We set out into the unknown having never cruised before. We chose the RCI Radiance of the Seas as it was sailing to ports we were interested in. Getting on the ship was very easy (obviously they have done this before!!!) It was all a bit of an eye opener to begin with but we soon found our feet.
We were a bit disappointed with the size of our cabin - but we chose it so that was our error. It was very close living for 2 people for 18 days and next time we will go for a bigger cabin. There was however plenty of storage space and the bed was very comfortable, bathroom is very compact but really didn't need to be any bigger. Our cabin attendant Antony was fantastic. The room was kept immaculate and our bed was made or straightened twice a day with a little surprise left for us every second day.
We dined a few times in the Cascades Dining Room but ate most of our meals in the Windjammer Cafe. There was so much food to choose from you would have to be pretty fussy to not find something you would like. The selection was awesome from roasts, asian food, pizzas, salads, fruit and a huge selection of desserts with an icecream machine as well.
We were disappointed with the Meet and Mingle that was pumped up to be a fantastic get together to meet people that had cruised before. The cruise director was there but it was more like an information session on what was going on in the next few days than a meet and greet. Everyone sat in their little groups and no-one mixed with others. I wouldn't bother with this again!!
We loved the Cruise Compass that was put in our cabin each night with all the activities for the next day. Plenty of things to keep us amused and entertained. I am an avid reader and was so busy I had no time to pick up my book.
The crew were put under pressure with a gastro outbreak on the ship on the 3rd day of sailing. They were flat out keeping everything cleaned and had to serve in the Windjammer Cafe (which is normally help yourself) and they always had a smile on their face and a happy word to say to us. Every one no matter what their "real" job on the ship was pitched in and helped.
Also if you are thinking of pre-buying water and fruit juice - dont bother. Water and juice, and in fact anything, can be delivered to your room from room service for free so save your money!!
Congratulations to all the staff from the Captain to the laundry staff. We thoroughly enjoyed our first cruise and are looking forward to many more.
Anita and Kerry Moore