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Donald - Looking at advertisement for an Alaskan cruise, I wondered when your next cruise to Alaska will be.

Azamara and Cunard will both be cruising to Alaska.
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[quote=Saga Ruby;55861091]To Sharon and Marion

It is so interesting to read your stories about river cruising. And, Sharon, thanks for your usual informative photos and narrative.

I think it was Conte who wrote about bad weather and river cruises. It was a story about the river water volume being so high that a ship got tossed up into a small town square. As I did my research, it seemed that the word "bus" was used quite a lot for getting pax from port to port, town to town. I do not want to cruise on a bus tour.

Due to climate change, I decided not to sign up for a river boat cruise. In the ensuing years, I have had no reason to regret this decision as I read the weather reports in the paper and also the comments from Sharon about lousy weather in the UK which seemed to worsen.

I dunno - maybe I missed something but the idea of clinging on to ropes to disembark to a bus in yet another quaint village put Paid to my plans.

Ruby


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No buses at all on my cruise Ruby - and lots of boats on the Rhine. I was really lucky with the weather as in most places I had bright sunshine, albeit cold.
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Originally posted by MMDown Under
Donald - Looking at advertisement for an Alaskan cruise, I wondered when your next cruise to Alaska will be.

Azamara and Cunard will both be cruising to Alaska.
Marion, I will cruise solo June 3-10 and with David August 5-12, both round-trips Vancouver-Alaska-Vancouver aboard Celebrity Infinity. Next year David and I are booked on Celebrity Eclipse for our first experience aboard a large apartment barge, because Celebrity is using her on the round-trips, while Infinity will be used on the northbound to Seward and southbound from Seward cruises. It will be very interesting for us to see if we will like or dislike the monster ships.
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Originally posted by Kapricorn
Marion, I will cruise solo June 3-10 and with David August 5-12, both round-trips Vancouver-Alaska-Vancouver aboard Celebrity Infinity. Next year David and I are booked on Celebrity Eclipse for our first experience aboard a large apartment barge, because Celebrity is using her on the round-trips, while Infinity will be used on the northbound to Seward and southbound from Seward cruises. It will be very interesting for us to see if we will like or dislike the monster ships.
Must feel nice to have three round trip cruises booked for Alaska. I looked up Eclipse and saw that it gets good reviews and is the same class as Solstice, which is a popular ship cruising Down Under.

It will be interesting to see whether you like it.
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Azamara - Journey - 2017 - Singapore to Hong Kong
Hurtigruten - Fram - 2014 - Ushuaia to Antarctica, via Falkland Islands and South Georgia Islands.
Princess - Ocean Princess - 2013 - Dover to Iceland and Norway, via Shetland and Faroe Islands.

Princess - Ocean Princess - 2012 - Singapore to Sydney
Fred Olsen Black Watch - 2012 - The Baltic, with Norway. Dover to St. Petersburg, via Kiel Canal.
Celebrity Century - 2011 - Auckland to Sydney

CTMA Vacancier - 2011 - Montreal to Magdalen Islands. Amtrak - Toronto to New York
MSC - Poesia - 2010 - Kiel, Germany to NY. Amtrak NY to Niagara Falls, VIA Rail Toronto to Vancouver
MSC - Lirica - 2008 - Genoa, Italy to Fort Lauderdale
Royal Caribbean - Rhapsody of the Seas - 2007 - Honolulu to Sydney
Rivers of Holland Cruise - 2003 - to Amsterdam
Alaskan Marine Highway - 2003 - to most Alaskan ports of call
Star Cruises - Superstar Leo - 2003 - Sydney to Darwin
Norwegian Coastal Voyage - Naruik - 2002 - Bergen to Kirkenes
Angelina Lauro - 1971 - Sydney to Perth. Indian Pacific - Perth to Sydney (Put me off cruising for 30 years!)

