I wanted to everyone know that I plan to post “live” from the 12.3.12 sailing of Explorer of the Seas .
Inspired by the truly wonderful jobs that “Radio,” “Trainman-2,” and others have done I wanted once again do my own “live” thread.
This will be my third attempt of posting live, and this time I hope to be able to post larger pictures than I have in the past.
I’ll be uploading photos to my online gallery which can be found here
Our ports are in reverse order of this graphic.
To make things easier to view the photos I have setup an album for each day of the cruise.
In the past I have used tapatalk on my iPhone and iPad, although it is quick and easy to use, the photo quality that I was able to post had been less than spectacular. Hopefully by posting the photos directly to my photo gallery they will be larger and better quality! Only time will tell!
As long as the wifi/internet gods allow I plan to post at least once a day.
I’ll be joined on this cruise with my mom. We are greatly looking forward to this vacation to escape the cold and after how the last cruise ended (you can catch up on that fiasco here on page 6 http://forums.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1630936 ) we really need to escape!
This will be our 4th time on Explorer of the Seas. Our first time (and our first Royal Caribbean cruise) was way back in 2003 for a 7 night Western Caribbean out of Miami.
In 2006 we were once again onboard for Explorer’s Repo Cruise from Bayonne to Miami, and our last cruise on Explorer was back in 2007 for a 12 night Christmas and New Years Eve cruise.
Before the cruise officially begins I thought I’d share a story with everyone.
A few weeks ago I was printing out the setsail pass and other documents. While skimming over the docs I happened to notice a sentence that sent chills down my spine. “For your protection, we recommend that your passport book expiration date not occur within six (6) months following the voyage termination date.” My passport had been set to expire in March 2013!
By the time I noticed this it was Mid November! A rush passport by mail takes about 2-3 weeks. Looking at the calendar I probably could have renewed my passport via the mail but having both Veterans Day and Thanksgiving during those weeks I didn’t want to risk not having my passport back in time.
In doing some research and phone calls it was determined that my passport would “most likely” be fine. I “shouldn’t” have any issues. In my mind “most likely,” and “shouldn’t” aren’t words I like to hear. Also, I probably could have used my birth certificate and drivers license, but after cruising for 10 years with a passport why chance that my birth certificate and photo ID wasn’t good enough.
Luckily living in Wilmington, Delaware the State Department has a passport agency in Philadelphia. I made an appointment, I had to wait a few days until it was 2 weeks prior to departure, and drove to the passport agency to renew my passport. I have to say the people at the Philadelphia passport agency are the most enjoyable and pleasant government employees I have ever dealt with... I mean that! The process was quick and easy. After I paid the $110 for the passport and the $60 rush fee I was told to come back the Friday after Thanksgiving to pick up my new passport. I seems depending on how soon you are traveling determines how quickly you will receive your new passport. The lady at the next window was told to come back that afternoon, so it seems even same day turnaround is available if you are truly in a pinch.
So with a brand new passport in hand we’re ready to set sail!
So to everyone who cruises on a passport, check your expiration date, your passport MAY expire BEFORE you think it does!
I hope you follow along, and if you have any questions please let me know!
Just an FYI, if the new menus are on Explorer (I think I read they are) I plan to post what they are for the 10 night cruises on Explorer.
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