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  1. Hello, I am so happy to say that we will be returning to Royal Caribbean in January! We were Carnival-Turned-MSC cruisers, but found a good deal on a 9 night cruise on the Explorer of the Seas to all new ports that we could not turn down. However, by the time we board the ship, it will be nearly 4 years since my last RCI cruise (which was on the Empress of the Seas, which obviously does not reflect the grandeur of the Royal ships), and 8 years since my first RCI cruise, a Hurricane Sandy cruise on the Enchantment of the Seas. For the other two people in my party, it will be their first RCI cruises. Either way, I am very excited to not only make it back to RCI, but to give them a fair try and see if they can win me over in 2020. I just booked this cruise and I have some questions, so I'm grateful for any help whatsoever! 1) We are booked in a Panoramic Oceanview Stateroom (very excited!), which is above the gym and next to the Vitality Spa. Will there be a lot of hallway traffic specifically for the Spa, or is the spa entrance by the elevators/stairs? Will there be noticeable noise from the gym and/or spa? Obviously, the gym will be closed at night, but will a morning yoga or spin class wake us up? 2) We will have a 19 year old with us, a college freshman. When he was younger, he loved going to the teen clubs and making friends, but now that he's over 18, he's struggling to make friends on cruises. Does Royal do anything for the 18-20 age group since they can't drink? Or will he just have to hope for a lonely straggler his age at night and just strike up a conversation? 3) Does Royal have any special restaurants included in the price of the cruise? Carnival has Guys Burgers, Blue Iguana Cantina, etc, does Royal have a similar concept? Or are all the specialty dining options for an upcharge? 4) Are there any "secret decks" or special areas to note on the Explorer like Carnival has on many of their ships? We are trying to get the local tips before we sail so we can try to blend in 😉 5) Since we take vacations the same week each year, we typically board a ship with that week off and try to use the specials onboard for booking a future cruise. What will the onboard special be for booking onboard? If we like RCI/want to give it another chance, we may want to just book onboard. 6) What are the drink options in the Windjammer without the drink package? 7) What are the lunch options on embarkation day besides Windjammer? And when will our stateroom be available? Can you carry suitcases onboard, or will you need to leave them with the porters? We will be embarking from Port Miami. I can also assume that embarkation will begin around 11AM? 8 ) What machines/appliances are in the gym/spas? Are there saunas and steam rooms for regular passengers? Does it usually get crowded? 9) Any excursion or day trip recommendations for Labadee, Aruba, Bonaire, and/or Curacao? All of them will be new ports for us, so any tips would be greatly appreciated! 10) Any general RCI tips/notable differences between MSC and Carnival? We really want to like RCI, and I'm hoping now that we're trying one of their new ships, we will have a great experience that propels us to book with them again in the future, so any general tips on how to maximize either the Explorer specifically and/or a Royal cruise in general would be greatly appreciated. Again, thank you in advance so so SO much to anyone that can help, happy cruising!
  2. We decided to try the Chefs Table experience on our Jan sailing. Anyone want to tell me about it ?
  3. Which ship do you prefer? I know they're sister ships. We actually were on Explorer of the Seas in 2001! Seems like yesterday. However, it's not yesterday. Which ship is in better condition. Doing a quick read of current reviews, it seems Adventure gets pretty good reviews while Explorer's reviews are not great. The room category we'd select would probably be a Junior Suite. Itinerary Southern Caribbean.
  4. Explorer hump rooms are good, right? What I mean is they are not noisy. I think some ships like the Vision are noisy.
  5. We do not smoke and try to avoid smoking areas. What are the rules for smoking and where are the smoking areas on Explorer of the Sea? My wife was told since our ship departs from Southampton in England there is no smoking allowed in the Casino. Good for us. I am worried that people will smoke on their balcony and we won’t like being on our bakaciny. What are the rules and do people follow them? Thank you.
  6. I just booked this cruise, it is the first cruise after re positioning from Europe. What ship's compass should i use for planning? Any western Caribbean one (incl the small ships) or larger other ship on this route? Sister ships on the Eastern route?
