Live from the Explorer - February 16, 2014

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#1
New York City
7,242 Posts
Joined Mar 2004
Greetings Everyone,

First time RCCL cruiser, veteran cruiser with Holland America Line, Cunard and Celebrity. Have long wanted to try Royal Caribbean. In a mere 11 hours we'll be heading to Cape Liberty to board the Mighty Voyager Class ship bound for the Bahamas and as far away from the Polar Vortex as possible.

I plan on posting frequently and taking tons of pictures which I will include following the voyage. If you're booked aboard the Explorer in the coming weeks I'll report on all of the action aboard, the service, the ship, the food and discuss our port stops in Port Canaveral, Florida - Nassau, Bahamas and Coco Cay, plus information on excursions like our visit to Universal Studios which I am wildly excited for.

Somewhere out there our ship is slicing through the cold, dark Atlantic for a meeting tomorrow with a bunch of very enthusiastic and excited Cruise Critics ready to board, Mingle and break the bank at the Slot Pull.

Bags are packed, snow has stopped looking forward to galloping up the gangway and reporting Live from the Explorer of the Seas.

Jonathan
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Liberty of the Seas Review - 8/22/15
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http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1990840

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#2
Canada
18,714 Posts
Joined Feb 2006
SO excited for you! Explorer is phenomenal, we have sailed her twice. You will love the Royal Promenade and just love sitting there with a cup of coffee and a couple of cookies - the sugar-free peanut butter cookies are really good!! - and watching the people go by.

Have a great time.
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~Karen

*I have fallen ill, so sadly, no more cruises.*

Already Cruised - listed not to brag, but so you can ask me a question if you'd like:
RCI - Serenade Nov 2015 S. Caribbean
Celebrity - Solstice May 2015 Alaska
RCI - Explorer Nov 2014 Repo/S. Caribbean - 40 ft. rogue wave, lifeboat damage

Princess - Grand Princess May 2014 Pacific Coastal
RCI - Serenade March 2014 - B2B W. Caribbean

RCI - Serenade Feb 2014 - Bahamas - a celebration cruise indeed!
*RCI Scandinavia 2013 - nope - cancelled due to my illness. ~ Maybe next year, God willing.
RCI - Jewel Nov 2012 - B2B Mexico
RCI - Jewel Repo Oct/Nov 2012 Boston to Tampa - Hurricane Sandy
RCI - Brilliance June/July 2011 Mediterranean
RCI - Mariner Oct/Nov 2010 Mexico
RCI - Oasis May 2010 E. Caribbean - 4 adults in one cabin; we did it!
Princess - Emerald Princess April 2009 E. Caribbean
RCI - Explorer Sept/Oct 2008 - 25th anniversary! Canada - Hurricane Kyle
RCI - Liberty August 2007 E.Caribbean - Hurricane Dean - 4 adults in one cabin; we did it!
RCI - Explorer April 2006 E.Caribbean
RCI - Vision Aug 2003 Alaska
HAL - Rotterdam - last leg of her final world cruise ever April 1995 Pacific Northwest
RCI - Viking Serenade Aug 1993 Mexico
#3
New York City
7,242 Posts
Joined Mar 2004
Originally posted by Langley Cruisers
SO excited for you! Explorer is phenomenal, we have sailed her twice. You will love the Royal Promenade and just love sitting there with a cup of coffee and a couple of cookies - the sugar-free peanut butter cookies are really good!! - and watching the people go by.

Have a great time.
Thank You Karen! I am incredibly excited, I have read, studied, researched everything Explorer and can't believe we're just a few short hours from discovering her for ourselves.

I will make a point of trying the sugar-free peanut butter cookies, (some of my favorites) thanks for the tip. Can't wait to stroll the Royal Promenade and find out just exactly what a Pet At Sea is anyway.

I know I should be hitting the hay but, who can sleep the night before a cruise?

