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The "Sunshine" or Quantum Of The Seas just recently appeared on the St. Maarten Cruise schedule which extends out to May Of 2015. The First port of call for the "SunShine" is 12-5-14 followed by other monthly or bi-monthly calls until 4-17-15 with a calling time of 12:15 to 2000. May of 2015 brings the "Sunshine" into St. Maarteen on Mondays 5-11-15, 5-25-15 (The current EXOS 9night Bermuda/Carribean Itin) The time is a dead giveaway since it's a long sail from Bermuda (1st port of call on Saturday) to St. Maarteen on Monday ????

 

http://201.220.14.27/sxmonline/VesselScheduleCruise.aspx

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Good catch, I think the best evidence yet that she is coming to Cape Liberty. Oh boy I hope so, I can't wait to her here in NJ.

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Just another reason that I love CC ... Never would I have thought to look for it docking!! Thanks for the heads up!!

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I was strongly considering a one-time jump to Norwegian for the Breakway because the Breakaway looks really interesting, and I want to sail to Bermuda, but I am holding off, waiting to see where the Quantum goes and what the features are going to be. I hope they don't string out the release of the features of the ship.

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The captain and the CD both strongly alluded to the Quantum being in Cape Liberty. Hopefully they will have a real terminal by then.

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The captain and the CD both strongly alluded to the Quantum being in Cape Liberty. Hopefully they will have a real terminal by then.

 

I kinda like the old warehouse type of feeling, lol.

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I kinda like the old warehouse type of feeling, lol.

 

I actually could not agree more, I like the terminal there. Its just a building to check in, and get to the beautiful ship awaiting you to take you on a great vacation. I don't understand the complaints about the terminal, but there are a lot, so maybe I am wrong.

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I actually could not agree more, I like the terminal there. Its just a building to check in, and get to the beautiful ship awaiting you to take you on a great vacation. I don't understand the complaints about the terminal, but there are a lot, so maybe I am wrong.

 

I agree! Both checking in and disembarking at this port has been the easiest of all for us. Parking is very close. No complaints here.

 

I would be thrilled to sail Quantum from NJ!

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I actually could not agree more, I like the terminal there. Its just a building to check in, and get to the beautiful ship awaiting you to take you on a great vacation. I don't understand the complaints about the terminal, but there are a lot, so maybe I am wrong.

 

Especially if it's a (New !!!) beautiful ship awaiting :>

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I actually could not agree more, I like the terminal there. Its just a building to check in, and get to the beautiful ship awaiting you to take you on a great vacation. I don't understand the complaints about the terminal, but there are a lot, so maybe I am wrong.

 

I would understand that for embarkation/debarkations that go well, its the ship is late ones where you might be stuck there for hours where that could be a pain.

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I kinda like the old warehouse type of feeling, lol.

 

I actually could not agree more, I like the terminal there. Its just a building to check in, and get to the beautiful ship awaiting you to take you on a great vacation. I don't understand the complaints about the terminal, but there are a lot, so maybe I am wrong.

 

To me, it is not the terminal building, per se, but the need to pile into the shuttle bus :eek: from the terminal to the ship, and back. That is the hassle that I do not look forward to. :(

Just my opinion, which doesn't keep me from using Cape Liberty. :D

Ray in NH

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Can you tell me what airports are close to the port. I may have to take the plu ge and fly to a port.

 

Liberty international, EWR

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Can you tell me what airports are close to the port. I may have to take the plu ge and fly to a port.

Newark (EWR) is the closest airport to Port Liberty.

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The closest is Newark NJ. only a couple miles. You could also try JFK or Laguardia, a little farther but well within a cab ride.

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I kinda like the old warehouse type of feeling, lol.

 

 

I do too, actually! Don't really know why...it just "fits" the NY area!

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Can someone explain please the names - Bayonne-Cape Liberty-Port Liberty??:confused: (I have never been to this part of the USA:o ..yet :D)

 

Bayonne is the city the port is in, Cape Liberty is the proper name but it is accepted to call it Port Liberty. There is a nice 911 memorial that was a gift from Russia at the port. Here is some info from Wikipedia.

 

The Cape Liberty Cruise Port, sometimes called Port Liberty, in Bayonne, New Jersey is one of three trans-Atlantic passenger terminals in New York Harbor. It is located at the north side of the 3 km (1.9 mi) long pier of MOTBY, a former military ocean terminal, (which has now been renamed the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor) and began operations in 2004.[1]

Royal Caribbean is one of the primary tenants. In May 2006 the Freedom of the Seas, then the world's largest cruise ship, was christened in a broadcast carried live on the NBC's The Today Show.[2]

Royal Caribbean has their Explorer of the Seas as its main home port. Celebrity Cruises has their Celebrity Summit here during the summer from May to October.

The terminal marks the first return of the cruise ships to New Jersey Hudson Waterfront since the Hamburg-America Line left its Hoboken, New Jersey dock several decades ago.

