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  1. I agree with Biker. I just got an email to say sorry they had to cancel my "Key" for my November 7th out of SJ on Explorer. At end of email they said "Looking forward to having you aboard," so I know we are going.
  2. Mine cancelled for 11/7 Explorer. We had bought it very early on because it was cheap and we wanted the internet. I figured it would be cancelled. No big deal.
  3. 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, or Dennis Charles is also rumored to be joining Explorer). Freedom OTS - Drew Devine March 17 until July 28, then Topi Ylönen returns July 28 until September 29, followed by Drew September 29 for 4 months. Grandeur OTS - Bob Leininger June 2 until October 6. Bobreturns December 1 for another 4 month contract. (Mitch Merucci is unsure if he is joining GR in October as planned. It may be Mike Szwajkowski instead.) Harmony OTS - Dru Pavlov April 21 until early-September (need handover date) then Abe Hughes returns early-September for 4 months. Independence OTS - Joff EatonMay 28 until September 22, then Tim Connor returns September 22. Jewel OTS - Simona Ferraiuolo June 16 until August 19, then Andrea Olivieri returns (for 4 months?) Liberty OTS - Jeff Arpin May 27 until July 22, then Marc Walker starts July 22 for 4 months. Majesty OTS - Patricio Honores late-June (for 2 months). Mariner OTS - Ricky Matthewsuntil July 9, then Carlos Torres joins July 9 for 2 months, then Ricky returns in September for 4 months. Navigator OTS - Rob McNally May 6 until late-August, then Cuddy Cudworth returns in late-August. (need handover date) Oasis OTS - Dan Whitney early May for 4 months. Then who? Ovation OTS - Mike Hunnerup March 23 (until late-July? then who?) Joff Eaton returns November 28 for the Australian season. Quantum OTS - Is Fang Lixin is the current CD? Paul Rutter returns in the Fall (Sept/Oct) for a few months. Radiance OTS - Cuddy CudworthJune 15 for 2 months followed by John Blairin August until January. (need handover date) Rhapsody OTS - Tim Connor June 23 for 2 months, then Elvis Pinto returns mid-August for 4 months. (need handover date) Serenade OTS - Jamie Fentiman May 13 for 4 months. Then Who? Symphony OTS - Michele Scarpato March 11 until late-July (need handover date) then Bobby Brown returns through the TA November 9 Vision OTS - Steve Davis April 6 until August 6, followed by Ken Jones for 2 months. Voyager OTS - Michelle Oliveira began late-May (for 4 months?). Jerome Sueur is reportedly joining Carnival and getting married soon. Keith Williams has been cleared to return from medical leave, but does not currently have a ship assignment. Casey Pelterworks shoreside for Celebrity as Manager of Entertainment. Graham Seymour is semi-retired but fills-in from time to time as needed Rich Edwards sadly passed away in June 2017. RIP Rich. John Perry is Operations Manager at Hyatt Hotels (per LinkedIn) Ken Rush works at corporate in Miami as RCI's Director of Entertainment, and occasionally fills-in as CD Amy Fickert-Southgate works shoreside Luke Aerowsmith is working at the corporate office in London Gordon Whatman is retired, but fills-in from time-to-time if needed. Allan Brooks works for Celebrity in their corporate office. Richard Spacey is a CD with Celebrity Becky Thompson works for Celebrity Cruises in their corporate offices in Miami. Dave Chapman is a CD with HAL James Andrews is a real estate agent in Sydney Leo Papa is a Product Manager at Tauck Corp in Connecticut Anna Bass is a make-up artist João Pereira is the Cruise Sales Manager on the Liberty of the Seas. Kirk Detweiler is now CD with Silversea cruises. Simeon Baker- is a sales exec at a Porsche dealer in Saskatchewan Matt Baker - Sim's brother - is a radio presenter. Kieron Buffrey - CD with Viking River Cruises Tom Canosa - teaching 6th grade science in North Carolina Peter Benfield and Johnny Osborne have emigrated to Thailand Anthony Richards is working for Royal Media Partners as Manager Port Revenue Operations Rico du Breil is a CD with SilverSeas out of Italy Paul Lancaster is no longer with RCI, and resides in England Abel Jeney is with The World - Luxury Residence at Sea Parker Cristan is living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - staging/choreographing for local theater Ashley Kerr - married and living in Vancouver BC, working as a marketing rep for a PR firm Karen Maybury - has a consultant/pr/entertainment agency Jannie Cloete - leading expeditions on small ships Warren Allen (aka Warren Melhuish) lives in Ontario, Canada. He has retired from ship-life but still works on the stage Thomas DeCell is no longer with RCI Leigh Xuereb and his AM Frankie Portera are CD's for Carnival
  4. Hi we have a royal up offer for a GS on Explorer for Nov 7th. Are the perks for booking a GS this way matched to a direct booking of a GS Many thanks.
