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Georgia

Age: 60

Occupation:Retired Banker

Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Radiance of the Seas

Sailing Date: 2010-05-8

Itinerary: Alaska

Our 3rd cruise, 2nd to Alaska and 2nd on RCL. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed the cruise. There were plenty of activities on board to stay active and involved when you wanted to do so. The nightly entertainment in the Theatre was the best that we've seen on a ship. The food, however, left much to be desired as it was mostly bland and unimaginative. The facilities of the ship are in need of updating, cleaning and/or replacement. The tile foyer leading to the Windjammer Cafe was filthy throughout the entire 13-day cruise. The carpet on each deck was worn, dirty or buckled. The staff was very friendly, helpful and efficient - absolutely no complaints about them at all. Each and everyone worked hard at giving exemplary service. The captain announced during the cruise that Radiance had just been awarded it Green Certification during our cruise and that it was the first ship on the oceans with such a ranking. I've been unable to find anything that verifies that information. Perhaps I misunderstood, but my husband also had the same impression. That being said, the captain was adamant about the green measures that they take and asked each passenger to pledge not to throw anything off the ship into the water and he promised that they would not dispose of anything into the water either - that they recycle everything and deposit solid wastes at specific ports.

Most desappointing! The offerings each evening made one hopeful that it would be bettwe than the last one, but was not. There was only one evening that soared straight to a rating of "10"...the next to last evening when fresh shrimp and lobster tails were on the menu along with fresh Alaskan Salmon. It is interesting to note that while this was "The Ultimate 13-day Alaskan Cruise", each night the menu offered "Atlantic Salmon"....you know, the farmed stuff that has the coloring added. Most of the time the fish was very boring in taste, though nicely presented. One evening I ordered the Cod and couldn't get past the 2nd bite as it was "spongy" and tasteless.


The Windjammer Cafe (Buffet service) offers a bounty of food for breakfast and lunch, but if you avoid the buffet eggs, the rest of it is not bad. Eggs cooked to rder are available as well as carved ham each morning and carved beef roast at noon. Had dinner there only one evening as we were too tired to dress for the dining room. Dinnner was "o-k", should have gone to the dining room instead.


By the way, dressing for dinner is not required, but is our personal style. Most evenings, my husband wore pressed jeans, button-down shirt and a leather jacket. Other folks were in warm-up suits or even "country club casual" for the non-formal nights. So, no need to worry about being dressed up for dinner.

The balcony stateroom was mostly adequate. The bathroom was only slightly larger and that of a travel trailer - really! The shower was about 30" square. It would present problems for large or disabled folks let alone a a lady wishing to shave her legs! While the room was clean and our steward was amazing, it needed a makeover and some freshening. It was a little smaller than the others we have had. T

There were lots of activities available for those who wanted to participate, from the very young to the older generation. The Cruise Director made his name known at every activity as it was always announced "Brought to you by your Cruise Director, XX". Haven't seen that done before and it sounded like a political advertisement. The theatrical productions were very good and we looked forward to them every evening. During the day we availed ourselves of various activites during Sea Days as much as we cared to.

The available excursions at every port were numerous, but since this was our second trip to Alaska, we decided to go it on our own and picked up some nice trips on shore...for less than what was available from the ship. Not surprising at all, but it helps to know that one is able to do things ashore on ones own. Our first cruise there was on Regent Seven Seas (an exceptional experience that set the bar for everything else....but very pricey!) and we found that an excursion in every port is exhausting and one can miss the true flavor of the locale. Our favorite port was Sitka. It has not yet been invaded by the international jewelry trade that we saw in every other Alaskan port. It was a shame to see streets lined with jewelers as if they were something "indigenous" to the area. We asked one shopkeeper in Juneau about them and she indicated that the jewelers follow the cruise lines - "when the cruises are in the Caribbean, the jewlers open shop there; when they are in Alaska, the jewelers move everything to Alaska."

In spite of some "minuses" on this trip, we will probably cruise with RCCL again. The Radiance certainly seemed a higher class of ship than the Vision, on which we sailed to Mexico.


The captain did a magnificent job of getting as close to the Hubbard Glacier as he could. I believe we were the first ship in there this season and he took it very slowly through all the glacial debris. We were handsomely rewarded with 2 huge calvings, one that appeared to be at least half of the face of the glacier! The resulting wave caused the ship to rock heartily. I would question, however, the environmental advisability of using the ship's horn to affect the glacial calving as the two times the horn was sounded, a calving occurred.

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