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  1. I've seen a few people that seem to think that Explorer will get a similar refurbishment to Navigator. I personally don't get why considering that Navigator was completely redesigned with the 3/4 night market in mind and in particular, the entire pool deck is designed for the Caribbean and wouldn't work in Europe. I have noticed that she is out of service for 2 months, so it looks like her drydock is fairly extensive and certainly much better than what Voyager will be getting. I am thinking of cruising in Europe next year and Explorer from Civitavecchia is one of the options, so am
  2. Does anyone have a table layout of the main dining rooms on the Explorer of the Seas? I have early seating at table number 465 in the main dining room and I'd like to know where it is. Thank you.
  3. I just rescheduled from a 9 night on Explorer to a 7 night on Allure in March. Ironically the 7 night did cost a little more, but it will be compliant with current CDC requirements 🙂
  4. We will be on the Explorer of the Seas in 30 days. We originally booked an April cruise which was to be after the dry dock. They changed the dry dock dates and cancelled out cruise, so now we are going before the dry dock. If you have sailed her recently, how is she looking? Did you have a good experience?
  5. I just did the same thing with my 9 night on Explorer in March and got the same result. It looks like they are not taking any new bookings on cruises over 7 days. It would be nice to know if they are going to change these longer cruises.
  6. I have a 9 night RCL cruise on Explorer at the end of March. I'm beginning to think that may end up being a 7 night. Unfortunately, that would also impact the itinerary, since they were sailing from Miami to Aruba. Has anyone heard about rescheduling 9 night RCL cruises in March?
  7. We have Freedom April 2021 but got moved to Explorer Dec 2021 and April 2022. We are okay with it since the itin stayed the same. If they would have moved us to the ABC's it would have been a deal breaker. We moved one from our original date to a week earlier so that we could get Antigua. Price was less so it was all good.
  8. Wondering if anyone has just sailed the Explorer very recently, and how their cruise was? We are sailing her in Feb. 7, and have read some not so great reviews so I’m curious how any very recent sailings have been. This will be our fourth time sailing her, so we know the ship. Just curious what recent cruisers might have to say. Thanks!
  9. Enjoy my latest video - Explorer of the Seas J4 Center Hump Junior Suite.
  10. Current on Day 3 of our 9-night NYE sailing on Explorer of the Seas. A little background: My family travels in 3 generations at/near Xmas every year beginning a little over a decade ago (as hubby was deployed to Germany for 2 years & we spent Xmas overseas). We alternate cruise & land vacations each year. This is our 3rd Xmas cruise with RCCL but have cruised with RCCL multiple times & on most classes of ships. Why I suggest Undercover Boss? I read the not so great reviews ahead of time so came prepared. I’ll preface my noticings with the f
  11. I am on Explorer of Seas after the refurb is completed May. Mediterranean cruise. June cruise and already have my room assignment. It is one of the new balcony cabins getting added during refurb. 11th floor. Very front if the ship? Thoughts. Good location?
  12. Adventure of the Seas has already received a number of upgrades. She pretty much led the way into what became the "Royal Amplification" program. While her updates occured before that program existed, it was pretty much an "Amplification". The success with the Adventure upgrades effectively created the motivation to launch amplifications of other ships. They were planning on some minor changes to officially bring her up to the "Amplification" level but she is already mostly there unlike Explorer who has yet to receive very much in comparison and had her "Amplification" cancelle
  13. We are going on a Med cruise this summer. The docking time is 5 am. When do they let people off the ship? If we take our own luggage how long does the process take? We will be arranging transportation to get us to the Rome train station so want to have an idea of what time to book the private car. Thanks!
  14. Upon boarding, where's a nice place to go to get a drink and watch the human masses as they get acclimated to the ship (preferably outside to enjoy the tropical weather)? j (both around the crowds, or an out of the way place to chill) Additional tips for places to stake out during the cruise ... such as the solarium pool or one of the lounges in the atrium ... where do people go to chill while crowd watching? TIA
  15. We sailed to Alaska in 2016 on Explorer and were pretty miserable. Because of the open staircase from the casino, the promenade was so smoky and disgusting that we didn't even want to walk through it. For a cruise where you are in a cooler environment and want to be inside more, it's very important to be able to breathe freely 🙂We are now considering Ovation for Alaska for summer 2020, but I am hesitant because of our poor experience on Explorer. Can anyone who has been on both ships (or ships of both classes) offer a comparison?
  16. We just returned from a Christmas cruise on the Explorer of the Seas. Thought I would mention a couple things for others who maybe sailing before she goes into dry dock. Voom internet, couldn't connect with macbook pro. Spoke to the gentleman in the internet area and he said it has been an issue for a few weeks. They are not expecting it to be resolved prior to the drydock. Windows computers can connect and I was able to connect right away on my iphone and ipad. The service was a bit slow however I was able to stream from Acorn Tv. Bit disappointed I couldn't connect my macbook I wanted to tes
  17. I’m looking to take family of 4 on a 5 day cruise either in Nov or Dec. originally was planning to do 7 to get on Symphony however decided on 5 and stay down at South Beach for 3 days... Looking for insight in this ship. Understand it is an older ship however I believe it is getting an overhaul this year. We like newer looking rooms. dies anyone know if they are remodeling rooms or just the exterior type of things? lastly, would you recommend? Looking at cabin on aft (8690, 7388 type of rooms...) kids are 4 and 8. forgot to add, my
  18. The only cut back I recall was on Explorer not getting a full AMP - everything else seemed to be going as planned till Jan/Feb.
  19. When I do a search for this sailing, it does not show up on any websites. I’m assuming this means it is completely sold out. Or would there be another reason for this? Thanks!
  20. I just received boarding documents for our Jan 1 Navigator and Jan 24 Explorer. Who knows.
  21. Booking on explorer of the seas for Feb. 2021 and thinking of booking a balcony cabin on deck 11 forward (new cabins added in amplification). Can anyone tell me if the very forward facing balcony cabins have an obstructions? I see there is a "peekaboo" area in the before deck plans.... not sure if this will affect the view for the new cabins added there. Other choice would be deck 11 forward on the port side... opinions on which would be better? Thanks
  22. My husband is booked as a single on Explorer on the November 29 2019 sailing (he booked alone because I don't have any vacation time left to go with him), and he's trying to talk me into going with him and working from the ship for that work-week instead of him just sailing alone or me taking vacation time I don't have. We would have an inside cabin. I'm apprehensive, not at all sure I'd be able to find a comfortable place to work from, or that the internet would be adequate, or that it wouldn't be too distracting. On the other hand, I have a lot of "downtime" on cruises where I'm borderline-b
  23. Does Izumi still have hot rock cooking on the Explorer of the Seas? -Tim-
  24. B2B Explorer October 2019; 7 Night Dutch & French Adventure and 11 Night Sunshine In The Canaries Cruise (the cruise that became a 14 night cruise due to bad weather)
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