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Hello everyone. . . It is once again that I invite you onboard the beautiful Explorer of the Seas.

 

I am heading up to Bayonne, NJ today (Cape Liberty Cruise Port), and will be staying overnight(should arrive in Bayonne by 3PM) for my 7 night Explorer cruise tomorrow.

 

This will be the only 7 night cruise by the Explorer of the Seas in 2007. It has an unusual itinerary. . . . we will be going to Bermuda and Boston !

 

The forecast is calling for 76f and sunny in Bermuda, and about 50f and raining in Boston ! The weather will not be a problem with me however. . .

I will be happy to be onboard a very beautiful ship, and 8 days of relaxation. It should be lots of fun !

 

I will be providing daily photos of the ship, public areas, activities. . . as well as daily commentary, and I should be able to answer most questions about the Explorer of the Seas. ( a good wireless connection will be required/ or Cybercabin) I have sailed on the Explorer several times (the last time was in Aug 2006), I am looking forward to see what may have changed since I have sailed her last.

 

I was invited on this cruise by RCI to attend a Seminar at Sea, so on sea days I am sure I will be in some sales meetings.

 

So sit back. . .grab some coffee and enjoy the next 8 days on the Beautiful Explorer of the Seas ! !

 

Thanks for tuning in !

 

Radio

:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

 

Explorer of the Seas in Labadee / Aug 2006

 

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Hello everyone. . . It is once again that I invite you onboard the beautiful Explorer of the Seas.

 

I am heading up to Bayonne, NJ today (Cape Liberty Cruise Port), and will be staying overnight(should arrive in Bayonne by 3PM) for my 7 night Explorer cruise tomorrow.

 

This will be the only 7 night cruise by the Explorer of the Seas in 2007. It has an unusual itinerary. . . . we will be going to Bermuda and Boston !

 

The forecast is calling for 76f and sunny in Bermuda, and about 50f and raining in Boston ! The weather will not be a problem with me however. . .

I will be happy to be onboard a very beautiful ship, and 8 days of relaxation. It should be lots of fun !

 

I will be providing daily photos of the ship, public areas, activities. . . as well as daily commentary, and I should be able to answer most questions about the Explorer of the Seas. ( a good wireless connection will be required/ or Cybercabin) I have sailed on the Explorer several times (the last time was in Aug 2006), I am looking forward to see what may have changed since I have sailed her last.

 

I was invited on this cruise by RCI to attend a Seminar at Sea, so on sea days I am sure I will be in some sales meetings.

 

So sit back. . .grab some coffee and enjoy the next 8 days on the Beautiful Explorer of the Seas ! !

 

Thanks for tuning in !

 

Radio

:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

 

Explorer of the Seas in Labadee / Aug 2006

 

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Hi Radio!

 

Looking forward to meeting you tomorrow at the Skybar! We leave at 7am tomorrow and will drive direct to the terminal.

 

Oliver

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Sounds good Oliver. . . . What time at the SkyBar ? 430 PM ?

 

 

Radio

:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

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Radio...I followed your last live post and enjoyed EVERY minute as well as your pictures.

 

We are leaving out of NJ in Feb. we are in promenade room 8611 and were wondering if there is a small lookout balcony over the promenade near that room. Could you buzz by and check for us??? Also, wondering what they are planning for sail away in the COLD???

 

Have a good time and enjoy!!

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Have a wonderful cruise Radio! I am so looking forward to your live posts. You are truly a master of the art. Don't forget to have fun while posting!

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Just hold on to your hat, we are currently experiencing the Noel, and this area is under high wind warnings with 45+ mph winds. Love reading your posts, last time you were on the Explorer it was about a month before my first time on her.

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Sounds good Oliver. . . . What time at the SkyBar ? 430 PM ?

 

 

Radio

:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

 

 

 

Yes, around 4:30 - right after muster drill.

 

Looks like Noel will be well north of us by the time we sail. May not be as rocky a ride as I thought.

 

Oliver

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I look forward to your report. You do such an outstanding job in reporting back that we feel as though we are there. Have a great cruise.

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If you go to cruisecal.com and go down to the ships at sea look for the explorer and click on the word ship next to Explorer and when it comes up scroll down and you can see the bow cam and the seas that they are in.

