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We sailed with Radiance of the Seas' May 4th Alaskan round-trip cruise from Vancouver. The staff and their services were exceptional. We only have compliments for the staff as they all looked after us very well. The ship itself was nice but not "wow". I read that they underwent a makeover last spring but I did not see anything that stood out in the public areas that had a wow factor. Our balcony stateroom on Deck 8 did not look like it was refurbished at all. In fact, our bathroom had such a musty smell, our stateroom attendant had to pour hot water into the drains several times to try to get rid of the odor. He finally gave up after a few days and left us a can of air freshener so I could spray the drains whenever the smell became too much. We bought the Chef's Dining Package thinking that this would guarantee us great meals during our cruise. Well, it didn't quite work out that way: Izumi billed itself as "Asian fusion" but it missed the mark on the flavours presented. They might want to reconsider their strategy and concentrate on offering authentic Asian flavours instead of fusion. Giovanni's Table offered decent Italian fare but they overwhelmed us with so much food that we didn't know what we were eating towards the end. Our dinner lasted over 2 1/2 hours and all we could think of was "When do we get out of here?"! Samba Grill offered the best natural flavours. The grilled meats were very nicely seasoned and grilled. The quantity of food overwhelmed us though. We told the Gaucho halfway through dinner that we would just share 1 portion of each of the grilled meats presented. BTW, this restaurant can only be accessed from the deck outside, not exactly an ideal entrance when you are on an Alaskan cruise! Rita's Cantina - we did not try this restaurant as it was not part of the package. Chef's Table was quite an experience! I would recommend this as a must try experience. It was like an intimate catered dinner party. The dinner took place in a private room at the back of the Colony Club. We were greeted by the Manager and offered champagne by the Sommelier. After we were seated (maximum 16 people per dinner) the Manager introduced the Chef and Sommelier and they in turn introduced each course and the wine pairings. Most of the meal was very good with only a couple of minor missteps in flavourings. We all had a great time though! :) The only other place we dined during our cruise was at the Windjammer Cafe. They do not offer a large variety of dishes (very little seafood). Most of the dishes were okay but the highlight of the buffet for us were the Indian curry dishes. They were yummy! We had great entertainment during our cruise. They mostly featured comedians at the theatre and they were all very funny. We enjoyed all the shows. The ship also had a guest speaker on board. David Greenstein, gave a series of lectures on the history and culture of Alaska which we found most informative. To sum it up, we had an enjoyable cruise on the Radiance but it wasn't a "wow" experience.

It was nice

Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review by lovetotravel168

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2012
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony
We sailed with Radiance of the Seas' May 4th Alaskan round-trip cruise from Vancouver.

The staff and their services were exceptional. We only have compliments for the staff as they all looked after us very well.

The ship itself was nice but not "wow". I read that they underwent a makeover last spring but I did not see anything that stood out in the public areas that had a wow factor. Our balcony stateroom on Deck 8 did not look like it was refurbished at all. In fact, our bathroom had such a musty smell, our stateroom attendant had to pour hot water into the drains several times to try to get rid of the odor. He finally gave up after a few days and left us a can of air freshener so I could spray the drains whenever the smell became too much.

We bought the Chef's Dining Package thinking that this would guarantee us great meals during our cruise. Well, it didn't quite work out that way:

Izumi billed itself as "Asian fusion" but it missed the mark on the flavours presented. They might want to reconsider their strategy and concentrate on offering authentic Asian flavours instead of fusion.

Giovanni's Table offered decent Italian fare but they overwhelmed us with so much food that we didn't know what we were eating towards the end. Our dinner lasted over 2 1/2 hours and all we could think of was "When do we get out of here?"!

Samba Grill offered the best natural flavours. The grilled meats were very nicely seasoned and grilled. The quantity of food overwhelmed us though. We told the Gaucho halfway through dinner that we would just share 1 portion of each of the grilled meats presented. BTW, this restaurant can only be accessed from the deck outside, not exactly an ideal entrance when you are on an Alaskan cruise!

Rita's Cantina - we did not try this restaurant as it was not part of the package.

Chef's Table was quite an experience! I would recommend this as a must try experience. It was like an intimate catered dinner party. The dinner took place in a private room at the back of the Colony Club. We were greeted by the Manager and offered champagne by the Sommelier. After we were seated (maximum 16 people per dinner) the Manager introduced the Chef and Sommelier and they in turn introduced each course and the wine pairings. Most of the meal was very good with only a couple of minor missteps in flavourings. We all had a great time though! :)

The only other place we dined during our cruise was at the Windjammer Cafe. They do not offer a large variety of dishes (very little seafood). Most of the dishes were okay but the highlight of the buffet for us were the Indian curry dishes. They were yummy!

We had great entertainment during our cruise. They mostly featured comedians at the theatre and they were all very funny. We enjoyed all the shows.

The ship also had a guest speaker on board. David Greenstein, gave a series of lectures on the history and culture of Alaska which we found most informative.

To sum it up, we had an enjoyable cruise on the Radiance but it wasn't a "wow" experience.

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