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  1. Royal Caribbean announced their extension of their suspension to 31st December today. Have emailed my travel agent asking for a refund on our 30th December cruise out of Sydney on Serenade.
  2. Royal Caribbean's site still says cruising to resume after 31st October for Australia, with an update date of 3rd Sept (yesterday) which of course makes no sense. We are booked on Serenade on 30th Dec to NZ and I understand this of course won't happen, wish the cruise lines would just admit it. My TA wants me to pay in full next month and I want my deposit back!
  3. The 2 Pullman (upper) berths were fine for us. The children were 9 and 11 and very happy to sleep up there. As an extra note, we cruised on 2 other cruise lines when children were 5 and 7, and 7 and 9, internal quad share cabins all the way, never been a problem. When my youngest was only 5 we thought he was too young for a bunk bed so I took the upper berth, along side my 7 yo, while my husband and the 5yo took the lower berths, it worked just the fine, I didn't love getting down in the morning on the metal ladder (I have joint pain when I first wake up) but that was a small price
  4. Yes the final sea day is really more a scenic cruising day if you get the right weather. We saw whales quite close to the ship (I didn’t manage a photo)
  5. ISP – we spent the morning exploring the nature trail and the beach – low cloud and chilly but spotted lots of bald eagles on the beach , lunch at the cannery (I think thats what its called?) and then repeated the morning’s activities in under blue skies and sun as well as taking the bus to Hoonah for a quick explore. KETCHIKAN – we had a kayaking excursion booked, it was a very wet day, even though they provided us with the right equipment we did wind up wet to the skin, I was worried the children were getting too wet & cold, but overall they rated it one of the best parts of
  6. SKAGWAY – we did the same Chilkoot Charters tour as PCWALTON but we also added the dog cart ride because our children really wanted to. Those dogs were very excited! and we saw a litter of 2 week old puppies.
  7. Juneau – we had reserved a rental car from Avis, when we were in Juneau we were at berth B which is not one of the most central berths, so it was only 900m walk from the berth to Avis office. We drove out of town to Mendenhall Glacier, walked out to Nugget Falls, this was around 9.30am and we were ahead of the crowds. After Mendenhall, we drove further north to Eagle Beach for a walk and then to Shrine of St Therese for another walk (children were excited to see a marmot on the beach). Returned the car to Avis, walked back into town, found ice cream for the children (Alaskan Fudge Co, queue wa
  8. Some animals from AWCC, and the view of Turnagain Arm from the top of Mt Alyeska (my children throwing snowballs)
  9. Just in case its of interest, when travelling between Anchorage and Seward, if you have a car and the time, Girdwood and the Portage Valley make excellent stops. We spent a couple of nights Girdwood and visited the Alaskan Wildlife Conservation Center, as well as taking the tram up Mt Alyeska, and driving towards Whittier to visit Begich-Boggs Visitor Center, taking the short hike to Byron Glacier and the boat trip to Portage Glacier. LUCKYNANA - we had an inside cabin when we were on Radiance too, 4 of us, quad share, 2 adults and children aged 5 and 7, there was plenty of space.
  10. Excellent idea! We were on Radiance northbound in 2015 and Coral Princess southbound last year so I'll add what I can to match your itinerary. While in Seward (2 nights) we visited the Sealife Center, saw sea otters and harbour seals from the beach, and had a fabulous time exploring Resurrection Bay with Kenai Fjords Tours (we were on the 8am 6 hour trip). TWANGSTER - no such thing as too many photos - your images are amazing!
  11. Ohhh exciting! We were on Coral in Alaska in 2019 and had a wonderful time - wrap around promenade deck, lots of outside viewing decks, buffet at the front of the ship (excellent indoor viewing in inclement weather), you can get out the front on decks 9, 10 and 11, as well as the rear of the ship (we were in an inside cabin so the outdoor viewing was really important to us). Might have to have a little look at itineraries ….!
  12. Having done both Radiance northbound and Coral Princess southbound, I would encourage you to consider a cruise itinerary that included scenic cruising in Glacier Bay NP, and one big advantage of sailing Princess is you sail from Whittier, not Seward, giving you a very scenic evening on departure as you cruise through Prince William Sound. However if you are absolutely set on RCI, I suggest a either a northbound or southbound cruise, rather than round trip from Seattle. I think on the round trip you sail west of Vancouver Island and not east? I recommend sailing east, its very sceni
  13. I have a booking on Serenade on 30th Dec 2020 for 13 nights to New Zealand. Obviously watching and waiting as patiently as possible to see what actually happens.
  14. We will be on board Serenade somewhere between Australia and New Zealand for New Year Eve. We've not cruised over the holiday period before and have no idea what to expect. I assume it will be a formal night but what else could we expect in the way of activities on NYE that might appeal to our family (children will be 13 and 10 years old). And aside from semi formal and formal nights, are there any other themed nights (13 night cruise if that matters)? Many thanks Lou
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