Age: 30 Something
Number of Cruises: 1
Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Ship: Radiance of the Seas
Sailing Date: October 1st, 2001
Monday 01 October came and we headed into Seattle. We took a quick drive down to the pier and then did lots of circling to try and find parking. Ended up parking in right across from Pier 66 (where Radiance was docked) and found out they had a special section just for folks going on the cruise. They even checked our baggage for us and took care of getting it onboard the ship. A quick walk across the Sky Bridge and then we got in the “Already checked baggage line” (as opposed to the much longer “We need to check our baggage line”). A quick trip through the check in and we were on board the ship by 1 pm.
And then Dan fell in love. We quickly located our cabin on Deck 7, dropped off our carry on baggage and then took off to explore the ship. Dan wanted to see ‘everything’ on the ship and so we did.
While trying to decide what to do about dinner, we ran into a lovely young lady from South Africa who was giving out $5 dollars off coupons for Chops that evening. So we made reservations to eat there.
By this time, Dan was ready to go back to the cabin so he could grab our digital camera and start taking pictures of the ship. (He ended up taking some 200 shots during our 4 days and most of them were taken onboard). Being that both of us are techno heads, we went off in search of where to sign up for the in cabin Internet access.
Back to our cabin by 5 pm so we could watch the ship disembark from the pier. It was amazing to us just how quiet this ship was during this. Our cabin was located at the stern and we hardly ever heard anything.
Vancouver was disappointing. Our helicopter tour was canceled due to the heavy fog. But Dan had a wonderful time just sitting on our deck and watching the other ships in the harbor. We also agreed that Vancouver was only a 4 hour drive for us so we really weren’t that excited to see the sights.
Returning to our cabin that evening, we were delighted to find that our Room Steward had folded some towels to look like a rabbit (using a pair of our sunglasses as eyes) in addition to folding down our bed and leaving us chocolates.
Victoria was amazing. We took a 4 hour bus tour that included a stop at the Castle, tour of downtown and some of the neighborhoods, and Tea at the Empress. Victoria is a very lovely city and Dan wants to go back again.
This evening, our steward folded the towels and hung them from a clothes hanger to look like a Monkey!
Our day at Sea was a blast. There was so much going on throughout the ship.. but while walking about, it never felt crowded at all.
During this day, we decided that we both really enjoyed cruising and put down a deposit for a 3 day Canada cruise next May. As this cruise is 2 months before our July wedding, we’re calling it the “Oh my gosh, we’re getting married in two months and need to relax” cruise.
We’re also already looking into the Radiance Panama Canal Cruise in November of 2002 as our Honeymoon.