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  1. I have to recommend the White Heather Tea Room; It was 1/2 the price of the Empress and not nearly as crowded; For only $37pp, you get 3 level assortment of finger sammies, scones with butter/jam and desserts; We had a lot of leftovers, so we boxed them up and gave them to a homeless person:cool::cool: :cool:
  2. 1. we got to Pier 91 at 11:45 by lyft; Once you get and attach your luggage tags( by yourself) you head inside; The pre-check line is long but moves: We were only outside for 3 minute; The cab drop off line is about 1/4 mile from the luggage staging area: Real easy walk via marked crosswalk; There are attendants at the luggage area[ bear in mind Celebrity uses the same area for vehicles, but they are located across the road. 2. They check in by Suites and/or C&A; Need Platinum and above for priority; Gold is stuck with the masses 3. Right after you cross the gangway, the photographers are there; You can bypass if you wish 4. July weather; Sunny in Seattle; Raining in Juneau and Skagway (upper 50s.low 60s) Sunny 60s in the Yukon; Sunny 70s in Victoria; It is a crap shoot; the next week, all the ports were sunny and 80; No bad or wavy seas
  3. EMBARKATION - Smooth as can be; They start loading at 11am; If your paperwork is in order, 30 minutes tops; Luggage service very well organized; Received all pieces by 5pm; 4.5 stars CABIN / CABIN STEWARD; We had a PR on Deck 7; Just like all the other PRs we've had previously; Cabin steward was excellent; really timed his service around our schedule; Hardly ever saw him; 5 stars PORTS: Good variety; Wish we did ketchikan instead of the extra day at sea, but oh Well; Can't control the weather, but made do with what was there; Lots of variety of tours and interesting cities to visit; 4 stars FOOD; I have been on too many RCI cruises to expect anything different; MDR for dinner, the food was good, except for the duck which was WAY OVERCOOKED; MDR for lunch was just AWFUL, however breakfast was really good; Windjammer has plenty of variety and never had an issue finding a table; The omelet station was the highlight; Cafe Promenade had ice water with Oranges ( which is a nice touch) and coffee was always available; NO MORE SORRENTOs Pizza; so the ones in CP were just OK; 3 stars ENTERTAINMENT; Good Variety of Singers and Dancers, Ice shows, magicians, and comedians; Karaoake every night as well as plenty of Trivia to win RCI knick knacks; Casino has BJ, 3 card poker, craps and roulette; 4 stars STAFF: Got to meet the Capt.; Very personable; Topi and ICY are great as CD and ACD; Their staff is very hard working and Marvin is just Hilarious!!! Joanna is a hoot at Bingo, and Slyvia and Veronica make trivia extra challenging - 5 stars DEBARKATION; As well as can be expected; luggage separated by color[ blue or green] and by number; Once collected, there are 5 lines to queue through customs; They are long, but they move; Took about 15 minutes to get through SHIP; Due for a re-boot in 2020; Lots of upgrades since we last sailed it in 2005; Carpets starting to show their age; Facilities are always clean and never had an issue with the elevators; NO CHAIR HOGs, but you wouldn't expect it for Alaska; The poolside movies were 1st rate and current! - Jealous that the Ovation is taking over for 2019
  4. THURSDAY - VICTORIA BC; Bright and sunny for the last port day; We walked through fishermans wharf to get to downtown - about 45 minutes at a leisurely pace; In order to do everything we wanted, we rented a car from Budget by the Empress; Reserved a toyota, but got upgraded to a Lincoln Continental; Then off to Butchart Garden like everyone else; Remarkable and stunning; Spent about 2 - 2.5 hours there; Then off to White Heather for Afternoon tea; It is about 1/2 the price of the Empress and much better; Had so much food left over, we did our good deed for the day, but giving our food to a homeless person; Back on Board, It was the typical recap show with Topi and Icy ( CD and ACD) emceeing, with the singers. dancers and comedian doing the final show; FRIDAY - DEBARKATION; We had Green tags #33 so, we had a bit of a wait ( 9am) to be called; Once off, the bags were pretty easy to find, except for one which was misplaced in the #38 area; The lines to get thru customs were long, but moved quickly, especially if you have your passport ready; We rented a car from National for our Post-Cruise vacation, and they have a shuttle to take you to the facility downtown; Nice and painless; Taste of Seattle, Chihuly Gardens, MoPop, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation were on the Schedule; Then off to the AirBnB in Beacon Hill for some RnR; Dinner and a movie rounded out the evening; Final thoughts to follow
