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We set off on Sunday to the Cape Liberty Cruise Terminal at Bayonne. I live 30 minutes away so we took a car service to avoid the $20 a day parking fee and chance of having to dig ourselves out when we got back. The ship looked huge when we got close! We waited about 5 minutes to drive up and then were able to pull into a spot outside of a white tent. Our luggage got unloaded to a porter and we went in the tent to wait for the rest of our party. It was pretty cold, the tent is unheated and has maybe 4 park benches available. I put my mom and dad on the bench and tried to get the rest of our party contacted. It was a bit chaotic but eventually we headed up to the screening line and then check in. From there you take a bus about 1 minute to the ship and get on. The Windjammer was packed so we hung out until the rooms were ready and got to exploring the Explorer.

 

So I went on this cruise with my family. I bunked with my Mom and Dad in an oceanview cabin on deck #2. I was 2260. My sister, her husband and their 2.5 year old were in 2560. Our best friends Jen and Tommy were in 2618. We all really like our rooms and felt that they were well organized and laid out and spacious for an oceanview. I'm used to hump balcony cabins so for me it was small and I really missed the balcony. I used the pullman bed which pulled down from the ceiling right over my parents bed. I have to say, climbing the ladder to bed and out was pretty fun. There is a little night light in the ceiling above the bed and my view from my pillow was directly out the window so that was super nice.

 

I think we all napped and hit the Windjammer for dinner. I was able to see the parade which was really fun and cute. This day was actually a bit tiring and stressful due to having worked so much before this day and the stress of getting everyone together, getting on the ship, finding our rooms, doing the muster and then figuring out our schedule.

 

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Deck 2 movie theatre:

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Great review so far!

 

The Motorcycle didn't used to be lifted up with a railing around it like that. My guess is that too many people wanted their picture taken sitting on it.

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Thanks for posting the great photos - I leave on the EOS, for the first time, in just over 3 weeks! Your post has made me even more excited! Thank you!

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Thanks for the review and the pics!

 

Hubby and I will be on her in 40 days:D

 

We are very excited. Taking our Harley along (small TA group cruise, 35 bikes max) and riding the islands. Looking forward to a different and wonderful cruising experience!

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Great pics. We were just on the Explorer Feb 10th. Great ship and staff.

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Nice pictures! Thanks for posting. I'm going on EOS in November, can't wait! Do you have any cruise compasses you can post? Any recommendations for shore excursions?

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Sometimes the EOS 9 days have 2 formal nights, sometimes 3 formal nights. We go in May. Did you have 2 or 3 formal nights, please. And thank you.

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my family was on this cruise too and we had 2 formal nights. Loved this cruise! This was our 7th cruise and the staff was by leaps and bounds the best we have ever experienced. Have fun!:D

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Going on the Explorer in a little over a YEAR so looking forward to any info and pics anyone posts! Thanks!

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Love the pics! I leave in 16 days and I can't wait. Look forward to reading more of your review. I never left from NJ before and was wondering when did they open up the pool.

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Love the pics! I leave in 16 days and I can't wait. Look forward to reading more of your review. I never left from NJ before and was wondering when did they open up the pool.

 

And I'll be on a week today. Can't wait. Great pics, thanks :-)

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Hi everyone!! I'll post more tonight when I'm home from work!

 

For shore excursions I did:

 

Puerto Rico: None, just walked around since we got in at 4pm

 

St. Thomas: Took a taxi to Sapphire Beach and LOVED it! I have pictures and a video I'll post when I get to that day or you can find it now on the St. Thomas port forum!

 

Samana, DR: I was pretty nervous about this port but had a blast! We went to Cayenas Del Mar and it was gorgeous! Crystal clear water, great beach (bring water shoes for the rocks), wonderful food, 2 drink tickets, lounger for the day wherever we wanted it and an awesome beach bar and all for $16.20 per person! I have pictures of that day as well!

