I'm a new professional travel agent with 1 year experience as an agent but with 10 years of cruising world wide for over 17 week on 6 cruise lines. I read some of the reviews of this cruise ship and itinerary prior to leaving and found a mix of reviews. So very crittical. So I thought when I got back i'd wite up something for my peers and for anyone on this site. Here goes...
Note: I paid the FULL fare and received no upgrades. I'm in no way connected with RCCL.
*Radiance of the seas 10 night Mexican Rivera cruise 2/12/10 * Ports of call: Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Zihuatanejo /Ixtapa, Acapulco.
Stateroom: We had stateroom 8138, a category E2 deluxe ocean view stateroom with balcony. It was 179 square feet with a 41 foot balcony. It was on the smaller side of the 4 balcony rooms we've traveled on with other cruise lines but to be fair it was more than adequate and was very comfortable. The bathroom was small and efficient with a corner shower. The bed in the room had rounded corners to make it easier to get around the bed but it worked well and was comfortable. The room was in very good shape for its age and we saw no real wear other than one sticky drawer. The closet space and built in desk/vanity was very good and allowed more than enough space and hangers which sometimes can be an issue.
The balcony was small but nice with two upright deck chairs and a small table. The balcony gave us a good view forward and aft. It was receded into the ship some so the room above us stuck out about 8 feet beyond the edge of our balcony and it wasn't a straight down the ship side view to the ocean as there was the roof to the promenade deck a few floors below that stuck out about 15 feet.