1,266 Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas Cruise Reviews

Embarkation I wrote about getting on and off the Radiance on the message boards, it was the worst of the worst. The Ballantyne Pier in Vancouver does not handle cruise ships well at all. Like most everyone else it took us almost 4 hours ... Read More
Embarkation I wrote about getting on and off the Radiance on the message boards, it was the worst of the worst. The Ballantyne Pier in Vancouver does not handle cruise ships well at all. Like most everyone else it took us almost 4 hours to get on board with long slow lines. The Windjammer was a welcome sight after that ordeal. The cruise to Alaska could not have been better. The weather cooperated only one day of rain, and beautiful scenery everyday along the Inside Passage. The first day was a scenic sea day. This is a once a year cruise that starts in Vancouver and ends there so the ports were a bit different. The Ports We started at Icy Strait Point and visited the Hoonah Salmon Cannery. It has been converted to a tourist attraction. There are shops a zip line, (which we did not try) nature trails, and an informational show with music and dance put on by the Tlingit tribe that lives in the local village. It was excellent, and is close to the pier. There was no problem getting tickets once we arrived. This is the only port that we had to tender in and we anchored just off shore. The next day we cruised the Tracy Arm Fjord all day, spectacular views. We saw a seal and her pup on an ice flow close to the ship. Some people said they saw bears on shore. We spent time on the helicopter pad up front and got a close look at the Sawyer Glacier, plenty of room on the ship out on the decks to view it all. The next day we were in Juneau, we took the ships excursion to the Mendenhall Glacier. It was well worth it, but we could have used about 30 more minutes at the site. There was a great visitors center with a film and a ranger narrated slide show that we saw that were both excellent. There was a waterfall that needed a 20-minute walk each way that we had to skip in order to meet the bus. It was hard to do it all in the time given. The next stop Ketchikan was the only day it rained. We took in the Lumberjack Show, a short walk from the pier. It was silly fun, and there was no problem getting tickets the day of the show. We enjoyed walking around the city with umbrellas and saw Historic Creek Street. We took a free shuttle near the visitors center (an easy walk from the ship) that gave us a feel for the area. We also visited what used to be the library, but is now a museum. There was an excellent art exhibit of the area's sites by local artists. There was a $3.00 fee, great exhibits on local fishing ! The last day was a sea day, with spectacular viewing the whole way. We saw porpoise, and whales. The Food We love the Radiance class ships, and though this was our first time on this ship we knew our way around and it felt like home. The new improvements are basically restaurants that charge a fee. Sea View Café is gone. We did not try any of them, except the old stand-by Chops. We had an excellent meal with wonderful service. Because this was a cold weather cruise the pool deck and the new large movie screen did not see much use, but I could see in warm weather it might be popular. The food in the Windjammer could not have been better at breakfast. It seemed a bit crowded but then we found that you could sit in the two new restaurants and eat, so Rita's Cantina and Izumi are open spaces to spread out at breakfast and lunch The back open-air eating area got little use on this cruise but it out there. Don't miss the Tutti salad in the MDR at lunch, excellent as usual. Try the Park Café in the Solarian for lunch, excellent panini’s and salads. The food in the MDR was very good, we always found something we liked. The Cabin Our cabin was on the corner of the "hump" facing forward and could not have been better. Right off the Centrum, so it is very easy to get around. The large balcony was great for a cruise with so much to look at outside. It made the cabin seem even larger. Our cabin steward Rodel was excellent, attentive and kept the cabin spotless. The entire ship is starting to show it's age, and is worn in places. We were told some maintenance was due, and saw some new carpets stored near the helicopter pad that will be installed soon. Entertainment We attended a lecture on glaciers, which was very informative. The production show City of Dreams we had seen before, but was worth a second look. Piano Man was new and also excellent. The country acappella group Home Free performed one night, and there was a singer/comedian, who did impersonations. The Crew The captain, Goran Peterson was all over the ship, very personable and went out of his way to find beautiful views. Don’t miss the Captains Corner, very informative. The cruise director Amy Flikert was also all around the ship, friendly and personable. Another excellent cruise, our fifth, with Royal Caribbean, we are trying to decide which one is next !   Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
This is my third time cruising on radiance of the seas. The ship is not only very attractive and so easy to find your way around. The staff is always so friendly and helpful and I always enjoy all the activities provided and the amazing ... Read More
This is my third time cruising on radiance of the seas. The ship is not only very attractive and so easy to find your way around. The staff is always so friendly and helpful and I always enjoy all the activities provided and the amazing cruise directors bobby and Becky brown. They make this cruise fun! The food was always delicious with lots of varieties to choose from. A special recognition has to go to all the chefs and their helpers who put on the late night dessert buffet, it was amazing! Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
Arrived a few days early to explore Vancouver. Exchanged money at the airport and took a taxi to our hotel downtown which cost $35. Stayed at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel. Very pleased with hotel and located within walking distance of so ... Read More