 

Labadee, Haiti: I booked an over the water cabana at Nellie's Beach for us and it was PERFECT! I also did the Dragon's Breath zipline and it was totally exhilarating and terrifying, lol!

 

We had 2 formal nights on board! I didn't make either! They opened the pools the day we got on. I was in the hot tub in the Solarium the second morning and you could actually use the pool without freezing late on the second day when we were near the Carolina's.

 

I have all my cruise compass' and will post them after my review! :D

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We have been on Explorer 3 times so far. Glad to see she's still in great shape! Nice review bring on more!:D

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Hi everyone!! I'll post more tonight when I'm home from work!

 

For shore excursions I did:

 

Puerto Rico: None, just walked around since we got in at 4pm

 

St. Thomas: Took a taxi to Sapphire Beach and LOVED it! I have pictures and a video I'll post when I get to that day or you can find it now on the St. Thomas port forum!

 

Samana, DR: I was pretty nervous about this port but had a blast! We went to Cayenas Del Mar and it was gorgeous! Crystal clear water, great beach (bring water shoes for the rocks), wonderful food, 2 drink tickets, lounger for the day wherever we wanted it and an awesome beach bar and all for $16.20 per person! I have pictures of that day as well!

 

Labadee, Haiti: I booked an over the water cabana at Nellie's Beach for us and it was PERFECT! I also did the Dragon's Breath zipline and it was totally exhilarating and terrifying, lol!

 

We had 2 formal nights on board! I didn't make either! They opened the pools the day we got on. I was in the hot tub in the Solarium the second morning and you could actually use the pool without freezing late on the second day when we were near the Carolina's.

 

I have all my cruise compass' and will post them after my review! :D

 

Cayenos del mar - how did you do that and how far is it from the port? I don't see it on RC tours and I read somewhere on CC that the local Police aren't that flexible.

 

Also how long does it take to get to Sapphire from the ship and is it realistic to be able to spend 3 or 4 hours there and get dropped into Charlotte? I saw your pics on Sapphire, they look amazing.

 

Thanks for your help :-)

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Hi everyone!! I'll post more tonight when I'm home from work!

 

For shore excursions I did:

 

Puerto Rico: None, just walked around since we got in at 4pm

 

St. Thomas: Took a taxi to Sapphire Beach and LOVED it! I have pictures and a video I'll post when I get to that day or you can find it now on the St. Thomas port forum!

 

Samana, DR: I was pretty nervous about this port but had a blast! We went to Cayenas Del Mar and it was gorgeous! Crystal clear water, great beach (bring water shoes for the rocks), wonderful food, 2 drink tickets, lounger for the day wherever we wanted it and an awesome beach bar and all for $16.20 per person! I have pictures of that day as well!

 

Labadee, Haiti: I booked an over the water cabana at Nellie's Beach for us and it was PERFECT! I also did the Dragon's Breath zipline and it was totally exhilarating and terrifying, lol!

 

We had 2 formal nights on board! I didn't make either! They opened the pools the day we got on. I was in the hot tub in the Solarium the second morning and you could actually use the pool without freezing late on the second day when we were near the Carolina's.

 

I have all my cruise compass' and will post them after my review! :D

 

P.S. how far is the shopping area of SJ from the port and are there many there (and open late)? I went in 1997 and I can't really remember too much.

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We will be on the Explorer next Friday. How much was the taxi to Sapphire beach? Your review of Cayenas Del Mar is making me rethink my options. Thanks!

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The Cayenas Del Mar Beach Club has its own website. I took a recommendation from someone on the boards and checked out the site. The place is exactly as pictured, gorgeous water, nice beach, good food and super clean bathrooms. They have something called the Day Pass for $18 per adult. It includes round trip transportation (WILD ride on little benches in the back of a pick up :eek:), two drink tickets per adult (one per child), a lounge chair (no umbrellas but there is shady areas) and use of the premises. If you book online they take 10% off so it came out to all that for $16.20 per person and the 3 year old was free. If you go to their site you'll find their cruise menu from the restaurant. The food was really good and there is a 15% off discount for the restaurant. They accepted it with no problem.

