Sail Date: September 2013
We found the ship to be absolutely beautiful. Rooms were comfortable, clean and roomy. Food was good, plenty to choose from. We found the six days at sea a bit long but bearable. For a large ship there was only one dartboard and two pool ... Read More
We found the ship to be absolutely beautiful. Rooms were comfortable, clean and roomy. Food was good, plenty to choose from. We found the six days at sea a bit long but bearable. For a large ship there was only one dartboard and two pool tables which was not enough for the amount of people wanting to play. Shows need a bigger variety and more of them. Movie theatre was way to small, people were having to sit on steps or they walked in and back out ( not happy I might add) as there was no where for them to sit. We were very happy with our large oceanview cabin, we were at the very front of the ship just below the captains quarters. It was quiet and only six cabins in our hallway. Our cabin Stewart was friendly and looked after us for the whole trip. Showers were way too small in the cabins and I really don't know how a large person could of possibly fit in them ( and I'm not putting them down) as I found them very small and I'm not a big person. Drinks, photos and other items way to expensive, you even have to pay for soft drinks, we already pay enough to go on the cruise. They definitely need to drop there prices down. Over all we had a good time, just wanted to put my thoughts across for people considering this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2013
This was a 17 night crossing of the Pacific from Honolulu to Sydney via Tahiti and New Zealand. The service was great, the food was great. We went to Chops Grill, Giovani's and the Samba Grill. Food and service was top notch. The ... Read More
This was a 17 night crossing of the Pacific from Honolulu to Sydney via Tahiti and New Zealand. The service was great, the food was great. We went to Chops Grill, Giovani's and the Samba Grill. Food and service was top notch. The ports in French Polynesia were beautiful. Wellington was windy and it rained in Picton but you can't do anything about the weather. Most of the crossing was calm with 1 night of 4m swells between Tahiti & NZ but the 1st 24 hours after we left Picton was a little wild (up to 7m swells I heard) but Raidiance seamed to handle the seas very well. After 1 slight slow down due to the weather the Captain put the throttle on hard and we did about 24knots for most of the next day or so. Great thrill. In Bora Bora we did a Tour organised via another Cruise Critic member that was fantastic.. Caught up with a few staff from our previous cruise on Radiance and renewed friendships... Overall it was just a great time and I was sorry to disembark. Small items of critisism. The dance floor in the colony club was not as well utilised as we had experienced on our previous cruise. The "Big" production shows were virtual repeats from last year... You'd have thought RCI could have come up with some new shows in 12 months... Still good shows, just repeats. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2013
This was our first time cruising with Royal Caribbean but it will not be our last. We had a very enjoyable cruise and the crew's personal detail in ensuring that our cruise was comfortable and satisfying was far beyond our ... Read More
This was our first time cruising with Royal Caribbean but it will not be our last. We had a very enjoyable cruise and the crew's personal detail in ensuring that our cruise was comfortable and satisfying was far beyond our expectations. The captain was great in giving us daily announcements about our destinations and showing his comedic side at the captain's reception. Our stateroom was on deck 8 in stateroom 8060 and our attendant was great with making sure that all our comforts were taken care of in the cleaning, turning down pf the beds and shaping the towels into sculptures. We saw lots of pods of whales and the view of Hubbard Glacier from our balcony was spectacular. Our dining room staff was great. Our table stewards were exceptional making sure all that we ordered was served quick and all our table guests were taken care of. The Windjammer was good for lunch and the sweet sensations night showed off the glacier ice sculptures. Enjoyed the Park Cafe for a late night snack. The amenities and services onboard were great with something to do on each deck including the large movie screen to watch movies and documentaries while soaking in the hot tub. The evening theme dinners and parties were well run and the activities in the theater, clubs and pubs by the cruise director and his staff were fun. Where ever we went we were greeted by smiling and courteous staff. We had a wonderful time taking in the sites and beauty of our tour stops and continue to recollect fond memories of our table mates and other guests we met from all over the world in the dining room. I recommend future cruises to friends and family and have already considered booking another cruise next summer. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2013