Jonathan
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Liberty of the Seas Review - 8/22/15
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2253857

Live from the Explorer of the Seas - 2/16/14
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1990840

Live from the Noordam Transatlantic - 4/5/08
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=749667

2017 - QM2 - Anthem of the Seas - 2016 - Regal Princess -
2016 - RCCL Anthem of the Seas - 2015 RCCL Liberty of the Seas
2014 - RCCL Quantum of the Seas - 2014 RCCL Explorer of the Seas
2011 - Cunard - Queen Elizabeth - 2010 Celebrity Summit
2009 - Cunard QM2 - 2008 - HAL Eurodam - 2008 HAL Noordam
2007 - HAL Noordam - 2006 - Cunard QM2 - 2006 Cunard QM2
2005 - Cunard QM2 - 2004 Cunard QM2 - 2003 - Cunard QE2
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#4
Canada
18,714 Posts
Joined Feb 2006
Originally posted by cruiserking
...and find out just exactly what a Pet At Sea is anyway....
Aww.... would you like to know, or be surprised?
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~Karen

*I have fallen ill, so sadly, no more cruises.*

Already Cruised - listed not to brag, but so you can ask me a question if you'd like:
RCI - Serenade Nov 2015 S. Caribbean
Celebrity - Solstice May 2015 Alaska
RCI - Explorer Nov 2014 Repo/S. Caribbean - 40 ft. rogue wave, lifeboat damage

Princess - Grand Princess May 2014 Pacific Coastal
RCI - Serenade March 2014 - B2B W. Caribbean

RCI - Serenade Feb 2014 - Bahamas - a celebration cruise indeed!
*RCI Scandinavia 2013 - nope - cancelled due to my illness. ~ Maybe next year, God willing.
RCI - Jewel Nov 2012 - B2B Mexico
RCI - Jewel Repo Oct/Nov 2012 Boston to Tampa - Hurricane Sandy
RCI - Brilliance June/July 2011 Mediterranean
RCI - Mariner Oct/Nov 2010 Mexico
RCI - Oasis May 2010 E. Caribbean - 4 adults in one cabin; we did it!
Princess - Emerald Princess April 2009 E. Caribbean
RCI - Explorer Sept/Oct 2008 - 25th anniversary! Canada - Hurricane Kyle
RCI - Liberty August 2007 E.Caribbean - Hurricane Dean - 4 adults in one cabin; we did it!
RCI - Explorer April 2006 E.Caribbean
RCI - Vision Aug 2003 Alaska
HAL - Rotterdam - last leg of her final world cruise ever April 1995 Pacific Northwest
RCI - Viking Serenade Aug 1993 Mexico
#5
Long Island, NY
259 Posts
Joined Feb 2012
I was on the Explorer in March, and it was a truly amazing cruise!! She's a great ship and an amazing crew.

We hit some rough weather leaving Bayonne, but it looks like you're heading out on a great day....

I'm soooo jealous right now! I can't wait to read your review.
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#6
497 Posts
Joined Apr 2008
Have a great time! I am a RCL newbie too sailing on the Explorer in May. I can't wait to hear all about the ship and your cruise. :-) Can you take note to the formal nights? I am curious to know what the majority of people are wearing.
#7
New York City
7,242 Posts
Joined Mar 2004
Originally posted by Langley Cruisers
Aww.... would you like to know, or be surprised?
I've waited this long, I can stand a few more hours of suspense to find out what's churning in that giant globe on the Royal Promenade.

Originally posted by Jenn31708
I was on the Explorer in March, and it was a truly amazing cruise!! She's a great ship and an amazing crew.

We hit some rough weather leaving Bayonne, but it looks like you're heading out on a great day....

I'm soooo jealous right now! I can't wait to read your review.
Hi Jenn,

Yes, this is a common theme, everyone raves about the crew aboard the Explorer. It seems like we should have smooth sailing now that the storms behind us but, it will be fairly frigid around 22 with a wind chill of 8.

