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  1. I won’t cruise again until there is a vaccine. There are too many things beyond your control on a cruise ship, and the environment is too contained. We’ve also see there is no guarantee local authorities would even let you dock if someone were to test positive, or get sick.
  2. Having done a back to back cruise last year on the Harmony of the Seas I can say without reservation the Radiance was a far more enjoyable experience for two experienced cruisers in their mid(ish) 60's that don't relish being around over 1,000 kids. We tried the "mega ship as the destination" thing and the" ship within a ship suite level" thing, and it left us wanting. A lot. Then a destination wedding of friends on the Big Island made us reexamine RCI. This was a ten day cruise Vancouver to Honolulu (5 sea days then stops in Maui, Kauai, Hilo, Kona, Honolulu) with 18 more days to Sydney Aust
  3. I haven't dressed up for a formal night in years. You can go to the Windjammer if you wish but what we do is go to a specialty restaurant. They are always "smart" casual. I know a lot of people don't dress up for formal night but go to the main dinning room anyway, but I think it is not respectful to the passengers who do dress up.
  4. I agree with Island Lady..lots of other choices.......I enjoyed the CK setting on Harmony, but the food was just average. We only ate there a couple times on a B2B cruise (14 days). Buy the 3 night dining package....and think of the money your saving by not booking a grand suite (or higher).
  5. Stumbling around in youtube I came across a post that said 40 cruise ships for sale. The source is Apollo Duck, one of THE registry for ships. RCI ships on the list are: Majesty Of The Seas built 1992 Grandeur Of The Seas built 1996 Rhapsody Of The Seas built 1997 Radiance Of The Seas built 2001 Brilliance Of The Seas built 2002 I've got to say sale of the Majesty didn't surprise me... but the Radiance and Brilliance did. Thinning out their mid sized fleet. Not my first time sailing on ships I knew were leaving the fle
  6. We are doing a cruise through Hawaii on RCI in September....Never been to Lanai before so we booked a pretty pricey excursion out of Maui. Ferry over, guided tour, beach time, lunch (on your own it appears) and return....all for the low low price of $232.99. per person (absent a helicopter one of the more expensive excursions). Was thinking we've been to all the other islands multiple times...why not? Then I did a google earth tour of the island. Not exactly lush with spectacular vistas.....more like a few hills and pine forests, with one major resort that I'm sure we won't be able to ge
  7. Looking at the itineraries I would pick the smaller ship and chose a longer cruise. Oasis class ships have nearly zero relation to the sea inside.....they are a destination unto themselves. That is okay if you are in the Caribbean, where people take the same cruise over and over just for the ship. The Mediterranean is different, lots to explore and savor, which I'd rather do with a few thousand less passengers trying to come and go.
  8. Yes, the first 2 days going up and when you leave Victoria heading south will be like standard sea days....but not the hanging out at the pools in 80 plus degree weather (unless you get really really lucky). Day 8 between Ketchikan and Victoria should be very scenic (unless socked in). Although not in your original question...proper clothing makes a huge difference in Alaska as it is miserable to be cold. Layer...waterproof / wind proof Jacket, or shell paired with fleece tops (warm and packs well). In my opinion a great time to go...before school is out and the days are long. Enjoy.
  9. Very close call, as the ships are similar in size and style. I tend to find RCI ships even the smaller ones like Radiance cater to families with children more than Celebrity. So if that is an issue.... The food on RCI is beige....nothing really terrible, but nothing really great. Celebrity's food is somewhat better. I would choose Celebrity on the Alaska cruise because there are better interior lounges to view the scenery. Alaska can be cold, windy, raining so you might not always be able to be on deck. I particularly like Millenniums forward lounge on deck 11 (Cosmos). Radiance's loung
  10. But Alaska cruise from and to Seattle use Vancouver or Victoria as their foreign stop.
  11. Not sure how disembarking in Victoria..and taking the Ferry to Vancouver would change anything...It is still Canada where the cruise terminates. Nor is this about the Jones Act which refers only to merchandise, but The Passenger Vessel Service Act. Again...cruise originates in US and terminates in Canada...how is this a violation??? What am I missing? Update: Okay the May 2nd cruise is Hawaii to Vancouver....and the second cruise is Vancouver to Seattle...B2B cruise on RCI was considered two separate cruises, since there are two bookings...but from customs standpoint we didn't
  12. Done over 35 cruises on small (25GT), medium (50 to 90GT) and large (109,000 gt) One and done with Mega/Giga ships for me....did a B2B on Harmony in October and did not love the ship or the experience. Always lots of kids (like over a thousand on many cruises). Adult only areas not enforced....The ability to tune out shrieking...priceless. Crowded pools. Rear elevators hopelessly overwhelmed most of the day, Long lines to get into the Windjammer Cafe because of the hand washing stations, then trying to find a seat is your next challenge. Ho Hum food and indiffer
  13. Unless your Dad drinks about 10 drinks per day he is dollars ahead just buying them without a package, and your Mom the same.
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