Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review by leslie14222: Radiance of the Seas - Caribbean- Jan 2011
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Radiance of the Seas - Caribbean- Jan 2011
Destination: Western Caribbean
This was our first cruise and we thought our room and the ship was wonderful. The use of glass in the interior and exterior design of the ship gives it a very open and luxurious feeling. The stateroom we were in was also well appointed and getting a balcony was well worth the modest additional fare. Despite the fog which delayed the ship and made embarkation an unusually tedious process, the port personnel managed to be extremely pleasant and efficient getting us onboard. The touristy area near the port isn't the most delightful 'holding area' but at least you're near the water and we had perfect weather from that point on.
We were not familiar with the kind of entertainment on ships so be advised that if your tastes are high then you may not find diversions here. But that shouldn't matter. Being on the ocean and not having to make any decisions other than where to eat is the greatest asset of any cruise. My husband and I each read two books in 4 days and loved it. It was More unfortunate that the ship was plagued with a stomach virus and many passengers (my husband included) suffered, but the ship did everything possible to ameliorate the situation except stock enough Gatorade for dehydrated passengers. There are nooks and crannies everywhere on this ship so I felt that I could always find someplace to relax. There are a lot of activities available but due to the virus, we didn't avail ourselves of much of it but those that did, seemed to enjoy it. The crew did a particularly good job entertaining kids throughout the voyage.
Our dining experience this trip was also limited (my husband forgot to bring dress attire and then was too ill to eat in the dining room) so we had meals in the Windjammer or I brought food to our room from the buffet. The food was mixed in our view, but we could always find something tasty enough to satisfy. I felt that the desserts in particular needed improvement. Like a lot of 'display' desserts, they looked great but didn't measure up to the eye appeal.
The crew was exceptionally friendly and accommodating. Its rare to see smiles on service personnel that are genuine but you definitely got a happy vibe from nearly everyone working on the ship.
I have one very important recommendation to make as far as excursions in Costa Maya. I absolutely recommend that you book a local company called Native Choice (www.thenativechoice.com) for visiting Mayan ruins. Our guide (Veronica) was absolutely the most lovely, knowledgable person imaginable and made this an absolute delight. Not only is Native Choice slightly cheaper but you drive in a very comfortable, clean air-conditioned Mercedes van, the narration is personalized and not a canned speech over an intercom on a massive bus, and your fare goes into the local economy (wouldnt we all like our tourist dollars to stay 'local'?). The owners have a passion for Mexican/Mayan history and our guide was able to address every question we could throw at her. Traveling in a smaller group, we arrived a full hour before the large cruise tour bus and had the Kohunlich ruins to ourselves (gorgeous!!). A must-see in Costa Maya and a must-use tour company!!
Unfortunately, we never got to do the snorkeling planned for Cozumel. Despite the travails particular to this trip - we'd do it again in a heartbeat. Less
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I thought our room was wonderful. I'm 5'4' and my husband is 6'1" and though the room was tight in areas - it didn't feel difficult to maneuver in. The bed was very comfortable and there was plenty of closet space, mirrors, and lighting.
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