Just back from the Radiance of the Seas, I LOVE this ship. The crew was awesome, very friendly. The ship itself is amazing, all the glass, open areas, did I mention the crew ? We had a balcony 8598 on the bump out, very nice, our Mothers had a handicapped balcony, HUGE, 7612.
First, my Mother and I arrived at Orange County airport, very easy to fly into, and my Cousin and Aunt(Mother's Sister) picked us up and we drove to San Diego, about an hour and a half. We stayed on Shelter Island Best Wesern Island Palms, I can't reccomend this hotel enough! They had a lovely restauraunt with a view of the Marina, we had a leisurely lunch there. On Trip Advisor it was suggested we get a room in the new Casa Del Mar section, for only $10 more, the rooms were huge, great suggestion. We had two 2nd floor balcony Junior Suites one on the Marina side, and one on the Bay side. Both great views, did I mention LARGE rooms ? I have another cousin who lives in San Diego, and we had made arrangements to have dinner with her. As a surprise her Father(Mother's Brother) and Mother came also. We had dinner in Seaport Village, gorgeous views and good food, sorry don't remember the restauraunt, there was 7 of us and it was so great to see family we don't see often enough. We got up the next morning to a view of the SHIP, gorgeous even from a distance ! We had breakfast at Humphreys, very fancy, with a view of the Marina.
We boarded the ship just before Noon and it was a very smooth Embarkation, my family were very impressed, they remember waiting in long lines for cruises. We had lunch in the Windjammer, very good selection. We switched our dining room reservations to My Time Dining, there was a short wait each night, but we ended up loving our first waiter and pre-reserved our table with him each night, so very like conventional seating, but with auto tip system. I am not a show person, but the Moms are, so we attended a show each night, and they were good ! Some even great !
So, we got to meet Sonny !! He is every bit as gracious in person, invited us to see his Grand Suite, a beautiful room with a real bathtub ! By the way, Mrs Sonny is gorgeous ! We didn't get to spend any time together, the Moms kept us running all cruise. Oh BTW, my cousin said Sonny has beautiful eyes, I was talking, talking and listening, but I will take her word for it.
Cabo San Lucas was a bust, rained off and on all day, had to cancel our Sailboat Cruise but I made contact with them, we mutually agreed, and they issued a full refund by email the same day. We had lunch by the new Marina area, next to Senor Frog's. Great service, nice lunch. Back to the ship early to enjoy the Solarium. Note: pool towels available poolside, no checkout system, but no chair hog police, many abused this.
Ensenada was a pleasant surprise. We had a wine tour scheduled privately, again the driver contacted us, and said the roads we badly busted up and he was unhappy with the tours the last two days, gave us a short review on Ensenada, and paid for our cab to the shopping area. He was very nice, informative, and I would be glad to give anyone info on PM. The shopping area was very nice, clean, clean. Ensenada will be forever known as the Handbag capital of the world, we
bought 6! We had lunch there too, and then enjoyed a lovely horse drawn carraige ride with a short tour of Ensenada, the driver spoke a some English, but he was very proud of his city and horse, both of which we complimented heartily.
Too soon it was the end of the cruise, we had dinner at Chops the last night and it was spectacular ! We have a running joke about cruising..."It's we do anything for you, we are here to please you, and the last day, GET OUT!" Unfortunately that was true, the dining staff was rude to our Moms, unforgivable, and that was a shame, and a bad way to end things.