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

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9 minutes ago, miko1 said:

Great photo you guys. Where are you guys having dinner tonight. 😃

 

American Icon... My Time Dining.

I’ve run into L&R almost everyday. Had A fabulous dinner at Izumi last night with them as well 😁

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17 minutes ago, ExpertNovice said:

Hey there! We're sailing at the end of July as D+ and heard mixed reports of access to the concierge lounge and what coupons were being offered. Have you had a chance to go to the lounge? 

 

What other D+ exclusives are there other than the backstage tour you mentioned and were they documented anywhere? 

 

Zero access to the CL (I tried 😡)

but who knows .... I say this often:

RCI = Really Consistenly Inconsistent

maybe future 7 day cruises will have less C&A Members, and they’ll open up the CL to D+ again? I hope so.

 

All D+ get galley and bridge tour as well.

you should receive invitations in your room

to return to the LA asap on the 1st day.

 

All other D+ benefits are on line.

You will also have a full sheet on your desk when your enter your room with all of your benefits listed.

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40 minutes ago, perfect match said:

Gosh, Hoopster, it’s a shame you haven’t been able to find anything to do on this cruise!

 

 

Yep, this ship sure sucks 😉 lol!

 

This sailing solidified Quantum my memories of 4+ years ago... 100% my favourite class of ship.

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Wow... just caught up on the 20+ unbelievable pages of amazing content, pictures and videos. Kudos to hoopster, twangster, biker and others who have contributed to this most amazing thread. I don't think I've ever seen anything like it on CC, where there are multiple folks contributing to 1 thread with such great stuff...

 

I'll be on Ovation on 8/30 so I am sure I'll have all sorts of information and experiences from folks and what to do, when to do it, where to do it, and how to do it... definitely want to try the Escape room and Wonderland if it's vegetarian friendly... would be a fun experience.

 

Looking forward to reading about the last few days... as Ovation now heads into my hometown Seattle for the summer. We are excited to have this ship in our backyard!!

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Ovation Rocks!

Packed house... great vibe!

Journey tribute to perform.

 

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Here near the top of Vancouver Island Voom is becoming better, if you call greater than 1Mb up/down better.  Four cruises on RCCL ships in Alaska and this is by far the worst experience with possibly the best weather of the four.  

 

Finally was able to watch the final episode of GoT tonight with pauses every 3-5 minutes to buffer.   Compared to the 0.17Mb rates until tonight the "Surf and Stream if you Buffer" Voom plan has been disappointing.  Nearly 3 hours to watch the final episode means I don't have to live in fear of spoilers any more so there is that.

 

Don't buy Voom on Ovation in Alaska.  If you are sailing Radiance or Serenade in Alaska (or a Celebrity ship) Voom will be more consistent with expectations for Alaska Voom internet.   

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2 hours ago, SacCaliCruiser said:

Thank you so much for taking the time to post this. I’ve read every word of it! A question, is there an “indoor” pool on Ovation’s Alaska cruise in the Solarium where kids can swim or is the entire Solarium adults-only? And if so is the outdoor pool the only one for kiddos? Many many thanks again. 

The little kids pool is outside, there are enclosed pools under 18 kids can swim in just outside the solarium

 

This is outside solarium

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And this

 

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And this

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This is little kids outside

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Ovation Rocks.... What a great new show!! People lined up at the entrance to Two70, no seats on top floor balcony either. What a great crowd. Superb music. 

 

 

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13 minutes ago, twangster said:

Don't buy Voom on Ovation in Alaska.

 

150 million percent.

 

Everyone going to the VOOM desk is getting 25% off what they paid. I also spoke to a GS representative whom I befriended and it’s a wait and see situation  for the upcoming cruises in Alaskan waters as they had no idea how bad it would be.

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Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier Time Lapse.

 

Nine hours in 3 mins and 42 seconds, 5am arrival, 2 pm return to the Inside Passage.

 

 

It took 2 1/2 times longer than the actual cruising time to upload this over Voom, heavily compressed and reduced in file size.   

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Thank you all for the great info! We have 3 families going in August. We don't need VOOM since we won't be streaming stuff.  Yet what options do we have for communicating while on the cruise?  Can we text for free somehow?  Or walki talki?  Or are we back to putting yellow sticky on each other's doors?  Thank you in advance for answering!  Newbie to cruise  and going to Alaska on Ovation in August :-)

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2 minutes ago, Newbie2019 said:

Thank you all for the great info! We have 3 families going in August. We don't need VOOM since we won't be streaming stuff.  Yet what options do we have for communicating while on the cruise?  Can we text for free somehow?  Or walki talki?  Or are we back to putting yellow sticky on each other's doors?  Thank you in advance for answering!  Newbie to cruise  and going to Alaska on Ovation in August :-)

 

At the moment there is a loophole that allows Apple iMessage and some Android wifi based messaging apps to work without buying a Voom plan.  No guarantees that loophole will remain through August but it's worth a shot.  

