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Old February 14th, 2009, 09:16 AM
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Default Explorer of the Seas Prop Problems

Has anyone heard of the problems with the EOS propellor?
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Old February 14th, 2009, 09:42 AM
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Yes. We just got off EX yesterday. On the cruise prior to ours, the ship struck an "object" while in the Caribbean, which caused vibrations at normal speeds (22-23 kts.). They had to limp back to Cape Liberty at a reduced speed.

They were to attempt repairs while doing the turn around, but because of low visibility underwater, the divers couldn't fix the problem. We were told they would attempt repairs again once we got to the Caribbean. Because of the lowered speeds, we had to skip our first port call, San Juan. We were told of this during the muster drill. As compensation, RCI gave each passenger $75 in shipboard credit.

The repair was attempted again when we got to St. Thomas. Didn't work. They made some temporary fix to eliminate the vibrations, but permanent repairs won't be made (so we were told) until the ship goes into drydock IN JANUARY 2010! They can still cruise at a reduced speed (around 18 kts.), so it's unknown whether or not any ports on the current (or future) cruises will have to be scrapped.

We were also told that the Captain was relieved of command and sent back to Maimi for meetings. In fact, we had a total of three Captains on this 12-night cruise. One senior crew member told us the original Captain would probably be retired.

In spite of the slower speed, the cruise was great. Just wish something could be done to improve the Cape Liberty cruise port. Going into the port from the hotel made me think we were entering a landfill.

By the way, we were told the current cruise has approximately 1,00 kids on board.
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Now you got me nervous here,scheduled for this cruise in Sept, 09 out of NJ to Bermuda.Should I cancel this ?
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Now you got me nervous here,scheduled for this cruise in Sept, 09 out of NJ to Bermuda.Should I cancel this ?
Royal Caribbean assured us that there was no reason to be concerned. Apparently the repairs that they made brought the props into balance. The company probably feels that this is a "non-issue", hence the decision to wait until January to do a permanent fix.

I certainly wouldn't presume to advise you whether or not to cancel a cruise - I'm not an RCI spokesman. If you're concerned, you might want to check with RCI or your TA regarding the itinerary, and whether any port calls may be modified.

Suffice to say that after the repairs were made, we didn't feel anything unusual in the way the ship performed. We did have some rough seas the last day out, but that had nothing to do with the propulsion system.
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Who was the captain?

When we sailed her in July of last year the captain was a white headed fellow from Norway (I think).
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Who was the captain?

When we sailed her in July of last year the captain was a white headed fellow from Norway (I think).
If I recall properly, it was Captain Thor (I think that's his first name).
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Yup, that's his name. Really nice guy.
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When I couldn't find any excursions for Puerto Rico(first port), I started to wonder why. After I read your post it, I contacted RC. This is what I was told.

It is true that the Explorer of the Seas experienced an issue with the starboard azipod. This issue has been corrected and no other sailings were affected by this issue.

I didn't realize that PR had been eliminated . Our travel agency group booking material showed Puerto Rico as a port. The cruise line eliminated it some time after the travel agency printed the April 26th cruise date . It is important to check your booked cruise every once in a while.
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When I couldn't find any excursions for Puerto Rico(first port), I started to wonder why. After I read your post it, I contacted RC. This is what I was told.

It is true that the Explorer of the Seas experienced an issue with the starboard azipod. This issue has been corrected and no other sailings were affected by this issue.

I didn't realize that PR had been eliminated . Our travel agency group booking material showed Puerto Rico as a port. The cruise line eliminated it some time after the travel agency printed the April 26th cruise date . It is important to check your booked cruise every once in a while.
We'll be taking the 4/26 cruise on the Explorer. The itinerary was just updated. RCCL eliminated the last stop at Tortola and re-instated the stop at San Jaun (our first port). As far as we can determine this will be the final itinerary.

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Thanks for the update. I hope we keep Puerto Rico. We really enjoyed PR in the past. Instead of staying in Tortola in 2007, we went to the Virgin Gorda. A friend was telling us they didn't do much in Tortola. I hope this is the final change. We will be on the same cruise.
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We are headed out on April 17th.....nothing has changed on us that I know of yet.
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My husband and I are also on the April 17th cruise and I am still trying to figure out what to do in Puerto Rico at 4PM. We have done Old San Juan on our last two visits. The segway tour was sold out by a large group. I am hoping to find some suggestions from the excursion desk onboard.
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My husband and I are also on the April 17th cruise and I am still trying to figure out what to do in Puerto Rico at 4PM. We have done Old San Juan on our last two visits. The segway tour was sold out by a large group. I am hoping to find some suggestions from the excursion desk onboard.
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We are now getting in 1 hour later iinto PR...

But the prop is not the problem, it's the migrating whales...

http://rightwhalessouth.nmfs.noaa.gov/
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We just got off the Explorer yesterday. There was a note in the rooms that the ship is operating at reduced speeds and so our time in the ports was reduced by an hour at each island. Puerto Rico was totally changed and we got there at night after spending the day at St. Thomas and left at 11:30 the next morning so didn't get to do much except walk around close to where the ship docks. Had a wonderful time though. Expect kind of rough seas the first day out and last day back.
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I've heard that the ride from NYC to the south can be rough, it's where the continetal shelf is.

We are prepared with the patches (BUT NOT FOR KIDS) and I think Meclizine.
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Pafuncouple,

Our previous two trips were in June (16th and 19th) and our impending departure is scheduled for June 11th.

The first Itinerary in '06 had the first stop as St. Thomas and the entire trip down was smooth as silk.

Last year RCL added Bermuda and dropped their private beach in Haiti (a change we found marvelous as we'd never been to Bermuda and we can enjoy a beach right here in the states). The voyage to Bermuda was not quite as smooth but was certainly anything but rocky. Upon leaving Bermuda and heading South, the voyage was as smooth as in '06.

But bear in mind, you're going out into the Atlantic in April and it may well be choppy (though nothing like the North Atlantic in mid-winter). I'd say, however, that the further South you travel it will get much smoother (probably by when you wake up the next morning if you're not going to Bermuda).

In any event, I'm sure you'll love the cruise!

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The seas can be rough the first and last days they do calm down once you get about even with the top of Florida. At least with the ship moving at slower speeds the seas shouldn't feel as rough.
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