Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review by doll2000
- Sail Date: May 2016
- Destination: Alaska
We were able to board the ship by noon, we arrived at the cruise port at 11am. There is a large intake room for people, not to long of a wait really-complimentary snacks and water. We had smooth sailing all the way to Ketchican. We did get drenched on our shore excursion there. We went on a rainforest, totem pole tour-totally enjoyed learning about the areas from our tour guide/naturalist. We ate at the 'Fish House'-it was recommended by our tour guide. As we were wet and cold, we enjoyed the wood stove and quickly dried out and were revived by the fish & chips. Ketchican is a good port for souvenir shopping. There are 4 Tongass shopping stores-if you can't find a souvenir there, I'm not sure you could find it anywhere!
In Prince Rupert we went on a city tour including the railway and museum. Informative and a nice way to see the city (big town really!) PR is a fairly new port. The tours were all sold out (including Grizzly bear reserve, flight seeing etc.), so book early if you are interested.
I did enjoy the Radiance of the Seas. our room was 7092, 2 doors away from the central atrium/elevators. I loved the convenience and didn't mind all the music/activities at all. One of my favorite spots for a drink was Café Lattetudes-they had starbucks drinks-chai tea latte! caramel Frappuccino! We had 'my time' dining, we were in a separate dining area than the grand room. We had great tablemates (hi Kelly & Allen!), the service was OUTSTANDING-TY Purmana & Alexander. The food was terrific and plentiful. If you have a favorite don't hesitate to ask for doubles! They even made key lime pie at our request! Our last night of dining we had the delight of seeing mini dolphins swimming in the wake of the ship..They were there for about 5 minutes..so fun, and so CUTE!.
Disembarkation was quick! We didn't need to fill out any paperwork or show an ID. Grabbed our luggage and away we went to the skytrain! (note there is no elevator at the skytrain entrance close to the cruiseport)
Overall very fun cruise, great value, good food, beautiful fresh air.
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