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Ok I am about to sail th Explorer in 10 days.... I have lots of questions I have sailed 7 times ( 6 with Disney(yes I am spoiled) and 1 with Royal(15yrs ago) so I need a refresher on how RC does things.

 

1. Does anyone have pictures of the hot mess port cape liberty?? I am parking at the port and wanna see where I park in relation to where I drop my handicapped parents.

 

2. What time does boarding start? I don't wanna sit at a dumpy port for to long!

 

3. My girls don't drink soda so what does RC give free to drink?

 

4. will porters take my case of propel onboard if I tag it with a luggage tag??

 

5. what are the best lunch foods and where are they served??

 

6. is Lobster served on the 5nt Bermuda??

 

7. Where are the smoking sections so I know where to avoid? My kids have asthma so I don't wanna be relaxing at the pool with someone within my radius puffing away and causing my girls issues. The smell just makes them flare up!!

 

I have more questions but I must go take my girls to the doctors. Thank you to anyone who helps answe my questions

 

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1. Does anyone have pictures of the hot mess port cape liberty?? I am parking at the port and wanna see where I park in relation to where I drop my handicapped parents.

No pictures with me, but you can search for some on this board. You first drop your parents (and luggage if you want) off and then park and walk back. Not bad of a walk. If your car has a handicap marker, then you could possible park right at the fence of the parking lot and cross the road to the embarkation tent. Keep your hand luggage light becasue you will be boarding a shuttle to take you to the ship after check in......silly, but the port authority makes you do that for "safety" reasons.:rolleyes:

 

2. What time does boarding start? I don't wanna sit at a dumpy port for to long!

Boarding times are written on your e-docs. In our experience the later the better....no lines and no waits.

Re the "dumpy" port....Don't be a princess!:p:) You are not spending a lifetime at the port, you are only there for a very short amount of time to go on a lovely ship! They DO have restrooms inside and drinks and cookies.;)

3. My girls don't drink soda so what does RC give free to drink?

Water, flavored water, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, iced tea, lemonade.

 

4. will porters take my case of propel onboard if I tag it with a luggage tag??

Yes. They will even carry the Niagara Falls if you tip them decent!;)

 

5. what are the best lunch foods and where are they served??

Food likes and dislikes are subjective, but you will get a wide variety in the Windjammer....something for everyone. Lunch is also served in the Main Dining Room (very short hours) and if you want a snack (small sandwich, pizza, pastry, fruit cup, jello, cookies, fruit etc) go to the Promenade Cafe. There is a Starbucks and Ben and Jerry's, but they charge.

 

6. is Lobster served on the 5nt Bermuda??

Not sure which night it is served.

 

 

7. Where are the smoking sections so I know where to avoid? My kids have asthma so I don't wanna be relaxing at the pool with someone within my radius puffing away and causing my girls issues. The smell just makes them flare up!!

Smoking sections: port side pool deck, port side promenade and casino. We have seen people smoke on their balcony inspite of the smoking ban on balconies. If that bothers you, please tell your room attendant or the front desk and they will take care of it immediately.

 

Have a great cruise and don't worry about anything!:)

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1. Does anyone have pictures of the hot mess port cape liberty?? I am parking at the port and wanna see where I park in relation to where I drop my handicapped parents.

No pictures with me, but you can search for some on this board. You first drop your parents (and luggage if you want) off and then park and walk back. Not bad of a walk. If your car has a handicap marker, then you could possible park right at the fence of the parking lot and cross the road to the embarkation tent. Keep your hand luggage light becasue you will be boarding a shuttle to take you to the ship after check in......silly, but the port authority makes you do that for "safety" reasons.:rolleyes:

 

2. What time does boarding start? I don't wanna sit at a dumpy port for to long!

Boarding times are written on your e-docs. In our experience the later the better....no lines and no waits.

