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OVATION May 13-24 *LIVE* in ALASKA w/lots of photos

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Thanks for this great trip report and the amazing pictures! Hope the rest of your cruise is great. Think I need to plan an Alaska cruise soon!

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15 hours ago, Hoopster95 said:

For those of you wondering about site lines... being able to see all around you without obstruction top deck, it’s exactly like Radiance Class. Remember I mentioned earlier in the review there’s barely a forward view top deck due to the running track and Solarium roof top

 

I’m Standing right beside Northstar

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Great photos.

Is it possible to walk up the circular stairs that lead up to the North Star to get better view/photos while it's not in use?

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35 minutes ago, Lloyd555 said:

 

Great photos.

Is it possible to walk up the circular stairs that lead up to the North Star to get better view/photos while it's not in use?

 

 

I believe if I remember right, the area is kind of blocked off and only allowed up there when the North Star is in use.

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Spent most the morning on my balcony until the shipped turned at the glacier. Then went to 15 for more pics.

 

This is from my balcony.

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1 hour ago, Jimbo said:

I believe if I remember right, the area is kind of blocked off and only allowed up there when the North Star is in use.

+1, both stairs are usually roped off.

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Beautiful scenery this morning. Caution to future visitors. We were told 7am to 12 at the glacier. We spent maybe an hour or less at our closest approach. It's a narrow channel filled with ice and we made 5kts or less coming and going.

Protip: if trying to get a window table at the jammer, pick the side away from the glacier...it's less of a fight and the boat will rotate into view shortly. 430eaf9deb6b667a0b14d6bfebd98b87.jpg

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We lost wifi half way into Endicott Arm. After puttering along through the initial ice floes, we sped up a bit arriving at Dawes Glacier at approximately 9:30am.

 

***NOTE: Our cruise compass says “Endicott Arm AND Dawes Glacier approx 7am - 12pm”. It does not say “Glacier viewing 7-12”. Once arrives we very very slowly spun around 1/2 turn in 30 minutes, and headed away at 10am. 

 

They sold the $49 tickets up to NorthStar starting at 8am - 11am, however anyone going up between 8-9:15 and after about 10:30 had zero view of Dawes Glacier for that money as we were already around the corner and away from site. I went up at 10:20, 20 min ride side-to-side. I know someone who was on right after me at 10:40, and the Glacier was completely out of view. Keep the above in mind for future sailings, and I hope those future sailings will get more time up close to the Glacier like we had in Hubbard... maybe we had to leave because other ships coming in?

 

p.s. internet still a challenge today... besides, rather than look at my phone for hours I had Thriller class, Florider and Solarium hot tub whale watching to attend to😉... now in line for bumper cars

 

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hoopster:  is there still a long wait for bumper cars at this point in the cruise?

 

also, I am curious...is there an escape room on board as an activity?

 

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7 hours ago, jamon said:

Great pictures....can you tell me what time is main seating dinner and what time the Diamond lounge opens at night for happy hour drinks and for how long...thanks....

 

I quote from the compass:

 

“Main seating 5:15pm

(door closes at 5:45pm)

Second seating 8pm

(door closes at 8:15pm)”

 

4 hours ago, Lloyd555 said:

 

Great photos.

Is it possible to walk up the circular stairs that lead up to the North Star to get better view/photos while it's not in use?

 

Confirming other answers... nope, they have it roped off

 

13 minutes ago, tiger belle said:

hoopster:  is there still a long wait for bumper cars at this point in the cruise?

 

also, I am curious...is there an escape room on board as an activity?

 

 

Kind of... just came back from bumper cars, waited 1/2 hour. Line up when I got off I estimated at about 45min.

 

There’s no Escape Room on this ship

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20 hours ago, Hoopster95 said:

Right now.... sailing out of Skagway. 

Twangster, if you have time lapse or even photos of this sailaway tonight, would love to see it ☺️

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Uploading videos is more painful than photos.  I have a time lapse, but Voom is killing me.  

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Sunset from starboard balcony cell phone pics. A little heavy on the "enhancements" but we don't get em like this back home.

The top tier event (above gold) was cool. It was in 270 and they demoed the projectors and robot screen...pretty cool. 2bf9a89bcf6549af6396bf53fc64217b.jpg1a98da3ea71c5cc53135efb9c9719a25.jpg1d02a31d43528a39a338207f088ddcc4.jpg

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Where do I find a milkshake? Are there any onboard?