My title reflects our previous cruise to the Mediterranean on the Brilliance. Before this cruise, that one was my hands down favorite. This may sound corny, but words truly cannot describe what a fabulous time we had on the Radiance of the ... Read More
My title reflects our previous cruise to the Mediterranean on the Brilliance. Before this cruise, that one was my hands down favorite. This may sound corny, but words truly cannot describe what a fabulous time we had on the Radiance of the Seas! Nevertheless, I will try my best to tell you of our adventure. This cruise was for our 30th Anniversary and we also stayed three nights post cruise on Waikiki Beach. We arrived in Vancouver the evening before and stayed at the Pan Pacific hotel. This was our second stay here and it is a perfect place as it is literally at the cruise port. Our luggage went directly on the ship courtesy of the Pan Pacific. We were a little nervous about this process, but it worked out great and we would do it again. We took the hotel elevator right down to the boarding area and this is the only part of the process that could have gone swifter. Perhaps we picked a bad time but it took around 45 minutes to get through customs and board the ship. The Radiance is a gorgeous ship and I do not say that lightly. We have been on this class of ship as well as the Voyager, Freedom and Oasis classes and the views on this class cannot be beat! We had a nice lunch at the Windjammer and set off to explore what would be our home for the next ten days. By the time we finished touring, our cabin was ready. We had cabin 9256 which completely lives up to it's hype. The room is just a room, but the balcony is to die for and I have not enjoyed my balcony so much on any previous cruise! There are two loungers and a table with two chairs on it. We enjoyed eating breakfast out here, sunning and just relaxing the entire cruise. We bought the Chef's Table package and felt that it was well worth the price. The Chef's Table was our hands down favorite meal both for the company and the experience! We met wonderful people and I cannot speak highly enough of Chef Nick!! We saw him around the ship many times during the voyage and he always had time to stop and chat for a few minutes even though he was running around like a madman. I don't know when that guy sleeps!! For those of you considering this wonderful experience, do it!! This was our second Chef's Table meal and both times we have had wonderful experiences and met awesome people! When we first booked this cruise, we were very worried about all of the sea time. We are active people and we were really nervous about being bored. We needn't have worried as there was a perfect mix of activities and time to relax. We also loved the fact that we turned our clocks back an hour at a time. Being from the east coast, there is a six hour time difference and doing this made it painless. By the time we got to Hawaii, we were perfectly caught up and were able to fully enjoy ourselves. We booked excursions in all of the ports. In Hilo, we booked the Hilo and Kilauea with lunch trip. We had a wonderful time and the beauty of this place is amazing. This is the one port that, in hindsight, I am so glad we booked a tour in. The other ports were gorgeous and we needn't have booked a darned thing, but Hilo is just a port and there didn't appear to be much around. In Kona, we did the Captain Zodiac snorkel tour and had a blast! Great crew and great snorkeling! In Maui, we went to Ka'anapali Beach and we did the Old Lahaina Luau which was fun and in a gorgeous spot! The second day we took a tour that went to the Iao Valley, a tropical plantation and the Maui Ocean center. Maybe we are easy, but again, we really enjoyed this tour! It was a nice taste of different aspects of the island. We didn't get to all of the shows, but we really enjoyed the ones we did see. The talented cast is amazing! They can sing, dance and act! We saw the Piano Man, Tango Buenos Aires and a 50's style show. We also saw Norm Crosby, who is still hilarious!! I got a picture with him that I will treasure! We enjoyed the crew immensely on this ship right up to the Captain, who was visible and friendly! He had his little 18 month old son on board and we met him too! Our stateroom attendant, Paulo, couldn't do enough for us and we did not encounter one rude staff member the entire cruise. We got off in Honolulu and spent three nights at the Halekulani. This place was understated elegance to the max! I felt like princess the whole time I was there. They also had the best Mai tai's I have ever tasted! The 10 days went so quickly that we couldn't believe it! If anyone is considering this cruise, I can highly recommend it. We loved it so much that we booked the same cruise for next year! This was the most relaxing vacation that we have ever had and the first one in 30 year that after two weeks, my husband actually didn't want to come home from! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2013
