All Things Explorer of the Seas! -- Part 2

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#1
Ewing, NJ
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Welcome to Part 2 of All Things Explorer of the Seas.

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Ontario Canada
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I recently got addicted to Radio's "LIVE from" posts and wanted to read about his cruises on Explorer. I will be sailing on her this December. Although I have sailed on her before, it has been awhile and I was curious about what changes have happened.
The first LIVE thread about one of his cruises on Explorer talked about a substantial delay in Explorer's arrival time at port as well as her departure time. Does this happen often? I am concerned about flight times. I plan to fly home mid afternoon of the day the cruise returns. I'm giving myself lots of time, but the kind of delay Radio experienced would make me miss my flight. Would RCI compensate travellers for this?
Thanks in advance for your replies.
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#3
Pittsburgh, PA
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essgee_ca,

DW, DS and I were also on that cruise, our first on EX. The arrival delay was due to the Captain searching for a waiter who jumped overboard, he has not been found. Captain Olav, as all ships Captains, have an obligation to assist in the search for anyone who is missing from the ship until relieved by the Authorities responsible for the search and rescue. On that sailing we sailed at midnight with muster the next day (they have 24 hours after sailing to do muster). Our second sailing left on time from Bayonne. I would plan for her to arrive and leave on time. If my memory serves me correctly, RCI did allow free telephone and assistance re-arranging flights and other travel plans.

By the way, if you go to Radio's "Live from Allure" thread there are links to his reviews of all his "Live from...." cruises.
#4
King of Prussia, PA
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It's about time for a new thread! That other one was really racking up the posts!
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#5
Outside Philadelphia, PA
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Joined Jul 2010
Thanks for this thread. The other one is a little daunting. We went on our first Explorer cruise in April and have another planned for April 2012.

I read on the Cruise Director thread that Chris Northey is no longer on the Explorer (an not with RCCL anymore). Bummer.
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#7
King of Prussia, PA
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Great picture, Jumbo1! Where was that taken? Bermuda?
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Cruise History:
6/11 - Allure of the Seas - 7 Night Western Caribbean
4/11 - Navigator of the Seas - 5 Night Western Caribbean
12/09 - Oasis of the Seas - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean ***Inaugural Sailing***
6/05 - Navigator of the Seas - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean
3/01 - Disney Magic - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean


#8
Central New Jersey
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Laura,
Thanks.......this should make it a lot easier to get to the threads.
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Harmony of the Seas (7 Night Western) 11/11/17
Freedom of the Seas (6 Night Western) 11/5/17
Anthem of the Seas (12 Night Southern) 11/27/16
Oasis (7 Night Eastern) 10/31/15
Oasis (7 Night Western) 10/24/15
Quantum (12 Night Southern) 4/12/15
Brilliance (5 Night Western) 11/17/14
Enchantment (4 Night Bahamas) 12/2/13
Liberty (5 Night Western) 11/18/13
Allure (7 Night Eastern) 12/9/12
Allure (7 Night Western) 12/2/12
Silhouette (12 Night Eastern) 11/18/11
Explorer (9 Night Bermuda/Bahamas) 5/13/10
Explorer (12 Night Southern) 3/15/09
Explorer (12 Night Southern) 11/11/07
Mariner (7 Night Western) 12/3/06
Explorer (9 Night Eastern) 6/16/06
Radiance (7 Night Eastern)12/4/05
Brilliance (11 Night Circle the Caribbean) 12/2/02
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#9
Dutchess County, NY
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Originally posted by will773
Great picture, Jumbo1! Where was that taken? Bermuda?

Roseau, Dominica 2009
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Experienced enough to recognize the mistakes I've made and enjoy them even more ! again and again...

1-Mar-2015 Quantum of the Seas 12 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise
27-Feb-2011 Explorer of the Seas 12 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise
22-Feb-2009 Explorer of the Seas 12 Southern Caribbean Cruise
23-May-2008 Rhapsody Of The Seas 7 Night Alaska Sawyer Glacier Cruise
11-May-2007 Explorer Of The Seas 9 Night Bermuda And Caribbean Cruise
13-Feb-2006 Brilliance Of The Seas 11 Night Panama Canal Cruise
02-Jul-2004 Vision Of The Seas 5 Night Land & 7 Night Southbound Alaska Cruise
11-Oct-1998 Majesty Of The Seas Western Caribbean - 7 Nights
11-Mar-1995 Sovereign Of The Seas 7 Night Eastern Caribbean
11-Sep-1993 Sovereign Of The Seas 7 Night Eastern Caribbean
#10
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Glad to see this new Explorer thread. That other one was too long!!
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#11
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I will be on the Explorer for the first time in April, Anyone have any "must do's" on the ship? It will be 9 nights and we are going to Bermuda, St. Thomas, St. Martin and San Juan. I think I am more excited about the ship than the ports! Also, does anyone have any recent compasses? What about Teen compasses? I found 5 night but I was looking for longer.

Thanks,

Loralie
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Originally posted by beachbuddy
Laura,
Thanks.......this should make it a lot easier to get to the threads.
We will see......
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North Providence, RI
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The main dining room for lunch at Bistro 33 (at least I think thats what it is called) Is a must. I crave the salad bar!! It is my favorite anywhere, unlimited choices and they do it for you. Superb. 18 days til Exp!!
#14
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Joined Aug 2010
Glad a new thread was started, it will be much easier to get info. We are sailing her in July and I can't get an appointment for a couples massage. Everything is booked! Has anyone ever experienced this? Should I wait till we board and hope a lot of people have cancelled?

Also, still can't decide what to do in St. Thomas, we have been there once and have gone to Megans Bay and done the shopping thing. We want a really nice beach for snorkeling, some amenities would be nice too. Any ideas would be appreciated, our kids are 14 and 16.

Has anyone done the swimming with the turtles excursion?
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Northern New Jersey
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Great to have a new thread on the Explorer.
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#16
Wall, NJ
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Who is the current Concierge on the Explorer?
And, with the Diamonds having their own venue, is the Lounge less crowded?

Two years ago the CL was so crowded we could not get in on some nights, let alone drink service.
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New Jersey
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Take the St Johns snorkeling excursion instead of staying in St Thomas. Its amazing and has bathrooms showers and food hut right there.
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#18
586 Posts
Joined Nov 2005
I have another question, does the Explorer have the Scratch DJ Academy for teens? I found a teen compass for the Mariner and they have it. I know my son would love that.

Thanks,

Loralie
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Originally posted by B-52
Who is the current Concierge on the Explorer?
And, with the Diamonds having their own venue, is the Lounge less crowded?

Two years ago the CL was so crowded we could not get in on some nights, let alone drink service.

3 weeks ago the Concierge on Explorer was Carlos. When we were in the lounge it was rarely crowded. You could always get a seat and drink service.
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#20
Long Island, NY
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Joined May 2011
Originally posted by grazrock4
Glad a new thread was started, it will be much easier to get info. We are sailing her in July and I can't get an appointment for a couples massage. Everything is booked! Has anyone ever experienced this? Should I wait till we board and hope a lot of people have cancelled?

Also, still can't decide what to do in St. Thomas, we have been there once and have gone to Megans Bay and done the shopping thing. We want a really nice beach for snorkeling, some amenities would be nice too. Any ideas would be appreciated, our kids are 14 and 16.

Has anyone done the swimming with the turtles excursion?
we are doing the fury excursion in the morning for snorkeling and then going to sapphire beach for relaxation and additional snorkeling..
Sapphire gets great reviews in the st. thomas thread and there is a link to a web cam there