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  1. Anyone already booked? So far we have two cruises booked for 2021 The Carnival Elation on January 9th and the brand NEW Carnival RADIANCE for February 13th.
  2. Hey everyone... it's been a while! But I'm back, and ready for another review. I have been waiting for this sailing with anticipation more so than any other sailing since Quantum's first ever Caribbean sailing Dec 1, 2014. In fact, I had Anthem booked 3 years ago and had to move my deposit over to another ship as the timing did not work for me, and never re-booked Anthem. I've been yearning to get on another Quantum Class sailing as I really loved Quantum. I shared my Quantum review above with my roll call as many cruisers on this sailing have never been on a Q Class ship. That first photo is epic! Hardly anyone has been on the front bow area of the ship since Quantum, not even on Anthem. And now with the All Access Tour scaled down in half, it's no longer offered. If you've never been on Q CLass and would like a trip down memory lane, have a look at Quantum above. Back to Ovation and Alaska... I've been party to many "Q Class in Alaska" threads over the last 5 years here in CC. I was a HUGE fan since day one that a Q Class ship would be a great hit and best seller for Alaskan itineraries. I just couldn't believe it when they sent a totally inner focused ship with a fully exposed top deck (in Alaskan weather) the Explorer to the Pacific Northwest. Totally stupid in my opinion. But alas, 5 years in the making and Ovation is finally here... in my own home town no less! Vancouver is beautiful and consistently voted in the top 20 cities to visit and/or live in in the world. Those cruisers who are too lazy to hang around a day pre or post cruise are doing themselves an injustice. Above you see the downtown core of Vancouver, with Canada Place Pier in the lower right (the "Sails"). To get their, Ovation has to transit under the Lion's Gate Bridge through a small pass in the upper right before reaching open ocean. The bridge is 198 feet mid span... Q Class is 198 feet tall on a good day. Uhm.... ok.... so there's an issue here. Above is the 178 foot tall Radiance going under the bridge with only 20 feet clearance. So how will Ovation get under?? Well, the current Transpacific from Hawaii will be arriving early to Vancouver the night before debarkation at 8pm in order to get the lowest tide level possible. Not only that, I suspect we'll witness the rare event of the funnels being retracted. And even with all that, there's supposedly about a 5 foot clearance of the Lion's Gate Bridge. I've also been involved in many Panama Canal threads regarding size of ships, and which ships may or may not pass under the Bridge of Americas on the Pacific side of the Panama Canal... this sailing re-enforces the best answers given by BillH48 and ChengP on those threads, that likely only perfect conditions would allow for a Q Class ship to get under the BoA as it is a sister bridge with same span height as the Lion's Gate. We are currently experiencing summer weather this week in Vancouver. Today it was 25 degree Celcius/about 75 degrees F. On Sunday and Monday it cools a bit to 65F/18C... still great weather for a beautiful sail-in and sail-away from the port of Vancouver. If anyone is around Stanley Park on Monday night, they should definitely get to a view point somewhere to watch the ship leave. According to slack tide charts found by AlanF on our role call (Thx Alan!) we are estimating Ovation to leave Canada Place around 6:45-7 and get to the bridge somewhere between 7:10-7:30 to hit that low tide. So why this itinerary? It's one of a kind and is not being repeated. 4 port stops, 2 glacier viewings, and basically (for me anyways) a round trip Vancouver-to-Seattle sailing which is a simple bus trip back up from Seattle when the cruise is finished. The itinerary is outstanding with a ton of extended time at the ports. Date Port Arrive Depart Monday, May 13 Vancouver, BC, Canada 5:00pm Tuesday, May 14 At Sea Wednesday, May 15 At Sea Thursday, May 16 Icy Strait Point, AK 9:00am 8:00pm Friday, May 17 Sitka, AK 7:00am 6:00pm Saturday, May 18 Hubbard Glacier, AK (Cruising) Sunday, May 19 Juneau, AK 7:00am 9:00pm Monday, May 20 Skagway, AK 7:00am 8:30pm Tuesday, May 21 Endicott Arm, AK (Cruising) Wednesday, May 22 At Sea Thursday, May 23 At Sea Friday, May 24 Seattle, WA 6:00am I'll have VOOM on this cruise, so we'll see the O3b satellite network works for Alaska, especially for all the negative internet reviews on radiance the last few years. I have a few more posts to add before cruise day on Monday. This is going to be an AWESOME cruise! 😁
  3. Hi all! I’ve just booked Pride of America for July 2021 for the first part of my birthday trip (I will go to Disney’s Aulani for a few days after) to celebrate my 50th birthday! I’m in an ocean view cabin with the beverage package and the shore excursion credit as my perks. I’ve cruised Royal (3 of the Radiance class ships), HAL (once to Alaska), fathom (to Cuba and then Cuba/DR when it existed), and mostly Disney (all their ships), so I’m not new to cruising, but I’m new to Norwegian. I’m also gluten-free due to a wheat allergy. What tips do you have for a new NCL cruiser? Thanks!
