This was booked just 3 weeks ago as a surprise for our 39th anniversary. Only option was an interior GTY, new for us. We were assigned Deck 10, #1337 a few days before sailing - accessible interior with virtual balcony.
We flew in day of cruise, arriving in Seattle at 11am and headed to the port using UBER. Traffic was slow as expected until we turned into the port area when it came to a standstill. So we, along with many folks abandoned our ride and walked into the port - start of the adventure.
Had heard of issues with the process but we were in line to check in and on board in less than 20 minutes. Headed up to deck 11 to enjoy the warm day, view of downtown and wait for rooms to release.
We were very surprised at the size of our room and how the virtual balcony took away the feeling of being inside. Muster was in the dining room at 3:30 though many are still outside. We headed up front to enjoy sail away at the helipad, very pretty in nice weather (we were in shorts!).
Dinner - 2 nights in Chops with very nice food though surprisingly their special bread is the worst on the ship. And our other specialty was Giovanni's which was also delicious.
Used MTD the remaining nights - always a different table and waiter but very enjoyable.
Entertainment - Can't comment on welcome aboard, enjoyed the day 2 production dance show, the second on day 4 not so much. Ice show were on days 5 and 6 and a lot of fun. Hayden Smith and Brad Cummings as headliner shows were fine.
Senior staff were seen around the ship - Captain Rick Sullivan and Hotel Director Michael Landry even made it to our Meet and Mingle.
Explorer could use a bit of spiffing up - particularly cloudy windows in many areas, but she is a lovely ship and we look forward to sailing on her again.