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  1. Getting a head start on the trip report. Our cruise planning report can be found at... DW and I are retired and have only cruised a few times in the Caribbean and this is DWs 1st time in Alaska. We're doing a DIY 8 day pre-cruise prior to ship boarding in Seward.
  2. Below is a list of the ships in the fleet. Cruise Directors play an important role in the entertainment onboard, and their assistant is the Activity Manager. If you know the name of the Activity Manager onboard one of the ships, please reply. Adventure OTS – Allure OTS - Anthem OTS – Brilliance OTS – Enchantment OTS – Explorer OTS – Freedom OTS - Grandeur OTS – Independence OTS - Jewel OTS - Legend OTS - Liberty OTS - Majesty OTS - Mariner OTS - Navigator OTS - Oasis OTS - Quantum OTS - Radiance OTS - Rhapsody OTS - Serenade OTS – Splendour OTS – Vision OTS - Voyager OTS -
  3. We were sailing out of Seward the day after you on the Azamara Quest. We were out on a tour with Major Marine Tours as the Radiance was docked. So here are a couple of photos of your ship.....
  4. Starting this off again on our new Board. Walt , could you please lock the thread on the old board. Many thanks. David. Who is cruising ? A list for Australian and NZers who are cruising, both locally and overseas on any Cruise Line. and for overseas guests cruising down here to visit and cruise with us.. *This colour denotes International Guests and Destinations. This list is not intended to replace Roll Calls or Signatures, it is merely a summary of who has a cruise coming up. Your name will only be added , should you wish it to be, by you posting personally . You can join the list by using the Post Reply button and giving us the Departure Date ,the Ship and the Destination. Who is cruising in March 2011? 29 Mar davenmarcia Pacific Jewel Crystal Reflections 30 Mar flatron Pacific Pearl NZ 30 Mar Skyrules 30 Mar Kruzein 30 Mar silky*** Who is cruising in April 2011? 01 April terrydavidphoto MSC Magnifica Mediteterranean 04 April suey Rhapsody of the Seas South Pacific 08 April purpledragon Dawn Princess Hawaii 35day 08 April Babsjo 08 April Stevie39 09 April thied Pacific Dawn South Pacific , Fiji 09 April ambo25 09 April Palocruiser 14 April Debsta Sun Princess Brisbane to Sydney (2 Nts end of Cherry Blossom ) 14 April macca46 14 April luvToCruise13 14 April Gold Coast Cruisers 14 April Billy and Charlie's Mum 16 April bussletoncruisersSun PrincessNorthern Explorer Sydney to Perth 17 April tassie cruiser Pacific Pearl South Pacific 17 April barnsey1802 17 April Debsta1802 20 April lorry like a truck Pacific Jewel 21 April Sven51 Pacific Dawn Easter Cruise 24 April dougo in oz Pacific Pearl 3 B2B cruises 29 April luvToCruise13 Pacific Jewel Going Nowhere 30 April Rasa Sayang Pacific Dawn Brisbane return Noumea/Lifou/Vila Who is cruising in May 2011? 02 May didanz Pacific Pearl Bounty Discovery ex Auckland 02 May bizzygurl 02 May dougo in oz (3 B2B cruises ) 03 May killigrew Sun Princess India and South Africa 03 May windsor26 06 May Billy and Charlies Mum Diamond Princess Asia/Alaska/Canada 07 May evansy78 Pacific Dawn South Pacific 08 May Agelmar Pacific Sun Week Fantasique ex Brisbane Return. 10 May ausielil Sea Princess San Francisco/Alaska 12 May dougo in oz Pacific PearlFood and Wine Cruise ex Auckland (3 B2B cruises) 13 May johndon Dawn Princess South Pacific 13 May mezza 13 May Zanny 14 May macca46 Pacific Dawn Pacific Islands 15 May stki Sapphire Princess Alaska 15 May Kruzein 15 May Youngjude Pacific Pearl Auckland Norfolk Queensland 21 May shaddow101 Pacific Jewel South Pacific 21 May robinph 30 May kiwipete Pacific Pearl Pacific Discovery Who is cruising in June 2011? 03 June musicorn Norwegian Pearl Alaska 18 June Motynl Sun Princess Treasures of Asia, from Fremantle 18 June Annabelle100l Pacific Dawn Noumea,Lifou,Vila. 27 June luvToCruise13 Pacific Pearl Auckland to Sydney 29 June stevedonna Sun Princess SE Asia Who is cruising in July 2011? 01 July Kiwi cruiser Pacific Pearl South Pacific 28 night 25 July Lizard© Pacific Jewel Crystal Reflections 25 July NS. Who is cruising in August 2011? 04 Aug Palocruiser Crown PrincessBritish Isles 06 Aug terrydavidphoto Pacific Dawn Queensland Coast 06 Aug bundygirl 19 Aug am1984 Pacific Pearl Tropical Dreams 10 night 21 Aug AuzzieCruiser Carnival Valor Western Caribbean 28 Aug mezza MSC OrchestraB2B Baltic/ Norwegian Fiords then Western Med. 30 Aug oysterfiend Pacific Sun Indonesia 31 Aug Palocruiser Emerald PrincessB2BScandanavia/Russia..Copenhagen to Ft Lauderdale 29 nights Who is cruising in September 2011? 