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The shopping area of San Juan was literally across the street from the port. Just keep walking up! :D We really loved it and loved the people too!

 

Hi Kristy! The taxi to Sapphire Beach was $10 per person one way. We had a 3 year old with us and they charged us $10 for him as well. However, our taxi driver dropped us off and asked if we wanted him to come back at a certain time. We got dropped off at 10 and asked to be picked up at 2. He said for most (fair skinned, lol) tourists 3 hours is enough so he gave us his card and said if we wanted to be picked up earlier to call him. He also said that his boss charges for everyone, even children at the port but that he would not charge for the baby on the way home and he did not. :D It took 30 minutes to get to Sapphire from the port. However, traffic is crazy on the way home so leave a good hour.

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Looking forward to your review. We leave in 40 days. We also have an oceanview room on Deck 2 so I was glad to see pics. I'm a little nervous because we had a balacony previously but the window looks pretty big.

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Looking forward to your review. We leave in 40 days. We also have an oceanview room on Deck 2 so I was glad to see pics. I'm a little nervous because we had a balacony previously but the window looks pretty big.

 

The window was pretty big and it was nice to just hang out and watch the ocean..

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Great review so far!

 

The Motorcycle didn't used to be lifted up with a railing around it like that. My guess is that too many people wanted their picture taken sitting on it.

 

 

ENJOYING The review so far! Keep it coming

 

 

I was thinking the same thing about the motorcycle until I realized the other Voyager class ships have a car instead of the motorcycle. The cars are "on the floor" but I belive the motorcycle has been like that as far as I can remember.

I can't find a picture from my first cruise on Explorer on 2003, but one I took in 2006 shows the motorcycle elevated with the railing.

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On Wednesday we arrived in beautiful San Juan, Puerto Rico! I loved this port for the fun shopping, cobblestone streets and little hidden alleyways. We started out walking down the pretty ocean front and then crossed the street to head back to the shops. To be honest, once we crossed the street it was a little too barbed wire/graffiti/empty lots looking for a few minutes while we pushed the baby in the stroller (get an umbrella stroller if you are bringing a little one - anything else didn't have a chance of fitting on the sidewalks there). We went into a little shop and the girl told us where to find the shops across from the ship and she was very nice. The area just seemed a little seedy.

 

Once we got back into the main spot it was really great. My sister was nervous about having the baby out with it getting dark and the streets weren't great for pushing the stroller so her, my bil and the baby headed back to the ship. My friends and I kept exploring and shopping. I absolutely loved the town - the apartments above the shops reminded me of living in SoBe. The big shutters were always open and it had a lot of old world charm. The shops were fun and there is lots of inexpensive jewelry places around and tons of little bars and restaurants. We ended up walking into a little family owned place and he explained the meaning of a huge painting on the wall and how it tied into his country. He was really proud and really happy to tell us all about it. I'd love to go back there on a land vacation. We walked around the big square and shopped until about 8pm and then got back on for boarding.

 

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Little alleyway that led to a restaurant. There were lots of cool little places to explore like this:

 

p><p><img src=P2270202 by ihateworkinglate, on Flickr[/img]

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ENJOYING The review so far! Keep it coming

 

 

I was thinking the same thing about the motorcycle until I realized the other Voyager class ships have a car instead of the motorcycle. The cars are "on the floor" but I belive the motorcycle has been like that as far as I can remember.

I can't find a picture from my first cruise on Explorer on 2003, but one I took in 2006 shows the motorcycle elevated with the railing.

