this cruise over a year ago, we found out we were moving to England and I jumped at the chance to be within driving distance of Southampton! We cruised with our daughter who is almost 15 months old so early nights and short port days but we still had a ton of fun!

 

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We drove down to the port the day before the cruise, less stress and I found a deal at a local B&B where you get an overnight stay, lovely breakfast, parking for the whole cruise and shuttle service to the port and back!

 

Twin Oaks bed and breakfast

Our room:

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We made it to the terminal at about 10:45a, walked right in, no lines, got our sea passes and headed straight onto the ship!

 

We thought the ship looked great, very clean, new carpets, loved the overall decor

 

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First food on the ship and where we ate lunch when the mdr was closed

 

Cafe promenade!

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Got into our room right at 1pm! We stayed in 9298, no complaints about location, very quiet! This room was really perfect for us, we were able to park our stroller in the closet and I brought a blow up ducky tub for my daughter for bath time. Lots of space for her to run around.

 

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First food on the ship and where we ate lunch when the mdr was closed

 

Cafe promenade!

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Now that's what I call food porn!

 

On a serious note, thanks for the review my mother will be on the boat for her first cruise so she'll hopefully be able to pick up some tips.

What has the seating availability been like in Windjammer & public areas? This appears to have been the most consistent criticism post dry dock.

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Now that's what I call food porn!

 

 

 

On a serious note, thanks for the review my mother will be on the boat for her first cruise so she'll hopefully be able to pick up some tips.

 

What has the seating availability been like in Windjammer & public areas? This appears to have been the most consistent criticism post dry dock.

 

 

Haha right? Too good not to post :)

 

I think we ate in the WJ twice, we stuck to the dining room because the food was better and it was easier with the baby. They did have crew members up there assisting people to find seats, be prepared to share if you want a table at peak times. Cafe promenade was often a madhouse on sea days, still managed to find a table without too much trouble though!

 

 

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Bruges was my favorite port of the trip despite the fact that it rained all day! It was also our first formal night. We did an on your own ship excursion, no complaints there, just transport to the square and back.

 

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Ooh fab, thanks for posting. We are on Explorer in 2 days time, so it's great to read and see your pics.

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Got into our room right at 1pm! We stayed in 9298, no complaints about location, very quiet! This room was really perfect for us, we were able to park our stroller in the closet and I brought a blow up ducky tub for my daughter for bath time. Lots of space for her to run around.

 

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That future cruise offer is interesting. $500 obc AND 50 per cent off second passenger? Is that as good as it sounds?

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That future cruise offer is interesting. $500 obc AND 50 per cent off second passenger? Is that as good as it sounds?

 

 

You aren't getting $500 unless it's a suite on a really long cruise, lol. We booked a balcony room on a 10 day and it was $150 obc. Same prices you can find online right now but the deposit was $150 vs $1350 or so I would have paid so that made it a good deal for me.

 

 

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Hi , sorry we missed you at the meet and mingle, this was our first time on the Explorer and it wont be our last.

loving all the photos.

John and Angie { Callyscally}

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I was sorry to miss that as well! Sadly my schedule is dictated by an unpredictable 1 year old :D

 

 

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Thanks for the pics and review. Will be on the Explorer later in the year. I think our room is the same on the opposite side!

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Awesome thankyou. We sail in March still a while off. Interested to know if the service and dirtyness was still an issue as people had complained after dry dock?

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Really enjoying these photos. I'm on Explorer in October and have been trying to find photos since the refit.

 

Looking forward to seeing some more of the ship and the bars, lounges etc. :)

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Awesome thankyou. We sail in March still a while off. Interested to know if the service and dirtyness was still an issue as people had complained after dry dock?

 

 

We had no issues with service or cleanliness, everybody was extremely friendly and helpful the entire cruise and the ship looked great!

 

 

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Really enjoying these photos. I'm on Explorer in October and have been trying to find photos since the refit.

 

Looking forward to seeing some more of the ship and the bars, lounges etc. :)

 

 

Sorry, those are all the ship pictures I have! Obviously with a baby I didn't spend any time in the bars or lounges ;) haha

 

 

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Thanks for your review. Best one so far since the refit.

We are cruising in September and really looking forward to our holiday, more so now since seeing all your photos ☺

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Thank you for your review, looking forward to being on board in 9 weeks. Love the photos of the dining room it looks so bright.

 

Michelle x

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Thanks for your review. Best one so far since the refit.

We are cruising in September and really looking forward to our holiday, more so now since seeing all your photos ☺

 

That's weird, we are on the same cruise as you but I'm sure we sail in august, . I think either you or me need to double check our holidays. Lol:D:confused:

sean.

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Thanks for this review. I'm sailing on the Explorer in 5 weeks time - one of my children is also 1 year old. I know they haven't put the nursery in the refit but I had heard they have 'playgroup' sessions for 6-18 and 18-36 months - is this correct? Did you go to any? Where they good? I also heard there is a room (I think the playgroup room) fitted out with toys where parents can bring infants/toddlers - is that correct? Is it good? Also I wondered if they still do the toy-lending service where you can borrow toys and bring them back and swap regularly?

Sorry for all the questions!

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You aren't getting $500 unless it's a suite on a really long cruise, lol. We booked a balcony room on a 10 day and it was $150 obc. Same prices you can find online right now but the deposit was $150 vs $1350 or so I would have paid so that made it a good deal for me.

 

 

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so it should say UP TO $500 obc.

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Thanks for this review. I'm sailing on the Explorer in 5 weeks time - one of my children is also 1 year old. I know they haven't put the nursery in the refit but I had heard they have 'playgroup' sessions for 6-18 and 18-36 months - is this correct? Did you go to any? Where they good? I also heard there is a room (I think the playgroup room) fitted out with toys where parents can bring infants/toddlers - is that correct? Is it good? Also I wondered if they still do the toy-lending service where you can borrow toys and bring them back and swap regularly?

Sorry for all the questions!

 

 

I never saw any playgroups advertised but that doesn't mean they didn't have them. There is a room, it looked nice but we never used it. My daughter isn't into toys so I never checked!

 

 

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great reviews really enjoyed reading them looking forward to 18th Sept when we join her. Could you tell me if you happened to know the laundry costs on explorer please? thank you

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I will be following along. I have no cruises planned for this region, nor on the Explorer, but I love this area of Europe and I hope to cruise it sometime soon. Thanks for taking the time to write this review! :D

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Once again great picys of Cruise Critic. I would love to see more :D

 

Did you see any 'freestyle' coke machines on board? The ones that you can 'mix' your own soft drinks?

 

Cheers.

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Once again great picys of Cruise Critic. I would love to see more :D

 

Did you see any 'freestyle' coke machines on board? The ones that you can 'mix' your own soft drinks?

 

Cheers.

 

 

Yes, there were 2 near cafe promenade and 2 in the WJ. Could have been more but those were the only ones I noticed :)

 

 

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Thank You for your Photos and the 3 Cruise Compass so far...Looking forward to more. :):):):)

 

 

Thank you! Moving this week so everything's a bit hectic but I will try to post more soon!

 

 

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Thank you! Moving this week so everything's a bit hectic but I will try to post more soon!

 

 

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Thank you loving the review so far!

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