LIVE from Explorer of the Seas 12.3.12!

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#1
Wilmington, Delaware
950 Posts
Joined Dec 2004
Hello Everyone!

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
http://www.polerez.com/cruisephotos/...e-Seas-12-3-12


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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Brad
"a bad day at sea is better than a great day at work!"
Future Cruises
RSVP Charter - HAL's Koningsdam 2.5.17
Freedom of the Seas 2.12.17
Oceania's Insignia - 8.20.17

Past Cruises
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Holland America Line x 6
Carnival x 4
Cunard x 3
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#3
Wrightsville, Pa.
7,509 Posts
Joined May 2011
I am along for the ride. At least until I leave for my cruise on the Explorer on Dec. 13th. We may even cross paths while you are leaving and I am boarding.

Have a great cruise and take care of the ship for us, please.

Gwen
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#4
King of Prussia, PA
3,418 Posts
Joined Nov 2010
Awesome! Can't wait!
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33 Nights at Sea....
Cruise History:
6/11 - Allure of the Seas - 7 Night Western Caribbean
4/11 - Navigator of the Seas - 5 Night Western Caribbean
12/09 - Oasis of the Seas - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean ***Inaugural Sailing***
6/05 - Navigator of the Seas - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean
3/01 - Disney Magic - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean


#6
Halesowen, UK
723 Posts
Joined Aug 2007
We will be sailing on your cruise tomorrow. We have a very active meet and mingle roll call thread. Come and say hi.

Melissa
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Cruises Done:

RCI Adventure of the Seas, Southern Caribbean 12th Oct 2008
RCI Jewel of the Seas, Baltics 10th June 2009
RCI Liberty of the Seas, Western Caribbean 28th February 2010
RCI Independence of the Seas, Ultimate Mediterranean 13th February 2011
RCI Independence of the Seas, Canaries 17th March 2012
RCI Explorer of the Seas, Eastern Caribbean 3rd December 2012
RCI Adventure of the Seas, Iceland and Norway 31st May 2013
RCI Independence of the Seas, Canaries 2nd October 2014
Celebrity Eclipse, Exotic Southern Caribbean 29th November 2015
RCI Brilliance of the Seas, Mediterranean Venice 5th October 2016
#8
Florida
3,401 Posts
Joined Mar 2005
Wahoo! Live reports are awesome!

You are right about Radios and Trainman2's reports. Theirs inspired me for the ones I did too.

Looking forward to your live report!


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk. Please excuse any typographical errors.
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RCCL -
Harmony of the Seas. April 22, 2017
Oasis of the Seas. November 12, 2017

Symphony of the Seas. November 17, 2018


Past "Live" Trip Reports

RCCL - Brilliance of the Seas "Live" cruise report. December 12-16, 2013. "Live" report can be found HERE.
RCCL - Allure of the Seas "Live" cruise report. Nov 17-24,2013. "Live" report can be found HERE
RCCL - Enchantment of the Seas "Live" cruise report. July 19-26, 2013. Back -2- Back. "Live" report can be found HERE
RCCL - Jewel of the Seas "Live" cruise report. April 13-18, 2013. "Live" report can be found HERE.
RCCL - Monarch of the Seas "Live" cruise report. July 20-23, 2012. "Live" report can be found HERE
CCL - Carnival Sensation & Carnival Freedom B2B "Live" cruise report. November 8-17, 2012. "Live" report can be found HERE.
CCL - Carnival Ecstasy "Live" cruise report. December 3-8, 2012. "Live" report can be found HERE.

CCL - Carnival Ecstasy. Nov 24-27,2000. Report can be found HERE.

Royal Caribbean Cruises:
Enchantment of the Seas(3), Monarch of the Seas(2), Jewel of the Seas(1), Allure of the Seas(1), Brilliance of the Seas(2)
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Carnival Ecstasy(2), Carnival Freedom(2), Carnival Legend(2), Carnival Inspiration(2), Carnival Imagination(2), Carnival Fantasy(2), Carnival Sensation(2)



#9
Raleigh NC
24,461 Posts
Joined Oct 2007
Look forward to your live updates.
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Future Cruises
HAL Amsterdam 1-4-2017 - The World Cruise
HAL Prinsendam 7-15-2017 - Four months on the Elegant Explorer
Hurtengruten Fram 12-15-2017 - Christmas and New Years with the penguins
HAL Amsterdam 1-4-2018 - FLL to Sydney Segment
Azamara Journey 3-7-2018 - An Azamara World Cruise
Crystal Serenity 2-20-2019 - Perth to Cape Town
#10
Ottawa, ON, Canada
1,415 Posts
Joined Sep 2009
I am really looking forward to your live review as we are on this same cruise in March. Would love to see your cruise compasses and menus. Explorer does have the new menus as we had them on our October cruise. I am also looking forward to your plans while in port. Happy sails
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Explorer of the Seas 2010
Serenade of the Seas 2011
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Liberty of the Seas 2013
Explorer of the Seas 2013
Freedoom of the Seas 2013
Freedom of the Seas 2014
Allure of the Seas 2014
Freedom of the Seas 2014
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Jewel of the Seas 2015
Serenade of the Seas 2016

