This was our second time on this ship and routing, boarding in Seward was a breeze we were the first ones on the ship and were given a big hello. Followed immediately with the upsales for dining and beverage packages, which we politely declined. We set off for Lunch and to explore the ship and its changes. Our Cabin was ready at 1pm so we went to drop our carry on bag, my first issue came here. The room was nice and clean and offered wonderful views, until I stepped on a big piece of glass that was under the dust ruffle on the bed, lucky for me I was wearing shoes or would have had to ge stitches. Our stateroom attendent took care of it immediately. The other problem with this room and any room near the Centrum is that it can get rather loud during some of the events being held there and some sound will carry into the room, lucky for us we were usually awake anyway that being said I loved the location and would pick this room again.
The ship has alot of glass so it is hard to get claustrophopic which was good as the first day at sea we had near gale force winds and some rough seas alot of people were room bound due to seasickness, being able to see out when it is like that can be helpful.
The food in Windjammers was buffet food and was ok, there seems to be less variety than the last cruise also seating here can be problematic, Main Dining room was good. Sambas was great 9 courses of meat, a salad bar and veggies and dessert loved it.
I picked this cruise due to the ports. Even though it was cloudy and not always the greatest weather in some ports we had a great time our temperatures stayed in th 50's most of the trip so nice when compared to Texas 100+. In Juneau it was cloudy and kind of rainy we picked up a city tour and shuttle out to Mendenhall from one of the vendors off ship.
Skagway-Me and the hubby split up he did the ships Jeep tour and I did the River trip in Haines, we both saw bears that day. He said a bear actually put it's paws on one of the jeeps and window shopped the people inside, bet they had great photos.
Icy Strait-overcast but not raining Whale watching is awesome here, we used Misty Bay Lodge and saw up to 30 whales it was great highly recommend them.
Ketchikan-really nice weather we just did the Duck City Tour and went back on the ship for lunch and mini-golf.
Inside passage we had awesome weather, actually hit 70 degrees and was sunny, saw quite a bit of sea life, huge pods of Dahl porpoises, some sea lions, whales and even a couple of Orcas in the distance.
Overall the Radiance is a nice ship especially for her age, She is clean and pretty well maintained. Hubby thinks they should sand blast and repaint due to some rust. They were replacing some of the carpets during port stops.