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"LIVE" from Explorer of the Seas / Nov 10, 2011

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Hello everyone !

 

It is with great pleasure, that I bring you “LIVE” from the Explorer of the Seas. This Voyage will be a 10 Night Cruise to the Eastern Caribbean, with port stops in St. Maarten - Saint Thomas, USVI - San Juan- Labadee.

 

I am heading up to Staten Island for my Pre Cruise Stay this morning. It should only take a few hours drive to get to the hotel. I may try to drive over to the Staten Island Ferry this afternoon to see what I can see.

 

I won’t be far from Cape Liberty in Bayonne, and it is a similar distance from where I usually stay over in Elizabeth, NJ.(near the Airport)

 

 

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 ports in the Caribbean. I hope to be able to post many photos per day based on a valid wireless connection.

 

It has been over a year since I last sailed Explorer of the Seas to Bermuda. That “LIVE” post from September 2010 can be viewed HERE.

I remember Explorer to be a wonderful ship with a very friendly crew. The nice thing about this trip is that I will be sailing with many friends I have made from previous cruises. (many from Explorer of the Seas)

 

The sail away forecast is a little sketchy. . .It depends where you look to see if they are calling for showers all day, showers in the afternoon, partly cloudy. . . Oh well, it can’t be too bad. .. At least there is no Snow !

 

 

I remember sailing from Cape Liberty in the past when we left very late (midnight) due to some Hurricane Noel troubles (2007). Explorer also left close to Midnight in May 2010 for my sailing to Bermuda. . . but I am hoping for a normal embarkation schedule tomorrow. I am also hoping that TS Sean does not affect our cruise. . .as she is heading up the Atlantic, off the East coast. . .

 

 

My plan is to head over to Cape Liberty tomorrow and plan to arrive by 11AM. . .Park my car, and board Explorer of the Seas for a wonderful 10 Night Cruise to the Caribbean!

 

 

This cruise should be a lot of fun . . . We appear to have a “Wild and Fun” crowd on our Explorer Roll Call. . . Sit back, relax, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy our cruise !

 

 

 

Thanks for tuning in !

 

 

 

 

Radio

;);)

 

 

 

 

 

Explorer of the Seas

 

 

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In St Maarten (2006)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Explorer of the Seas Itinerary

 

 

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Image Courtesy Royal Caribbena International

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Bon Voyage! Looking forward to my "virtual" cruise with you.

 

Did the EOS in June. Loved every moment.

 

We did Bermuda, I see your cruise does not stop there, which is probably good, heading due south to get to warm weather right away.

 

You will have a fabulous time.

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Looking forward to your review. As you can see I am a new member on CC. We will be sailing on Explorer Dec 1 2011 so am looking forward to your review and pictures. This will be our first cruise in 15 + years. Enjoy your trip...

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Oh, how wonderful, another Radio "live" review.

We will be on Explorer next December with the same itinerary. I am looking forward to your review of the ports and the things that you will do.

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I am SO excited.....another virtual cruise with Radio....YAY!! :D

 

Have a fabulous time, we'll be living vicariously through you!

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Radio, have always loved cruising along with you. Can't wait for you to take me away. Have a wonderful cruise.

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Awesome photos Radio. nice job; we will be doing the same cruise Jan.27, 2012, the count down is on.:D

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Just got back this past Saturday from the EOS on a 9 night cruise. What a great ship and crew. Our group had a real good time. Wish I was going again.. Enjoy.

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Hi Radio! Take good care of the Explorer as we are boarding her as you depart! Hope you have a great trip with all your friends! We will be looking forward to all your live posts!

 

Patrice

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Oh Boy!

 

Here's one more fan of yours signing up for another fun Radio Cruise!:D

 

We sailed on that lovely ship last October, and had a great time. Will be nice to visit her again thur your reports.

 

Keep 'em coming!

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Hi Radio

 

Like Wlang we will be jumping aboard Explorer as you leave. Be gentle with her and leave some Bud Lite for me!!!! Have a great time looking forward to your review!!

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Hi Radio,

 

Just packed our bags and ready for our virtual cruise with you!

 

We don't have any cruises planned, so this comes just in time to get us through while we are land locked!

 

Thanks for the invite!!!

 

Hope you have a wonderful cruise!! ;)

 

 

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Woot! My virtual ticket is booked! Have a great cruise - looking forward to sailing along with you :)

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So happy to see another one of your "live" reviews. DH & I will be doing the 9 night in May so I am looking forward to seeing the EOS again. Have fun!!:D

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Cruising nine day Explorer 4/26/11 Bermuda, labadee, St Juan, and St Martin. Can't wait to follow your cruise.

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I hope you have a fabulous trip. I just asked on here yesterday for info regarding Explorer. I'm looking forward to your daily postings,as they will probably answer most of mt questions. I've read your older ones and they are wonderful! Happy sailing!!!! :D

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Cruising nine day Explorer 4/26/11 Bermuda, labadee, St Juan, and St Martin. Can't wait to follow your cruise.