Jewel of the Seas 2016



#11
Wilmington, Delaware
950 Posts
Joined Dec 2004
Originally posted by fish6
I am really looking forward to your live review as we are on this same cruise in March. Would love to see your cruise compasses and menus. Explorer does have the new menus as we had them on our October cruise. I am also looking forward to your plans while in port. Happy sails
That shouldn't be a problem!
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Brad
"a bad day at sea is better than a great day at work!"
Future Cruises
RSVP Charter - HAL's Koningsdam 2.5.17
Freedom of the Seas 2.12.17
Oceania's Insignia - 8.20.17

Past Cruises
Royal Caribbean x 24
Holland America Line x 6
Carnival x 4
Cunard x 3
Oceania Cruises x 1
Celebrity Cruises x 3
Princess Cruises x 2
MSC Cruises x 1
Norwegian Cruise Line x 2
#12
Wilmington, Delaware
950 Posts
Joined Dec 2004
Originally posted by fish6
I am really looking forward to your live review as we are on this same cruise in March. Would love to see your cruise compasses and menus. Explorer does have the new menus as we had them on our October cruise. I am also looking forward to your plans while in port. Happy sails
As for plans in port, a whole lot of nothing!

Besides making sure we bring home a few boxes of the wonderful chocolate from the Belgium Chocolate lady in St Maarten for gifts we don't have very much planned.
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Brad
"a bad day at sea is better than a great day at work!"
Future Cruises
RSVP Charter - HAL's Koningsdam 2.5.17
Freedom of the Seas 2.12.17
Oceania's Insignia - 8.20.17

Past Cruises
Royal Caribbean x 24
Holland America Line x 6
Carnival x 4
Cunard x 3
Oceania Cruises x 1
Celebrity Cruises x 3
Princess Cruises x 2
MSC Cruises x 1
Norwegian Cruise Line x 2
#13
south central PA
1,048 Posts
Joined Oct 2004
Originally posted by bradpole
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.”
Did anyone explain why the expiration date not occur within six months following the voyage termination date?

We will be on the Explorer in April. Without digging our passports out of the safe, I know that they are valid through our cruise, no problem. But I am pretty sure they expire less than 6 months after our cruise.

Just trying to keep all my ducks in a row

ETA: I see it stated on Royals website http://www.royalcaribbean.com/before...&pnav=4&snav=5

ETA again!!! Just told my hubby about this, he said that we better renew them! Don't want any issues!
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Sharon

Grandeur of the Seas 3/28/14
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Explorer of the Seas 4/18/13
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Freedom of Seas....4/22/07
Disney Wonder....4/04
#14
Philadelphia area
6,726 Posts
Joined Jun 2009
Originally posted by bradpole

I’ll be joined on this cruise with my mom. We are greatly looking forward to this vacation to escape the cold
Looks like the weather is going to hit 67 this week in Philly / NY area.

Look forward to your postings, loved the EOS, great ship, great crew.
#16
Southern New Hampshire
1,109 Posts
Joined Feb 2005
What great news!! I will be on the computer more than ever this week. Thank you for doing this.
Sharon I
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RCCL 3/28/13 Freedom of the Seas Eastern
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RCCL 4/30/11 Serenade of the Seas Southern
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RCCL 4/29/07 Freedom of the Seas Western
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RCCL 6/29/00 Sovereign of the Seas Bahamas
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#18
Wilmington, Delaware
950 Posts
Joined Dec 2004
Originally posted by johneeo
Looks like the weather is going to hit 67 this week in Philly / NY area.

Look forward to your postings, loved the EOS, great ship, great crew.
I know... Don't rub it in . Who would think high 60's in December! October perhaps, but December?
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Brad
"a bad day at sea is better than a great day at work!"
Future Cruises
RSVP Charter - HAL's Koningsdam 2.5.17
Freedom of the Seas 2.12.17
Oceania's Insignia - 8.20.17

Past Cruises
Royal Caribbean x 24
Holland America Line x 6
Carnival x 4
Cunard x 3
Oceania Cruises x 1
Celebrity Cruises x 3
Princess Cruises x 2
MSC Cruises x 1
Norwegian Cruise Line x 2
#19
Delaware
3,403 Posts
Joined May 2006
Cant wait to read more. Great to see more Delaware people using Bayonne!!!! there are 6 of us going to San Juan in February on the Adventure!!!

Say hi to Jody in the Windjammer for me!!!
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#20
Where the Sound meets the Sea CT
856 Posts
Joined Dec 2009
here she is from may 2012 to bermuda
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