  5. U R RIGHT; Was still asleep when the Capt. announced where we where; Oh Well; Still cool anyway
  6. TUESDAY - TRACY ARM FJORD; We arrived around 7am navigating through lots of scenery and mini icebergs; The ship arrived at Hubbard Glacier around 7:30a; Gets within a 1/2 mile, and then the Capt does a 360 three times so everyone has a chance to see it; Then off sailing to the inner passage at about 5kts so you can enjoy the landscape with bay seals, waterfalls, and wildlife; The casino opens at 10:30a and more bingo, trivia and games to keep busy; Love and Marriage Game in the afternoon; 2nd FORMAL NIGHT ; Don't miss the Lobster Tails!!! The evening entertainment was Rocking through the Ages; TIME CHANGE - 1 hour fwd WEDNESDAY - INNER PASSAGE; Finally was sunny and warm enough to go up on deck; Pools open, wave rider, mini golf , basketball and poolside games were bustling; Poolside Movie was A Wrinkle in Time;[ didn't even need a blanket] ; Opted for Giovannis for Specialty Dining; Well worth the $30 charge; Another musical/ dancing spectacular for entertainment
  7. I could go on and on; If you need details or questions answered; e-mail me at bbgmeg@gmail.com[ yes I have pics too]
  8. SUNDAY - JUNEAU; Cool, Cloudy, and raining; We opted for the Mendenhall Glacier and Whale Watching tour [independent tour]; !/2 hour ride to the glacier, then 1 hour at the national park; One word to describe it - BREATHTAKING Then off to whale watching; Finally stopped raining, but the boat is climate controlled and has windows; Managed to see may Humpbacks; plus a bonus of seeing Orcas (killer whales); 2.5 hour tour; Back on shore ate at Tracy's; The line wasn't that bad, and the food was GREAT! - 70s disco party for the evening entertainment MONDAY - SKAGWAY; Cloudy but not rain; Opted for the Motorcoach tour and Dog Sledding experience; The train is neat but is SO CROWDED and cannot pull off to see wildlife; We saw mountain goats, arctic squirrels, foxes, and yes 2 Black Bears!! Then off to dog sledding; Only a 15 minute ride, bu then you get to play with the puppies! Lunch is included [authentic bbq chicken luncheon with all the fixings]; On the way back a top in Caribou Crossing to get your passport stamp, and knickknacks; Back in Skagway by 4:30 for touring; Nightly entertainment was Magician; He was good, but my esposa just isn't into magic
  9. Just returned from the Alaskan Cruise last week; Here are the Highlights( and Low Lights) FRIDAY 7/13 - EMBARKATION; Arrived around 11:45a, smooth and efficient ( if you have all your documentation in order) on board by 12:30p; Cabin was ready by 1pm; all bags arrived by 5pm; Muster drill pretty painless; they no longer required life jackets to be worn; Welcome aboard show as the featured nightly entertainment SATURDAY 7/14 - AT SEA; Too cold to go on deck; Lots of trivia, games, bingo to keep occupied; 2 Ice shows this afternoon; NO MORE STANDING IN LINE FOR TICKETS; They do it by muster station; divided into 4 separate shows[ standby seating 10 minutes prior to showtime; Well worth the time; 1st formal night as well as the Capt's welcome aboard party; Singers and Dancers as the featured nightly show; Also the comedian does a Late night Adults only show - very very funny; Moved clocks back 1 hour to get in sync with Alaska time
  10. BTW, If you haven't reserved your spot, do it quickly; I tried last month to book a shuttle for this Friday, and they were already completely booked
  11. There are 4 of us, so we are going to rent a car [pickup downtown behind the empress hotel;$40], drive to Butchart Gardens, then drive to White Heather for tea at 3pm; It is 1/2 the price of the empress and just as good; Plan for 2 hrs for tea ; return car, walk back to ship
  12. Take the Train; About a 45 minute trip from marseille; Super easy to get to the train station; Cab from the ship to Marseille; St Charles Train station to Aux de Povence; Walk around, have a baquette, eat lunch, etc
  13. I thought recording of shows was strictly PROHIBITED; Hope you don't get caught
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