Number of Cruises: 5
Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Ship: Radiance of the Seas
Sailing Date: August 11th, 2007
Here are two very small,
annoying processes that have been put in place on board ship. Number one, you
cannot run a tab. Every time you order a drink you must close out the tab.
This is very annoying especially during dinner. Number two, when I ordered the
mixed drinks they tasted quite a bit off and I struck up a conversation with the
bartender. As it turned out, no matter what the drink called for only an ounce
and a half of liquor could be placed in any one drink. Whatever you do don’t
ask for an Irish Coffee since the only place that can server/mix both coffee and
alcohol is the Starbuck like coffee stand on the 5 level, and your wait for the
beverage will be substantial as the wait staff runs between resources obtaining
and the ingredients and then doing the booking to charge you. As you can
imagine, if the process has gotten down two the beverage level it has become
pervasive in all aspects of ship life.
The food at it’s best is mediocre and you always felt rushed. This also applies to the two other premium restaurants alternatives on board. We were fortunate in that on our stateroom level we had access to a concierge, so we worked all our fixes through him. He was a God-send since when you were forced to work with the rest of he crew they did not see to understand the concept of “accommodating” the guests requests. The front desk would typically say no to requests that were a little off the norm without offering you any other alternatives or possibilities even with the proper handshake. My wife enjoyed herself but I strongly feel that I did not receive fair value for my money.