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On 5/21/2019 at 4:41 AM, Hoopster95 said:

Yukon Suspension Bridge ... nice little

stop for 45min or so. There’s a few exhibits within the site, including an inukshuk  “park” for you to build one for yourself before you depart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ha ha, Canadian hubby builds these all over our local woods and forests here in the UK when out walking our dog. 

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7 hours ago, Hoopster95 said:

 

There’s no Escape Room on this ship

There was one on the previous sailing- same place as on Anthem, right by Fuel - the entrance is just down the hall from the Seaplex sign up desk. 

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On 5/21/2019 at 12:08 AM, drusierdmd said:

That's an on new reservations and was added as an option after we booked. We got a picnic lunch from popcorn factory with a cooler and a few bottles of water. ( I think this is who they are going to use anyways for lunch). Plenty of pull off for pics. We pretty much stopped every mile on the way up and only once or twice on the way down. There is a secret pull off right at the start of emerald lake (before the private drive and overlook). There is an awesome beach at caracross turn by the metal caribou sign.

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what/where is the popcorn factory in Skagway?  Also heard there is a place to eat in Carcross?  Did you see anything there?

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16 hours ago, drusierdmd said:

Beautiful scenery this morning. Caution to future visitors. We were told 7am to 12 at the glacier. We spent maybe an hour or less at our closest approach. It's a narrow channel filled with ice and we made 5kts or less coming and going.

Protip: if trying to get a window table at the jammer, pick the side away from the glacier...it's less of a fight and the boat will rotate into view shortly.

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Hi! I'm sorry to bother you. But about your Jeep rental in Skagway, I've a reservation with Green Jeeps too! I have a couple of questions?

How did you get to the lake in the pic.? It's Emerald Lake?

Do you have any tips for the excursion? It's my first time In the Yukon territory. 

 

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On 5/19/2019 at 12:26 PM, Italy52 said:

The Hubbard excursion is a "go" this year and I have yet to find someone who has reported back how it went.

Indeed, same here, following....

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I miss glaciers

Use Google maps or ask the Jeep people where popcorn factory is...they pointed us there ( 2 blocks). We stopped at the dog sled/gold pan/museum in carcross they had snacks/ice cream. Emerald lake is less than 5 min past carcross and was our turn around point. There is one road you can't get lost. Green Jeep provided a photo tour booklet with mile markers and pics so you know where you are. Use Google maps to download the area for offline use if you are worried. Oh and carcross has 4g too. e3ac93d951d65004641f66110bdf688c.jpg

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My girl loved her ifly. Unfortunately they disallowed multiple flights. 1 regular, 1 key. Flying standby, even when they had space or cancellations, was impossible. 097bb7dffa85b31f8360ccdcc21c33dc.jpg

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13 hours ago, Biker19 said:

There was one on the previous sailing- same place as on Anthem, right by Fuel - the entrance is just down the hall from the Seaplex sign up desk. 

 

My error!

Everyone reading this and wanting to reserve a spot in the puzzle room, here’s the deal....

 

I went up to Seaplex desk like Biker said. There’s no sign, no notice, nothing on the wall... no door indicating puzzle room, no display... simply nothing. I spoke to the guy at Seaplex desk and he said to go to guest services as it closed but it did have bookings at one time. They told me they've had no bookings on board.

 

Keep in mind this is not in the compass, not announced anywhere, and was not on my Royal IQ ap. It was not bookable pre cruise either on the cruise planner.

 

Guest services told me they opened up reservations on the 1st day and it was fully  booked for the entire cruise within a few hours.☹️

 

My tip: get on board, go directly up to Seaplex and book this.

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3 hours ago, drusierdmd said:

My girl loved her ifly. Unfortunately they disallowed multiple flights. 1 regular, 1 key. Flying standby, even when they had space or cancellations, was impossible. 097bb7dffa85b31f8360ccdcc21c33dc.jpg

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Vacation of a lifetime, this is one vacation that little girl will never forget. I hope you took video of it to show your family and her friends back home.

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2 minutes ago, Hoopster95 said:

Keep in mind this is not in the compass, not announced anywhere, and was not on my Royal IQ ap.

It was available in the app for us - that's how we booked it. The entry door is the one with the port hole by the sign up desk - even looking in there you can't really tell it's an escape room next to it.

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3 hours ago, drusierdmd said:

My girl loved her ifly. Unfortunately they disallowed multiple flights. 1 regular, 1 key. Flying standby, even when they had space or cancellations, was impossible.

 

Do you mean that if you have the key you get to do it twice? I am confused about the key statement.

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Just now, buymeanapple said:

 

Do you mean that if you have the key you get to do it twice? I am confused about the key statement.

Yes, Key customers get another ride.

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