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"LIVE" From Explorer of the Seas / May 8, 2010

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Hello everyone !

 

 

It is with great pleasure, that I bring you “LIVE” from the Explorer of the Seas.

I made it up here to Elizabeth, NJ (Just a few minutes from Cape Liberty) around 1PM this afternoon.

 

I am staying at the Country Inn and Suites, which is between Newark International Airport, and Jersey Garden Mall. The hotel is very nice and the front desk staff are very friendly.

 

Those who are familiar with my “LIVE” posts should know that I will be posting daily reports, and comments. I will also be posting many photos of Explorer of the Seas, public rooms, and our 2 days in Beautiful Bermuda. (As long as I am able to maintain a valid wireless connection)

 

It appears that this sailing will be a little delayed. The reason for the delay has been reported here on Cruise Critic. Royal Caribbean called me, and suggested that Explorer will arrive around 3PM tomorrow.

 

The RCI rep who called told that we should not arrive to the Pier before 730PM, and we must arrive before 10PM. They suggested that we should be leaving the pier around Midnight.

 

Wow ! This all sounds extremely similar to my last sailing on Explorer of the Seas.

(That “LIVE” Post can be read HERE)

 

Back in November 2007, the Explorer was delayed due to Hurricane Noel. The ship arrived 7 hours late (3PM), and left 7 hours late (12AM).

 

Oh well. . .this should be a fun embarkation. . . . I was told by RCI that dining will be open tomorrow night at the Café Promenade, Windjammer, and there will be Open seating in the MDR.

 

I plan on arriving to Cape Liberty at around 3PM, to get some pics of Explorer pulling into port. I will come back to the hotel, and hang out until about 8PM. I will then head over to Cape Liberty. . .Park my car, and board Explorer of the Seas for a wonderful 5 Night Cruise to Bermuda !

 

This cruise should be a lot of fun . . . It seems that we have a fun crowd on our Explorer Roll Call. . . Sit back, relax, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy our cruise !

 

 

 

 

Radio

;);)

 

 

Explorer of the Seas

 

 

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This image taken in Bermuda Nov 2007

 

 

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Enjoy your stay in the lovely Newark area!! See you on the ship tomorrow!!

 

I too will be doing some live posts...mainly as we are doing a B2B2B....but I shall keep my thoughts on the 1st leg to a minimum and defer to Radio as he does such a wonderful job....(and he has kindly offered to give me some photo pointers!)

 

See everyone later!

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I can't wait to read your upcoming posts and see your pictures! Thank you for doing it!:D

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Looking forward to following along! We board on 5/13. :)

my wife and her family will be boarding with you... have a great cruise, I know I'll enjoy the quiet at home...

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Radio, Very much looking foward to your Live! Sadly, I missed your last one and was in anticipation of your next! Im happy it is on our wonderful Home Ship, Explorer! I cant wait to board her again in June, its been over 2 years for us.

As I usually do, I also hope to do my Live thread in June (family permitting), but Im curious where the hot spots on Explorer are. I used to use Cyber Cabin (& yes, it was good for me, I was able to multitask)

 

Have a wonderful Sail Away...

Edited by CruiseDivaNJ

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I've been looking foward to this! I followed the Oasis Report and loved it!

Enjoy your cruise!! ;)

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It makes me smile to see you posting LIVE again!! It's so close to our trip in June, it will make the wait not so bad! Can't wait to see the great pics and fantastic posts...

Cheers! Have a great cruise!!

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We are leaving tomorrow too on Explorer. Part of the whole reason for booking this itinerary was to sip Champagne from the balcony as we passed by the Statute of Liberty on my birthday - now the sailing will be way late (I will probably be asleep by then after getting up at 4 am to catch the flights to Newark. So as to not sit at the airport till 7:30 pm with nothing to do I found a shuttle to the outlet mall so that will occupy our afternoon at least.

 

Hope it all works out and ends up positive.

 

Florida Family

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We are leaving tomorrow too on Explorer. Part of the whole reason for booking this itinerary was to sip Champagne from the balcony as we passed by the Statute of Liberty on my birthday - now the sailing will be way late (I will probably be asleep by then after getting up at 4 am to catch the flights to Newark. So as to not sit at the airport till 7:30 pm with nothing to do I found a shuttle to the outlet mall so that will occupy our afternoon at least.

 

Hope it all works out and ends up positive.

