Occupation:Account Manager/Program Analyst
Number of Cruises: 4
Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Ship: Radiance of the Seas
Sailing Date: February 8th, 2003
Itinerary: Southern Caribbean
This was my first time sailing with RCCL and I would have to say that this was the worst cruise of the four that I have taken. In speaking with other passengers that I met on the ship, who have cruised before, they agreed with my assessment. We don't know if it was just a fluke cruise or the Radiance itself, but the food was terrible. The activities lame and two of the ports (Antigua and St. Lucia) were severely lacking in activities outside of going to the beach. Although, St. Lucia itself is a beautiful island, there wasn't much offered in the way of tours, etc. It is a small island and you could see it all in about an hour. The tour guide kept repeating herself and I think we saw the same beach twice.
On to the food, I had heard rave reviews about the Windjammer Cafe and was very disappointed. We found the food tasteless with each day's offering only slightly different from the last. The dining room was a little better, but the food was so over salted that our mouths were getting raw by the end of the cruise.
This was our family reunion and we had individuals returning home with swollen joints, etc. from the salt overdose. There were virtually no activities planned during days in port outside of laying by the pool. This did not seem like a such a bad deal until we hit rain and had nothing to do but shop in the rain at the port stores.
On the brighter side, the service and staff of the Radiance were wonderful. I had no problems whatsoever with the crew and staff. I might give another RCCL ship a chance, but doubtful I'll ever step aboard the Radiance again.