07 Sep paul929207Dawn Princess Circumnavigation of Australia 07 Sep TAN066 07 Sep kiwipete 13 Sep nenasmum Carnival Spirit Alaska Glacier Bay 14 Sep Jodez Pacific Sun Flowers of Asia 14 Sep killigrew 14 Sep cookie at home 17 Sep stki Pride of America Hawaii 24 Sep nenasmum Oasis of the Sea Caribbean 24 Sep bussletoncruisers Norwegian Star Coastal Pacific.Vancover to LA. B2B with Panama Cruise 1 Oct 23 Sep Grove family Pacific Dawn South Pacific 27 Sep Mothballs Radiance of the Seas Hawaii to Sydney Who is cruising in October 2011? 01 Oct nenasmum Disney Magic Caribbean 01 Oct Billy and Charlies MumPacific Dawn Brisbane to Christchurch NZ 01 Oct bussletoncruisers Norwegian Star Panama Canal . LA to Tampa. 02 Oct cotton93 Freedom of the Seas Western Caribbean 05 Oct Johhno Dawn Princess South Pacific 05 Oct paul929207 05 Oct Dizziedi Rhapsody of the Seas NZ B2B World Rugby Cup Cruise 09 Oct nenasmum Disney Dream Bahamas 13 Oct Seadreams27 Pacific Jewel 20 Oct luvToCruise13 Pacific Pearl South Pacific 20 Oct leggyliz 30 Oct Sailaway John Sea Princess NZ Who is cruising in November 2011? 15 Nov pippin10 Dawn Princess NZ 18 Nov stki Radiance of the Seas 2 day Cruise to Nowhere 18 Nov Molly Doble 18 Nov mezza 18 Nov rugbypopsie 18 Nov yamcrzrand friends Radiance of the Seas 18 Nov Raison 19 Nov lear Pacific Dawn NZ 19 Nov horrie33 20 Nov Billy and Charlies Mum Radiance of the Seas NZ 25 Nov callmewhatever Sea Princess NZ 27 Nov lorry like a truck Rhapsody of the Seas 27 Nov Debsta Diamond PrincessSingapore to Sydney 27 Nov silverwillow 27 Nov resordanis 30 Nov CarmicCelebrity CenturySydney to Auckland Who is cruising in December 2011? 03 Dec Topaz-M Oasis of The Seas Eastern Caribbean 11 Dec Topaz-M Celebrity Solstice Western Caribbean 17 Dec Sven51 Pacific Dawn Christmas Cruise 18 Dec musicorn Radiance of the SeasNZ Christmas / NYE 18 Dec traveller4fun Pacific JewelNZ Christmas Cruise with 20 family & friends 27 Dec simmo67 Rhapsody of the Seas South Pacific , NYE 28 Dec Flipper133 Sun PrincessNZ ex Brisbane return , NYE 29 Dec barnsey1802 Diamond Princess Auckland to Sydney , NYE. 29 Dec tassie cruiser Who is cruising in January 2012? 15 Jan yamcrzr Radiance of the Seas NZ 22 Jan Jamar 72 Rhapsody of the Seas South Pacific and Fiji 23 Jan luvToCruise13 Diamond Princess Auckland to Sydney Who is cruising in February 2012? 12 Feb bundygirl Radiance of the Seas Tasmania 12 Feb coastidee 12 Feb wildweston 16 Feb Itachi Pacific Pearl Fiji Adventure 19 Feb The Fox Radiance of the Seas Sydney to Fremantle. 19 Feb robinph Radiance of the Seas Sydney to Perth/B2B Perth to Sydney 34 days 21 May shaddow101 Pacific Jewel South Pacific Who is cruising in March 2012? 06 March coastidee Radiance of the Seas Fremantle to Sydney 06 March robinph 2nd half of B2B Who is cruising inApril 2012? 05 April Dizziedi Radiance of the Seas Honolulu 05 April terrydavidphoto Radiance of the Seas Sydney, NZ, French Polynesia, Tahiti & Hawaii 15 April Billy and Charlies Mum Ruby Princess Eastern Caribbean 28 April Billy and Charlies Mum Star Princess San Francisco to Hawaii Who is cruising in May 2012? 01 May thied Pacific Dawn South Pacific 01 May ambo25 16 May killigrew Sun Princess World Cruise 16 May stevedonna updated to post no 308 on old thread and post No 1 over here.:)
  5. Day 9: Friday May 24 - Boarding Day Radiance of the Seas - Walkabout We decided after getting settled in to have a walk around the ship. It is larger than the Liberty of the Seas but still small enough to get around easily. Our walkabout lasted several hours until dinner time. Exterior was similar in many respects to the Liberty of the Seas which we had sailed on a few times in the Caribbean. The interior except for room configuration is very different. The Centrum and gift shops are laid out very differently. The biggest issue I had with the Centrum is that all the smoke from the Casino can easily slip into the level 4 where the dance floor and band are. Our 1st dinner was not that special in that the tea was very weak and the rolls were cold and hard. I expected more. Another twist was that on entering our room after dinner, there were tickets for the excursion we had planned in Juneau for a 3:30 "5 