Arrived a few days early to explore Vancouver. Exchanged money at the airport and took a taxi to our hotel downtown which cost $35. Stayed at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel. Very pleased with hotel and located within walking distance of so many things. Vancouver is a beautiful city with so much to see. Wish I could have stayed longer. The morning of our cruise we walked right up to our ship. Checking in was very quick despite the long lines. We had a balcony stateroom which was quite comfortable for myself and teenage son. So happy with our balcony view as you will witness some of the most beautiful sights during this trip. Our first stop was Ketchikan...saw the Lumberjack show which was quite entertaining and rode the trolley around town. You can get a map at the visitor center and walk to all the highlights. It's a small town with lots of shops. Very pretty and quaint. 2nd stop was Icy Straight Point....we booked a whale watching tour independently through Misty Bay Lodge. The owners, Hope and Don, are very nice. Hope picked us up at the pier and drove us into Hoonah where her husband took 6 of us aboard his boat for a 3-4 hour tour. Saw many whales up close and personal. As we ended our journey, Don drove the boat close to shore where we saw a bear and a cub. Beautiful scenery. 3rd stop was Juneau....we took a bus to Mendenhall Glacier and walked to the waterfall. It takes about 45 min roundtrip to hike to the falls but is so worth it. Breathtaking views. When you step off the ship, there will be booths where you can purchase tickets for the Glacier Bus. Roundtrip ticket is $16 per person. We spent quite a bit of time here and heard from others if you take the tour to the glacier, they only give you about 45 min. In my opinion, that's not enough time. The bus runs every 30 min and dropped us back into town. Again, we got a city map and walked to all the highlights and did some shopping. We also took the Mount Roberts Tram up up up for some of the most incredible views of all the ships in the port. There is also a bald eagle to see and we were able to play in the snow which was still very abundant. Loved it. 4th stop Skagway....took the White Pass train tour. Again, there was alot of snow in the mountains . The train ride was great. We sat on the left side going up the mountain and then they make everyone switch sides on the return trip. Afterwards we walked around Skagway and played tourist. For Hubbard Glacier, we made our way to the helipad for some incredible viewing. It was very cold and windy up there but so worth it. The captain turns the ship around so no matter where you are, you're going to be able to get a great view. We arrived in Seward and took the train into Anchorage. They assign your seats aboard the train where you'll sit at a table for 4. You'll be able to order breakfast or lunch during your 4 hour ride. Again the scenery was incredible. Lots of snow . Saw moose and dall sheep. Arrived in Anchorage where a bus took us to a downtown hotel that Royal Caribbean uses. They stored our luggage since our flight didn't leave until 9 pm. We walked around Anchorage and had lunch. Royal provided our transportation back to the airport to catch our flight. Loved Loved Loved this cruise. It is so different from the Caribbean ones....I didn't mind the cool/cold weather and I'm a southerner. A must for all. Happy sailing :) Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
Where do I start? Perhaps by saying if this was our first cruise we would never cruise again! The Radiance of the Seas was 'Butlins upon Sea' which I guess,if is what you want then great but if you are looking for relaxation, ... Read More
Where do I start? Perhaps by saying if this was our first cruise we would never cruise again! The Radiance of the Seas was 'Butlins upon Sea' which I guess,if is what you want then great but if you are looking for relaxation, serenity and calm, then this was not it. We personally felt there was nowhere to go and read or relax quietly, everywhere you went there was noise and huge activity. Even the library is open to the centrum so you are subjected to whatever activity is being broadcast loudly via microphone. If you want to sit out and sunbathe then you must listen to the 'noise' made by the live 'supposed' singers. Noise is all we could call it - appalling!! And staff do not remove towels left by people reserving loungers -despite the notices. So impossible to get any space in the solarium on a windy day. This ship does not provide anywhere near enough relaxing seating - we could never ever find a space to sit and enjoy a drink - everywhere was always full. The Windjammer is appalling, the quality of the food is dreadful unless you stick to soups and salads which are surprisingly good, forget trying to find space to sit, the Radiance has surrendered all space to $$$ restaurants. They really don't want you to eat in the 'free' dining restaurants. On the plus side the stateroom was very nice, well designed and clean - thank goodness we had selected a balcony stateroom, somewhere we could retire to.And the staff - well, they were the Radiances very best feature. Our stateroom attendant, Sebastien was bright and cheerful, and keen to look after us well. The MDR staff too, Rodriguez, Jimmy and Terry, were lovely and went out of their way to ensure we were happy. The only staff which we felt were poor were, ironically, Guest Services. I bought my laptop as I needed to receive some urgent emails whilst aboard. All staterooms have wifi - great - I duly paid for a package and went about setting up - no joy -so a visit to Guest Services, who advised me, no I won't be able to get emails from sky.com, google.com and a couple of others. Hello? they encourage you to bring your laptop on their website but don't tell you, you may not be able to use it. So they refund me my package, all bar $1 why? Because they can't refund all of it because the system won't let them!!! So back I go to complain (principle not value).when I have checked my bill, eventually after some 'discussion' suddenly they can. Hmmmmnnn. I hate this review as it feels like we were really picky and critical but felt I had to comment as we felt really sad. Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
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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