Sail Date: February 2019
Quick summer getaway with my brother. Second time on board Explorer and first visit to Tasmania. 'Spacious ocean view balcony' cabin was more than enough room for us two smallish blokes - a shame more space could not be allocated ... Read More
Quick summer getaway with my brother. Second time on board Explorer and first visit to Tasmania. 'Spacious ocean view balcony' cabin was more than enough room for us two smallish blokes - a shame more space could not be allocated for the bathroom! Evening shows in Palace Theater were varied and good value. Best show is the 'Spirits of the Seasons' Ice Spectacular which I've seen five times now! Former Olympians in spectacular costumes doing stunts on ice on a slightly rocking cruise ship - need I say more! Great variety of free dining at Windjammer buffet and Sapphire My time Dining, with snacks including pizza at Cafe Promenade (our regular lunch stop). No need for us to pay extra for specialty dining! No need for us to buy a drinks package either, as we stuck to the free purified water, tea/coffee and orange juice. Very clean, albeit wearing ship, with utmost attention to hygiene with hand sanitizers everywhere. Excellent service, as always, from our cabin steward, dining staff, etc. Still uncomfortable with a couple of Royal Carribean's sexist daytime activities by the pool, 'The World's Sexiest Man Competition' and 'International Men's Belly Flop Competition'. Awaiting Royal Carribean's response regarding why they exclude women!? As Sydneysiders, we didn't bother getting off at Newcastle or Wollongong (no offense to fellow Aussies from those parts). We were only interested in Hobart, which was a beautiful landscape port with houses built into the rolling hills, especially when viewing from top deck whilst sailing away late afternoon! Hobart was almost like being in a different country in a good way. We didn't bother with any of the Royal Carribean shore excursions which appear overpriced. Instead we did an excellent, two hour, tip-based morning walking tour via Hobart Free Walking Tours. Afterwards we did the two hour round trip on the Mt Wellington Explorer Bus (Red Decker Company) for some truly sublime, picturesque views of Hobart and surrounds from the top of Mt Wellington. Brace for the zero degrees Celsius wind chill however - in summer! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
Chose this cruise for location and activities on board. All expectations were met and cannot fault the staff or food. Will be sailing with Royal Caribbean again. Highly recommend the drinks package. Was a great opportunity to try new ... Read More
Chose this cruise for location and activities on board. All expectations were met and cannot fault the staff or food. Will be sailing with Royal Caribbean again. Highly recommend the drinks package. Was a great opportunity to try new drinks without the fear of a huge bill. Was made to feel, Nothing was to much trouble, from all staff, regardless of the hour. Range of things to do though out the days and nights. Plenty of places to just relax. Specialty restaurants well worth the cost. Bar staff remembered our names and drinks and always with a smile. All waiters could not be more friendly and helpfull and again, always with a smile. Beds super comfortable and the room cleaned regularly. Several towl animals were left in our cabin to our delight over the 9 day cruise. We have already booked another cruise with Royal Caribbean and we can’t wait. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We chose Royal Caribbean as a friend was an experienced cruiser and highly recommended the line. I was worried about sea sickness so we chose to go along the coastline to Queensland - Brisbane, Willis Island and Airlie Beach. I didn't ... Read More
We chose Royal Caribbean as a friend was an experienced cruiser and highly recommended the line. I was worried about sea sickness so we chose to go along the coastline to Queensland - Brisbane, Willis Island and Airlie Beach. I didn't need to worry. Absolutely no sea sickness a very smooth trip. Embarkation took about 45mins. Disembarkation was even quicker. Very well organised. We had a room with a balcony which I loved. Plenty of room. The entertainment was fabulous especially the Ice Skating Show. My husband and I travelled with our friends. We dined at the Main Dining Room which was exceptional. So much food and quality service. We also tried the Japanese Restaurant Izumi which was lovely. All the staff on board were outstanding. Service in all areas was faultless. We had planned to go snorkelling for our shore excursion but unfortunately it was very wet at Airlie Beach and we cancelled due to the bad weather. We did go into Airlie Beach as we had been there about 15years ago. It is a lovely place to visit. Unfortunately the day we were there it was flooding rainfall so we stayed for around an hour and went back to the ship. I would highly recommend anyone that was on our cruise to consider going back to Airlie Beach and enjoy the Barrier Reef and Whitsundays and all it's beauty on a sunny day. You won't be disappointed. We tried the rocking climbing wall and ice skating on board the ship which we thoroughly enjoyed. We would certainly love to cruise again and explore another destination. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
