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We travelled with two other couples and although we had a good time I'm not sure I would choose a cruise again. The food was OK but nothing to write home about. It did get better the second half of the trip. Our wait staff was excellent. Giobeth and Kadek were very friendly and fun and took good care of us. They did not make us feel awkward for bringing our own wine instead of ordering from them. We had the allotted two bottles per stateroom. We uncorked it in our room and brought it with us and they served it for us. We looked forward to seeing them at dinner each night. We even wrote and sang a little song to them on the last night. The naturalists presentations were not very interesting. His visual aids were fuzzy and hard to make out and he droned on in a monotone voice and did not hold our interest. The dancers and singers were wonderful and the musical impressionist was fantastic. The piano player (Derek) was a little too abrasive for our taste. We tip well when we think it is warranted but don't like to be badgered into tipping. His piano playing was excellent. A big disappointment for us was the push for shopping designer goods and jewelry. We went on a cruise to relax and see the area not buy diamonds and purses. Every time we turned around there was a special sale on some overly expensive item. The ports where we stopped to pick up a souvenir from the area were more of the same and it was hard to find a shop with local goods because of all the diamond stores. We also don't appreciate all the extra-expense restaurants. The allure of a cruise used to be all your meals onboard were included. Why would I want to pass up a delicious meal to buy something else. I can go out to eat at home. Are you trying to tell us that the food in your main dining room is not worth eating. Our stateroom was comfortable with plenty of storage. We had an ocean view room on the 3rd floor. The big port hole stayed spotted with water the whole time so although I loved having the light the view wasn't very good through the dirty window. There was plenty of deck space to enjoy the view and the heli-deck was a perfect place to see everything. The halls were very narrow and had cleaning equipment and room service trays on the floor most of the time. A wheelchair or motorized scooter would not have fit down them most of the time. We chose to prebook our own port activities rather than book with the ship because we prefer private tours rather than large group. We did get tickets for the Mt Roberts Tram through the ship and when we ran out of time to use them we were able to get a refund. The cruise itself was wonderful. The ship movement was smooth, the scenery was incredible and the Hubbard Glacier was breathtaking. That and going through the inside passage at night during a meteor shower are things I won't soon forget.

Scenery incredible, cruise okay.

Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review by EmptyNestors

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2016
  • Destination: Alaska
We travelled with two other couples and although we had a good time I'm not sure I would choose a cruise again. The food was OK but nothing to write home about. It did get better the second half of the trip. Our wait staff was excellent. Giobeth and Kadek were very friendly and fun and took good care of us. They did not make us feel awkward for bringing our own wine instead of ordering from them. We had the allotted two bottles per stateroom. We uncorked it in our room and brought it with us and they served it for us. We looked forward to seeing them at dinner each night. We even wrote and sang a little song to them on the last night.

The naturalists presentations were not very interesting. His visual aids were fuzzy and hard to make out and he droned on in a monotone voice and did not hold our interest.

The dancers and singers were wonderful and the musical impressionist was fantastic. The piano player (Derek) was a little too abrasive for our taste. We tip well when we think it is warranted but don't like to be badgered into tipping. His piano playing was excellent.

A big disappointment for us was the push for shopping designer goods and jewelry. We went on a cruise to relax and see the area not buy diamonds and purses. Every time we turned around there was a special sale on some overly expensive item. The ports where we stopped to pick up a souvenir from the area were more of the same and it was hard to find a shop with local goods because of all the diamond stores.

We also don't appreciate all the extra-expense restaurants. The allure of a cruise used to be all your meals onboard were included. Why would I want to pass up a delicious meal to buy something else. I can go out to eat at home. Are you trying to tell us that the food in your main dining room is not worth eating.

Our stateroom was comfortable with plenty of storage. We had an ocean view room on the 3rd floor. The big port hole stayed spotted with water the whole time so although I loved having the light the view wasn't very good through the dirty window. There was plenty of deck space to enjoy the view and the heli-deck was a perfect place to see everything. The halls were very narrow and had cleaning equipment and room service trays on the floor most of the time. A wheelchair or motorized scooter would not have fit down them most of the time.

We chose to prebook our own port activities rather than book with the ship because we prefer private tours rather than large group. We did get tickets for the Mt Roberts Tram through the ship and when we ran out of time to use them we were able to get a refund.

The cruise itself was wonderful. The ship movement was smooth, the scenery was incredible and the Hubbard Glacier was breathtaking. That and going through the inside passage at night during a meteor shower are things I won't soon forget.
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Our Room was on the 3rd Floor, starboard side about a third of the way back. It was clean, quiet and well maintained. Very little motion felt. The large porthole stayed very water spotted the whole trip so visibility was not great. Not sure if there was any way it could be better since there was rain everyday. We could look right out on dock when in port so kept curtains closed. Several ladies on our floor hung their lingerie to dry in the porthole and closed the curtains so they couldn't see it. Unfortunately everyone walking on or off the ship could. Mild odor in bathroom. We bought spray to cover it. Plenty of storage. There were little cubbies everywhere. All our luggage fit under the bed although we were lucky that our large bag could be opened in half to fit. Our friends suitcase was too tall to go under the bed but there was plenty of closet room for it. Only one double outlet in entire room and it abutted the desktop which made it hard to plug big things in. The medicine cabinet and shelf under sink held everything and nothing slid around. There was a mini fridge but it was filled with snacks for sale and not turned on. We had hoped to chill our wine in it. It didn't smell very good.
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