After an awesome cruise northbound in 2012, my wife and I reversed route this year and embarked at Seward for the seven night trip to Vancouver. We went with our version of "premium" in 2012: balcony cabin, significant excursions ... Read More
After an awesome cruise northbound in 2012, my wife and I reversed route this year and embarked at Seward for the seven night trip to Vancouver. We went with our version of "premium" in 2012: balcony cabin, significant excursions in every port, three night's in premium restaurants, etc. While we loved it and would certainly recommend this approach for first-time Alaska cruisers, what most impressed us on that trip was the scale and scope of Alaska itself. So we took it as a challenge to see how much we could save the second time around and still fully enjoy ourselves. We went with an inside cabin, which this time came with a $300 shipboard credit. No doubt the balcony is awesome, but Radiance has lots glass in almost all of the public spaces so we didn't feel like we missed any of the sights along the Inside Passage. In Skagway, where in 2012 we took the WP&YR train into the Yukon for $225 per person, we rented a car for $80 instead. Not only did we see all the same sights as the railroad, we could stop at the waterfalls and we drove much further into the Yukon Territory of Canada, including Emerald Lake and the world's smallest desert, a highlight of the trip. In Juneau, we took the city bus to Mendenhall for $16 per person round trip, instead of a pricier city tour with Mendenhall stop in 2012. This allowed us to spend as much time as we wanted at the park, hiking to Nugget Falls and observing lots of salmon and three bears close up. When we returned to our ship, we saw whales right near the dock. In Icy Straight, where last year we did an expensive but worthwhile bear/whale excursion, we chose instead a pleasant hike around the nature trails and some fresh king crab at the dock. Then in Ketchikan we spent the day in town, watching the teaming salmon along Creek Street and visiting the museum. Last year we took a boat ride to Misty Fiords. When it came to dining, we still spent three nights in the specialty restaurants, twice in Chops and once at Giovanni's Table. The meals were delicious and we considered it good value. We pre-purchased a seven bottle wine package, paying an average of $33/bottle for wine that would cost $15-18 at home. Good enough. Bottom line? Although there's no replacement for the awe and wonder of the first time you see Alaska, we had a fantastic time for half the cost of last year's cruise. It can be done. In fact, we'll probably do it again. Very minor points: It's past time for Radiance to lose the fake plants in the Solarium; they are dated, faded and dusty. Most everything in the Windjammer looks better than it tastes; a made-to-order salad from Park Cafe was always a better choice. Lastly, hearing the well meaning staff talk about the "quack-quack", the "yummy-yummy" and the need to "washy-washy before "eaty-eaty" comes off as so stereotypical. Let's call a duck a duck and then have dessert, 'K? Read Less
Sail Date: August 2013
We sailed northbound on the Radiance on 8/23. We are a couple in our mid-twenties. We were concerned that there would not be many people in our age bracket, but we were pleasantly surprised. There were many young families and couples on ... Read More
We sailed northbound on the Radiance on 8/23. We are a couple in our mid-twenties. We were concerned that there would not be many people in our age bracket, but we were pleasantly surprised. There were many young families and couples on board. Embarkation was quick and easy; we were on the boat by 11:45. The ship's layout is easy to figure out. We never felt that the boat was crowded. We had fantastic weather on this cruise. It only rained for about a half an hour on our first port day. The rest of the time it was dry and sometimes the sun even came out! We were in room 3024. The room was a good size and looked like it was recently re-done. Personally, I wouldn't book a cabin so far forward again. I could feel the waves a bit too much on the two sea days for my liking. We ate in the main dinning room six nights for dinner. We were seated at a table for six but only four of us showed up each night. The service was great and so was the food. We never had a bad meal, just some that were a little better than others. We ate at the Windjammer every day