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8 hours 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. 

 

8 hours ago, ReneeFLL said:

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

 

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49 minutes ago, aussielozzie18 said:

@sgmn is that your boat, Sue? Your day out on the water looks absolutely lovely.  Do hope the weather cools for you.  Lovely sunset shot.

It is, our lockdown purchase 😁

 We started looking in summer 2020 and found this one in spring 2021. So we're not very experienced and it's been a bit of a learning curve. It's actually a coastle cruiser and has two big engines so a bit of a waste on the Thames where the speed limit is 8kph, but don't feel we have the experience to take it out on the high Seas yet.  

But great fun and I absolutely love the river. Everyone on the River is so friendly and helpful. And we are in a lovely marina near Windsor.  A real community feel on our pontoon 

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9 hours 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.

Sorry to hear about catching covid on your cruise, miserable to come back with a potential nasty bug

Glad you enjoyed the cruise overall though, even though the meals were a bit hit and miss 

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24 minutes ago, sgmn said:

It is, our lockdown purchase 😁

 We started looking in summer 2020 and found this one in spring 2021. So we're not very experienced and it's been a bit of a learning curve. It's actually a coastle cruiser and has two big engines so a bit of a waste on the Thames where the speed limit is 8kph, but don't feel we have the experience to take it out on the high Seas yet.  

But great fun and I absolutely love the river. Everyone on the River is so friendly and helpful. And we are in a lovely marina near Windsor.  A real community feel on our pontoon 

Sounds wonderful and a perfect day!  I am sure your grandkids will love boat rides😀

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49 minutes ago, sgmn said:

It is, our lockdown purchase 😁

 We started looking in summer 2020 and found this one in spring 2021. So we're not very experienced and it's been a bit of a learning curve. It's actually a coastle cruiser and has two big engines so a bit of a waste on the Thames where the speed limit is 8kph, but don't feel we have the experience to take it out on the high Seas yet.  

But great fun and I absolutely love the river. Everyone on the River is so friendly and helpful. And we are in a lovely marina near Windsor.  A real community feel on our pontoon 

It’s a lovely looking cruiser and the Thames sounds like the perfect place for novices like yourselves with the welcoming community and low speeds.

In Australia, it’s caravans and campervans that went through a sales boom during lockdown and there is still a long waiting list to purchase them.

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I guess this thread does not let the dust settle.

 

Got home from our Allure sailing last evening and I am only on page 2715.

 

Once I go grocery shopping and start the wash, I have a lot of catching up to do.

 

I can only hope all are safe and well.

 

Here's to the thread!!!!!!!!

 

Take care

 

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11 hours 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.

Sorry most of you got Covid, hope you are all feeling better soon. guess pretty much no protocol's of any kind now. Did the ship seems crowded? any idea how many onboard for your sailing? Did you drive to the port or fly? Sounds like none of you were quarantined, meaning you caught  covid on the ship toward the end of the cruise if you now are all turning up positive. Were they lots of people coughing and sneezing on the ship?

 

Still sounds like Oasis is still short handed, seem the Dining problems just continue to happen. Knew the Dining Rooms were a problem, now Windjammer Food seems like another issue arising currently.

6 hours ago, harryfat1 said:

Same calving story as you folks.  You stare at it forever until your eyes are blurry and then walk away to get a drink and you hear a small thunder roar and turn around to see water ripples from far away...

 

Too much ice at Hubbard Glacier to get very close.  I was surprised we got as closed as we did as you can literally see lots of ice next to us. The captain must not be worried. Glacier Bay had no ice field but no calving either but makes for better photo op.

 

I couldn't see the goat live in person but I kept looking for it as the ranger was saying over the PA system - "over at the 3 o'clock position , at the green flat area, you will see a mountain goat".  Then every one scrambles to look for one and maybe 8 people will see it and say "Oh, yeah, right there". 

 

Then there's the 90%+ of rest of us blindly aiming our cameras and cell phones at the big old mountain asking, WHERE? WHERE?  Ah, forget it, just take a dang picture of the whole mountain and find it when I get home with a computer (don't cruise with my laptop).

 

Hubbard Glacier area:

 

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Lots of ice near the ship

 

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Glacier Bay (less ice in water):

 

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Think I may have asked this before but now sure you ever answered and if you did I missed it. Did the Captain say how many miles you were from Hubbard, seems unusual to have that much ice this late in the season. Did Captain say anything about that?

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12 hours ago, harryfat1 said:

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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Thanks for taking the time to post Harry.  We were scheduled to visit ISP but it got changed to Ketchikan when our itinerary changed.  Your comments reinforce that this is a GOOD change.  We were going to do a salmon dinner excursion at ISP because we couldn't find anything else that seemed interesting, other than the zipline.

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11 hours 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.

