My review of the Explorer (sail date 4/3/04 - 4/10/04)
Embarkation and Debarkation: No problem. RCCL was very organized at both ends. Very minimal waiting.
Cabin: 8200, Family Oceanview Suite: Absolutely fabulous! Two bedrooms, living room and bathroom. Six can sleep in the rooms, we only had four. A set of bunkbeds in one bedroom, a queen in the other, and a pull-out sofa in the living room. I thought I'd get seasick being in the very front of the ship, but it never happened. Great views out the three huge portholes. And unlike the Royal Family Suite, this one was not very pricey.
Food: Typical ship food. Not four star restaurant quality, but I enjoyed everything I ordered. And if there was something not to someone's satisfaction, the waiter was quick to replace it with another. The dining room was beautiful, we ate there every day for breakfast and dinner with an occasional lunch thrown in. I wasn't thrilled with the Windjammer. The food was just mediocre. We loved the Cafe Promenade, open 24 hours with unique sandwiches, pizza, fruit, desserts to die for, drinks, etc...
Service: Our waiter Joaquim Dourado, asst. waiter Maria, and our room steward Kelwyn Gibbons went over and above what was desired and expected on this cruise. They went out of their way to exceed normal, everyday service. Fabulous job!
Shows: The shows in the Palace were not good, in our opinion. The comediens were rarely funny and the variety shows were amateurish. The singer in the Schooner Lounge, Norm, was very good as was the singer in the Crown and Kettle Lounge. Dancing in The Chamber was fun, and Dizzy's is a beautiful club. The Ice Show was great, very talented skaters.