Re the "dumpy" port....Don't be a princess!:p:) You are not spending a lifetime at the port, you are only there for a very short amount of time to go on a lovely ship! They DO have restrooms inside and drinks and cookies.;)

3. My girls don't drink soda so what does RC give free to drink?

Water, flavored water, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, iced tea, lemonade.

 

4. will porters take my case of propel onboard if I tag it with a luggage tag??

Yes. They will even carry the Niagara Falls if you tip them decent!;)

 

5. what are the best lunch foods and where are they served??

Food likes and dislikes are subjective, but you will get a wide variety in the Windjammer....something for everyone. Lunch is also served in the Main Dining Room (very short hours) and if you want a snack (small sandwich, pizza, pastry, fruit cup, jello, cookies, fruit etc) go to the Promenade Cafe. There is a Starbucks and Ben and Jerry's, but they charge.

 

6. is Lobster served on the 5nt Bermuda??

Not sure which night it is served.

 

 

7. Where are the smoking sections so I know where to avoid? My kids have asthma so I don't wanna be relaxing at the pool with someone within my radius puffing away and causing my girls issues. The smell just makes them flare up!!

Smoking sections: port side pool deck, port side promenade and casino. We have seen people smoke on their balcony inspite of the smoking ban on balconies. If that bothers you, please tell your room attendant or the front desk and they will take care of it immediately.

 

Have a great cruise and don't worry about anything!:)

Excellent response Arzeena! Agreed with everything & have nothing to add!

Rosie

 

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The PP did a great job at answering your queries but I would note that the MDR is not open on embarkation day or port days for lunch - only the WJ and Cafe Promenade. If you wait until around 12:30-1 to arrive, you will miss a lot of the "we need to be one of the first to board" crowd and will be able to drop your things off in your cabins when they open between 1:00-1:30. By then, the crowd in the WJ is gone.

 

Will your handicapped parents need wheelchair assistance in boarding? You can arrange for that in advance.

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Ok I am about to sail th Explorer in 10 days.... I have lots of questions I have sailed 7 times ( 6 with Disney(yes I am spoiled) and 1 with Royal(15yrs ago) so I need a refresher on how RC does things.

 

1. Does anyone have pictures of the hot mess port cape liberty?? I am parking at the port and wanna see where I park in relation to where I drop my handicapped parents.

 

2. What time does boarding start? I don't wanna sit at a dumpy port for to long!

 

3. My girls don't drink soda so what does RC give free to drink?

 

4. will porters take my case of propel onboard if I tag it with a luggage tag??

 

5. what are the best lunch foods and where are they served??

 

6. is Lobster served on the 5nt Bermuda??

 

7. Where are the smoking sections so I know where to avoid? My kids have asthma so I don't wanna be relaxing at the pool with someone within my radius puffing away and causing my girls issues. The smell just makes them flare up!!

 

I have more questions but I must go take my girls to the doctors. Thank you to anyone who helps answe my questions

 

Michelle

 

 

Here are some pictures of that so called "dumpy" port. I wouldn't call it a dump in front of any Jerseyans there, princess.

 

http://www.cruiseliberty.com/photos.htm

 

The closer you get to the ship you will see men directing traffic and you can ask them before you drop off your parents where the handicap parking is.

 

Have a wonderful cruise, Explorer has a fantastic crew.

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...(yes I am spoiled) ... the hot mess port cape liberty?? .... I don't wanna sit at a dumpy port for to long!..

 

Oh dear. :eek:

 

Your questions have already been answered here, hopefully to your satisfaction. These boards are a wealth of information and Explorer is one of the most-often discussed ships. I'm sure you will find the answers you seek, in using the "search this forum" function here for previous threads. It works great. :)

 

Explorer is phenomenal. I hope you enjoy her, and come back here with your glowing review. :D

 

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1. Does anyone have pictures of the hot mess port cape liberty?? I am parking at the port and wanna see where I park in relation to where I drop my handicapped parents.