  7. Junior Suite: $415 pp plus tax (without any C&A, etc. discounts)
  8. Do any bars on the ship broadcast English football during the season? Many thanks.
  9. Good morning - we are looking into a 9 night Explorer cruise in early 2021 and I was looking for info on the planned upgrades as part of her "Royal Amplified" drydock next year. Hard to find specifics for Explorer's upgrades, but if it's similar to other Vision ships like Voyager & Navigator, I assume it will be pretty similar? Stuff like: New water coaster and speed slides, upgraded pool deck, Playmakers, Laser Tag, Escape Room, etc.? Anything else I missed? Sky Pad is also part of the typical overhauls. With the Sky Pad shutdown, has anyone heard if Royal is planning something different for that space going forward or are they going to "re-engineer" the Sky Pad concept?
  10. Hi, does anyone know the nights Explorer of the Seas will have formal nights and also if there are any "themes" for a 9-night sailing out of Miami, going to the ABC islands, leaving the day after Thanksgiving? Thanks!! Last year, a friend of mine and I went on a cruise on Adventure of the Seas, and for example they had a "disco" theme night but I didn't know about it prior to the cruise. It'd be fun to know about any themed nights so I might bring a little something! Thanks
  11. Landed back ashore in Southampton this morning after 14 nights on the Explorer. First off, let's quash a few nasty rumours which may be making guests due aboard in the next few months worry about their choice of cruise: 1. "She's a rust bucket!". Nay, nay and thrice nay. There are a few tiny rust spots here and there, like the inch-square patch on our balcony where the upright stanchion met the deck. Unlike some, l didn't go hunting it out, but nowhere did I notice any significant areas of rust. 2."all the sun loungers are the old blue and white plastic type, and most are unusably broken". Nope, they aren't. There are hundreds, if not thousands of smart new grey mesh loungers everywhere. Some of the older ones have been retained, but only a few, and the best quality of the old variety. 3."Windows everywhere are dirty and/or cracked and/or misted as the seals have failed". Again, no. The only one l noticed (again, l wasn't actively seeking faults) was one of the 42 panes in Dizzy's Lounge, which was badly stained. A couple of the splayed panes at the front of the Solarium were a bit dirty, but as it is impossible to look through them anyway, it's irrelevant. 4. "Ship is LONG overdue the upcoming refit". Meh, slightly true. A few areas, like the seating in the Star Lounge, are showing signs of wear. We did see literrally hundreds of new matresses coming aboard, with containers full of old ones being driven away at the next port. The food was good in the MDR, Chops and Johnny Rockets ( the only places we actually ate meals). Snacks from Promenade cafe and Windjammer were fine. Twice we found service in the MDR a bit slow, but otherwise good. Cruise director Clo and her staff particularly were great. Her team of Marvin, Neil, Angelina and Collette were marvellous. Headliner acts were either very good (Mick Miller, that ventriloquist who enraged Simon Cowell on BGT, and Beatles Connection) or outstanding (East Coast Boys). All sports facilities and all pools and whirlpools were open and in use. Pools and whirlpools were closed for a few hours, in rotation, for thorough cleaning. Staff were everywhere, cleaning, tidying, varnishing painting. In summary, yes, this ship will certainly benefit from the upcoming amp BUT there is nothing onboard to give any sensible cruiser joining her in the next few months any cause for concern whatsoever. Enjoy your cruise on the Explorer - all 5 of us did!
  12. Does anyone know or been on Explorer in a Grand Suite and know if internet is included with the suite? I really appreciate it. Thanks!
  13. Wife surprised me this year for our 20th anniversary ……. another cruise to Bermuda on the Explorer. Although I like the EOS, and like Bermuda, not too sure how I was going to be three times out with the same ship and itinerary. I also wasn’t too happy with the room assignments, so I rebooked it from scratch. We had a JS the prior year, and found this type room perfect for us, only there were no triples left. I didn’t wish to try a D1 again, as I found these too small, so I started looking at owners suites when the TA comes though with a cancelled corner aft on deck 10 (1688). I was quite familiar with this room as I had oft read about it, so I booked it without going back and studying all things about it. Seems it’s one of those secret D1 rooms that are configured differently, with a deep and extended and weird balcony. Eventually, I did visit webshots, and it was even different than I remembered, plus I knew wife hated aft cabins, but I figured I'd just cross my fingers. From there, it was a visit to a little frequented roll call on CC, but that was OK. EMBARKATION: Being this year the ship was leaving on a Saturday, I wasn’t sure what we would hit, so we aimed to arrive at the pier at 10:30. Hit no traffic then entire trip, so we were there in something like 37 minutes. Place was pretty quiet, and it seemed the previous debarkation went fast. Took my obligatory pic of the ship from the parking spot, and made our way back to the terminal. Checkin was pretty empty as well, and we were quickly processed. We were handed a boarding pass with the number 4 on it. Looked like we were going to get on board early this year, and we lucked out. We were on the ship before noon. Headed straight for the Windjammer, and then out to the pool to claim our usual seas. Took the obligitory EOS sign hanging on deck 12. At 1:30 we made our way down to our room. Somewhere in between I dropped on DW our room location and type. I thought it would come to fist to cuffs (whatever that means), but it passed quickly, especially when we opened the door...... Stay tuned......
