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  1. Wow I didn't know this cruise had been delayed.  My girlfriend and I will be on this cruise.  It will be our first Oasis Class ship.  If you are interested, you should join the Facebook group for this sailing.  There are some fun things lined up: Pub Crawls, Room Crawls, a Slot Pull and lots of excited people waiting for this sailing.  

  2. 11 hours ago, Pooch said:

    You should be able to see menus in the app already.

    Thanks for the heads up!  I kept checking the website under "my cruise" and not the app.  Confirmed it will be night 6.  I sure hope there isn't a limit to one per person.  Worst case, my girlfriend doesn't eat seafood so I can just eat hers 😃 I can already see the difference in the menu compared to our 4 day on Freedom.  

    11 hours ago, PPPJJ-GCVAB said:

    This is our first Southern Caribbean and I love it!
    Our itinerary was changed around so we would miss Fiona and it has worked out perfectly!  Hope yours is just as awesome!

    Glad you are enjoying it, and thank you I'm sure ours will be too!  Been counting the days since we booked it Feb 14th of this year.  Luckily we had a 4 day in May on Freedom to help us get through.   

  3. 3 hours ago, PPPJJ-GCVAB said:

    I am currently on Allure for 8 nights and lobster night is tomorrow which is day 6.  If you plan on dining at specialty restaurants you can look at dining in the Royal app to view menus for each night.  Or you can just ask the wait staff In the MDR to check on which night.

    Wow...Looks like you are on the exact same (from Fort Lauderdale) day by day itinerary I will be sailing on Harmony in November.  Have you done this 8 night southern Caribbean itinerary before?  How has the cruise been so far?   52 days to go!!!

  4. Which night is usually lobster night?  I will be on Harmony 8 nights this coming November.  I did purchase a 3 night dining package for this sailing, and waiting for the release of the MDR menu to coordinate our specialty dining.  I'd rather have lobster in the MDR, otherwise that may be too much food at a specialty.  

  5. @Adriana New Jersey ah ok.  I grew in NYC living in Los Angeles for 15 years now.  I will always be an East Coaster at heart.  Visited Miami for the 1st time in May of this year to check out the city and sailed with Royal for the 1st time on Freedom of the Seas.  We really liked Miami but could never live there.  It's just way too hot for us!  My aunt lives in Jersey City not far from the port, is retired and sails Anthem and Oasis several times a year out of there.  It's possible she may even be on your Oct 29th sailing. 

    Have you sailed on Anthem before and done that itinerary?  It looks cool except for the return trip, which I would imagine is not ideal (in terms of weather) heading north on those sea days.    

  6. On 9/15/2022 at 10:21 AM, steverk said:

    Radiance does round trip Vancouver, which is easier to manage than ovations Vancouver to Seattle. 

    Better than either one would be a one way Vancouver to Seward.

    Not sure why Vancouver round trip would be easier, I would think flying back from Seattle would be.  Also we live in Los Angeles which is a little cheaper and a lot more flight options.  

    Believe me I would love to do a one way, but it's way too inconvenient and expensive.  

  7. I was just about to book the May 11th 2023 Radiance (first Alaska cruise btw) until I saw this Ovation sailing.  I know a Radiance class ship can't compare to a Quantum, but how do you all feel about the itinerary on this sailing? I noticed the itinerary difference is Radiance goes through Icy Straight Point, Hubbard and the Inside Passage.  They both go to Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan with Ovation adding Sitka. 

  8. Let me ask everyone another question...

    If you had a choice between these two ships and their itinerary, which would you choose and why?  Keep in mind this would be our first Alaska cruise, and I'm aware of the difference between Ovation and Radiance.  Most likely we would have to go with an interior.

    Is Hubbard that much better than Enditcott Arm? Is Ovation also made for views both inside and on deck like Radiance?  Notice Radiance goes to Icy Straight plus the Inside Passage and Ovation does not. So here are two examples...

    RADIANCE of the SEAS 8 nights out of Vancouver 

    Day 1 Vancouver

    Day 2 At Sea

    Day 3 Juneau 11am to 8pm

    Day 4 Skagway 7am to 8pm

    Day 5 Hubbard Glacier 2pm to 6pm

    Day 6 Icy Straight Point 6:30 am to 3pm

    Day 7 Ketchikan 9am to 5pm

    Day 8 Inside Passage

    Day 9 Vancouver


    Ovation of the Seas 8 nights out of Vancouver to Seattle

    Day 1 Vancouver

    Day 2 At Sea

    Day 3 Sitka 11am to 7pm

    Day 4 Juneau 9am to 9pm

    Day 5 Skagway 7am to 8pm

    Day 6 Edicott Arm and Dawes Glacier

    Day 7 Ketchikan 8am to 6pm

    Day 8 At sea

    Day 9 SEATTLE


  9. @SolariumSnoozer Wow what an in depth review.  Sorry to hear the ship wasn’t the greatest.  Thank you for your input and sharing those awesome photos! 

