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Mitch

Age: 51

Occupation:Physician

Number of Cruises: 9

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Explorer of the Seas

Sailing Date: 2010-07-8

Itinerary: Bermuda and Bahamas

Overall, a very well run ship, with an excellent staff. All of the staff is friendly and professional, as well as helpful. I would say that this is an excellent family cruise.

Excellent food in Portofino's, and good food in the main dining room. The Windjammer food was adequate, but then again I never set high expectations for buffets.

We had a Junior Suite, which was just fine for my family, with excellent closet space. The balcony was excellent, and offered plenty of extra space when my kids were in the cabin with other kids they had met on the ship. The bathrooms were small, and there was no separate changing area in the suite, which was a little disappointing, especially given the fact that the Junior Suite is a little more expensive than the standard balcony cabin. Overall, the staterooms were immaculate, well attended to, and the flat screen HDTV was a nice extra.

The adult activities were geared towards married people in the 30 to 50 age range, or for younger children, which left my children, who are 18 and 20, feeling a little "left out." Too old for camp, too young for the bars and nightclubs. However, there were plenty of people their age on the ship, so they made their own activities, particularly hanging around the pool deck at night with other older teens. I wish that Royal Caribbean would have dedicated one of the night clubs or pubs to have activities themed towards 18 to 21 year olds. The shows were adequate but not great, with the exception of the last night comedian, Miguel Washington, who was excellent. Also, for some reason there was no late night "adult" comedy show, which I found disappointing. Overall, I think that this would be a tough cruise for somebody who is single.

The ship docks in Bermuda on Saturday and Sunday, however the city of Hamilton is shut down on Sundays. I wish that I would have known this before I planned my activities in Bermuda. The stop at Coco Cay was excellent, and the Nassau stop was OK. My family and I went to Blackbeard's Cay in Nassau, which was OK, but nothing special. If you do go to Blackbeard's Cay, the beach is small and there is not much to do if you don't swim with Sting Rays.

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