This was our third cruise back after the Covid year. We were on the Carnival Elation in October, and Harmony of the Seas in December.
We chose this cruise because we could get back on board and used the Next Cruise program on the Harmony. Seems like Royal was giving away cruises late last year, (at least to us). We are Vaxed, and boosted, and the price was great. So, we jumped on the Alaska trip. Yes, in May.
This was an 8 day out of Vancouver, BC to Seattle. We also took this opportunity to visit with family in Washington State prior to the cruise. We ended up driving up from the south end of I5 in Washington. When we booked this trip, we had thought we could take the Amtrak Cascades train up to Vancouver. But due to employee shortages (That is another story), we had to drive. Was just a long (uneventful) day in the car. Passing through Seattle was not an issue. And the border crossing was less than 5 minutes. We were prepared with the use of the ArriveCan app for submitting our Passport and Vax status. Just showed our passport and answered a few questions, and were on our way to Vancouver.
Nice typical, Royal balcony accommodations. What we are comfortable with. Ovation has two elevator bays, this room is midway aft, on the starboard side. As this we my first time on this class of ship, I think, if I sail this class again, I would opt for port side, on deck 6, and further aft. This hallway has access to the upper level of the two70 lounge. Which is a space we found ourselves at sea and in port.
Our room steward, (Michael) was fantastic! He was there almost every time we opened the door, with a warm friendly “Hello Mr. and Mrs. XXX”. He had our routine down pat, s we did spend a good deal of time in the cabin, as we were under the weather. So, if we stepped out for a bite in the morning, the room was made up. He is one of the best stewards we have encountered across the 5 Royal cruses we have taken.