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  1. Love it. When our DD was turning 16 in December years ago we started her getting some driving experience. With her temporary permit we started he driving in the early morning or late evening at our church parking lot, it is big. Once she got the handle of the car.....mine....a Ford Explorer, we moved up to cemeteries where the speed limit was 10mph. I guess my subliminal where pray or your going to end up here if you do not drive safe. She did well and was excited to start driving. That Explorer became her first car and she dro
  2. My Last time on a Voyager Class(Explorer) was 20yrs ago. Right after 9/11 and ship was only 60% capacity...
  3. Do all of the balconies have glass under the railing? I've seen videos where some are solid and some others have glass. Is there a difference based on deck?
  4. The confusing part to me (at least at the time) is they named a Quantum class ships Anthem and Ovation and then have Oasis ships Harmony and Symphony. It is a bit odd they split the music theme across two classes. I mean Freedom, Liberty, and Independence... all the same. Voyager, Navigator, Explorer, Mariner, Adventure... mostly in the same vein. Radiance, Brilliance, Jewel, Serenade... Serenade seems a bit out of place in the naming scheme.
  5. Really bummed about this one as it was the cruise we were doing for our 30th anniversary. Wonder if they'll extend the date of our FCC we used to book it. Their offer for the change is $50/$100 OBC (depending on your cabin selection) if you rebook a Trans-Pacific or Repositioning cruise by November 24th. I don't see myself rebooking at the current prices and lack of itinerary. I get they are trying to stay alive but this one is really disappointing along with what I view as a trash offer. Edited to add: I just received the email today for verification.
  6. Did you see the pictures posted on another blog that showed Allure and Explorer in Port Canaveral recently? A large crane was loading something onto the ships (first Allure, then Explorer the next day). People were guessing what was being loaded on. My guess is it was something to set up the laboratory capacity needed to meet this requirement.
  7. Just received an email that our 2/6/2022 cruise on the Freedom is now canceled and we can go on Explorer. Sorry but not even close to a win win. I was so happy to go back on freedom class especially after the updates. Where will the freedom be? thanks!
  8. I forgot how nice the Explorer area was!
  9. I do know that Freedom and Navigator have had the free facilities removed, sadly. This so-called amplification was planned for all Voyager- and Freedom-class ships, but the pandemic interrupted some of these changes. I can't say for sure but I think that Adventure, Voyager, and Explorer have not been messed up yet. If you look in the Fitness, Spa & Sports Cruise boards here on CC you will find the list, however up to date it may be.
  10. Having never done a BTB, and often considered one, I'm curious about a few things. Assuming you were able to book the same cabin again, what is the scenario for this? Do you have to "move out" everything just to bring it all back onboard? What is the procedure if it's a different cabin (a more likely thing)? Second BTB situation: it's possible, for example, to get off the Symphony in Miami and the Explorer is also in port getting ready for its departure that same day. Is it possible to walk from the Symphony to the Explorer or is it necessary to find transportation? Thanks, and like ever
  11. i think quite a few Lift & Shifts were booked at a very good discount. We moved our Explorer Transatlantic to the Odyssey TA via Lift & Shift, and the list price of Odyssey was about twice what we paid for Explorer. Without Lift & Shift, we would’ve requested a refund. Instead, RCI has had our deposit for over 2 years.
  12. I remember the days when people said that Voyager class ships would never leave the Caribbean because they were not built for cooler weather. You can't generalize just because a ship does not have an enclosed pool. There are pictures that can be found of Explorer sailing from N.J. in winter with plenty of snow and ice on the open weather decks.
  13. What category of cabin are the Explorer aft balcony cabins 9390, 9392, 9690, & 9692 (post dry dock)? These are the ones immediately next to the grand suites. The RCI site does not show a category for them. Thanks.
  14. Just got our email. Nov 26, 2021 Explorer cancelled. Replaced same date with Radiance. $50USD/$100USD "our bad" offer Sailing to............ "similar destinations"....... WTH? How do I make a decision based on that description? I think clearly they're hoping for cancellations.
