EXPLORER semi-live May 15-19 REVIEW w/lots of photos

#1
Maple Ridge, BC
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G'morn CC family!

Just about to start my journey from the Vancouver area down to Seattle to embark on Explorer later today for the short "Best of BC" 4-day sailing. I did the same itinerary last year... if you expand my signature below I reviewed that sailing as well with plenty of ideas and thoughts about Victoria and Nanaimo for those that are interested.





I'm trying something different this time... I hate staying connected when on vacation. I'm connected 24/7 and tied to my phone for work so I've always only posted reviews when I get home. This time I'll have my phone with me and I'll try posting a few photos as I go along this week and if there's any questions I can try answering them while I'm there (no guarantees!!). I'll also post a full review later when I get home (I'm going to try a different format for this as well).

So off I go... bon voyage everyone
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OCEANIA - Marina review (18-03 French Polynesia)
RCCL - Explorer, Mariner*2, Voyager*2, Adventure, Independence, Freedom, Liberty, Majesty*2, Rhapsody*2, Enchantment, Radiance, Oasis, Vision*3 refurb review (13-11), Navigator review (14-05 Western Caribbean), Serenade review (14-09 Med/Adriatic), Quantum review (14-12 Southern Caribbean), Legend review (15-03 Southern Caribbean), Radiance review (15-09 Vancouver to Hawaii), Jewel (15-12 Southern Carib), Explorer review (16-05 4day Best of BC ), Adventure review (16-08 ABC's), Harmony review(17-01 Western), Explorer review(17-05 4day Best of BC), Jewel b2b review (17-08/09 Greece & Western Med), Brilliance review(18-06 British Isles)
Celebrity - Constellation, NCL - Pearl & Sky, Princess - Golden, HAL - Volendam
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Solarium Bar
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Have fun Hoop! Looking forward to this.
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Following along! Love your reviews
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Central Illinois
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Looking forward to seeing a review of one of our favorite ships again.
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WI
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We're on the Explorer for the first time in August to see Alaska. Very happy to see this review pop up, I'll be following!
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#7
Arizona
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So looking forward to your review, traveling with you. Thank you
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#8
Lynnwood,Wa,USA
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Have fun..I was going to be on this cruise as a birthday present to myself, but had to cancel. Looking forward to your review. Luckily, I will be on her in Sept. for a Pacific Coast cruise.
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Maple Ridge, BC
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We've arrived! The Seattle cruise Park on armoury way is super close and much cheaper than the regular parking lot by about $25 I believe. They had at least 3 shuttles waiting, we got right on. Great device





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Explorer - Best of British Columbia Sept 17/18


AFTER EX:
Land Vacation - Gorgeous Zihuatanejo ~~ HAPPY NEW YEAR!! ~~ Dec 29/18
Ovation of the Seas - Alaska May 13/19

GREAT MEMORIES:
OCEANIA - Marina review (18-03 French Polynesia)
RCCL - Explorer, Mariner*2, Voyager*2, Adventure, Independence, Freedom, Liberty, Majesty*2, Rhapsody*2, Enchantment, Radiance, Oasis, Vision*3 refurb review (13-11), Navigator review (14-05 Western Caribbean), Serenade review (14-09 Med/Adriatic), Quantum review (14-12 Southern Caribbean), Legend review (15-03 Southern Caribbean), Radiance review (15-09 Vancouver to Hawaii), Jewel (15-12 Southern Carib), Explorer review (16-05 4day Best of BC ), Adventure review (16-08 ABC's), Harmony review(17-01 Western), Explorer review(17-05 4day Best of BC), Jewel b2b review (17-08/09 Greece & Western Med), Brilliance review(18-06 British Isles)
Celebrity - Constellation, NCL - Pearl & Sky, Princess - Golden, HAL - Volendam
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Maple Ridge, BC
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Explorer - Best of British Columbia Sept 17/18


AFTER EX:
Land Vacation - Gorgeous Zihuatanejo ~~ HAPPY NEW YEAR!! ~~ Dec 29/18
Ovation of the Seas - Alaska May 13/19

GREAT MEMORIES:
OCEANIA - Marina review (18-03 French Polynesia)
RCCL - Explorer, Mariner*2, Voyager*2, Adventure, Independence, Freedom, Liberty, Majesty*2, Rhapsody*2, Enchantment, Radiance, Oasis, Vision*3 refurb review (13-11), Navigator review (14-05 Western Caribbean), Serenade review (14-09 Med/Adriatic), Quantum review (14-12 Southern Caribbean), Legend review (15-03 Southern Caribbean), Radiance review (15-09 Vancouver to Hawaii), Jewel (15-12 Southern Carib), Explorer review (16-05 4day Best of BC ), Adventure review (16-08 ABC's), Harmony review(17-01 Western), Explorer review(17-05 4day Best of BC), Jewel b2b review (17-08/09 Greece & Western Med), Brilliance review(18-06 British Isles)
Celebrity - Constellation, NCL - Pearl & Sky, Princess - Golden, HAL - Volendam
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Loveland, Colorado
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I'm looking forward to your posts. We board on Friday so this will, really, help the next couple days pass.
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#12
Maple Ridge, BC
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The line at security super short but huge lines at check in



The suites/ pinnacle line had zero people in it when we arrived.


