Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review by Irene Sherry: Radiance of the Seas - Alaska
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Radiance of the Seas - Alaska
This cruise was the climax of a cross country Motorhome trip with our 9 year old granddaughter. We drove from Florida to Tacoma, Washington where we picked up 2 more of our grandchildren. After 2 more weeks traveling in Yellowstone NP and Mt. Rushmore we returned to Tacoma and got ready for our 7 day cruise.
We occupied two cabins, 8007 and 8005. This was our 3rd cruise with RC, and the 1st for our 3 grandchildren. It was the best cruise we've taken so far! Our grandchildren enjoyed every minute as well. We drove from Tacoma to Vancouver where we parked the car at cruisepark. They provided transportation to and from the pier, and check-in was pretty smooth, and so was customs. Likewise for our return. We had inside cabins, side by side but not adjoining. That was no problem, however, since we had a card to enter their room plus they were only a phone call away! We ate in the Cascades Dining room on the lower level at the early seating. Right from the beginning, the waitress, More asst. waiter and even the Head Waiter were friendly, patient and entertaining throughout the week. We were at a table for 12, including another set of grandparents with their daughter and twin grandchildren and a mother/daughter pair of wonderful ladies. Dinner was looked forward to each and every night. We also had several lunches there as well. We ate breakfast and some lunch in the Windjammer Buffet which offered wonderful varieties of foods to please each of us.
Entertainment was above average from previous cruises which we've been on. We always attended and enjoyed ourselves.
Ocean Adventure was also a wonderful opportunity for the kids to spend some time doing alternative activities when they didn't want to go to a show in the evening. We were also able to go to the casino now and then while they spent some time there with friends they made at dinner!
The cabin steward was a wonderful gent, and was so friendly that the children were impressed! They couldn't get over the fact that he remembered their names. In fact all the staff called us by name!
The shops were nice too, and everyone was able to buy some lovely souvenirs.
The shore excursions were a mixed bag. There were many to choose from, but we would rave about only the train/coach trip we took thru Whites Pass in Skagway. We really all enjoyed that one so much. The first tour in Juneau was an overpriced raft trip that wasn't done very professionally and the last one in Ketchikan to Saxman Native Totem Pole Village was a total flop. The tour director, after hearing our experience, refunded us half of the cost. I really appreciated the fact that he went to bat for us.
The weather was only warm enough to swim outside on the last day of the cruise. They did have the solarium, which was covered and heated. They offered family time between 12-2 and 4-6 otherwise it was adults only. The pool there was unique with a waterfall on the wall and a bridge to cross over from one side to the other. They offered pizza there too! The hot tubs were relaxing, but very, very chlorinated! Enough to really burn your eyes. On the day that it was hot and sunny on our return to Vancouver, the kids all enjoyed the pool on deck 13 which has a giant slide!
All in all it was a most wonderful cruise and I would recommend it to anyone. It was truly a 5 star trip! Less
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