By the third day, we were almost at the latitude of Los Angeles and winds/waves settled down. The temp was warmer and spent more time on deck.
The Explorer of the Seas js the biggest ship we sailed so far. It felt a bit more crowded than smaller ships but still can find quiet space. The best feature on this ship, and possibly Royal Caribbean as a cruise line, are the very excellent shows in the Palace Theater. There two shows a night and are performed as well as Las Vegas Shows. We attend the first show every night after dinner.
As far as cuisine, it is OK but not spectacular. The sit-down dinners at 5:30 PM in the Sapphire restaurant with waiter service are above average and much better that the alternative cafeteria-style Firs restaurant. For breakfast, Debbe and I have a continental breakfast with coffee in the cabin and have it on the balcony. The Kirchners (Doug and Suz) are next door and the first thing I hear every morning is Doug's voice.
You are probably wondering how we keep from getting fat. It is not too difficult to put on one two pounds a day on these cruises. Debbe and I vowed to these principles: No carbohydrates, no sweets, no sugar, and only a few drinks. I further decided to fast a day here and there and to skip some lunches. So far, we have been sticking to this regime.
Activity wise, there is no shortage of things to do. The Cruise Director, nicknamed Dan-Dan, has organized a full schedule from morning to late night. In addition to shows, we play table tennis, participate in various trivia games, go to seminars, work out in the gym, do steam baths/sauna, Jacuzzi, and watch movies on the outdoor big screen. Debbe attended a cake decorating workshop with Suz and said that that final product was very delicious. I found a chess layer and we play chess almost every day (mental energy burns calories too).