P & O - Chusan - 1970 - London to Brisbane, via Africa, India and Sri Lanka (Suez closed).
Chandris Lines - Queen Frederica - 1969 - Sydney to London, via Panama, New York and Rotterdam
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Yesterday, global warming ("fake news"?) resulted in Vancouver just breaking by a hair-width the previous record for the day of 25.0C (77.0F) in 1973 with a 25.1C (77.2F). Today was another scorcher but not quite up to the 1997 record. How were the weather in England, Australia and Dallas? I understood that it was unusually chilly in England the previous winter.

During the past winter Vancouver had mostly below-normal temperatures and high rainfall. Already in southeastern British Columbia the heavy snow-packs which piled up during winter quickly melted under above-normal temperatures, causing widespread flooding. People had to be evacuated from their homes. That's really sad, as people usually move to these spots to enjoy their retirement years.

Residence prices in Vancouver have become astronomically high. Bungalows that used to fetch five figures in dollars now get seven figures. There are signs in windows of many, many businesses around here, even Wendy's Burgers - "Now Hiring!" People on low income simply cannot afford to live in Vancouver.

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Here is an illustration of the new Celebrity Edge class of cruise ships. I think that I found how to add .jpg to here - click on it and see if you can open up the picture.

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Donald, that does work. But more interesting to me is that when I saw your posting on the CruiseCritic app on my android phone, the jpeg was immediately visible in the body of the posting. When I clicked on the picture it opened a larger version in a separate screen. I've been trying to find a work-around for posting pictures here in the text. Gone are the days when photo sites allowed linkage of the URL of a picture in my albums directly into this site. Very frustrating.
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Originally posted by Conte Di Savoia
Donald, that does work. But more interesting to me is that when I saw your posting on the CruiseCritic app on my android phone, the jpeg was immediately visible in the body of the posting. When I clicked on the picture it opened a larger version in a separate screen. I've been trying to find a work-around for posting pictures here in the text. Gone are the days when photo sites allowed linkage of the URL of a picture in my albums directly into this site. Very frustrating.
Conte, I used the CC feature that used to result in these tiny impractical thumbnails of pictures. To my surprise it now will show pictures in reasonable sizes after the jpg has been clicked on. Perhaps CC has realized the limitations of transferring photos from photo sites by those unwilling to pay for third party hosting.
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I remember when Hulu was a free service. All the college students were using it. When Hulu became a "pay to play" service, there was much moaning and gnashing of teeth while financial decisions were made to stay or leave the service.

I still smile at the memory of a gentleman many years ago who was "informed" about the e-world. He said it was a completely flawless system of negative/positive. Oh really? What about power supply, lightning strikes, the dog ate your router?

Speaking of corporate decisions, I don't get the financial gain for the structure of Celebrity Edge. There must be some reason to step so far out of maritime tradition to build a truly ugly ship. What are the red vertical "ladders" on the side of the ship? The lifeboats?

Ruby

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Originally posted by Saga Ruby
Speaking of corporate decisions, I don't get the financial gain for the structure of Celebrity Edge. There must be some reason to step so far out of maritime tradition to build a truly ugly ship. What are the red vertical "ladders" on the side of the ship? The lifeboats?

Ruby

The "red vertical ladder" is actually the elevator system for a structure protruding from the side of the ship which serves as a poolside lounge during the days at sea, and the furniture is removed before it is lowered to the bottom deck to be used as a embarking and disembarking platform. Its use as the poolside lounge is shown in the attached illustration.


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I found out from elsewhere in internet that the "red ladder" elevator also serves as a cocktail lounge in the evenings when it is lowered to the promenade deck. As for the bottom deck, it is used as disembarking and embarking for cruisers using tenders if the ship is not at dock. That made sense, as I've seen a few passengers have a difficult time negotiating the swaying and bouncing side ramps into the tenders.

So, that elevator has three uses: afternoon poolside lounge, evening cocktail lounge, and sea tender area when needed. Can we imagine the Titanic with it?.

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