Glacier" Flight Seeing tour over the Juneau Ice Field. I was really looking forward to it but DW was really having 2nd thoughts due to all the recent news about Alaska private plane crashes over the last two weeks. The tickets were for a 10:15 flight! How could they do this. I marched down to the Central Command Center on deck 5 and after much confrontation cancelled them. We had a 10am whale watch scheduled with Harv & Marv's, so no way could we keep a 10:15 flight. Terrifying to me but DW was happy. As it was, we had done the Denali glacier fly around w/glacier landing and had a flight scheduled with Island Wings w/lake landing in Ketchikan. DW used to be a white-knuckled flyer but since being cured of stage 4 Melanoma, she is a cool cookie in the air. Hey, maybe I could get her on the zip-line!!
  6. Hello Everyone! We’re off on another adventure! Thank you to those have followed along with us the last few reviews! This time, we’re trying out Harmony of the Seas, our first time on an Oasis Class ship! We’ve previously sailed on Vision/Radiance/Voyager/Freedom Class ships, plus Majesty, and are excited to try out the big one. A little bit about us: We’re both career educators, me a middle school band director, a saint, I know, and him a high school administrator, both in Hillsborough County. We love our jobs, but every chance we have to get away we take. While I have the summer off, he works 12 months, so this is our only opportunity to sneak off this summer. We’ve only been cruising regularly for a little over 2.5 years, but fell in love with it almost immediately. This is our first cruise with just the 2 of us since June 2017, and that may just be the most exciting part. Don’t get me wrong, we love our cruising friends, but it’s nice to get away just us too. Living in Florida has its perks...there are 4 ports between 20 minutes and 4.5 hours away. Cruising is very easy. Being an educator in Florida who likes to cruise, however, has its downfalls. Very rarely do I get to cruise without someone from my school on the ship. This cruise is no exception. The PTSA President and her family will be on board, and staying on the same deck. Joy! The cruise: We are doing a 7 night Eastern Caribbean cruise. The itinerary is below. We will be staying in a Boardwalk View Balcony. I’m excited to try one out. As I said before, this is our first time on an Oasis Class ship, so the neighborhood concept is new to us. We’ll see if we like it. We have the second to last room aft, so maybe a sliver of ocean and the aqua theater viewable, depending on how much Perfect Abyss blocks. Itinerary: Day 1 - Sailaway Day 2 - Perfect Day at CocoCay Day 3 - At Sea Day 4 - St. Thomas Day 5 - St. Maarten Day 6 - At Sea Day 7 - At Sea Day 8 - Back to Reality I chose this sailing for 2 reason. First, the ship. We wanted to try it, and I wanted the food choices. Second, the itinerary. We’re visiting CocoCay for the first time since renovations, and St. Thomas and St. Maarten are two of our favorites. We’ll go anytime we can. Maho Beach especially. It was #1 on my checker list from the time I was 15 until I got to check it off. For this sailing, I booked us the Ultimate Dining Package. Over the course of the year since, RC eliminates the Ultimate and rolled out the Unlimited. I’m beyond excited to eat my way through this cruise, not that I don’t every cruise, but with so many dining options to try, the foodie in me is ready for new things. With UDP comes a lot of reservations to keep track of. Throw in the show reservations, plus excursions and it easily becomes overwhelming...at least for me it did. I teach middle school. Everything is planned out because it has to be. Chaos and 12 year olds holding thousands of dollars worth of equipment don’t mix well. So, while for some it’s overkill, for me, having an itinerary works well. It keeps us on track, and gives me a visual. Will we follow it 100%? Absolutely not. But at least I have an idea of what a day holds. We all work differently. Of course, I’m extra, so it’s color coded. Sidebar...I posted it to another website, and it’s amazing how many people there with so much free time that they stop by to let you know you’re planning your vacation wrong. Well...that’s a start. Plenty more to come. If you want more content, feel free to follow us on FB and Instagram. Our page/profile on both is queensonthehighseas Thanks for following along!
