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  1. Excellent choice! We will be disembarking from a TP (Hawaii to Vancouver) on the day you board. 🙂 We sailed on her last August (exactly a year ago actually), and didn't have any issues. Beautiful ship and Alaska is amazing!
  2. We sailed on Radiance a year ago. Actually we were on her exactly one year ago today in Alaska. I loved the size. Not too big, not too small. Easy to navigate and get around. No goofy half levels/deck. We had a balcony cabin for hubby, me and our 6 year old son. My mom and 10 year old twins were next door to us in an accessible room. Both rooms had shower curtains but it wasn't an issue for us at all. Lots of storage in each cabin. We enjoyed having drinks in the Schooner Bar and the "old school" wooden boat feel there. Cascades Dining Room was nice, the food was good, and our waiter Stanley was amazing. Excellent service everywhere we went, but especially from him. We like being able to walk outside on the Promenade Deck (5), the Lido Deck (10) and the track on Deck 11. The views to outside are everywhere. Even when you are using the elevators, you can see the ocean (if you get on the outside "hump" elevators). Our kids loved Adventure Ocean, and hubby and I enjoyed the quiet and view from the Viking Crown Lounge/Starquest (Deck 13), which during the day is serene and great for reading, relaxing, enjoying the view, crossword puzzles, card games, etc. We liked her so much, we are sailing on her again next May in a TP from Hawaii.
  3. Check out the Kualoa Ranch at kualoa.com. Lots of tour options of all sorts. My hubby and I are going to do an UTV tour and then explore the North Shore of Oahu (renting a car).
  4. I see it for the first time ever at $24.99/person for our May TP sailing from HI to Vancouver. We are sailing on Radiance and don't have many of the larger ship shows or activities. On a 10 night sailing that's an extra $250 per person for "priority boarding," lunch on embarkation day in the MDR from Chops, breakfast on disembarkation day and choose your departure time. I don't see how it's worth it for a smaller ship.
  5. Deluxe Beverage Package has been $52 for awhile now on Radiance for our May 2020 TP sailing from HI to Vanocuver. Being on a smaller ship isn't always a bad thing.
  6. Whatever floats your boat! 😉 Last summer, we took our kids on their first cruise with my mom. 7 nights northbound Alaska on Radiance OTS. I had t-shirts custom made for all of us for embarkation day. They just say H family cruise, Alaska and the dates with the front of a ship and a glacier like shape behind it. Then, to tell our kids about the trip, I wrapped up some Alaska maps, with the t-shirts in a huge box and the kids opened it at Christmas. Our kids were 10, 10 and 6.5 when we sailed, so they thought it was "cool." My husband is a good sport and doesn't care about such things either way. Nana liked matching the kids. We got some good photos that day and it made embarkation day more of an "event." When hubby and I sail together, we do not wear matching shirts and I've never thought about it. I just want to get on that ship!
  7. No, we are still researching. We don't sail until May 2020.
  8. I love Baggalini for the organizing features and variety of colors and linings, but finding the right size with all the options one wants is tricky. Before our Alaska cruise last year, I ordered and returned 2 or 3 before I settled on one in navy that I can use either under my arm or crossbody. I need to look into those other brands like Lug, Mandarina Duck and Travelon. Thanks for those ideas everyone!
  9. Oh! This is important to note. I was just trying to figure out if we should buy the drink package or pay as we go. I noticed on the menu pics posted above that it says "gratuity inclusive" so it makes total sense that this was the Aussie market price list. Does anyone know (or have the drink menu prices) for Radiance or one of her "sister" ships for the US market?
  10. We have the opposite cruise booked next May (Hawaii to Vancouver), but it's 10 nights. It's our first TP (our first trans-anything actually), and we are looking forward to some extra days on Oahu before the cruise, the various islands and then the relaxing sea days. Maybe I can answer your questions after we get back. LOL! We initially looked at POA with NCL, but for significantly less money we could get the longer cruise on RCCL. I'm sorry to hear you didn't enjoy the cruise. What happened to make it so awful?
  11. Sigh, take a breath, smile, and say "thank you" to the first crew member that says "welcome aboard!" and all those afterward too. Then find a bar and order a cocktail.
  12. When packing into a packing cube, fold the clothing lengthwise and then ROLL it. Do not fold it as usual and pack it in the cube. Rolling resists wrinkles (Crazy but true!), and gets the air out, so rolled clothes take up a LOT less space. Then, you can even stack two rolls of clothes high in one packing cube.
  13. I can respect that absolutely, but we love visiting the National Parks and have a goal to see them all. Your point is well taken though, and would mean I'd have an excuse to go back to Hawaii when I can spend more time on that island. Lots to consider.
  14. I bought packing cubes last summer before our family of 5 did a 7 night Alaskan cruise, with 2 nights in Vancouver before and 1 night in Anchorage after. I bought them on Amazon and got a set for each person in our family (different colors/patterns so we could tell them apart.) Then I rolled all the clothes. We did we not have wrinkled clothes, and onlye we used 1 large suitcase and 2 smaller ones for 5 people. We changed for dinner each night (business casual clothes), and had warm layers too. Finding things was SO easy. One bag for socks, underwear, and pajamas, one for shirts, one for pants, etc. I was hooked and will never travel again without them!!
  15. Curious what you saw and wonder if you wished you would have skipped any of it. We are considering the "Kilauea Volcano Tour" as we really want to see Volcanoes National Park. I know for sure the Jagger Museum is closed, and I think also the Thurston Lava Tube (but don't quote me on that). Sea turtles are also high on our list.
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