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  1. Does anyone know when the Explorer is scheduled for its test cruise? I can't find anything. Sched to leave on the Explorer Nov 14 (48 days) and still can't check in. Saw online that even the first cruise leaving a week early on Nov 7th is also still not available. Not sure if I should start getting worried!! There are 12 of us going. Does anyone else also know if the Explorer will be available on the Royal Caribbean app? Thought I had read at one point that all of the ships would be available on the app when they start service again, however the app is still showing that it is not available for the Explorer.
  2. hi everyone! My son is going on explorer in November for his honeymoon. I had heard at one point that you may only be allowed to leave ship on shore excursions? Can you still take taxi to a beach… on your own? For instance in st. Thomas, we used to take a taxi to coki beach. Thanks for any info!
  3. Based on Liberty's test sailing last week before it's sailing the first week of October I will guess that Explorer's test cruise will be mid October or two weeks before my November 7th sailing. I am pretty confident that we will be a go. I am frustrated that Explorer is not supported on the app yet. However a certain person who has a blog has stated that he is willing to bet very heavily that it will be supported by the time we sail. I don't know if he has inside information but he seemed confident Explorer will be supported.
  4. Congrats on the upgrade. I wish they had free wi-fi with an upgrade to a GS on Explorer.
  5. Thanks for doing this. we are scheduled on a b2b2b in Jan 2021 on the Explorer. We're just wondering how restricted we are going to be. We are both vaccinated. Questions for you: * Are masks required on the Promenade * Are all the islands letting you off the ship * Can you only do excursions the Royal, or can we use an independent contractor * Is Royal doing contact tracing Thanks so much. I really hope cruising isn't ruined
  6. Congratulations. I've got my fingers crossed for my bid on a JS to 2 BR GS on Explorer.
  7. 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
  8. https://www.gibraltarport.com/schedules Gibraltar shows Jewel 5/21/21, Explorer 5/13/21 (and several more times), Indy 6/8/21, Anthem 6/30/21 (and a few others), Jewel 8/30/21 and 4/13/22 along with Indy and Anthem in '22.
  9. Yeah, two of ones I remember then was 5 nite for $9ea plus $50 Port, total $118 for 2 of us. Second $700 SOLO in a then Cat B on the then Newest/Largest Explorer of the Seas. Low Prices and Ship Capacity ran into May2002 on Royal, was doing my first 10 niters and Solo's without Single Supplement. People remember 9/11 but forget it was one scare after another back then. Got off Cruise getting home hrs before 9/11 with my 3 kids. We were in Orlando 4 weeks later when Florida Anthrax Scare hit. Couple months later got off that Explorer of Seas Cruise arriving at MIA Airport being told remove Shoes? Day of the Shoe Bomber
  10. @Adian80 Also, it seems you have to reserve onboard. I could not see it reservable online or in app until i boarded. So we are docked next to Freedom. I think these ships will share ports for a while: Another funny story. I was supposed to board Freedom today…in Bayonne. BUT INSTEAD SHE’S HERE!!! I had my first b2b planned. Bermuda and Canada. 14 nights total. But noooo, im on a 3 night instead… It got lifted and shifted to next September on Adventure. If the b3b trip had happened, I was probably going to book a 9 night to the ABCs on Explorer for next sept.
  11. The move from Allure to Wonder seems to have the biggest impact on suite passengers particularly on the TA sailings. I think everyone's situation different and pricing for my initial sailing would play a huge factor in my decision regardless of category. We initially booked a JS on the Explorer for 2020 did a L&S to Harmony then a L&S to Allure. According to our current balance in the cruise planner, the wonder is over $7000 cdn MORE than what we paid just for a JS. If Royal can sell cabins at that much of a higher price point, it doesn't give much incentive to retain existing bookings. I hope everyone is able to get solutions that work for them, it's been almost 2 years of disappointing vacation cancellations and 2022 needs to be better 🙂
  12. Updated... ADVENTURE: Hugo Arenas #1932 ALLURE: Marc Walker #1933 on through Dec 5 #1987 ANTHEM: Joff Eaton #1932 BRILLIANCE: ENCHANTMENT: EXPLORER: FREEDOM: Tom Hopkins #2007 GRANDEUR: HARMONY: INDEPENDENCE: Cory Rogers #1995 JEWEL: Michelle Oliveira #1940 LIBERTY: Katy McCullagh #1998 MARINER: Marcel Alvarado #1993 NAVIGATOR: OASIS: Dennis Charles #1991 ODYSSEY: Bobby Brown #1938 OVATION: Dan Whitney #2001 QUANTIM: Mitch Merucci #1932 RADIANCE: RHAPSODY: SERENADE: John Blair #1932 SPECRTUM: SYMPHONY: Brian Leavitt#1932 VISION: VOYAGER:
  13. Just pulled into St Maarten. Explorer is docked next to us and both Rhapsody and Vision are anchored off shore. Grandeur heading in right now. Not sure if she’s on a revenue cruise or just moving for some other reason. Lots of banging and cutting noise from Explorer. Looks like she’s getting a minor facelift. Beautiful day today. We sailed by Tropical Storm Peter yesterday. It was windy but not bad enough to close any decks. You could lose your ghat though if not careful. All in all, not a problem.
