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Radiance Of The Seas Southbound - July 19-July 26

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8 hours ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

That is a great feeling!  I always look forward to that.  To me it means, finally, the vacation can really begin!  Enjoy!

 

5 hours ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Unpacking and getting the muster drill behind you.  THEN your cruise is really ready to start !
 

Unpacking, getting the muster drill behind you, and getting a cocktail for sail away!! THEN the cruise is officially under way. 😁

 

@Adam23, have a great trip and I hope you see lots more spectacular scenery and wildlife!

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Day three has begun! Almost time to walk off the ship for Juneau for our Glacier Trek.

the first evening on board and our first full day (sea day at Hubbard Glacier) were jam packed with great food and having fun.

First dinner in Main dinning room was absolutely fantastic. I had the fish of the day. It was so good I ordered another plate. My girlfriend got the chicken fingers and fries. Might have been the best chicken fingers I’ve had in a while.

Day two we hung out in the Solarium and I also went to an Enrichment lecture on whales in the morning. In the afternoon we arrived to Hubbard Glacier. What a massive glacier. Was a near perfect day to view the glacier. No rain at all. A great back to back days seeing two glaciers in a row.

 

Day two was also formal night. In the evening however, we went to Izumi. Izumi lived up to the hype and was one of the best meals I’ve had with Royal caribbean.

 

sorry for the rushed message. Below are photos from the days

 

Time to enjoy Juneau

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49 minutes ago, Adam23 said:

Day two was also formal night. In the evening however, we went to Izumi. Izumi lived up to the hype and was one of the best meals I’ve had with Royal caribbean

Yum on izumi!!! I can't wait to go......   Jane

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Happy Monday! Thank you everyone for all the love.

 

Yesterday in Juneau was a blast. We are in port from 9am to 9pm. Started off the day with a fresh Windjammer Omlette. As soon as the captain gave us the all clear we headed straight off the ship. We docked at the AJ dock which mean’t we are about 20min walk from downtown. Luckily the excursion company met us at the dock. It appeared it was going to be a crowded day in Juneau. Ovation also came in after we arrived. What a beautiful ship.

 

There were plenty of folks on Radiance who participated in the tour so almost everyone in our group was on our ship. The Mendenhall Glacier Trek exclusion was from 930am -530pm. We arrived to the west glacier trail head parking lot. Received our supplied backpacks and fitted gear. The supplied items included a bag of snacks, helmet, harness and crampons for boots.

 

Around 1030 we started our hike. It was a beautiful hike. I believe about 3 or 4 miles one way. The terrain was a bit rough so definitely not an easy hike. We took a few rest stops along the way and made it to the glacier shortly after 1. I was blown away by all the blue ice that is exposed in cracks and caverns. The crampons made it really easy to walk on and our guides made sure to make it as safe as possible for us. We were on the ice for about an hour. While there are no ice caves we can explore at this time hopefully some more are created in the future. Our guides said just a few years ago there were some incredible ice caves.

 

Once back to Juneau we got dropped off downtown and got a bite to eat and looked around. We had some of the best fish tacos on earth at Deckhand Dave’s and stopped for fudge and ice cream. We had an 830 my time dinning reservation so we got ready for that. Once again our food was great. Service was a little slow. But I imagine that was because everyone had later dinner due to the later time in port. After dinner we went to the Love and Marriage game show. Absolutely hilarious.

 

well time for Skagway. Below are photos from yesterday

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Hello all.

Sorry for the delay and gap in posting. We got so busy and caught up in our vacation I didn’t really have time to sit down and tupe out detailed posts. I’ll update with a day by day posting later today. I’ll have even more photos when we download the photos from my girl friends camera. Dreading going back to work. Was for sure a vacation of a lifetime.

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Day 4: Skagway

 

Skagway we were in port from 7am - 830pm. An incredibly long day in port. Which meant you could easily do multiple excursions or activities. This stop was the most difficult for us to decide what to do. Since we took the train to Seward we did not want to take the Whitepass railroad. So in a last minute decision  (a few weeks ago) we settled on a Kayak excursion at a local lake over in Haines.

 

The day started off with a coffee from Latte Tudes and breakfast in the Food Jammer. Once off the ship we noticed we were in port today with Ovation of Seas again. I’m sorry I messed up and missed a golden opportunity of a side by side photo of them in port.

 

The excursion was booked through an independent company using Trip Advisor reviews. The excursion started at 930 am and consisted of a ferry ride from Skagway to Haines and then a short van ride to the lake. The trip over in the Ferry was great took about 45 min. I highly recommend taking the ferry to Haines and at least check out the town. I believe it departs every hour from Skagway. We had a fun time on lake, we were on the water for almost 2 hours.

If we could do the excursion over again we would have booked the Wildlife Center excursion. The wildlife center is also close to Haines and requires use of the ferry. I believe it is an excursion offered through Royal. You take a trip to the wildlife center where you see all these exoctic local Alaskan animals. You even kiss a moose! We heard about it while on our ferry ride over. My girlfriend was disappointed we didn’t see this excursion in our planning. I am too. She loves animals and it would have been a lot more fun than kayaking. But it means we now have to come back to Alaska again.

 

Once back to Skagway we explored the town and got a bite to eat. We stopped at the Skagway brewing company. Beer was good and so was the Halibut and chips. Not the best food we had in any of the ports. But glad we tried it. Dinner was in the main dining room. It was fantastic. We were blown away by how great the main dining room food was.

 

Below are photos from the day. A nice view of Haines and a few small cruise ships in port. As well as my halibut and chips. I was so hungry I ate some before I realized I needed a photo. I need to get the kayaking photos from my girlfriend. I left my phone in the van while we were on and around the lake.

 

 

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11 hours ago, Adam23 said:

Hello all.

Sorry for the delay and gap in posting. We got so busy and caught up in our vacation I didn’t really have time to sit down and tupe out detailed posts. I’ll update with a day by day posting later today. I’ll have even more photos when we download the photos from my girl friends camera. Dreading going back to work. Was for sure a vacation of a lifetime.

And that's how it should be!  No time to blog.  So glad you had a great time and can't wait to see all the pics!!!!!   Good luck on the work thing... Not looking forward to that in 2 weeks either!!! Jane

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