Embarkation was fast and flawless. We went right to our 7th floor mid ship balcony room, walked out to see the view and were floored!!! Extending directly from our balcony was a ten foot white platform that we later determined was the roof holding the lifeboats on the floor below. There were workers on the platform, painting and doing repairs. Part of the enjoyment of a balcony room has always been looking straight down at the water and watching the water. Not from this room and many others on the 7th floor. I would suspect that even the eight floor above us had a somewhat obstructed view. This room was not sold to us as an obstructed view. We joined the long line of other 7th floor people unhappy with their rooms and were lucky enough to be on a ship that was not full-we did get moved. If you are on the Radiance and on the seventh floor midship above the lifeboats-start working on getting moved NOW. Going through the Panama Canal was the high point of the 2 weeks-on the day we went through, we were blessed with great weather and it will be a lifetime memory. Ports of call were good people aboard who had done all of south america felt the Eastern side had better ports. We did not opt for any of the tours most people who did were not pleased with the experience verses cost. The exception would be that everyone who took the day long tours out of Valparaiso felt that had a great tour and the value was there. Kirk, the Cruise director was amazing-bright, talented, full of fun and energy by far the best Cruise Director I have ever experienced. Don't miss the night they do "Quest". Take the line dancing lessons.
The entertainment was first class throughout we enjoyed every show. If you're not a show person, make one exception and DO GO to the show with the tango dancers-fabulous.
We loved the crew-most spoke English far better then we have experienced on other cruises. Happy, cheerful, eager to please-no exceptions. We liked the fact that when the captain gave an announcement he would always greet the crew as well as the guests. "Good morning to our guests, and good morning to the crew as well."