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An Alaskan Ovation - Ovation of the Seas 9/13/2019-9/20/2019 Alaskan Cruise Live(ish) blog

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Hi all! Today, we're one week out from our cruise, so I figured I'd get this thing kicked off!

This will be the first Alaskan cruise for everyone in our group, so we're all really looking forward to it!  It's the last official Alaskan trip for the Ovation this season before she moves on to visit Hawaii and then on to Australia.  (I'm waaaay jealous of those folks doing a b2b2b - what an incredible experience that has to be!)

Itinerary:

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Who's going:

We're a group of 6 this time - Myself (Phill), my Wife Kelly,  SIL Cyndi, BIL George, and our friends Polly and Sheri.

Pre-Cruise:

Each couple are on different flights into Seattle the day before - We're flying in from Philly, and the rest are flying in from Newark.  Our flight leaves at 6 AM, and we'll arrive around 10 AM Seattle time.  I'm not one to sleep on an airplane, but hopefully I can catch a few winks.  My wife and I along with the In-laws are booked at the Moore hotel in downtown Seattle.  This hotel offers a room with two bedrooms with a bathroom in between - those logistics should be fun, but the price was right and it's only one night, so we booked it!  The Moore is just a short walk away from Pike Place Market, so we plan on touring around that area. I donate plenty of money to Starbucks, so I'll be excited to visit the original. Polly and Sheri have booked the Edgewater hotel which isn't too far away either, and right on the water...the pictures of that hotel look amazing!

Cabin:

Each couple has booked a balcony cabin close together on Deck 13 forward.

Pre-cruise purchases:

Everyone booked The Key as well as the 3 night dining package.  I'm team DX for life since I easily break even and way beyond (even on port days :P) - myself, George, Polly and Sheri have the DX, My wife and Cyndi have the Refreshment package since they will not drink enough to make the DX package make financial sense.  Any alcohol on their part will be a-la-carte.

Excursions:

In Juneau, we are doing the Mendenhall Glacier tour and Salmon Bake (Purchased through the cruise planner)

Skagway, we've booked the White Pass Scenic Railway (also through cruise planner)

No real plans for the rest of the ports, we'll either stay on the ship or stroll around the port area.

Post Cruise:

Cyndi and George have a wedding to attend, so they'll be headed to the airport after debarkation.  Since this cruise ends in Vancouver, and we've never been, my wife and I along with Polly and Sheri have decided to extend our stay by one night.  We've booked the River Rock Casino in Richmond, BC which is a little south of the cruise port.  We'll fly back out to Philly early the next morning.

 

I look forward to documenting our adventure - let me know if anyone has any questions or if there's anything in particular you'd like to see, and thanks for reading!

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We were on the Aug 23rd sailing.  There are no words for the scenery and wildlife on this cruise.  It was an amazing trip!  I know you will enjoy it.  I'll be following along in hopes it helps my post cruise low!!

Tip for the train in Skagway--sit on the left hand side.  

 

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5 minutes ago, Vacation Crazy said:

We were on the Aug 23rd sailing.  There are no words for the scenery and wildlife on this cruise.  It was an amazing trip!  I know you will enjoy it.  I'll be following along in hopes it helps my post cruise low!!

Tip for the train in Skagway--sit on the left hand side.  

 

Awesome!  Thanks so much for the tip, I'll definitely remember that!  

These live blogs definitely help the post cruise blues!  We usually cruise once a year, so it helps a lot during the dry dock phase!

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2 hours ago, firebuck said:

 

Excursions:

In Juneau, we are doing the Mendenhall Glacier tour and Salmon Bake (Purchased through the cruise planner)

Skagway, we've booked the White Pass Scenic Railway (also through cruise planner)

No real plans for the rest of the ports, we'll either stay on the ship or stroll around the port area.

 

Victoria is beautiful and not to be missed - I don't recommend staying on the ship.  I've never had a stay there that's lasted as long as on Ovation (we were on Ovation in June), and while we've been to Victoria before, this was the first time we had so much time to explore. We just walked off of the ship and went downtown, explored the shops, restaurants and bars - we even went to the Miniature Museum this time!  If you have lovely weather (as we did, actually hot everywhere during our sailing) don't miss out on at least strolling through town!