Dates were convenient and needed to take a break to relax with friends and family. The cabin and waiter staff were exceptional. Particularly Shaien, Bayu and his assistant waiter Yuting had been superb dining servers. House keeping/Cabin ... Read More
Dates were convenient and needed to take a break to relax with friends and family. The cabin and waiter staff were exceptional. Particularly Shaien, Bayu and his assistant waiter Yuting had been superb dining servers. House keeping/Cabin crew Selty was incredibly kind and helpful. It was such an relaxing expierience and these servers in particular along with all the crew in general involved really made it a memorable and perfect cruise. I would highly recommend this cruise to anyone who in need of r and r. It was like a party every night with the abundance of entertainment and activities avaible. Life performance were especially enjoyable. Australia Day celebrations was incredibly memorable and even though we were away from home we were able to celebrate in such a fantastic way. The balloons falling will forever be engraved in our memories. My wife and I and our family will definitely return again for another fantastic cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
Family first time cruisers, was a bit overwhelming to begin with with the boat at max capacity and all were excited. Settled in well with a good mix of age groups, food in windjammers was great with variety each day, i found the dining ... Read More
Family first time cruisers, was a bit overwhelming to begin with with the boat at max capacity and all were excited. Settled in well with a good mix of age groups, food in windjammers was great with variety each day, i found the dining room food a little bland and generic. Izumi was amazing the chef's signature sushi rolls to die for! We had deluxe beverage packages which were definitely worth it with bar staff service top quality spirits such a grey goose vodka and the limit for beverages was $14 USD which meant you could have any beverage including the top cocktails. Noumea was a sham, shops are closed on Sundays so you have to pay for a tour or return to the boat (nothing open to self guide around the city) I'm sure this is done on purpose purely to promote tourism. Mystery Island and Isle of Pines were magnificent and definitely worth it, the aqua water and snorkelling is not to be missed! We packed a couple of snorkel sets and did our own thing. Overall excellent cruise - now to get back down to precruise weight :) Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
Our son organised a group of 24 family and friends for this cruise. Twelve being first time cruisers. We’ve completed over thirty cruises and this was up there with the six star cruise we did a few years ago. The staff, food, service ... Read More
Our son organised a group of 24 family and friends for this cruise. Twelve being first time cruisers. We’ve completed over thirty cruises and this was up there with the six star cruise we did a few years ago. The staff, food, service was second to none. Everyone of our group had a fabulous time throughout the entire cruise, our Suite was lovely and clean everything we needed was catered for. We met the captain at Dizzys at a cocktail party held for Suite members, he was such a nice man very personable. He spent about ten minutes speaking to us and was in no rush to move on. We saw him around the ship often and always seemed happy to speak to anyone who approached him. The Cruise Director Graham was in the two best we have ever had. Brilliant entertainer and appeared to be genuine with people. Densely in the Conceirge was fantastic and helped organise birthday gifts and surprises for my sister. He was very kind and patient with our three grandchildren as well. Definitely the best RCL cruise we have had to date, currently looking for our next one. Thank you RCL. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
hi we just finished our 9 night cruise on Explorer Of The Seas and we had a great time. the main reason for having a great time was mainly due too the fact that we had a large group of 31 people with a mix of both adults and kids. some of ... Read More
