Our First Alaska Trip: Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review by aggie24
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Our First Alaska Trip
The itinerary for the cruise portion was excellent. We were blessed with incredible weather the entire cruise (except for a portion of the Inside Passage). We were scheduled for late dining which we didn't want, so we just hit the buffet every night. No complaints. The food was decent, some choices were better than others, and there were no real lines to speak of. I liked that. The hotel staff did a very good job and the guest services desk staff were very friendly and helpful. We had a very good experience overall and, provided they can promise the same weather we had (LOL), we would do this tour package again in a heartbeat. Less
Cabin review: E37618 Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony
Balcony, starboard side, midships. Deck 7 is right above the lifeboat awnings which the maintenance crews walk on when in port. If your balcony curtains are open, well, prepare to be embarrassed if you just got out of the shower.Read All Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony (E3) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
We booked the 6-hour Major Marine Tour of Kenai Fjords National Park, narrated by a National Park Ranger, who added a lot to our understanding of the animals' behaviors. Our tour featured outstanding wildlife, Humpbacks, Orcas, Stellar Sea Lions, and a great view of Holgate Glacier, a tidal glacier. The glacier calved a few times while we were there. Stay quiet and just listen. The tour returned to port just after 5:30 PM and Major Marine shuttled us to the cruise port to check-in in time before the 6 PM deadline. The weather was outstanding with cold air and calm seas. Lunch consisting of salmon and prime rib is offered for an extra charge, but we did not partake due to our concern for seasickness, so I cannot comment on the quality. If you book this tour, you must be prepared to prevent seasickness for the seas can be rough. We were lucky with our weather.
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