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  1. 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.
  2. 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 area/kids pool area. My group is me, DH, "kids" 20, 18, 16, 15, 10, 8, and my mother (70's). Food is a big deal and we loved Guy's and Blue Iguana on Carnival Valor, but the Promenade looks like fun, too. (In any case it will be state rooms with 4, 3 (Gma and two teen girls), and 2 adult boys in their own.) AGH - I can't decide. Can anyone comment on things for kids to do on Explorer OTS without a fabulous pool set up? THANK YOU!
  3. 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
  4. We are contemplating options when our cruise is canceled soon. One of the options is a Southern cruise on Explorer OTS. From what I can tell, it has a lot of what the Oasis class ships has, but definitely quite a bit I can't find out so far. We will have the beverage package. Here are my questions: 1. Do they have a place you can grab a bottle of water and/or Gatorade to put in the room fridge? 2. My daughter loved that she could get smoothies at Vitality Cafe on HOTS. Do they have something similar? Or, can she get mocktails at the bars?
  5. Looking at a stateroom on Deck 6 of Explorer, but don't want to be right above the smoking section. Which side of the Promenade Deck is smoking allowed, Port or Starboard? 🍷
  6. Does anyone know if there is a Boleros lounge on the Explorer of the Seas. I can't seem to find it on the deck plans for that ship. Thank you for any help
  7. On the the open decks, which side of the Explorer of the Seas can you smoke?
  8. Hi - we have a group of 3 couples booked on a Feb 2021 cruise on Explorer. We have been told that the balconies can be opened to become one "long' balcony. Looking for confirmation that they can, indeed, be opened - OR if you know they cannot. Cabins are on deck 10 aft, but not the very back of the ship.
  9. Hello! Does anyone know if the EOS has had an upgrade?
  10. Does anyone have any information about the redo of Explorer? I know it was put off from this May and we have a cruise scheduled for 2/12/21. If not do we have an option to switch our cruise to another ship?
  11. Hi Cruisers! Received this in an email from Royal Caribbean today: "We invite you to share a scenic sunset in Alaska this e‌v‌e‌n‌i‌ng — from the comfort of your home. Virtually transport yourself to the aft of Explorer of the Seas® and watch with us as the ‌s‌u‌n‌ dips below the mountaintops of The Last Frontier. Just visit the Royal Caribbean® Facebook page at ‌7‌:‌4‌5‌ ‌p‌.‌m‌. E‌S‌T ‌t‌o‌n‌i‌g‌ht." Don't miss it! ** May 22 Note: This video became available on May 20 and remains on the Facebook page to view whenever you'd like.
  12. We're booked on the May 27 sailing on Explorer out of Rome. Somebody on our roll call just posted this from her daughter who is crew on the Explorer. Not sure what the plan is for our sailing however, we won't be on an Amped up ship if it does sail.
  13. We are booked on the Aug 30th sailing and hoping things are better by then. We are sailing with a 9 month old. We were told the ship is getting the Royal Tots nursery that will have babysitting if my wife and I decide to have a dinner by ourselves. The Drydock was cancelled and so the nursery seems to be on hold. I called RCL and they told me they will have alternate plans for the babysitting for the infants. Hopefully they will still have it for a few hours. If anyone has information about this I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks
  14. Since I enjoy hearing what people have to say about their cruises, I thought I would give some quick feedback on our recent one. DH and I were on the Feb. 7 9 night sailing of the Explorer of the Seas and had a wonderful time. We were a little concerned after some recent reviews, but we were pleasantly pleased with how the cruise went. The ship is still in great shape getting ready to go into dry dock. The service was terrific and we both agreed that the food was very good. Main dining room was great the first night. We went there a few other times, but found we preferred the food in the Windjammer more. Desserts were very good and this was actually the first cruise ever that I have thought that. I do feel the main dining room is definitely more rushed. We were pretty much out of there in about 40 minutes at the most every time, while still taking our time to linger. It just feels rushed to us. Order everything at once and it all comes out one after the other. As soon as you put your fork down they bring you the next course. It kind of felt like they were watching to see how fast they could feed us.😀 They did offer the 10 drink card for $75 on day 4 I believe. We did take advantage of that. I also purchased the coffee card which if I have to be honest, could have been handled a little better. When you buy it, there was no mention of certain drinks counting as two drinks. Many people were taken aback by this. For instance, I ordered large cappuccino and they counted it as two drinks. If you are going to do that, post it somewhere or at least tell people. Last time on the Freedom, they did not count it as two drinks so this took me by surprise. Not a big deal, but still. We did find some of the entertainment lacking with blocks of time with nothing going on but a classical guitar player. She was extremely talented, but we thought another venue besides the Schooner bar would be better....maybe the R bar for example. She also played for like three hours straight every day which we felt was a bit much without anything else going on. Don’t get me wrong, she was terrific and talented, but whoever decides the entertainment schedule needs to do some re-working of things and add more. Also..I wish they would have more going on during the afternoons and evenings in Dizzy’s. It is a great spot, but totally under utilized. Some music and dancing around cocktail and dinner time would be great as an example. Best show is the ice show! Wonderful. We went to see it twice. Main theatre we were kind of underwhelmed and seemed to hear that from a lot of other people as well. Nothing against juggling, but that did not scream WOW to us for a final show. The 9 nights are awesome as are the long port days in Labadee and the ABC islands. We enjoyed that so much we may book the same thing for next year. Overall, it was a wonderful trip and I’m sure the Explorer will be even better after drydock. For anyone sailing the next couple weeks, I hope this helps put your mind at ease. It is a great ship and I hope you have a wonderful time too!