  4. Is there any update on Radiance Captain for the next few weeks please?
  5. We are going to be arriving in Seward, Alaska on the Radiance on 6/21 and I'm looking at ground transportation options. The earliest, and most reasonably priced that I've found leaves the port in Seward for the Anchorage Airport at 8:00 a.m. Their website says they do this every day and that we will have no problem getting off the ship and to their bus by 8:00, but that makes me a little nervous, especially since they don't appear to have a later bus. The company is Alaska Cruise Transportation. Can anyone familiar with the debarkation process in Seward advise if it is reasonable to arrange ground transport for 8:00? Thanks in advance!
  6. Here near the top of Vancouver Island Voom is becoming better, if you call greater than 1Mb up/down better. Four cruises on RCCL ships in Alaska and this is by far the worst experience with possibly the best weather of the four. Finally was able to watch the final episode of GoT tonight with pauses every 3-5 minutes to buffer. Compared to the 0.17Mb rates until tonight the "Surf and Stream if you Buffer" Voom plan has been disappointing. Nearly 3 hours to watch the final episode means I don't have to live in fear of spoilers any more so there is that. Don't buy Voom on Ovation in Alaska. If you are sailing Radiance or Serenade in Alaska (or a Celebrity ship) Voom will be more consistent with expectations for Alaska Voom internet.
  7. I assume you know Radiance is not “brand new”. It is currently sailing as Victory, which will be renamed Radiance after a significant makeover next year.
  8. We will be happy when Blu decides...either way. in answer to your “move down a deck or two” ....... One reason we grabbed this particular sailing was for the Deck 9 location. We enjoy Radiance Class Ships and stay in Aft Facing Cabins one Deck down from the Windjammer. Jim often runs up to the Jammer for treats for us. Faster than room service and better assortment. One deck away is more convenient for Jim. we can stay in any aft facing balcony on The 4 Radiance Class Ships. Doors are big enough for the scooter or wheelchair Floor area in Royal Cabins is jinormous compared to Summit. I can drive in a rental scooter, turn it around and park next to the sofa leaving lots of room to walk around. We bring a shower stool to assemble for the shower. We like the location on deck 9 and booked accordingly. Moving down would be a downgrade. we do not really care about Aqua Class.
  9. Agree Mr Gut. We almost accidentally fell into cruising. When DW & I married in 1981, we 'lashed out' and had a week on Brampton Is for our honeymoon. Ever the romantic 🙂, I wanted to make a special celebration for or 30th Anniversary in 2011. Originally I planned to re-visit Brampton Is, until I saw the cost!!! Changed to an 11N RCI Rhapsody QLD cruise which went thru Barrier Reef, so close to original honeymoon. at a fraction of the cost. Just looked it up again and total cruise-fare, including pre-paid grats was $1631 pp - for 11 nights!!! Have now completed 17 cruises & still find them the best value & most convenient holidays. Our tastes have risen, so now mostly balconies, so upwards of maybe $200 per night pp. That said, for our recent (Jan) Radiance 10N NZ cruise cost was $1444 pp, so $144 per night, and our upcoming (Mar '20) Voyager 10N (Pacific) is again $144 pp per night - both balconies. Couldn't get a hotel in Sydney for $288 per night!
  10. Hi all, My fiancé and I are currently booked on the seven night European sailing on Royal Caribbean's Jewel of the Seas (April 19, 2020) as a honeymoon cruise (with a fully refundable deposit). I just got an email from Carnival with an incredible promo and now I'm second guessing our original itinerary -- we'd love to hear your thoughts! The new sailing we're looking at is a nine night European sailing on the Carnival Radiance (May 21, 2020). Both itineraries include stops at Florence/Pisa, Rome, and Naples. The Royal Caribbean sailing also visits Nice and Portofino plus has one day at sea while the Carnival Victory also stops in Sicily, Marseille, and Palma de Mallorca plus has two days at sea. The fares are within $12 of each other (total, not per person or per night). The Royal Caribbean sailing has a $225 OBC while the Carnival sailing has a $500 OBC plus free drinks while in the casino (OBC and drinks are part of the promo email I received today from the casino club). For us, the pros of saying on the Royal Carnival sailing include sailing closer to our wedding (~3 weeks after the wedding) and having the time to spend a few days in Barcelona before embarking. Pros of the Carnival ship include an extra $275 in OBC, free drinks while playing in the casino, getting an extra day in port and an extra sea day, and sailing on a (basically) brand new ship. I posted this in the Carnival forum, too, but would love to hear thoughts from RCCL fans, too! Penny for your thoughts?