  5. It has been several years since I have eaten at JR restaurant on the ship. If you have eaten there on Explorer, or any other RCI ship, was it WORTH it? I know there was a charge for some foods, and I guess anything else, there was an extra charge? Is that still true? What is the charge to eat at JR now?
  6. Adventure OTS - Capt Carl Graucob (started rotation 7-31-21) Adventure OTS - Capt Krzyszthof Szymkarczuk Allure OTS - Capt Shawn McDuff (started rotation 7-4-21) Allure OTS - Capt Shawn McDuff Anthem OTS - Capt Felix Srecko Ban (started rotation 9-3-21) Anthem OTS - Capt Iv Vidos Brilliance OTS - Capt Ante Cavala (started rotation 7-10-21) Brilliance OTS - Capt Ole-Johan Gronhaug Enchantment OTS - Capt Malvin Bardnes (started rotation 7-19-21) Enchantment OTS - Capt Arild Hansen Explorer OTS - Capt Toni Tomljanovic (started rotation 7-27-21) Explorer OTS - Capt Kjetil Gjerstad Freedom OTS - Capt Trym Selvag (started rotation 7-11-21) Freedom OTS - Capt Frank Martinsen Grandeur OTS - Capt Patrik Jukes (started rotation 8-14-21) Grandeur OTS - Capt Pehr Pehrsson Harmony OTS - Capt Johnny Faevelen (started rotation 8-1-21) Harmony OTS - Capt Ron Holmes Independence OTS - Capt Gus Andersson (started rotation 9-19-21) Independence OTS - Capt Michael Lindberg Jewel OTS - Capt Claus Andersen (started rotation 7-18-21) Jewel OTS - Capt Anders Ingebrigtsen Liberty OTS - Capt James MacDonald (started rotation 7-18-21) Liberty OTS - Capt Dustin Catelsky Mariner OTS - Capt Tobias Oster (started rotation 8-2-21) Mariner OTS - Capt Aris Medina Navigator OTS - Capt Angel Oviol (started rotation 7-23-21) Navigator OTS - Capt Mattias Persson Oasis OTS - Capt Göran Peterson (started rotation 8-22-21) Oasis OTS - Capt Tore Grimstad Odyssey OTS - Capt Per Kristopherson (started rotation 7-15-21) Odyssey OTS - Capt Sindre Borsheim Ovation OTS - Capt Sverre Ryan (started rotation 9-3-21) Ovation OTS - Capt Henrik W Loy Quantum OTS - Capt tbd (started rotation 7-25-21) Quantum OTS - Capt tbd Radiance OTS - Capt Marek Slaby (started rotation 8-15-21) Radiance OTS - Capt Espen Been Rhapsody OTS - Capt Trond Holm (started rotation 7-10-21) Rhapsody OTS - Capt Toni Calne Serenade OTS - Capt Stig Nilsen (started rotation 8-1-21) Serenade OTS - Capt Kjell Nordmo Spectrum OTS - Capt Charles Teige (started rotation 7-22-21) Spectrum OTS - Capt Flemming Nielsen Symphony OTS - Capt Rick Sullivan (started rotation 8-28-21) Symphony OTS - Capt Rob Hempstead Vision OTS - Capt Juan Luis Caranti (started rotation 7-31-21) Vision OTS - Capt tbd Voyager OTS - Capt Huimin Wu (started rotation 8-28-21) Voyager OTS - Capt Ervin Pajic Wonder OTS - Capt Inaugural (started rotation 3-1-22) Wonder OTS - Capt Charles Teige Icon #1 OTS - Capt Inaugural (started rotation 10-1-23) Icon #1 OTS - Capt Yard Captain
  7. Btw I remember our room steward on Explorer once after we docked there told us that there were some properties that people had on Labadee including one belonging to his family... When it was leased they did not get any compensation.
