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After lots of posts in the thread "What's Going on with Scenic," and receiving little information from Scenic prior to starting our cruisetour with them in Vienna on 15 June, this thread will attempt to provide some information on our tour and cruise experiences themselves.

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Mostly Live From Nieuw Statendam Northern Isles June 22 - July 6
Hi everyone!  I am extremely excited to be going on this cruise, which leaves out of Copenhagen on June 22.  We are flying there tomorrow so we can enjoy a few days in the city before the cruise.  We have a Danish pastry making class and a trip to Tivoli Gardens planned.  I will be posting updates about the cruise whenever I can (not sure how good the wifi will be onboard) and feel free to ask any questions.  I will do my best to answer them.
 
The cruise goes to Norway, Iceland, and Scotland.
 
Now it's time to finally pack!

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Live from Quantum of the Sea's June 20th.
Hi all, I know another live thread from the Quantum of the Sea's.  This was, like most of them in June of 2021. But we all know how that turned out. Mmmhmmm...
 
But here we are finally. Our 1st Alaska cruise but probably our 20th overall. 15 or so with Rccl. We have been on 3 cruises since Dec 2021, Carnival Radiance 3 day Baja, Odessey of the seas over new years and the Celebrity Edge over spring break. (1st time on Quantum class and Edge class) so this is Numero #4 in 6 months which is crazy for us.  Usually once per year. 

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Live from Indy with UDP - 6/17/22 - 6/20/22 🍔🍺
Welcome along for a gastronomical or gastrointestinal adventure. Quick Bahamas run on Independence of the Seas.

 
First time solo, and first time with Unlimited Dining Package. And first time to potentially see a Rocket launch onboard a ship.🚀

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Live Report from MSC Virtuosa Yacht Club 11-18th June 2022 Southampton Norwegian Cruise
Good Morning! I’ve just woken up in our Premier Inn hotel in Ringwood which is a short 30 minute drive to Southampton port. We live in Bristol and travelled to Ringwood yesterday in preparation for the cruise. We have good friends who kindly offered to run us in and look after our little Smart car while we cruise. This saves us lots of cruise parking fees. We had a delicious Chinese meal together last night and will meet up with them for the drive to the port soon! Our boarding time is 10am! 
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LIVE Carnival Ecstasy 6/20-6/25
Let’s go cruising! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Once again, it’s my pleasure to take you all along on a fabulous getaway via Carnival Cruise Line. This time, it’s a kids cruise on the Ecstasy from Mobile, AL to Cozumel and Progreso. My kids are 11, 8 and 7, with the 7 yo getting his blue card this sailing. So pull on your responsible parent pants/hoochie daddy shorts, pre-purchase cabin booze, budget time for plenty of bathroom breaks, and fill up the gas tank for an overnight road trip to ALABAMA! Hope you’ll follow along! 

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On board Celebrity Silhouette, June 11-June 25.
Jim recently published a beautiful and detailed review of Celebrity Silhouette, so I don't feel the need to add more information about the ship, unless you have any questions. My intent is only to post pictures about our ports of call.
 
This said, our embarkation process in Southampton was the smoothest I ever experienced. Furthermore, staff on the ship and ashore was just phenomal! 

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LIVE! - Regal Princess, Rome to Athens, 6/18 - 6/25
I’m going to attempt to do my first LIVE review, so wish me luck! I usually get so caught up in just enjoying my vacation that I forget to take pictures of my food and other important things. 
 
Booked this cruise on 12/24/20, thinking that surely Covid would be a thing of the past in a year and a half. We all know how that went. This trip was a surprise Christmas gift to my mom; gifted Xmas 2021, so I successfully kept it a secret for a year!

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Same Ship Different Season: An Equinox LIVE Solo Review (6/18/22)
Hello My Dear CC Friends!
 
Guess what I’m doing in 3 days? 
 
Flying to Florida to sail away again on the Equinox!  Anybody in the mood for another GenX live review?
 
