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  1. We were on Radiance last month - have an amazing time! We didn't do the cruisetour before hand, but wish we had. Our favorite things about our sailing were the two train rides we did. We did Goldstar on the Alaska Railroad from Anchorage to Seward then in Skagway the White Pass Summit Railway. If we ever go back to Alaska, we'll be exploring the interior more.
  2. We were on Radiance last month; hope you are having a wonderful time. The pub singer on our sailing was amazing, I wish I remembered his name. Lovely young man from Barbados. If you get a chance to hear him sing, do it!
  3. We sailed Summit after we hit Diamond and were hooked. Going on Beyond later this year. We don't have a need for those family-friendly activities anymore, and prefer the product that Celebrity offers. Music all around the ship all the time, superior buffet, multiple flavors of hard ice cream made fresh on board daily, no annoying announcements about activities or sales in the shops, free glass of champagne as you board the ship... I did a comparison post here on the boards after Summit. If you search you can probably still find it. We had two Celebrity sailings cancelled during the shutdown, or there would have been more in between Summit and Beyond. As a previous poster mentioned, each of the classes offer a different set of activities and experience. Even the biggest ships, the Edge class, are small compared to Royal's biggest ships. So think about which class on Royal you like the best and find a comparable size in Celebrity for your first.
  4. I second the travel agent comment above. While some agencies do charge fees for things like changes (like Costco Travel for example) a good TA does not. They will be able to see cabins that you cannot from the regular booking website, plus have access to other cabins that you can only reserve by calling Royal (which the TA will do). They can also help with answering questions about entry visas and if they don't know will get the answer for you. Some agencies will also price check your reservation and secure you lower prices (which in turn lowers their commission but they do it anyway) so you pay the lowest price. If you book yourself, you have to do that check every single time on your own, and call Royal for a re-price yourself. The good TA will sit on hold for you, once again for no charge.
  5. We were assigned tag #1 and were the third group to leave the ship. Self assist first, then the pinnacles/suite guests second. You are given a sticker to put on your jacket. Exit the ship when your number is called (our designated waiting area was in our cabin), gather your bags from the giant terminal, go through customs and walk your bags to the bus area. We saw a few people holding excursion signs, and you can always ask one of them for help.
  6. We had that same problem today. Three of us standing together. The app worked on two of our phones, and not on mine. My husband was able to do his and mine from his phone.
  7. We're doing that a week from tomorrow, getting off Radiance in Vancouver, taking an all day ship excursion that brings us to the airport. We have an evening flight, so also not concerned about getting there too late. I'll try to remember to come back and let you know how it went. If I forget, ping me and I'll get the notification.
  8. Icy Straight is supposed to be the best port for whale watching. There is also a huge zipline there, the largest on the continent or something like that. Skagway's most popular is the White Pass Railroad, but they aren't crossing into Canada in 2022, so the offerings are limited.
  9. We're scheduled to dock at that same Juneau dock area, when we are there on Radiance in a couple weeks. Only two ships in port that day, us and Ovation that comes later. Not sure why we are stuck so far out when there are a lot of empty berths, plus with gas prices running the shuttle buses must be expensive. I saw elsewhere online that there was a charge for those buses, if you didn't want to walk. I know you didn't get off, but did you hear from any of the other passengers that there was a fee?
  10. We're in the same position. We have to test before a flight out of Vancouver this month. The day before is a sea day, so I expect Voom to not cooperate. We have an evening flight, and have scheduled an excursion that brings us to the airport. Since we need to test before we leave the ship, we are going to do it in our cabin once we have cell data before we leave. Requires getting up all the earlier, but it may be our only choice.
  11. When our kids were under 21, the graphics on their seapass cards were different than ours, signifying that they were under 21 to anyone who just glanced at it.
  12. We end in Vancouver on May 20...hoping the same thing!
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