Number of Cruises: 2
Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Ship: Explorer of the Seas
Sailing Date: October 19th, 2002
Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean
This cruise was our honeymoon. Overall, it was wonderful. We wish we would have had the cruise line take care of our airfare, because compared to when I cruised on Disney 2 years earlier, the bus/suitcase hauling thing was kind of a pain.
Everyone at our table was great. My husband was in heaven the whole week over the food. He couldn't believe how much food they gave you, and we found it all to be delicious. Our head waiter was replaced mysteriously after the second night, but that proved to be a good thing.
Our cabin steward was a sweetheart. We had a cabin at the front of the ship, which provided a neat view and also rocked us to sleep every night. Our cabin was really big. We loved the high pressure toilet! Much more efficient than the plumbing in our 130 year old house at home!
The ship is enormous and beautiful. Surprisingly, for how many thousands of people are on board, we never had trouble finding places to be alone. We stood on the deck at the bow of the ship looking at the stars and nobody bothered us.
We bought a lot of art from the art guy. I got addicted to the auctions and ended up being one of his "friends" (he even gave me a free bottle of champagne). The shows were not as enjoyable to me as on Disney, but the comedian was hysterical. We loved Bingo. I was so proud of myself for successfully making it to the top of the rock climbing wall! Our climbing instructor was great.
We met several other honeymooning couples. The honeymooners night in one of the clubs was pretty lame, and unless you were big drinkers, it wasn't worth going to.
We had fun at Johnny Rockets and played mini golf at sunset. We really enjoyed the hot tubs and the spa. Even the free tour of the spa before we left port was great!
We hated San Juan. It was scary, dirty, and smelly. St. Thomas is gorgeous. We went to Magen's Bay (our baby girl's name is Megan). We liked Nassau the best, although you need to be prepared if you have led a rather sheltered life. Same thing in St. Maarten. Be aware that it is extremely hot in the Caribbean (we are from Wisconsin) and you will be thankful to return to the air conditioned ship.