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I see on RCCL's web site that Explorer has had to reduce speed due to high winds and is now expected to arrive at Cape Liberty Sunday at 3pm. They are advising the Nov 4th cruisers not to arrive at the terminal until 4pm.

 

Oliver

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About time Radio! Keeping up with you will give me something to do during boring times at work!!! LOL..Bon Voyage and have a safe trip..and takes LOTS of pictures (j/k, i know what you take will suffice)!!! I'm thinking of taking the EoS later on this year. Have fun!:D :D :D

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Just read the ship will be a little late getting back. Have fun!

 

Hope the delay does not create a unhappy pax base.

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Radio,

 

Enjoy your trip. I loved your last live post from the Explorer. We were on her in August for a b2b and will sail out 12/2 for a 12 night. Very anxious to hear if the hot tubs in the solarium will be open when we sail. Also wondering about new activities for the cooler days.

 

Enjoy

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Hello everyone !! I made it to Bayonne. . . well sort of. . . I am actually *near* Bayonne .It was about a 3 hour drive from my house.

 

The hotel I am at is actually next to the Newark International Airport (EWR). We are just across the Newark Bay from Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne.

 

As the crow flies. . .we are only 5 Miles from the Passenger Terminal. . . but since I am driving tomorrow; it will be a 9 mile drive.

 

I just read that the Explorer will arrive very late tomorrow. Hmmm. . . that means that we won't be leaving Bayonne untill about 7 or 8 PM. . . .

 

I always wanted to leave from the NYC area at night. It should be beautiful. ;) It might be a little cold to. . . . brrr. . . .

 

Thanks for all of the supportive comments, and thanks for tuning in !

 

Radio

:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

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Radio...always a pleasure when you do live posts. It is like we are there with you, having a good time. We are sailing on December 2 on the Explorer and this will be our first time out of Bayonne. Take lots of pictures, LOL...and enjoy your cruise.

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I always wanted to leave from the NYC area at night. It should be beautiful. ;)

 

 

Way to keep a positive attitude.

 

Looking forward to the 'live' posts, you always do a wonderful job! :)

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This is such an unusual itinerary, I am looking forward to your posts.

 

Hope the seas hold out for you - that tropical storm is hitting is in the NY and Boston areas today and it is VERY windy!!

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Looks like RCCL is now calling all Nov 4th passengers and advising them of the delay. They are telling everyone not to arrive until 4pm & departure will be in the 7-8pm time frame. Wonder how hat will affect the dinner routine?

 

Oliver

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LOVE you live posts!

 

Have a great voyage and bring the ship back in a good shape because we are boarding it when you get off, on November 11!!!:D

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Have a good trip. Since the ship will be leaving after dark, this would make a great shot!

 

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The City and the Lady in the Harbor.

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Super...........another Live report from the best!! Looking forward to it.....:D

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As far as dinner goes, I saw here on CC a while ago, that under similar circumstances, it was open seating dinner for all that night. Can't remember what ship it was.

Rick

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RCCL just contacted me about tomorrows cruise. They say not to arrive before 4pm. Boarding will take place between 6-8pm, with departure "after that" (probably 9-10pm)

 

Dinner: There will be one big buffet style "dinner" set up throughout the ship, no sit down dinner on Sunday.

 

Now, if they could add free drinks.......:)

 

Oliver

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RCCL just contacted me about tomorrows cruise. They say not to arrive before 4pm. Boarding will take place between 6-8pm, with departure "after that" (probably 9-10pm)

 

Dinner: There will be one big buffet style "dinner" set up throughout the ship, no sit down dinner on Sunday.

 

Now, if they could add free drinks.......:)

 

Oliver

 

We were told that we will not be docking until about 3pm tomorrow. Sorry for the delay on your end - I know it really stinks - to put it nicely. Tomorrow they will be having the Invitation to Dance show and the Ice Show. The Dance was supposed to be last night and the Ice Show tonight at 5pm. The Ice Show is on for tomorrow at 1pm. Right now we have free internet. Hope you all have a great cruise!

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I will also be on the explorer tomorrow. I was on the voyager a couple of years ago out of bayonne this same week and it was delayed coming in because of a storm. Boarding began around 7pm that time. Dinner was open seating that night and there was one welcome aboard show for everyone at 10 pm. We set sail around midnight. We were able to make up the time however and get to our first port almost on the scheduled time.

