Explorer of the Seas – Cruise Experience
Cruising, on Explorer of the Seas, with a family of five we looked at interconnecting rooms, adjoining rooms or a larger room that would hold us. We decided upon a Royal Family Suite. The main reasons that we chose this was
- the deep balcony at the stern of the ship with the ability to watch the water swirl behind us
- A second bathroom which makes getting ready in the morning or dinner far easier
- A separate living space which would not be closed in by portable beds and fold out couches
- The benefits of a suite are many and include – priority tendering (we had two tenders on our cruise), separate dining area for breakfast, concierge to help you with all matters on board, concierge lounge which had evening drinks, food and coffee. The children could also get games or videos for the Playstation 3 in our Suite or other board/card games. The suite functions and the complimentary drinks period in the evening provided opportunities to interact with several of the ships officers.
The Explorer of the Seas had many groups and multi generational families on board. It was not hard to see why, as this ship had something to please everyone. The exception being a cruiser who does not want children around as there were 1,200 children on our pre Christmas cruise. Despite the number of children the wide range of activities including those which could expend energy such as flowrider, ice skating, rock climbing, basketball, soccer to name a few along with a constant presence of Royal Caribbean staff ensured there were no unruly children.
Having only been recently refurbished in 2015 the ship was in very good condition. We tried Izumi’s (Japanese restaurant) and can highly recommend it. We also took the kids to Johnny Rockets (1950’s style diner) and everyone enjoyed their burgers and shakes. We ran out of time to try Chops Grille – where you could even attend a murder mystery night and Portofino (Italian).
The promenade was great to stroll along in the middle of the ship and attend an English rock night and 70’s night where the crew really got everyone in to the celebration like a street party. Not to mention the sail away parade. Unfortunately, as a shopping destination it was disappointing.
I would highly recommend this ship for families, groups and inter generational trips. If you want a wide range of activities, then this ship is for you.