hi we just finished our 9 night cruise on Explorer Of The Seas and we had a great time. the main reason for having a great time was mainly due too the fact that we had a large group of 31 people with a mix of both adults and kids. some of us have cruised before, my family cruised on the carnival spirit 3 years ago so we could compare it to that cruise. so firstly we could not fault any of the staff at all, from the dinner wait staff, the cabin attendent down to the pool staff everyone was excellent as they were on our previous cruise also they all deserve more money. when it comes to entertainment our whole group were So dissapointed, the nightly shows were very dissapointing compared to our previous Carnival cruise which were awsome.one show was a so called comedy show performed by the director of the cruise but i must say Sorry but you aint no comedian we expected so much more. So when it came to Kids club we thought having such a large group of kids they would love kids club but they didnt. it took them 1 hour to want OUT and never wanted to go back. our kids when on the carnival cruise were allowed alot of time to do their own thing but on Explorer they were told you should have read the intinerary if you dont like what we had planned you should not have come. at one stage the kids did such a very exciting activity where 20 or so kids sat in a circle with a single staff member in the middle passing the ball to them one at a time (very exciting). and i dont want to keep comparing the Explorer to the Spirit but the Spirit had a better layout in our opinion, for eg the adults only area on the Carnival Spirit was at the rear of the ship was really well laid out with a large round covered lounges around the deck edge, when compared to the Explorer's adult area called the Solarium was a roman theme and in my thoughts wasn't very appealing at all. it was in the middle of two other areas one being the main pool the other being the cabin and lift areas which if you had children you had to walk through the are to get to the pool, which sought of defeats the purpose of an adults only area.our room was cabin 1852 right at front of the ship with the whole wall being a window it was awsome and it was bit bigger than a standard room. We visited the pacific islands which are OK if you have never been before but after a couple of times its the same old thing dead broken coral after 30 odd years of trampling it gets a bit boring will definilty be looking at other locations for further cruises. so overall we had a great time with our group but would prefer a different ship and destination next time we expected so much more after being told Royal Caribbean are the best. sorry guys tried to add pics but for some reason it wouldnt work so sorry Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
We chose our Cruise on Explorer of the Seas primarily because it fitted our criteria of being on a Cruise departing Sydney to Celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary, which ended up being the day of departure on the 15th of January 2019, it ... Read More
We chose our Cruise on Explorer of the Seas primarily because it fitted our criteria of being on a Cruise departing Sydney to Celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary, which ended up being the day of departure on the 15th of January 2019, it was a first time Cruise for my wife and I, and overall as an experience we had a great time, there were a few things about the whole experience that were a little disappointing which i will detail later in the review. Firstly the good things about tihe Cruise were the Staff who were very friendly, courteous, and helpful, a standout was our room attendent who had to contend with our comings and goings at all times without any help from us letting him know with placing a "Make up my room" sign on the door which we only discovered late in the Cruise ! He was always cheerful and friendly, the Cabin itself was excellent, clean, and tastefully furnished, the ship itself was amazing, the promenade on Deck 5 was like a shopping strip with shops and bars, as for the activities, it took my wife a long time to convince me about the merits of going on a cruise, i just had this pre conceived idea that i would be bored, there were so many activities, from Trivia, to concerts, and shows, we were never bored on the ship. There were a few things about the cruise that were disappointing, firstly communication with Royal Carribean in Sydney was poor, i called the number provided for the Sydney office, it was an International Call centre, i wanted to surprise my wife for the Anniversary, they had an Anniversay package with Champagne and Chocolates, but the package also included gaudy decorations which i did not want, I was happy to purchase without, however as calling was useless as the person i spoke to did not quite understand I was happy to purchase but wanted to buy without the pillow cases that said "I Love you" and the hanging decorations, he was unable to help me make the purchase without the decorations, an email i sent elicited a response that i was unable to purchase the package without the decorations, i ending up taking two bottles of Champagne on board which you are allowed to do, as well as Chocolate dipped strawberries purchased from a shop near home, communication pre cruise was poor. Secondly for us the Cruise had too many people on it, getting a place in or around the pool was a game in itself, very difficult, dinning we