Explorer of the Seas - 9 days - Bermuda/Caribbean - NJ
Decided to skip the hassle/cost of airline tickets to Florida from NY and decided to a book a cruise departing from NJ. Wondering if there are any cruisers out there that have experienced the 9 day Bermuda/Caribbean cruise out of NJ. We booked for June, what was it like to leave from NJ? Any advise? Thanks for reading this post.
I think you made an excellent choice!!! Although traffic in/out of the pier can sometimes be a nightmare, I really enjoy the convenience of only driving two hours to get to NJ and my Royal Caribbean cruise - we live in NE Pennsylvania.
I've sailed on Explorer several times and have actually booked the same 9-night Bermuda/Caribbean cruise, but we're leaving May 14th. Our group is so big that we have the Unlimited Drinks Package, including top-shelf brands!!!
I absolutely LOVE Bermuda!!!!! St. Thomas and St. Marrten are really nice, too. I've been to San Juan so many times that I usually stay on the ship that day and take advantage of the cheaper spa prices.
Thank you for your reply. Did you drive to the port yourself or did you use a car/bus service? Also, you mentioned that you have large group. We have a group of 12 (possibly more). How many people do you need to get the open bar you will receive? When we mentioned a group discount to our travel agent she said since we were booking a year out, a discount would not apply. I never thought about inquiring about a perk other than a discount off the room.
We drove to the pier twice, for both 5-night cruises. If I remember correctly, it cost us $15 per day, which is why we used a private service for our longer cruises.
The last time I checked you needed at least 45 people in your group to get the drink package.
Whenever I ran group trips my TA would get us a discount - actual we received one free cruise for each 8 cabins (double occupancy) booked. One time we had 18 cabins filled so we received two free cruises, the cost of which we divided among all cruises.
I hope this is helpful...
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Thanks for the reply. Sharon, sounds like you have been successful in forming large groups. Our group is comprised of family. I guess we need to get the word out to others to really increase our booking number and benefit from the perks you mentioned.
Todd, thanks for the info about your cruise out of NJ. I'll definitely check it out.
The ship is usually scheduled to dock at 6:00am but on this, our last cruise in June, it didn't dock until 7:30 or 8:00 (undoubtedly due to thick fog). Embarkation didn't commence until I think it was after nine.
They had so many walk offs that they didn't even get to the end of them until after 10:00am and even though we had one of the earlier colors called, we didn't disembark until around 11:00. For heavens sake, if you're flying out I hope at least you're going out of Newark, else it could turn into one of those "cardiac moments."
But believe me, in virtually all major aspects, it's an absolutely marvelous cruise! You will not be disappointed.