Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review by balou3
- Sail Date: July 2007
- Destination: Alaska
- Cabin Type: Grand Suite - 1 Bedroom
I was able to get a good deal on a GS and we were amazed at the amount of storage space, the size of the bathroom, and the balcony space. We were eventually greeted by our stateroom attendant (Dexter) who took good care of us. With the GS we also received access to the Concierge Club. Hats off to Willie who also took real good care of us.
Our waiter (Ketutu "Darmah") and assistant waiter (Enrico) were great. We sat at a table of eight and had a good time getting to know each other. We were usually the last to leave the dining room because we kept talking.
This year I planned our major excursions with companies outside of the cruise line based on other cruise critic tips. In Ketchikan I chartered a floatplane with Island Wings. A great small company made the flight so much more personal. The pilot and owner (Michelle) made my nervous wife feel much more comfortable with the idea of small planes. The plane was immaculate and comfortable, and my wife actually enjoyed the flight and would do it again.
We also booked a Wildlife adventure in Hoonah, our favorite port, with a highly recommended Teckk Outfitters. Although Keith, the owner, turned out to be busy they were able to send Bob from Forget-me-not Outfitters. We got a tour that was better than the one the ship provided last year. We got to see more bears and wildlife and the trip was much more personal.
In Skagway we tried a new excursion the ship was offering. It was a glass blowing experience at Garden City Glassworks. The glassblowers were amazing and we were able to help create our own glass ornaments that were shipped home to us. And actually made it in one piece! The tour included a lunch and a garden tour, very well done.
The highlight of the cruise had to be Glacier Bay. After traveling through a little bit of fog we arrived at the glaciers. The skies cleared and we were able to get really close and got some fantastic pictures and footage. WOW
The cruise ended in Seward where we started the land portion of the tour. Debarkation was a breeze and we were soon on our bus to Anchorage. The "coach" driver (Jon) and the tour director (Joanna) were very knowledgeable and friendly. After a night in Anchorage we went to Talkeetna, where we stayed two relaxing nights. It's a very small and friendly town where the breakfasts at the Roadhouse were the best. We were able to get some great photos of Denali from the back patio of the Hotel, which we were told was a fairly rare site. From there we caught the Wilderness Express train to Denali. In Denali we went to Jeff King's dog kennel (Husky Homestead) to see some dogs in action and pet some puppies. We also toured Denali National Park and enjoyed the vast expanse of unspoiled land. From there we caught the train again to Fairbanks, went on a riverboat tour and visited a gold mine and panned for gold. Later that evening we scheduled a tee time at North Star Golf Club (the northernmost course in North America). Since the sun didn't set until 11:30 we had plenty of time to play this challenging course. Most of the challenge was finding your ball in the fairway. The land tour included all transfers so our luggage was waiting for us in our rooms when we got to each hotel. The last transfer to the airport went very smoothly.
I'm sad to say that after two trips to Alaska we still have only scratched the surface. We will defiantly be back and defiantly with Royal Caribbean.
Maybe next year?
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