Explorer of the Seas Refurb ?

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#1
New Jersey
467 Posts
Joined Aug 2007
We love sailing out of Bayonne on the Explorer, however it is definitely showing wear and tear. Does anyone know when it will be refurbished? Would love to book another cruise on it but would like to do it after a refurb.
#2
Southern Tier of NY
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If it happens, it will probably be AFTER it leaves Bayonne next year...
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Wait until she's replaced by Liberty of the Seas next year!!!
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#5
Curacao, Netherlands Antilles
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In 2014 is her next dry dock.
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#6
Brick, New Jersey
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Originally posted by DonnaK
Wait until she's replaced by Liberty of the Seas next year!!!
I have heard this before....is this now a fact??
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Originally posted by roe2ship
I have heard this before....is this now a fact??
Thats from the CC Rumor Mill
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#8
Georgia
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Originally posted by darfee
We love sailing out of Bayonne on the Explorer, however it is definitely showing wear and tear. Does anyone know when it will be refurbished? Would love to book another cruise on it but would like to do it after a refurb.
That's pretty sad if she is looking bad and just a year out of drydock.

That is why we try to sail on newer ships now, however the Majesty was in pristine condition last year when we were on her and she was 18 years old at the time!
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#9
West Palm Beach, FL
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Keep in mind the Explorer is 11 years old and not the Oasis
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#10
Hyattsville, MD
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Originally posted by KruzeRcI
That's pretty sad if she is looking bad and just a year out of drydock.

That is why we try to sail on newer ships now, however the Majesty was in pristine condition last year when we were on her and she was 18 years old at the time!
The Explorer has one of the toughest jobs, all winter long sailing out of frigid air and water into the Caribbean and the warm water and back...

The wood and the paint just can't stay pristine under those conditions.
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#11
King of Prussia, PA
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Joined Nov 2010
Originally posted by MikeDaDog
The Explorer has one of the toughest jobs, all winter long sailing out of frigid air and water into the Caribbean and the warm water and back...

The wood and the paint just can't stay pristine under those conditions.
I hadn't thought about it that way. Interesting point.
#12
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Joined Dec 2010
Originally posted by MikeDaDog
The Explorer has one of the toughest jobs, all winter long sailing out of frigid air and water into the Caribbean and the warm water and back...

The wood and the paint just can't stay pristine under those conditions.
i was on the explorer last summer, and boy does in need work. rust on the balconies, paint peeling, furniture all worn out. I won't go back on explorer cause of that. The windjammer is also outdated too. I would sail on mariner on navigator. Im sorry but 3 years is way too long for the explorer. i GUESS that means explorer is stuck with those old tube tv's for 3 more years.
#13
West Palm Beach, FL
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Joined Nov 2010
Originally posted by MikeDaDog
The Explorer has one of the toughest jobs, all winter long sailing out of frigid air and water into the Caribbean and the warm water and back...

The wood and the paint just can't stay pristine under those conditions.
If its that bad on her...

A) why do they keep her up there year round
and B) why don't they give her more regular drydocks

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#14
Upstate NY
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Originally posted by DonnaK
Wait until she's replaced by Liberty of the Seas next year!!!
you don't know that
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Grandeur - Sept 00:::::::::::::Explorer - Sept 06 Review::::::::::::Carnival Legend - Feb 12 Review ::::::::
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