  14. Hi, I am on Allure in September and looking at excursions. Has anyone tried the sky explorer in St Martins. Also will there be time for much sightseeing in San Juan with such a short stop.
  15. We just booked Explorer yesterday during the WOW sale. We are cruising to Cozumel and Costa Maya in November. I was last on Explorer in 2012. Who has been on it recently and has tips/advice on the ship or ports? I do have one question in particular - the RC website lists Giovanni’s, but the “explore this itinerary” has Jamie’s - which is it? Thanks in advance!
  16. Has anyone stayed in Cabin 7366 on the Explorer? If so, was there any noise from crew if there is a door they use nearby? Any noise or vibrations from the engine? Any entertainment or public areas nearby? Thanks
  17. We're anticipating a Southern Caribbean cruise on the Explorer of the Seas this winter. What shape is the ship in? When was it last refurbished? Does it have a Flowrider? Fresh water pools? How was the dining/food? Thanks.
  18. Hard to tell from this diagram but can you walk from the elevators straight to stateroom 6437, or do you need to walk down the hallway and back up? We like to be close to the elevators, but it is not very clear. Thanks!!
  19. I know this is really far out but I’ve seen an ABC itinerary for Explorer leaving March 12, 2021 on a few different sites but it’s no where on Royal Caribbean’s site. Any ideas why? There are cruises before and after that date, it’s like that period is blocked out for EOTS. Possible charter pending? 🤔
  20. Apparently Explorer of the Seas was delayed leaving Stavanger, Norway last night. Various different comments on Social Media as to the reason, but some maintain that there were divers in the water inspecting the propellers. She won’t arrive in Southampton until 09.30- 10.00 tomorrow Sunday, so boarding is delayed by 2 hours. A letter has been posted, informing passengers that they can drop off their luggage, but boarding will not be allowed until 1300 and will be by deck..
  21. Will be sailing on the EOS next year. I was thinking of booking an aft corner balcony in order to not miss a chance to see Stromboli as we pass (twice - once on the way to Greece and then coming back. For those of you who have sailed in those cabins, is the view sufficient? Thank you!
  22. I have read that the Explorer will be going into dry dock sometime during 2020. Does anyone know what type of updates are planned?
  23. Does anyone have any knowledge of the bar prices on Explorer of the Seas, as I’m not sure I can justify £40+ per person per day? Thanks in advance.
  24. I booked cruise recently. At the time we had a choice of booking a standard balcony cabin for less money but upon comparing sizes on the royal caribbean uk website we decided to pay extra and go for a category 3b spacious ocean view balcony room.:- Two twin beds that convert to Royal King, sitting area with sofa, full bathroom and private balcony. Stateroom: 272 sq. ft. Balcony: 80 sq. ft. I have since discovered that the information on the website is in fact incorrect and the room we have booked is 179 sq.ft. and the balcony is 42 sq.ft. Am i being picky or would you feel this is false advertising? Had we had the correct information we probably wouldn't have spent the extra money and would have gone for a standard balcony cabin as i don't think the sizes are different enough to warrant the extra cost.
  25. It seems I've booked Explorer for her second cruise after her 2020 dry dock. My online searching has informed me that she is part of the Amplified program but not details of what this will mean for Explorer in particular. I figured I would start this thread to post updates of what will be done to this ship as they become available. I'm curious to know if they will be redoing the staterooms and what restaurants will be on board. I'll post any interesting links I find and hope others will do the same. Counting the days to June 2020!
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