 

Have you ever been to Fishers Island OB?  They always have one of the top rated golf courses in the country...#10 in 2019.  Seems like a pretty exclusive club though.  I thought maybe T might have taken you there at some point.

 

There are several islands in that area that I'd never heard of, but that either have interesting history or would be fun to visit.  Plum Island and Great Gull Island are in the former category, while Block Island looks like fun.

 

Speaking of T, I had to do some Google snooping and found her house.  I can see why it's priced like it is.  What a great location.  She must have had the Google street view of her house all blurred out.  To be fair, several other houses in that area are also blurred out.

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Add Penikese Island to the list of interesting islands in that area.  Anyone else use Google Maps to quickly find someplace, only to come back up for air about an hour later and in a completely different "virtual" part of the world than where you started?

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26 minutes ago, bobmacliberty said:

 

Thanks for taking the time to post Harry.  We were scheduled to visit ISP but it got changed to Ketchikan when our itinerary changed.  Your comments reinforce that this is a GOOD change.  We were going to do a salmon dinner excursion at ISP because we couldn't find anything else that seemed interesting, other than the zipline.

I think we are in the minority liking ISP both times we went.  We like to walk through the cannery, the nature walk and both times we took whale watching excursions.  The first time we were on a boat of 6 plus the captain and had a whale breach in front of the boat.  The second time we saw a pod bubble feeding and watched them for a long time.  We were the only ones on the boat with the captain.  He drove us by his house on the way back to the ship so we could see the eagle's nest in his front yard with the baby eagle in it.  We like Ketchikan too.  Had fun both times we were there also.

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3 hours ago, sgmn said:

It is, our lockdown purchase 😁

 We started looking in summer 2020 and found this one in spring 2021. So we're not very experienced and it's been a bit of a learning curve. It's actually a coastle cruiser and has two big engines so a bit of a waste on the Thames where the speed limit is 8kph, but don't feel we have the experience to take it out on the high Seas yet.  

But great fun and I absolutely love the river. Everyone on the River is so friendly and helpful. And we are in a lovely marina near Windsor.  A real community feel on our pontoon 

 

I love your boat! What a great purchase.

 

 

2 hours ago, Lionesss said:

I guess this thread does not let the dust settle.

 

Got home from our Allure sailing last evening and I am only on page 2715.

 

Once I go grocery shopping and start the wash, I have a lot of catching up to do.

 

I can only hope all are safe and well.

 

Here's to the thread!!!!!!!!

 

Take care

 

 

 

Welcome back!

 

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4 minutes ago, Keksie said:

I think we are in the minority liking ISP both times we went.  We like to walk through the cannery, the nature walk and both times we took whale watching excursions.  The first time we were on a boat of 6 plus the captain and had a whale breach in front of the boat.  The second time we saw a pod bubble feeding and watched them for a long time.  We were the only ones on the boat with the captain.  He drove us by his house on the way back to the ship so we could see the eagle's nest in his front yard with the baby eagle in it.  We like Ketchikan too.  Had fun both times we were there also.

 

We also like ISP and have taken whale watches with Glacier Wind too.  We had Captain Shawn the first time we were there with his smaller boat and had Captain Casey this last time with their brand new "bigger" boat that seats 13.  Great family and wonderful excursion.  We took the transporter gondola over to the new NCL pier since it was a free ride through the forest.  They are building a ropes course that they will be offering next year.  The gondola to the top of the mountain was also free the day we were there but we didn't do it, too high and steep for me.  I was surprised by all the changes in the four years since we had been there in 2018.  We will just have to go back again to see what it looks like when it is completed. 🙂 

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2 hours ago, aussielozzie18 said:

 

In Australia, it’s caravans and campervans that went through a sales boom during lockdown and there is still a long waiting list to purchase them.

Here too, I must admit a campervan would be nice to roam around Europe but it would have to have a loo !!😁

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No more summer day camps in the 2nd half of August....

 

We got the grandsons for a sleep over.... After the "regulation" schnitzel with fries DH prepared for lunch, we decided to order some pizza...

 

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We have to buy them regular beds, but for now, DH put a "demarcation line" in the middle of our son's old one... They brought with them a lot of toys.

 

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14 minutes ago, dani negreanu said:

We got the grandsons for a sleep over.... After the "regulation" schnitzel with fries DH prepared for lunch, we decided to order some pizza...

 

Your grandsons are adorable.  I bet they are a lot of fun.  We  had a granddaughter sleep over this weekend.  She wanted her "usual" for breakfast...  I got a little carried away with the whipped cream hair.  Thankfully she didn't eat all of it, but she devoured the chocolate chip pancake.

 

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2 hours ago, Jimbo said:

 

Think I may have asked this before but now sure you ever answered and if you did I missed it. Did the Captain say how many miles you were from Hubbard, seems unusual to have that much ice this late in the season. Did Captain say anything about that?