  7. Day 9: Friday May 24 - Boarding Day Radiance of the Seas Planning for boarding day might have been better but things did go well. Had a nice early breakfast at Seward Windsong Lodge, got on the road early but no stops. Spotted a Moose on the loose along Seward Highway. Counted about 50 mature Bald Eagles in the mud flats of Turnagain Arm feeding on small fish trapped by the receding tide. And dropped DW with luggage at departure gate of Ted Stephens Airport. Had plenty of time to gas up rent car (found cheap nearby) and drop car. Things went amazingly smoothly. Rental facility right across street from departure & arrival zone. DW and I waited ~45 min for the 11am A.C.T. Big Bus. All went smooth and it was an easy ride to the Seward Cruise Terminal. There is a multitude of ways to plan the sail-away day and everyone is advised to look at all the options. Ours was nowhere near perfect but it went without a hitch. When there, the bus allowed the luggage to be unloaded and loaded into the cruise ship transfer. It went simple and quick. I stood and watched others come in on the Alaska Railroad. Check-in was simple and fast since we had a suite. We immediately had a bite at the Windjammer after getting onboard and were in our room by 2:15. That’s the Grand Suite tour. It comes with a lot of perks that we only really discovered on the last two days cruising. Mostly we were just interested in having a king bed and a big balcony. Next cruise I will opt for a smaller balcony. Here is a point I want some folks to know – starboard or port. We were in 1556 – level 10 starboard side. If the trip is southbound, I would recommend port side. Just a better view even in ports docked. So just for grins and giggles, I checked late August next year and only found one balcony available on the port side southbound cruise. There was also a $600 ding over the starboard side which had several remaining rooms left. There were some in early August on the port side and also aft balconies at a big premium. Interesting:=\
  8. As I currently understand ship assignments for this summer... Adventure OTS - Capt Shawn McDuff (started rotation 5-11-19) Adventure OTS - Capt Krzyszthof Szymkarczuk Allure OTS - Capt Ron Holmes (started rotation 6-9-19) Allure OTS - Capt Tore Grimstad Anthem OTS - Capt Henrik Loft Sørensen (started rotation 6-10-19) Anthem OTS - Capt Felix Srecko Ban Brilliance OTS - Capt Ole-Johan Gronhaug (started rotation 6-19-19) Brilliance OTS - Capt Ante Cavala Empress OTS - Capt Diego Lombardic (started rotation 6-3-19) Empress OTS - Capt Carl Graucob Enchantment OTS - Capt Nils-Petter Hoeydal (started rotation 5-24-19) Enchantment OTS - Capt Toni Tomljanovic Explorer OTS - Capt Malvin Bardsnes (started rotation 6-22-19) Explorer OTS - Capt Kjetil Gjerstad Freedom OTS - Capt Frank Martinsen (started rotation 6-2-19) Freedom OTS - Capt Thomas Busto Grandeur OTS - Capt Patrik Jukes (started rotation 4-20-19) Grandeur OTS - Capt Thordur Thorsson Harmony OTS - Capt Gus Andersson (started rotation 6-2-19) Harmony OTS - Capt Johnny Faevelen Independence OTS - Capt Iv Vidos (started rotation 6-6-19) Independence OTS - Capt Teo Strazicic Jewel OTS - Capt Dustin Castelsky (started rotation 6-7-19) Jewel OTS - Capt Trym Selvag Liberty OTS - Capt Anders Ingebrigtsen (started rotation 5-26-19) Liberty OTS - Capt James MacDonald Majesty OTS - Capt Daniel Budzelewskiis (started rotation 4-27-19) Majesty OTS - Capt Per Kristoffersen Mariner OTS - Capt Toni Calne (started rotation 6-3-19) Mariner OTS - Capt Tobias Oster Navigator OTS - Capt Mattias Persson (started rotation 5-31-19) Navigator OTS - Capt Angel Oviol Oasis OTS - Capt Claus Andersen (started rotation 5-26-19) Oasis OTS - Capt Göran Peterson Ovation OTS - Capt Henrik W Loy (started rotation 5-3-19) Ovation OTS - Capt Sverre Ryan Quantum OTS - Capt Sindre Borsheim (started rotation 4-19-19) Quantum OTS - Capt Erik Standahl Radiance OTS - Capt Marek Slaby (started rotation 5-31-19) Radiance OTS - Capt Espen Been Rhapsody OTS - Capt Kjell Nordmo (started rotation 6-1-19) Rhapsody OTS - Capt Trond Holm Serenade OTS - Capt Aris Medina (started rotation 6-2-19) Serenade OTS - Capt Stig Nilsen Spectrum OTS - Capt Charles Teige (started rotation 4-18-19) Spectrum OTS - Capt Flemming Nielsen Symphony OTS - Capt Rick Sullivan (started rotation 5-11-19) Symphony OTS - Capt Rob Hempstead Vision OTS - Capt Juan Luis Caranti (started rotation 6-15-19) Vision OTS - Capt Michael Lindberg Voyager OTS - Capt Huimin Wu (started rotation 5-19-19) Voyager OTS - Capt Pehr Pehrsson
  9. no not Mariner, that was only 3/4 night cruises. I can't remember if it was on my February Liberty cruise or if I saw it on our Vision Panama Canal cruise last November. And if it was one of my cruises before that, then I'm guilty of my own pet peeve of not posting a current experience. But I will inquire when on Radiance this August.
  10. Favorite spot on a Radiance Class is the back of the WJ for lunch. Been on the Radiance 4 times, Brilliance & Serenade once. Largest ship I have sailed on was the Liberty twice and soon to be Freedom next March. Radiance Class offers you great views from inside of the ocean while the Freedom Class doesn't, but love both classes.
  11. Updated 6/25/19 --- My hope is to put update this thread every few days or at least once week. To do that, I need cruisers (or others that somehow have 'insider information') to let me know who they come across on sailings. HAPPY CRUISING! What Activity Manager have you come across? Post the name, ship and sailing date to help keep this thread as accurate as possible. ****Adventure OTS – Kelly Leuch, her first assignment as AM. She was GREAT said a cruiser on board with her….how terrific! ****Allure OTS – Flavio Maeda will be onboard until July 14 when Assata Young-Mayers takes over. ****Anthem OTS – Tresha Robb has posted that she is onboard. I am trying to find out more on this. ****Brilliance OTS – TT has been reported as onboard on the completed sailing 4/20/19 and still onboard for the May 4 – 19 transatlantic sailing. No information on when he started to guess how long he might be onboard. ****Empress OTS –Eric Lopez has been spotted doing the morning show with Elvis the CD. ****Enchantment OTS – Saini has been onboard, but could be completing a contract and departing the ship. Who is currently onboard? Gemma Frances will report to EN after the completion of her vacation at the end of July. ****Explorer OTS – Aysy Sadrislamova is onboard from information by a cruiser who sailed on Explorer in early March 2019. Based on what people have uncovered Daniel Edwards will be taking over in June. ****Freedom OTS – Jerry Kubli is currently onboard. No timeline for contract period. ****Grandeur OTS – Mike (unknown last name) took over from Katrina Blair on 6/13. She is returning to Grandeur on 8/13 after her vacation. *****Harmony – Mosese Vatuloka is onboard since May 19. Then on July 21, Chris Turdo takes over from Mosese. ****Independence OTS – Katie Turner should have taken over from Allison Hasler when she went on vacation recently in June. Alison Hasler will return in August after vacation. *****Jewel OTS – Luana from Brazil should have returned to Jewel in mid May. Looking for confirmation. *****Liberty OTS – Kim is now on Liberty, unsure of start date… ****Majesty OTS – Tornado Tanya has taken over from Mauricio Diaz who departed the ship on 6/15 for vacation. I have asked Mauricio if he is going to return to MJ when he returns from vacation. *****Mariner OTS – Alex Paul signed on to the ship on 3/25/19 for a 4 month contract. *****Navigator OTS – Looking to find out who is onboard now? *****Oasis OTS – Nick is onboard and probably took over mid March. ***** Ovation – Angelle took over from Christopher Turdo on 5/13 when Chris left for vacation. *****Quantum – Who is currently