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About kastke

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    St Charles, IL
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    Travelling, Reading, Playing Cards, Sports
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    Royal Caribbean
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  1. The last time I saw a Tax Day offer was either 2016 or 2017.
  2. Besides the 3 night dining package for $60, I have also gotten Chops lunch for 17.99. I don’t know yet how different the lunch menu is from dinner, but thought it was a good deal for a change up on a long cruise.
  3. Guilty. I have never paid much attention to the map when planning, or booking a cruise. I care about the ports of call and sea days, but not the map.
  4. Last month we took a 2 week trip to Alaska. When it was originally booked, the plan was to be my retirement trip, but for a number of reasons I decided to work one more year. So Alaska was a pre-retirement trip! My retirement is now set for April 2019. Two weeks later, we will take our first Transantlantic cruise, followed by additional time in Europe. We’ll be gone just shy of a month. No one is convincing me otherwise for retirement this time! Husband has been semi-retired for 4+ years. He works a very flexible schedule about 10 hrs a week. Something more to keep him busy. We have a number of land trips and cruises in planning stages for the next couple of years; he will give up his part-time gig when it starts to interfere with vacations and other plans!
  5. Hubbard Glacier was probably the only disappointment of the cruise. We went on the helipad for the viewing. There was so much ice in the water and we could see that some of the larger ice pieces went very deep. There was no way for the ship to safely get in any closer to the glacier and be able to get back out again! So, while I would very much liked to have seen some glacier calving, I understood why they had to stay so far back. One thing about Alaska, and I heard it many times, the landscape and glaciers are ever changing!! We saw bears in Denali and a clear view of Mt Denali, while many people don’t get to see that. In exchange, I didn’t get to see glacier calving.
  6. Since we arrived in Anchorage a day before our land tour started, we went to the Anchorage Museum on our own. We enjoyed it. A nice museum; not huge like museums I am used to, but a nice size that you can see it all in a couple of hours. I don’t know if anyone from our cruise was able to take the train from Anchorage to Seward, but I do know the tracks were indeed flooded and the train not running the Sunday/Monday prior. We got talking to a couple at the Marriott that had disembarked in Seward and were supposed to take the train up to Marriott. They got only a short distance on the train and then were moved to a bus for the rest of their transport. The flooding made the tracks unusable. Also, this couple had rain for 5 days of their cruise. I’d say we were very fortunate with the weather we had on our trip!
  7. I was on same cruise as OP. We enjoyed the food we had in the MDR and WJ. No complaints from us about quality, but food is subjective. Prime rib was served on night 1, and Lobster/prime rib night was on the second formal night, which was Day 5 of this cruise - same day as Icy Straight Point. They chose Day 5 for second formal night because we had an early all aboard time (2:30) so more people did get a bit more dressed up. We did go to Giovanni’s one night and Samba one night. Both were excellent!! For the person that asked about alcoholic hot drinks, the day we cruised Hubbard Glacier they were selling hot chocolate at the helipad viewing area, with an assortment of alcoholic choices to add to it. I don’t know about other times. Cuddly was a great addition as CD also.
  8. So glad to see this review. We will also be on Radiance SB next Friday. In Denali early next week and I hope we have as good weather as your pictures indicate you had!
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