No pictures with me, but you can search for some on this board. You first drop your parents (and luggage if you want) off and then park and walk back. Not bad of a walk. If your car has a handicap marker, then you could possible park right at the fence of the parking lot and cross the road to the embarkation tent. Keep your hand luggage light becasue you will be boarding a shuttle to take you to the ship after check in......silly, but the port authority makes you do that for "safety" reasons.:rolleyes:

Thank you , yes they have handicap placket

2. What time does boarding start? I don't wanna sit at a dumpy port for to long!

Boarding times are written on your e-docs. In our experience the later the better....no lines and no waits.

Re the "dumpy" port....Don't be a princess!:p:) You are not spending a lifetime at the port, you are only there for a very short amount of time to go on a lovely ship! They DO have restrooms inside and drinks and cookies.;)

I am not a princess per say but this isn't my first rodeo and I do have high standards. From the threads I have read, the description doesn't sound like a great way for a good cruise line to start your vacation. That's all.

3. My girls don't drink soda so what does RC give free to drink?

Water, flavored water, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, iced tea, lemonade.

Thanks, this helps me with what I need for them!

4. will porters take my case of propel onboard if I tag it with a luggage tag??

Yes. They will even carry the Niagara Falls if you tip them decent!;)

YES!!!!!!! I tip great so I should get it onboard,,,lol

5. what are the best lunch foods and where are they served??

Food likes and dislikes are subjective, but you will get a wide variety in the Windjammer....something for everyone. Lunch is also served in the Main Dining Room (very short hours) and if you want a snack (small sandwich, pizza, pastry, fruit cup, jello, cookies, fruit etc) go to the Promenade Cafe. There is a Starbucks and Ben and Jerry's, but they charge.

Oh goodness. I will have to budget my girls on the Starbucks frappe runs...haha

6. is Lobster served on the 5nt Bermuda??

Not sure which night it is served.

 

Just as long as they have it or the DH will be upset.

 

7. Where are the smoking sections so I know where to avoid? My kids have asthma so I don't wanna be relaxing at the pool with someone within my radius puffing away and causing my girls issues. The smell just makes them flare up!!

Smoking sections: port side pool deck, port side promenade and casino. We have seen people smoke on their balcony inspite of the smoking ban on balconies. If that bothers you, please tell your room attendant or the front desk and they will take care of it immediately.

 

Not happy with this, hoping no where near the pool and my girls. I don't want my vacay ruined.

 

Have a great cruise and don't worry about anything!:)

 

 

 

 

 

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The PP did a great job at answering your queries but I would note that the MDR is not open on embarkation day or port days for lunch - only the WJ and Cafe Promenade. If you wait until around 12:30-1 to arrive, you will miss a lot of the "we need to be one of the first to board" crowd and will be able to drop your things off in your cabins when they open between 1:00-1:30. By then, the crowd in the WJ is gone.

 

 

 

Will your handicapped parents need wheelchair assistance in boarding? You can arrange for that in advance.

 

 

Good advice!!! I am hoping they don't need a wheelchair but honestly every day can very. After a 10 hour drive the day before I am hoping they can walk

 

 

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BTW, when the grandchildren were younger, they MUCH preferred Explorer to Disney.

 

 

that will NEVER happen with my girls. They are 14 & 10 and Disney is their love. They actually are bringing something's onboard to make it feel more Disney. Nothing against royal. I actually am really excited about this cruise. It's just hard when your kids have health issues. The smoking could ruin my cruise and make returning to Royal a deal breaker. Disney doesn't have this much smoking. In fact it's one small cubby area in the forward so we never have an issue.

 

 

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that will NEVER happen with my girls. They are 14 & 10 and Disney is their love. They actually are bringing something's onboard to make it feel more Disney. Nothing against royal. I actually am really excited about this cruise. It's just hard when your kids have health issues. The smoking could ruin my cruise and make returning to Royal a deal breaker. Disney doesn't have this much smoking. In fact it's one small cubby area in the forward so we never have an issue.

