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6 minutes ago, AlanF65 said:

I am supposed to be off at 920 and they are about 20 min behind. I need to be in a cab by 1015 or change my flight

 

I got in line now. Trying to be proactive. There’s others in line with higher numbers as well. Numbers called up to #18. Line up longer than before as it wraps around Two70 and back down the Via all the way back to Vintages.

 

You’d figure with Explorer experience they’d have a better handle on this shore side

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3 minutes ago, Hoopster95 said:

You’d figure with Explorer experience they’d have a better handle on this shore side

They might get it right by September.

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6 minutes ago, Biker19 said:

They might get it right by September.

 

You forgot to add a famous signatures to your post:

 

”Biker - Always a ray of sunshine”

😂lol

 

p.s. Line actually moving well for now... in 10min already forward to the elevator area and exit to gangway on deck 5.

They also just announced up to 26 so by the time i’m down there maybe I’ll be good to go

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Well well well... Alan, you must be already out?

 

I already have my luggage and about to head out the door to the bus area. Total

time from that huge line to where I am now maybe 20min. I should have stayed in the comfort of Two70 after all until

my number called.

 

Obviously Royal is choking the line so as not to make the terminal below a cluster. This was surprisingly excellent once in line.

 

By the way, although they only called number 1-26 as mentioned above, luggage all the way into the 40’s was already out and ready. Again, Royal just taking their time with the numbering system so as not to overload the lines and the terminal below.

 

So I digress... easy peasy after all 👍😊

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Glad I got off with self assist. 

 

Took some photos of Fish & Ships, quick scope, had a leisurely WJ breakfast then brushed my teeth and headed down around 6:40am.  Debarkation had commenced and there were maybe 20 in line in front of me by the aft elevators but the line was moving.  By 6:47am I was outside taking pictures from the luggage drop area.  

 

They offer a free shuttle to the ride share area but I chose to walk it (WJ calories to burn off).  

 

Super easy debark.

 

Lyft to SeaTac was $34.  Uber was $37 so I went with Lyft.  Hailed it as I approached the ride share area and had a 4 minute wait for my driver.

 

Reached SeaTac at 7:30am with no traffic.  Hung out waiting to check luggage due to Southwest's 4 hour rule and my noon flight.

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Sniff sniff 😥

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One of the quick shuttles already here dropping cruisers off for Ovation’s 1st ever 7-day sailing

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3 minutes ago, twangster said:

 my noon flight.

 

Safe travels to you Twangster!

Thank you formtiur awesome photos and

time lapse

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One last departure photo to end the live portion of this review.

 

Goodbye for now Ovation... I hope to be back sooner than later.

 

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Just read entire thread in just over an hour.  We sail her a week from today.

 

Best tips I learned on this thread:

 

Install the RC IQ app

Go directly to Seaplex - book escape room, get booked for IFly and N. Star asap

Chops may be a bit of a let down compared to other ships

WJ is well laid out and satisfying with themed dinners

Lots of great seating areas to enjoy the views

Gotta check out what Diamond perks are available (our first cruise as Diamond)

 

Thanks everyone for your postings and contributions.  Love this community forum!

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1.25 hours wait for a cab had to change my flight cab line a mess20190524_101955.thumb.jpg.8a58ed958fbe0fb00a2985b57a519087.jpg

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Wow this crummy airport wifi is amazingly fast!  (compared to Ovation).

 

With the 'faster' internet I was able to upload a video from Juneau - Five Glacier Float Plane tour featuring the Norris, Taku, Hole-in-the-wall, and East/West Twin glaciers.

 

10 minutes long.

 

 

 

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On our way to the Windjammer this morning I passed by Fish and Ships.  It looked nearly ready but I suspect they won’t start serving for a few more days.  I took the following pics including one of the menu.  I suspect you can get the first two items free with cover charge but the other items have an up charge.

 

 

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4 minutes ago, eel said:

On our way to the Windjammer this morning I passed by Fish and Ships.  It looked nearly ready but I suspect they won’t start serving for a few more days.  I took the following pics including one of the menu.  I suspect you can get the first two items free with cover charge but the other items have an up charge.

 

 

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Lee 

Was uber or Lyft simple or long wait? 

When did your group get off?

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Now that we have good WIFI at the airport (and a long wait for our flight) I thought I would post a few more pics from the cruise.

 

First there are a few pictures of Hoopster95 and the lovely Julia from Guest Services during Dancing with the Stripes. 

 

Also another from our last ride on Northstar, a shot of the fabulous indoor pool, and some impromptu entertainers at the Windjammer.

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8 minutes ago, AlanF65 said:

Lee 

Was uber or Lyft simple or long wait? 

When did your group get off?

We had a group of 6 and used Seattle Express shuttle.  Only $15 per person pre- booked (discounted due to group size).  We did not have luggage because we used port valet but many on the shuttle did.  We left ship about 9:45 am and where at the airport by 11 am.

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@Hoopster95 The group admin of the Ovation of the Seas facebook group is asking if we can use the first pic on this thread (Ovation with Mountains in the background) as the cover photo. I wanted to check with you first.

 

I also gave you picture credit of the pic you took of Ovation docked in Seattle and share it with not only my friends on facebook but also the Royal Caribbean Crown and Anchor society group as well as the Ovation of the Seas group. And another kudos to you all for this wonderful thread, I referenced it in the comments as well for the 2 public group posts.