When last we spoke (at the end of Gen Z and I’s wonderful mother-daughter Millennium cruise in March), I was due to stay on land until hubby and I sail together again in late July.  
 
But then came a series of both fortunate and unfortunate spring events including…

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Radiance Live Review 6/10-13/2022
Hello CC, 
 
We're back onboard the beautiful Carnival Radiance for a live review! I'll go over new stuff we've learned, since this is our first time in an Ocean Suite (got an upsell offer I couldn't refuse)
 
On this trip is my DH (63) and myself (62). We're newly-minted Diamond cruises, (as you can see by my signature) and this is actually our 49th Carnival cruise. For those who are math aficionados, it becomes obvious how we got to this point. We live in SoCal (North San Diego County) and are great fans of the 3-4 night cruises. Ws cried a bit when they retired Imagination and Inspiration but we've made Radiance our new home, and are happy to have you join us. 
 
I'll add some of the questions I wanted to answer on this trip, but if anyone has something they'd like to know, just post it here and I'll try and find out for you. Keep in mind that this is a 3-night cruise, so it goes by pretty fast. So, post your questions quickly. 
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Live - Sky Princess - Norway Fjords - 11 June - 14 nights
Hello all
My wife - Pip - and I are on our first ever cruise (though we are somewhat 'experienced' travellers since retirement 5/6 years ago, travelling, pre-covid, for up to 6 months total per year. And as a point of reference too we haven't put a bag into a plane hold all that time either, travelling with one 40 litre and one 30 litre rucksack with max weight of 10 kgs, so packing for this with proper luggage was an experience in itself) 

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A Canadian takes on a B4B on Oasis 6/5/22 - 7/1/22
Hubby and I are going to be boarding Oasis of the Seas on Sunday 6/5/22 for 4 consecutive cruises.  The 1st is a 5 day to Canada and the other three are 7 cruises with stops in Port Canaveral, Nassau and Coco Cay.
 
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LIVE - Inside Passage - Ruby Princess - June 9 - 19, 2022
We thought this day would never get here!
 
We took Southwest from San Diego to San Francisco the day prior to sailing.  Our flight was on time, and we had a beautiful flight up the coast of California.   We caught an Uber from SFO to our hotel (Columbus Motor Inn) which is about 5 blocks give or take from Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 27.   The Uber cost us $37.97  which we found to be fairly reasonable.   I'm sure we could have found a cheaper ride, but we rode in comfort in a RAV4, so all is good.

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Live from Oasis 05.29.22
Well, it's been quite a ride....3 weeks from booking to sailing,  after canceling a long-standing DCL trip due to covid. 
 
I must say I am very glad we ended up on Oasis.   What an amazing ship and experience.  Our 12yo dd literally tried everything from the zip line, to Flowrider, to the Ultimate Abyss,  to every single water slide and ice skating.    For the first time, we let her do her own thing on her own schedule,  and I'd venture a guess this was her favorite vacation thus far. Until now, her only RCCL experience was Anthem; she loved the bumper cars. But Oasis pulled out in front.

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Live from Explorer—June 5-19, 2022–Haifa to Rome
At last, our much delayed and much anticipated trip has arrived.  We were scheduled for this in June 2020.  Obviously that didn’t happen.  I was getting worried about this time, but it is a go.
 
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Semi-Live-- Grand Princess June 1, 2022 Southbound Whittier to Vancouver
I will venture to start a semi-live cruise thread. We arrived in Anchorage last night around 7:00 p.m., traveling from Southwest Florida. We were originally supposed to arrive after 1:00 a.m. this morning, but we were able to change flights in Atlanta to get a direct 7 hour flight to Anchorage due to our original flights being over booked. And...they upgraded us to first class. It was amazing! 

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SS Cloud Live...ish JUNE 1-14
We boarded yesterday after a challenging journey. Will attempt to post details at some point.  SS has been excellent so far.  Our first time on the Cloud. Although I have read less than stellar reports of her condition, I must say she is a sight for sore eyes and looking lovely. The ship is full. This is surprising as we only booked 2 weeks ago and there was plenty of room available.  We are pulling into Bryher and Tresco,  Isles of Scilly. Must run for some fun. 

