Pisti Posted November 3, 2006 #1 Share Posted November 3, 2006 Just returned form the Explorer, 5 days to Bermuda. In general, I was disappointed. You get what you pay for, appears to be true. Start with the positives: the staff was excellent, polite, friendly and professional every single one of them that I met. The cabin #1688 was huge as was the balcony (aft) and the bed linen was brand new. The negatives: the Windjammer Cafeteria was like "eating at the trough". No trays, huge oval plastic plates on which one was presumably supposed to load everything. The ingredients for salads and dressings were good, the hot food and I use the term loosely was lukewarm and overcooked generally very tired. There was always something one could find to eat but I kept finding myself comparing it to the Carnival Legend of last year and it was no contest! The dining room was only open for lunch on the 2 sea days so that was not an option. Dinner was made pleasant by some very compatible and fun tablemates and while I could find something every night, it's mostly because I'm not a fussy eater, one appetizer and a couple of cold fruit soups as starters just doesn't cut it.. The early evening entertainment was IMO mediocre, the Ice Show however, was excellent. The shops on board were a joke, one had the impression they didn't bother to restock since the next cruise was the repositioning and whatever was left was what was available. Finally, because it was owned by Celebrity I expected the same standards. The so called dress code was non exsistant at least the main seating . Lots of people in jeans and even sweatsuits which I WOULDN"T MIND IF I HAD KNOWN. I deliberately didn't bring my jeans because they're heavy to pack and not very appropriate or so I thought. All in all not even close to Celebrity or for that matter Carnival.It seemed that this cruise catered to the lowest common denominator. We are going on the NCL Dawn at Christmas, and I am willing to bet that even with all the hype about "freestyle", it will be a classier operation than RCI. Won't be repeating them any time soon. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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