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Radiance of the Seas Review

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Radiance of the Seas - Mexican Riviera

Review for Radiance of the Seas to the Mexican Riviera
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First Time Cruiser • Age 50s

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Sail Date: May 2010
Cabin: Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony

My husband and I spent 2 nights at the Catamaran Resort and Spa in San Diego prior to our sailing. The hotel was nice. It's located in the Mission Bay area of San Diego, about 20 minutes from the pier. San Diego is a wonderful city, we absolutely loved everything about it and hope to return there someday.

Embarkation: Very quick and easy. We arrived at the pier about noon and were on the ship within 20 minutes. We couldn't access our cabin until 1 p.m., which meant we had to bring our carry-on luggage with us to the Windjammer, which was a bit of a pain but not such a huge deal. 5* for embarkation

Baggage: DO NOT BRING A FLAT IRON with you....your baggage will be held up in security. My husband's suitcase never showed up and when we inquired about it we were told he had to go down to security. Well turns out they x-ray every suitcase and if they see a flat iron they won't allow it to be delivered. So they confiscate the iron and you get it back at the end of the cruise. I feel this is a way for RCCL to make extra money. We had to pay to have our clothes pressed. We sailed on Princess last Sept and were able to bring our iron. So people can smoke on board but you can't iron your clothes? Also some people's curling irons were confiscated, luckily mine made it through.

Cabin Review

Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony

Cabin D1

We loved the location of our cabin. The 9th deck is basically all cabins with the exception of the library near the centrum. What we loved the most about our cabin was that there were no inside cabins across from us so our hallway was very quiet and deserted most of the time.

It was also located in the middle of the elevators/stairs in the center centrum area and to the ones in the front of the ship which gives you access to the Aurora theater, Fitness, Solarium etc. Great location overall.

Port Reviews


Pleasantly surprised. We took the tour to Rosarita and the hour long drive through the mountains was so scenic but scary. Our bus driver was going very fast around the hair-pin curves and there were very low guardrails. I kept my eyes closed for a good part of that trip. LOL.

Cabo San Lucas

Beautiful port. We took a tour to a beach resort (Villa del Palmar)where we spent the day and had use of their facilities, a buffet lunch and unlimited beer, soda and tea and 2 mimosas. All in all it was a nice day. Shopping is not as good as in other Mexican ports we've visited in the past. The vendors were not as willing to "make a deal" and we actually walked away from quite a few who were not willing to budge on their prices. Never had that happen before in Mexico.

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