We were on our 5 Radiance class Royal Caribbean cruise on a 10 night Mexico. We'd been on the Brilliance for a transatlantic, the Serenade for several Ultimate Alaska repositionings and decided to head to the warm on the Radiance.
The class is our favorits and felt like home at once with several differences in decor. The funniest is what appears to be concrete, deteriorated piles of soccer balls in the entrance to the Cascades dining room both side of deck 5. Made us laugh. We also missed the sculpture of the bathing capped guy with the rubber inner tube in the deck 11 pool area. Other than those and the shower curtains rather than the shower enclosures on the Serenade, a great ship layout. Love the theater curtain!
The plumbing problems reported on these boards continued the entire time with decks 7-9 bearing the brunt of non flushing toilets and water turn offs. Although our lower hall had wet carpet under foot and workmen tearing wall & ceiling panels off looking for the problems. One of our tablemates reported that she woke at 4 am to use the toilet, found no water or flush and ended up heading to deck 11 in a bathing suit cover up to use the rest room, found the water off, and had to use deck 6.
We had an oceanview, as we were later in the year than usual for us and knew it would be too hot for us to make much use of the balcony (hey! we're Pacific Northwest!) with one of the best room stewards we've ever had. Alberto from the Philippines. Really efficient and the first time we've ever gotten a lobster as a towel animal! Cool!!!
The entertainment was really outstanding with Fallon Magic (whom we had in Alaska on the Serenade last y3ear and really enjoyed) who did Mastering The Mystery shows with a hypnotim show as well (and an intimate afternoon show for the Platinum & diamonds. The Tango Buenos Ares was spectacular but unfortunately the last as the star duo ended their contract & headed back to Argentina. WOW!!!! The juggler Dan Bennet was teriffic with a bird & a vulture. Couldn't believe he could show what an out of sync TV track looks like with the mouth moving and the words coming out at a different tempo. Gary Mule Dale was great comedy & a little Johnny Cash. There were great dance groups, a classical guitarist, tango combo, pianist...some of the best cruise entertainment we've seen.
We played lots of trivia and our team of 4 came in 2nd to a team of 8. We were thrilled!!! Thanks to Chris & Jim!!! There was so many activities.
The ports were not a big deal for us as we had visited them all before and only got off for 2 because of the heat. It was upper 80s to low 90s with that much humidity. But who cares when you are on a cruise!
The food was ho hum...RCCL has unfortunately been declining in the food department as far as we are concerned. The main dining service was very good but the food choices have been reduced and I had a hard time finding some vegetarian choices that weren't high fat or Indian. I LOVE Indian, but theirs is a bit too hot for me, and was usually the only non meat choice on the menu. I do eat fish & chicken, but (and my DH who will eat most anything) also felt there was not a varied enough menu.
Where the tragedy comes in is the last formal night, during the platinum & diamond Captain's cocktail party the call rang out Oscar! Oscar! port sidee...which means man overboard. We found out later that a ship's employee had jumped off deck 12 the the horro of folks enjoying the sunset up there. The response was immediate, dramatic and emeplary. The person was located and brought onboard, but to no avail. There was a somber note for the last 2 days of the cruise. The way the crew and staff handled the incident was perfect and we were kept informed through. Our hearts went out to the young man and his family.
We got in this morning and flew home to Seattle, back to cool weather. Now the only thing is...when's the next cruise???