    I appreciate everyone's thoughts and input.  Seems like no matter what you do, or which ship one sails on, Alaska is one amazing place!  I would love to sail on a Quantum class ship, and wish it could do that same itinerary as the May 11th Radiance sailing.  It would be an interesting comparison, especially since I will be sailing on Harmony (1st Oasis Class sailing) this coming November..... 69 days to go!!


  10. 2 hours ago, FireFishII said:

    @Aron_Ross - sorry I never got back to you.  The food was good.  But I don't think it was anything special.  My family had too many restaurants picked out so it made the Taste of Royal almost meaningless.  If we were not doing any other specialty restaurant, then the Taste of Royal would have been a treat. Just my opinion. 

    No worries thanks for the update!  Good to know and I probably won't be doing it on my next cruise.  We have 150 Central Park, Chops, Wonderland and lunch at Jaime's already picked out.  

  11. Hi Adriana,

    I would consider myself a person who likes seafood but does not love it.  There are just some things I will not eat.  I hated fish of any kind as a kid, but as an adult I have grown to like it.  My other half is a picky eater and not just with fish.  She will only eat fried shrimp and look, I get why people don't like fish believe me!  She once tasted a Mayan style fish near Cancun while we were on vacation, and to my surprise she loved it.  I can't recall the type of fish, but it was light and the seasoning was spectacular!  To her credit, last year she tasted and liked my fried Alligator bites in Tampa FL.  She was once curious about tasting my charbroiled Oysters in New Orleans as she saw how I was in pure bliss, then asked (with a look of concern) if it tasted like the ocean.  Unfortunately I said yes and advised against it.  She will gag if something doesn't taste right and didn't want that to happen in the restaurant.  Ha ha hopefully that story is not discouraging you. 

    I'm just curious which ship are you sailing on?  By any chance would it be a ship that has Hooked Seafood?  I'm no expert on Royal and it's dining, but I think that one has steak.  Perhaps you can try some things there since you have the UDP?  Oh and by the way, if ever you have a chance to try the big fat sea scallops, give those a try.  I can eat those by the buckets...fried, steamed or seared!!  

  12. 32 minutes ago, JennaRCB said:

    I just sailed on Radiance one-way to Seward (Anchorage) from Vancouver and had a wonderful time! Matt shared my live blog above if you want to read about the day to day life onboard.

    The 8 day roundtrip on May 11, 2023 looks nice if that's the one you are thinking of. I would probably do that one instead of the one-way unless you plan to spend time in Alaska on land either before or after a one-way cruise. It was kind of a pain (and more expensive) having to fly back from Anchorage as opposed to Vancouver after my cruise!

    Plus, it visits 4 Alaska ports in addition to Hubbard Glacier. That's the same you'll see on a 7-night one-way cruise.

    The roundtrip sailings from Seattle typically visit only 3 Alaska ports and then Victoria, Canada. So this itinerary looks better in my opinion! Plus it goes to Ketchikan, which has been my favorite Alaska port so far. Price looks nice too.

    I'd say go for it!

    Jenna!!..Well hi there,  

    Of course, I read every bit of your recent blog and loved it!  There was so much insight and I almost felt like I was there with you.  And yes the May 11th sailing is the one I will probably book tomorrow with MEI.  I have been going back and forth on which sailing looked the best and that one seems to be the winner.  I would love to do a Quantum class ship and Seattle is a little easier, but my girlfriend keeps reminding me that we are going for the itinerary and not the ship.  And as I stated in the thread, I am very impressed with Radiance for an older ship.  We also have never been to Vancouver, so we plan on at least two days there and then sail away.

    Thank you for responding and your advice on that sailing.  I agree with everything you wrote.  I think I will be booking it for sure! 

  13. 1 hour ago, NJCruisers said:

    I recently booked this cruise, but it's not round trip. You can either go Northbound Vancouver to Seward or Southbound Seward to Vancouver, unless of course you are lucky enough to do a back to back cruise and do both!

    I have been watching a bunch of videos too and I'm so excited. Lots of planning to do! 🙂

    Hi NJCruisers,

    Looks like you are from the NJ area?  I actually grew up in NYC and have been living in Los Angeles for 15 years now.  I SOOO regret never experiencing the Caribbean or cruising when I lived in NY.  Traveling or cruising there from LA is a little more of a hassle.  Anyway, a few years ago my girlfriend and I sailed on Carnival to the Caribbean out of New Orleans and it was a total game changer.  We fell in love with the Caribbean!  We have sailed the Mexican Riviera out here, but it just doesn't compare.  My aunt lives in Jersey City, is retired and often sails out of Bayonne on Oasis and sometimes on Anthem I think.  I recently asked her if she gets tired of the same itinerary: Port Canaveral, Coco Cay, Nassau and she loves it every time!  I'm sure I would too...ha ha! 