 

 

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Seems to me the smoking situation might have been something to look into before booking the cruise if it's such a deal breaker.

 

I don't get the hate about Cape Liberty. It's a means to get on a ship. You spend negligible time there compared to what you spend on the cruise ship. It's easy to drop off and park and great to be able to walk right to your car after getting luggage at the end of a cruise.

 

The lobster is served on the last night of the 5nt Bermuda cruise.

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I would also stay away from the Schooner Bar as smoke from the casino could drift into the Schooner Bar.

 

 

Thank you. The more I know before hand the better. Then I can give my 14 yr old places to avoid and paths around them. I am only taking inhalers no nebulizers. I am very nervous about this issue. If you don't have issues or aren't sensitive to smoke then most people probably don't notice it. We however can be in our van . Windows rolled up and smell a car smoking 4 cars ahead before we even figure out which car it is. Wish me luck on my adventure!!

 

 

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Seems to me the smoking situation might have been something to look into before booking the cruise if it's such a deal breaker.

 

I don't get the hate about Cape Liberty. It's a means to get on a ship. You spend negligible time there compared to what you spend on the cruise ship. It's easy to drop off and park and great to be able to walk right to your car after getting luggage at the end of a cruise.

 

The lobster is served on the last night of the 5nt Bermuda cruise.

 

 

I agree , means to your cruise but again standards after all. All the posts I read couldn't be all wrong. I love the walk off to my car. Only way to do it. We rented a car for a week last cruise and just left it parked at Miami port for the sheer convince. And it was cheaper to rent then whole week instead of return and re get again.

 

I did call Royal numerous times and got 50 different answers. So we will just avoid but if it's more overwhelming we will not return to them.

 

 

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that will NEVER happen with my girls. They are 14 & 10 and Disney is their love. They actually are bringing something's onboard to make it feel more Disney. Nothing against royal. I actually am really excited about this cruise. It's just hard when your kids have health issues. The smoking could ruin my cruise and make returning to Royal a deal breaker. Disney doesn't have this much smoking. In fact it's one small cubby area in the forward so we never have an issue.

 

 

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Not sure how many kids will be on your cruise now that school is back in session, I was on the August 23 sailing where our time in Bermuda was cut short with my 10 year old niece and 13 year old nephew and they both thought this was the best cruise yet. Spent all their time at the kids clubs never even went in the pool. Of course on that cruise they had 800+ kids to make friends with.

 

I don't really remember smoke being a problem (a lot of families might be why) but I think the smoking area on the pool deck is starboard side.

 

I pretty sure the fisherman's plate (lobster tail and tiger shrimp) was served on Tuesday night the day of departure from Bermuda and the second show night.

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Here are some pictures of that so called "dumpy" port. I wouldn't call it a dump in front of any Jerseyans there, princess.

 

http://www.cruiseliberty.com/photos.htm

 

I don't know what year those photos were taken, but the terminal sure doesn't look like that. Maybe when they first opened, but not last week, when I was there. It is a lot "dumpier" than that. But, I made it through in one piece. And it wouldn't stop me from cruising from there again.

 

I've cruised from there about 10 times, at least. I don't ever remember it looking that nice. I guess it is just like the photos of hotel rooms. They don't always look as nice in person. :rolleyes:

 

 

Gwen :)

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I don't know what year those photos were taken, but the terminal sure doesn't look like that. Maybe when they first opened, but not last week, when I was there. It is a lot "dumpier" than that. But, I made it through in one piece. And it wouldn't stop me from cruising from there again.

