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Day One: Boarding RCL Wonder of the Seas, January 2023

January 7, 2023

After we got off the GoPort shuttle and surrendered our luggage, we got into a huge line that snaked around like a Disney-line. When we got in the building, however, there was a separate line for Key Members and we were on the ship very quickly with no waiting anywhere

We quickly found the Main Dining room for our Key Lunch

I had the caesar salad, filet mignon and cheesecake, with coffee, of course.

Tom checked out the menu then copied my choices

The walls of the Main Dining room has an interesting texture

Even though our cabin was ready, we decided to go to the AquaTheater in the Boardwalk Neighborhood to do our muster drill. This one was the fastest, ever.

Next stop was our cabin 14332. I couldn’t get an aft cabin because of the AquaTheater (above) but I got pretty close!

First photos of our cabin:

There was NO coffee maker in the cabin. BOO and the steward didn’t bring ice after I asked. Tom had to ask again later. He finally remembered it most of the time.

It seemed fairly cold, so we turned the thermostat up and up.

First views from the balcony

Tom had a meeting in MDR at 3:30 so I may have taken a nap

Dinner at 9 in the MDR was tomato soup, prime rib and key lime pie. This was our last dinner in the MDR.

We walked around – listened to a big band playing on the Deck 5 Promenade and a guitarist in the Central Park Neighborhood,

Sunset, the first day. This was from the Solarium, starboard side. The portside was already dark

Dare I believe it?

Immediately after our cruise to the Baltics in 2019, we set up a cruise to the Norwegian Fjords on Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas for August 16, 2020. Along about March of 2020 everything started being canceled due to COVID-19, including our cruise.

Royal Caribbean did a thing called Lift and Shift, so we could chose another cruise for 2021 and we decided on Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas Alaska Southbound from Seward with Cruisetour in September 2021. We had been to Alaska before but the Cruisetour was particularly appealing.

Experience the authentic interior of Alaska in supreme comfort, with luxury transportation. Enjoy travelling on the Wilderness Express®, a luxurious, glass-domed train cars, through the interior of Alaska. Royal Caribbean also employs a fleet of deluxe motor coaches to travel the interior byways of Alaska.

Then, it looked like September 2021 was a no-go because Canada didn’t want cruise ships sailing past their country, let alone doing Cruisetours through it. <sigh>

Our Edinburgh Tattoo for August 2021 was cancelled, of course. I had expected that but bought tickets “just in case”. I was surprised when they let me exchange those for 2022. I had assumed it would be a donation to the cause.

I started looking at other places we could possibly go. I thought of doing yet another Bermuda cruise but they, like so many others, had a quarantine in place. I couldn’t see finding – and paying for – 7 nights quarantined in a hotel room in Bermuda before the cruise.

When Royal Caribbean started posting cruises in the United States again, I started looking around to see what could fit in our schedule and chose Alaska again, this time from Seattle (remember, Canada doesn’t want us!) I’ve been to Seattle a few times and Tom has been but we’ve never been together. I had also always wanted to see Sitka, so this looked like a good-ish compromise. Not the Norwegian Fjords but we all have to compromise.

When it looked like this trip was a “go”, I got the hotel lined up. After the cruise was confirmed (for now!), I started looking for cheap reasonable flights, preferably nonstop. After a frustrating time on a few websites, I finally remembered that Royal Caribbean had a flight component called Air2Sea. I had some flights to choose from, and found one that actually arrived home on the same date we disembark. 11:57 pm, but still – same day! These flights were also over $400 cheaper than my searches on other websites.

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