 

Florida Family

 

Technically we do not pass the statue. We enter the river below where she stands. However she can be seen off in the distance on the port side while we are docked at Cape Liberty. Please remember, if it's lit, to look at the 9/11 Memorial on the starboard side that we will pass before entering the river. If you don't get to see it, look for it on our return. We have rescheduled our ride to arrive at 7:30 ish. And Happy Birthday...today is my birthday. 8-)

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Radio,

 

As always, thank you for allowing us to tag along on your vacation. We look forward to your posts and pics. My wife and I had the pleasure of sailing on Explorer in 2007. She is a beautiful ship. Enjoy your vacation.

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Technically we do not pass the statue. We enter the river below where she stands. However she can be seen off in the distance on the port side while we are docked at Cape Liberty. Please remember, if it's lit, to look at the 9/11 Memorial on the starboard side that we will pass before entering the river. If you don't get to see it, look for it on our return. We have rescheduled our ride to arrive at 7:30 ish.

And Happy Birthday...today is my birthday. 8-)

 

Happy Birthday, a great way to celebrate.

 

Enjoy the views while "Us folks at home" can dream and read Radio's reports.

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Yay! We are heading out on the 5-day on Explorer in six short weeks, so I will be following eagerly, Radio!

 

I am also an avid photographer, so I am especially looking forward to the pics.

 

I stayed at the CI&S last week with a high school group, and I completely agree about the great staff there. We had a wonderful stay.

 

For those who are wondering about the relation of the port to the Statue of Liberty, I posted these on another thread earlier this week, but here are some photos from Top of the Rock that show Explorer docked at Bayonne and the SoL, first in the distance, then with the zoom:

 

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Thanks again for taking the time to share your experiences, Radio, and have a great time!

 

Sue

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I look forward to your wonderful posts and pictures.

 

Have a great cruise!!

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I loved your live report from Oasis, and I can't wait to hear how this cruise goes for you. Thanks in advance for keeping us posted and for all the great pictures you take. Have a great cruise!! :)

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Radio....really looking forward to your live updates as we will be sailing the Explorer for the first time next month. DH and I sailed one of our Grandeur sailings with you and really enjoyed meeting you in person. We hope we get to set sail with you again one day! Enjoy your trip and safe sailing!

 

Happy Sailing! :)

 

Kathy and Mike

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Hi Radio - I am definitely "tuned in" and ready to cruise with you this week! You always take the best photos :)

 

Have a great cruise!

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Ooooh! Thank you again for doing this. We loved the Oasis report and can't wait to see this one. Enjoy your cruise.

 

Katherine

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Hello everyone. . . Since I arrived so early yesterday, I thought I would drive down to the pier to see what was new.

 

There is a lot of development on the Peninsula at Bayonne,(where Cape Liberty is) including a new entrance (to be open soon), and a new series of Luxury Condos.

 

There was also the Harbor View 911 Memorial Park built near the end of the peninsula (next to Cape Liberty) The memorial was created by a Russian Sculptor, and is a gift from the people of Russia. The Park is open during daylight hours. It is a nice place to visit before or after your cruise.

 

I also went over to Liberty State Park. The entrance and parking were free, and you can take a ferry over to Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty for only $12.PP. It seems that I arrived at the park a little to late, because the last ferry leaves at 330PM. I stayed for awhile, and walked around and took a few pics.

 

I would like to head over to Cape Liberty today, to get a few pics of Explorer of the Seas coming into port. I will wait to find an accurate arrival time. The current arrival estimate is 3PM, and the current departure time is still Midnight tonight.

 

I will be there !

 

 

Here are a few pics from yesterday. . .More pics later !

 

 

Radio

 

 

 

I arrived at Cape Liberty yesterday afternoon.

 

 

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The Harbor View 911 Memorial is in view of the Statue of Liberty, and the site of the Twin Towers

 

 

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It is a stunning Monument !

 

 

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View of the Statue of Liberty from Cape Liberty Cruise Port

 

 

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The last Ferry pulls away as I arrive at Liberty State Park.

It was a very sunny day, with great views.

 

 

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I can see the Statue behind Ellis Island

 

 

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Hello everyone. . . Since I arrived so early yesterday, I thought I would drive down to the pier to see what was new.

 

There is a lot of development on the Peninsula at Bayonne,(where Cape Liberty is) including a new entrance (to be open soon), and a new series of Luxury Condos.

 

There was also the Harbor View 911 Memorial Park built near the end of the peninsula (next to Cape Liberty) The memorial was created by a Russian Sculptor, and is a gift from the people of Russia. The Park is open during daylight hours. It is a nice place to visit before or after your cruise.

