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OVATION May 13-24 *LIVE* in ALASKA w/lots of photos

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Awesome info! Thanks, Hoopster, Twangster, and everyone else who has been sharing!

 

I think that the indoor viewing space on Ovation may finally allow me to convince my always cold DH that he can cruise to Alaska and not be totally frozen. I’m sure he will be pleasantly surprised once I get him aboard which may not be until the 2021 Alaska season. 

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We are so excited to be on the Ovation in June doing Alaska. We've done the oasis class ships several times to the Caribbean and we needed a change. Spending two days in Seattle pre cruise.

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4 hours ago, perfect match said:

Awesome info! Thanks, Hoopster, Twangster, and everyone else who has been sharing!

 

I think that the indoor viewing space on Ovation may finally allow me to convince my always cold DH that he can cruise to Alaska and not be totally frozen. I’m sure he will be pleasantly surprised once I get him aboard which may not be until the 2021 Alaska season. 

Ovation is a perfect ship to enjoy Alaska. We sailed her in Sydney to New Zealand this past December, and got a good appreciation for the ship and its features (photos in this thread show a number of them). What are key points about Ovation is that there are a number of enclosed areas to control temps/weather on the outside...intended in the ship's design. That also includes a good amount of viewing area (windows/glass).

 

As for Alaska itself - we did that a few years ago in 2014...and it's fair to see it is a "bucket list" destination. We have hundreds of photos & some video - and no photos can do justice to the viewing experience in person. If anyone has the opportunity and/or plans to see Alaska...by all means do it.

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Great pictures and comments so far!

 

Quick question regarding embarkation: I'm on the Vancouver to Hawaii sailing in September - when I sailing out of Vancouver one way to Anchorage, we did customs & immigration right in Canada Place as a part of checkin. Did you also do that? Wasn't sure if that is standard if the ship is remaining in U.S. ports for the duration of the sailing or not?

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9 hours ago, twangster said:

 

When ships are in Alaska there are times when there will be no coverage.  If you understand that and set expectations low you won't be disappointed.  If you are expecting to watch Netflix a lot you will be disappointed.  

 

I use an app to reduce picture size which helps immensely when uploading or sending them.  Sending full size phone pictures that are often 2-3 MB or more will be painful at times and just okay some times.  

 

When it's working it's like Surf quality, not Surf and Stream.  To that end you may want to just pay for Surf.  With a port intensive cruise like Alaska where US phones work in most ports natively it begs the question if you really need Voom at all.  You only need it on sea days and at night only (no cell towers on nearby land except when in port).

 

Twangster you pretty much nailed it with this comment.  That is exactly how I felt about my live review last July on Radiance.  Posting pics while sailing on the ship was horrendous, but text only was easy.  Once we were within cellular coverage I switched right to it, from WIF, and posted photos separately. 

 

I am curious to see how the TV channels disappear when you get into the tighter passages.  WIFI was worse then too.

 

Twangster, Hoopster and those abord, loving the pics and commentary.

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Hoopster..Twangster.....On some ships, Pinnacles do not need a reservation to get into certain shows. Do you know if that is true on the Ovation, and if Pixels is one where they do not need a reservation. Also do you have any menus from Coastal Kitchen..thanks

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1 hour ago, jamon said:

Hoopster..Twangster.....On some ships, Pinnacles do not need a reservation to get into certain shows. Do you know if that is true on the Ovation, and if Pixels is one where they do not need a reservation. Also do you have any menus from Coastal Kitchen..thanks

 

Long way to Pinnacle so can't confirm.  Pixel's is the only reservation based show on Ovation.  At Pixels they scan your card with a tablet.  Green you go in, red you go into the standby line.  Perhaps P cards are coded to show green without a reservation.  Would need a Pinnacle to comment on that. 

 

I enjoyed Pixels, it's a "techno" show so you have to be in that sort of thing but i thought it was better than Spectra's Cabaret on Anthem.

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2 hours ago, A&L_Ont said:

 

Twangster you pretty much nailed it with this comment.  That is exactly how I felt about my live review last July on Radiance.  Posting pics while sailing on the ship was horrendous, but text only was easy.  Once we were within cellular coverage I switched right to it, from WIF, and posted photos separately. 

 

I am curious to see how the TV channels disappear when you get into the tighter passages.  WIFI was worse then too.

 

Twangster, Hoopster and those abord, loving the pics and commentary.

Cruise compass front page "top of the fold"

 

 

ESPN breaking up earlier this morning fyi

 

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5 minutes ago, AlanF65 said:

Cruise compass front page "top of the fold"

 

Standard disclaimer used on Celebrity and Royal ships in Alaska.

 

The problem I have is Royal charging standard pricing for Voom in Alaska knowing they can't and won't deliver anything close to a standard Voom experience.  Don't buy it folks unless you absolutely need it. 

