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  1. 2 minutes ago, Hlitner said:

    We can all speculate, but I think they missed a huge marketing opportunity by not actively promoting EJ in all the Yacht Clubs.


    So far, all the passengers we have met seem to be normal cruisers and paying passengers.


    At the moment I am enjoying my cappuccino in Crema and just saw the NYC Sandy Hook Harboe pilot boat come aside and pick up our pilot.  Seas are about 2-3 meters and it is starting to feel like we are on a ship  😋

    Yes - I do wonder how much EJ has hurt themselves by pushing the “we are a different cruise line” and not tapping more in to the existing YC market. Even just a match to current MSC status would have give a long way, IMO. 

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  2. 1 hour ago, Critically Cruising said:

    And the "Burger Station" turns out to be a ONE DAY experiment.


    Can't run it two days in a row, it seems.


    The fails continue.  And no matter how impressive one might find the ship, the other issues are death by a thousand cuts.  No one single problem is deal-breaking, but the cumulative effect is telling.




  3. 1 minute ago, morpheusofthesea said:

    They do this on MSC, but only on Ocean Cay day. Those bartenders are needed on the island. On sea days all 11 bars are open for business and even on port days all 11 are open.

    On another page someone said there is construction happening on the Astern Pool deck and she hopes this means they are fixing to roof of the Conservatory pool too. 🤷🏻‍♀️

  4. 5 minutes ago, kelleherdl said:

    Apples and oranges from New York.  Explora I is being certified for US ports in New York, not Miami. CG and CDC/PHS will be in New York.

    Yes I understand the NYC vs Miami certification/inspections. But, that’s not what I meant.

    I mean just glitchy (not running smoothly/general confusion) because it will be the first time to flip over the ship in Miami. 

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  5. 15 minutes ago, Hlitner said:

    Two points.  1.  That letter seems to confirm that EJ1 will definitely be docking at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal (12th Ave).  and 2.  Since this will be EJ1s initial visit to a US Port, they will likely be subject to a thorough USCG Inspection.   We are hoping that an inspection does not delay embarkation, but we have seen that happen in Florida ports.



    Delayed embarkation is a valid concern!

    I have the same thoughts about our embarkation in Miami November 3rd being glitchy, since it’s the first time for EJ to disembark and embark in Miami. 

    Hope I am wrong….but we will see! 

  6. 11 minutes ago, Chefdi13 said:

    Has anyone received notice from EJ that they must disembark a day early in NYC in order for the ship to be christened?
    We have received a letter from EJ via our travel agent that we must leave the ship with all luggage a day early. They have offered to cover one night at the Edison Hotel in Times Square, but no offer of transportation, food, beverages, etc…

    I’m sure there are more details to follow, but in true EJ fashion the communication has been awful. Another last minute fumble!


  7. 12 minutes ago, Critically Cruising said:

    If anyone has the original Explora brochures, they are fun to read now.  Fun in a masochistic way.  Maybe I'll post them so people can compare and contrast with reality.



    Please do!!  Or, can you email them to me?? I’m looking for something specific that I can not find in the current literature. 

  8. 7 minutes ago, travelberlin said:

    I am very disappointed about the cancellations, shifting from originally marketed “freedom to choose “ with respect to restaurants (this is my biggest disappointment) and inefficiencies in organizing shuttles in ports. Somehow they are not providing the “luxury” experience they have promised.


    Agreed.  I know there are less than 1000 passengers, but I do feel like the restaurant situation could be troublesome. 

  9. 37 minutes ago, Dr. Cocktail said:

    I’m sticking with my answer in post #13!



    Agreed…I’m in the “nothing ventured, nothing gained” camp at the moment. 

    But it could definitely be a one and done for us. We will see! 

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  10. 1 hour ago, Critically Cruising said:

    As the glow from the raves from "influencers" and TAs starts to fade, is anyone else having some buyer's remorse?


    Unfortunately, my upcoming cruise is in the window where I would take a complete bath if I cancelled, so I'm going forward with the trip.  But I'm having more and more feelings that disappointment will be the end result.  The restaurant situation was initially presented as complete choice, then shifted to having limited access to some restaurants.  All-day ala carte dining turns into a buffet, that isn't even open all day.  Restaurants can't handle the guests wanting to dine, with the assumption being that folks can just eat in the buffet.  Included spirits are less than inspiring.  And the shore-side management experience is less than inspiring.  Is this to be an Italian Viking?


    In some ways, I wish that I had a cruise that is cancelled.  One where I could take my money and look for a different experience.



    I don’t think anyone can deny that things have shifted from original release of information to now. Only time will tell how big a deal it is! 

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  11. 55 minutes ago, jethapgun said:

    Hello - we are on the 10Nov sailing (2nd half of a Caribbean, San Juan to Miami 7 day). I was hoping once it was paid in full, we could see more excursions (and select them), but unfortunately could not. I called Explora Journeys and the representative walked me through the site, asked me what I saw, etc., but I was still unable to book excursions. He told me to contact my travel agent or he would book them for me.


    I can view a small description of a total of 27 tours for 6 ports - if you include San Juan and Miami (+ the 4 islands). I'm not truly ready to book one of these, as they don't interest us and several are over-priced. I asked if they would be adding excursions and he said he didn't think so, but anything was possible. I understand that some of the offerings are more unique, but would like (a few) options of some more traditional tours - not necessarily the party boat - but a simple shuttle from St Kitts to Nevis would be nice. We've been to Ocean Cay a couple of times, and I'm pretty sure they had more than 4 choices for rentals/excursions, if you include 'rent the beach mat'. (Maybe they will be included, ha ha). A few days ago I was looking at one of the other luxury lines and they had 27 offerings just for St. Lucia. Was just wondering if anyone else is missing some of the traditional offerings and larger selection of tours? Thank you and have a great day!

    Interesting…now I can see the “experiences” and I am also disappointed in the limited choices. 

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  12. 3 hours ago, Stickman1990 said:

    We sail next month and I still haven’t worked out his to access Tours on the portal let alone booking them. Managed to get ourselves checked in but can’t find anything about booking restaurants or tours online (not saying if isn’t there and happy if someone can tell me hod to access it) 


    I’d talk to your TA or direct with Explora Journeys by phone and they San send you the list of excursions and the pricing - they did that instantly when I rang them


    I’ve got to ask - do you really have 14 cruises booked with Explora as per your signature? - now that’s commitment!

    Lol…it’s days booked in my signature. 🥺

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  13. 6 hours ago, daleandrews said:

    I added a tour the other week for a substituted port on our Glasgow to NYC trip and also found that there was absolutely no payment button that would "click" to enter payment information.  I sent Explora an email asking about this and they sent back an email letter with a link at the bottom for payment.  When I clicked the link to pay, however, and after selecting "credit card" and providing my card information, the site returned a page asking if I wanted to proceed to payment BUT the amount shown on that page was the total price of the whole cruise (which I had long since paid), not the cost of just the newly added excursion.  I wasn't going to click that (!!) so I emailed Explora again and was told that I had to delete the erroneous total cruise price on the page and insert the amount for the newly added excursion.  That worked but . . . the experience indicates that all of this is still pretty much a work in progress.  🙂 

    We sail in November and I can log on to the website and see our itinerary and booking. But there are no tours/excursions listed. When did those open up for you to book??

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