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Alaskan cruise highlights video May 2024

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Thanks, appreciate the video. How did you like the Ovation?
 

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Thanks, appreciate the video. How did you like the Ovation?
Ovation has a lot more to offer then the smaller and older ships with it’s extra charge restaurants and activities, but it also felt crowded compared to the cruises we’ve taken on Royal Caribbean’s Voyager and Oasis class ships. I wanted to sail the Quantum class since it’s sort it’s between the Radiance and Voyager class ships, but honestly, next time I believe we’ll opt for a smaller ship with fewer passengers.
The one thing I especially didn’t like was the set up of the main dining rooms. I prefer the two level classic open dining rooms. With the low ceilings and small windows it just wasn’t the same.
I really wanted to love this class of ship but, it just wasn’t my cup of tea.
 

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Thanks, good to know. We're headed on Oasis soon. We're thinking Princess (not the bigger Royal class) for Alaska next year.
 

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Enjoyed your ship tour as well. Sad to hear about the food quality and lack of attention in the dining room.
We've been on the Oasis and Voyager class ships as well. We haven't tried the Quantum class. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and opinions.
 

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Enjoyed your ship tour as well. Sad to hear about the food quality and lack of attention in the dining room.
We've been on the Oasis and Voyager class ships as well. We haven't tried the Quantum class. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and opinions.
Our first cruise was way back in 2002 on Legend of the Seas. Back then we were amazed by the service and quality of the food. We still remember our cabin stewards name, Charlie, from that sailing. He made that strong of an impression on us. This coming from someone who can’t recall names for love or money.

Our last cruise before this was on Oasis. While not as strong of an impression, the service and food quality was still very good. We had booked a sailing on Allure the next year but had to cancel because of illness.

I don’t know if this is a one off situation or if Royal Caribbean has grown so large with so many huge ships, they can’t staff them with the same quality of employee. Since all cruise lines have expanded into larger capacity ships, perhaps the talent pool for employees has been stretched to thin.

We booked another cruise for next year with Royal. This time on the smaller Brilliance of the Seas sailing from Boston on a 7 night Canada cruise. It’s the one itinerary we haven’t done that we’ve always wanted to sail. If the experience is just as bad, we’ll likely start trying other cruise lines until we find what fits us best.

It could be we’ve grown older and Royal is more a younger persons cruise line. If Brilliance isn’t up to our expectations for food quality and service, we’ll likely look at Celebrity first and maybe Princess if Celebrity fails to meet our expectations. It could be that cruising just doesn’t fit our travel needs anymore. That would be a shame since we’ve enjoyed so much in the past.
 

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It could be we’ve grown older and Royal is more a younger persons cruise line. If Brilliance isn’t up to our expectations for food quality and service, we’ll likely look at Celebrity first and maybe Princess if Celebrity fails to meet our expectations. It could be that cruising just doesn’t fit our travel needs anymore. That would be a shame since we’ve enjoyed so much in the past.

Our last cruise was on Princess - 2019 (Royal Princess) and 2018 (Ruby Princess). We thought the food was better on Royal Caribbean.
On both the Royal Princess and Ruby Princess, food was a hit or miss in terms of food quality and food temperature in the MDR, buffet, room service and speciality restaurants.
 

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Thanks, good to know. We're headed on Oasis soon. We're thinking Princess (not the bigger Royal class) for Alaska next year.
We did Majestic Princess for Alaska in 2023 and it was really nice.
 

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Doug thanks for sharing . . . and congrats on the SUNNY day in Ketchikan. I was there 5/30-6/1 and it rained on & off throughout my 48 hours.

About your Boston cruise next year to Canada with R/C, my sister & I are doing that one in October this year (on Jewel of the Seas).
 
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