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Old July 9th, 2008, 12:53 PM
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Supposed to leave for 1st cruise to Bermuda this Saturday (7/12).
What do you think the chances are that it will be cancelled?
I'm a first time cruiser - and don't have any idea what to expect.
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Old July 9th, 2008, 01:10 PM
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IT IS STILL TOO EARLY TO KNOW WHETHER BERTHA WILL HAVE AN IMPACT ON
BERMUDA. INTERESTS ON THAT ISLAND SHOULD CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE
PROGRESS OF THIS HURRICANE OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.


http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh...l/091440.shtml


http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/grap...?5day#contents
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Old July 9th, 2008, 01:11 PM
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Hello Gcoy2336,

There is a fair chance that your cruise might be diverted because of the high seas.

The forecast today on the Bermuda Weather website, (http://www.weather.bm) lists the seas outside the reef on Saturday 9-15 ft. and Sunday 9-15 ft. decreasing...

Your best bet is to check with a RCCL representative.

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Your cruise won't be cancelled.....However, RCI has the right at their choosing to alter the cruise. Several years ago when I was on a RCI cruise out of Bayonne, NJ...the next one out was the Bermuda. Because of weather and only to avoid any problems, RCI opted to go north to Canada instead.
Their were tons of inhappy campers, but I thik they would have been "un-happier" had there been rough seas. To answer y9ur original question..,No, it won't be cancelled
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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25600629

Bermuda issues tropical storm watch for Bertha
Forecasters urge people to monitor the Category 1 hurricane closely


MSNBC News Services
updated 8:09 a.m. PT, Fri., July. 11, 2008
MIAMI - A tropical storm watch was issued Friday for Bermuda as Hurricane Bertha moved slowly toward the island.

Forecasters urged people in Bermuda to monitor the Category 1 storm's progress closely. Bertha is producing large swells and high surf there.

At 11 a.m. ET, the center of the Atlantic season's first hurricane was about 310 miles south-southeast of Bermuda, traveling northwest at about 6 mph. Maximum sustained winds are around 85 mph with some gusting higher.
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Well I'm back from my trip to Hurricane Bertha!
Since Tropical Storm Bertha hit Bermuda pretty hard, we stayed at sea on the day we were supposed to port. So we only had one day (7 hours to be exact).

There was so much conflicting information - cancelled excursions/closed beaches - it was terrible - especially since this was our first cruise.

At one point we were closer than 50 miles to the hurricane.

Don't know if i'd ever cruise again.
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Well I'm back from my trip to Hurricane Bertha!
Since Tropical Storm Bertha hit Bermuda pretty hard, we stayed at sea on the day we were supposed to port. So we only had one day (7 hours to be exact).

There was so much conflicting information - cancelled excursions/closed beaches - it was terrible - especially since this was our first cruise.

At one point we were closer than 50 miles to the hurricane.

Don't know if i'd ever cruise again.
Sorry your cruise got screwed up. Maybe you should try another cruise not in Hurricane season. Whoever sold you this cruise should have advised you of this fact. It's just one of the things that can happed. I can assure you that the Captain kept you safe at all times and knew much more about the situation than the rumors that you heard around the ship..
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Old July 19th, 2008, 12:26 PM
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Hello Gcoy2336,

So sorry you did not have a good experience on your first cruise, but please do not give up cruising. Hurricane season is not the best time to go on cruises, but is it always the luck of the draw at any time.

I saw the Explorer of the Seas leave Bermuda that day and felt so sorry for all the cruise passengers, as I know you got gipped...

How was it coming down to Bermuda? Was it really rough? What about going back to NJ, was it the same?

Here in Bermuda the beaches were closed because of dangerous rip tides. Even the locals were advised NOT to go swimming. There was a sign posted advising people NOT to go in the water. Most of us complied.

We have cruised during the November and then March-May time period. So far, we have been lucky.

So, please reconsider and you will be missing out on so much memories and fun.

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Since it was my first cruise, I can only guess, but I thought seas were somewhat rough on Sunday. Because Bermuda was hit hard on Monday, we stayed at sea, and the Captain was able to find some calm seas and beautiful sunshine. As he explained, the tropical storm was like a vaccum pulling the rough water and clouds towards it. At that point we were less than 50 miles away from the storm. Monday evening he warned us that it was going to get bumpy. And it did! By Tuesday morning, Bermuda was in our sights - dark and stormy. The captain pulled in close to the island - then did a 360 degree turn. Because it was so windy (25-30 knts) the captain turned the ship to block the wind so that the pilot could board safely. The Pilot then boarded and took us back out to see The surf back to NJ was a breeze.
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Hi Gcoy2336,

The first priority of the Captain's on these ships is to keep the passenger's safe and out of harms way.