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Explorer - Best of British Columbia Sept 17/18


AFTER EX:
Land Vacation - Gorgeous Zihuatanejo ~~ HAPPY NEW YEAR!! ~~ Dec 29/18
Ovation of the Seas - Alaska May 13/19

GREAT MEMORIES:
OCEANIA - Marina review (18-03 French Polynesia)
RCCL - Explorer, Mariner*2, Voyager*2, Adventure, Independence, Freedom, Liberty, Majesty*2, Rhapsody*2, Enchantment, Radiance, Oasis, Vision*3 refurb review (13-11), Navigator review (14-05 Western Caribbean), Serenade review (14-09 Med/Adriatic), Quantum review (14-12 Southern Caribbean), Legend review (15-03 Southern Caribbean), Radiance review (15-09 Vancouver to Hawaii), Jewel (15-12 Southern Carib), Explorer review (16-05 4day Best of BC ), Adventure review (16-08 ABC's), Harmony review(17-01 Western), Explorer review(17-05 4day Best of BC), Jewel b2b review (17-08/09 Greece & Western Med), Brilliance review(18-06 British Isles)
Celebrity - Constellation, NCL - Pearl & Sky, Princess - Golden, HAL - Volendam
#13
Maple Ridge, BC
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Well, that was about 40min in line and then they had an issue with the computers..... Grrrr

I've never been on board this late.(1.30).
But Finally we are home!!!!



Woohoo!!! Going to settle in, head to the room, etc. Ttyl folks




But first a MAJOR announcements... Stopped at the Promenade for tea (it's cold here) and I went for my fave cake pop.... No more cake pops... Possibly ever. Desert Menu has changed per the staff. ;(((







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Explorer - Best of British Columbia Sept 17/18


AFTER EX:
Land Vacation - Gorgeous Zihuatanejo ~~ HAPPY NEW YEAR!! ~~ Dec 29/18
Ovation of the Seas - Alaska May 13/19

GREAT MEMORIES:
OCEANIA - Marina review (18-03 French Polynesia)
RCCL - Explorer, Mariner*2, Voyager*2, Adventure, Independence, Freedom, Liberty, Majesty*2, Rhapsody*2, Enchantment, Radiance, Oasis, Vision*3 refurb review (13-11), Navigator review (14-05 Western Caribbean), Serenade review (14-09 Med/Adriatic), Quantum review (14-12 Southern Caribbean), Legend review (15-03 Southern Caribbean), Radiance review (15-09 Vancouver to Hawaii), Jewel (15-12 Southern Carib), Explorer review (16-05 4day Best of BC ), Adventure review (16-08 ABC's), Harmony review(17-01 Western), Explorer review(17-05 4day Best of BC), Jewel b2b review (17-08/09 Greece & Western Med), Brilliance review(18-06 British Isles)
Celebrity - Constellation, NCL - Pearl & Sky, Princess - Golden, HAL - Volendam
#14
California
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You want me to pay more at Sabor AND you're taking my cake pops! I think someone in corporate must have fell and hit their head. That's just wrong!
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#15
Maple Ridge, BC
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I asked if they had the USCG inspection and yet you couldn't tell compared to last year. The WJ was in full swing at 2:30 with a full slate of stations including something I hadn't seen before.... Several items offered by chops, Giovanni's and Izumi, prob trying to get sales. Didn't take pics with iPhone so will mention again in My Normal review later. Quality was not good... If that was my first time trying
"Specialty" food I would not try it again, they failed on that attempt but a great idea.

