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Margie

Age: 52

Occupation:Homemaker

Number of Cruises: 8

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Radiance of the Seas

Sailing Date: 05-11-2009

Itinerary: Alaska

Radiance needa a dining room overhaul, but the crew was fantastic. The room was always clean and the dining room staff was on top of things. Entertainment was ok with the comedians being the best. Excursions were great but wonder why the ship stops in icy strait point - not much going on there.

The food in the Windjammer was not hot and had teh same things day in and day out. Dining room had two chickens, two pastas and two mediterranean choices along with a few beef and pork choices.The food was a step down from previous cruises. Fruit was not ripe even at the end of the cruise. Dessert was great, even the sugar-free adn low fat versions!

The room was always clean, but the bathroom is small, especially the shower. Since you are not really in teh room much, the size is ok. We were in balcony room 7166 and the view was a bit obscurred by a ladder rack and a moveable work platform. You had to look out over this, but the balcony was larger than others.

If you have been on more than two cruises, activites get old. There is not really a lot going on, but there are a lot of exercising activities. Bingo, a couple of days, but not a whole lot a diversity. If you have kids - our grandkids (five and seven-years-old)loved the ocean adventure. The leaders kept the kids active and had a lot planned. Our grandkids would have slept there, they loved it so much.

Icy Strait Point was the biggest waste of time. Don't go into town as there is two stores and nothing really to see. Whale Watching/Mendenhall Glacier Tour in Juneau was great. Binoculars were provided for all on the tour. We saw humpback and orca whales. In Kechikan, definitely go on the Alaska King Crab Boat excursion. The crew takes you out into the bay and shows you how king crabs, Opedlia (Snow) crabs are caught and takes you to the bald eagles. Don't worry about getting sea sick as you are not in rough waters. They also supplied snacks and jackets, as the wind did pick up. Well worth the money!

Overall we had a great time with great weather (temps were in the high 60's to low 70's) with no rain at all. The crew made the trip fun but the disembarkment needs work. We were suppose to be the first off the ship as we had a 10:58 am plane, but got called in the 5th group at 8:45 am. Will definitely cruise again on Royal Caribbean, but hope they stop with the cutbacks!

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