  11. Hi all, My fiancé and I are currently booked on a seven night European sailing on Royal Caribbean's Jewel of the Seas (April 19, 2020) as a honeymoon cruise (with a fully refundable deposit). I just got an email from Carnival with an incredible promo and now I'm second guessing our original itinerary -- we'd love to hear your thoughts! The new sailing we're looking at is a nine night European sailing on the Carnival Radiance (May 21, 2020). Both itineraries include stops at Florence/Pisa, Rome, and Naples. The Royal Caribbean sailing also visits Nice and Portofino plus has one day at sea while the Carnival Victory also stops in Sicily, Marseille, and Palma de Mallorca plus has two days at sea. The fares are within $12 of each other (total, not per person or per night). The Royal Caribbean sailing has a $225 OBC while the Carnival sailing has a $500 OBC plus free drinks while in the casino (OBC and drinks are part of the promo email I received today from the casino club). For us, the pros of saying on the Royal Carnival sailing include sailing closer to our wedding (~3 weeks after the wedding) and having the time to spend a few days in Barcelona before embarking. Pros of the Carnival ship include an extra $275 in OBC, free drinks while playing in the casino, getting an extra day in port and an extra sea day, and sailing on a (basically) brand new ship. Penny for your thoughts?
  12. I just checked the Carnival website for our May 30, 2020 cruise and it will not come up. We still had some family wanting to book. Do you think it could be sold out so soon.
  13. It was $20pp on my Radiance cruise last month which I booked in Nov 2018
  14. One exception... We did Alaska last summer (beyond amazing, can't wait to go back). I was checking for the heck of it like you and there were actually really good deals closer to the sail date in the Going, Going, Gone flyer. The only problem with that, of course, is it's hard to plan a last minute Alaska cruise for most since flights can be limited and/or expensive depending on where you live. Anyway, if you're interested (and have lots of free time), here's my insanely long trip report that includes our 10 days on land traveling from Fairbanks down to Seward before even boarding the Radiance Southbound to Vancouver... Alaska Review: 10-Day DIY on Land & Radiance Southbound, 6/12/18-6/30/18 (VERY LONG)
  15. I think you’ll be fine. We were on the Spa Deck, but in a similarly located cabin and didn’t have any noise issues other than the noise from our next door neighbors playing music and talking extremely loud in their cabin and on their balcony. We even booked a cabin in the same location on the Lido Deck for our Radiance cruise
  16. TYI! We are going on the Radiance of the Seas in 25 days, we have MTD and do you have to make advance reservations for dinner each night?
  17. That makes sense but I still don’t understand why “the ship” will not allow Lou in Blu? This mess has been this way the entire time. Jim, Lou and I scratching our heads trying to understand what’s going on and no straight answers from Celebrity. i LOVED working with Celebrity when I was an agent. They were straight shooters and Customer Service unchallenged. jim is an Aft Facing Cabin - Royal Customer. We were married on the Radiance in Alaska. This was my big chance to introduce him to Celebrity. It has been a difficult introduction.
  18. We are going to be arriving in Seward, Alaska on the Radiance on 6/21 and I'm looking at ground transportation options. The earliest, and most reasonably priced that I've found leaves the port in Seward for the Anchorage Airport at 8:00 a.m. Their website says they do this every day and that we will have no problem getting off the ship and to their bus by 8:00, but that makes me a little nervous, especially since they don't appear to have a later bus and on our last cruise it took FOREVER to get off the ship. The company is Alaska Cruise Transportation. Can anyone familiar with the debarkation process in Seward advise if it is reasonable to arrange ground transport for 8:00? Thanks in advance!
  19. Prices changed on my 6/19/20 and 6/26/20 (B2B)Alaska sailing on the Radiance...I had originally booked the UDP for $168 pp; today it is down to $154 pp. Hey - every little bit helps! 🙂
  20. Radiance of the Seas an excellent captain.
  21. I do a mock booking a few days a week. We booked in January 2019 for a June 2020 cruise to Alaska on Radiance. 3ppl (2 adults-1child) OV= $3,000 (with insurance-$137) The price has NEVER gone down once. Our travel agent said it's a good thing you booked early. We got a good price. It's up $750-800 on average weekly. Balcony....sheesh but I am thankful for an OV. Bucket list cruise! I know it's the whole supply and demand but I hate to think what the cost will be late summer for this cruise and even further on down the line.
  22. Booked almost 2 years ago for this June on the Radiance b2b 7 days each. Snagged jr suite 1100 for about 7000.00 each way. Decided to cancel several months later and did a TP again last October. Did a 21 day cruise in a GS for 7300.00. Had 2 free round trip tickets from Mike's job to anywhere American flies. We definitely wanted to make the most of them so we chose one of the more expensive flights. Alaska is still on our list to do soon.
  23. Last month I booked Radiance August 2020. GS cabin price I paid was 8023.38 Decided to book another leg for a B2B, and downgrade to JS for both legs to save some bucks. Upon checking on that ....the JS has gone to 200.00 more than I paid for the GS....and the GS has gone up to 9600!! Yikes! 😲😵
  24. I've never seen the parent's signature on a birth certificate, just their names. We'll be bringing step-grand daughter with us on Radiance and we'll have letters from both mom and dad (who don't live together) including permission to obtain medical treatment. I haven't decided yet whether or not to get a passport for her yet.
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