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"Live" (I hope) from Radiance - Sailing to Hawaii

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Hello everyone,

Well, I usually just put together a picture review after we get home from a cruise. But I figured I would try my hand at one of these "live" reviews. The problem I have is I still want to post a lot of pictures but I don't want to just drop everything in the middle of the day and start uploading pictures.

So I think I will take advantage of the Tapatalk app on my phone for daytime pictures. The app allows me to snap a picture and upload it instantly. Then I will do some more extensive pictures uploading and question answering at the end of the evening or possibly the next morning.

 

Heading out on this cruise is my DW Marie and me. It is an early celebration of our 34th wedding anniversary which comes up the end of October. We would have waited till then but there just isn't any ships heading across the Pacific the end of October. :) Our cruise starts tomorrow with Radiance sailing out of Vancouver BC. We are down in Renton, a suburb of Seattle. Bright and early tomorrow morning our DD is taking us over to the airport to catch our bus up to Vancouver. We are using a charter bus service Quick Coach that will take us from Seattle Tacoma Airport to Canada Place Pier. Bus leaves at 6:30am and will have us at the pier at 11:30am. The bus has wifi so I might get some more postings in on the way up.

 

The cruise starts with a 5 straight days at sea. I did much longer stretches in the Navy but this will be a long one for Marie So we will see how this works out.

Wish me luck !! :)

Bill

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Bags were packed and repacked but I think we have everything we need.

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Figured the pictures through Tapatalk would be smaller but that's ok. I'll post bigger ones at the end of the day.

Bill

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Woke up bright and early at four am. Downed a cup of coffee to get the caffeine levels back up. :D

Have my daughter a call to make sure she was awake since she is taking us to the airport.

 

After a quick ten minute ride we are here at the airport. Our bus is not here so the waiting begins...

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So the bags are loaded and we are on the bus heading to Vancouver by way of Seattle and a few other stops. The driver says we should be at the pier "noonish".

The driver scanned all our passports so we should be good to go at the border. Signing off for now.

Bill

 

 

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I have a cruise buddy or two on this trip with you, and one is doing the b2b and continuing on from Hawaii to Sydney.

 

I am REALLY looking forward to your posts. If I can't be there myself, a live review is the next best thing.

 

Thanks for sharing your trip with us!

Tracy

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Got to love Seattle freeway traffic..

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Still crawling through the city.

But it looks to be a beautiful day. Of course any day is a beautiful day for cruising. :D

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Thanks for doing a live review:) We sailed from San Diego and had 4 sea days. We enjoyed each one found it very relaxing. Hawaii is paradise and I'm sure both of you will think the same.

Happy Anniversary (little early) Have a wonderful cruise.

Carol

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I have a cruise buddy or two on this trip with you, and one is doing the b2b and continuing on from Hawaii to Sydney.

 

I am REALLY looking forward to your posts. If I can't be there myself, a live review is the next best thing.

 

Thanks for sharing your trip with us!

Tracy

 

I would love to stay for the next leg to Sydney, but getting away from work for more than two weeks at a time is tough. Lucky them

 

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Thanks for doing a live review:) We sailed from San Diego and had 4 sea days. We enjoyed each one found it very relaxing. Hawaii is paradise and I'm sure both of you will think the same.

Happy Anniversary (little early) Have a wonderful cruise.

Carol

 

My kindle and a lounge chair and I am good for days. :D

 

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My kindle and a lounge chair and I am good for days. :D

 

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Oops, didn't mean to press send. As I was saying I am easily entertained, just need to find enough activities for Marie

 

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Well finally out of Seattle about 45 minutes behind schedule. Not sure why the buys driver took the scenic route up Aurora but we are back on the freeway heading north.

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Thank you for doing this!!

 

I look forward to seeing all of your pics as you post them. I just did a live posting in Alaska--so, I know how much time it takes.

 

I do have one suggestion. (Since you are posting one pic at a time) At the bottom of the page where you post click the box and take off your signature. It is interesting to see once--but, not so much after that. :eek::):p:)

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Thank you for the live review! We are booked on the Rhapsody in May of 2014 for the similar cruise (in reverse). I am so looking forward to cruising virtually with you now. :D

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Thank you for doing this!!

 

I look forward to seeing all of your pics as you post them. I just did a live posting in Alaska--so, I know how much time it takes.

 

I do have one suggestion. (Since you are posting one pic at a time) At the bottom of the page where you post click the box and take off your signature. It is interesting to see once--but, not so much after that. :eek::):p:)

 

Sorry looks like this Tapatalk app doesn't have a box to click so I pulled all the count down calendars off my signature. :o

 

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I love your Tapatalk pictures! Can you post those from the ship without huge charges?

 

When do we board the ship? ;)

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I use tapatalk sometimes and I know you are stuck with the signatures from the app. Your pictures are actually the right size. Not too big like some can be when they knock the page off the side of the screen. And I have a small monitor and can still see them.

 

The tapatalk hosted pictures are way better than the cruise critic hosted pictures that are tiny little thumbnails that don't get much larger when clicked.

 

I know tapatalk says there is a limit to the amount of pictures they will host - unless they've changed that - they used to say you had to pay to host more than 10 pictures. I haven't lost any pictures I've uploaded through them yet but maybe I haven't met my limit.

 

Have you paid the small fee for unlimited tapatalk hosted pictures?

 

I'm looking forward to your live updates. The ship's wifi is supposed to be faster now because they replaced all the satellites on the top of the ship a couple of weeks ago. With the upgrades and the faster tapatalk app, maybe you won't use up too much internet time.

 

Do you have any free wifi coupons from a crown and anchor booklet?

