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  1. Updated... ADVENTURE: Hugo Arenas #1932 ALLURE: Marc Walker #1933 on through Dec 5 #1987 ANTHEM: Joff Eaton #1932 BRILLIANCE: ENCHANTMENT: EXPLORER: FREEDOM: GRANDEUR: HARMONY: INDEPENDENCE: JEWEL: Michelle Oliveira #1940 LIBERTY: MARINER: Marcel Alvarado #1993 NAVIGATOR: OASIS: Dennis Charles #1991 ODYSSEY: Bobby Brown #1938 OVATION: Dan Whitney, per John Blair QUANTIM: Mitch Merucci #1932 RADIANCE: RHAPSODY: SERENADE: John Blair #1932 SPECRTUM: SYMPHONY: Brian Leavitt#1932 VISION: VOYAGER:
  2. We put in for RoyalUp on a Grand 2 bedroom suite on Explorer. Anyone know what kind of amenities you get if any on Explorer?
  3. ADVENTURE: Hugo Arenas #1932 ALLURE: Marc Walker #1933 on through Dec 5 #1987 ANTHEM: Joff Eaton #1932 BRILLIANCE: ENCHANTMENT: EXPLORER: FREEDOM: GRANDEUR: HARMONY: INDEPENDENCE: JEWEL: Michelle Oliveira #1940 LIBERTY: MARINER: NAVIGATOR: OASIS: ODYSSEY: Bobby Brown #1938 OVATION: Dan Whitney, per John Blair QUANTIM: Mitch Merucci #1932 RADIANCE: RHAPSODY: SERENADE: John Blair #1932 SPECRTUM: SYMPHONY: Brian Leavitt#1932 VISION: VOYAGER:
  4. 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?
  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. Seadog, I hope you get to do the Explorer cruise the first part of November out of San Juan. The reason I say this, we are to do the Explorer around the first part of January 2022.
  7. 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. 🙂
  8. I can’t find the post, but someone on here wrote a few weeks ago about receiving an invite to participate in a test cruise on Explorer out of San Juan. I remember showing it to my husband because the dates were the last week of Sept. That surprised me because first actual cruise isn’t until 7 November. Then I didn’t see any more mention of it on here. Hope it’s accurate and that the gap is to firm up the port visits once Explorer has the all clear. We are B2b starting 21 Nov. keeping hope alive!
  9. 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?
  10. We'll also be in our first OS's In March 2022 a B2B on Explorer San Juan July 2022 Jewel Arctic Circle and Oct 2022 Serenade Panama Canal. So looking forward to this category...my other three 2022 cruises will be in GS's.
  11. So far she has: Booked an OS Rhapsody W Caribbean for March 2021 for my family. Booked a JS for my brother for same cruise. 3 price drops for me, 2 for my brother. Did an L & S to Harmony WC March 2022 for our OS cuz it was such a deal. Rebooked our OS on Rhapsody March 2021 same cabin (so we had both) Convinced RCCL that we had originally asked for Harmony Eastern Caribbean & they moved us still under price protection. Fixed the screw up I caused while playing around with my brother’s reservation (sent her a bottle of wine for that!) Did the L & S for my brother’s cruise when March 2021 sailings were cancelled - got the JS right next to our OS. applied the FCCs from our cancelled March 2021 to the Harmony March 2022. Booked Explorer ABC islands for Oct 2022 to get to Diamond. Did 2 price drops on that one. Now this is all before any of our cruises have sailed so she hadn’t gotten a dime for any of this work yet! Think she’s a keeper 🥰🥰
  12. We were able to add a military discount to our October Explorer cruise, saved $600. Just emailed my TA & she took care of it
  13. Same here, Moved from Explorer to Harmony to Allure to now Wonder..............no wonder I can't keep track !
  14. 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 tbd (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 Ante Cavala (started rotation 8-28-21) Freedom OTS - Capt Trym Selvag Grandeur OTS - Capt Patrik Jukes (started rotation 8-14-21) Grandeur OTS - Capt Pehr Pehrsson Harmony OTS - Capt Johnny Faevelen (started rotation 9-5-21) Harmony OTS - Capt Capt Frederick 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
  15. Explorer was the first cruise we did with RCI. That ship will always be special to me.
  16. Piraeus, Athens schedule for 2023 was again updated today: It shows now: Explorer of the seas: 17/5, 31/5, 14/6, 28/6, 12/7, 26/7, 9/8, 23/8, 6/9, 20/9, 4/10 & 18/10. (Takes on the 2022 itineraries of Brilliance) Odyssey of the seas: 7/5, 16/5, 23/8, 20/9, 29/9 & 24/10. Brilliance of the seas: 22/5, 19/6, 17/7, 14/8 & 4/9. (Takes on the 2022 itineraries of Rhapsody) Serenade of the seas: 27/5, 24/6, 22/7 & 19/8. (Takes on the 2022 itineraries of Vision) Jewel of the seas: 25/9 & 13/10.
  17. Although I have been to ALL the ports that will be on our Explorer, January 9, 2022 cruise, I will STILL look forward to seeing them again. I had not seen St. Kitts in many years, and was really disappointed back then. A few years ago my friend and I decided to get a Taxi and take a tour of it, and oh my, what a big difference I found in St. Kitts from years ago. Now that I have been to all of these ports, I may stay on the ship, as the main reason the 8 of us are going, is I am booking a tour with Cosol Tours which I have used twice before, and I want the other 7 to SEE St. Lucia the way I seen it. 🙂 More than likely I will still get off the ship, as I like to SHOP! 🙂
  18. We were on the Explorer in 2009 and 2016. We liked the ship. Looking forward to cruise on her again.
  19. We have a B2B on the Explorer out of San Juan March 2022 and the first leg has no sea days. The second leg has two sea days.
  20. 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?
  21. 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/
  22. 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.
  23. We are currently booked in a JS on Explorer but I know we will end up upgrading to a GS so I am interested in this answer too. Booked in an OS on Harmony in March and I’m afraid it’s gonna spoil us for anything else 🙄
  24. I have stayed in an inside cabin and never wanted to go back to one regardless of the price. I have been in Promenade Rooms on Voyager and Explorer and loved them. I loved being able to look out of the window rather than 4 walls. I always chose a promenade room at the highest level and about the middle of the deck, but have stayed over where coffee is available and I didn't hear too much noise. When there were shows on, you would probably enjoy looking down on them and yes they were loud but they ended before midnight and were usually only one a week. It was good during the daytime looking down on the goings on in the Promenade deck. I was always careful to close the curtain when dressing. I always left the net curtain closed as well for privacy but loved looking out.
  25. We have sailed in a PR view cabin on Explorer, Navigator and Adventure and have always enjoyed them. The layout makes them seem bigger and having the window, even if only overlooking the promenade, prevents them from feeling claustrophobic. You don't get a fantastic view of the promenade, to be honest, but it's still better than no view at all. We visited a "real" inside cabin on a cabin crawl once and it seemed incredibly small and closed in. Two things to watch out for with PR cabins: 1. Try to avoid being in close proximity to the pub. While the central location may seem desirable, we found that, on the one occasion we were in this location, it was noisy until quite late. The cabins towards either end did not have this problem. 2. Always close the curtains if you are in the room with the light on because the people in the cabins opposite will be able to see right into yours (an you into theirs, of course). Believe me, some things are best left unseen!
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