 

You missed the boat.

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Radio,

 

I'm really looking forward to sailing with you tomorrow. Bags are packed and I'm ready to take off to NY in 2 hours. Can't wait.

 

I am going to miss my daily fix of your live postings - maybe I can get on the internet in one of the ports and see what we've been doing.

 

Carol

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I love your "live from" cruises! I'm hoping to cruise on EOS this summer so this will be great to hear all about the lovely EOS from your delightful perspective.

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Hello everyone. . . I made it to Staten Island. . . It took almost 4Hrs to drive here from my house. I could have arrived about 30 min sooner, but I made the wrong exit turn from the NJTP. (@#$%&)

 

 

Oh well, I have arrived and unpacked, and I am taking a little ride around SI, and will try to find the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. I have been advised by the front desk NOT to take HWY 278, but to use the side streets (Richmond Terrace).

 

Wow, It was nice to read all of the nice posts since I left Maryland. I am hoping to provide everyone with a very nice “LIVE” review. . . I know that “LIVE” Reviews are much better with photos, so I will try to get at least a dozen pics up per day. (hopefully with a good wireless connection)

 

 

I am staying at the Hilton Garden Inn. The hotel is very nice, and they are adding a new wing here at the other end of the Hotel. They seem to be very popular in Staten Island. The Front Desk clerk suggested that there are weddings here every weekend !

 

I waited a little to long to book my Hotel this trip >>>NOTE TO RADIO<<<< Book early next time. I usually stay over in the Elizabeth, NJ Hotels (Near Jersey Gardens). I waited this time, but I am happy to be here. The staff is exceedingly nice, and it should be a nice stay.

 

 

 

I will try to get a few more pics up tonight, but here are a few from my arrival at the Hilton Garden Inn.

 

 

Thanks for the nice comments. . .

 

 

 

Radio

;);)

 

 

My hotel room at HGI, in Staten Island, NY

 

 

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This will be alot bigger than my Cabin on Explorer tomorrow !

 

 

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Hilton Garden Inn

 

 

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It is a nice sunny day today (65F)

 

 

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Ok Mark... ready to go... thanks for taking us along with you.. just an advance reqeust.. can you take some shots of inside the casino.. i know you dont spend a lot of time in there.. (coughs)... may the Wheel of Fortune Gods be good to you.

Also a hello to glcoop hello Gary hope all is well..

 

your ole pal

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Radio,

 

I'm really looking forward to sailing with you tomorrow. Bags are packed and I'm ready to take off to NY in 2 hours. Can't wait.

 

I am going to miss my daily fix of your live postings - maybe I can get on the internet in one of the ports and see what we've been doing.

 

Carol

 

Thanks, Carol. . . It will be nice to see you tomorrow !

 

 

Radio

;);)

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Ok Mark... ready to go... thanks for taking us along with you.. just an advance reqeust.. can you take some shots of inside the casino.. i know you dont spend a lot of time in there.. (coughs)... may the Wheel of Fortune Gods be good to you.

Also a hello to glcoop hello Gary hope all is well..

 

your ole pal

 

Ha ha, Yes. . . I spend alot of time in there. Casino Royale is usually very nice to Radio !

 

Radio

;);)

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YaY! Another live Radio review.

 

Nice to have you in our area this time. You picked a great day to come, not so good day to depart. Hopefully the rain will be intermittent and you'll have a decent sailaway.

 

Looking forward to reading your review over the next 9 days.

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WILD????? FUN????? HEY!

 

I resemble that remark......

 

 

see you on the Ship....... wooohooo....LIVE ON the Explorer with Radio! And MedicKen, 138east and MORE!!!

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Ha ha, Yes. . . I spend alot of time in there. Casino Royale is usually very nice to Radio !

 

Radio

;);)

 

well...PLEASE can you tell the casino to be nice to me too!?!?!?!!

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Doing a similar itinerary to you later this month but on Navigator. Looking forward to your port reports. Delighted to be travelling with you again!

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Radio,

 

I'm really looking forward to sailing with you tomorrow. Bags are packed and I'm ready to take off to NY in 2 hours. Can't wait.

 

I am going to miss my daily fix of your live postings - maybe I can get on the internet in one of the ports and see what we've been doing.

 

Carol

 

i will use a couple coupon internet minutes to peek! there's that place by the pier in STT that is cheap

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looking forward to this! i followed your live from allure last winter right before we went on allure, and we're heading on the explorer in Feb out of Cape Liberty! cant wait to read about all your tips!

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Thanks in advance for sharing your trip with all of us at home that wish we were there! Anyone who has ever cruised on Explorer knows what a great ship she is with an excellent staff. Have fun! :D

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