onboard. *****Radiance OTS – Emma from the UK (unknown last name) has been spotted in Early February 2019. No information on when she started….just that she and her CD Cuddy worked well together. **** Rhapsody OTS – Gemma Frances left Rhapsody on 5/25 for vacation. Who replaced her? **** Serenade OTS – Elizabeth Hackett was on the March 25th sailing. She may have arrived in mid February, and could be on a 4 month contract until June. I do know she is still onboard as of 5/30. **** Symphony OTS – Katy McCullagh returned on 2/23 for a 4 month contract. ***** Vision OTS – Palo has been identified as onboard, unsure when his contract began. *****Voyager OTS – Kitty should have taken over on May 3, 2019…..looking for confirmation on this, please.
  12. We love the Oasis and Quantum class ships, but are also big fans of Radiance class - the outside dining area at the back of the Windjammer, both DL and CL are great (with outside seating areas), there's enough to do and enough nice spaces to spend time in and out and they have a few choices of Speciality Restaurants (plus the best venue in the fleet for Chef's Table). Obviously those things wouldn't appeal to everyone but would make us continue to book Radiance class if the itinerary is right - we have 3 coming up this year on Jewel and Serenade. However......if this is your first trip to Europe I would choose the cruise based on the itinerary and what exactly you want to see and do because if the ship experience is second to experiencing Europe it won't matter which ship you're on. Some of the very best cruises we have done have been the 12 night cruises from Barcelona which used to be done on Radiance class and are now on Vision. You take in a number of countries - and the West Med one includes an overnight in Venice - and really get to see a lot of what a Med cruise has to offer. I would take a look at those for the best experience, although be aware that the West Med one will involve a lot of travelling and can be very full-on if you intend to visit Rome and Florence.
  13. We just got back this weekend from doing the 7 day Southbound on the Radiance of the Seas. We added the 3 day land portion on before this. I am going to post the cruise compass' first and then will type a review on the cruise. I will then add a review of the land portion. Feel free to ask any questions. I will try to answer then to the best that I can. Dave Radiance Alaska SB Day 1.pdf Radiance Alaska SB Day 2.pdf Radiance Alaska SB Day 3.pdf Radiance Alaska SB Day 4.pdf Radiance Alaska SB Day 5.pdf Radiance Alaska SB Day 6.pdf Radiance Alaska SB Day 7.pdf
  14. 100% agree with this. Our Kruse guide was a great asset on our self-drive tour done pre-cruise for our Radiance cruise back in January. We drove a total of 12 nights on Nth & Sth Islands, which included Wellington to Auckland. One place to visit on the drive from Auckland to Wellington is Mt Ruapehu, & the surrounding National Park ( we stayed 2 nights there). Also Lake Taupo and Waitomo are must sees.
  15. We have only cruised on Voyageur, Freedom, Quantum and Oasis class ships mainly because our kids have enjoyed the activities on those larger ships. We are planning an adults only trip on a European cruise. While I see that Oasis class ships sometimes sail these routes, I am looking into some of the Radiance and Vision class ships. for those who have sailed both larger and smaller ships, I would appreciat your opinions regarding: what did you miss the most (about the larger ships) when on the smaller ones? what did you appreciate the most about the smaller ships, having done both? For context, my wife and I tend not to stay up late, and we do not prioritize the shows. We anticipate doing excursions or tours at each European port. We really enjoy the areas on the larger class ships (like the promenade or Central Park) to sit, have a snack when we want, and have a coffee or a drink at night.
