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Voyagr

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    Hiking, biking, volleyball and cruising
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    Royal Caribbean
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    Alaska

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  1. Voyagr

    Hiking in Skagway

    I did this hike some years ago and check out the view of upper Dewey when I turned my head around on the way to the Devi's Punch Bowl. The views are, obviously, SPECTACULAR! You should have no trouble with time for this trek. There is one tricky, but short, boulder field to cross on the way to the Bowl. I suggest using trekking poles since you don't want to twist an ankle on the rocky trails.
  2. Huge cruise ship with two-level go-kart track visits Halifax on maiden voyage. April 30, 2018 https://www.ctvnews.ca/lifestyle/huge-cruise-ship-with-two-level-go-kart-track-visits-halifax-on-maiden-voyage-1.3908310
  3. We love the mega ships, especially RCCL! There is a reason the Oasis class RCCL ships are their most popular ships, and they keep building more. The big ships have the absolute best entertainment, I guess because they can afford it. The small ships seem cramped and the entertainment is usually so so, while the Oasis class ships are wide open and airy. Looking forward to seeing the Jersey Boys on the Bliss in October!
  4. Obviously a crew member installed it. No way would a passenger forget to remove it.Carnival's only concern is bad publicity so they won't do anything. Saw this story on the tv news last night. Sent from my SM-G930V using Forums mobile app
  5. "Nick Rose, environmental regulatory lead, environmental stewardship, for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., says the company’s fleet provides clean, safe, drinkable water in three ways. “One is through bunkering it,” Rose says, using the maritime term for loading water in port and storing it on board. “We follow strict WHO (World Health Organization) as well as U.S. Public Health standards, so water is taken from a reputable drinking source.” While it’s collected, the water is tested for microbials and other pollutants, then treated and chlorinated for any potential organisms or pathogens that may have eluded onshore treatment. The second method, used for years and for which all RCL ships are equipped, goes by any of three names – steam evaporation, flash evaporation or steam desalination. One clever “green” aspect of this method is its use of waste heat from the ship’s engines. “We bring on seawater and boil it using the waste steam and heat from our engines to remove the salt from the water,” Rose explains. “The water from the evaporator travels down to a condenser where the steam then condenses back into what at that time would be distilled purified water.” As anyone who’s ever tasted it knows, distilled water has no familiar water flavor. So next, minerals are added, “so that it has the normal taste that most people like,” Rose continues. “After it goes to the mineralizer we send it for chlorination, just again to make sure that you have nothing growing in it.” The third, most technologically advanced method of creating potable water is through reverse osmosis using equipment now on most RCL ships. “You bring on seawater, but instead of using heat or high amounts of energy, you actually use a little bit of energy to push the saltwater through a semi-permeable membrane,” Rose says. “The only thing that makes it through the membrane is pure, clean water.” All the salt and other possible contaminants remain blocked on the intake side of the membrane, while the water that passes through is mineralized for flavor and chlorinated for added safety. Taking all onboard freshwater usage into account, RCL reports that on average its guests consume 55 gallons per day, compared to the U.S. average of as much as 100 gallons. Contributing to the difference, Rose says, is the shipboard use of low-flow showerheads and washbasin faucet aerators in guest and crew cabins; highly efficient ice makers, dishwashers and laundry equipment; re-use of condensed water from air-conditioners to supplement laundry needs, and other above-and-beyond-compliance conservation efforts. Tom
  6. http://www.rclcorporate.com/what-it-takes-to-keep-water-clean-and-usage-lean-on-cruise-ships/ Sent from my SM-G930V using Forums mobile app
  7. Why would anyone buy bottled water on-board? Isn't the ships water supply distilled? Tom
  8. Looks like Uber is now in Juneau. https://www.adn.com/business-economy/2017/06/15/uber-and-lyft-are-arriving-in-alaska-heres-what-you-need-to-know/
  9. wow...REALLY? Some ships enforce the rules and some don't? Totally unfair to let some people get away with this while most obey the rules.
  10. Looks like it's an eight mile, one way, hike up the mountain from the dock. And this area is known for Brown bears......yikes. Darn, this would have been perfect for our group but we better pass on hiking. Thanks for the info. Tom
  11. I'll be with a group of serious hikers on this cruise so we may just hike to the top and back. Thanks for the link.
  12. Aurora Season August 21-April 21
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