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For those who are curious about the top brass on board, here is a list they gave out.  Note the hotel director was going on vacation today. And I am sure others will depart as contracts end.

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We are currently on the post cruise tour from hell. No commentary at all. The driver never claimed to be a guide, just a driver. We were supposed to go to the Space Needle. Instead we went to an observation tower with no explanation. Just pulled up, told us that this was our drop off, he would pick us up in an hour and don't be late.  Same thing with Pikes Market. We only had an hour and he dropped us off two blocks away. We barely had any time to look around. On the way to Starbucks he hit a school bus and broke the mirror off the bus. He didn't stop. Now we are waiting at the Starbucks for a replacement bus. His comment was, "Oh well, it happens". It is a good thing we have a later flight, but some people are worried since they have a 3 pm flight. We have friends on the other bus doing the same tour and they told us when we met at one stop that they are having a great tour with a great driver/guide. I have done other RCI tours and never have had an experience like this. Expensive tour. Who do I contact at RCI about this? 

 

Some on our bus have now gotten off and are taking Uber to the airport. 

 

This is the Seattle City Tour with Airport Drop Off. 

 

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I assume there was no piano player in the elevators. Any talk of there being one on board in the future?

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5 hours ago, Hoopster95 said:

Well well well... Alan, you must be already out?

Nah I was in the luggage area just before 10. My bags weren't in my group number, they were 5 groups away mixed with a lot of other bags. Took about 10 minutes to find, I had a porter and with an over hour wait for a cab, needless to say he earned a big tip.

 

Cab driver didn't flat rate me. I was going to give a decent tip to make up for it but cut it back. Trying to decide if I should report him.

 

Planning on a taxi was an expensive mistake on my part. Last year when I got off EOS it looked like a 5 minute wait.

 

Hope you had a nice ride home. Was great meeting and dining with you.

A

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2 hours ago, Sunny AZ Girl said:

We are currently on the post cruise tour from hell. No commentary at all. The driver never claimed to be a guide, just a driver. We were supposed to go to the Space Needle. Instead we went to an observation tower with no explanation. Just pulled up, told us that this was our drop off, he would pick us up in an hour and don't be late.  Same thing with Pikes Market. We only had an hour and he dropped us off two blocks away. We barely had any time to look around. On the way to Starbucks he hit a school bus and broke the mirror off the bus. He didn't stop. Now we are waiting at the Starbucks for a replacement bus. His comment was, "Oh well, it happens". It is a good thing we have a later flight, but some people are worried since they have a 3 pm flight. We have friends on the other bus doing the same tour and they told us when we met at one stop that they are having a great tour with a great driver/guide. I have done other RCI tours and never have had an experience like this. Expensive tour. Who do I contact at RCI about this? 

 

Some on our bus have now gotten off and are taking Uber to the airport. 

 

This is the Seattle City Tour with Airport Drop Off. 

 

Wow this sounds awful 😮 

 

Drop an email to royalguestrelations@rccl.com If I’ve had any problems on a cruise they’ve been great and I think probably your best bet for post cruise problems too. 

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58 minutes ago, Scottishmum40 said:

Wow this sounds awful 😮 

 

Drop an email to royalguestrelations@rccl.com If I’ve had any problems on a cruise they’ve been great and I think probably your best bet for post cruise problems too. 

Thank you. I have already completed the post cruise survey and described it in detail. I will also follow up with the email. 

 

In fairness, I should mention that friends of ours ended up on another bus for the same tour. They had a great tour and an excellent driver/guide. So, we were just unlucky with our driver. We have his name and number, so I will be sure to specify which driver it was. 

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9 hours ago, drusierdmd said:

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Maybe I read it wrong on the earlier pages of this thread but I thought earlier in the cruise you asked for and got your money back at GS for "The Key "which you said wasn't much use to you and your family on this sailing? Did you still eat the "The Key" breakfast when debarking this morning?

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5 hours ago, Sunny AZ Girl said:

We are currently on the post cruise tour from hell. No commentary at all. The driver never claimed to be a guide, just a driver. We were supposed to go to the Space Needle. Instead we went to an observation tower with no explanation. Just pulled up, told us that this was our drop off, he would pick us up in an hour and don't be late.  Same thing with Pikes Market. We only had an hour and he dropped us off two blocks away. We barely had any time to look around. On the way to Starbucks he hit a school bus and broke the mirror off the bus. He didn't stop. Now we are waiting at the Starbucks for a replacement bus. His comment was, "Oh well, it happens". It is a good thing we have a later flight, but some people are worried since they have a 3 pm flight. We have friends on the other bus doing the same tour and they told us when we met at one stop that they are having a great tour with a great driver/guide. I have done other RCI tours and never have had an experience like this. Expensive tour. Who do I contact at RCI about this? 

 

Some on our bus have now gotten off and are taking Uber to the airport. 

 

This is the Seattle City Tour with Airport Drop Off. 

 

Post cruise customer service 800-256-6649

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Maybe I read it wrong on the earlier pages of this thread but I thought earlier in the cruise you asked for and got your money back at GS for "The Key "which you said wasn't much use to you and your family on this sailing? Did you still eat the "The Key" breakfast when debarking this morning?
GS offered to allow us to enjoy the key breakfast. Not my idea but I'm not going to turn it down.

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