So where does everyone hang out before muster on a rainy Seattle day? This is the fullest I've seen the Viking Crown



And the card room/library/all bars totally fu. Never seen anything like it





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Explorer - Best of British Columbia Sept 17/18


AFTER EX:
Land Vacation - Gorgeous Zihuatanejo ~~ HAPPY NEW YEAR!! ~~ Dec 29/18
Ovation of the Seas - Alaska May 13/19

GREAT MEMORIES:
OCEANIA - Marina review (18-03 French Polynesia)
RCCL - Explorer, Mariner*2, Voyager*2, Adventure, Independence, Freedom, Liberty, Majesty*2, Rhapsody*2, Enchantment, Radiance, Oasis, Vision*3 refurb review (13-11), Navigator review (14-05 Western Caribbean), Serenade review (14-09 Med/Adriatic), Quantum review (14-12 Southern Caribbean), Legend review (15-03 Southern Caribbean), Radiance review (15-09 Vancouver to Hawaii), Jewel (15-12 Southern Carib), Explorer review (16-05 4day Best of BC ), Adventure review (16-08 ABC's), Harmony review(17-01 Western), Explorer review(17-05 4day Best of BC), Jewel b2b review (17-08/09 Greece & Western Med), Brilliance review(18-06 British Isles)
Celebrity - Constellation, NCL - Pearl & Sky, Princess - Golden, HAL - Volendam
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Maple Ridge, BC
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Well... DL also totally packed. Dl Is checking cards on entry. Having Our DL drink in the Viking crown. No sail away party outside... Weather
Is gross!!






Graham Seymour totally changed things
This year. There's two shows tonight instead
Of the Normal welcome show. We're dining in Giovanni's. Have a nice night everyone ... Gf wants me to out My Phone down!!! Can't blame her


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Explorer - Best of British Columbia Sept 17/18


AFTER EX:
Land Vacation - Gorgeous Zihuatanejo ~~ HAPPY NEW YEAR!! ~~ Dec 29/18
Ovation of the Seas - Alaska May 13/19

GREAT MEMORIES:
OCEANIA - Marina review (18-03 French Polynesia)
RCCL - Explorer, Mariner*2, Voyager*2, Adventure, Independence, Freedom, Liberty, Majesty*2, Rhapsody*2, Enchantment, Radiance, Oasis, Vision*3 refurb review (13-11), Navigator review (14-05 Western Caribbean), Serenade review (14-09 Med/Adriatic), Quantum review (14-12 Southern Caribbean), Legend review (15-03 Southern Caribbean), Radiance review (15-09 Vancouver to Hawaii), Jewel (15-12 Southern Carib), Explorer review (16-05 4day Best of BC ), Adventure review (16-08 ABC's), Harmony review(17-01 Western), Explorer review(17-05 4day Best of BC), Jewel b2b review (17-08/09 Greece & Western Med), Brilliance review(18-06 British Isles)
Celebrity - Constellation, NCL - Pearl & Sky, Princess - Golden, HAL - Volendam
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San Diego, CA
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Also onboard... took us exactly 50 minutes from drop off at 11:37 to get thru checkin (not Pinnacle) and eating on Cafe Promenade. We were worried about last year's mess but decided to head to the port before the rain.

All prepared for outside muster and surprisingly A1 was INSIDE in the Star Lounge. No need for the coat and rain poncho after all. Guess we just got lucky...


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Great review so far, we are going on Explorer next month.


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#20
Maple Ridge, BC
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I'm back!!! Just signed up for last 3 days of Voom surf for free using my D+ benefit. Thank you RCL

Last night had a great dinner at Giovanni's... Much better than Jamie's on Harmony: Osso Bucco, Veal, crab ravioli, etc. Production show was "Fast Forward"... 8 out of 10 so pretty good. General Trivia at Schooner.

Today we're heading out to the ocean for
Our sea day. Sunny out in the ocean, still del behind is on land




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Explorer - Best of British Columbia Sept 17/18


AFTER EX:
Land Vacation - Gorgeous Zihuatanejo ~~ HAPPY NEW YEAR!! ~~ Dec 29/18
Ovation of the Seas - Alaska May 13/19

GREAT MEMORIES:
OCEANIA - Marina review (18-03 French Polynesia)
RCCL - Explorer, Mariner*2, Voyager*2, Adventure, Independence, Freedom, Liberty, Majesty*2, Rhapsody*2, Enchantment, Radiance, Oasis, Vision*3 refurb review (13-11), Navigator review (14-05 Western Caribbean), Serenade review (14-09 Med/Adriatic), Quantum review (14-12 Southern Caribbean), Legend review (15-03 Southern Caribbean), Radiance review (15-09 Vancouver to Hawaii), Jewel (15-12 Southern Carib), Explorer review (16-05 4day Best of BC ), Adventure review (16-08 ABC's), Harmony review(17-01 Western), Explorer review(17-05 4day Best of BC), Jewel b2b review (17-08/09 Greece & Western Med), Brilliance review(18-06 British Isles)
Celebrity - Constellation, NCL - Pearl & Sky, Princess - Golden, HAL - Volendam