Number of Cruises: 2
Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Ship: Radiance of the Seas
Sailing Date: December 28, 2002
Itinerary: Southern Caribbean
After just returning from a family reunion on board the beautiful Radiance of the Seas I felt almost an obligation to write of this wonderful ship and its staff so that other families might benefit from our experience.
Our group consisted of several very experienced travelers with many cruise experiences and many children ranging in age from 21 to 4. It took about one day on board for the unanimous opinion to hold that this was by far the finest cruise ship any had ever been on.
The food was outstanding. OUr dinners in the Cascades dining room was as good as any you would find in the finest restaurants. The food in the Windjammer buffet was always good, always varied, always fresh and the deserts especially were always great. The staff in the Windjammer was always helpful and even though it was buffet service one did not have to wait long for a staff person to come by and fill up your ice tea or take your plate. Our waiter was phenomenal with service second to none.
The amenities on board for the kids was exceptional. There was not one young person in our group (14 kids) who was ever bored or lacking for company. The entertainment on board was always fun, always professional and with the exception of the cruise director who was incredibly annoying, everything was outstanding.
The ports were fine. St. Thomas is what you would expect; lots of jewelry stores! Antigua is a dump. St. Marten was beautiful, especially the French side and the beaches in Barbados were quite nice. For the most part, Caribbean islands are all fairly similar and if you have done them once there is not a lot of further appeal.
Every detail in this boat is near perfect. The sports bar was a popular hang-out. The shops nice and the various bars beautiful. The only complaint is the typical free for all on sea days for deck chairs.
For families especially, I cannot strongly enough recommend this boat. Book it soon and enjoy!