This was the first cruise on RCCL. We have cruised several times on other cruise lines. We thoroughly enjoyed the services and amenities that the Radiance provided. Even though it was built in 2001, she looks great after refurbishment in 2011.
Staterooms--- We were in room 9586 with a large balcony. I know it's a personal preference, but I think having a balcony in Alaska is a big plus. It made for easy viewing of the Hubbard Glacier and the scenic route through the inside passage.
Dining --- We had my time dining and used it a few times. The Cascades dining room was very comfortable. The menu choices were adequate and the food was good. The buffet in the Windjammer was very extensive, satisfying most people's tastes. The selection was good and it was an enjoyable atmosphere. The Park Cafe was a convenient place to get sandwiches, salads, etc. We did not utilize the Dog House. I don't think it was used very much. We did not eat in any of the specialized More
restaurants that required an extra fee.
Crew --- Captain Sidra (Norwegian) and crew ran a very good ship. All of the crew were very pleasant. The waiters called you by name and remembered it. Our stateroom attendant, Dewa, was excellent. He addressed used by name every time and met our every need.
Entertainment --- It was the usual cruise ship entertainment. Paul Rutter, the cruise director, seemed to be very attentive and upbeat.
Disembarkation --- The procedure went very smoothly. Since we were the only ship in port it went pretty quick.
Our experience on the Radiance of the Seas was excellent. We had excellent weather throughout the cruise at every port. I did not rain until we disembarked in Vancouver. Everyone on the ship and in the ports kept telling us that this week has been the best weather of the summer. Less
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Cabin review: Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony
Great spot on the ship because this room, along with a few others extend out in the middle of the ship. You can see the front and back of the ship without much effort.
If you want to get a real feel of local Alaska, this is the place. Icy Strait consists of a welcome center, an old cannery converted into gift shops and museum. There is a short nature walk through part of Tongass National Forest and along the coastline where you can see whales out in the water. In fact, we saw more whales breaching from our ship than some people saw on their whale excursions.
A short trip into Hoonah we thought would be a waste. It was a very small run down town. However, we visited Tlingit Indian project where they were building totem poles for a tribal village in Glacier Bay National Park.
Most people like to take the White Pass railroad. We opted for a car rental from Avis and drove to Emerald Lake via the Klondike Highway. We'd purchased Murray's guide on the Internet for $5.00 and it pointed out every important stop along the route. Carcross, Yukon is a sleepy little town worth a visit.