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Deb

Age: 56

Occupation:Sales

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Radiance of the Seas

Sailing Date: 2010-08-13

Itinerary: Alaska

It was a great way to see Alaska. The food was good nothing over the top very good. We ate in the dining room as well as the Windjammer which is the buffet style dining for both Breakfast and Lunch. It was very nice weather so we enjoyed eating Breakfast and Lunch outside and therefore the buffet worked out best for this. The food was not the reason we went therefore it was secondary to the the sights and the Alaska does have wonderful sights that you must be ready to take in. You have to be ready to do some walking and must consider the excursions. We had not been on a cruise before therefore we were concerned about spending the additional money on the excursions. We waited to book them until we were on the ship and found that none of the ones that we wanted were not available. It was good to be able to discuss which ones others were going on before we decided to spend the additional money. Many of the towns you visit have so many shops of very touristy shops that going on the excursions gets you out of the "shopping trap". If the weather is good then I suggest going on the plane flights, if the weather is socked in then I would not spend the money. There is a great deal of things to do on the ship, and exercise is good to off set all the eating that is available. I would say it was a great experience and Royal Caribbean did a great job on the tour portion of the trip. That had everything figured out once you got off the ship, the bus, the hotels, the train and the tours are very well executed and I would suggest them to anyone interested in seeing all of Alaska. The only place the suffered was on the ship and getting ready to exit to pick up the tour portion...they really fell apart on the scheduling but that was only place where they seemed to have a problem.

Food was good and good sized at dinner. A nice assortment of items offered. We did not try the specialty places so I can only say what the traditional seating was like. They really go out of their way to take care of you.

We did not pay for the balcony as it was our first cruise. If we were to do it again I would pay the additional amount for the ability to open the window and sit out on the balcony. The bathroom is only area where it feels really tight and you feel the movement of the ship.

The entertainment was enjoyable and worth taking advantage of. I did not go to any of the classes offered but they did not seem very well attended. The gym was great and very rarely crowded.

I would say if the weather is good go for the float plane trip thru Misty Fjords as it was quite beautiful. I am not sure how great it would be if it was rainy or cloudy.
If you go on the cruisetour and you can take the flight by Denali and it is clear it is a must as it is spetacular but again we were very lucky with the weather. We also took a bus out to Mendenhall Glacier but I would suggest not taking the tour as you could not go thru downtown as they said they could take the bus and you could not hear anything on the tour. But you need to get out to see Mendenhall Glacier. The train in Skagway is interesting but I do not know if it is worth riding all the way over the Canadian border. We opted to take the train ride that takes you out and back and it was enjoyable and not quite as long.
Again if you go on the Cruise Tour we did take a trip out to the Husky Homestead and if you love dogs that is enjoyable, but not something you would HAVE to do. But holding the puppies sure was fun.

I think being lucky with weather really makes a difference in your trip but being able to see Alaska is worth being in a bit of rain. I think Royal Carribean does a very good job of with the cruise tour as they have their own buses and train cars and they seem to have it down with their schedules. The hotels you stay at are quite nice and we were very lucky with our tour guide as he helped us out with what to see and where to eat.
It is a great trip and something to be seen and worth the time it takes to get up there, but it makes a difference when you are mobile and can get around easily. There is not a tremendous amount of walking but it would be hard if you could not climb stairs and such.

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