  16. Radiance - smallish loved the view to the ocean from almost everywhere not too many 2,500 pax CL - good size never full sailing ex Sydney DL - too small was very busy ex Sydney Ovation - big (Oasis = HUGE) big ship 4200 pax plenty of stuff to do love the CK CL - just awesome full width aft - perfect views of wake handles rough seas really well Going on Voyager early 2020 & cant wait Craig
  17. I think CLs on Radiance class may have been the only ones that took over a fully functioning lounge, with bar. We like sitting around that bar.
  18. The last two ships I was on - the Ecstasy and Magic - it seems Your Time Dining opened at 5:15 on Formal Night and 5:30 the other nights. But, it definitely is 5:15 - 9:15 all nights on the Sunshine now. We used the app to sign up for our table. You can't click to reserve your table until they are open. Formal night, I signed up at 5:30; but had checked about 5:20 (to see how long the wait time was) and could have reserved a table at that time. If you have sailed out of Charleston before, you know how small the terminal at the ship is. It worked for the Fantasy and Ecstasy. The Sunshine had left from Charleston previously the years it made it's way up and back for the summer in New York; so I guess they had enough experience to know they needed more space if it was going to be every cruise for however long until the "dancing of the ships" occurs again. Though anything in the Conquest class or Sunshine class (with new Sunrise and soon to be Radiance) are the largest ships that can port in Charleston and all have a similar passenger load. Unless they have a lot of trouble filling the Sunshine; I don't see Charleston going back to a Fantasy class ship. (Though there are many things we love about that class.) Have fun on your Bermuda cruise!
  19. Radiance has a Park Cafe in the adult pool area but it is not nearly as big and does not offer as much as the Park Cafe on Oasis Class ships.
  20. We were on the Sunshine in early Dec of last year. We didn't notice massive crowds everywhere - yeah, there was usually a line up for the Comedy club for the second and subsequent showings, so that might get annoying if you are a die hard comedy fan and can't make the first show. We liked the variety of "exposure to the Lido" areas in the Serenity area. If you wanted, you can sit looking aft and people watch all the shenanigans of the Lido pool. And it was easy enough (for us, at least) to grab a spot further forward, away from the Lido music - maybe not a pod all the time, but more often than not. Maybe we just got lucky? :shrug: The third level was never closed for us due to winds, but again, maybe luck? (One of the areas near the bar was partly closed while they did some painting or something, maybe on a port day - can't remember specifically, it obviously didn't bother me enough to sink in.) Anyway, we'll be on Radiance next December, so we will use these Sunrise reviews as guidance, if not gospel.
  21. I don't like large crowds any more than it sounds like you do. But as I've said previously, I think a crowded feel on the Sunrise has more to do with the addition of all the new cabins, not the handful of cabins that have 5 people in them. That ship, the Sunshine, and upcoming Radiance, are from a different era of cruising. Older & smaller. They weren't originally designed to hold as many as they do now with all the new cabins added. I couldn't care less if 5 adults want to squeeze into a cabin. What I don't like is this concept of sacrificing open spaces and popular public areas just to add more cabins. Such as making the theater & comedy clubs smaller. More people + smaller main venues = the long lines to get into the theater & comedy shows that I've read so much about (or having to show up a half hour early just to get a decent seat). With as much money as CCL makes every year, and Carnival Corp. as a whole, I wished they wouldn't worry so much about stuffing in more cabins for more revenue.
