Just back from Western Caribe 6/20-6/27 on the Explorer - any questions?

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#3
Tampa, Fl
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Ron,

I had a wonderful time on the cruise...from the time we all met on the first day up until the last day we said our good byes.

How was your trip back?

Donna
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#5
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Joined Feb 2004
We went to Belize and did the best of belize by boat booked through shore excursions. Though the snorkeling was good, I would not recommend this excursion. People we were with from Carnival almost missed the last tender to the ship. The people who ran the excursion were not too concerned about time. A better bet is the cave tubing.

On Costa Maya we just hung out at the beach in Majuhaul. You get the flavor of a sleepy fishing village. The bars are right on the beach and the drinks are inexpensive - $1 for beer and $2 for soda.

On Cozumel I absolutely recommend that you go to Paradise Beach. They have a water trampoline, an Ice Berg to climb, waiter service for food and drinks, all water sports and the beach is gorgeous.

On Grand Cayman I highly recommend booking the Sting Ray City tour through Captain Bryans on board the catamaran Buccaneer. The stop at Stingray City is the highlight of the trip. You get to feed and hold Southern Atlantic Sting Rays.

If you book privately through the internet you can save a considerable amount of money rather than using the RCCL excursions. Do your homework and read the threads on the port of call section of the boards.
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#6
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Joined Feb 2004
Hi Donna,

We had a great time on the cruise meeting and laughing with new friends. I am going through withdrawal right now. Our trip home was as good as a trip home can be after having such a great time. Work today stunk, I purposely went in late because I just didn't want to be there. Please stay in touch.

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#7
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Joined Feb 2004
Hey Donna,

Were you able to find our original postings? If so let me know because I can't find them.
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#8
Florida
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Joined Nov 2000
Hey Guys ! Where's Cristian? And Clo? And Adam? We should be sailing with them. Boy, I'd much rather be at sea than back at work. We need to start thinking about a "reunion" cruise. We have to make sure that next time we are christened the BEST cruise critic group they've seen on board.

Let's keep in touch!

Hope to have photos soon! Need sleep!

~Anne

Ron....I added the date to your title so people had a time reference. :-0
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40 Posts
Joined Feb 2004
Anne,

I think the girls have Christian withdrawal. Thanks for the helping hand. How does a reunion cruise to Bermuda sound?
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#11
Longwood Florida
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Did you like it? Why or Why not??
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#12
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Joined Feb 2004
Absolutely great time! The ship is awesome, we had 3600 guests and we didn't wait on a line once. The ports of call were fun. The only drawback was at two ports (Belize and Grand Cayman) we had to tender in. The food was very good, the service was excellent, the shows were good and the drinks were great.
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#13
AZ
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Joined Jun 2004
I'll be sailing on the Explorer in September!!! I'm so excited!!!

A couple questions...was there a surcharge for Johnny Rockets?

Salt or fresh water pools? I've heard different things on the message boards.

Also, I don't want to waste any time! Are there any shows that are just okay and you could have lived without seeing? I know the ice show is a don't miss.

Where was your room?
#14
203 Posts
Joined Jun 2004
Doing Western Caribe in March. Any suggestions for Belize with 2 girls, ages 7 and 12? Thanks. Also, according to the RCL itinerary I looked at, we are supposed to be docked in Grand Cayman and Belize. The only tender is Cozumel. We are on Splendour of the Seas, though. Can smaller ships be docked?
#15
PA/FL
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Joined Dec 2003
Hello Anne, Ron, Donna:

I enjoyed the cruise too. Sorry I didn't see much of you after the meet and mingle, but between excursions and family, I guess I was pretty tied up. We had a great time on the cruise - despite my mother not being there for her and my stepfather's 35th wedding anniversary celebration. We had the dining room staff in stitches with our anniversary presentations to my stepfather, the highlight was when the waiters brought a cake and sang happy anniversary to him alone. My mom missed a great cruise, and she really didn't need to.

So who's Cristian?

I'd love to do Bermuda out of NY or NJ in April, but I can't seem to find any sailings yet.

Anne - I ran into Amanda and Bianca at the ice rink for a teen skate, but they got turned away for being too old. Imagine that? They didn't schedule any advanced skating time (for skaters who bring their own skates), which disappointed me, but then I convinced Guest Relations that they really needed to. So, they ended up letting Lauren have a half hour of private ice time on Saturday at 6PM. That was pretty cool.

Did anyone ever meet up with Jen the nurse?

Mark
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#16
El Paso, Texas
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Joined Jun 2004
giantsfan,

how was the overall weather? I'm going to be on the Rhapsody out of Galveston this up-coming week, going to Key West, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel - and I'm a little worried about the weather, t-storms, rain etc. Any info.?
thanks Doreen
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#17
PA/FL
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I was on the cruise with giantsfan. Explorer was great. I too was amazed at how the ship handled the 3600 guests. Never waited for a treadmill at the fitness center and never waited on line for food. The pools are salt water. No charge for Johnny Rockets at this time (except for drinks/shakes) but I understand RCCL is considering imposing fees to reduce lines. There weren't any lines when I visited. I thought all the shows were great. We saw a show called Revolution, which was a Beatlemania type show, and they were great. The Royal Caribbean singers and dancers were outstanding, especially during the first show. Majestic (an Australian balancing act) was also awesome. The only minor disappointment I had was I thought the food was okay, but not great. I felt that on my two previous Celebrity cruises, there were always several outstanding choices for dinner, whereas on this cruise I felt that wasn't so. Others may disagree. But on the whole, I'd say this was a great cruise, a great ship, and the service was impeccable.

Mark
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RCCL Mariner of the Seas (August 2008)
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#18
PA/FL
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Joined Dec 2003
D.,

The weather was pretty hot and humid. The only place we hit rain was in Costa Maya, and it was a pretty hard rain that lasted maybe a half hour. Unfortunately, we were in the middle of a jungle at the ruins, so we got soaked. But we all laughed afterwards.

Don't worry, be happy, and enjoy the cruise. I'm jealous.

Mark
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Celebrity Galaxy (New Years 2004)
RCCL Explorer of the Seas (2004)
RCCL Voyager of the Seas (2005)
RCCL Freedom of the Seas (August 2006)
RCCL Mariner of the Seas (August 2008)
RCCL Majesty of the Seas (March 30, 2009)
RCCL Mariner of the Seas (January 10, 2010)
RCCL Oasis of the Seas (January 22, 2011)
NCL Gem (June 12, 2011)
NCL Sun (April 17, 2014)
RCCL Explorer of the Seas (December 9, 2014)
Celebrity Silhouette (December 13, 2015)
NCL Breakaway (July 24, 2016)
NCL Getaway (December 4, 2016)
RCCL Navigator of the Seas (March 31, 2017)
RCCL Brilliance of the Seas (June 18, 2017)
RCCL Brilliance of the Seas (May 28, 2018)
#19
Tampa, Fl
28 Posts
Joined Apr 2004
Ron,

I was not able to find it. I search and searched, but we can continue this thread or email each other, or better yet go on another cruise.

Donna
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#20
Massachusetts
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Joined Jun 2003
We're doing the western caribbean on the Explorer next week. Glad to hear that you had a great time. Who was the cruise director?
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