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Bayonne is the town. Cape Liberty is the name of the port. Just like Ft. Lauderdale is the town and Port Everglades is the port.

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It's possible that Royal Caribbean could ask St. Maarten Harbour to remove the Sunshine entries from their schedule until RCI officially releases their own schedule. So, for a bit of lasting documentation, I saved a screenshot showing the schedule described by the OP as it stood this evening on their web site.

 

Sunshine-Scheduled.png

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The "Sunshine" or Quantum Of The Seas just recently appeared on the St. Maarten Cruise schedule which extends out to May Of 2015. The First port of call for the "SunShine" is 12-5-14 followed by other monthly or bi-monthly calls until 4-17-15 with a calling time of 12:15 to 2000. May of 2015 brings the "Sunshine" into St. Maarteen on Mondays 5-11-15, 5-25-15 (The current EXOS 9night Bermuda/Carribean Itin) The time is a dead giveaway since it's a long sail from Bermuda (1st port of call on Saturday) to St. Maarteen on Monday ????

 

http://201.220.14.27/sxmonline/VesselScheduleCruise.aspx

 

Though a Monday port of call in St Maarten is easily reached by a Saturday departure from MIA, FLL, or CL.

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Though a Monday port of call in St Maarten is easily reached by a Saturday departure from MIA, FLL, or CL.

I was thinking that, too, but why wouldn't she get there until 12:15 PM? If she were coming from Florida, she could get there earlier in the morning on Monday.

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Bayonne is the city the port is in, Cape Liberty is the proper name but it is accepted to call it Port Liberty. There is a nice 911 memorial that was a gift from Russia at the port

 

Thank you so much for the explanation :D

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It's possible that Royal Caribbean could ask St. Maarten Harbour to remove the Sunshine entries from their schedule until RCI officially releases their own schedule. So, for a bit of lasting documentation, I saved a screenshot showing the schedule described by the OP as it stood this evening on their web site.

 

Sunshine-Scheduled.png

 

Good work Daghis.

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How many pax will be on Sunshine versus EOS?

 

We have only sailed on Celeb. Summit & Silhouette from Port Liberty..nothing nice on our part to say about it.....starting with the roadway into the port. the fiasco of the mini busses, potential for paint overspray on parked cars and lack of luggage assistance on disembarkation day. NY/NJ deserve better!!!!

 

All that said, it is alot easier than flying down to Florida....so we'll be back .

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That is for the Carnival Sunshine!:D

 

I was just getting ready to say the same thing. I would have assumed it meant Carnival Sunshine, rather than a project name on a port listing.

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I was just getting ready to say the same thing. I would have assumed it meant Carnival Sunshine, rather than a project name on a port listing.

 

Especially since they have officially announced the name of the ship.

 

I can't imagine rci would let this information get out before they have officially announce the first sailing date and ports.

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I was on the Explorer last week. This is what I took away from the questions at the top tier event.

 

Explorer will get its refit in 2015.

 

Quantum class will be an all weather ship. (Solarium roof)

 

There is a strong possibly Anthem OTS will replace Explorer OTS; IF.... a new terminal is built by 2015 @ Port Liberty. Sounded to me that unless a new terminal is built, a Quantum ship will not dock in NJ. The Captain and the Hotel Director sounded pretty firm about the new terminal being a deal breaker.

 

My two cents.

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I was just getting ready to say the same thing. I would have assumed it meant Carnival Sunshine, rather than a project name on a port listing.

That could be, but Carnival Sunshine's name is already known and publicized, so it could have been listed on the St. Maarten Harbour page. However, Carnival Sunshine, at least until April 2014 (the last month listed at Carnival.com), isn't sailing to St. Maarten.

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I was thinking that, too, but why wouldn't she get there until 12:15 PM? If she were coming from Florida, she could get there earlier in the morning on Monday.

 

Despite the times on the calendar, this is far enough out that it could easily change. When Mariner was cruising the Mexican Riviera, port schedules showed her visiting long after she left (though I think they were all updated by the time she left).

 

My thinking is that though Cape Liberty might not be a bad choice, the 9/5 night Bahama runs aren't going to be profitable enough for a new ship of this caliber (though it is quite possible that a 9 night voyage could present a decent premium). For all those that desire a ship to go back to the West Coast, this is precisely why they left: they can make more money elsewhere.

 

However this comes from someone who might understand the concept of maximizing profits, but doesn't know anything about the actual profits or margins for any of the ships or routes.

 

I guess we will find out more in the coming months.

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How many pax will be on Sunshine versus EOS?

 

They are suggesting 4000/4100, with Explorer being 3114.

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For those questioning this and thinking it must be the Carnival Sunshine, all you have to do is look at the unique port times to see that this is Quantum of the Seas taking the place of EOS. The very unique 12:15 arrival time should be clue enough. If you look further you can see that the dates and port times are direct drop-in replacements for Explorer of the Seas.