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Boarding right after you! I’m concerned about the crowds now as you reported lots of lines. Is it mostly during busy times? Like the lines for lunch usually just during peak hours? Just want to be prepared....

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9 minutes ago, twangster said:

 

 

Standard disclaimer used on Celebrity and Royal ships in Alaska.

 

The problem I have is Royal charging standard pricing for Voom in Alaska knowing they can't and won't deliver anything close to a standard Voom experience.  Don't buy it folks unless you absolutely need it. 

Well I just read the last page and marketing is not reading cruise compass

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Twangster... you going to the M&M? Id like to meet you but don’t know what you look

like. Keep an eye out for me 😊

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1 hour ago, twangster said:

 

The problem I have is Royal charging standard pricing for Voom in Alaska knowing they can't and won't deliver anything close to a standard Voom experience.  Don't buy it folks unless you absolutely need it. 

I bought VOOM for a second device thinking my teens could use it to text us onboard. Now I’m reconsidering.  I’ll have to find out how the Royal IQ messaging works and maybe use that.  I hate to pay for VOOM that won’t work. 

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It’s a super gorgeous morning out here today. I was uploading that video above whike I was walking the track... took 26min to load. Grrr ☹️

 

The crew is out on Northstar preparing for the day. Interesting watching them climb up and down the apparatus, doing their checks and balances

 

 

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For all you running enthusiasts.. here’s your running track dimensions

 

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Ah yes... I’m an “aft” man 😈

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And lastly here’s the funnels now at full height. On Quantum I have video of them being retracted ... very cool to see. Jay bybeyeballing these puppies are I’m guessing about 20feet high? ChengP??

 

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We’re currently off the coast of Haida Gwai (Queen Charlotte Islands). As you can see, we’re too far away from land to see anything off the starboard side. There’s been no land siting at all starboard... typical of coming up the west coast of Vancouver Island as the cruise ships hit the “open ocean” of the Pacific to get to the Alaskan inside passage.

 

 

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More later later after the M&m and some “me” time in the gym 

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I found a video on YouTube taken from the Lions gate bridge looking directly down as the Ovation of the Seas passes underneath.

Go to YouTube and search: 

Ovation of the seas from the lions gate bridge 

 

Very impressive video.  Looks like lots of passengers were outside on the deck.

 

 

 

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Over 400 at the M&M held at Two70 (as predicted by Blizzard54... he gets the bragging rights)

 

 

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Two70 lower level was full... great crowd! The activity director and staff had quite a few prizes to give out including wines, RCL towels, bags, etc

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Nope... I didn’t win however about 4 others all around me did 

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Way to go Shelley! Sporting a new RCL logo bag I had never seen, very nice quality as well... zippered beach bag. 

 

 

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What an incredible morning for weather! Here’s the view from my balcony, in shorts and t-shirt, barely a breeze and not cold at all. I can only pray for more of this the next 9 days.

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On the way to WJ this morning, see down coats for sale, windows open, nice and brisk, no upsell needed. 

 

If I didn't have a warm coat I would have bought one.1599900856_Screenshot_20190515-101425_RoyaliQ.jpg.3a4a8ebc85853deffcc3a35ebd519a75.jpg

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1 hour ago, AlanF65 said:

On the way to WJ this morning, see down coats for sale, windows open, nice and brisk, no upsell needed. 

 

If I didn't have a warm coat I would have bought one.1599900856_Screenshot_20190515-101425_RoyaliQ.jpg.3a4a8ebc85853deffcc3a35ebd519a75.jpg

How much?  And what sizes. They usually don’t sell clothes for my plus-size body on board. 

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Do you ever pull out your sleeper sofa? I'd be interested to know if there is any room to walk around it to/from the balcony?  We are traveling with kids, so we'll be using this daily!

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Due to internet issues yesterday, allow me to back track a bit and post a few shots from around the ship where I left off on our 1st sea day....

 

Our CC group table will be here this evening

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A few photos of the Music Hall and adjoining Diamond Club

 

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Note the glass partition. These weren’t there on Quantum.

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Love this venue, great night spot

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Ovation has 3 pool tables here by the bar. If you’re seated up here there’s no way you can see the stage, however you’ll hear everything that’s going on

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Do you ever pull out your sleeper sofa? I'd be interested to know if there is any room to walk around it to/from the balcony?  We are traveling with kids, so we'll be using this daily!
There is room..about a foot. I manually retract the bed in the am. It is a heavy mechanism but my wife and I can do it...I'd feel bad leaving it to housekeeping daily. I actually took the bedding and laid it out on the balcony for the best nap I've ever had. Gotta be 70 degrees today.

Pools appear to be heated with the exception of the kids pool (one with the slides). We've been in both days and it's bad even for the adults.

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