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Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review by PHD Cruiser: Cruising Alaska on RC's Radiance 2011

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Cruising Alaska on RC's Radiance 2011

Sail Date: July 2011
Destination: Alaska
Embarkation: Vancouver

Our vacation cruise on Royal Caribbean began on July 22, 2011 and continued on shore with a 7 day add on package. Radiance of the Seas has been totally rehab'ed, so everything looked new and beautiful.Our Junior Suite with balcony was definitely the way to go.

The accommodations and activities, though are not without fault. The in-room coffee pot was a disaster--very messy. Royal Caribbean's wine packages are a total rip off--price is exorbitant and quality is barely mediocre. I bought the (top-priced) platinum package and was truly disappointed--RC priced each bottle at more than $40.00 for wine that might average $12.00 in the grocery store.

Food in the Windjammer seems to be getting worse--would only rate quality at a C. RC's rehab of the ship included the establishment of five or six new restaurants that had cover charges ranging from $3 to $30 per person (!!!)--above and beyond the cost of dining. Space for these restaurants was, at least in part, taken from the More Windjammer--such that it frequently became difficult to find a seat the free dining facility.
A "naturalist" that was hired by RC to give on-board lectures on the wildlife and geology that is Alaska--turned out to have his degrees in business and knew very little about his topics. We had hoped the captain would let us know when whales were spotted from the ship--many guests saw orcas--but we must not have been on the correct side of the ship when they were frolicking for some time within sight.
Two great excursions were booked outside the RC offerings: a trip with Carlin Air/Ketchikan to see the bears at Anan Creek was absolutely worth the cost; and a whale watching trip with Captain Dan out of Ice Point Straits was spectacular. The land portion of our vacation was mostly wonderful--with the exception of a much overpriced airboat tour/Talkeetna. Less

Published 08/12/11

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Icy Strait itself is not much to write home about--but the whale watching tour we booked with Captain Dan in town was spectacular. His boats only take on six passengers max--so there is plenty of room for viewing. We watched a pod of humpbacks bubble feeding over and over and over.

Helicopter glacier walk was cancelled due to fog and low ceiling. Booked a tour of the city and outskirts with outside vendor--which was interesting.

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We used Carlin Air (and can recommend highly) to take a floatplane ride to Anan Creek where we got two hours to watch bears bald eagles fishing. We saw probably 12 black bears--one mom with newly born cubs--and four grizzly bears. The plane rides as almost as much fun as the wildlife viewing!!

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Seward was really beautiful--we toured the Alaska Sealife Center and took the cruise on Resurrection Bay to Fox Island for lunch. Cruise was interesting--but the ship was loaded with at least 100 people--all trying to photograph the same wildlife at the same time. To do it again, I would book a private cruise.

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Did the train trip through the ship--not too exciting, but relaxing. All the ports begin to look the same with MANY jewelry stores operated by the cruise ship companies.

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