Alaska 2012 - Day 3 Sea Day

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Alaska 2012 - Day 3 Sea Day
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Wed, 08-08-2012 - 8:10am

We woke up early, still on central time. We decided to split up. Maddie and I headed down to Tsars for breakfast. John & Makayla over to Cagney's.

We had a nice, quiet breakfast in a window seat. It was peaceful looking out at the ocean.

After breakfast Maddie and I walked around the ship. Kim, I remembered how much you liked the art on the Pearl so I snapped some pics of some. . .of course being a camera ham Maddie had to be in each shot. . . Photobucket

Maddie pretending to fly through the planets like super girl here Photobucket

 

Stopping to smell the flowers

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Oh No! Lava!

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The Paparazzi just never leave her be. . . Photobucket

 

As we were walking by a window we saw some familiar people. . so we knocked on the glass to get their attention. . . and the girls greet each other, oddly

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So, at this point John let me know that he & the concierge set up a new birthday surprise for me and we head down to the ship's gift shop.   There a nice lady greeted us, and we were led to a a sitting area. . .and she pulled out a small, lined box of . . .rings!

I was giving John a hard time recently about never having had an actual engagement ring. . .so he apparently picked a few out with Makayla while Maddie and I were at breakfast - so I could pick one. John and I have seriously different taste, so after I looked at them I asked the woman if those were the only ones I could choose from. LOL. She said of course not, and showed me more. Good thing for John, because my taste is honestly cheaper than his.

What did we pick? A simple emerald ring with diamonds. . . .but what made it special?   Well, green is my favorite color - and there is the shape the diamonds make. . .

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Anyone else see the Mickey Head diamonds? LOL. Yeah, I know I claim not to be the Disney addicts ya'll are. . .but it just fit. :smileyvery-happy:

So, after our shopping trip John said he wanted a nap. Yes, cruising is the hard life. So I took the girls to the kids club - then went back to the stateroom, sat on the balcony and watched the world sail by.

After a while the girls called asking to be picked up (they didn't care for the kids club this time, either of them). So I went and got them, and the 3 of us went to the buffet for lunch. The buffet on the Jewel is set up very nicely. Individual sections spread out, so there were not long lines anywhere. They had a make your own pasta bar, so the girls each got their favorite. I can't remember what I nibbled on, I think potato chips (no calories on vacation, right?).

After lunch we went back to the stateroom to see if John was up & ready to do anything. He was, but he had ordered a pizza and was waiting for it. While we were waiting the phone rang. The caller ID showed it was the excursion desk - okay, tomorrow we are going into Ketchikan and attempting to get the girls on the floatplane again (after last years was cancelled) so I admit my heart skipped a beat thinking they were going to cancel. But, hooray - they didn't. They wanted to know if we were able to move our plans up a couple of hours and take an earlier flight out. Yup! We were. So, what now?

Well - we headed down to the Fyzz lounge. I had read on cruise critic that the Jewel had private karoke rooms. My DDs love to sing, but are too shy to do it to a large crowd, so it seemed fun to try this out.

Basically there are 3 reasonable sized rooms set up for groups to sit, and karoke. We got the red room.

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They didn't have any current songs that the girls knew (Katy Perry, Hannah Montana, Taylor Swift) so they basically sang Christmas songs. But they did enjoy it.

Now, I wanted to see a show tonight called Band on the Run. It was too early to head there, but the Dailies showed there would be live piano music in the atrium. So we went over there. John snagged he & I a cocktail and the girls each a hot chocolate.

The piano player was really good. And it was funny too - as the girls each sat on different ends of a long cough. . and we saw the player look up at one girl and smile. . then look at the other, just to do a double take back over to the first. LOL. Photobucket

When it was time we headed into the Stardust Theater for Band on the Run. Oh my gosh we loved it. It was music from the 70s. Since John and I were teens during that decade, hearing Styx, Donna Summer, etc really was enjoyable for us.

Here are the girls with one of the dancers Photobucket

When we left the show we ran into a celebrity!! Just strolling right there on board. We didn't want to be the stalkerish type, but thankfully he was nice about letting the girls take a picture with him.

 

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So, we then headed down to Tsars for a late dinner, but we were not allowed in because John had shorts on. This was our 3rd NCL cruise and the first time we had encountered this. But it worked out in our favor.

We went over to Azures, were seated. . and met a new friend - Jenelle. Photobucket

After dinner we called it a night, and headed back to our room. The butler brought the girls some gummy bears. Photobucket

And their first towel animal from the room steward Photobucket

Tomorrow we have an early morning date with a floatplane. . .here is hoping we take off this year!!

 

  

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Wed, 08-08-2012 - 10:09am

How did the girls like bumping into the characters? Did they enjoy it? The same should happen on DCL in Nov. :smileyhappy:

I LOVE your ring. I would definately have picked that one too. :smileyhappy:

It looks like a really fun day. I just love at sea days-they are so relaxing. I mean, they can be crazy busy if you want, but we never want them to be. Last cruise we napped, ate, and caught a movie and a show. A perfect day. In Jan we have 3 sea days and I am so excited about that. I just love sea days. :smileyhappy:

I do love the art on the NCL ships. I have seen people on CCL board make fun of it but I think it's awesome-better than the plain, stark white of a CCL ship. I think their ships are the lease attractive on the outside but they are a good price so I guess they can't afford art. LOL

I love Maddies additions to the pics-they would be nice, but boring, without her. :smileyhappy:

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Wed, 08-08-2012 - 10:25am

You know, I think I was more excited about running into Diego than they were.  :smileyhappy:    I don't know if it's because it happens at Disney, but while they smiled - they didn't seem to think it was that odd to run itno Diego on a cruise ship.  