  22. Adventure OTS - Clo O'Connor July 6 for 2 months. Then who? Allure OTS - Jimmy Rhodes March 11 for 4 months, then Mitch Merucciis scheduled to return August 12 for 2 months. Anthem OTS - Dennis Charles May 12 until September 6, then Chris Brown starts September 6 for 4 months. Brilliance OTS - Mike Szwajkowski July 3 (for 2 or 4 months?) Empress OTS - WHO is the current CD? Enchantment OTS - Bobby Broughton April 6 until early-September. Then who? Explorer OTS - Topi Ylönen returns June 8 until July 27. Then who? (Graham Seymour may return as regular CD again for the rest of 2018, or Dennis Charles is also rumored to be joining Explorer). Freedom OTS - Drew Devine March 17 until July 28, then Topi Ylönen returns July 28 until September 29, followed by Drew September 29 for 4 months. Grandeur OTS - Bob Leininger June 2 until October 6. Bobreturns December 1 for another 4 month contract. (Mitch Merucci is unsure if he is joining GR in October as planned. It may be Mike Szwajkowski instead.) Harmony OTS - Dru Pavlov April 21 until early-September (need handover date) then Abe Hughes returns early-September for 4 months. Independence OTS - Joff EatonMay 28 until September 22, then Tim Connor returns September 22. Jewel OTS - Simona Ferraiuolo June 16 until August 19, then Andrea Olivieri returns (for 4 months?) Liberty OTS - Jeff Arpin May 27 until July 22, then Marc Walker starts July 22 for 4 months. Majesty OTS - Patricio Honores late-June (for 2 months). Mariner OTS - Ricky Matthewsuntil July 9, then Carlos Torres joins July 9 for 2 months, then Ricky returns in September for 4 months. Navigator OTS - Rob McNally May 6 until late-August, then Cuddy Cudworth returns in late-August. (need handover date) Oasis OTS - Dan Whitney early May for 4 months. Then who? Ovation OTS - Mike Hunnerup March 23 (until late-July? then who?) Joff Eaton returns November 28 for the Australian season. Quantum OTS - Is Fang Lixin is the current CD? Paul Rutter returns in the Fall (Sept/Oct) for a few months. Radiance OTS - Cuddy CudworthJune 15 for 2 months followed by John Blairin August until January. (need handover date) Rhapsody OTS - Tim Connor June 23 for 2 months, then Elvis Pinto returns mid-August for 4 months. (need handover date) Serenade OTS - Jamie Fentiman May 13 for 4 months. Then Who? Symphony OTS - Michele Scarpato March 11 until late-July (need handover date) then Bobby Brown returns through the TA November 9 Vision OTS - Steve Davis April 6 until August 6, followed by Ken Jones for 2 months. Voyager OTS - Michelle Oliveira began late-May (for 4 months?). Jerome Sueur is reportedly joining Carnival and getting married soon. Keith Williams has been cleared to return from medical leave, but does not currently have a ship assignment. Casey Pelterworks shoreside for Celebrity as Manager of Entertainment. Graham Seymour is semi-retired but fills-in from time to time as needed Rich Edwards sadly passed away in June 2017. RIP Rich. John Perry is Operations Manager at Hyatt Hotels (per LinkedIn) Ken Rush works at corporate in Miami as RCI's Director of Entertainment, and occasionally fills-in as CD Amy Fickert-Southgate works shoreside Luke Aerowsmith is working at the corporate office in London Gordon Whatman is retired, but fills-in from time-to-time if needed. Allan Brooks works for Celebrity in their corporate office. Richard Spacey is a CD with Celebrity Becky Thompson works for Celebrity Cruises in their corporate offices in Miami. Dave Chapman is a CD with HAL James Andrews is a real estate agent in Sydney Leo Papa is a Product Manager at Tauck Corp in Connecticut Anna Bass is a make-up artist João Pereira is the Cruise Sales Manager on the Liberty of the Seas. Kirk Detweiler is now CD with Silversea cruises. Simeon Baker- is a sales exec at a Porsche dealer in Saskatchewan Matt Baker - Sim's brother - is a radio presenter. Kieron Buffrey - CD with Viking River Cruises Tom Canosa - teaching 6th grade science in North Carolina Peter Benfield and Johnny Osborne have emigrated to Thailand Anthony Richards is working for Royal Media Partners as Manager Port Revenue Operations Rico du Breil is a CD with SilverSeas out of Italy Paul Lancaster is no longer with RCI, and resides in England Abel Jeney is with The World - Luxury Residence at Sea Parker Cristan is living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - staging/choreographing for local theater Ashley Kerr - married and living in Vancouver BC, working as a marketing rep for a PR firm Karen Maybury - has a consultant/pr/entertainment agency Jannie Cloete - leading expeditions on small ships Warren Allen (aka Warren Melhuish) lives in Ontario, Canada. He has retired from ship-life but still works on the stage Thomas DeCell is no longer with RCI Leigh Xuereb and his AM Frankie Portera are CD's for Carnival
  23. so now that Cuddy has been reassigned, any idea who will be CD on Radiance in mid-August for our Alaska cruise? Thanks for any info.
  24. Just back from a double emerald river cruise. Radiance then Liberte- happy for any questions. Loved the ships/ itineraries and staff
  25. Wondering if Serenade has anything different than the other Radiance class ship that makes it your favorite of that class. We have sailed on Jewel, Radiance and Brilliance before and have Serenade booked for October. It is not our favorite class of ship, we prefer the larger ships, but it is doing Bermuda from Boston, so well worth the convenience for us.
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