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#22
Vale of Glamorgan
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Good luck with Hola !
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#23
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First mention by the Captain this morning was to say that we may not stop at Lifou because of Hola! but then decided we would. OR at least thats what I think he said he's from somewhere that has a heavy accent and it seems that I nor anyone else I meet can understand him. Still.....he did get us here so at least he can drive.

I must say the tender operation was appalling.

I know we have 3400 passengers on board but I waited 2.75 hours to get off and I was tender # 18, the ticket process ran up at that stage to #42. Doing a quick calculation as we are departing at 5.30 they would barely be able to reach that number.

That was pretty bad.
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#24
Central Maryland
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Roscoe, go with the flow and enjoy. I've sailed many cruise lines and while some are better than others virtually all of them are excellent is some way or other. I think among other things you'll find great wifi and a lot of late night entertainment options. There will be many things where Cunard is better but don't miss them; you wouldn't be getting most of them if you were at home either.

When I'm on a cruise line I try to really enjoy the things that are special about that cruise line and not worry about the things I don't have, especially if I wouldn't have them at home either.

You're dead right about the class system. Of all the cruise lines I've sailed, Cunard is probably the most egalitarian of all with the exception of the true luxury lines (Crystal, Seabourn, Silversea). Some class systems are based on loyalty status others by cabin category, and sometimes a combination of the two.

One of the problems you had with tendering might be the class system. I know suites all have priority tendering and perhaps also certain loyalty status levels. I know Cunard gives it to Q1 cabins, but that's probably just about 1 row of seats on the first tender, not a huge number of passengers.

I'm Diamond on Royal but that's mostly on Cunard sized ships and have never tendered on a ship the size of Explorer. I hope your problem was affected by sea conditions and didn't reflect an ongoing issue.

Look for the positives and have a great cruise.

Roy
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#25
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Joined Apr 2005
Originally posted by rafinmd

Look for the positives and have a great cruise.

Roy
HI ROY,

theres no such thing as a bad day at sea for me....and Ive just had a bonus! Another day at sea! they just cancelled our call into Noumea .... some trifle about some silly little 75 knott winds and a tiny little cyclone called Hola!.

It would never happen on the Qe2.
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#26
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Just thought I;d let you know because I know you have been concerned....we have managed to out run Cyclone Hola! and even this morning it was still pretty bleak out there but we are now under blue skies and a stunning blue sea....and ....i was pleased to see that the games have started today with the additional of "The Sexiest man alive" competition held around the pool. Add that to the Belly flop competition and you will get a sense of the crowd a round the pool.

Hola! continues to head south to NZ after striking New Caledonia and I believe a number of ships are now avoiding the area we were in.

On a good note had a terrific look around the bridge and engine control room. Even though its an older ship (18 years) the technology still astounds me.

The Explorer of the seas might not be for me but the crew on board are exceptional and very professional and the experience for a family would be stellar.
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#27
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Just got off the Explorer this morning with the opinion that RCL does what they do very well, their internet package is fantastic and the one thing that I wish Cunard would adopt. Although the ships wasn't for me I'm glad I tried it - but give me elegant and relaxed over fast and furious and screaming children anytime.
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#28
Vale of Glamorgan
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Just caught up with your last installment, a great read as always. Thank you so much for posting.

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#29
Hawaii
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Joined Aug 2012
Roscoe... enjoyed it greatly---- thks ! Are you back on the QM2 for the last 1/2 of the W/C ? If so, see you then, as we board 3/31 in Hong Kong.
#30
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Joined Apr 2005
Originally posted by hihilo
Roscoe... enjoyed it greatly---- thks ! Are you back on the QM2 for the last 1/2 of the W/C ? If so, see you then, as we board 3/31 in Hong Kong.
No bother it..sorry, Japan and Alaska was too tempting a trip to say no, so its be QV and Qm2 unless i can swing a deal and the trifecta!

