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Cruising With JT

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  1. You're welcome! Just made my final payment tonight!! Can't wait ? I haven't booked any excursions yet, but I usually always go through the cruise line. It's a little bit more expensive but the peace of mind and assurance of returning to the ship without it leaving me is worth the cost, lol!
  2. Same here! I actually just changed my username to 'Cruising With JT' as I am in the process of creating a few cruise-related social media channels...but it's still me, johnt83 ?
  3. Changed my username to 'Cruising With JT' as I am in the process of creating a few cruise-related social media channels...but it's still me, johnt83 ?
  4. I grabbed it a few days ago!! Moved from 6652 since Deck 6 has more lifeboat obstruction ? hopefully it wasn't you that cancelled?! Will you still be joining us? I enjoy your pics/posts! Are you instagram?
  5. Totally get what you mean...COVID really disrupted life for the past 1+ year and it's finally looking like things are slowly but surely getting back to normal, although it will take time to get back to before the pandemic started. We aren't out of it yet but I feel like progress is being made. Smaller ships aren't bad or anything, they offer a different kind of experience. The smallest ship I ever went on was our first cruise in 2009 the Carnival Sensation which held around 2,000 people. We had a blast. Ships nowadays offer different experiences so if you have your eyes set on Europe, go for it! The ports will be worth it and any ship really Royal Caribbean has is pretty good. You're on a cruise and that's all that matters! As for dining, I am vegetarian so my options are somewhat limited in the specialty dining offerings... typically we eat in the Windjammer buffet and Main Dining room. On Ovation though, I am trying Jamie's Italian for the first time for lunch on our first sea day (Aug 28th) but that's all I have booked. Other than that I will be eating at the buffet, may go to the dining room once or twice (I am going solo so prefer not to eat a 1-2 hour meal by myself lol rather just eat and move on with other things), Solarium bistro looks good and of course my all-time favorite, Sorrento's pizza...I will be eating a lot of pizza and sandwiches from Cafe Promenade, oh and Cafe Two70!! They make AMAZING paninis, sandwiches and Salads. You will love the Two270 Cafe... grab a nice bite and go chill in the seating area while watching the amazing views from the back of the ship. Wonderland I hear is an experience so I would recommend doing that. I have never done it since it isn't really vegetarian friendly.
  6. Nice! Ovation for the 2nd time will be fun. To answer your Question #4, I actually booked this cruise because of the ship, Alaska is just a bonus that I don't have to fly anywhere and it's beautiful. I may not even get off the ship to be honest since I've been to all the ports except Sitka. I am going 100% because I just want to be on a ship again. Plus it'd be nice to see Dawes Glacier this time. Last time we went on Ovation in late August 2019, we didn't make it to Endicott Arm/Dawes Glacier, so we didn't see it due to extremely heavy fog. Basically the ship horn was going off every 5 minutes so other vessels in the area knew there was a massive ship in the water nearby. You can't really predict the weather in Alaska. I am a big ship guy, not so much into smaller ships. My next 7 cruises are on -- Ovation, Freedom, Odyssey, Navigator, Navigator, Symphony, and Oasis. I like big ships and cannot lie ? Funny thing about coffee, I don't drink it either, and guess where I work? #1 coffee company headquartered in Seattle ?
  7. Hi everyone! Just booked this 3-nighter on Freedom from 11/12-11/15 as part of a back to back, or should I say "side to side"... once this one ends from Miami, headed up north to Fort Lauderdale to join Odyssey of the Seas from 11/15-11/20. I am getting used to these back to back/side by sides ? Hope to learn about others joining onboard!
  8. Nice!! Are you guys going on a different cruise line/ship in May 2022? Seattle is well known for...coffee (Starbucks and Seattle's best) but you probably already knew that ? Food wise... I am not a huge foodie but there are definitely unique restaurants...seafood is big here even though I don't eat it... I recommend Salty's on Alki (I'd go there if I ate fish). https://www.saltys.com/seattle/ That's Seattle in the background. Lots of great options around here... Canlis is also good but go with an appetite...these are all fine dining just FYI https://canlis.com/ I would even recommend a dinner cruise if you really want to explore the area... my wife and I did this for our anniversary a few years back, although not sure how different it is now with Covid. https://www.waterwayscruises.com/departure-ports/waterwayshomeport/ Maybe a warmup to dinner on the bigger cruise ship? ?
  9. Awesome, let's coordinate and plan where to meetup etc as we get closer to sail date! I am John btw, not sure if I caught your name? ?