 

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We set off on Sunday to the Cape Liberty Cruise Terminal at Bayonne. I live 30 minutes away so we took a car service to avoid the $20 a day parking fee and chance of having to dig ourselves out when we got back. The ship looked huge when we got close! We waited about 5 minutes to drive up and then were able to pull into a spot outside of a white tent. Our luggage got unloaded to a porter and we went in the tent to wait for the rest of our party. It was pretty cold, the tent is unheated and has maybe 4 park benches available. I put my mom and dad on the bench and tried to get the rest of our party contacted. It was a bit chaotic but eventually we headed up to the screening line and then check in. From there you take a bus about 1 minute to the ship and get on. The Windjammer was packed so we hung out until the rooms were ready and got to exploring the Explorer.

 

So I went on this cruise with my family. I bunked with my Mom and Dad in an oceanview cabin on deck #2. I was 2260. My sister, her husband and their 2.5 year old were in 2560. Our best friends Jen and Tommy were in 2618. We all really like our rooms and felt that they were well organized and laid out and spacious for an oceanview. I'm used to hump balcony cabins so for me it was small and I really missed the balcony. I used the pullman bed which pulled down from the ceiling right over my parents bed. I have to say, climbing the ladder to bed and out was pretty fun. There is a little night light in the ceiling above the bed and my view from my pillow was directly out the window so that was super nice.

 

I think we all napped and hit the Windjammer for dinner. I was able to see the parade which was really fun and cute. This day was actually a bit tiring and stressful due to having worked so much before this day and the stress of getting everyone together, getting on the ship, finding our rooms, doing the muster and then figuring out our schedule.

 

p><p><img src=P2240091 by ihateworkinglate, on Flickr[/img]

 

Deck 2 movie theatre:

<a href=http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8527/8537773947_fdbb28a481_n.jpg' alt='8537773947_fdbb28a481_n.jpg'> P2240089 by ihateworkinglate, on Flickr[/img]

 

Hi LuckyPrincess--so excited to see your review! We will be on the EOS in July and are staying in room 2260 and 2262. I have looked all over the boards for Deck 2 reviews, but there are not many. We stayed on a lower deck on another line and actually loved it.

 

What is your review on this Deck and especially room 2260? I am sailing with my 3 girls and husband in July. The girls will be in their own room. Is it quiet? Easily accessible? Im a little concerned about the nightclub above. Was there any noise at night? Was there a problem with walking front to back of ship/elevators? There seems to be a deadend at the end of the hallway. We are all looking forward to the cruise, but any info helps with the planning!!!! Thanks

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Hi LuckyPrincess--so excited to see your review! We will be on the EOS in July and are staying in room 2260 and 2262. I have looked all over the boards for Deck 2 reviews, but there are not many. We stayed on a lower deck on another line and actually loved it.

 

What is your review on this Deck and especially room 2260? I am sailing with my 3 girls and husband in July. The girls will be in their own room. Is it quiet? Easily accessible? Im a little concerned about the nightclub above. Was there any noise at night? Was there a problem with walking front to back of ship/elevators? There seems to be a deadend at the end of the hallway. We are all looking forward to the cruise, but any info helps with the planning!!!! Thanks

 

Hi roomie!! :D I loved this room! Usually I sail in a hump balcony so I was afraid that I wouldn't like it but it was such a great room! You hear nothing at all - literally, it's so quiet down there it was the most peaceful place on the ship! You are right down the hall from the elevators which is so convenient and also right down the hall from the screening room which was awesome for me when a good movie was showing! Not to mention that getting off the ship was nice because I was so close to deck 1.

 

Now deck 2 is annoying on either end because if you take the wrong elevators, you won't get to your room. You can use deck 11 or 5 to move around really easily. If you are going to your room from deck 11 make sure you are at the elevators near the Fitness Center, not the ones near the Windjammer. Only the Fitness Center side elevators will get you to your room! On deck 5, the Promenade deck you want the elevators right next to the Cafe Promenade, not the ones by the Customer Service desk. Only the Cafe Promenade one will get you to your room! If you use the main dining room its easiest to go up to deck 5 and then walk down the promenade to the other side where the dining rooms are. If you go up to deck 4 from your room just walk forward to hit the casino. It was in a great location, imo!