I get a chuckle out looking at the boarding pictures with everyone decked out in down coats. It seems so alien once we reach Florida and people are swanning around in shorts and sandals.

Originally posted by wezie
Have a great time! I am a RCL newbie too sailing on the Explorer in May. I can't wait to hear all about the ship and your cruise. :-) Can you take note to the formal nights? I am curious to know what the majority of people are wearing.
Thanks Wezie, I appreciate it. I'll absolutely keep you informed on the finery floating around on formal night and how dolled up everyone gets.

Jonathan
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Liberty of the Seas Review - 8/22/15
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Live from the Explorer of the Seas - 2/16/14
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1990840

Live from the Noordam Transatlantic - 4/5/08
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=749667

2017 - QM2 - Anthem of the Seas - 2016 - Regal Princess -
2016 - RCCL Anthem of the Seas - 2015 RCCL Liberty of the Seas
2014 - RCCL Quantum of the Seas - 2014 RCCL Explorer of the Seas
2011 - Cunard - Queen Elizabeth - 2010 Celebrity Summit
2009 - Cunard QM2 - 2008 - HAL Eurodam - 2008 HAL Noordam
2007 - HAL Noordam - 2006 - Cunard QM2 - 2006 Cunard QM2
2005 - Cunard QM2 - 2004 Cunard QM2 - 2003 - Cunard QE2
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#8
1,734 Posts
Joined Feb 2008
Have a great time!!!!
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#9
New York City
7,242 Posts
Joined Mar 2004
Originally posted by PhilNDebbieAtSea
Have a great time!!!!
Thanks Phil N Debbie!

Giddy with excitement!!

Jonathan
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Liberty of the Seas Review - 8/22/15
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2253857

Live from the Explorer of the Seas - 2/16/14
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1990840

Live from the Noordam Transatlantic - 4/5/08
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=749667

2017 - QM2 - Anthem of the Seas - 2016 - Regal Princess -
2016 - RCCL Anthem of the Seas - 2015 RCCL Liberty of the Seas
2014 - RCCL Quantum of the Seas - 2014 RCCL Explorer of the Seas
2011 - Cunard - Queen Elizabeth - 2010 Celebrity Summit
2009 - Cunard QM2 - 2008 - HAL Eurodam - 2008 HAL Noordam
2007 - HAL Noordam - 2006 - Cunard QM2 - 2006 Cunard QM2
2005 - Cunard QM2 - 2004 Cunard QM2 - 2003 - Cunard QE2
1979 - Royal Viking Line - 1976 - Mississippi Queen - 1974 HAL Rotterdam
1973 - SS France - 1972 - Cunard QE2- 1971 - Cunard QE2 -
1970 - Cunard Franconia - 1969 - Leonard Da Vinci



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#10
Solarium Bar
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Subscribed! Two more weeks for me.
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#11
Queens, NY, USA
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I'm subscribing as well... Looking forward to your trip report. Have a wonderful cruise.

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#12
Forks Township, PA
1,142 Posts
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One more week for me!! Have a great time!!
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12 night Repositioning on Liberty of the Seas 11/1/2015
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14 night Panama Canal on Radiance of the Seas 10/23/05
11 night Hawaii on Serenade of the Seas 10/7/04
7 night E. Caribbean on Radiance of the Seas 12/7/03
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3 night Nordic Empress 3/29/96 and 4/7/95
#13
173 Posts
Joined Aug 2013
So jealous. I still have just over a year til my cruise. It's been way too long since I've cruised. Have an awesome time.


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New York City
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Originally posted by Yorkvillain
Subscribed! Two more weeks for me.
Thanks for subscribing Yorkvillain.

Originally posted by QueensChick
I'm subscribing as well... Looking forward to your trip report. Have a wonderful cruise.
Originally posted by Croozin Soozin
One more week for me!! Have a great time!!
Originally posted by Honeymooner15
So jealous. I still have just over a year til my cruise. It's been way too long since I've cruised. Have an awesome time.
Thank You Very Much Queens Chick, Croozin Soozin and Honeymooner15. Can't believe it's finally cruise day, sometimes it seems like it'll never get here but, it has with bells on, gongs and they're ringing joyously...

