An Alaska Cruise.. best way to see Alaska!: Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review by LoungeFly

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An Alaska Cruise.. best way to see Alaska!

Sail Date: July 2012
Destination: Alaska
Embarkation: Vancouver
It was amazing to be on a ship that big. It had 13 floors, and tons of rooms! The ship had about 3000 passengers and about 800 crew members. That is a pretty good ratio. The staff were very helpful, the food was good. Not great, but wholesome! Lots of ethnic options, and was welcome to see a lot of Indians in the kitchen, making some good Indian food, and masala tea! You have to ask for it!
The ship had two swimming pools, but they were 6 ft deep. Nothing that was child friendly! Well, there was a waterslide which was pretty much closed all cruise long! But 6ft deep? Why not have a 3-5ft pool like most places seem to have? Is this a cruise thing?
The ship's entertainment was nice. The performers were of ok caliber. The cruise director was quite funny and was engaging. They had little activities - like treasure hunt, and quizzes, and such, for which the prizes were highlighters with Royal Caribbean name on it! Really?
The signature drinks were pretty More creative and befitting a drink with an umbrella status!
Charged for soda, or water! And laundry was expensive. So were the pictures! This day and age, they still do printed pictures only. We need to get with the digital age! Seriously!! At least have the option.
The captain and the staff were quite engaging. Attentive, cheerful, and helpful.
Overall very good experience, though I will check about the pool before I book the next cruise! Less

Published 07/31/12

Cabin review: E18116 Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony

This cabin had a king size bed, and a pull out sofa. It also had an option of a bunk bed, but we used the pull-out sofa for the little one. The cabin is on port side, which was not a big deal for the 'Inside Passage' as you get to see lot of stuff on both sides. Close to the main elevator to food and such. And located on the 8th floor, which is flanked by other floors which have just cabins, and not any public areas. It was quiet because of that - no other noises from other activities like theater, restaurants, etc. The bathroom was a bit tiny. The balcony was nice, but only had two chairs. The toddler had to sit on the lap if at the balcony, which was not a big deal.

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Port and Shore Excursions


Hoonah is an Alaskan Village and the highlight was the whole crab for $15 that I could have in their most popular bar - The Office. It was also great to see the carvers working on the huge totem wall designed for the visitor center - and hear about the significance of the figurines in the Totem. It was just fun to walk in the rain through an Alaskan village.

Whale Watching

We saw two whales! Enough said? The boat was operated by Allen Marine tours. And we went to what is supposed to be the 'hub' of whale activity, and we saw two tails. Needless to say, I was disappointed. It was raining to top it all.. so, overall, not a very enjoyable experience. Maybe it is not season for whale, yet. And the girl at the counter had a canned answer if you ask her, are they seeing any whales - "every season whales are sighted!". That's it. You ask that question any different way, and she says the same thing! I almost wished we did not see any, so we could get our money back! Have seen more whales off the coastline in San Diego! Can't really blame the tour company other than, I wish they had been more truthful about the whales they were seeing. I can't believe that place was swarming with whales earlier in the day or the previous day for that matter!

City Tour

I will not recommend this tour or this company. The driver was almost like a kid reciting from memory. But the worst part is what they sell you on. The view from Douglas Island was ok. And they have the option of dropping off in Mendenhall Glacier - which is the last stop. The tour has 45 minutes, or you can stay behind and take a shuttle back to the dock. However, the shuttle you can take has to be the one operated by that specific tour company! This sucked! As there were other buses going completely empty. Even other tours from the same company would throw you out, or not take you in. You have to wait for the shuttle which stops at a differnt place. And one driver from this company, was so reckless in his driving - he almost bumped into another company bus, and actually bumped into a private vehicle, in a span of 10 minutes. Be warned, if you take the shuttle from a specific company, you have to take the shuttle back from the same company! Make sure you ask about the timings of their shuttle, or make sure you have enough time to get back to the dock!

Mendenhall Glacier

Mendenhall glacier was phenomenal. Just went to the visitor center, and then walked up to the falls by the glacier and took some spectacular pictures. It was surreal to be so close to a glacier. And almost made up for missed Helicopter Glacier landing tour.

Mount Roberts Tramway

Mendenhall glacier was phenomenal. Just went to the visitor center, and then walked up to the falls by the glacier and took some spectacular pictures. It was surreal to be so close to a glacier. And almost made up for missed Helicopter Glacier landing tour.

Did an excursion with Ketchikan tours to Saxman Native Village. This excursion starts by the cruise ship dock and takes to a creek to watch bears, and then to Saxman Native village to see all those Totem poles in display. We did not see any bears, had some bald eagle sighting. This was a double decker bus, and obviously everyone was in the upstairs. An average review because that was what it was, average! We had a good tour guide. It was interesting to hear about the totem poles, and their significance. And about the family traditions! Creek Street was nice. To read those little boards that had the history of those houses and its residents, the funicular ride to the top for a restaurant, and the hike down the "Married Man's Trail" was all good. Dolly's house - was worth it as it was just 5 bucks and gives you an insight into the workings of an old style 'entertainment' and the way things were during the gold rush. She 'worked' into her 70s!! Talk about desperate?
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Seward is a quaint Alaskan town, which seems to be the holiday spot for folks from Anchorage. Lots of RVs, and tons of coffee shops. Love the whole coffeeshop culture. Sealife Center was nice to see some native Alaskan wildlife. Fun to walk along the Iditarod trail along the waterfront of the Resurrection Bay - a bay without icebergs! Wish we had mode time in Seward. The train ride from Seward to Anchorage was spectacular.
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Rented a car and drove up to Emerald Lake - and boy what a breathtaking drive. This was phenomenal, and if you time yourself, you might be able to get some spectacular pictures of the train that goes alongside the road for a bit. Emerald Lake with all its colors is spectacular, and the city of Carcross had a surprise bakery - Chilkoot Trail Sourdough Bakery - which had the best scones ever! Date Scones, and Pineapple scones, tasted so good. Carcross desert was the world's smallest desert to behold. There were about 30 waterfalls along the way. And, a big sign that said 'Welcome to Alaska' which was a photo spot for a lot of tourist buses. Beware you are crossing into Canada, so carry your passport to get back.
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