  8. Thank you Dani. It is nice timing. But as much as it would be nice to win a bigger win would be when I set foot on Explorer this November 7th.
  9. If you have been on Explorer of the Seas within the past 6 months or less, on a 7 day cruise, could you tell me what nights are formal nights, since there is NO sea days. Normally on the ships when there are sea days, that is when they have the formal nights, on the many cruises I have been on before. I have never been on a cruise for 7 days, "without" any sea days, so this will be new for us. 🙂
  10. We (8 of us) are getting MORE excited about our cruise for the first part of next year, on the Explorer of the Seas. Yes, I KNOW it is an older ship, but that is NO problem with us. At this point, it looks like we will be on Deck 6 with a balcony room. I have more than one question. My first question, if you have had a balcony room on Deck 6, would you give me your pros/cons of it. My other question, if you have cruised on the Explorer of the Seas within the (before the pandemic) past couple of years, would you give me your pros/cons of this ship, of something you may have enjoyed finding, that most people would not know is on the ship?
  11. I have only sailed on Explorer of the Seas where I had them. I usually sail on the smaller vision class ships and never saw the pies after our 2014 cruise. Are they a thing of the past?
  12. Leaving from Miami, Florida onboard Explorer of the Seas May 14, 2022 - May 22, 2022 Day Port 1 Miami, Florida Departs At 4:00 PM 2 - 3 Cruising Day At Sea 4 Kralendijk, Bonaire From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM 5 Willemstad, Curacao From 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM 6 Oranjestad, Aruba From 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM 7 - 8 Cruising Day At Sea 9 Miami, Florida Arrives At 7:00 AM
  13. Be safe! My son had an accident with a large buck. He didn't hit it, it hit him! He was leaving work after dark and as he pulled out of the parking lot, this huge buck ran out of the woods and into the side of his SUV. I was on the phone with him at the time and heard the massive crash. Dang thing got up and ran away, leaving the passenger side door of my son's Explorer completely caved in, dent on the rear quarter panel, bodily fluids and a large scratch from his antlers on the drivers door. I forget the total cost of repairs but it was crazy. They had to replace the door because it was so bent. Luckily, he wasn't on the highway yet. If he was going any speed, it likely would have flipped the SUV. Policeman tried to go find the buck as he felt he might need to put it down.
  14. I remember eating them and pizza during a monday night football game on the Explorer. I usually sail the smaller ships and did not see them on there. I am sailing on the Adventure which has a promenade and I was just wondering if they were still there.
  15. My family had them on the Explorer in 2014 at the cafe Promenade. As you can see by the link I shared, this is not something I am imagining. My family were discussing them today during a web call and wondering if they still existed.
  16. I have cruised on Freedom, Anthem, Explorer, Oasis, Allure, Grandeur, Vision and Enchantment and have never heard of or seen them. And, no one on any of our 20+ cruises have ever mentioned them.
  17. Explorer of the Seas in September 2018 for a Pacific coast cruise. The two days in San Francisco were great. That was my first solo cruise.
  18. Can anyone share their experience? Where is it located on Explorer of the Seas? We have been wanting to try chefs table for a while and it's never worked out. Do we prioritize it on this sailing? Or wait for a different class of ship?