    Glad to hear you booked an Alaska cruise.  Wow, I wish we could do back to back hopefully one day.  I'm just so surprised at how few flights there are daily from Anchorage to LA and vice versa.  Good to hear you are also watching videos they provide so much information.  Matt's blog has been incredibly helpful too!  I'm so glad I discovered it and his YouTube channel.  Can't plan anything for Alaska yet since we have a cruise coming up in Nov on Harmony to SO Caribbean.  It will be our first time on an Oasis class, and first to Labadee, Aruba and Curacao.  We are SO excited and have been counting down since we booked that cruise in Feb of this year.  Sorry for the long response I could discuss these topics endlessly.


  14. Hello all,

    I posted this in a previously sailed roll call and realized it may not get read, so I figured I’d start a new one.

    I am very close to booking an 8 night round trip Vancouver to Alaska on Radiance for May 2023.  I was wondering if anyone has sailed that itinerary and what the weather, ship and excursions were like?  What were the pros and cons overall?  I watched a walk-through of Radiance on YouTube, and was quite impressed by how nice it is for a 20+ year old ship.  I toyed with idea of sailing southbound flying to Anchorage, but the flights are too pricey and there is only one direct flight a day to Los Angeles.  

  15. Hello all,

    I am very close to booking an 8 night round trip Vancouver to Alaska on Radiance for May 11th 2023.  I was wondering how this cruise worked out for everyone?  How was the weather, the ship, excursions etc?  What were the pros and cons overall.  I watched a walk through of Radiance on YouTube and was quite impressed by how nice it is for a 20+ year old ship.  


  16. 2 hours ago, ScooterScott22 said:

    @Aron_Ross I don’t think you shared if you had previously tried any of the venues on other ships but you did mention that you have not tried Wonderland.  Wonderland is usually pretty decent (3 different ships) from our view, but you typically have to be a little open to new experiences.  

    Hi, so far we only sailed 4 days on Freedom of the Seas and had lunch at Giovanni's Kitchen.  We loved it!  We toyed with the idea in checking out Playmakers, but figured we can wait for Harmony...and then post cruise I learned it's not on Harmony😥  I definitely have more of an open mind when it comes to food.  I will try anything as long as it's not organs or bugs.  

    Speaking of Giovanni's, can anyone tell me the difference between Giovanni's Table and Giovanni's Kitchen?

  17. Some of you may have seen Matt's recent YouTube video on the various perks for the different levels of Crown and Anchor status.  This was such an informative video and makes me want to sail with Royal a lot more!  I do have some questions since I was not able to find the answer on Royal's site...

    With the exception of Pinnacle, I learned members of the same household will automatically inherit the one with the highest status when sailing together.  Does that also apply to couples who are not legally married but live in the same household? 

    Some of the additional Gold benefits Matt mentioned were:  25% off any coffee beverage, 10% off wine beer or soda by the glass, buy bingo package get a free jackpot card, 10% off Royal Caribbean logo products.  Are those offered to each individual in the same stateroom, or just to one person?

  18. 2 hours ago, Swar said:

    We are not Wonderland friendly. Going to be forced into it On Harmony, in October, because DIL is into "eclectic" dining. Too fru fru for us, but some people love it.

    Ha ha!  My wife is not really interested in Wonderland, but I would like us to try it once.  We have seen a few videos on YouTube and she is not impressed.  I am the more adventurous eater.  I would LOVE to do the Chef's Table but that would certainly be a waste of money for her.  She said I should do it without her.  I don't think I can fit it in with our 3 night pkg, Jaime's lunch and all the other free food.  Next cruise perhaps.

  19. 2 hours ago, michaelp1446 said:

    Keep original plan and try Izumi Hibachi for lunch on a sea day.

    I didn’t know Izumi had lunch on sea days. I thought it was sushi only.  I would assume the menu is a little bit different?  I noticed Jamie‘s only excluded two items for lunch, the beef short rib and lamb chops, so the lunch seemed like a good deal for the price.

  20. Thank you all for your input much appreciated! One of the reasons Izumi may not appeal to us is that we live in Los Angeles, where there is a ton of great Asian food. Let me also add that we paid for lunch at Jamie‘s Italian. We considered the dining package, but we do like the main dining room and The Windjammer, so it didn’t seem worth it.  It’s an eight night cruise to the southern Caribbean and I’m hoping there will be a lobster night.  

    By the way, still dreaming about the unlimited lamb shanks on Freedom in the WJ!!

  21. I know there are many of you who love this restaurant.  Aside from the entertainment, what is it you like about Izumi Hibachi?  Is the food really that good?  I'd love to know.

    We purchased the 3 night dining package for our Nov 12th Harmony cruise, and still not sold on this venue.  So far we plan on using it for: Chops, Wonderland and 150 Central Park.  Keep in mind my wife and I have never been to any of these.  This will be our 2nd Royal cruise, the first was on Freedom where we dined at Giovanni's and LOVED IT!   

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