 

Look at the Month of May for the next 3 years for instance....

 

Monday, May 6, 2013 12:15 - 20:00 Explorer of the Seas

Monday, May 20, 2013 12:15 - 20:00 Explorer of the Seas

 

Monday, May 12, 2014 12:15 - 20:00 Explorer of the Seas

Monday, May 26, 2014 12:15 - 20:00 Explorer of the Seas

 

Monday, May 11, 2015 12:15 - 20:00 Sunshine

Monday, May 25, 2015 12:15 - 20:00 Sunshine

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How many pax will be on Sunshine versus EOS?

 

We have only sailed on Celeb. Summit & Silhouette from Port Liberty..nothing nice on our part to say about it.....starting with the roadway into the port. the fiasco of the mini busses, potential for paint overspray on parked cars and lack of luggage assistance on disembarkation day. NY/NJ deserve better!!!!

 

All that said, it is alot easier than flying down to Florida....so we'll be back .

 

We have taken cruises out of several cruise terminals. Cape Liberty is my least favorite. The traffic pattern getting into the port is strange; the luggage drop off is chaotic, and the need to take the shuttle bus is not convenient. I would have liked if they gave you the option to walk to the ship.

 

We liked the EX and may well sail from there again.

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For those questioning this and thinking it must be the Carnival Sunshine, all you have to do is look at the unique port times to see that this is Quantum of the Seas taking the place of EOS. The very unique 12:15 arrival time should be clue enough. If you look further you can see that the dates and port times are direct drop-in replacements for Explorer of the Seas.

 

Look at the Month of May for the next 3 years for instance....

 

Monday, May 6, 2013 12:15 - 20:00 Explorer of the Seas

Monday, May 20, 2013 12:15 - 20:00 Explorer of the Seas

 

Monday, May 12, 2014 12:15 - 20:00 Explorer of the Seas

Monday, May 26, 2014 12:15 - 20:00 Explorer of the Seas

 

Monday, May 11, 2015 12:15 - 20:00 Sunshine

 

 

Monday, May 25, 2015 12:15 - 20:00 Sunshine

 

Ditto +. Also for the past several years RCCL starts there 9 day Bermuda/ Carribean, 5 Day Bermuda Itin in Mid April. Also according to Bermuda's Royal Gazette, Bernews, The Wharf

At the Dock Yard are being retrofitted for the NCL Breakaway and an unnamed RCL ship :)

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It would be great if one of the new ships sailed out of New Jersey; it's the closest port to my end of Canada, which gives me many different ways to get there.

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For those questioning this and thinking it must be the Carnival Sunshine, all you have to do is look at the unique port times to see that this is Quantum of the Seas taking the place of EOS. The very unique 12:15 arrival time should be clue enough. If you look further you can see that the dates and port times are direct drop-in replacements for Explorer of the Seas.

 

Look at the Month of May for the next 3 years for instance....

 

Monday, May 6, 2013 12:15 - 20:00 Explorer of the Seas

Monday, May 20, 2013 12:15 - 20:00 Explorer of the Seas

 

Monday, May 12, 2014 12:15 - 20:00 Explorer of the Seas

Monday, May 26, 2014 12:15 - 20:00 Explorer of the Seas

 

Monday, May 11, 2015 12:15 - 20:00 Sunshine

Monday, May 25, 2015 12:15 - 20:00 Sunshine

 

Great detective work. Only one point I would challenge, it's probably going to be Anthem OTS. It fits better with Explorer refit and Anthem's finish date. Either way it's exciting to contemplate a new ship at Port Liberty.

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For those questioning this and thinking it must be the Carnival Sunshine, all you have to do is look at the unique port times to see that this is Quantum of the Seas taking the place of EOS. The very unique 12:15 arrival time should be clue enough. If you look further you can see that the dates and port times are direct drop-in replacements for Explorer of the Seas.

 

Look at the Month of May for the next 3 years for instance....

 

Monday, May 6, 2013 12:15 - 20:00 Explorer of the Seas

Monday, May 20, 2013 12:15 - 20:00 Explorer of the Seas

 

Monday, May 12, 2014 12:15 - 20:00 Explorer of the Seas

Monday, May 26, 2014 12:15 - 20:00 Explorer of the Seas

 

Monday, May 11, 2015 12:15 - 20:00 Sunshine

Monday, May 25, 2015 12:15 - 20:00 Sunshine

 

The first time I see SUNSHINE on the port schedule is Dec 5/14 but I see a time of 0900 - 1800

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To me, it is not the terminal building, per se, but the need to pile into the shuttle bus :eek: from the terminal to the ship, and back. That is the hassle that I do not look forward to. :(

 

Just my opinion, which doesn't keep me from using Cape Liberty. :D

 

Ray in NH

I agree!

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