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I will also be on the explorer tomorrow. I was on the voyager a couple of years ago out of bayonne this same week and it was delayed coming in because of a storm. Boarding began around 7pm that time. Dinner was open seating that night and there was one welcome aboard show for everyone at 10 pm. We set sail around midnight. We were able to make up the time however and get to our first port almost on the scheduled time.

 

We were also on that Voyager cruise, and we sat on our suitcases for hours at the terminal, waiting to board. That was a 9 night cruise and the delay didn't matter that much.

We won't be able to make up the time on this cruise to Bermuda, and that will give us a shorter stay in beautiful Bermuda.

 

Ginnie

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Hello everyone !! I made it to Bayonne. . . well sort of. . . I am actually *near* Bayonne .It was about a 3 hour drive from my house.

 

The hotel I am at is actually next to the Newark International Airport (EWR). We are just across the Newark Bay from Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne.

 

As the crow flies. . .we are only 5 Miles from the Passenger Terminal. . . but since I am driving tomorrow; it will be a 9 mile drive.

 

I just read that the Explorer will arrive very late tomorrow. Hmmm. . . that means that we won't be leaving Bayonne untill about 7 or 8 PM. . . .

 

I always wanted to leave from the NYC area at night. It should be beautiful. ;) It might be a little cold to. . . . brrr. . . .

 

Thanks for all of the supportive comments, and thanks for tuning in !

 

Radio

:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

 

We are looking forward to your live posts. You always have great photos, and current news. Hoping that the ship and current pax have a smooth end to their cruise, and easy debarkation.:)

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We won't be able to make up the time on this cruise to Bermuda, and that will give us a shorter stay in beautiful Bermuda.

 

 

Just ask everyone staying on the bottom deck to pedal faster.

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Hello everyone ! Mrs Radio called to tell me the RCI left a message on our home phone about the ship being late. . . and a warning about not arriving at the pier until 4, and they suggested that the Explorer will leave at 7PM.

 

Here is a photo of the hotel where I will be tonight ! I know. . .I know. . . Pics of the Explorer will begin tomorrow ! ! :)

 

 

 

Radio

:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

 

 

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Is this Marriott considered the Airport Marriott? We're cruising in Feb on Explorer and have reservations for Marriott on Washington Blvd. Just wondering which one this is. Thanks.

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Is this Marriott considered the Airport Marriott? We're cruising in Feb on Explorer and have reservations for Marriott on Washington Blvd. Just wondering which one this is. Thanks.

 

This one is not the Airport Mariott. . . that one is very close to the Airport.

 

There are 2 Marriott's here (Marriott Residence Inn, and Marriott Courtyard) that are about 1.5 miles south of the Airport Marriott.

 

 

Radio

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I've never read one of your "live" threads but from what I'm seeing here you seem to have alot of fans. So, looking forward to your posts :). Have a safe and enjoyable trip:) .

 

Judy

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Tomorrow is the NYC Marathon, so at least sailing later will give people more time to get to Bayonne, depending on where they're coming from. Safe sailing to all, coming back and going. Looking forward to your reports.

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Hello everyone ! Mrs Radio called to tell me the RCI left a message on our home phone about the ship being late. . . and a warning about not arriving at the pier until 4, and they suggested that the Explorer will leave at 7PM.

 

Here is a photo of the hotel where I will be tonight ! I know. . .I know. . . Pics of the Explorer will begin tomorrow ! ! :)

 

 

 

Radio

:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

 

 

 

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Can't wait for the live stuff from the ship...Live from Hotel is OK too....you are at one of my favorites...i always stay there, the Courtyard or if those 2 are too much, the Country Inn!

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Is this Marriott considered the Airport Marriott? We're cruising in Feb on Explorer and have reservations for Marriott on Washington Blvd. Just wondering which one this is. Thanks.

 

 

Nope...the ones in Radio's pix are the ones I always suggest..the Courtyard and Residence Inn Newark/Elizabeth on Glimcher Realty Way..the one you have reserved is in Jersey City.....it is close to the port and easy to get into NYC but parking is 14 bucks a day if you are parking...

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ewrnw-courtyard-jersey-city-newport/

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