Thanks for reading Guys, I missed the camaraderie of the Cunard crew and passengers...R
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#31
near Oxford
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Joined Apr 2009
Thanks Roscoe. I enjoyed reading.

I have wondered about the internet package. When I was on Celebrity a couple of years ago I thought their prices were too high and didn't buy the package. Would you be prepared to tell us the price on this ship?

I wonder what would happen if Cunard brought in a similar package. I assume we wouldn't get it as a perk for being Diamond level, the way we do now. My fear is that we would end up having to pay a largish amount rather than getting enough time to scrape through. After all, it's best if I don't spend all my time on the internet when I'm on a ship. It's meant to be a holiday.
#32
Iowa
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Joined Mar 2010
Originally posted by fantasy51
Thanks Roscoe. I enjoyed reading.

I have wondered about the internet package. When I was on Celebrity a couple of years ago I thought their prices were too high and didn't buy the package. Would you be prepared to tell us the price on this ship?

I wonder what would happen if Cunard brought in a similar package. I assume we wouldn't get it as a perk for being Diamond level, the way we do now. My fear is that we would end up having to pay a largish amount rather than getting enough time to scrape through. After all, it's best if I don't spend all my time on the internet when I'm on a ship. It's meant to be a holiday.
Not meaning to steal Roscoe's thunder by any means, but I'll jump in here with my experience concerning Royal Caribbean's internet pricing. The regular price for the internet package they call "VOOM Surf + Stream" is typically $19.99 per day unlimited usage for a single device. But that regular price is almost always discounted when purchased prior to the cruise and is often available to pre-purchase at 30% off ($13.99 per day for a single device). Complicating matters further is sometimes there are promotions where internet and beverage packages are bundled together. I took advantage of one of those packages last year to reduce the cost of the internet to $10.50 per day for a single device. I have also heard of some special limited-time promotions where the internet package was available for as little as $9.99 per day for a single device. From there the price per device goes down if you would be interested in purchasing an internet package for multiple devices.

I know, probably way too much information! For the purposes of this discussion, I'd figure on using that 30% off price of $13.99 per day for a single device as a typical "real world" price for internet access on Royal Caribbean.

Regards, John
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#33
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Joined Apr 2005
Originally posted by fantasy51
Thanks Roscoe. I enjoyed reading.

I have wondered about the internet package. When I was on Celebrity a couple of years ago I thought their prices were too high and didn't buy the package. Would you be prepared to tell us the price on this ship?

I wonder what would happen if Cunard brought in a similar package. I assume we wouldn't get it as a perk for being Diamond level, the way we do now. My fear is that we would end up having to pay a largish amount rather than getting enough time to scrape through. After all, it's best if I don't spend all my time on the internet when I'm on a ship. It's meant to be a holiday.
hi..Bluemarble was spoton - i paid nz$13 odd dollars for one device which was fine - i chopped and changed between my 3 devices, it was fast and I always got reception even though the pacific isn't the best place to do so.

The "all you can drink package" ran at $70 to $80 per day - therein lies the reason some of these ships have security issues in my opinion.....

I really appreciate Cunards laundrette now that I have been denied it and my daily
iron. it was amusing to see how many irons they collected on the naughty table at security, you would think that was saying something to RCL.
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QE2 2006 New York - Panama - Los Angeles
QV 2008 Singapore - Southampton
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QV 2014 Rio to Sydney
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Explorer of the Seas 2018 Sydney to Sydney
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#34
near Oxford
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Joined Apr 2009
Thank you to Bluemarble and Roscoe. At $13 per day for a 14-day or 23-day cruise (the two I have booked for this year) I would not bother with the internet. I would use free wifi in port. (I managed okay with that during two cruises on Celebrity.) I love the free time I get as a diamond member and use it all. I find that each time my allowance has increased (as I went up through the tiers), so my 'need' of the internet increased. However, the time I spent resting and reading decreased similarly.

I would hate any change that meant Cunard not giving us free wifi in exchange for loyalty.