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223 Posts
Joined Sep 2002
Did the Eastern caribbean. San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Maarten & Nassau.
No didn't do the lab, reservations were full.
Crusin 04
109 Posts
Joined Mar 2004
Hope you had a great time. Could you email me your cruise compasses if you kept them. I would greatly appreciate it. Seems as though everyone has the western and not the eastern.
Boston, MA
46 Posts
Joined Jul 2004
I will be sailing the Eastern Caribbean route on the Explorer in January. This will be my first cruise and I was wondering what your impressions were about the ports and the ship in general.

Thanks and have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

Rochester NY, The World's Image Centre
286 Posts
Joined Sep 2004
We'll be on with Pat next October. Looking forward to hearing about the Eastern itinerary and the ship. We're already excited !
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Ken & Kathy Hazlett
Rochester NY

Not exactly cruising, but Ken (in 4th grade) sailed New York City to Gibraltar on Italian Line's "Rafaelo" in January 1966 and Great Britain back to NYC on Holland America's "Statendam" in September 1966.
Royal Caribbean "Sovereign of the Seas", 12/98 (4 nts)
"Cruise Virgins" deflowered. Awesome food and "shooter" drinks. Missed Coco Cay due to high seas, but had a great "day at sea" on the way to KW.
Carnival "Sensation", 07/00 (7 nts)
A balcony suite shared with best friends, lunch with Emeril in New Orleans, and a surprise proposal. Swimming with stingrays in Grand Cayman was a blast, and you can't pass up a trip to Hell.
Carnival "Jubilee", 01/01 (4 nts)
Key West was in the deep freeze, but margaritas at Jimmy Buffet's helped. Cozumel was toasty.
Carnival "Paradise", 12/01 (7 nts)

A perfect honeymoon on the only totally non-smoking ship --- what a breath of fresh air !
Royal Caribbean "Explorer of the Seas", 10/23/05 (7 nts)
The threat of Hurricane Wilma made departure interesting. The Meet & Mingle and spending time with other CCers was awesome. RCI's food IS better than Carnival's, and Portofino was a real treat.
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223 Posts
Joined Sep 2002
Well, the ship is beautiful and kept very well. The crew is excellent and will do anything to help you and make your cruise and unforgettable time. The food this time around was very good too. Portofino was INCREDIBLE!
We ususally do the radiance class of ships (The Brilliance of the Seas). The Explorer is very BIG. It can hold up too 3400 people and 1600 crew. It did this time around. There were so many people and the ship is very big. It takes you awhile to get around.
The good thing about the ship being so big was that we had run into some bad weather. The ship was so steady. A shift here & there but if you have a choice between being on a small ship or a big one in bad weather its the big one all the way.
The ports of call were great. Our first port of call was San Juan and because of the bad weather we got there 2 hours late. it was after 5:00 and alot of things were closed. Plus, it was raining, so I really can't say anything about it. We went into old San Juan and it was ok. Next, we went to St. Maarten, which was absolutely beautiful. we did an excursion to Divi Beach. They took us to a resort and we sat on the beach all day. They had a great bar-b-q and even had crab races. The next day was St. Thomas. That was also a very beautiful place. Do not miss Megans Bay. Nassau was ok. Been there before. We decided to stay on the ship and enjoy the pool.
If there is anything else I can tell you. let me know.

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