Honey...I'm home : ) (off Grandeur)

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489 Posts
Joined Dec 2004
Wow...getting out a Freeport was a nightmare...lol. Not sure RCCL could have done any more than they could though. Our 4pm flight finally arrived around 11 something last night in Baltimore. There are going to be horror stories....one plane sat at Freeport airport filled with passengers for 5 hours and I don't know why. An entire flight had their baggage lost. (they had a layover I think). Once we got to Bmore it was great except for the hotel checkin which was our final line to stand in after a very very long day.

They had a very nice set up at the airport...every 10 feet or so we were lead along the way and welcome by a standing RCCL rep. Welcome home..we are glad to see you. Hotel rooms were offered..$125 pp for incidentals will be refunded to us with reciepts. The Port of Baltimore is refunding our entire parking stay...you go BMORE!!!

Finally time to cut the umbilicial cord now. My DH and I are leaving in 30 mins to finish our vacation on the beach in OCMD. We got a really nice room. We made some very good friends thru this ordeal. In fact I think we had a very nice pizza/wine/beer party in the lobby of the hotel until after 2am.

I will be happy to answer any questions : )
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Joined May 2000
Thanks for posting! It is good to hear that RCI took care of everyone to the best of their ability.

Enjoy OCMD! Been there many times and it is a nice vacation spot.
Plymouth Meeting, PA
392 Posts
Joined Dec 2009
Welcome home. I've been following your posts and am glad to see this story had a "relatively speaking" happy ending!
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Annapolis, Maryland
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Joined Dec 2008
Welcome home! Thanks for keeping us posted. Your thread certainly took quite the turn, eh? This life is quite the ride at times. So glad all turned out well. Enjoy your trip "down the shore"!
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Atlanta, GA
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Joined Jan 2005
Glad to see you made it, and with good humor. That would have been a very trying experience.
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Joined Nov 2008
I bet when you started a thread from near the pool bar while at port canaveral you need thought it would turn out the way it did! Glad you and everyone are ok.
Jackson New Jersey
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Joined Aug 2012
Glad to see your home I hope you have a great time in O.C. !! Thanks for keeping us updated .
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It would be interesting for the CC mods to look back and see if your posting had the most hits per number of days posted.

Thanks for keeping us up with the skinny on the GOTS.

Welcome home!
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Previous Cruises:Carnival Ecstasy– July 2000: Mexico; Carnival Fantasy– August 2006: Bahamas; Carnival Pride –October 2009: Bahamas; Celebrity Constellation–March 2010: Panama Canal; Enchantment of the Seas–June 2010: Eastern Caribbean, September 2010: New England and Canada, March 2012: Southern Caribbean; Celebrity Mercury–November 2010 Eastern Caribbean and January 2011 Bahamas and Florida; Carnival Legend –April 2011: Western Caribbean; Radiance of the Seas--Alaska; August 2012, Explorer of the Seas--Bermuda: October 2012; Legend of the Seas –Transatlantic, October 2013; Brilliance of the Seas--North Atlantic TA: August 2014; Vision of the Seas--Southern Caribbean: November 2014; Serenade of the Seas--B2B Bahamas and Western Caribbean: March/April 2015; Southern Caribbean: November 2015; Grandeur of the Seas–June 2005: Bermuda, April 2013: Caribbean reposition cruise; March 2014: Western Caribbean, April 2016: Eastern Caribbean, July 2016: Bermuda/Bahamas, Harmony of The Seas-- October 2016: Transatlantic, Equinox-- .February 2017: Mardi Gras cruise
Las Vegas
761 Posts
Joined Oct 2009
Welcome home
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RCI Allure of the Seas-Mediterranean cruise May 2015
HAL Statendam - October 2014
RCI Vision of the Seas - Northern Europe Sept 2013
Disney Wonder - Pixar Pacific Coast October 2012
RCI Allure of the Seas - Caribbean in Sept 2011
HAL Oosterdam - Mexico in January 2011
Crown Princess - Western Caribbean in Jan 2010
Golden Princess -Hawaii in January 2009
HAL Ryndam - Mexico in October 2008
HAL Oosterdam - Alaska in May 2008
Carnival PRIDE - Mexico in December 2007
Carnival PRIDE - Mexico in January 2005
RCI Sovereign of the Seas - Bahamas in December 2001
South Florida
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Joined Feb 2010
Welcome back, thanks for the thread.
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Joe & Pat
Sunny South Florida, a short drive to the pier.
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Majesty of the Seas
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Navigator of the Seas
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Oasis of the Seas (including Maiden Voyage)
Allure of the Seas (Including Maiden Voyage)
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east coast
579 Posts
Joined Aug 2009
Welcome Home and I'm glad you all are arriving back from Freeport safely if not, timely. Thank you for posting from the Grandeur and giving the updates! I know it's probably not the way you thought your vacation would end but I feel you all were truly blessed from the time you stepped onto the ship... clearly, you were in good hands!
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Carnival Pride - August 2013
Allure of the Seas - November 2014
Carnival Pride - August 2015