No, the captain never said how far out we were.  Just said due to ice, we can't go further as he made a subtle reference to the movie Titanic.

 

They said Hubbard is 6 miles across and I believe this was the closest we got.  Looking at the picture below, I'm guessing maybe 4 miles out?  There were a lot of ice around the ship so I'm sure that was the limit for that day for a major cruise ship.  The boat excursion got closer but I was never able to find them in my pictures. Only saw them coming to the ship to pick up/drop off passengers for the excursion.

 

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38 minutes ago, dani negreanu said:

No more summer day camps in the 2nd half of August....

 

We got the grandsons for a sleep over.... After the "regulation" schnitzel with fries DH prepared for lunch, we decided to order some pizza...

 

We have to buy them regular beds, but for now, DH put a "demarcation line" in the middle of our son's old one... They brought with them a lot of toys.

 

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Lovely looking lads Dani. 

We use to sleep 'top n tail' all the time when we were kids and visiting family or friends 

Bet they think it's great fun !

When do they go back to school?  I think ours go back around 5th Sept (except Scotland where they finish and go back earlier than rest of UK )

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2 hours ago, bobmacliberty said:

 

Thanks for taking the time to post Harry.  We were scheduled to visit ISP but it got changed to Ketchikan when our itinerary changed.  Your comments reinforce that this is a GOOD change.  We were going to do a salmon dinner excursion at ISP because we couldn't find anything else that seemed interesting, other than the zipline.

 

Bob,

 

Yeah, switching to Ketchikan is a much better choice as you have more options to do different thing there if you prefer a more active port.  ISP is more tranquil if you prefer a surrounding that has less activities.

 

Our visit to Ketchikan was cut short by couple of hours as the ship needs to get back to Vancouver by 3 AM instead of the scheduled 7 AM due to high tides as the ship is too tall to safely go under the Lion's Gate bridge during high tide.

 

Later on I will upload more pictures from our Juneau and Ketchikan stop but here are couple samples.  For Juneau, we took the $45 shuttle to Mendenhall and for Ketchikan we just did the self guide tour of the town using the map you obtain from visitor center.

 

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Always gives me warm fuzzies when I see these signs on trails...

 

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Salmon season

 

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3 hours ago, Keksie said:

I think we are in the minority liking ISP both times we went.  We like to walk through the cannery, the nature walk and both times we took whale watching excursions.  The first time we were on a boat of 6 plus the captain and had a whale breach in front of the boat.  The second time we saw a pod bubble feeding and watched them for a long time.  We were the only ones on the boat with the captain.  He drove us by his house on the way back to the ship so we could see the eagle's nest in his front yard with the baby eagle in it.  We like Ketchikan too.  Had fun both times we were there also.

That was very nice of the Capt to take you by his home.    I love when they go above and beyond.   

Alaska is definitely on my to do list.   I have always enjoyed whale watching when we gone out of cape cod.    They are so majestic.   I could watch them all day!

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4 hours ago, Jimbo said:

Sorry most of you got Covid, hope you are all feeling better soon. guess pretty much no protocol's of any kind now. Did the ship seems crowded? any idea how many onboard for your sailing? 

 

Still sounds like Oasis is still short handed, seem the Dining problems just continue to happen. Knew the Dining Rooms were a problem, now Windjammer Food seems like another issue arising currently.

I cannot answer your questions but do know that Oasis has been sailing at all most full capacity this summer.    Looks like our sailing for 8.28 is going to be a full ship too!        Other than suggesting you wear a mask when indoors in large venues and washy washy I do not know of any Royal ship (or the Caribbean islands) having any other protocols other than testing pre-boarding.      Just like at home, up to the individual if they wish to mask up.

MTD continues to have issues on pretty much every ship.   Unsure why, but happy we do traditional dining.     Hoping that WJ will be good for my daily breakfast.   I need to find out where (other than MDR) my omelet guy will be located.     Love to have my fresh made omelet or eggs benedict when onboard.  

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3 hours ago, bobmacliberty said:

Speaking of T, I had to do some Google snooping and found her house.  I can see why it's priced like it is.  What a great location.  She must have had the Google street view of her house all blurred out.  To be fair, several other houses in that area are also blurred out.

 

It's funny, I too looked on Google Earth and saw the same thing.  I figured it was blurred because of a large sign, but it makes sense to hide her house.  There are more than a few weirdos out there who would look at it for the wrong reasons.

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1 hour ago, sgmn said:

When do they go back to school?  I think ours go back around 5th Sept

 

Thanks, Sue. They're a lot of fun, and they're full of energy.........

 

The "oldest" (6 years) will start 1st grade (?) school Sept. 1st, and the youngest -- kindergarten at the same date.

 

Absolutely love your boat.

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