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An Alaska cruise... another item on our "Bucket List" and we found a great price for the "first sailing of the season" on Radiance of the Seas. The flights from Tennessee to Vancouver were long but we were filled with high anticipation of a great trip. Our flight into Vancouver actually arrived thirty minutes early but we were surprised at the lengthy process of getting off of the plane and going through customs, immigration, and long and winding lines to finally be able to retrieve our luggage. (That was the hardest part of the entire trip!) A taxi took us to our hotel for the night prior to our sailing on Radiance and we enjoyed that evening even though we were very tired. The following morning the hotel provided us a free shuttle to the port where we were quickly checked in and "on the ship" and headed to the Windjammer for a delicious lunch. Rooms were ready by 1pm and we were delighted to find that our Oceanview stateroom on Deck 3 was very nice. The large window afforded us a great view to the outside and the water that was only a short way below us. We ordinarily get a room with a balcony but for this trip we chose the Oceanview stateroom as we expected it to be cold and rainy in Alaska since it was so early in the season. We were surprised that all seven days were comfortable with temperatures in the upper 50's and low 60;s and absolutely NO rain all week! Each port was delightful with Juneau being our favorite for many reasons. The town was right there where we got off of the ship and the tram up Mt. Roberts was directly across from our ship as well. We had a close friend (from Elementary through High School) who lives half the year in Juneau and she met us following our 5 hour excursion to watch whales and gave us a private tour around Mt. Roberts and the city of Juneau. We were very happy that we had so much time in this port that we could fit in so many special things beyond just our excursion we booked through the excursion office on Radiance. Our stateroom attendant was excellent and we were delighted with four nights when we returned to our stateroom to find a different animal made out of towels lying on our bed. The wait staff in the dining room were delightful and the food was great too. We ate breakfast and lunches in the Windjammer most days and found the variety of foods to be good and plentiful. The staff at Guest Relations were helpful in answering questions and assisting us with our "post cruise transfer" from Seward to the airport at Anchorage. The train to Anchorage was an excursion of it's own even though we did not expect it to be so. For two or three miles, our train car was followed by an American Eagle who flew directly over our heads... great photos were taken of this majestic bird though the glass top of the train car! We have been on several cruises and each ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet is different and is enjoyable in their own yet different ways. We loved all the things you can do on the "larger" ships but we also loved the ambiance of the "smaller" ships too. We consider ourselves to be "loyalist" to Royal Caribbean and we have never been disappointed by any cruise we have taken on one of their ships. With seven cruises under our belt now (a total of 55 sailing nights), we are looking forward to planning our next cruise on Royal Caribbean and to start our next "count down to Sail Away".

Alaska... Majestic Beauty with a Lot of Pristine Nature... Royal Caribbean Style

Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review by jsb1950

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2016
  • Destination: Alaska
An Alaska cruise... another item on our "Bucket List" and we found a great price for the "first sailing of the season" on Radiance of the Seas. The flights from Tennessee to Vancouver were long but we were filled with high anticipation of a great trip. Our flight into Vancouver actually arrived thirty minutes early but we were surprised at the lengthy process of getting off of the plane and going through customs, immigration, and long and winding lines to finally be able to retrieve our luggage. (That was the hardest part of the entire trip!)

A taxi took us to our hotel for the night prior to our sailing on Radiance and we enjoyed that evening even though we were very tired. The following morning the hotel provided us a free shuttle to the port where we were quickly checked in and "on the ship" and headed to the Windjammer for a delicious lunch.

Rooms were ready by 1pm and we were delighted to find that our Oceanview stateroom on Deck 3 was very nice. The large window afforded us a great view to the outside and the water that was only a short way below us. We ordinarily get a room with a balcony but for this trip we chose the Oceanview stateroom as we expected it to be cold and rainy in Alaska since it was so early in the season. We were surprised that all seven days were comfortable with temperatures in the upper 50's and low 60;s and absolutely NO rain all week!

Each port was delightful with Juneau being our favorite for many reasons. The town was right there where we got off of the ship and the tram up Mt. Roberts was directly across from our ship as well. We had a close friend (from Elementary through High School) who lives half the year in Juneau and she met us following our 5 hour excursion to watch whales and gave us a private tour around Mt. Roberts and the city of Juneau. We were very happy that we had so much time in this port that we could fit in so many special things beyond just our excursion we booked through the excursion office on Radiance.

Our stateroom attendant was excellent and we were delighted with four nights when we returned to our stateroom to find a different animal made out of towels lying on our bed. The wait staff in the dining room were delightful and the food was great too. We ate breakfast and lunches in the Windjammer most days and found the variety of foods to be good and plentiful. The staff at Guest Relations were helpful in answering questions and assisting us with our "post cruise transfer" from Seward to the airport at Anchorage. The train to Anchorage was an excursion of it's own even though we did not expect it to be so. For two or three miles, our train car was followed by an American Eagle who flew directly over our heads... great photos were taken of this majestic bird though the glass top of the train car!

We have been on several cruises and each ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet is different and is enjoyable in their own yet different ways. We loved all the things you can do on the "larger" ships but we also loved the ambiance of the "smaller" ships too. We consider ourselves to be "loyalist" to Royal Caribbean and we have never been disappointed by any cruise we have taken on one of their ships. With seven cruises under our belt now (a total of 55 sailing nights), we are looking forward to planning our next cruise on Royal Caribbean and to start our next "count down to Sail Away".
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Cabin Review

Cabin 3622
Fantastic... We loved being "close to the water" and that the large window provided a lot of light into the stateroom and my wife could sit "in the window" and just watch the outside sail past us. We expected to see great beauty in Alaska but came away describing what we saw as "majestic". It was ALL truly amazing and we know we really will need to go again as we feel like as much as we saw and did... there is SO much more to see and do in Alaska. The cabin was very much like our balcony rooms we usually book on the larger ships and was certainly just as comfortable.
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