Favorite thing: On this particular cruise we left from New Jersey. One of the things I was most looking forward to on sailing day was passing under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Liz and I headed up to one of the top lounges; Dizzy's. We found a nice seat in the lounge ordered some drinks and enjoyed Sail Away.
Favorite thing: On Explorer of the Seas there is a very nice Champagne Bar. There is a special champagne card available for purchase. The card is $50 and includes 10 glasses of champagne or champagne drinks. Needless to say Liz loves her champagne and we went through several cards on this trip.
Favorite thing: As you board the ship there are maps available of the ship. Each level is shown in detail with highlights of the shops, lounges dining and bar areas. Signs and maps on each end and level of the ship are an easy way to see where you are and where you're going.
Favorite thing: When on this ship you must purchase your soda or buy a soda card for unlimited refils. The only free beverages are: water, iced tea, lemonade, coffee, tea and juices with breakfast. I wanted to have the option of being able to have soda so I purchased the card. They give you a refillable thermal cup and place a soda sticker on your seapass to identify that you have purchased the soda package. Either present your cup or show them your seapass to obtain a soda.
On Board the cruise ship they have an internet cafe to keep you connected to school, work or loved ones. The cafe has a number of workstations available for use. You can also bring your own laptop and use their WI-FI service. Liz always needs to have internet access since she is in school and brings her homework with her wherever we go.
The internet pricing is $.55 a minute or you can buy a package. We always buy a package. The package rates are: $28 for 60 minutes, $38 for 90 minutes or $55 for 150 minutes.
WI-FI areas of the ship aren't always very good. We seems to have the best connectionin the Schooner Bar. Be aware the connection is very slow and can be frustrating to use.