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Patty

Age: 33

Occupation:Self Employed

Number of Cruises: First Cruise

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Radiance of the Seas

Sailing Date: March 9th, 2002

Itinerary: San Juan, St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Barbados

This was our first time cruising and, unlike my husband, I was very nervous, mostly about getting sea sick. This did not happen at all. Don't get me wrong.....you definitely knew when you were moving, especially in the Aurora Theater, which was on the 3rd and 4th deck of the ship. When you got up after a show and tried to climb the stairs, it was as if you were drunk! But, after a couple days of getting used to the movement of the ship, I completely forgot all about it. This ship is most beautiful and huge. It never seemed crowded except immigration lines and the day at Sea around the pool. Just plan on getting up early and getting a lounge chair by the pool before it gets crowded. You can sleep there, besides, you'll get plenty of sleep when you dead so don't worry about it. We worked out every morning in the gym...thank goodness, because of that we only gained 3 1/2 pounds. The food is good, not superb but good and the service is incomparable. The islands were beautiful. Didn't get off the boat in Antigua because the port they brought you in looked dumpy. At dinner that evening, the other couples we dined with shared their experiences in Antigua and no one had a decent thing to say so I'm glad we decided to relax that day at the pool instead. Barbados was our favorite, most beautiful island, where we rented a jet ski and snorkeled. The waters there are gorgeous. The locals on the islands weren't too bad, some islands they were more in your face than others, but hey, they are just trying to make a living too. Gordon, the cruise director, is the cutest, most funny and adorable man you could ever meet. He made this cruise so enjoyable. We just booked another cruise on Adventure of The Seas in February 2003 and if this cruise is half as great as our first one, we won't be a bit disappointed. Happy Cruising!

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