My partner decided to take a short 5 night Mexican cruise in conjunction with a conference I had in San Diego. All in all, the cruise exceeded our expectations. We had sailed on Carnival twice before (Elation and Legend), and Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas was a step above.
The embarkation was very smooth. Royal Caribbean will send you your baggage straps by mail, via their "Check-In" option on their website - you just have to remember to request them at least 10 days before sailing. With your bags tagged, your Sign and Sail document, plus the credit card you used to pay for the trip, it's all very smooth. From the time we walked onto the pier to the time we were on board took all of about 15 minutes.
The crew makes this ship remarkable. Everyone we met, from the room steward, to the bartenders, to the tender operators, all were warm and always asked us if there is anything more they could help with. Even Guest Services was helpful, unlike the typical bureaucratic way they can be!
1002- Deck 10, second cabin from the front, just aft of the port bridge extension. It didn't block our view, and the Captain waved at us a few times as we watched him maneuver into port.
Some wave motion due to forward position and high deck, but only just noticeable.
Immediately above on deck 11 is a Massage and Spa. Noise was minimal, but occasionally we heard furniture being moved once in awhile. Overall, a quiet cabin.