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Royal Caribbean Cruisers -- How Are Things Where You Are? (was "Routine" ​ 😁 ​day in lockdown... how was yours?)


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4 hours ago, HBE4 said:

 

I've been to Buon Amici several times and always had excellent food & service. A friend of mine who has very high standards and is very selective about where he eats (i.e. extremely picky) says Buon Amici is one of his favorites as is Parkside in Corona, Queens

My late friend who lived in Cortlandt Manor was friends with the owner of Buon Amici.The first time my wife and I went there with my friend and his wife my friend introduced me to the owner and said that Lenny came all the way from Long Island just for dinner,which was true.I got a big hug from the owner .Every time I was there afterward if the owner was there he would come over and hug me .If we were there before the traditional dinner time we were seated at the table he reserves for his friends and family.

A friend of mine who lives in Hartsdale is also a regular there.

I have only been to Park Side twice and both times as part of a group.

Another one of my favorite Italian restaurants is Steve’s Piccola Bussola in Westbury,LI.The food and service are always very good.

 

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4 hours ago, Sunshine3601 said:

I hope your GD is enjoying her special day.   Happy Birthday to her🦋💐

Thanks,Debbie .She had a nice day.Instead of the traditional birthday cake Toby made Coffee Cake muffins.We put candles in my granddaughters muffin and sang to her.

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18 minutes ago, Husky1987 said:

Best NYC pizza:  

 

1. John's of Bleecker St

2. Juliana's

3. Scarr's 

4. Patsy's

5. Keste'

6. Village Square/Prince St.

 

Having lived all my life in NY and the majority of my life in NYC I have been to all on your list.John’s I agree has great pizza.Patsy’s also has very good pizza. The others in my opinion are not equal to John’s and Patsy’s .

However,it is all one’s opinion .

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On 8/11/2022 at 9:12 AM, HBE4 said:

 

I think he loves checking out new places.  Currently on Bristol, VA. Right over the border from Bristol, TN. 

 

 

 

Love these photos. Glad to see you made it back. 

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On 8/10/2022 at 8:01 AM, harryfat1 said:

Finally made it to a city with 4G signal.

 

2 days behind in pictures upload versus real time.

 

Day 3 highlights - Princess spends 9 hours at Glacier Bay National Park with Park ranger taking over the PA system after they board the ship as well as set up shop on the ship's lounge.

 

Had to quote myself to find out where I last left off on our Alaska cruise upload from few days ago.  Never caught up with bad wifi signal on day 3 onward.

 

Now that we are home, here are some more pics that I couldn't upload from days 2 and 3. More glacier pictures than an average person cares to see...

 

For $279/pp, you can take a boat excursion that comes to the ship to take you closer to the Hubbard Glacier.  Too rich for my blood.

 

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Calm waters of Glacier Bay

 

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Everyone was on deck trying to find wild animals. Funny to see all the people run to the starboard side when it's announced something there and then run back to the port side when another announcement of something spotted on another side.  Guess that replaces the tread mill exercise for the day.

 

Think the captain was worried about the ship tipping over as all the overweight people were leaning to one side on those whale sightings....

 

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So I'm blind as a bat and I can NEVER find whatever animal the park ranger announced over the PA system during the whole day we were there.  Everyone else gets all excited when something is announced.  I can't see a dang thing in the sun fighting for elbow space.  So just aim at the basic direction of what people are pointing and take a picture to hope for the best.

 

I believe that's the mountain goat that was mentioned but I couldn't see it until after coming home and looking for it on a laptop... 

 

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As we had all day at Glacier Bay, we were roaming from station to station to see what each area offered.  The park ranger got all excited over couple orcas right in front of the ship while we were there.  I have never seen75 year old grandmas run so fast to fight for spot to take pictures. I never did sees the orcas in person myself but my older son got a picture of it through the window.

 

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Few more glacier pics:

 

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Day 4 - Originally we were scheduled to go to Skagway but due to rock slides at the RRF dock, Princess moved many of her ships to other ports.  We were diverted to Icy Strait Point (ISP) instead of Skagway.  We had booked a bus tour to take us up to the Yukon area but that went down the drain. 

 

To me, ISP is Alaska version of Falmouth.  Artificially created port just for cruisers. The port is know for 2 items - zipline and whale watching. Maybe 3 if you care to ride the $49/pp gondola at top of mountain.