for breakfast, once for dinner, and once for lunch. Breakfast was great. The pre-made eggs were just ok but the egg station whipped up any fresh eggs or omelets you want (wish we started doing this earlier). Lunch and dinner in the Windjammer were both fine, nothing too special. Our favorite place to eat on the boat was the Park Cafe in the Solarium. We ate lunch here almost everyday. They had pre-made sandwiches, hot roast beef, and made to order salads (my favorite). They also had chips and desserts for a snack. We never found this area to be too crowded and was definitely our favorite little spot on the whole boat. We did many of the smaller activities around the boat. We played mini-golf, checkers, pool, and Wii in the Colony Club, worked on the puzzle on deck 9, and went to two of the shows on board. We were never bored and really enjoyed the variety of activities offered. I had only been on Caribbean cruises before this and generally sunbathing was my only activity. We also spent a lot of time in the Solarium. We loved the hot tub. It was nice to see Royal Caribbean offer family time in that area, but it was also great to see them actually enforce these times. If it wasn't family time, crew members made sure it was adults only. I also enjoyed that it was open 24 hours a day. It was great for a dip after dinner! We spent one night in the Star Quest Club. It wasn't too busy but there were enough people there to dance without feeling awkward. We did go up to the spa once. We got a couples massage (hot stone and bamboo). It was really relaxing and beneficial, albeit a bit expensive. We liked all four ports that we stopped at. We booked all excursions independently of Royal Caribbean, except for the ZipRidder in Icy Strait Point. We went kayaking in Ketchikan, went on a glacier trek in Juneau, and went on our own hike up to Lower Dewey Lake in Skagway. There was plenty to do in every port. I enjoyed the stores in Icy Strait Point the most. They seemed the most authentic and they had really beautiful native jewelry. Getting off the boat was as easy as getting on. We hired a taxi for the day that kept us busy until we needed to be at the airport at 6pm. It was great because it really gave us time to enjoy Seward and Anchorage. We had a great time on this Alaskan cruise! I'm so glad we went with the Radiance; she was perfect for viewing Alaska. I wouldn't hesitate to book this cruise again in the future.   Read Less
Sail Date: July 2013
We took the train from July 13th thru the 19th. Our Tour Director, Kate, was amazing and so was our Coach driver, Elizabeth. There is a lot to see and learn on the train. The food is excellent and slightly higher than expected, but learned ... Read More
We took the train from July 13th thru the 19th. Our Tour Director, Kate, was amazing and so was our Coach driver, Elizabeth. There is a lot to see and learn on the train. The food is excellent and slightly higher than expected, but learned quickly, that is the way it is in Alaska. Each Lodge or Hotel we spent the night in were excellent. I will give one piece of advice, pack all you need for the train in one suitcase per person and keep it that way. I started putting things in my husband's that were mine, and vise versa, then next night had to search, so learned not to do that. My husband is handicapped, uses forearm crutches and a scooter, each stop was completely accommodating. We were traveling with two of my husband's cousins, so we did have lots of fun. I will suggest one thing, if you want to do a Flight seeing tour of Mt. McKinley, wait until you are at Talkeetna and choose Talkeetna Air Taxi. We had a flight scheduled for 8:00am pick-up on the second day in Talkeetna. Our Tour Director called them and due to weather changes on the day we scheduled, they were able to take us at 6:00 the day we arrived. We had an excellent young man for a Pilot, a husband, wife, two daughters and a Grandfather, me, our cousin and a young couple. We went over Mt. McKinley, got beautiful pictures, even wearing our oxygen masks, since we went up to 20,000 ft. Landed on a glacier, after our Pilot explained "If I say load up, do it safely, but quickly". It started to cloud in after a little over 10 minutes, loaded up and took off. When the young couple got in I noticed she was crying, I asked her if she was ok, and she held out her left hand and said "I just got engaged". So we had excitement on the glacier! Since we were not on the glacier very long, our pilot felt her short changed us. Another pilot talked to him and suggested landing where he was on the Ruth Glacier. So, we got to land on another glacier, next to a Sheldon flight seeing little plane, it was really little. Later in the Lounge we were talking to everyone who we knew booked flights with KS and Sheldon and all said they were cancelled. I mentioned that there was