  10. Our first time to Skagway we did the White pass scenic railway as well, went waay up like a 4-5 hour trip and it was simply amazing. Chihuly Gardens is nice! I made a comment on my previous post above with some other things to do here... love them all.
  11. Well this won't really come as a surprise, but it's the Space Needle. I have taken many family members and friends here when they visit, there is so much to do around the Space Needle as well, you have EMP (Experience Music Project), and Pike Place Market is a quick drive over. Then there is Belltown, Seattle Art Museum, Chihuly Garden and Glass...Seattle Aquarium...The Great wheel... a quick ferry to Bainbridge Island...and of course the majestic Mt. Rainier but that's a few hour drive but well worth it. You can even consider a short Puget Sound Argosy cruise or head over to Alki beach for some amazing beautiful views of Seattle. Kerry Park is also nice for a view of the Emerald City. If you google any of these you'll see what I am talking about. Bottom line is there is nothin short of amazing here in Seattle, you will enjoy your time!
  12. This thread has gotten awfully quiet after the Odyssey moved it's inaugural ?
  13. Have a great time. Not sure if you knew but this sailing is 1 week after the RCL Blog group cruise on Harmony!! 11/21/21!
  14. First time on Quantum class and Alaska, you are in for a real treat! Yes the Boeing tour "Future of flight" is definitely worth it if it's your first time here, we did it ages ago and if your husband likes planes, I'd consider that along with the Museum of Flight, check them out ?
  15. They pulled them likely to make sure they can accommodate enough people from other ships being moved over to the Odyssey. Those people have to be booked first before opening the rest to the public. They should've done this from the start honestly.
  16. Count me in! I am coming solo -- wife and daughter are staying home as they've already been to Alaska so I can do whatever whenever wherever... I am not much of a drinker either BUT I will be happy to hang out and check out the fun venues... I love Ovation... their pub is always hopping and my fav was the Bionic Bar, I probably got 5 drinks from there during my last cruise (non beverage package :p)
  17. Hi everyone!!! I just booked this sailing tonight!! Grabbed what looked to be the last solo Studio Oceanview balcony room on Deck 6!! Wahoo!! Other dates I couldn't find anything so this worked out for me! I live in the Seattle area so very convenient for me ? This will be my 3rd time to Alaska, so ask away! I am really excited to be back on Ovation 2 years later!! Pretty much exactly 2 years later... I went with my family on 8/30/2019 now going solo on 8/27/2021 ? Ask me any questions you have and I will do my best to tell you about my experience from 2 years ago! Pic below is from high above the North Star on our lovely ship, the Ovation of the Seas! You guys are going to LOVE it ? I love Quantum class ships...so much... in November I am going on the Quantum-ultra class ship Odyssey of the Seas! Can't wait to be back onboard in under 3 months!
  18. Welp that was quick...I found a studio balcony room on Ovation sailing 8/27 out of my hometown Seattle and I pulled a @Mattand YOLO booked it!!! Got the last studio oceanview balcony room on deck 6! Hoooray!! Excited to be back on Ovation 2 years later!! Pretty much exactly 2 years later... I went 8/30/2019 now going 8/27/2021...lovely ? @CruisingKat(Kathy)I am on your sailing!!! can't wait to meet you!
  19. True....I am looking at doing a solo studio balcony on Ovation (availability is very limited right now unfortunately or none at all) or going on the brand new Norwegian Encore in their studio cabin...it's right in my backyard here in Seattle and I love not having to fly to go on a cruise...40 minute drive and I am there. Norwegian has already come out and said ALL guests must be vaccinated so that means no kids I am guessing, and I also went on Ovation 2 years ago to Alaska so think I may temporarily go back to my 2nd fav cruise line for this one and try their newest ship...got 5 Royal after that ? including my next one on Odyssey, Royal's newest ship, pretty cool to do b2b newest ships in the fleet! I want to go on Freedom in August but I hear that the weather is extremely hot in the Caribbean then... plus the risk of hurricane season...sigh..would hate to miss my 1st ever trip to Perfect day @ cococay.
  20. Wow so many things are changing... it's like a risk to book any of these new US sailings.
  21. Hey all, have the health protocols been released for Ovation/Serenade to Alaska from Seattle starting in July/August? I recall it will be vaccinated for guests who are eligible but wondering about masks, social distancing etc. Thank you.
  22. Crazy... I almost booked one of these last night as well...not sure what's going on but we'll know soon enough.
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