found to be slow, on a couple of occasions it took 2 hours, thirdly as i am usually an independent traveller who researches everything about destinations pre trip, when researching our stop to Noumea, i became very interested in the Maritime Museum which had an exhibit about La Perouse, however when reading further I discovered that the only day of the week that the Museum was not open was Monday, the day we were in Noumea, might i suggest to Cruise companies that it is not a good idea to be in Noumea on Monday's as many Museums and Markets are closed, on our trip it might have been better to have the first stop at Noumea and the last Stop at Isle of Pines, that way we get to see all attractions in Noumea, and finish with the Isle of Pines which was unbelievably good. Another annoying aspect of the ship was the "Art Auction " which is just basically over rated artworks that are based on established popular styles of art, they are by no means masterpieces which they are made out to be, and the hard sell was hard to take as well, we went to the inroductory to the Art Auction on the first night because they offered free champagne, every night we came back to our room there was advertising about the Art Auction, Hard Sell was a very negative feeling i have about the Cruise experience, from advertising about imploring us to win another Cruise by getting between 4000 and 10,000 points in the Casino, to the Vitality Spa where a free beauty consultation led to an uncomfortable hard sell experience for my wife. Also bear in mind that the shore excursions offered on Royal Caribbean are way over priced, as you can purchase the same or similar excursions with tour operators for much cheaper, for example the Tchu Tchu train on Noumea when purchased through Royal Carribean is about $69AUD, from the New Caledonia Tourist website it states the cost at 2200 F which is about $29AUD With the long list of disappointments listed it may look like we did not enjoy the cruise, nothing could be further from the truth, the Cruise was great and it will always be a great memory of how we celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
This is our second trip on Explorer, the previous being 2 years ago. Both times before we left I read lots of negative reviews and both times I couldn't fault anything once onboard. I have cruised 13 times in all. Embarkation and ... Read More
This is our second trip on Explorer, the previous being 2 years ago. Both times before we left I read lots of negative reviews and both times I couldn't fault anything once onboard. I have cruised 13 times in all. Embarkation and disembarkation were well organised. The food was delicious, especially in the buffet which had fabulous changing selections nightly plus the firm favourites.The Sapphire Main Dining was top notch too. Service in both dining areas and the Promenade cafe was so efficient and prompt. There were lots of fun activities and some great parties at night. The nightclub was busy and pumping every night. Ice show was a must-see. The production shows with the singers and dancers were so well done to a really high standard. We went to the 9pm shows most nights and enjoyed them all. Room steward service was excellent - we wanted for nothing. This cruise was around the South Pacific and Noumea, Mystery Island, Lifou and Isle of Pines were all clean and beautiful. Lots of snorkelling with tropical fish. One thing that would make the trip better though would be to have a better selection of free movies for the cabin television. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
I took 3 first time cruisers who were adamant they would not enjoy it at all, day 2 and I was asked when are we books the next cruise!! The service was fantastic there was always something to do so there was no time when we were bored. ... Read More
I took 3 first time cruisers who were adamant they would not enjoy it at all, day 2 and I was asked when are we books the next cruise!! The service was fantastic there was always something to do so there was no time when we were bored. The food in the windjammer was amazing, so much to choose fro, the main dinning rm, the Sapphire room, was perfect, we could want for nothing more,the staff were polite, friendly and very helpful. The ship was beautiful if you wanted osop you could if you wanted to drink you could if you wanted too eat you cold, so many choices of everything was available. The bars were great if I couldn’t decide what I wanted the bartender suggested something and asked do I prefer fruity, creamy sweet etc etc. The room was so clean and comfortable our steward was so helpful and friendly. Read Less
Explorer of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 5.0 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.2
Family 5.0 4.2
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.8
Enrichment 4.0 3.5
Service 4.0 4.4
Value For Money 5.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 4.1

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