Jonathan
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Liberty of the Seas Review - 8/22/15
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2253857

Live from the Explorer of the Seas - 2/16/14
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1990840

Live from the Noordam Transatlantic - 4/5/08
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=749667

2017 - QM2 - Anthem of the Seas - 2016 - Regal Princess -
2016 - RCCL Anthem of the Seas - 2015 RCCL Liberty of the Seas
2014 - RCCL Quantum of the Seas - 2014 RCCL Explorer of the Seas
2011 - Cunard - Queen Elizabeth - 2010 Celebrity Summit
2009 - Cunard QM2 - 2008 - HAL Eurodam - 2008 HAL Noordam
2007 - HAL Noordam - 2006 - Cunard QM2 - 2006 Cunard QM2
2005 - Cunard QM2 - 2004 Cunard QM2 - 2003 - Cunard QE2
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#15
Michigan
1,028 Posts
Joined Jan 2010
Wishing you smooth seas and sunny skies.
Have a wonderful cruise.
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#16
Seattle, WA
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Joined Apr 2009
Jonathan,
Thank you for taking the time to do a live report. Looking forward to the trip.
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#17
Elmwood Park, NJ, USA
359 Posts
Joined Jun 2003
Bon Voyage Jonathan . . . have a great time. We don't sail Explorer till November so I'll be looking forward to all your live reports. Happy Sailing!!!!

Maryann
#18
New Haven, CT
1,792 Posts
Joined May 2010
Just about 100 days till we're on Explorer .. can't wait to see & read what ure gonna put here ... have a great cruise !
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CostaRiviera 1988, Regal Empress 1998 & 2000,
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Explorer Of The Seas 2014
Enchantment Of The Seas 2015
Independence Of The Seas 2015
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#19
2,642 Posts
Joined Jul 2013
Originally posted by cruiserking
Greetings Everyone,

First time RCCL cruiser, veteran cruiser with Holland America Line, Cunard and Celebrity. Have long wanted to try Royal Caribbean. In a mere 11 hours we'll be heading to Cape Liberty to board the Mighty Voyager Class ship bound for the Bahamas and as far away from the Polar Vortex as possible.

I plan on posting frequently and taking tons of pictures which I will include following the voyage. If you're booked aboard the Explorer in the coming weeks I'll report on all of the action aboard, the service, the ship, the food and discuss our port stops in Port Canaveral, Florida - Nassau, Bahamas and Coco Cay, plus information on excursions like our visit to Universal Studios which I am wildly excited for.

Somewhere out there our ship is slicing through the cold, dark Atlantic for a meeting tomorrow with a bunch of very enthusiastic and excited Cruise Critics ready to board, Mingle and break the bank at the Slot Pull.

Bags are packed, snow has stopped looking forward to galloping up the gangway and reporting Live from the Explorer of the Seas.

Jonathan
She's a great ship with a great crew, have sailed her several times!......K.O.
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#20
South East Pennsylvania
54 Posts
Joined Mar 2009
Looking forward to your updates! I have to wait till September to sail on the Explorer. That will also be my first time with RC. I will be taking notes from your reports. Thank You and have a wonderful cruise!
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2008 Carnival Victory - New England/Canada
2009 Carnival Pride - Port Canaveral/ Bahamas
2010 Carnival Glory - Saint John, Canada
2010 Carnival Pride - Caribbean
2011 Carnival Pride - Caribbean
2012 Celebrity Summit - Bermuda
2012 Carnival Miracle - Caribbean
2013 Carnival Glory - Canada
2013 Carnival Pride - Port Canaveral/ Bahamas
2014 RC - Explorer Of The Seas - Bermuda/ Caribbean
2015 Celebrity Summit - Bermuda