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Since you offered . . .

Overall impression of embarkation disembarkation in Bayonne?
How were the seas in the North Atlantic?
Overall condition of the EOS - serious wear and tear issues, if any!

And finally, I hope you had a great cruise and will post a review!

Thanks in advance for offering and answering!
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What did you think of the ship?
I have been on freedom and like voyager class better.

I just got off today and I miss it already!! lol

What did you think of the staff--I thought that this ship had the best crew of any cruise. And Dave the CD..the best one I think he was so funny!
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embarkation was a long line standing out in the cold. It didn't move fast at all. Once you got inside, I had VIP checking and there was even a long line there. I have never seen VIP checking that long before. Once we got on board the elevators were horrible, wait was forever. Disembarkation I had White Tickets so we were first off and that went pretty good. Staff is great....cabin stewart wasn't all the personal...have had better. Ship in my opinion..shows some wear needs up dating in carpet and furniture...casino was horrible...only 2 black jack tables open and they put 9 people at a table...sardined in there. There were plenty of other tables that they could have opened. Animal towels didn't happen for the first 4 nights..then they started...and so did the mints. Room service was good. Dining room was good and our waiters were the best ever. Hope this helps.
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That is oone complaint I have for the Voyager abd even Freedom class ships - NOT ENOUGH ELEVATORS.

They only have two banks of eight elevators on all those ships.
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I agree........also the elevators were horrible through out the whole vacation. Lucky for me, I was on the 10th deck so it was stairs for me to go to the Windjammer and pool. One of the island the ship went to was Samana in D.R. I didn't get off and lots of people didn't get off...I heard the Island was horrible.
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I also agree, semana was not great. I know it was only the second time explorer ever went. We had a private tour but even with a tour guide it was still quite an experience. Roads were destroyed, buildings down, and not much for shopping. I did not eat anything there though I passed many restuarants, it just looked to dirty.

The carpets were being cleaned and/or replaced while onboard, they can only do so much at a time. They clean every where on the ship while in each port. As far as the casino goes, I don't use the tables so I dont see much of a problem.
Comparing the outside appearnce to other ships, I think explorer is much cleaner and has better paint than any other carnival ship.
The crew, I feel, was better than any other cruise I have had so far.
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We always take the stairs on our cruises! So elevators problems don't bother us! Taking the stairs make us feel less guilty when we go back for seconds (or thirds) at the Windjammer!

Can't wait to get back on the Explorer in August to Bermuda!!

ps: How was the parking there?
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Parking was NOT a problem at all. As far as the stairs go, it was way too much to do when you were on deck 10.
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Thank you Royal... appreciate the answers!
Aquadream, thank you for your input also!
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Hello Fellow Cruisers,

We were also on Explorer of the Seas in November and just loved it. The service was great as well as the waiters and waitresses.

As a previous cruisemate wrote, we were on Deck 10 and did not take the elevator too much. We opted for going up and down the stairs - much faster and you got some exercise as well.

All I can say is that RCCL needs to reorganize the getting on and off the ship much better. It was an absolute mess. The cold temperatures did not help either.

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Totally agree with you Elf.....they need to do something
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Have been on two Explorer sailings from Bayonne and reviewed both, the most recent posted on this site in June. We're going again this coming June. All have been nine nighters to the Eastern Caribbean (the last and this one coming up including Bermuda which I rate a huge plus).

The only real complaint I've had is the disembarkation. Other than that, we absolutely love the product.

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Have been on two Explorer sailings from Bayonne and reviewed both, the most recent posted on this site in June. We're going again this coming June. All have been nine nighters to the Eastern Caribbean (the last and this one coming up including Bermuda which I rate a huge plus).

The only real complaint I've had is the disembarkation. Other than that, we absolutely love the product.

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Todd,
I read your review and found it to be an Excellent review! I am hoping that others will post recent reviews based on recent sailings! It seems to be a common thread through a number of reviews here at cruisemates and other cruise message boards concerning the embarkation / disembarkation process.
I always read reviews with a" grain of salt" attitude, but can honestly say that I found your review fair, forthright and absent of the petty and picky issues.
Thanks again!
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Leaving on Explorer end of March with two teenagers. Two Questions, first how long before the weather warms up, hopefully when you wake up the second day, is the ship far enough south by then to be warm. Second is it better to fly into Newark or New York. One more what was your favorite port and why?
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I can give a definitive answer to one of your questions, the one regarding airports.

I'll just put it this way. Both New York Airports are on the opposite side of Manhattan and are, depending on the time of day, at the very least 45 minutes from the terminal in Bayonne (Kennedy is further out so you can add to that if you're flying in there).

Newark is about a fifteen minute drive.

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Thanks for the airport info. Can anyone recommend a hotel to stay at and a place to get the best new york style pizza.
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You can stay relatively close to the airport for probably around 90 to 100 bucks, maybe less. I know nothing about the quality.

My wife is from Staten Island, is a purebred Italian and while I'm a southern boy, spent 27 years in law enforcement for the State of New York. I can tell you all about good Italian food and the best pizza.

