Missing-link : Comparing to the past cruises with RCCL, ONE biggest thing that we missed : Ship-Shape Dollar, yes.... those yellow paper you collected for participating on board cruise activities and at the end of the cruise day you may exchange for some gifts (key chain, lanyard, towel, t-shirt, etc) = those are gone = As this was our motivation to join those fun activities on board RCCL. No welcome-back gift (except the coupon booklets) for repeat customers.
Our story begins with : We took Amtrak (Surfliner Southbound) from Union Station Los Angeles to San Diego Santa Fe Station, and walked to the awaiting Radiance Of The Seas. We had to wait little bit more than half-hour an the Atrium, before they let us walk to our cabin after 1:30 pm. Cabin # 3045 was ready and clean when we checked in. Cabin attendant was not available until 4:00 pm, and so our luggage still not arrived, yet So we went up to Windjammers buffet to have lunch and taking leisure walk in order to get familiar with the ship & with camera in hand. Before emergency drill, we went to our room, we met Ed our cabin attendant and notice some wet spot inside the door, seemed the water came from the left side. We asked for more towel-mat, and he also provided with air-blower. Cabin supervisor Ms. Mercedes also came by to check and to make sure.
We went to our second seating (08:30) dinner at table 469, and apparently 4 out of 6 people of our dining-table-mates also members of Meet & Mingle Roll Call on this site. Our waiter, in my opinion, little bit too uptight & too serious, while our assistant waiter was more playful and an out going persons. Some how they are too worried if their services were up-to-par. We missed several dinners, as my wife & I end up nibbling too much snack before 8:30 seating time at Seaview Cafe or Windjammer Buffet and we could not eat dinner anymore.
Sea View Cafe was great, simple yet satisfying. Windjammer Buffet offered similar menu as main dining room, PLUS other choices, minus the waiting time for second seating. Windjammer offers Sushi Bar, carving station, and other things they kept on changing every night. So we end-up eating too much "snacking", as the result several nights we could not come anymore for dinner at 8:30pm.
CABIN 3045 : Before we left for Acapulco City Tour, we noticed new wet spot on the right side of the room, and reported to Ed to be taken care of while we are off-shore in Acapulco. By the time we returned to our Cabin, we smelled quite strong wet carpet odor. This time the right side of the room was soaking wet, when we pulled away the sofa, the water was abundantly visible and the sofa fabric was absorbing most of the moisture. Ms. Mercedes already left a phone message, and she could move us to another cabin. So we decided to take up the offer and to move to Cabin 3144, an-upgrade with window. Immediately new task at hand, we had to pack and unpack, and our new cabin attendant Analiza was cheerfully welcomed us at the new cabin 3144.
ENTERTAINMENT : We love the Tango Buenos Aires, and took a lot of captivating pictures of their dancing on the stage. We saw Kenny James & Fallon Magic on the other RCCL Ship (I believe on Monarch Of The Seas).
CAPTAIN ERIK TENGELSEN : We have to mention his name, as he (and his team) had done a wonderful & professional job in handling the "Oscar-incident" (man-overboard).
ANSWER TO MOST COMMON INQUIRIES : Is it a vacation of a life time ? [no] Are we going back to cruise again ? [yes] Did we achieve our vacation objective ? [yes]