 

Many people opted to just walk around the port shops looking at $130 jackets and kept on walking.  Yeah, no typo.  There's a ONE in front of the next 2 numbers.

 

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As this is a RCI based thread, I should at least mention something RCI related.  Radiance of the Seas is docked next to us but she left way early before 3 PM.  Then HAL took her spot at 6 PM.  Not sure if it's even worthwhile to get to port at 6 PM but guess cruise companies feel the need to have an extra port day to get more revenue.

 

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$49 gondola takes you way up the mountain

 

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Free gondola takes you for a 4 minute ride instead of walking through the woods to do more shopping and food places.

 

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There is a nice paved walkway to the town of Hoonah but there's nothing to see there but the scenery on the way was pretty.  

 

The highlight of the day was seeing whales from the walkway as they swam by.

 

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Whales

 

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I caught up from the last 9 days while watching a fire. Everyone here has been busy.

 

I have photos to come and things to share but that will come tomorrow.  Lucy will have to suffice for now. 

 

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These line light hydrangeas are practically 10’ tall.  

 

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The fire I was watching. 

 

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To all the folks looking for line pictures, sorry to say that Alaska piers tied their ships way high and away from pedestrian walk ways so no really good pictures unless I grew wings to fly to each post.

 

 As per my previous post, you see how the Radiance is tied up far away from any passenger access in the rear. Pretty much the same story everywhere.

 

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Only somewhat decent one I could find is Discovery Princess tied up in Juneau 

 

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3 minutes ago, A&L_Ont said:

@Ocean Boy I thought you’d like this lighthouse photo. Someone I know was fishing yesterday past Orient Point, along Long Island. I suspect you have probably seen it in the past at some point. 
 

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The air was really clear today. Could see both Orient Point and Montauk Point, the tips of Long island, from the light house near where my dear friend T used to live.

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We have returned back from the Oasis but everybody is sick. Wife oldest Daughter and son in law all tested positive for covid. Both grandkids were sick since yesterday we did not test them. So far me and my youngest daughter have tested negative but that can change anytime. We enjoyed the cruise averall and the casino was VERY nice to me this cruise. My time dining was a joke we had 7pm reservations and they were seating people from the no reservation line before us. We ate at my time dining only 2 times both were terrible. In line at 7pm seated at 7:40 both nights desert finally served at 9:45 what a joke. The only good meal was Teppanyaki on night one. We also had problems with cold food in the windjammer. And what does Royal have against vanilla ice cream? No vanilla ice cream in windjammer at dinner always chocolate , strawberry or coffee.

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2 hours ago, Sunshine3601 said:

Precious💕  how was Finnleys first night home?

How is your DD doing?

They all didn't sleep much.  SIL finally figured out how to wrap the baby and she slept a couple hours.  

All of her 6 cousins visited today.  (More pics coming.)  They are all doing much better now.

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1 hour ago, harryfat1 said:

…Think the captain was worried about the ship tipping over as all the overweight people were leaning to one side on those whale sightings....

 

Really? I guess I could make a joke about short people, but I won’t. 🙄
 

53 minutes ago, Ocean Boy said:

The air was really clear today. Could see both Orient Point and Montauk Point, the tips of Long island, from the light house near where my dear friend T used to live.

She moved already? You must be so depressed. My condolences. 😁

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34 minutes ago, dbancroft said:

We have returned back from the Oasis but everybody is sick. Wife oldest Daughter and son in law all tested positive for covid. Both grandkids were sick since yesterday we did not test them. So far me and my youngest daughter have tested negative but that can change anytime. We enjoyed the cruise averall and the casino was VERY nice to me this cruise. My time dining was a joke we had 7pm reservations and they were seating people from the no reservation line before us. We ate at my time dining only 2 times both were terrible. In line at 7pm seated at 7:40 both nights desert finally served at 9:45 what a joke. The only good meal was Teppanyaki on night one. We also had problems with cold food in the windjammer. And what does Royal have against vanilla ice cream? No vanilla ice cream in windjammer at dinner always chocolate , strawberry or coffee.

Good to hear y’all enjoyed the cruise, but sad about the sickness. Congrats on the $$$.

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