a Sheldon plane on the Glacier and the couple was surprised. We had a terrific flight tour, great pictures of Mt. McKinley, don't know why the others cancelled, but glad we went with TAT, excellent company, friendly and very professional. Believe me, I do not do little planes, was not thrilled with the idea of oxygen masks and going over the highest mountain, but I was completely at ease and SO glad I went. The Radiance of the Seas was excellent, the food and all the service was terrific! Entertainment on was not as good as the other cruise, I would call it good, but not fantastic, except for the Texas Tenors, they were excellent. The ports were interesting and lots to see. Every one should see Alaska, such beauty and natural wonders everywhere. We booked our next cruise for March 1, 2015 on the new ship Quantum. Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2013
I started cruising with RCI in 1978 with Song of Norway and stopped in 1988 with Sovereign of the Seas. I have continued with other companies Carnival, Holland, Princess, Celebrity, Oceania, and Crystal over the next 20+ years. Before, ... Read More
I started cruising with RCI in 1978 with Song of Norway and stopped in 1988 with Sovereign of the Seas. I have continued with other companies Carnival, Holland, Princess, Celebrity, Oceania, and Crystal over the next 20+ years. Before, RCI had wonderful activities that got people moving through their ship shape dollars programs. Today, most activities deal with selling products. Past food menus dealt with themes like French, Italian, Asian, American night. Today, the food and desserts are bad. There are no butter or cream in their food and less salt. Maybe the substituted ingredients have less calories? But it did affect the taste. Creme Brulee was airy, very eggy. Ice cream were ice milk or soft serve. Most of their cake were dry. We ordered a special birthday cake, and it was delicious. Cake was light and moist and real whipping cream was used. Oh yes, one night there was a sampler offered (flourless chocolate cake, raspberry mousse, and etc.) and it was excellent. I would ordered most of the starters which was pretty good and find someone to share an entree and dessert. RCI use to have Las Vegas style entertainment. Today, your entertainment is provided by the ship's singers and dancers which I usually enjoy. But the quality of the productions were bad. The entertainment at the bars were better. Only the headliners provided excellent shows.The cabin stewards were excellent. The dining staff was excellent. The Windjammer staff was not great. I got the feeling that they were ready for R and R. I think Paul, the cruise director needs a vacation too. Public facilities were clean. Port: Juneau: take the RT $16.00 bus to Mendlehall glacier. Skagway,take a walking tour from the visitor center. Ketchikan , take the public bus for$1.00 to Saxman Village ( $5.00 admission fee). Hubbard glacier was fogged in. We could not see anything. I think going on Celebrity cruises, a subsidiary of RCI, would be a better value. Food, entertainment, and ships activities are much better. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2013
This was my mothers third cruise and our first. Grandmother with daughter and niece. Grandmother (83) with limited mobility meant that we rented a handicapped suite. The room was perfect. The bathroom in need of repair. The Stateroom ... Read More
This was my mothers third cruise and our first. Grandmother with daughter and niece. Grandmother (83) with limited mobility meant that we rented a handicapped suite. The room was perfect. The bathroom in need of repair. The Stateroom attendant Fernando Luna was the BEST. He was always available and always aware of my mother's limitations. The windjammer offered more options than the dinning room. The lack of respect for the dress code was shocking. When my mother cruised on The Cunard SS France the dress code was formal every night. In 2000 on the Millennium it was shirt and tie for the men . Dresses for the women. Eating in the Windjammer I expected to see shorts and T-shirts. Making an effort to go to the dining room and seeing people in Jeans and T-shirts was not what we expected. But the daily newsletter stated Suggested wardrobe. The Maitre D' did not dare send anyone back to their rooms to dress for dinner. We never had problems finding something good to eat. The Tea Time in the Windjammer was a big plus and obviously not common knowledge. My mother had her hair done in the spa salon and although it was double the price she pays on land she was very well taken care of and she looked Marvellous. The Park Cafe in the Solarium was the best place to sit and enjoy a snack with a view. The staff at Park Cafe are most polite and deserve to be recognized. Don and Jessie Boy in the Cascades dining room are also top notch. With unlimited water, ice tea and lemonade as well as Tea and Coffee we found no need to purchase a drink package. The availability of fresh towels from 7a.m. until 10 a.m. meant that I took a towel at night to use in the hot tub at 6 a.m. as none would be available for those of us that are early risers. I really liked the fact that the Solarium is open 24 hours. I think that they could kill the endless loop bird soundtrack. I would not hesitate to travel with this cruise company and crew again. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2013