 

Be sure to post some pictures of people who work on board. It's fun to spot people we might know. Also, get in some of the pictures yourself, so your wife won't look like a single woman. :)

 

Gina

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Ooooh! I love our balcony!:D

 

It looks so funny to see your cute wife in a sweatshirt since it is 91 degrees here and I know you are heading to Hawaii! I guess I will have to keep Vancouver temps in mind when I pack for our cruise.

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I know tapatalk says there is a limit to the amount of pictures they will host - unless they've changed that - they used to say you had to pay to host more than 10 pictures. I haven't lost any pictures I've uploaded through them yet but maybe I haven't met my limit.

 

Have you paid the small fee for unlimited tapatalk hosted pictures?

 

I'm looking forward to your live updates. The ship's wifi is supposed to be faster now because they replaced all the satellites on the top of the ship a couple of weeks ago. With the upgrades and the faster tapatalk app, maybe you won't use up too much internet time.

 

Do you have any free wifi coupons from a crown and anchor booklet?

 

Be sure to post some pictures of people who work on board. It's fun to spot people we might know. Also, get in some of the pictures yourself, so your wife won't look like a single woman. :)

 

Gina

 

I don't recall paying any fee so I may run out of those pictures soon. :(

 

My Venice cruise I took so few ship pictures it was embarrassing. :o

 

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I don't recall paying any fee so I may run out of those pictures soon. :(

 

My Venice cruise I took so few ship pictures it was embarrassing. :o

 

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Oops, that submit button is in a lousy spot, just hit it again. Let me finish my last post by saying I will take a lot more shipboard pictures this time. Can't help it with five days at sea.

 

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Ooooh! I love our balcony!:D

 

It looks so funny to see your cute wife in a sweatshirt since it is 91 degrees here and I know you are heading to Hawaii! I guess I will have to keep Vancouver temps in mind when I pack for our cruise.

 

It is chilly here, especially on the water

 

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I love your Tapatalk pictures! Can you post those from the ship without huge charges?

 

When do we board the ship? ;)

 

I did this on our Mexican Riviera cruise a couple years ago. I switch my phone to Verizon's global data plan which makes it cheaper. Will also use it to tether my netbook later.

 

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ALOHA! - you'll be hearing this a lot very soon. I'm joining in, along with everyone else soon to be addicted to this thread, especially once you reach the islands.

 

Enjoy

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I don't recall paying any fee so I may run out of those pictures soon. :(

 

My Venice cruise I took so few ship pictures it was embarrassing. :o

 

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I wonder if the picture limit is just scare tactics. :) Or maybe you will get a message that you have reached your limit. Or maybe the first picture gets bumped off by the most recent upload. We'll find out.

 

Keep the pics and review coming.

 

Gina

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Ok, this is what I am going to call "netbook time". That is the time I am off the phone and back on the computer. Well, sort of off the phone, The netbook is actually tethered to the phone but it gives me a chance to write more and post multiple pictures in a posting. :) I will try to get to "netbook time" once or twice a day. Twice at sea for sure.

 

So far the day had been long but fun. We are currently ensconed in our cabin and relaxing before the muster drill. Marie even managed a power nap, good for her. I sleep for an hour and I feel worse than when I started.

 

Summing up, we left Seattle at 6:30am on our charter bus to Canada Place pier. The ride was uneventful, Marie won then lost about $10,000 play the slot machine on my Kindle Fire until she ran the battery out. That of course was my reading material for the drive (I am well into the first book of Game of Thrones) so it left me to gaze out the window and snap a few pictures.

 

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I didn't realize what a pain it is to take a bus over the border. When we arrive at the building the driver headed inside and was gone about 15 minutes. I thought he was inside having coffee and chatting with his buds. When he got back he had us get off the bus taking everything with us into the building including our big suitcases. We then wait in line where a border guard scans the passports and sends us on our merry way. We then get back on the bus and head across the border. Someone please explain that one to me. :confused:

After making one stop at the Red Rock Casino/Resort to drop off one couple we headed to the very crowded Canada Place. I say very crowded as there are three ships in port today, Radiance, Rhapsody and some Celebrity ship. The pier is really built for two so it was crowded, but we are about to board so who cares. :D

 

It was after 1pm when we finally got on board so we made a quick stop in the cabin before heading out to eat. I had told Marie we had an aft balcony but I didn't tell her it was a JS, 1602. A couple months ago through the use of some massive discounts (senior and military) I managed to move us from and inside first to a D1 then a JS for about $350 more per person. Sitting here looking out that balcony I can say it was well worth it.

 

Don't worry, I will take some cabin pictures soon.

 

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A shot of Rhapsody across the pier

 

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Wow, great Pics. . .Thanks for posting "LIVE"

 

I will be looking forward to your reports and pics. . .Thanks again !

 

 

Radio

;);)

 

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One last post before muster drill.

 

After checking out the cabin we headed up a deck to Windjammer. First let me say in the little time I have been on this ship it is quickly becoming my favorite. I wanted to just ride up and down in the elevators with all that glass. The centrum area is beautiful and even Windjammer has a quiet elegance to it (usually I just notice the food ).

 

We found there to be plenty of open tables, no playing of musical chair to get a seat. Food was on par with windjammer so I will not complain. Even tried Honey Stung Chicken again and actually liked it. Tasted like cardboard last time it tried it.

 

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Enjoy your cruise. Lisa and I did this cruise quite a few years ago, and it was our first RCI cruise. We too were on the Radiance as well. Enjoy your brief time in Canada. I look forward to your review of the cruise.

 

Smooth waters and calm seas to you.

Andrew

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