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2 minutes ago, SpeedNoodles said:

Victoria is beautiful and not to be missed - I don't recommend staying on the ship.  I've never had a stay there that's lasted as long as on Ovation (we were on Ovation in June), and while we've been to Victoria before, this was the first time we had so much time to explore. We just walked off of the ship and went downtown, explored the shops, restaurants and bars - we even went to the Miniature Museum this time!  If you have lovely weather (as we did, actually hot everywhere during our sailing) don't miss out on at least strolling through town!

Thanks for the tip!  I'm all for walking around the port, so we'll definitely do that then.

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Just now, firebuck said:

Thanks for the tip!  I'm all for walking around the port, so we'll definitely do that then.

If you like fried fish, this is highly recommended.  The lines can be long...totally worth it.  Portions are huge, so don't over order!

https://www.redfish-bluefish.com/

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Just got off the Ovation about 3 hours ago, I’m actually posting this from SEA-TAC Airport.

I hope you get good weather so the ship can go into Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier. We had to turn back because of the fog.

I hope the sky will be clear in Juneau when you get there. Some passengers saw the Northern Lights; I didn’t because I fell asleep while waiting for them to appear.  That’s one of my greatest regrets on this cruise. I asked a lady to Airdrop pictures she took of them.

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For the White Pass Train Ride in Skagway,  if at all possible, get the last car.  That way, you get to see both sides of the railroad. I stayed on the back platform for most of the ride. FYI, it was very windy and chilly.

On the left side, you will see the mountains and the waterfalls.  On the right you see the valley and the ravines.

In Victoria, you might want to visit the Buchart Gardens, it’s a visual feast.

 

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4 hours ago, RatedPG said:

I hope the sky will be clear in Juneau when you get there. Some passengers saw the Northern Lights; I didn’t because I fell asleep while waiting for them to appear.  That’s one of my greatest regrets on this cruise. I asked a lady to Airdrop pictures she took of them.

My Sister-in-law is reeeeally hoping to see the Northern Lights - well, we all are, but she's the most excited I think lol.  

That's really a shame about the fog.... that's going to be one of things I'm also looking forward to most.  I can understand how you'd be bummed.  

Thanks again for all your tips, they're really appreciated!

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3 hours ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

Have a great trip @firebuck!  Going to find some poutine this time? lol

Haha we shall see!  I'm sure there's gotta be some decent poutine in BC somewhere, right??  I noticed that on the menu for the restaurant in Victoria that @SpeedNoodles recommended that there is a seafood poutine... I'm not a seafood fan, but fries, cheese curds and gravy can make anything taste good!

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On ‎9‎/‎6‎/‎2019 at 12:45 PM, firebuck said:

Awesome!  Thanks so much for the tip, I'll definitely remember that!  

These live blogs definitely help the post cruise blues!  We usually cruise once a year, so it helps a lot during the dry dock phase!

I'm in my dry dock phase after having our vacation last month.  We don't know what our plans are yet for next year and it's oh so depressing.  Take heart in knowing your blog is keeping me alive! lol

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It’s cruise day!!

 

We arrived in Seattle yesterday around 10 AM and hopped the link light rail ($3.00 per person) from the airport to the University Street stop which was about a half of a mile walk to our hotel which is very near the Public Market area.

Arriving prior to check-in, our room understandably wasn’t ready but we were able to drop our bags off at the hotel, and were given several restaurant recommendations for lunch.  We settled on The Virginia Inn for  some comfort food and a decent local draft beer list as well.   After lunch we walked around the Pike Place area.

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Some really good people watching down by the water...

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As a frequent customer of their franchise locations, of course I had to visit the original Starbucks location.  There was a line to get in and when I arrived it  was about 15 people deep, but it went fairly quickly.

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After a bit more walking around and exploring we met up with Polly and Sheri at the Edgewater Hotel for happy hour in the lounge which had great views of the sunset last night.8B711065-AB1E-48AD-AAB5-255C24CBB6D8.thumb.jpeg.9019469d9a55267f9ad0f8d876244f2c.jpeg

Yesterday was a lonnng day, having woken up at 3:30 AM to catch our flight and losing 3 hours to the time change, we were completely zonked our by 8:30PM local time.  

Now it’s time to get ready, grab a bite to eat at a place near us called “The Biscuit Bitch” (How we not try that?) and Uber over to the Port!  We’re aiming for a 10 AM arrival.  Will update more from Pier 91!

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19 minutes ago, firebuck said:

As a frequent customer of their franchises locations, of course I had to visit the original Starbucks location.  There was a line to get in and when I arrived it  was about 15 people deep, but it went fairly quickly.

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I went to the wrong Starbucks at first! 😂 

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