Even though my wife has family on the Island, we always stay at Nicotra's Hilton Garden Inn on South Avenue (just off the Bayonne Bridge) in Staten Island. While certainly not inexpensive at a little over $200 a night, the hotel and the couple who own it are a class act and the rate is still hundreds of dollars less than Manhattan hotels that couldn't even begin to hold a candle to it. They have an excellent restaurant (Lorenzo's) in the hotel that serves I believe (or at least it did last June) the absolute best cheeseburger I've ever had. It was humongous but didn't cost a mortgage payment.

If you go to Staten Island, you'll have to go to two places;, Brother's Pizza on Watchogue Road (I think it's Watchogue (just off Forest Av) but all taxi drivers know it) and to Gino's Restaurant in a shopping center on Forest Avenue. The "to die for pizza"at Brother's and Gino's "Chicken 'a la Gino" will make the effort to get to them well worth it. Gino's is a little narrow restaurant/pizzeria but don't let the store front looks fool you. The Italian Food there as is the Pizza at brothers, is as the New York Italians say, "The Best!" Tell both that the big Tennesseean that graced their establishments last June sent you. I'd say they'd probably remember me.

Wherever you stay or eat, I'm sure you'll have a blast. If you've never been to New York, you have to do yourself a huge favor and spend a few extra days there.

Good luck and have a grand cruise!

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Adicted, try googling hotels in Secaucus, Hasbrook heights, Rutherford, East Rutherford and Fort Lee New Jersey or anything in the Route 3 area. Close by and a lot cheaper than NYC. Bob
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Hi,

We were on the Explorer last October 2007 and had a great time!! It was our second time on the Explorer and are booked again this coming October
We LOVE the Explorer, we drive down from Ontario the day before and have always stayed at the Wyndham Garden Hotel( used to be the Ramada) in Newark, New Jersey. We found their hotel ok to stay at because it is only about 20 min. to the pier( the sooner we get there the better! ), and the hotel also has a restaurant. The price wasn't too bad either, only 120.00 for the night.

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Leaving on Explorer end of March with two teenagers. Two Questions, first how long before the weather warms up, hopefully when you wake up the second day, is the ship far enough south by then to be warm. Second is it better to fly into Newark or New York. One more what was your favorite port and why?
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End of March you can expect to hit tolerable (non winter like conditions) by midday of the second day of your journey. By then you should be in full cruise vacation mode and be able to enjoy all the outdoor areas. I have never sailed EOS, but she is a grand size and speed and will whisk you quickly into warmer climes! Remember, they have to start getting you to part with your $$$ by ordering those "umbrella drinks" on the pool decks as soon as possible

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Thanks for all the advice, can't wait to try the pizza I guess after eating at Brother's pizza we won't be able to stomach the pizza at Sorrento's. Will look into all the hotels suggested, guess the only decision left is how many days prior to the cruise we should leave. How well can you see the Statue of Liberty as the ship is leaving port? Have never seen it before and if there is an ok view from ship will see it then or else will have to take tour before we leave. Have left out of Florida many times and planned this cruise to give us another state to visit and to give the kids another great vacation they will never forget. Thanks again for all the help have been reading posts on this site for months and finally had to join to get some questions answered and get advice from cruisers with more experience than me, thanks all.
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How well can you see the Statue of Liberty as the ship is leaving port? Have never seen it before and if there is an ok view from ship will see it then or else will have to take tour before we leave.

This image is from the Cape Liberty Cruise Port website. At the end of March the sunset will be approximately 1815 hrs (6:15 PM EDT). Assuming a normal 1700 hrs (5:00 PM EDT) departure time you should enjoy a great view of the Grand Lady as your ship leaves the port.
My favorite time to view the Lady is when we return in the early dawn!
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Thanks for the pic namvet what a view, just paid the final payment for our cruise can't wait to do the doc dance. Only 69 days and counting this will be our longest cruise yet and it sounds like it will be quite an experience especially leaving from this port instead of the typical beach area ports like in Florida and L.A. Thanks for all the answers to my questions will have to post a rewiew and pics when we get back.
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I am also going on that cruise how old are your teenagers? I have a teen also and I am hoping that there will be some teens so he can meet. I am fearful that there will not be many teen since school is still in session for most.
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We are taking our 13 and 15 year old boys. How old is your teen? I am more worried about there being too many kids with it being the week before Easter. Hopefully all the spring break stuff will be over for the college kids. Just thinking though that the college kids might not be on this cruise since it is longer (and a bit more expensive) and not leaving out of Florida. Let me know about your son and maybe we can arrange to have them all meet onboard.
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he is 17 so maybe him and your 15 year old can meet up and hang out. His cousin will be there too who is 17 plus another cousin that is 12 years old so I am sure they can all meet and have a good time. We also have my 8 year old but I am sure he will stick by my hip I also hope there are not to many kids but just enough that the kids meet new people and have fun.
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That is oone complaint I have for the Voyager abd even Freedom class ships - NOT ENOUGH ELEVATORS.

They only have two banks of eight elevators on all those ships.
You ain't whistling Dixie!

What a poor setup when the masses are in motion!

And totally useless in playing a part in self debarkation. I and other were never so frustrated, we ended up walking down 10 flights of stairs with lugage.
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