  14. Hi everyone. My wife and I and our 2 kids (18 and 14) just booked the explorer of the seas out of san juan for Jan 16. We have been on 6 Princess cruises but know nothing about Royal Caribbean. I havent started my research yet but I figured I could get some tips, tricks, or anything you can tell me about Royal Caribbean or specifically the Explorer of the Seas. I have read some reviews saying how old and tired she is and she was supposed to go in for a dry dock but i guess it got cancelled. We are very easy to please and are just excited to cruise again. Anything you can tell me would be great. Great menu items, must do's on the ship, do they play movies every night? We have never been to San Juan either so any must see's there? Thanks for your comments.
  15. I should be earning two Explorer blocks in 2022 (unless I book more cruises that throws off the current schedule). If you don't get one before then, we should be able to work something out.
  16. Adventure OTS - Capt Carl Graucob (started rotation 7-31-21) Adventure OTS - Capt Krzyszthof Szymkarczuk Allure OTS - Capt tbd (started rotation 9-12-21) Allure OTS - Capt Shawn McDuff Anthem OTS - Capt Felix Srecko Ban (started rotation 8-7-21) Anthem OTS - Capt Iv Vidos Brilliance OTS - Capt Ole-Johan Gronhaug (started rotation 9-18-21) Brilliance OTS - Capt tbd 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 Tor Isak Olsen (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 Henrik W Loy (started rotation 7-16-21) Ovation OTS - Capt Sverre Ryan 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 Toni Calne (started rotation 9-18-21) Rhapsody OTS - Capt Trond Holm 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
  17. Same here, went from Explorer to Harmony to Allure and now to Wonder..........After all this getting less excited about going to Europe after all this. Who really knows what a year from now will look like. Getting less excited about cruising as every day goes by. Doesn't even matter anymore what a great price we got. Cruising just doesn't seem to get us super excited like it used too. Shouldn't be this hard to spend thousands and thousands of dollars...............
  18. 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: Cory Rogers #1995 JEWEL: Michelle Oliveira #1940 LIBERTY: Katy McCullagh #1998 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: The # lists the post where I picked up some new info, if anyone needs to go back and check.
  19. Us too, 8 nights in a JS, no doubt to be upgraded to a GS, on Explorer will get us to Diamond by the end of the double point promo👍
  20. Explorer was our first also! Charlie tries to keep me out of St. Martin, too many jewelry stores!!!!
  21. Has anyone seen this before? This cruise was cancelled ages ago when the Explorer/Indy/Odyssey shuffle happened in June. It has been showing as cancelled in my cruise planner since then and I have been waiting for my refund of taxes and fees (it was a casino comp). My planner has shown 15 Cruises and 1 cancelled since then. RCL has confirmed multiple times it was cancelled and said the reservation would fall off and I would get the refund eventually. Just now I noticed it now says we have 16 Cruises. The Explorer sailing no longer shows cancelled and now says it is a “Nonrevenue It Test Cruise”. I tried to call RCL but they are closed. I will call in the morning before we board Odyssey but thought I would ask here in the meantime too see if this has happened to anyone else. thanks! Jess
  22. Looking for an Empress or Explorer Crystal block. Will trade, I have a Grandeur or Senerade.
  23. For me that would mean the following: -Symphony (?): 7 nights from Barcelona -Anthem: Southampton Med/Norway/Canaries... -Jewel: summer Norway/Br. Isles from Amsterdam, fall Med -Mariner: Baltics from Copenhagen and Stockholm. She appeared in the port schedule of Cadiz in March 2023. For me that indicates a drydock, combined with a Europe season. So she could easily take over Voyager's itineraries The other ships as you mentioned. Voyager otS I don't see returning to Europe but staying based in San Juan the whole year round or taking over Explorer's itineraries from Miami.
  24. Absolutely. Thank you so much. I figured it was something like that but having you explain it in detail helps my fuzzy math head comprehend it. Also brilliant on the luggage tag editing. We sail November 7th on Explorer and I put a bid in on a GS 2 BR hoping to upgrade from our Jr. Suite with 3 people in it. Thanks again for the excellent detailed review.
  25. I will be excited to see Explorer. I was suppose to be on Freedom for this originally and then it got changed. I was disappointed because I had heard so many great things about Freedom's amplification. Explorer may not have all the bells and whistles but I'm sure she will be great. Originally this sailing when I booked it on 2020 before the L&S had 1 sea day. They then added I think St. Maarten. I like sea days. Good day to just relax. I do like sailing out of San Juan for just that port intensive. I also like having a break where I don't have to get off the ship and spend some time in the spa, or at the bar. Also with our dinning package we want to grab some lunches on board. I agree with you one is nice. Now that's the way to do it. I would love that.
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