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Eddie Wilson

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  1. YouTube can seem to have many things. They have a video of the first RCL entertainment act on our first cruise. Two singers with comedy. Check it out if you wish, about a 20 minute clip. Go to youtube and search.... Alan and Shane Impressions It was a great show, and if you watch you will see it’s definitely a different time, about 30 years. ps..we did not see this exact show, but the same act on Nordic Empress circa 1990.
  2. Have you met the cruise director and staff? on the last evening be sure not to miss the show, featuring the....”if I were not upon the sea”
  3. I know this is not your question, but just info about Explorer. We were on Explorer this Feb. One of the cruise staff told us a company chartered the entire ship for 2 weeks near the end of Feb. One week was a Star Trek cruise for a week followed by an 80’s cruise also for a week. The cruise staff is mostly limited to crowd control, as the group chartering runs and organizes the events. She said the chartered weeks are sort of easy weeks for the cruise staff The cruise staff told told us they believed the same group also chartered 2 weeks in late Feb 2021, for the same theme cruises.
  4. Cello56, we were in 9204 a few weeks ago. The room is a little larger than a standard ocean view cabin. Last year we were in a standard cabin, it had a two person “loveseat” type sofa. Maybe 6 inches of room around the bed. Room 9204 had a standard 3 person sofa, and a few feet of room beyond the bed prior to the back wall/window. That little extra room provides a great feeling. One suggestion, bring a small can of spray on sunscreen. You may ask...Why? Well in the top right hand corner of the back wall, where the side wall panels edge against the ceiling panel, it had a tremendous SQUEAK. I woke up the first two nights and I needed to go topside to sleep. I complained twice, maintenance coming both times. They said it was structural, and could not be fixed. I cold see where other passengers had tried to stuff tissue in between the panels, but it was awful. Finally on the third night, I thought if I were at home I could shoot a little WD40 on it. I remembered my sunscreen, and thought, well it’s a little slippery, and a spray, so being sleep deprived I gave it a quick shot. VIOLA....it worked perfectly.
  5. Some may say you were lucky to be at your gate in 1:30. Some may say it’s a cinch. But if the ship is delayed for Debarkation, and/or it is a weekend with many more ships in the Miami port, 90 minutes may not be enough. This morning off Explorer from Debarkation beginning in MDR to gate at FLL took us 150 minutes. PLUS the Debarkation was delayed, so from the planned time to the gate was more like 170 - 180 minutes, with running into NO highway traffic. just as some people can do it in 90 minutes, a standard average means there are others who may get unlucky and take 4 hours. It’s just a gamble and some win and some lose. Eddie
  6. We were also on this Explorer cruise, and agree with Wrh2016 plus one addition. Debarkation was a disaster this morning. Wrh2016 I am not sure it you left the ship or were staying for the Ohio State charter. Eddie
  7. Cured, Your post is one of the best I have ever read regarding this topic, and I agree. Times do change, and it’s not limited to the dress, it mirrors the change in MDR. In 1990, on our first cruise, the MDR was utilized by most cruisers. Our Ship (Empress) had 7 course dinners with the highest quality menu and service. Lots of suits and dresses, and on formal night many tuxes and formal dresses. But think about it, they also served many fewer people per sitting. As as the size of ships tripled, the same food quality is multiple times more difficult to maintain. I have experience in food service, and gasp when I think about serving 3000 people in about 90 minutes, only to clean, reset and do it again for another 3000. Let’s just say...they can’t cook to order for this size. Look at all the threads complaining about the decline of food quality in MDR over time. I am not one of those complainers by the way. So if the MDR experience has declined over time from say a fine dining experience, why can’t the dress also? The speciality restaurants can still strive for higher quality standards as they serve a fraction of the meals as MDR. Since this is a finer dining experience, perhaps a stricter dress code in those venues is warranted. As for the level of service in MDR, I have always experienced a higher level of service than dining at a casual restaurant at home. However I do see many other comments on threads where people have other experiences. Eddie
  8. Do you have info on contacting the maitre’d prior to boarding? I have already called and emailed.
  9. I did not plan to post this question but in the past few days I have read several threads of people having success at rearranging dinner. Background in short, DW and I were sailing Serenade last Feb, loved it so much while on board we booked on Explorer for this Feb. Upon returning home for months we were guilty of telling everyone we know how much we LOVED the cruise. A couple of old childhood friends, after hearing our experiences, called us months later to say “we booked on your same upcoming Explorer sailing!” Now the issue...we want to coordinate dinner times with them, they did not know our dinner preference and chose MTD, we are on a main dining time. We have linked the reservations, but can’t coordinate the time (only choice was 8:45 or so MTD) We have called, and based upon info received on these boards, recently emailed rcldining. Their response was not curt, but somewhere in the neighborhood of ......can’t help, that’s your tough luck. Now we can’t be the first group to book without knowledge of the others facts, who would like to dine together. Do you think we can go to the dining room upon boarding and coordinate this? Or is it just tough luck? Obviously this is easy to overcome at original booking, but in this case, the reservations were not coordinated up front, and we can’t fix that. Eddie
  10. You had better luck than me. I did each step.
  11. I emailed dining about coordinating 2 reservations, should I have called C&A first? My issue was not resolved by e mail correspondence Eddie
  12. Thanks for that info GM. We are also boarding soon. How was the headline entertainment? Was there a nice cover band? Did you find any “can’t miss” excursions? Most importantly (tongue in cheek), what are the questions to trivia sessions? NO, I REALLY DO NOT WANT TO KNOW! Just for me, maybe not you, but B2B cruisers, or the guy last year who was on board the ship for months, getting 20 out of 20 on EVERY game, while the best of the rest may be at 15…That is a SHALLOW VICTORY. Glad and to see a nice report on Explorer. Eddie
  13. I agree with you, but it still seems strange to me. It has the note about all the other changes with dry dock (lots of them); Where did they come up with the May 7 date? Where did they come up with the redesigned cabin artwork? It does not really concern me, but I thought the OP may be interested since the request was for one of 4 specific cabins. Eddie
  14. Ourusualbeach, I agree with you, I thought that strange. But I came across this last night, I assumed any changes would be done at dry dock because I can't see where they would have time to change while not in dry dock. Tell me how you read this.....it is at https://www.cruisedeckplans.com/DP/deckplans/Explorer-of-the-Seas Then look in the blue box for the following note: Please note: Next drydock in April 2020. Adding The Perfect Storm ...........Rockets Express and Starbucks. Click on tab for deck plans starting May 2021 to see changes. So if you click deck 9, and the Starts Mat 7, 2021 tab, gosh darn if its not a completely different room layout. I think its sort of strange? Eddie
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