  15. Anyone who has recently been on the Explorer of the Seas, this question is for you. What is currently on Deck 11 forward of the solarium?
  16. Can the balcony partitions be opened on the Explorer?
  17. They were on the 80’s cruise charter that sailed from March 8th-15th.
  18. Does anyone know if the forward facing cabins on Explorer - 9502,9504, 9202,9204 are the same size? (I know the central ones are bigger because they are family cabins.) I am wondering if you lose square footage if you take the cabins on the end.
  19. Looking to book a Southern Caribbean for 2021. The two cruises that come up that meet what we are looking for is the NCL Breakaway and RCCL Explorer on the seas. They both sail out of Miami and do all but one port the same. Looking for personal opinion on which you would pick and why! We have sailed both cruise lines. We feel they both have goods and bads. But can not decide. Any help in selling one or the other would be appreciated. Quote Edit
  20. It's a bit early, but we will start packing on Wednesday...DW has already started pulling things out. Feel free to ask questions, before and during the cruise. Explorer of the Seas live report 12/13/19-12/22/19 I will try updating each day, but cruising vacation may get in the way. I will also try to “periscope live”-socialwork911-. I will try to post pictures here as well, if I can figure it out too. Itinerary: 12/13- Car service will pick us up at 9am, be at Port Miami around 10am to embark as early as possible. Sail away is at 5pm pre sail away party planned at schooner bar 2pm slot pull planned for 10:30pm 12/14- sea day meet and mingle in morning…161 people signed up 12/15- Labadee-7am-4pm #6 OW cabana reserved at barefoot beach 12/16-sea day cabin crawl planned 11:00am 12/17-Bonaire-8am-5pm. Excursion planned and booked through RCI, Bonaire Hightlights North and South, 9:30am-12:30pm 12/18-Aruba-8am-10pm. No pre-planned excursions 12/19-Curacao-8am-5pm. Private Journey Excursion booked through RCI-Jewish Heritage Tour, 9am-1pm 12/20-sea day 12/21-sea day 12/22-arrive back to Miami 7am Who we are: I, 63yo, clinical social worker and adjunct professor and DW 59yo, computer programmer, DS, just turned 21 and finishing a radiology therapy program, joining us. This is our cruise history: Harmony of the Seas 3/19, Harmony of the Seas 12/18, Harmony of the Seas 12/17, Oasis of the Seas 7/16, Carnival Victory-10/15, Oasis of the Seas-3/13, Explorer of the Seas-12/09, Explorer of the Seas-12/08, Brilliance of the Seas-12/07, Jewel of the Seas-4/07, Radiance of the Seas-8/06, Jewel of the Seas-4/05, Staten Island Ferry to Manhattan- 5/98-3/2010, Spirit of New Jersey 8/97- chartered for our wedding We are Diamond + and have Aft cabin 9394, 2 bedroom GS on deck 9. We have always booked suite cabins, GS or OS…this will be our first time in a 2 bedroom GS. Generally, we are easy going and relax on our vacations, spend time on our veranda, walking around the ship, attending shows and people watching…..and eating…..going to the Gym daily is on the agenda too. Since this ship has no Coastal Kitchen, we have booked the Ultimate Dining Package as we have found the food in MDR and buffet never to be hot enough (temperature wise). In addition, we find those venues too crowded for our liking. And while the dining choices are limited on this class of ship, Chops, Giovanni’s and Izumi….we will make due. This package also gives us lunch options during sea days. DW and DS have booked the refreshment package. We love the Oasis class ship, with all its amenities, and were hesitant to book this cruise since it is an “older” ship, without a CK and right before it’s due for being “amped-up”…..but we love the ABC islands and the price was right, $6686 for 9 nights in a suite, all in with gratuities, booked it while on our last cruise and got $300 OBC too.
