2 Anchorage Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas Cruise Reviews

We chose Royal Caribbean because we had sailed with them many times We took a 5 day land tour prior to the cruise. We were extremely satisfied with the exception of our stay in Denali. We had been told prior to the final payment that we ... Read More
We chose Royal Caribbean because we had sailed with them many times We took a 5 day land tour prior to the cruise. We were extremely satisfied with the exception of our stay in Denali. We had been told prior to the final payment that we would be staying at the Denali Grand Hotel. I made additional inquiries to Royal Caribbean in making plans for the trip and was sent a web link for the Grand and opportunities to explore the area. I called the Grand 3 days before the cruise to arrange for some special requests and found that they did not have us registered. Making a long story short, we finally found that we were booked at the Denali Park Village. Let me says that not only were we dissatisfied but most of the people we talked to Including guests in the other buildings and they were equally unhappy. The only redeeming feature of the two day stay was that the beds were comfortable. The food was expensive (as expected), very limited menu items, and fair at best in the taste category. If you chose to leave and go into the town you had to pay $5.00 per person each way (the Grand offered the same service for free), so before the 5 of us left the room we knew we had spent $50. The staff was friendly but poorly managed! Once on the ship we really enjoyed all the ports. The food was good, staff exceptional, and our 12 yr old granddaughter had a great time. This was a trip of a lifetime and have great memories. The trip would have been perfect if not for the our stay in Denali. The Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge and the Hotel Alyeska were marvelous. The Denali tundra tour was glorious. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Nice variety of age group and onboard activities. My husband and I traveled with our boys 18 and 21 years old. Our cabin was midship, so very convenient. The guest services desk and excursion desk are in main lobby, where bands often ... Read More
Nice variety of age group and onboard activities. My husband and I traveled with our boys 18 and 21 years old. Our cabin was midship, so very convenient. The guest services desk and excursion desk are in main lobby, where bands often play, very very difficult to hear when speaking to guest services or excursions. GS is 24/7 so you can find them at quieter times. Shore excursions desk has limited hours, especially when you are in port. We wanted "my time" dining, however they said we did not request it, so we were assigned 530pm seating, table for 4 near, waiters station and kitchen...totally unacceptable to us. The next morning, Shamus, dining room manager called us and found us another table for 4 which was great. It was nice, just the 4 of us so we could talk about our day and activities and what we were going to the next day. Even though you are on an Alaskan cruise, you do not get fresh fish, it comes in from Miami. Our drinks were always waiting at our table when we arrived. We took southbound trip and got a very close view of Hubbard Glacier, it was 2-3pm and a sunny day. We were all surprised how close the captain was able to get to the glacier. I guess the northbound trip arrives Hubbard glacier around 9am and weather often not too good that time of the day. We LOVED the helicopter ride to Meade Glacier, best part of trip. Not many whales to see, we saw no bears. Loved Icy Strait Point, the boys rode the zip line twice. Interesting story how this small community built up a place for cruise ship to stop, very quaint. Unlike the other ports of jewelry and t-shirt shops.., Our cabin steward was excellant. We found the ship safe, clean and well maintained. I took the all access tour of ship, through the kitchen, bridge, laundry, waste and crew dining and quarters...all very clean and neat. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Radiance of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 4.5 4.1
Family 4.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 3.5 3.8
Enrichment 2.0 3.5
Service 4.5 4.4
Value For Money 4.5 3.8
Rates N/A 4.3

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