  19. I know this is very subjective, but always like to hear others' opinions! I have a group of 12 (bridal party) looking to take a cruise in February 2022 - a mix of adults (oldest in mid 40s so no mobility issues, etc) - 4 of those are young adults ages 14, 16, 20, 20 - they are not highly active / adventurous, just normal kids. This will be the first cruise for 6 of the 12 people. I'm looking at either a cruise on either of these routes: Harmony (from Port Canaveral): St Thomas, Antigua, Coco Cay Explorer (from San Juan): St Thomas, St. Croix, St. Lucia, St. Martin, St. Kitts Barbados I personally love the Southern route and have been on it 3 times - it will always be my preferred Caribbean route. On the other hand, I think the young adults will probably love the Oasis-class ship with all of its activities and amenities. Even though the Harmony only has 3 port days, I like these ports quite a bit better than other options on the Symphony (western w/ Coco Cay - we have been to Cozumel a lot!) or Oasis (eastern w/ Labadee - I don't like San Juan as a standalone port and not a big fan of Labadee over Coco Cay) for the same week. I'm really split between where to go...I do think the Southern route gives a huge amount of opportunities to see some unique places, but how does that weigh vs. all of the options and entertainment on an Oasis class ship, especially for newer and younger cruisers? They also have vanilla preferences in terms of food, so wonderland and some of the fancier specialty dining won't be a huge difference - they are "all american kids" in terms of their food preferences. I don't think they will be all over the rock wall or zip line either, but will go for the waterslides, ultimate abyss, pools, laser tag, and shows. I guess the ultimate question is - is a sea day on an Oasis class ship better than a beach day in a unique Southern port? So hard for me to decide.
  20. MIAMI – July 2, 2021 – In collaboration with the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM), Royal Caribbean Group docked Royal Caribbean International’s Explorer of the Seas today at PortMiami to provide free housing and support for the tireless efforts of search and rescue teams working at the Surfside condo collapse. “I want to thank Royal Caribbean for prioritizing the safety and well-being of our first responders at the Surfside Building Collapse,” said FDEM Director Kevin Guthrie. “This resource will ensure our search and rescue teams have a quiet space to recover their mental and physical well-being as they work 12-hour shifts.” Explorer will host approximately 600 emergency workers from around the world, providing a respite from their difficult shifts. Search and rescue teams — including their dogs — will arrive in groups of 80 at a time to the ship. Onboard, they will receive individual staterooms, hot meals, laundry service and WIFI. “This tragedy in our own backyard is heart-wrenching,” said Richard Fain, Royal Caribbean Group’s chairman and CEO. “Our thoughts are with the families and our whole community, and our thanks go out to the hardworking search and rescue teams. Providing them shelter is a small way to show our support.” In order to accomplish this effort, the Royal Caribbean Group team and the ship’s leadership worked hand-in-hand with the Governor’s office, Miami-Dade County, FDEM, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection to receive the necessary approvals within 24 hours. “This incredible act of kindness and generosity from our friends at Royal Caribbean is deeply appreciated by our entire community. Over the past nine days, our first responders have been working under dangerous, stressful conditions to move our Search and Rescue mission forward through so many unprecedented challenges. These accommodations will provide them with a much-needed respite and opportunity to rest and recharge for their next shift and are yet another example of how our local and global community has come together in the aftermath of tragedy,” Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said. “It’s been truly incredible. Our people have worked very hard to get everything organized and coordinated, in just a matter of hours, to be able to house so many workers,” said Fain. “We are here for our community – all of us.” Explorer of the Seas began housing rescue teams yesterday and likely will continue for the next month. The ship will be docked at Terminal F at PortMiami. https://presscenter.rclcorporate.com/press-release/148/florida-governor-desantis-royal-caribbean-group-work-together-to-provide-shelter-to-surfside-search-rescue-teams/
  21. I know we have been going through the pandemic and the Covid-19, and hopefully before long, we ALL will be able to cruise again. I have done RC ships before, but normally I do another cruise line. My question in regard to The Explorer of the Sea ship. If you have cruised this line within the past couple of years, would you give me YOUR opinion of the pros/cons of this ship? My main reason for going on this ship, I am wanting to take my sons/d-i-l's to St. Lucia, and when checking the different cruise lines, this ship is the ONLY one that is doing it now, or next year.
  22. We were on the Explorer Transatlantic from Southampton Oct/Nov 2019. Even though Itinerary was changes it was a wonderful Cruise.
  23. Which RCI ships I sail next on will I get Voom surf-n-stream complimentary with if any ? Navigator...GS Explorer (B2B)...OS Harmony...GS Jewel...OS Serenade...GS Serenade...OS
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