We were a family of 8...coming from Texas, Florida, Calif. South Carolina. Ages 14 to 65!!! We all met in Anchorage the day before, Stayed at the Marriott...it was comfortable and within easy walking to restaurants and shops in town. Had dinner at Orso`s!! Wonderful food...not to be missed.Friday morning a bus arrived to take us to our train and we were on our way to Seward. The train ride was great!! Very comfortable seats, with large vista windows. The scenery was breathtaking. It just kept getting better and better!!!
We arrived at Seward and walked a short distance to the terminal...boarding was fast, efficient and easy. We were on in minutes! The Radiance is beautiful!! It is spotless and bright...nothing hurts your ears or your eyes!!! Every single worker on the ship was cheerful and polite.....they made us feel very welcome!! Our luggage arrived within a hour...we unpacked and got ready to explore our home for the next 7 days!!! The size of the Radiance is medium....just big enough to have lots to see and do...but not so big that it is overwhelming. The perfect size for us!! Our first dinner was a pleasant surprise! Our waiter Sergey was absolutely the BEST of any cruise I have ever been on. Service was outstanding and the food excellent. We never had any reason to go to the speciality restaurants. We ate at our table every night...with pleasure!!! The food was fresh, hot, pleasant to look at and well prepared. If you like Alaskan fish, this is the place to really enjoy it every night...and we did. The Windjammer was great for breakfast and lunch...plenty of choices.. lots of fresh fruits and salads and excellent desserts. We ate at the Seaview cafe once and it was very good as well, with a smaller more intimate atmosphere.
Entertainment: To me the entertainment was lacking in talent. The singers and dancers didn`t seem to have there hearts in what they were doing. There was no WOW factor in the cruise director...he tried to be funny but...well....not really. There were numerous lounges at night that had good music....and some nice places for teenagers to "hang out".
At every port there are so many interesting things to do. Juneau was cold and rainy...but the town is friendly. We went on a whale watching tour and it was amazing!!! We saw lots of whales, both Orcas and Humpbacks. It was a good trip and well worth it.Skagway is like stepping back in time...what a cute place and so much fun!!! Hoonah also was great...we went zip lining which was alot of fun, and bear hunting which was really crazy!!! We did see 2 bears on the van type tour...the guide chased them down these little narrow dirt roads....of course the bears ran away...but we got quite close to one and got some good pictures!!!What a riot!!! In Ketchikan we took a floatplane to the fiords. It was a first for all of us and an experience to be remembered forever. It was beautiful, everything was so BIG!! Landing on the water was so easy...it just sort of sat down!!! Our last night was sort of sad, packing and getting ready to get back to the real world!!!
Disembarkation: was orderly and reasonable. We stayed an extra day in Vancouver, which is a lovely city and has lots to see and do. My husband and I have cruised over 20 times, with many lines. Cunard, Princess, Costa, Holland & Carnival. This is our 10th with Royal Caribbean. We have been on good,bad and mediocre cruises. This cruise ranks right at the very top for a wonderful time. It was sad to leave the Radiance and we will always remember her with fond memories.Its a perfect ship for families of all ages and Alaska is the most perfect place!! The Last Frontier!! For sure!!!