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Yep, per Twangster... no guarantees.

This is the official word:

Royal IQ has a chat function however you’re supposed to by a package

 

 

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4 hours ago, Hoopster95 said:

Royal IQ has a chat function however you’re supposed to buy a package

Yes, but why bother when iMessage and some messaging apps on Android work without VOOM?

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49° 26.74' N and still on Slowcast.  No O3b yet on our last sea day.

 

818ms, 1.8 Mb down, 0.6 Mb up

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A few days late, but here is the Skagway to Haines time lapse:

 

 

Tip - Haines provides cell coverage for 20 - 25 minutes as you sail past.

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23 minutes ago, twangster said:

A few days late, but here is the Skagway to Haines time lapse:Tip - Haines provides cell coverage for 20 - 25 minutes as you sail past.

 

Twangster, just caught up on your videos.  Well done, and Haines is a great cell coverage pick-up along the way.  

 

I wonder when Voom will kick in today, and will cell coverage will kick in first?  I guess we will find out later.

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16 hours ago, Hoopster95 said:

 

 

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

 

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.

 

thanks, guys...go to Seaplex and not guest services

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16 hours ago, Biker19 said:

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.

Biker, you booked it on the app once on board?  Did you enjoy it?  How does it compare to ones you've done before on land? thanks

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Thanks everyone for such an amazing thread. Just wondering in regard to the kids pools is there a minimum age or height. Looking at doing this with our grandson who will be 2 1/2 and thought I read somewhere that there were restrictions. Wouldn’t take him in the main pool but hoping he can go in the kids pool. 

Any help would be appreciated. 

Thanks

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12 minutes ago, tiger belle said:

Biker, you booked it on the app once on board?  Did you enjoy it?  How does it compare to ones you've done before on land? 

Yes and Yes. It's almost exactly like the one on Anthem.

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Good morning from the Pacific Ocean just west of Vancouver Island. Slow going today, currently around 10 knots with plenty of time to get to Seattle from our current position

 

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Finishing my thoughts on last night’s entertainment.... superb live concert by DSB, a journey tribute band. They played a 1:15 minutes set. Singer sounded extremely close to Steve Perry and hit every high note. They also played a Foreigner song. Another not to be missed show for the adults looking to enjoy excellent night life

 

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I was on EOS last year on the same itinerary Ovation will be doing and don't remember this kind of difficulty with VOOM.

 

I was able to make calls over wifi yesterday.

 

You wont be able to expect streaming TV.

 

I had to VPN into work on Saturday and something that should have taken 10 or15 minutes took over 1.5 hours. We were also further north than the 7 day but it was useless.

 

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59 minutes ago, Pean said:

Thanks everyone for such an amazing thread. Just wondering in regard to the kids pools is there a minimum age or height. Looking at doing this with our grandson who will be 2 1/2 and thought I read somewhere that there were restrictions. Wouldn’t take him in the main pool but hoping he can go in the kids pool. 

Any help would be appreciated. 

Thanks

 

Directly from the pool Deck this morning... Here’s the indoor pool kid’s area and only signage displayed

 

 

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And here’s the outdoor Splashaway Bay and Splashzone areas

 

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18 minutes ago, AlanF65 said:

I was on EOS last year on the same itinerary Ovation will be doing and don't remember this kind of difficulty with VOOM.

 

I was able to make calls over wifi yesterday.

 

You wont be able to expect streaming TV.

 

I had to VPN into work on Saturday and something that should have taken 10 or15 minutes took over 1.5 hours. We were also further north than the 7 day but it was useless.

 

 

Agreed.  Millennium, Radiance and Explorer in Alaska all had better internet and we've had better weather overall here on Ovation so rain fade or cloud loss isn't the root cause.

 

In Juneau I re-boarded early afternoon and it was a standard Alaska internet experience (okay but not great).  Gradually through to sail away time it became slower and slower as more guests returned.

 

It's compounded by hundreds of smart phones all trying to upload hundreds of pictures to "The Cloud", either Google Photos or Apple iCloud once they connect to the wifi signal onboard.  Combined with an increased appetite for being connected and the old geostationary technology can't handle it.  

 

I suspect the limited bandwidth on a per ship basis for the older geostationary satellite technology can't handle the volume of passengers on these larger ships.  This legacy technology has a finite capacity on a per-transponder basis while O3b uses beam forming technology that provides greater aggregate bandwidth on a per-ship basis.  

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