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  1. That’s fair, perhaps the hot tub was not a great example. My point was the ship was in decent shape but was showing some wear in some places. It really just needs a bit of sprucing. The jet/whirlpool buttons I saw were worn away/broken and I thought it was odd they were left that way. It did not impact my enjoyment of the cruise, it was just something I noticed. I figured at the time, perhaps incorrectly, that they save repair/replacement for larger items for times like dry dock. I guess I was wrong.
  2. We were on the same cruise! We had a great time. Great weather too until the last sea day. I also only smelled pot once out on my balcony. I was surprised by the drug sniffing dogs but they were really cute! Legend needs dry dock, though. Just minor stuff. Example, the hot tub under the glass roof, the jets don’t work. Or maybe I missed some buttons? Bonsai sushi was really fantastic. The staff at the deli and pizza pirate really got a workout! The port of Baltimore really is the best for disembark. Can’t beat walking off the ship and back home within an hour.
  3. please check with the vital chek site. I wanted an extra copy of my daughter’s birth certificate and I was able to make an appointment for the next day in person through that site. I would also suggest trying for an in person urgent travel passport appointment. Appointments can be made by phone within 14 days of international travel but only if you don’t apply before you call. Except you need to get the birth certificates first. I hope you don’t have to cancel!
  4. Another enthusiastic recommendation for the Bering Sea Crab Fisherman Tour. While the tour boat was previously on Deadliest Catch, the tour is not nearly as fishing/crab pot focused as you may be imagining. Instead, the tour is very focused on storytelling and understanding of Alaska (the tour team clearly love Alaska), learning about the animals and fish that call the area home and also respect of the native people who were there first. We did some amazing tours during our visit last August and this one was easily our favorite. The tour takes you through a protected area where we saw a lot of eagles from the boat and they also have tanks full of all kinds of local sea life. It’s not all or even mostly crab centered. I definitely think watching some videos would be helpful in making an informed decision. Good luck and hope you love your cruise!
  5. Great thread! You’re making me miss Ovation and Alaska all over again. We sailed her a few weeks ago on the 12th-19th. It looks like your weather is a lot like it was for our trip, not cold but rainy and misty. A few friends sailed on Ovation last week and had a lot of sun on their port days. What’s next on the itinerary? Victoria? We wound up staying on the ship then highly enjoyed watching from our balcony as all aboard got closer. I hope you have time to do something fun!
  6. We just sailed Ovation earlier this month and on the tenders out into Skagway in the morning they definitely went over that 100 passenger suggestion. I overheard the crew say how many, I can’t remember exactly but I think it was close to 120. They had large groups for different ship sponsored excursions and they were determined we’d all fit on one tender. We did, but it was close quarters. The tender process was fine, honestly. They were very efficient and organized in moving guests from the theater to the tender promptly. Coming back was much easier. The tenders would leave the instant they had enough passengers to make a trip. @johnintx if you aren’t on a ship tour, just be sure to get an early tender ticket and you’ll be absolutely fine. I never noticed the Key signage while on board but I’m sure it will help to get you off quickly. Have a great time!
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