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    planning cruises and exploring theme parks
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    Royal Caribbean, Disney
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  1. We were on the Radiance a few weeks ago. Much more casual than our Caribbean sailings, tho there were more than a few jackets and ties on formal nights. We did collared shirt, pantsuit both nights. Even in the diamond lounge (which tends to be more formal) we did not feel out of place. Alaska in general is very casual everywhere you go. It was actually much warmer than we'd expected. The best advice we got was to wear layers. Do that and you'll be fine. Some areas were cooler than others. It was an incredible experience, hope you have a land tour planned - that was the best part of the trip for us! Take lots of pictures, but remember to just relax and soak in the unbelievably beautiful, unspoiled wilderness that surrounds you and enjoy!!! A couple of suggestions - take the shuttle to Hoonah when you get to Icy Strait Point. It's a lovely native Alaskan village. Worth the visit. Go to the front of the ship for Hubbard - you'll get the best views of the glacier. If you're into craft beers, there are a lot of opportunities to try a wide variety of Alaskan beers, it was a highlight of our trip!
  2. When I did it a few years ago, for the dolphin swim we were in water deep enough you had to tread, they do provide flotation devices but you have to do some of the work. I am NOT a strong swimmer and I did just fine. It was an amazingly fabulous experience. I would never have chosen to do it b/c of my poor swimming ability, but I won the tour in a raffle and it was honestly one of the best experiences I've ever had. Enjoy!!
  3. Definitely go early - we love wondering around an almost empty ship for the first hour or two. It's a good time to explore and get your bearings, then have lunch before the crowds arrive. Usually we're onboard by noon but on our Radiance cruise 2 weeks ago, we were enjoying the ship at 11:00, our earliest boarding ever.
  4. We just got back from the Radiance and wanted to let y'all know that we had a fabulous time at the Chef's Table! We did haggle and got a great price, went on formal night but none of us was super dressed up, I wore a pantsuit, DH had shirt/tie; there were a couple of guys with jackets. It was held in a gorgeous private room off the Colony Club, and the food/service was absolutely amazing. Totally worth every penny. Thanks to all for your suggestions! It's definitely something we'll consider for future cruises.
  5. We reached 140 on a recent Oasis cruise - we didn't automatically get it, we had to ask the loyalty ambassador, but shortly after it appeared in our cabin.
  6. Still not us. Guess we've just had great cabin attendants πŸ™‚
  7. We don't usually do JS but almost always get the white tubes. Does it have anything to do with loyalty status or have we just had exceptional cabin attendants? πŸ˜‚
  8. Sadly, I think this is done deliberately on Royal's part....
  9. So sorry, but this is absolutely not true, at least on Oasis and Allure until they add the Abyss. This photo was taken on the Allure, we were in cabin 11329, our favorite. We've sailed in cabins as far back as --315 and still had a gorgeous view of the ocean. We could also watch the fun on the Boardwalk and the Aqua shows from our balcony. The noise and purported lack of privacy were inconsequential.
  10. The first time we saw it offered was our April 2018 Oasis cruise. Not something I was interested in - I agree, it's just another (for me) unnecessary upsell. The theatre shows can be thoroughly enjoyed without this package!
  11. Thanks, Bob - my husband's the negotiator in the family, and he does love a challenge πŸ˜„
  12. Thanks everyone, truly appreciate the input. We do enjoy a glass of wine once in awhileπŸ˜‰ , and it sure looks like y'all were having a great time! We have OBC to use so won't be making a decision till we get onboard, but since we don't have to worry about getting too dressed up, this looks like it could be a good option for us.
  13. We're doing our first Alaska cruise on the Radiance next month. We are thinking of trying the Chef's Table, which would also be a first for us. I know in general Alaska cruises are more casual, even on formal nights, but wondering if Chef's Table has a stricter dress code. DH would prefer not to pack his suit, so would a dressy collared shirt and tie be enough? Also, while I'm asking, has anyone done the Chef's Table and is it worth it?
  14. To OP: So sorry this happened to you! Hope that bad experience didn't affect the rest of your cruise. We've sailed numerous times on Oasis class and in aft cabins on other class ships and have never seen soot anywhere, though I'm aware of the potential and have read of others who've experienced it. It sounds like what ssb said - basically bad luck. We were supposed to be on the April 7 sailing of the Oasis, so at least you got to go on your cruise! πŸ˜‰
  15. Karaoke is very popular and the venue is small. Get there early if you want a seat. It's always a fun time!
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