Those pilot's that board the ship sometimes have a rough time when the seas are not exactly calm. The pilot's are pretty hardy!

When Hurricane Bertha came close to us at the last minute she increased in intensity! Bertha basically side-swiped us and was about 35 miles East of us.

The authorities closed Longbird Bridge which links our end of the Island onto the Mainland. So, when people were coming home from work, the bridge was closed for 2 hours until the authorities felt it was safe. All flights were cancelled from various airlines and people were stranded until the next day.

I believe the highest gust was recorded at 65 miles an hour and you certainly do not want to travel across that bridge in a car or on a bike!

Believe it or not, we are scheduled to go on Explorer of the Seas in at the end of November!

Everytime we go on a new cruise, it feels like the first time!!!!

Hopefully, this experience will not deter you from trying another cruise!

What was the food like and the entertainment? Did you enjoy that?

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I enjoyed all the shows. First, the CD, Dave Chapman was so very funny to watch - certainly he is an entertainer. Ice show was good. They also had a show created by the choreographer of Dancing with the Stars. There was an amazing comedian/juggler! While I didn't get to see The Quest, or Love and Marriage, my sister tells me they were hesterically funny! I managed to win a few hundred at the casino also!

As for the food - the Windjammer food was OK for breakfast - certainly something for everyone. Usually when we are on vacation, we'll eat a decent breakfast, skip lunch, and have a nice dinner. So, by our 8:30 seating, we were very hungry. Food was very good in the Dining Room. I liked how they changed the menu each night. The last night was the best, as Lobster was on the menu and it was done perfectly! I was surprised there hadn't been more fish on the menu earlier in the week though.

So, you live in Bermuda? Where will you cruise to in November?

I don't think we will be deterred - my family has already told me that even with the hurricane etc. they had a good time - and really liked that the only things they needed to be concerned with was what time is the next show and what time is dinner!!!!!
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Hi Gcoy2336,

Thanks for the insight on your trip. Explorer sounds wonderful. I do love to laugh and love watching an ice show. I hope that the choreographer is still on the ship when it is our turn in November.

We usually dine at the Windgammer (for first the 1st seating) on most of our cruises. My husband does not like to dress up and feels perfectly at ease and comfortable in the Windgammer setting.

On our last cruise we walked at least 3 times around the ship every day and drank lots of water, took the stairs and danced a couple of hours a day/night. By the time we got home, I only gained 1lb while my husband did not gain at all!!

I was telling a friend of mine about how much fun we had when we cruise, so she decided to join us with her husband in November!!

As to your question about where we are going in November. We will be going on a 12-night Southern Caribbean Cruise and going to St. Maarten, Antigua, Dominica, Barbados, Tortola (substituted this Island for St. Kitt's, but do not know why), St. Thomas, Puerto Rico and then back to Cape Liberty, NJ.

Glad to hear that you will be taking another cruise.


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Gcoy2336, you boarded the Explorer the same day we stepped off her!

She's a beautiful ship with lots to offer, no one can possibly be board while aboard!

Your cruise was very close to going to Canada, if you guys only knew It was the talk of our cruise, lol.

Glad you did get to go to Bermuda even if it was just for a few hours. I'm sure it's beautiful.

Hope you cruise again in the future and if you cruise during hurricane season....pick somewhere like Alaska!!!
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SOrry your first trip to Bermuda was a bust. Please consider going back. I think it is the most beautiful place on Earth.

Our first cruise was quite eventful. We left out of NYC on 9/8/01. We had to out run hurricane Erin and ended up arriving late to Bermuda. That Tuesday I was in the most beautiful place I had ever seen...Horseshoe Bay....and back in NYC all heck was breaking loose. The blacked out tv coverage so the passengers would not be upset. We left early and couldn;t go back to NYC. Docked in Baltimore and took buses back to NY & NJ. Celebrity gave us a 25% discount to take another cruise with them.

Next month will be our 8th cruise and we are busy planning #9.
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Wow - that is one to remember!

I'm sure we'll cruise again. My kids have already told me, "Mom, I want to go again, and I want to stay for at least a week." According to my 16 year old, the only thing to be concerned about on a cruise is, "What time is dinner, and where's the next show!"

Go figure!

Thanks though!

Wow you have cruised alot! What is your favorite line?

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