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About rjwinneberger

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    Elkridge, MD
  • Interests
    Travel, The Beach, Cruising, Reading, Coffee, Rum and Wine
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Royal Caribbean
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Caribbean - Specifically Grand Cayman

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  1. Good Afternoon! We are a group of 10 that will be doing the northbound Radiance of the Seas cruise from Vancouver to Seward on 05/29/20. We are looking at booking a private tour for our group in Ketchikan. We have done ship sponsored excursions in the past, but prefer the personalization and service we get from private tours. That being said, I am struggling to find private tour companies in Ketchikan. Anyone here have any recommendations for ones they have used that have provided great experiences and great customer service? Thank you, -Rebecca
  2. Hey Everyone! We are headed to Alaska in July/August on the Ovation of the Seas. One of our stops is Skagway. I was looking at tour options while we are there and saw the Gold Panning, Sled Dogs & Exclusive Scenic Railway tour offered through the cruiseline. We prefer to book private tours (we tend to like the more personal approach), but we cannot seem to find a tour comparable to this to book on our own. Does anyone have any experience with this? We are a group of 8 - 12 9 (depending on how many want to do the tour), so we could easily make up our own group! Thanks a ton!
  3. Check your cruise planners people! We are cruising on the 04/25/19 IOS cruise to Cozumel and he 07/26/19 Ovation Cruise to Alaska. We just saved $ on our Cruise Planner purchases. Saw that Royal was hosting a sale. For Indy, we had already booked the Ultimate Dining Package (at $106pp) and the Behind the Scenes Tour (at $97pp). Went out to the website, and UDP was $95pp and BTS was $89pp. Cancelled and rebooked. That's $38 back in our pockets! Also checked the Behind the Scenes on the Ovation (which we hadn't previously booked), in July and it had dropped form $119pp to $109pp. So... we booked it. No additional discounts on the drink packages for either cruise beyond what we got on Black Friday, but it never hurts to check! Happy Savings (I hope) Y'all
  4. We were on the Oasis in back in 2014 with three other ships. We went to Secret Harbor Beach for the day and there were maybe 20 people total at the beach for the whole day. It was quiet, the beach is in a protected cove and the water was perfect. Secret Harbor has a restaurant/bar right there, beach chairs and nonmotorized water sports for rent if you want them. Even though it rained all day we had a blast! We are going back next week on the Harmony and planning to spend the day there again!
  5. My husband is curious what camera and lenses you are using for your pics. TIA!
  6. We signed up for the class at The Cellars on the first day. The actual class was offered a couple of times during the week. As for the Wine... some is covered by the Beverage Package and some is an upcharge. It just depends on what you drink.
  7. A quick secret regarding the Escape. We just got off the Escape yesterday and though the ship a whole has paper straws for use, there were "Standard" Starbucks plastic straws available for cold coffee drinks in the Atrium Cafe. I saw a couple of people order a cold drink and then just hang onto the straw.
  8. We just got off the Escape yesterday and had a fabulous time. We are seasoned cruisers, but this was our first NCL. WE found that the Waterfront was our favorite public place to chill. You could sit there, see the water, relax and get a drink if you wanted one. Plus there are so many areas around that desk that you were pretty much guaranteed to find a spot with as many or as few people as you wanted to have around! On the days when it was cold and/or rainy, we spent our time in The Cellars. It was quiet and there were never too many people. Even on a ship of 4000+, I think the most in The Cellars at any time was 10. Also Cecilia (the Cellar Master) and Si Thu (her Wine Steward) provided some of the best service on the ship. If you get the chance and like wine, take the Reidel Wine Glass tasting class. It is really interesting!
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