 

I also went over to Liberty State Park. The entrance and parking were free, and you can take a ferry over to Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty for only $12.PP. It seems that I arrived at the park a little to late, because the last ferry leaves at 330PM. I stayed for awhile, and walked around and took a few pics.

 

I would like to head over to Cape Liberty today, to get a few pics of Explorer of the Seas coming into port. I will wait to find an accurate arrival time. The current arrival estimate is 3PM, and the current departure time is still Midnight tonight.

 

I will be there !

 

 

Here are a few pics from yesterday. . .More pics later !

 

 

Radio

 

 

 

I arrived at Cape Liberty yesterday afternoon.

 

 

P17.JPG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Harbor View 911 Memorial is in view of the Statue of Liberty, and the site of the Twin Towers

 

 

P5.JPG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is a stunning Monument !

 

 

P14.JPG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View of the Statue of Liberty from Cape Liberty Cruise Port

 

 

P2.JPG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The last Ferry pulls away as I arrive at Liberty State Park.

It was a very sunny day, with great views.

 

 

P16.JPG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I can see the Statue behind Ellis Island

 

 

P12.JPG

 

 

 

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What a beautiful monument! I've got to get back to NYC...I miss it. Its been 2 yrs since I've been there.

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What a beautiful monument! I've got to get back to NYC...I miss it. Its been 2 yrs since I've been there.

 

Some of the NJ Locals call it the "Teardrop Monument"

 

I can see why. . .

 

 

Radio

;);)

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I too have been looking forward to reading this 'live' report, many thanks Radio for taking the time, we did Explorer in January last year, and hoping to go again in Feb next year. we were just so excited to start off in New York, it was our first visit and our first sighting of the lovely statue of Liberty. Have a fab cruise and I do not intend to do anything this week apart from read yours and Megr1125 reports :D

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Hello everyone. . . The weather today is mild. We are expecting thundershowers to roll through between 12PM and 1PM, and it will get very windy through the evening.(45-50mph)

 

Since I have a long while before I board Explorer of the Seas, I thought I would post a few more pics from Cape Liberty Cruise Port. . .

 

Radio

;);)

 

 

 

Aerial View of Cape Liberty from the South

 

 

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Plans for the Peninsula at Bayonne

 

 

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Cape Liberty will appear much different in just a few years from now

 

 

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View from the Explorer of the Seas in Nov 2007 (We were at the old berth)

 

 

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What great pictures RADIO!! We were on her 11/08 and can't wait to be back on her 11/7/10 for a 12 nighter to So. Caribbean!!! (Do we still need the 'quick bus ride' over to the Ship? So many changes, so I thought I'd ask!!!

 

Have a wonderful cruise and keep up the good work with the great pictures.

 

 

Safe sails!!

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Cape Liberty has the potential to be quite nice! Fingers crossed!

 

See you on the ship! Enjoy your day Exploring before Explorer!:p

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What great pictures RADIO!! We were on her 11/08 and can't wait to be back on her 11/7/10 for a 12 nighter to So. Caribbean!!! (Do we still need the 'quick bus ride' over to the Ship? So many changes, so I thought I'd ask!!!

 

Have a wonderful cruise and keep up the good work with the great pictures.

 

 

Safe sails!!

 

I have heard that there is no more shuttle, but I will validate that later tonight !:rolleyes:

 

 

 

Radio

;);)

 

 

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Looking forward to your Live Reports Radio. You do an outstanding job!We got off Explorer on April 15th and there were still shuttle buses to and from the ship.

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Radio, thanks so much for doing this. I'll be sailing with you and Meg in my dreams!

Meg, bon voyage and have a great time. Say hi to your Mom for me and wish her a happy Mother's Day.

No room in the suitcase for me, hmmmmm?

 

Cheryl

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Some of the NJ Locals call it the "Teardrop Monument"

 

I can see why. . .

 

 

Radio

;);)

 

The first time I saw the monument I thought the same thing.

 

Theresa

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Looking forward to yout report. Followed your thread recently on the Oasis and a year ago on the Adventure (we were actually on the sailing right after you!)

We have never sailed on the Explorer and our first cruise with her will be in October!

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Looks like there will be some competition... two people on the Explorer at the same time doing live threads! :eek:

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I have heard that there is no more shuttle, but I will validate that later tonight !:rolleyes:

 

 

 

Radio

;);)

 

 

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As of 2 weeks ago, there was still the short shuttle ride to the ship.

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