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Radio April 6th, 2013 09:19 AM

"LIVE" from Explorer of the Seas -April 7, 2013- Bermuda
Hello everyone! I am very happy to once again post “LIVE” from Explorer of the Seas. I will be boarding tomorrow for a 6 Night Cruise to Bermuda. I think that this may be the only 6 night sailing this year, as there are several 5 NT, 7NT, and other 9NT (Bermuda -Caribbean) Cruises sailing this summer.

Those who have followed my “LIVE” reports with RCI, X, NCL will know that I plan to post daily reports of life on board the ship through my eyes. . .
There should be plenty of pics daily, as long as I am able to maintain a valid wireless connection. We will be in Bermuda for 2 nights, so I am crossing my fingers for good weather for 3 days. The Royal Advantage upgrades are not scheduled until next year so there will be no pervasive Wi-Fi connection in my cabin. I will probably use the Connoisseur Club on Deck 5 or the 19TH Hole Sports Bar on Deck 14.

Explorer of the Seas will be the first Cruise Ship to dock at Kings Wharf this year. There have been a couple of port calls scheduled last month in Hamilton. Oceania Riviera was scheduled to dock at the Heritage Wharf pier (right next to us on Wednesday), but the Heritage Wharf pier is being worked on to get ready for the Inaugural Bermuda sailing of Norwegian Breakaway next month.

I feel bad for the passengers of Riviera that will have to tender in from the anchorage at Grassy Bay (just north of the Maritime Museum)

I haven't been to Bermuda on Explorer of the Seas since September 2010, and it will be nice to sail on such a beautiful ship to such a beautiful destination. That “LIVE” report can be viewed HERE.

I will begin my drive shortly up I-95 to my Hotel in Elizabeth, NJ for my pre cruise stay where I will be just a few miles from the Cape Liberty Cruise Pier in Bayonne, NJ. I know there will be a couple of choices for me to stop for a delicious cup of Starbucks before I get to the pier.

The check in process should begin around 10 AM on Sunday, and boarding should begin by around 11:30. We are scheduled for sail away by 4PM.
The forecast for tomorrow is 61F and sunny . . . I should be able to get a glimpse of Norwegian Jewel, as will be sailing from Manhattan tomorrow for a 7 NT sailing to the Bahamas.

I am really looking forward to sailing Explorer of the Seas again, and I am really looking forward to Bermuda. Sit back, and have a coffee. . .this should be lots of fun!

Thanks for tuning in. . .


Explorer of the Seas in Bermuda (May 2010)

Explorer of the Seas

Our Itinerary

I need a recharge !


LuckiStac13*Majesty* April 6th, 2013 09:23 AM

Have fun Radio! If you remember, look out for a head waiter named Jacob...I believe he is on Explorer right now. One of the best. He's a friend from our many sailings back on Majesty of the Seas. He's from Israel :)

Have a great cruise!

Host Clarea April 6th, 2013 09:25 AM

Looking forward to your review as we are getting on when you get off.:)

KMagz April 6th, 2013 09:25 AM

Excellent! Your live reports are one of the fav things on these boards.

maggieq April 6th, 2013 09:30 AM

Hi Radio,

Looking forward to your reporting even more so than before as we are on the May 11th EX cruise to Bermuda. Our first time, Bayonne, Bermuda and Explorer.

Thanks again for doing this...

sharonlacey April 6th, 2013 09:30 AM

Have a great trip, see you on board (I wish), lol;)

demodawn April 6th, 2013 09:35 AM

Yeah another cruise with you Mark! Hope for great weather

MedicKen April 6th, 2013 09:36 AM

Radio, as always thanks for all your fine work on these wonderful "LIVE" posts.

Take care of this fine ship as we'll be on her soon ourselves.

Fair winds and Following Seas my friends.

PSU April 6th, 2013 09:39 AM

Looking forward to reading your report

It is always such a pleasure to read your "live" reports. You have such a gift. I only wish that sometime my husband and I get to buy you a drink if we are on the same cruise.

somebodysdream April 6th, 2013 09:40 AM

:D Yipee you're here Radio!! I'll be following you daily while drinking my morning coffee.
One comment concerning Starbucks on the Explorer. When we were on her sister ship the Adventure in February/March we couldnt purchase regular Starbucks only the fancy coffee drinks. That was totally frustrating considering the yucky free coffees on board. Of course we didnt use our buy one get one coupon either. I do remember being able to buy regular Starbucks on the Enchantment last year. :confused: I wondered why.

luvscruising2007 April 6th, 2013 09:41 AM

Looking forward to your "Live Review". We love the Explorer.

Newsbuff16 April 6th, 2013 09:43 AM

Have a great cruise...looking forward (as always) to your daily comments.

138east April 6th, 2013 10:11 AM

Mark - have a great trip. I will be eagerly following your live reports. I did the 7 day EX to Bermuda last Sep and it was wonderful to have 3 full days in port. Much much better than the Sep 2010 cruise with only 1 1/2 days.

I'm eagerly anticipating my TA from Harwich to Boston at the end of August - I just got a substantial price reduction by switching to a guarantee.

Bon Voyage!

sharod April 6th, 2013 10:11 AM

Have a wonderful trip!!!

I guess I will be boarding the Explorer a cruise or two after you disembark :)me :(you

Looking forward to your review!!!

MrFunInTheSun April 6th, 2013 10:16 AM

Wahoo! Another "Live" Radio trip! Have a great trip Radio, looking forward to your reports. A week before I sail off on the Jewel of the Sea's too! Perfect timing! Look for my live report when you get back.

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Candleonwater April 6th, 2013 10:16 AM


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DPurcell58 April 6th, 2013 10:16 AM

Enjoy, looking forward to reading your posts.

Wriggler April 6th, 2013 10:22 AM

Fabulous to see another of your Live reports, Mark - I'll be following along, as ever - just love to see your sunset and sunrise pictures :D

Kroozen April 6th, 2013 10:31 AM

Looking forward to reading all about your trip. I'm cruising to Bermuda at the end of May on Grandeur.

Stratus22 April 6th, 2013 10:42 AM

Grabbing the popcorn RADIO!!

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