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  1. 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!
  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. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.:)
  6. That concluded the ceremony, we moved to the Radiance Dining room for a luncheon (the mid dining room). John announced that embarkation had commenced so he asked everyone to go directly there. We made our way there, and had a very nice lunch and here are some pics.
  7. If you look back at the last report, you will see that the Radiance changed captains about 2 months ago, so we are coming up on the "standard" window of 10 weeks. Even if no other information is available, that's a good first guess that they'll be switching back soon. "Radiance OTS - Capt Espen Been (started rotation 3-23-19)  Radiance OTS - Capt Marek Slaby" Theron
  8. ADVENTURE: Drew Devine #1027 ALLURE: Jimmy Rhodes, Mike Hunnerup returns in August # 1108 ANTHEM: Mitch Merucci until July 13. Mitch returns Augugst 29 #1051 until January 5, 2020 BRILLIANCE: Enzo Matijaca EMPRESS: Elvis Pinto #803 through early July #907 ENCHANTMENT: Susan Adams returns March 4 for 4 months. EXPLORER: Graham Seymour until mid July then Cleo takes over. #1099 FREEDOM: Patricio Honores as of February 24 #848 GRANDEUR: John Blair until June 13, and August 8 until November 30 HARMONY: Marc Walker until July14 and then back on 9-29 #1097, then Dennis Charles for 2 months to cover Marc's break. INDEPENDENCE: Mark Rous as of 5-18 due to Jamie taking ill #1126 JEWEL: Andrea Oliviri returns March 13 #878 LIBERTY: Brian Leavitt new CD through August 11 #893 MARINER: Ricky Matthews on 4/1/19 #915 MAJESTY: Mickey Urrutia as of 4-27, #1115 NAVIGATOR: Hugo Arenas #849 OASIS: Mike Hunnerup #973 OVATION: Chris Brown covers vacation until Joeff returns for AK in June#917 QUANTUM: Paul Rutter (until when?) RADIANCE: Susan Adams #1053, Cuddy to return approx 6-28 #1114 RHAPSODY: Michele Scarpato #1109 SERENADE: David Bradshawe #1086 SPECTRUM: Gordon Whatman through June 13, then Fang #1126 SYMPHONY: Mike Szwajkowski until August 17, then Ricky Matthews to cover vacation #1123 VISION: Steve Davis as of May 6 #1147 VOYAGER: Michelle #1141
  9. 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.
  10. I booked a balcony on Radiance for May 2020 back in November 2018 on the first day Alaska 2020 went on sale. I also booked cruise tour 3B. I check pretty much every day the price and most of the time it is higher however in the past few months I have been able to call 3 times for 3 price drops totaling in about $500 lower then my original price!
  11. When I booked a balcony on Radiance, the day bookings opened in 2017, for a 2018 Alaska cruise, the prices for a similar room never went down.
  12. We (that means Jim) has to call for a few housekeeping changes. Perhaps he can get more information. Now let’s remember how well men get ..... information but I’ll ask him anyway. Sun Bun is this your first aft facing cabin? You will be hooked. Jim’s first cruise was Alaska after a week ashore. 9258 on the Radiance opened at final payment and I grabbed it before even asking Jim. He went crazy on the balcony! If I want to cruise somewhere (this cruise), all I need to do is find a good aft facing balcony cabin and Jim says ..... have we made the deposit yet?
  13. I would pick the Radiance as well .Not only would you get two more days at sea, but you would avoid Portofino, which is so touristy and expensive. There is a free bus from the ship to the city in Marseilles, so you could do a cheap day there, or book a day trip to Avignon. Palma is also very pretty, and Palermo offers a lot of interesting excursions. Plus, the Radiance is newer and will likely be cleaner and have more bells and whistles. Hope you make the change!
  14. 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.
  15. 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?
  16. Agreed. Millennium, Radiance and Explorer in Alaska all had better internet and we've had better weather overall here on Ovation so rain fade or cloud loss isn't the root cause. In Juneau I re-boarded early afternoon and it was a standard Alaska internet experience (okay but not great). Gradually through to sail away time it became slower and slower as more guests returned. It's compounded by hundreds of smart phones all trying to upload hundreds of pictures to "The Cloud", either Google Photos or Apple iCloud once they connect to the wifi signal onboard. Combined with an increased appetite for being connected and the old geostationary technology can't handle it. I suspect the limited bandwidth on a per ship basis for the older geostationary satellite technology can't handle the volume of passengers on these larger ships. This legacy technology has a finite capacity on a per-transponder basis while O3b uses beam forming technology that provides greater aggregate bandwidth on a per-ship basis.
  17. 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?
  18. The Radiance make over will be very similar to the Sunrise makeover most likely as it Carnival seems to learn from the Sunshine mistakes
  19. 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!
  20. 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.
  21. Opinions are subjective, but I hope she turns out better than Sunshine. Sunshine is the one Carnival ship I have no desire to cruise on again. The Limelight Lounge is ridiculously small on Sunshine and while the Serenity area on Sunshine is nice, it is way too loud on all 3 levels due to its location right next to the Lido deck pool. Of course if you don’t care about comedy shows or having a quieter place to relax outside, that eliminates two huge negatives for Sunshine. On the other hand, I think Sunshine has the nicest lobby bar, it has the best slides when you consider it has 3 really good slides, and the Havana Bar area is really nice. However, removing the aft pool for the Havana Bar was not the best decision in my book, which I assume Carnival agrees with since they are not doing that on Sunrise and Radiance.
  22. 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?
  23. 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.
  24. 9 Day Med cruise from Barcelona departing on May 21, 2020. Returning to Barcelona on May 30, 2020. If Radiance turns out like Sunshine she will be a fine refurbished ship. Already started on shore excursion research and planning. Already spoke with Delta about using Sky Miles to get to Barcelona. Going to Barcelona a couple of days early. Hope and Pray to catch a Barcelona FC game before we sail away...schedule won’t be released for awhile.
  25. We booked a cruise for next spring on Carnival Radiance. The ports being Barcelona, Livorno Italy, Civitavecchia Italy, Naples, Palermo, Kotor Montenegro, Corfu Greece, Catania Italy, and Vallette Malta. When i booked there were no available PORT aft balcony rooms, only starboard. (Pretty sure at this point Carnival does not open up all rooms at the same time!) So now some port side rooms have opened up. With a moderate increase in price. Which is the side we prefer. Question, anyone familiar with these ports, should i switch to port side room or does it not make much difference in the majority of these ports? I am aware port does not necessarily mean port when docked. And that some might even be tenders. Thanks!
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