 

I've cruised from there about 10 times, at least. I don't ever remember it looking that nice. I guess it is just like the photos of hotel rooms. They don't always look as nice in person. :rolleyes:

 

 

Gwen :)

 

It's missing the 3 welcome aboard photo stations, the beverage package sign up table, the Adventure Ocean sign up table, the coffee and cookie tables and people with luggage

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Thank you. The more I know before hand the better. Then I can give my 14 yr old places to avoid and paths around them. I am only taking inhalers no nebulizers. I am very nervous about this issue. If you don't have issues or aren't sensitive to smoke then most people probably don't notice it. We however can be in our van . Windows rolled up and smell a car smoking 4 cars ahead before we even figure out which car it is. Wish me luck on my adventure!!

 

 

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Be aware, when sitting or walking in the Promenade near the staircase that leads up/down to the Casino, you can also smell smoke in that area. (Because all interior smoking is now limited to the casino, of course, smoking there has increased since otherwise smokers have to go out on deck to light up, so the drifting smoke has increased...)

 

I love Disney, too, as do my now-young-adults, and we definitely oohed and aahed at the beautiful Disney cruise terminal in Orlando, with characters, snacks, etc.... there's nothing quite like that Disney "magic" -- however, you will have a great time on the Explorer!! Enjoy what's special about her: beautiful artwork and celebrity photographs in the stairwells... unique décor in the various lounges... terrific entertainment and CD staff... great ship design... wonderful dining room service and food (of course, Disney has all that, too...)

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Be aware, when sitting or walking in the Promenade near the staircase that leads up/down to the Casino, you can also smell smoke in that area. (Because all interior smoking is now limited to the casino, of course, smoking there has increased since otherwise smokers have to go out on deck to light up, so the drifting smoke has increased...)

 

 

 

I love Disney, too, as do my now-young-adults, and we definitely oohed and aahed at the beautiful Disney cruise terminal in Orlando, with characters, snacks, etc.... there's nothing quite like that Disney "magic" -- however, you will have a great time on the Explorer!! Enjoy what's special about her: beautiful artwork and celebrity photographs in the stairwells... unique décor in the various lounges... terrific entertainment and CD staff... great ship design... wonderful dining room service and food (of course, Disney has all that, too...)

 

 

Thank you for your info. After looking at the deck plan I saw that smoking would be a problem there. I hate having to avoid places. I need a non smokers cruise. I am sure I would enjoy the Explorer much more that way. Unfortunately this cruise was my only option to Bermuda since Disney doesn't go there. We booked a NCL cruise for Easter to just lock in the price but I think we will end up going back home to Disney if I am inconvenienced all cruise on the Explorer. I imagine the NCL is same smoking wise as Royal.

Yes there is nothing like Disney style!!!!

 

 

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I have a few more questions

 

Since I am not accustomed to all the nickle and diming on a cruise...like you can eat here but pay there.....Can someone tell me either all the free locations or all the pay ones. Either way I would like my girls to know so they are aware of where to go.

 

Also---My girls are so excited about Starbucks!! Just wondering if anyone is a crazy Starbucks person like us and knows if they have Vanilla Bean Frappe?? That question is from my girls...LOL

 

Are there places for the kids to get food around the pool or do they have to go into the windjammer??

 

 

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Here are some pictures of that so called "dumpy" port. I wouldn't call it a dump in front of any Jerseyans there, princess.

 

http://www.cruiseliberty.com/photos.htm

 

The closer you get to the ship you will see men directing traffic and you can ask them before you drop off your parents where the handicap parking is.

 

Have a wonderful cruise, Explorer has a fantastic crew.

OP has never even been in the place but she knows it's "dumpy"

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Seems to me the smoking situation might have been something to look into before booking the cruise if it's such a deal breaker.

I don't get the hate about Cape Liberty. It's a means to get on a ship. You spend negligible time there compared to what you spend on the cruise ship. It's easy to drop off and park and great to be able to walk right to your car after getting luggage at the end of a cruise.

 

The lobster is served on the last night of the 5nt Bermuda cruise.

Me either. I guess some would rather sit in an airport for a couple hrs before their 3 hr flight.

 

Floors my why some go crazy about the little frozen lobster tail, LOL

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