  21. Grettings RC CC's, Here's a video we made that you might find entertaining. DW and I have racked up 18 cruises in the last 10 years including getting engaged on Carnival Glory and married on Celebrity Summit. We've been making cruises video recently and stumbled on footage from our very first cruise on Explorer of the Seas in 2010 that started it all. Here's the link below to the RCL video as well as our Viking, Oceania, Norwegian videos with more on the way. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0JSZXzoNOA Please do subscribe if you like it! Enjoy!
  22. On Explorer now - currently day 8 of a 9 Day cruise. My fifth cruise with RC. This a not a full review, Just a couple of observations that have stuck out to us this time: 1. Service is exceptional. The crew in the dining room is our favorite so far, and everyone goes out of their way to please you. 2. Drink card was offered starting on day 4! That’s is the first time we’ve seen it offered so early. It was posted on the first page the the compass the night before (night 3). 3. The cruise compass has significantly shrunk. It is only 4 pages compared to the novels we used to get. For me, this has been a welcomed change. 😉 4. Unfortunately, what we read before cruising seems to be true. The food in the main dining room hasn’t been as good as all our other cruises with RC. Not sure what it is. A lot of dishes are over cooked and bland. Appetizers are pretty good and deserts have been ok, but main dishes are not what we have come to expect on RC. Windjammer has been good! 5. On the same note, the drinks are not great on this cruise. Many of us agree the drinks seem “watered down.” We have the drink package, so we have tried many things. Some bars are better than others. If you are getting drinks with a straight liquor cocktail, no fillers, drinks are good! Mixed drinks seem off. Our beloved mojitos and pina coladas on this cruise are not good. 6. Get up early if you want a chair, in the sun, in the solarium. They go fast. And, don’t leave your towel alone for too long. They are very diligent on the ship about chair hogs. We watched many people have all their belongings bagged and taken away if they were gone for more than 30 minutes. Again, we think this is a welcomed change. 😉 7. We haven’t done any shows or games, so I can’t comment on those. Hope this helps some people wondering about reviews they have seen leading up to their cruise. They were helpful to us before we left, so I wanted to share what we experienced.
  23. We booked this cruise in November and every once in awhile I take a look to check rates, available cabins, etc. The other day I noticed that all balconies on this cruise are sold out, and most ocean view cabins are sold. Most inside cabins also seem to be booked. And looks like half or more of the suites are booked. This seems very odd to me, this far out. I am on the RCCL Meet & Mingle thread for the cruise, and there are several individuals/small groups booked. So I'm wondering what the reason could be that the ship is so booked up this far out. Is it -- -- a RCCL theme cruise? -- a very large group that has many cabins either sold or held until a certain date? -- is it just a wonderful itinerary and good time of year to cruise? I called RCCL Crown & Anchor number the other day and had their recording about the new cancellation policy re coronavirus, and to expect longer than usual wait times to speak with someone, and they ask that if the call is about a cruise more than two weeks out, to call back later. So I'll call back later. I'm sure they are swamped dealing with questions of "right now." If any of you know why the Feb 12 cruise is so booked, I'd love to hear! Thanks.
  24. Down to fewer than 10 days before we cruise, so of course I'm thinking about the FOOD! I heard a podcaster mention the yummy smoothies available at the Vitality Spa on the bigger ships. Does anyone know if something like this can be found on Explorer? We have the Deluxe Drink Package, so I'm looking to get the most out of it, including beyond alcohol. Also, on less healthy note - are there donuts anywhere? Thanks! Fa
  25. Does the Explorer have the Solarium area with the Bistro? My wife and I went on a Med cruise on Oasis last year and really enjoyed that area. I can't find anything that looks like it on the deck plans for Explorer. Thanks for the help! Hooter
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