I do get bored a bit on sea days.   I guess I'm not big on doing things by myself, and it seems sea days are meant for napping to my family.   

I guess all is fair in cruise assaults.  CCL picks on NCL about ship art. . . .other cruise lines pick on CCL about being the "Walmart of Cruise lines".      DCL cruisers pick on the other lines for not offering free soft drinks.    Sigh.   I think it's nice that there is something for everyone's taste & budget.   Just like the resorts at WDW. 

 

 

 

  

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Wed, 08-08-2012 - 10:38am

I know there are people who are (very!) brand loyal but I don't "get" that way of thinking. I just want to be on a ship. Period. Plus, my personal goal is to try all the major lines at least once. It seems to be a slightly different experience with each line so why limit yourself to one line? I'm sure, after trying them all, I could come up with a favorite, but I need to try them all first to decide. :smileywink:

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Wed, 08-08-2012 - 10:46am

I need to watch for 2014 summer itineraries for Alaska.  While John & I would love to do the Pearl again (if it goes) I think if we want adult time we are going to have to try someone else.    The Jewel was by far their least favorite kids club experience.    Although - they did know someone there.  One of the workers had been on both the Pearl cruises we had been on.    He remembered the girls, and they him - all 3 hugged.    But whatever NCL's changes were - they didn't work well for us. 

 

  

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Wed, 08-08-2012 - 11:23am

I will be curious to see how they like/dislike the DCL kids clubs. CCL Magic will be a good test too. DCL is supposed to be the best but I can't compare it to anything, yet. Robbie will be able to give a good perspective on the kids club after January.

If your DCL trip goes over well with the kids clubs maybe it is worth it to pay for Alaska with DCL?

What did they not like about it? Were they bored?

Robbie is saying he doesn't want to go to the kids club if we sail again but we want to make him go and at least check it out and see if he doesn't meet some friends. I have a feeling he will spend less time in the kids club this time but I don't think it will be a reflection on the club-just that there is so much more to do outside of the club on the Magic. Maybe I will be wrong?

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Wed, 08-08-2012 - 11:49am

I'd make my kids go at least once.   How else would they know if they would enjoy it?  After that, I guess you can't make them. . .well, I mean you could - but it's their vacation too.

With Mickie, she is high maintenance.   She isn't fond of the kids club because she wants someone to pay attention to her personally.   Maddie normally likes anything, just give her a piece of paper & some crayons/pencil and she's content.   But she went into the cruise insisting she didn't want to go to the kids club.   So, I'm not sure either of them were fair to the Jewel.    Also, with Alaska there are far less children than there was in the Caribbean - they both liked the kids club activities in the Caribbean.    I need to ask them directly what it was they liked vs not liked.    When i was talking to them about their 10th birthday Mickie said she liked WDW more than cruising as there was more to do.    Maddie said she liked excursions,  going to shows, Teppanyakis, etc.   

I can't imagine swinging DCL's Alaska prices (if they go back to Alaska in 2014).    But if we go back - I think I'd want something that goes back to Glacier Bay, which Disney does not.   I didn't think I'd care one way or another about glaciers, but the difference was really something between last year & this year.   

I was looking this morning and for 2013 the Star Princess has an aft suite that would make my family happy. . and in 2013 it goes through Glacier Bay.   Will be interesting to see if they do for 2014, if they do. . . I may have my ship.    I was wanting a longer one out of San Fransico - but I can't if I'm still going to try to swing something with Candice in 2014.   Besides, we do like Seattle.  :smileyvery-happy:

I do think a lot of ships have so much outside the kids club that it would be hard to make the kids club as appealing.  So I get what you are saying.   Mine loved going to the arcade, the karoke room, etc.    And I think that made the kids club less fun - whereas our first cruise they didn't know those exsisted.   Sigh, they are growing up.  :smileysad:    The CCL Magic has soooooo much.  Waterparks, candy shops, putt putt golf, ropes course - I could see the kids club not being as exciting. . . .

 

  

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Wed, 08-08-2012 - 12:30pm

Robbie is like Mickie-wants personal attention. He loved the DCL kids club-to the point of not being able to get him out of there-so maybe there is hope that Mickie will enjoy it on DCL. They have more counselors on DCL than any other line, which means kids can get more one-on-one. The couselors really seem to enjoy it too. Many of them, when they were off work, would go hang out with the older kids in their club and play video games with them. Adam ended up not being able to walk through the ship without a CM knowing him and chatting with him. The activities on DCL seem to be better than other ships too-of course, I can't really judge yet, but in Adams age group, they made a zombie movie-cast with the teens, that filmed over the week and then premiered on the last day of the cruise. Adam was very involved in that and loved it. Robbie loved the art, the science experiments, and the video games. One day when David went to get him he was playing cards with a counselor. They seem to clue into what the kids need and act on it. If there is a kid moping around they will help them find something that will interest them. That's what we saw on the Dream anyway.

I have high hopes for CCL too though. Just a couple days ago on the Breeze a 19 yr old with aspergers was having a tough time b/c he was too old for the kids clubs yet too young for any adult interactions-plus with his AS he wasn't outgoing enough to reach out and meet anyone. The mother reached out to JH and they ended up opening up the Teen program to him which worked beautifully for him since he was essentially operating on a teen level anyway. He's been going every day, had made friends, and is having a much better cruise. It seems like they care on there too.

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