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Radiance of the Seas Review

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Unexpected changes to Alaska cruise on Radiance of the Seas

Review for Radiance of the Seas to Alaska
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2-5 Cruises • Age 40s

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Sail Date: Aug 2014
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Traveled with children

We just got off a fabulous southbound cruise in Alaska -- but there were a few changes to the ship that I would have like to have known in advance...especially since I spent hundreds of hours researching the details beforehand only to find out they were wrong. Read on for full review of the ship experience and excursions as well.

Surprises:

#1. Rita's Cantina is not available on the Alaskan cruises of Radiance of the Seas. They have changed it to Rita's Crabshack! While the offerings were similar to Tracy's Crabshack in Juneau, Rita's prices are lower, probably because legs are considerably smaller at Rita's. Example: one leg at Tracy's is $36. At Rita's it is $13.50. Tracy's offers a 3-4 leg bucket (3 lbs.) for $110. Rita offers a 3 leg bucket (1.5 lbs) for $33. Rita's is still a better deal if you are considering price alone. Also, we went to Tracy's in mid-afternoon and they were sold out of all sandwiches (e.g. crab roll) and crab claws. That left few options for us. (Tracy's bisque was tasty, but not OMG tasty. I wouldn't go back for it. I've had better for less expensive elsewhere--including at Whole Foods' seafood soup bar.) At Rita's I got the bisque/crab cake/crab leg combo for $19. It was just ok. The bisque was enjoyable, the cake was unmemorable, and crab wasn't especially sweet. The best thing about it was that it was cheaper than Tracy's. Neither bisque was better tasting than the other.

Cabin Review

A balcony room with drop-down bed placed perpendicularly to the bed (over the pillow area). This arrangement was better than in NCL where the drop-down is parallel to the bed on the side, cause you to have to duck and stoop to access the lower bed on that side. The loveseat also expands as a sleeper (either 2/3 or full length), but its comfort level would be suitable for a small child at best. We had to use doorstoppers to prevent the two halves from separating and causing a gap below your tush while sleeping.We brought a surge protector power strip and used it without issues. There is even a ledge at the desk to store it on. Extra storage was abundant and well-concealed. We didn't even realize that the side mirrors over the desk were storage cabinets until the last morning! The desk includes 7 drawers and a pull-out writing slab. The closet is wide enough to store at least 25 garments, with additional drop down bars for optional lower hanging space, and a full-width shelf above for storing luggage,etc. The bed can also store your luggage below if not fully expanded. 9 shelves in the closet provide ample space, plus an additional cabinet over the cooler has three shelves included one where the mini-safe is located. One of the bathroom mirrors hides a storage cabinet. Other mirrors are well placed, including a full-length mirror, allowing you to view yourself from all angles. There are 4 knobs in the bathroom door, and two hooks by the cabin door. Bring extra hanging hooks to hang coats, wet clothes, etc--perhaps the kind that can go over the door? The balcony felt spacious enough for two people and sheltered the winds. Even at night, you didn't feel the cold breeze off the water when it was 50 outside. You could sit out there in pjs and not get too cold. Balcony was perfect for viewing Hubbard Glacier. The captain entered the bay to view the glacier, spun the ship around 360 degrees, then spun an additional 180 degrees to exit the bay so our side of the ship (port) got an extra chance to view it. We heard many and saw a few calvings. TIP: For viewing Hubbard Glacier if you don't have a balcony, go to the Helicopter Pad. Access it from Deck 5 and go forward. Climb two levels of stairs to reach the helipad. It is not advertised anywhere on the ship, but this is a publicly accessible spot at the front tip of the boat (like in Titanic).

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