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  1. I thought that it looked beautifully ethereal and mystical! Or should I say mist-ical? 😜
  2. On the Ovation Aug 2-9 we entered Endicott Arm but couldn’t get close to Dawes glacier due to ice and forest fire smoke obscured even a distant view. Attached is the picture at the glacier. Amazing trip nonetheless and I would totally do it again but something to consider if seeing the glacier from the ship is going to make or break the trip for you.
  3. I don’t want to add to your dilemma but a couple of things to consider: Boardwalk balcony rooms have “Dine Drink Discover” package which includes 2 soda packages which might interest your family. It’s a bit noisier than the ocean view balcony but not that much IMHO and it’s fun to watch the aqua shows and movies from your own balcony. Have you tried costing out 2 interior rooms? If similar to an ocean view balcony for 4, it might be worth the loss of the balcony for more space, proper beds, extra bathroom, and privacy.
  4. One of the best things about cruising for me is being able to plan as much or as little as I want! So if all the choices on the cruise planner stresses you out, I would say forget about it and just go with the flow once you board the ship. I do agree with the posters above about travel insurance and packing lists. Otherwise, if there are some must-see or must-do items you have in mind, I would suggest planning for those and letting the rest be an adventure.
  5. There is a fee for room service for “American” hot breakfast and for other meals, which is currently a flat fee of $7.95 + 18% gratuity. A couple of sites I would recommend for info: https://www ***** com/2017/03/16/royal-caribbean-shares-new-fleet-wide-room-service-menu
  6. There is plenty on the complementary side of the breakfast room service menu including baked goods, cereal, fruit, yogurt, milk, juice, coffee, tea. You can always top up with a second hot breakfast/brunch at one of the restaurants later in the morning once you are ready to leave your room. Tipping ($1-$2) is not requested but seems greatly appreciated.
  7. The aqua show schedule on the Symphony only came out a month or two before the sailing and then got completely rearranged weeks later, so I wouldn’t worry about the missing show schedule. They are probably still finalizing the schedule. They also do aqua shows that don’t require reservations, usually in the second half of the sailing, so I’m sure there will be something offered as long as the aqua theatre is functional.
  8. Following! Just curious, what is in the Kung Fu Panda noodle bar space that was poolside? Thanks for sharing your experience!
  9. I don’t think that Royal will ever drop formal nights given the opportunity to sell photos! But it doesn’t mean you need to participate if you don’t want to.
  10. Ovation of the Seas is docked at all ports on the Alaska itinerary, so no tenders. Can’t speak for this ship/route combo but based on previous cruises, there is usually an initial crush of people eager to be first off the ship. If you are willing to wait 15 min or are with the ship’s shore excursion, priority disembarkation is probably not necessary.
  11. Stateroom 10212 is a “family” junior suite which has 1 1/2 bathrooms whereas stateroom 9632 has a much larger balcony but only 1 bathroom (I think). So if you are traveling with more than 2 people, cabin 10212 might be better.
  12. I’m biased. I have rooms booked near the forward elevators so easier to go down for a latte in the morning or grab a drink on the way to/from dinner!
  13. So interesting to see the differences compared to the Mariner! For the better IMHO - El Loco Fresh, Diamond lounge location. I wonder what the other Voyager class ships will look like!
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