Getting There: We travel with three of us, parents and a 16 year old in a GS category. We selected 1060 which has a seriously HUGE balcony with two loungers and a table with two chairs. We flew into Anchorage, stayed at the Embassy ... Read More
Getting There: We travel with three of us, parents and a 16 year old in a GS category. We selected 1060 which has a seriously HUGE balcony with two loungers and a table with two chairs. We flew into Anchorage, stayed at the Embassy Suites for two nights and on embarkation day took a private transfer to Seward (Anchorage Tours & Transfers). Great idea because we could pick the time & got a customized tour without the crowds. Embarkation: Embarkation was not crowded, but the line for the suite guests was a wreck. We waited longer in the suites line than the non-suites queue, so we moved to the other line. What an unorganized cluster. I cannot imagine how it would run with lines/crowds of any sort. Boarding: We boarded at 2:30pm and our room was ready for us. Our suite attendant Joralynn greeted us right away and went over anything we may need (pressing, ice, etc.) All of the ship's crew we encountered were helpful and friendly. We ate up at the Windjammer and had no problem finding a table. Unlike other RCCL cruises, we did not have trouble finding a table at the Windjammer on Radiance. Just outside the Windjammer is Boardwalk Hot Dogs. My whole family got to know Mohammad who was running the show at the hot dog joint that first night. He made our visits a whole experience and it was not only tasty but fun. I wish that all the ships had Boardwalk Hot Dog!! The ship: The maintenance on the ship was kept up compared to other ships we'd been on, most likely because of the refit, but there was quite a bit of work going on to keep her looking her best and it showed. Also, we rarely waited for an elevator for very long, at least compared to other ships. Yes there were some folks that were taking the elevator up or down for one floor which was a pain, but for the most part we didn't have the elevator waits or pains. The only thing to note is that the elevators are wide at the back where the glass is, and narrow at the door, so to move people around you have to exit the elevator to let people out which is awkward. Suite 1060: The suite was great. The only issue was the funky smell in the bathroom that we couldn't seem to get rid of. I bring bathroom spray which covered it up but that was temporary. We poured water down the floor drain to prevent drain smell but that didn't stop it. Dining: We had 6pm main dining, and asked to be seated with another party who had been assigned MyTime Dining. As a result, we ended up with a table at the entrance to the dining room which was less than desirable. There wasn't much we could do about that, but the dining room staff was wonderful, including the head waiter who we usually never even see. So thumbs up. We hit Chops Grille one night and that was worth the visit. Entertainment: The RCCL singers & dancers were okay, some of the numbers were overdubbed and lip synced (Piano Man). One of the headliners was one we saw on another ship and were less than impressed, Bobby Arvon who sings Happy Days. Ironic he appeared again on this ship! We skipped him for sure. The Two Funny Guys were great but that was about it. The small musical groups that played in the centrum were wonderful, 5.5 stars there. Disembarkation: Poor at best, mostly because of Canadian Customs but also because of the inconsistent communication from RCCL. Due to Customs, disembarkation was delayed by over 40 minutes and the program to take luggage direct the airport was cancelled by RCCL that morning, where passengers then had to figure out how to handle their own luggage from the pier to the airport when they thought they only had to get themselves there. Thankfully we spent the night in Vancouver so we were not impacted. We stayed at the Wellwood Hotel and Spa and it was wonderful - highly recommended. This hopefully will not be our last cruise to Alaska !! Read Less
Radiance of the Seas Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.5 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 3.5 0.0
Enrichment 2.0 0.0
Service 4.5 0.0
Value For Money 4.5 0.0
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