"LIVE" from the Explorer 8-11-06 Cape Liberty

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#1
6,084 Posts
Joined Sep 2000
Hello everyone.... I made it on board. The weather is beautiful...Sunny and warm, about 82f. Lady Liberty stands out like a beacon.

Join me for 9 nights on the Explorer of the Seas. I will try to provide daily pics and comments about the cruise. We depart for St Thomas at 5PM.

My daily comments and pics will be limited to my connection.

This will be a week of relaxation for me...No Excursions...Just relaxing. I will visit every port, but I am not planning any activities. We will just wait and see what happens.


The CD this week is Ashley Kerr, and the Captain is Ole Joran Gronhaug. My DD and her 2 friends were just on the same cruise in June, and she loved the ports.

Here are a few pics while coming aboard....Just click below to see all of the pics as they are posted to my Criuise Photo Page...


I will try to load a few more tonight.

Thanks for tuning in !

Radio


Pre Cruise at the Marriott Courtyard near EWR




First Sight of Explorer








My D1 Cabin on Deck 8...Sorry, no new Bedding Yet




Pool Deck and Viking Crown Lounge




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#3
Staten Island, NY
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Joined Jul 2004
Radio,

I read your live posts (and others) all the time. I didn't remember you were going on the Explorer! I'll be on the next 9 night cruise (Aug. 25th). I can't wait to hear about your trip. I'll be waving to you tonight as I head home from work (via the SI Ferry). Have a great trip!
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#6
California
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Joined Jul 2006
It looks really quiet, I don't see many other people boarding, pool etc. What time did you board?

We leave on 8/25. If anyone on deck 10 says they have new bedding please let us know.

Thanks
Lori
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#7
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Joined May 2006
Radio, it's so nice of you to share your experiences with us. I've enjoyed your review and pics and am looking forward to more. I was wondering....where exactly is the Marriott Courtyard and was it nice? Any complaints? Did they have a shuttle from the airport and also to the pier? Thank you!!
#8
6,084 Posts
Joined Sep 2000
Originally posted by JMAT
Radio, it's so nice of you to share your experiences with us. I've enjoyed your review and pics and am looking forward to more. I was wondering....where exactly is the Marriott Courtyard and was it nice? Any complaints? Did they have a shuttle from the airport and also to the pier? Thank you!!

I boarded at 11:30 AM...there were few people on board at that time.....The cabins on my floor were ready too, though many were not. The hotel is on Wilcher Realty Blvd, and was very nice. It is next to the Marriott Residence INN and very close to EWR. I was told that the cast is $40 for a cab. The hotel does not offer free or pay shuttle to the pier.

The Muster drill is very soon ! !

Radio
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#10
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Originally posted by DPurcell58
Radio,

I read your live posts (and others) all the time. I didn't remember you were going on the Explorer! I'll be on the next 9 night cruise (Aug. 25th). I can't wait to hear about your trip. I'll be waving to you tonight as I head home from work (via the SI Ferry). Have a great trip!
I just booked this cruise 3 weeks ago, and didn't decide to do a "Live" report until today ! ! I will look for the Ferry ! !

Radio
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#11
Staten Island, NY
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No wonder, I usually keep up with your trips! Have a great time and tell us all about it. I'll be passing by you at approx. 5:15, hopefully you'll be getting ready to sail by then. What a great cool, clear evening to go out!
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#12
Toronto, Canada
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Joined Nov 2004
Radio - great to hear from you again!
So glad you decided to do another live report - I will wait for each of them and especially the pictures!

Have a great cruise and thanks for taking the time to keep us informed!
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#13
The EMPIRE State
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Joined Jun 2000
That's exactly how the ship looked when we left it this morning.

Can you believe we BACKED in there from NY harbor???!!!!! The whole way!!!!!
#14
Maryland
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Joined Sep 2002
Hi Radio, I so enjoyed your Bermuda cruise reports that I took that cruise after you and now we will be sailing on the Explorer in October. Will await your truly wonderful reports.
#15
North East, MD
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Joined Jun 2004
Hi Radio! I also followed your Bermuda cruise "live" report and will be reading this one as well!

I sailed on the Freedom from Bayonne in May and it was way cool going under the Verizanno (sp?) Bridge. It looked close enough to touch!

Thanks again for taking time out of your vacation to report to us!

Enjoy your cruise!
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#16
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Joined Oct 2005
Hey Radio....We will be on the same cruise on September 8th. I just wanted to tell you that I really enjoy your live posts along with the pictures. You take the best shots , we all feel like we are right there with you. Keep up the good work....Can you tell me how the security was getting on. Any different than usual? Not sure if you stashed any beverages along with you . Looking forward to your posts!!! Thanks Laura
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#17
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Joined Sep 2000
Originally posted by MrPete
That's exactly how the ship looked when we left it this morning.

Can you believe we BACKED in there from NY harbor???!!!!! The whole way!!!!!

Wow Pete...I hoped you liked Bermuda...I plan to go there again in the fall...

The muster drill is over and we should be leaving in about 10-15 min....time to up to Deck 12...

Radio
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#18
The EMPIRE State
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Joined Jun 2000
It was grand, including the weather.

Enjoy the entertainment. They are good shows.

Your only loss is that Allan Richards (our cruise director, a very good one at that), left the ship this morning for vacation.

Enjoy your 9 days. It was hard getting off!
#19
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
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Radio ~ always look forward to your Live posts from the ships... I will follow this one especially since we are already booked for April 2008 on Explorer 9 day.... have fun!
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#20
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Joined Oct 2005
Originally posted by emmy
Radio ~ always look forward to your Live posts from the ships... I will follow this one especially since we are already booked for April 2008 on Explorer 9 day.... have fun!
Emmy .... we are thinking of booking the same April 25th cruise. We loved the ports and figure it would be a great first cruise for our girls. I see you already have some major chatter going on in the roll calls that's great. I will join in as soon as we book.
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Sept 2006 - Explorer Aft Balcony
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May 2001 - Empress Ocean View