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NCL Getaway July 9-16, 2022-H9-Live w/pics
Well....I done did it.
 
It's my Birthday Month.  So, as a present to me, I booked a Haven Spa Suite on the Getaway.  This one is solo.  
 
It's sailing from Orlando, going to Great Stirrup Cay, the Dominican and Puerto Rico.  Been to all those ports, but it's been a while. 

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Live from the Getaway June 5-14, Baltic
We are embarking on our first cruise today and I’ve loved reading the live trip reports here the past few months.  I’ll share some of the experience and happy for any questions for others heading out soon.
 
We are two Canadians in late 40’s/mid 50’s and most of our vacations have been to all inclusive resorts in Caribbean so this European Baltic cruise is an experiment with something different.

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Well, we passed our Covid tests and are at the airport waiting to fly to Barcelona! So many of you have helped us with planning and pro tips, I decided to try to pass it forward by starting this post. WiFi permitting, I will post as I have time. This cruise is quite port intensive. We are very excited to see parts of Portugal as we have never been before. 

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Live From Majestic Princess JB5 Denali Explorer Alaska Cruise Tour 6-2022
Hello and welcome to our live from. We are so excited to be returning to Alaska after having done a round trip from Seattle so many years ago. We loved Alaska so much we knew when we returned we wanted to do a cruise tour with the land portion to really see what Alaska truly has to offer. I am starting this the day before we leave, which is actually 3 days before we begin our adventure. Due to where we live we won’t be able to get into Fairbanks until just after midnight on Monday and that’s the day we check into our hotel prior to beginning the cruise tour on Tuesday. So we booked a hotel on points for that “night” and thankfully they will either send someone to pick us up at the airport or pay for a cab, we just call when we land and they will let us know.
 
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LIVE: Zaandam 6/4 - 6/11, Montreal - Boston
Hello, I will be sailing the Zaandam on 6/4 for a 7D Montreal-Boston. I will be posting photos here. I am not great with words so the descriptions might be succinct, but hopefully my photos will more than make up for it.

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Live Review NCL Dawn British Isles One Way to Amsterdam 6/3/2022-6/12/2022.  Lots of Pictures!
The time has come for yet another virtual cruise.  This week and next I will be on NCL Dawn inside room with complimentary dinning plus 3 specialty dinning.  There will be lots of pictures as usual, lots of food and lots of my random thoughts 💭   As always, you got questions I will attempt to find an answer for you!

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Queen Mary 2, 29th May round trip crossing.
Covid tested at Nice Airport, flight on time, taxi Heathrow to Southampton 30 minutes late, but made our dinner reservation at Max's Brasserie, Oxford Street. Nice meal, lovely Sicilian white wine and back to Room2 Hotel to try out their bar/lounge. Very cosy!
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LIVE Virtuosa 13/5/22 7 nights Norwegian Fjords
We had 2 negative antigen tests yesterday so I think I can finally start this.😀
 
We will be driving to Southampton tomorrow morning to board Virtuosa. We had originally booked Magnifica for a week in Feb but when omicron hit and some of those cruises were cancelled we decided to move the booking to this one on Virtuosa. We'd been on this ship last June and loved it and we've never done the Fjords before so very excited. After our upgrade to YC last year we've booked it again, originally a YIN but our bid was accepted and we now have a balcony. 
 
Our ports are Haugesund, Hellesylt/Geiranger, Flaam and Stavanger plus 2 days at sea. We've booked the train independently for Flaam but will play the rest by ear.
 
Finishing off the packing today as we didn't want to do it before the tests and tempt fate. Also double checking that all the paperwork is printed off, am I the only one who finds all the pre cruise stuff so stressful now? Then it's counting down the hours until tomorrow.
 
 
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