Radiance of the Seasby Dick SteinCoastal and AlaskaMay 11-22, 2009
This was our 12th RCCL Cruise, our second with this line in 3 years, we have done 22 cruises with Princess, 8 cruises with HAL and 13 cruises with Celebrity. We booked a E2 balcony on the bump. We booked an AA flight from Cleveland to San Diego on Friday, May 9th with a 3 hour layover at DFW. All flights were on time, visited Daughter in San Diego till Sunday. Stayed Sunday night at the Best Western downtown and were dropped off by a hotel van at ship at 11 AM. Could not go to cabin till 1 PM
Cabins: The cabin 7604 (cat. E2) bump balcony that was attractively decorated and good sized for the price. The balcony was nice with two plastic lounge chairs and a table. The shower is similar to what we get on Celebrity with a hose and wand arrangement. Cabin service was efficient and unobtrusive. My wife enjoyed the bath robes. The bed was comfortable and my wife liked the room and the short walk to elevator.
Public Areas: As a Diamond member we had access to the Concierge Club during the day and enjoyed champagne and snacks in the Diamond lounge on deck 13 for an hour before dinner nightly. We had the Cruise Critic party in the Viking Crown lounge on the second day which was well attended and well done. Nice to meet those I saw on line. The shows were fine and we enjoyed that there was a priest on board to say mass daily. Enjoyed the two free drinks with my Diamond coupon, the bars and sales in the shops.
Dining: We had a nice table for 4 on deck 5, table 544 and enjoyed our table mates. We had pizza, cookies and hot dogs several times for a snacks. The restaurant was nicely decorated and the food varied from excellent to good, and we had breakfast and dinner daily there and some lunches The food in the Windjammer was also good for lunch.
Tours: We redid some of our favorite tours in Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan. We visited Alaska 6 previous times and this was our best visit to Hubbard glacier. We were parked close to town in each port and shopped in each port for little remembrances.
Disembarkation: Left ship for bus at 9:15 AM and got on the Quick Shuttle to Seattle at 10 AM. We stayed overnight at the Best Western Airport and got an AA flight to Cleveland at 7:30 AM with a 4 hour layover in DFW. Got home at 11:15 PM
Overall, I was satisfied and have reservations for a 11/24/09 Bermuda cruise on the Explorer of the Sea. Since we only drink champagne we will wait and see how the new Diamond changes affect us on the next cruise.
Good location, noisy at night. Small shower but OK otherwise.