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OnTheJourney

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About OnTheJourney

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    PA
  • Interests
    traveling, music, swimming, walking, plants
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Holland America, Tauck, Viking
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Have enjoyed all- Caribbean, NE / Canada, Antarctica, Baltic, Arctic Circle

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  1. Can't speak to the Escape, having never been on it, but I've done Canada / NE with Celebrity and I'd speculate to say there was as much "nightlife" as on any other cruise. Definitely be prepared for a mix of weather. We did it near the end of Sept. and had fairly mild temps but also some very cold/rainy weather in Quebec. Packing layers is always the best way. I'd say no heavy coat needed - but yes to the hat and gloves. I'm sure you'll really enjoy it...lovely area and ports. As to the swimsuit....I'd take it along. Assuming the Escape has a solarium / indoor pool?
  2. Pearl Seas has some really nice itineraries for the Great Lakes and also the St. Lawrence. On my list but just haven't gotten around to it yet. There is a shorter version of this one... https://www.pearlseascruises.com/cruises/great-lakes/great-lakes-and-georgian-bay
  3. Thanks... will definitely check out the shack next time we're there!
  4. Gotta be time for her soon. I was on her in Feb. '17 and thought things were looking a little tired then already.
  5. Makes sense....otherwise it really would be an act of fraud to insure any amount not personally paid for. I'd not thought about this before so glad it came up here. I did one cruise where I used the cruise line's insurance, but then still bought a separate policy and indicated zero for the trip costs (since all were already covered) but then still had the benefit of the second policy's medical evacuation amount, which far exceeded that of the cruise line policy.
  6. Heidi, Thanks, once again, for a detailed and informative reply. As I stated before, you have the background, knowledge, etc. and so can respond to the Viking Sky situation in a far more objective manner than I am able to. I appreciate your words of encouragement and do hope that my next sail in the North Atlantic is indeed a pleasant one. I'll try not to worry about any hurricanes forming while we're out there :)
  7. One more thing....since you mentioned the oil in the tanks...let's talk about that for a second. IF the crew knew the weather was coming, which seems all but certain, AND knew that the sensors in the tanks are of such a design that a high enough degree of roll - if uncovering the low level sensors - will initiate auto engine shutdown, then I have to wonder why the oil level was not increased either during the voyage somewhere along the way? Pretty sure we took on fuel while in Alta. Sounds like a bit of a goof to me to not be aware of the potential for engine shutdown when you're on a voyage in a potentially bad weather (high wind) area that could possibly induce roll or whatever ship motion that would result in what happened.
  8. You could say that...and a bit more....never been so frightened in my life. We're coming from slightly different places with regards to the March 23 incident. Your fine forensic analysis of the situation is well taken, but the actual experience as it unfolded was, shall we say, quite unique. You have to keep in mind that while the bridge crew knew what was going on, we had NO idea. It was moment by moment for us...in my case...hours just waiting in the stairwell to see what was going to happen next. I suspect we were among some of the first passengers off, so of course those who stayed on board got additional information and were likely consoled somewhat once the ship got underway again. We, on the other hand, had no idea - at least on the way up to the helicopter if we'd ever see our belongings again. We only found out how severe the situation was (and how it quickly became worldwide news) when we talked to our daughter later in the day. I'm sorry...I've said too much here...but I don't think you can quite relate to the emotional impact this had on us at the time. You can probably sense the emotions are still quite raw even now, a half-year later. I won't bring it up again.
  9. Your points are all well taken, are most interesting, and it's obvious from many of your posts that you're very well experienced in matters of the sea and ships, but still, the weather authorities in Norway, from what I read, are also very well versed in their forecasting. The storm we sailed into was forecasted days ahead of time, have to have been known by the bridge, so I still don't quite understand taking the unnecessary risks if a safer option was available. Viking has sure paid out huge amounts of money following the Sky incident, though that's certainly not the most important issue. I would suspect that much of what followed could have been averted by changing the itinerary (we had already lost one of our ports anyway). Given a choice between chancing the sail through the storm in such a dangerous area to begin with and waiting it out in whatever manner would have been most convenient and practical, I suspect most of the passengers and crew would have chosen the latter. I am obviously grateful to the captain for the course of action chosen once we were in the situation - I'm sure the positioning of the ship and subsequent deployment of the anchors was a well thought-out plan that was thankfully successful. But, (and this is a huge 'but') had the anchors NOT held and/or at least one engine not have been able to get restarted when it did, it certainly could have turned into an historic maritime disaster, perhaps in a matter of an additional 15-20 minutes only. I believe you're the one who put forth the 'swiss cheese' model relative to this event? All the stars aligned, comparatively speaking, to create rather a 'perfect storm' of cascading proportions. I don't know if you're of a religious persuasion, but in my book there was a power at work far beyond that of any one individual onboard the Sky. I will never disbelieve otherwise. I'm sorry if I 'stepped on a raw nerve' here having perhaps treaded unbidden on turf that you're well familiar with and understandably a bit defensive of - especially if you were a bridge officer or similar. Thanks for such a thorough response. I must say, though - and no offense intended - that your assessment of the experience as being merely "shocking" quite falls short of the mark. I think there is a definite PTSD (or equivalent) associated with it for undoubtedly many of us - myself included. I know I need to get back on a ship - and will be next month - but believe me when I say there is surely some degree of uneasiness - probably always will be. YOU may have had your experience with the type of weather we were in, though I'm betting most if not all of the Sky passengers probably have not. And likely the percentage of cruisers worldwide who have had to actually undergo an emergency evacuation by helicopter is a very small one indeed. Most terrifying thing I've ever had to do, and is one of those moments that is permanently seared into my memory.
  10. Wow!!! So great to hear that significant parts of Expo are still there! Gotta make it a point to visit. Almost has to be done independently I'll bet, being that the description of what Pearl Seas cruise line offers during their day in Montreal very possibly will not encounter the park area you refer to. Here is what they mention: Enjoy a sightseeing city excursion that will take you through Montreal and its surrounding countryside. Explore the streets of Old Montreal and discover its unique shops and restaurants. Travel to the downtown business district as well as up to the top of Mount Royal for a spectacular view of the city and the majestic St. Lawrence Seaway. I think it'd be far better to find a cruise that either starts or ends there so as to do some sort of pre or post extension. Further research needed. Thanks much...
  11. Unfortunately Montreal is not at the beginning or end of the cruise itinerary I have in mind, so whatever I can see during the day will have to do (unless sometime we'd sail with a line that starts a cruise there - I know there are some).
  12. Thanks again Carolyn.I assume most of the areas that were used for the world's fair are probably gone, redeveloped, or otherwise. Still, I'd just like to get back to the city and see whatever I can. Been 53 years so it'll all be totally new to me. I think I'll wait and sometime when we sail with Pearl Seas cruise line I'll get there. They have at least one itinerary that visits Montreal. No interest in fighting any traffic by car! (Thanks for the tip...)
  13. Thanks for the replies. Carolyn - been to Quebec on previous cruises. My interest in Montreal stems from my having been there as a solo performer representing the US as part of the youth entertainment corp for Expo '67. Never been back since and would like to.
  14. Just wondering....12 hour excursion (3 hours of bus travel one way). The list of activities looks nice, but a long day - and yet not sure why they only leave for Montreal at 10:30 a.m. Seems it should be aLOT earlier.
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