  15. Adventure OTS - Clo O'Connor July 6 for 2 months. Then who? Allure OTS - Jimmy Rhodes March 11 for 4 months, then Mitch Merucciis scheduled to return August 12 for 2 months. Anthem OTS - Dennis Charles May 12 until September 6, then Chris Brown starts September 6 for 4 months. Brilliance OTS - Mike Szwajkowski July 3 (for 2 or 4 months?) Empress OTS - WHO is the current CD? Enchantment OTS - Bobby Broughton April 6 until early-September. Then who? Explorer OTS - Topi Ylönen returns June 8 until July 27. Then who? (Graham Seymour may return as regular CD again for the rest of 2018,
  16. I did a Seattle to Sydney cruise on the Explorer in 2018. It was 21 nights with stops in Oahu, Maui,Fiji, 2 stops in Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Sydney. Spent 3 nights pre and post cruise. Return flight was using airline points. Best use of points are for these strange, open jaw type of itineraries.
  17. "Japan Explorer" is the voyage name. The ship should be Quantum. Well at this moment the cruise is still not yet cancelled. But I believe it will be cancelled eventually. It is likely that Quantum will stay in Singapore (cruises to nowhere) for a few more months.
  18. I have a good question on this and, I'm pretty sure I already know the answer, but what the heck: We had a TA booked on the Explorer last year for a VERY reasonable price. The cruise was cancelled and we were able to do a Lift and shift to the Odyssey for this year at the same exact rate (A HUGE bargain). Now our TA is very late October, but if that gets cancelled, do we receive the rate that the cabin is worth on the Odyssey if we can do another lift and shift, or do we just get what we put in for the Explorer? Cheers Len
  19. Wasn't Explorer in PC last week 🤔 She better get going
  20. Hi I booked a November 14th 2020 FOS cruise which was cancelled so I L&S to Empress November 6th 2021 cruise. This cruise has now been cancelled and no L&S option shows. Would it be reasonable to ask RCCL to move the booking on one day to November 7 2021 Explorer of the Seas cruise and have the price protected or would I have to pay the now higher prices on the Explorer. The other 2 cruises on the Freedom I had booked for November 14th and 21st 2021 had the option to move them to the Explorer for the same dates after they were cancelled last month. Thanks.
  21. My daughter is crew on EX, got this text from her this am... Our dry dock was canceled as of last night. We will port in miami on the 15th - the 18th (in and out not over night) and for the remaining time we were supposed to be in france we will be floating around Freeport. Docking when it's free. Ship is hoping everything changes by may and we will sail to europe for cruises without enhancements
  22. Our family's road trip for next summer (assuming I will ever be allowed to leave my state...) is wrapping around a cruise out of Galveston. I had my eyes on Carnival Dream, but with room inventory so low for our weird group (9 people in three staterooms) I also decided to look at other lines. Explorer OTS has a cruise on 5/19 that would work out well timing wise and the cost is similar (though one day shorter-Dream is six), as are the ports. Comparing ships is like buying mattresses... but while I see Explorer has rock wall and Flow Rider, they don't seem to have a waterslide
  23. Reading July as a guess for restarting cruises. And with a slow restart. Allure and Explorer coming into Port Canaveral to load materials and bring crew onboard could be a good sign -- especially if some of the loaded material is comply with the CDC Conditional Sail Order. I read a few times that Allure had called back Casino Crew for June, which would please my husband and probably the RCI bean counters if lots of passengers gambled. Crew boarding (especially) if a more general call-back) in June would give them time to learn the new protocols
  24. Explorer has much less chance of any issues as Taiwan has not had virtually no cases in like 6 months, unlike the MS1 sourced passengers from Germany.
  25. Yep, you're correct. Also Dream Cruises. https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/singapore-looks-to-restart-cruising "Dream Cruises’ ship the Explorer Dream started cruises to nowhere from Keelung on July 26 and as of late September had completed 22 cruises with more than 25,000 passengers. Similarly, in July, TUI also resumed cruises from Germany aboard its Mein Schiff vessels offering cruises to nowhere in the Baltic."
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