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Old July 14th, 2001, 09:38 PM
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Default Explorer of the Seas Review kind of long

Sailed July 7th - 14th

So much to do it can be overwhelming but in a good way. Some do's and don't's IMHO

DO - eat at Portifino
Best service and filet mignon I've had in my LIFE

DON'T - eat main seating
too rushed to get ready

DO - Book sail and snorkle excersion St. Thomas with Doubloon to Turtle Cove - great fun & crew!

DO - Atlantis submarine tour in St. Thomas
closet you'll ever come to being a diver

DO - Buy wrist keychains (spiral) for room keys
We had the front desk punch a hole in them and wore them on our wrist. So convenient!

DO - Bring Woolite and a couple of those removable hooks and some line to make a clothline on the balcony. Used these alot. As well as that wrinkle remover spray.

DO - Bring an over-the-door shoebag to hang up in the restroom! Helped tremendously

DO - Buy the video done during your cruise at the photo lab. $19.95 and well worth the money.

DO - Stay up late to view the Gala Buffet

DON'T - Expect your teen 16 - 17 to venture off on their own. Teen program not so good. Daughter was disappointed that she had to do all of the activities with 13 year olds so she chose not to. 13 year old son not too crazy about activities either. But they still had a great time with us.

DO - Try the Coco Loco's

DO - Have a drink at Dizzy's the view is spectacular

DO - Attend evening parades in the Promanade
Short but very beautiful and entertaining

DO - Plan some time to rest, we were so tired even though we didn't do the late night activities

DO - IF YOU HAVE KIDS buy the coke card/$20 (unlimited) and the non-alcholic drink card $43 (20 drinks plenty for the week). THESE ARE WORTH THEIR WEIGHT IN GOLD, saved us a ton of money.

DON'T - Stress at the Haitian Market, have fun with it, they really are harmless. If they ask $30 (which they do for everything) you can probably get it for $10.

DO - Take lot's of pictures

DO - Tip for chairs in Labadee if you want one that is

DON'T - Be rude! We heard and saw many people that were not so nice to us, servers, and locals. No matter how much money we spend it doesn't make it right to be rude! Those people are the ones that ruin a vacation for all.

DO - TIP they really do work so very hard and deserve it

MISC - We really had NO problems the entire trip. Flights on time, easy on and easy off the ship. Some damage with luggage, ship repaired most of it while on the cruise. No problems with customs/passports etc.... KEN RUSH was the most amazing Cruise Director. He was EVERYWHERE all the time with the biggest smile on his face, we truly do not know how he does it.

My hubby says that "if this ship ain't got it, you don't need it"

HAVE FUN, we're sad to be home. Email us if you have any questions. ncunningham@kscable.com
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Old July 14th, 2001, 10:03 PM
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Default Re: Explorer of the Seas Review kind of long

Hi Natalie,
Sounds like you enjoyed Explorer as much as we did this past April, definately a ship every cruiser should try at least once, its amazing. BTW, hope you caught the ice show while on board, that was also exceptional to watch. You also had a bunch of good tips, thanks.

Have you booked the next cruise yet?

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