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We chose Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas because they offer lots of amenities and activities for families with children, as well as adults of all ages. We also liked the ports of call in Alaska. The ship was very clean and well maintained, but is definitely showing its age in some areas. We felt that the entertainment was definitely focused on older clientele (do wop music, older comedians, quizzes, etc) and was a little cheesy. The food was very good in both the main dining room and quick dining locations and the variety was good. I did feel that a lot of the desserts were frozen and the ice cream was icy and not very good. Our kids were really looking forward to all-you-can-eat ice cream, but the lines were long, it ran out on several occasions, and wasn't very good quality (as opposed to our last cruise on Carnival Magic). We were also very disappointed that kids under 16 (ours are 12 and 15) weren't allowed in the pool or hot tub in the solarium. Given that Alaska cruises are cooler, there was only one day when it was warm enough to enjoy the outdoor hot tubs. I understand wanting some areas for adults only, but they could offer family hours. The kids' pool area was totally wasted on this cruise because of the cooler temperatures. I would also love to see cruise lines include a photo CD with your photos tagged. All they have to do is scan your cruise ID to identify your personal photos! We got very tired of all the up-selling on the ship (photos, drinks, wifi, specialty restaurants, future cruises, etc). We would rather pay a little more and get more value included in the price!

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Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review by bobjenzach

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2016
  • Destination: Alaska
We chose Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas because they offer lots of amenities and activities for families with children, as well as adults of all ages. We also liked the ports of call in Alaska. The ship was very clean and well maintained, but is definitely showing its age in some areas.

We felt that the entertainment was definitely focused on older clientele (do wop music, older comedians, quizzes, etc) and was a little cheesy.

The food was very good in both the main dining room and quick dining locations and the variety was good. I did feel that a lot of the desserts were frozen and the ice cream was icy and not very good. Our kids were really looking forward to all-you-can-eat ice cream, but the lines were long, it ran out on several occasions, and wasn't very good quality (as opposed to our last cruise on Carnival Magic).

We were also very disappointed that kids under 16 (ours are 12 and 15) weren't allowed in the pool or hot tub in the solarium. Given that Alaska cruises are cooler, there was only one day when it was warm enough to enjoy the outdoor hot tubs. I understand wanting some areas for adults only, but they could offer family hours. The kids' pool area was totally wasted on this cruise because of the cooler temperatures.

I would also love to see cruise lines include a photo CD with your photos tagged. All they have to do is scan your cruise ID to identify your personal photos! We got very tired of all the up-selling on the ship (photos, drinks, wifi, specialty restaurants, future cruises, etc). We would rather pay a little more and get more value included in the price!
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Cabin Review

Cabin 7587
Cabin was very clean, well maintained, and had lots of storage. Walls are a bit thin and we could hear talking from the adjacent rooms. Bathroom was a little smelly (all the time) and shower head was not working properly. I did enjoy having a handheld shower head. Overall, it was a very comfortable room.
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