After deferring this cruise for many years due to concerns of cold-weather cruising, we finally decided to take an Alaska cruise. We decided on the Radiance of the Seas because of its itinerary and timing. We had a wonderful cruise experience. The ports of call were beautiful and would delight any nature lover. While we still prefer cruise destinations that are richer in history, we hope to return to Alaska in the future.
From Atlanta, GA, we flew Delta non-stop into Anchorage on a Tuesday evening. We stayed overnight in Embassy Suites downtown and departed on the Alaska Railroad train the next morning in one of their dome cars. The three-plus hours ride to Seward was very pleasant and provided great views of the scenery. That Wednesday afternoon, we did a park ranger guided tour of Exit Glacier that was very nice. Our hotel (Harbor 360) was on the small boat harbor so conveniently located. On Thursday we did a full-day boat tour of Kenai Fjords with Marine Tours that was nice, but perhaps a little longer than required.
We boarded the Radiance around noon on Friday to start our cruise adventure, The ship!s exterior appeared to have been recently painted and looked good. The interior of the ship was OK, but seemed a bit dated. I guess we have been spoiled by the newer ships in the fleet so was hoping for new carpets and other updates. Nevertheless, our cruise was very nice. The food quality in the main dinning room was better than we expected and service was great. Everything else concerning the ship was as we expected....all fine and consistent with other ships in this class.
We booked a superior ocean view cabin but were upgraded to a superior ocean view cabin with a balcony on deck 10 (cabin 1590). We were initially skeptical since this cabin received some negative feedback due to its location under Windjammer. However, while there was some noise, it was never enough to bother us. Its location at the aft of the ship required more walking for us but was good exercise.
Our scheduled Mysty Fjords float plane tour was canceled due to weather conditions. We simply toured Ketchikan on foot and did some shopping. It was a nice town to explore by walking.