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Joined Jul 2007
Did they allow those that wanted to stay in the Bahamas for the rest of their vacation the opportunity? While the port area is not that great, there are some nice resorts in Grand Bahama.
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Joined Feb 2012
Glad you are back safe. You are now a cruise critic star thanks to CNN showing your post.

Did you hear an explosion? One of your fellow passengers was on Erin Burnett last night and said she heard one.
Flemington, NJ
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Joined Aug 2004
So glad you are safely back. Thanks for keeping us all updated!
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489 Posts
Joined Dec 2004
We did ask if we could stay in the Bahamas until Friday but that was not allowed. I'm sure you could've chosen to do that and made your own arrangements to fly home. I did not hear the explosion but I did know that there was one when the glass blew. There is a cruise critic member who did hear the explosion I'm not sure if they will post.
Central Illinois
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Joined Apr 2008
Originally posted by Dharma517
We did ask if we could stay in the Bahamas until Friday but that was not allowed. I'm sure you could've chosen to do that and made your own arrangements to fly home. I did not hear the explosion but I did know that there was one when the glass blew. There is a cruise critic member who did hear the explosion I'm not sure if they will post.
I read that some guests were going to take a ferry back to Miami. Are there still guests on Grandeur, or is Royal putting them up in local hotels?
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Celebrity: Mercury
RCCL: Adventure, Allure, Brilliance, Enchantment, Explorer, Freedom, Independence, Legend, Liberty, Majesty, Mariner, Monarch, Navigator, Oasis, Radiance, Rhapsody, Serenade, Sovereign, Vision, Voyager
White Marsh, Maryland
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Joined Jul 2009
Welcome home. Thanks for keeping us updated. Now go and enjoy the rest of your well deserved vacation.
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Linda & Lowell

Past Cruises:
Grandeur of the Seas B2B Jan 23 & Feb.4, 2017, Carnival Pride Sept. 25, 2016, Grandeur of the Seas B2B Jan.24 & Feb 3 2016,

Carnival Pride Sept 27, 2015, Grandeur of the Seas B2B Jan & Feb 2015 Carnival Pride Sept. 2014 Grandeur of Seas B2B Jan & Feb 2014,
Grandeur of Seas Oct. 2013 Carnival Pride Sept 2013,
Enchantment of the Seas B2B Jan. & Feb. 2013,Carnival Pride Oct. 2012,
Carnival Pride May 2012,Enchantment of Seas Feb 2012, Carnival Pride Sept. 2011, Carnival Pride May 2011, Freedom of Seas Jan. 2011,
Carnival Pride Aug 2010, Freedom of Seas Jan. 2010, Carnival Pride May 2009, Grandeur of Seas Oct 2008 Repositioning, Grandeur of Seas June 2007