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Hi roomie!! :D I loved this room! Usually I sail in a hump balcony so I was afraid that I wouldn't like it but it was such a great room! You hear nothing at all - literally, it's so quiet down there it was the most peaceful place on the ship! You are right down the hall from the elevators which is so convenient and also right down the hall from the screening room which was awesome for me when a good movie was showing! Not to mention that getting off the ship was nice because I was so close to deck 1.

 

Now deck 2 is annoying on either end because if you take the wrong elevators, you won't get to your room. You can use deck 11 or 5 to move around really easily. If you are going to your room from deck 11 make sure you are at the elevators near the Fitness Center, not the ones near the Windjammer. Only the Fitness Center side elevators will get you to your room! On deck 5, the Promenade deck you want the elevators right next to the Cafe Promenade, not the ones by the Customer Service desk. Only the Cafe Promenade one will get you to your room! If you use the main dining room its easiest to go up to deck 5 and then walk down the promenade to the other side where the dining rooms are. If you go up to deck 4 from your room just walk forward to hit the casino. It was in a great location, imo!

 

Thank you for the tips! Sailing with 5 can get quite expensive with 2 rooms, so price & location were a factor. Glad to hear Deck 2 is quiet. I'm sure we will figure out the best way to get around the "deadend". The extra walking just gives us more exercise to work off all the extra calories! We are just excited to cruise again!! Love your pics!

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We will be on the Explorer of the Seas March 31. Staying on Deck 3 near The Chamber. Does anyone think The Chamber is going to bother my kids during there sleep. They are 9, 5, and 3 so 10 o'clock is about as late as they are going to make it

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Hi roomie!! :D I loved this room! Usually I sail in a hump balcony so I was afraid that I wouldn't like it but it was such a great room! You hear nothing at all - literally, it's so quiet down there it was the most peaceful place on the ship! You are right down the hall from the elevators which is so convenient and also right down the hall from the screening room which was awesome for me when a good movie was showing! Not to mention that getting off the ship was nice because I was so close to deck 1.

 

Now deck 2 is annoying on either end because if you take the wrong elevators, you won't get to your room. You can use deck 11 or 5 to move around really easily. If you are going to your room from deck 11 make sure you are at the elevators near the Fitness Center, not the ones near the Windjammer. Only the Fitness Center side elevators will get you to your room! On deck 5, the Promenade deck you want the elevators right next to the Cafe Promenade, not the ones by the Customer Service desk. Only the Cafe Promenade one will get you to your room! If you use the main dining room its easiest to go up to deck 5 and then walk down the promenade to the other side where the dining rooms are. If you go up to deck 4 from your room just walk forward to hit the casino. It was in a great location, imo!

 

Thanks for this info! I will be staying on Deck 2 so I'll be copying this and pasting it into my notes.

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Hi roomie!! :D I loved this room! Usually I sail in a hump balcony so I was afraid that I wouldn't like it but it was such a great room! You hear nothing at all - literally, it's so quiet down there it was the most peaceful place on the ship! You are right down the hall from the elevators which is so convenient and also right down the hall from the screening room which was awesome for me when a good movie was showing! Not to mention that getting off the ship was nice because I was so close to deck 1.

 

Now deck 2 is annoying on either end because if you take the wrong elevators, you won't get to your room. You can use deck 11 or 5 to move around really easily. If you are going to your room from deck 11 make sure you are at the elevators near the Fitness Center, not the ones near the Windjammer. Only the Fitness Center side elevators will get you to your room! On deck 5, the Promenade deck you want the elevators right next to the Cafe Promenade, not the ones by the Customer Service desk. Only the Cafe Promenade one will get you to your room! If you use the main dining room its easiest to go up to deck 5 and then walk down the promenade to the other side where the dining rooms are. If you go up to deck 4 from your room just walk forward to hit the casino. It was in a great location, imo!

 

Great review! Thank you :)

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