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Kate Romero

Age: 12

Occupation:student

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Radiance of the Seas

Sailing Date: 2009-07-31

Itinerary: Alaska- Vancouver to Sewerd

Our experience on beautiful Radiance of the Seas was AMAZING! The staff was so friendly and informative, and Alaska scenery is just unimaginable! The shows were excellent- broadway style, the food was great, especially from Choppes Grille and Portofino's, and the staff was just so friendly and accomodating in every way. I recommend this cruise to anyone with children- the ship has a great childrens program. Embarktion and disembarktion were fairly easy. I recommend the Denail post cruise tour. It is really, really beautiful, and something you can NEVER see anywhere else.

The food was amazing! The waiters, headwaiters, and assistant waiters were all so generous and attentive. I would definitley recommend Choppes and Portofino. The food and service in both of those places was just what you would expect from a five star restaurant- better even! The desserts and great and the food is just outstanding.

The staterooms are small. They are big enough considering you are only in them to sleep, but imagine half the size of a decent hotel room. There is a queen sized bed, a television, a closet with a lot of space, a few mirrors, a very small bathroom, and a vanity with a chair. I recommend getting a room with a balcony. We saw so much just sitting on that balcony. We saw dolphins as the ship was leaving Vancouver, we saw whales many, many times. We saw the beautiful, blue, giant icebergs floating by as we neared Hubbard Glacier, and there were baby seals sitting on icebergs, as well as a family of seals living in the harbor in Skagway.

The onboard activities were great! They had things for all kinds of people, and activities going on all the time.

Ziplining in Juneau and Hoonah (icy strait) is a must! Crab fishing in Ketchikan is also fantastic. You see eagles fly down and grab fish out of the water. I also recommend the Glacier and Gardens tour in Juneau. It is really, really beautiful!

We flew to Vancouver and stayed there for three nights. We are from Massachusetts, so it was a very long flight. We were going to stay at Best Western Sands by the Seas, but the rooms had a mildewy odor to them, and it was just overall and awful hotel, so we switched to the Vancouver Surrey Sheraton for the other two nights. It was a forty minute drive, but the quality and the service were well worth it. I recommend the Vancouver aquarium. On the ship, we ate in the dining room for breakfast, the Winjammer or Seaview Cafe for lunch, and the dining room, or a specialty restaurant for dinner. It was excellent, and I would definitley sail with RCI again!

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