Radiance of the Seas Review

Nice Trip Up The Coast to Vancouver

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10+ Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: May 2023

I was last aboard Radiance in 2017 for a seven night cruise from Seward to Vancouver. She is aging well and remains a typical, classic cruise ship reminiscent of days gone by in comparison with the newer mega ships with dozens (or so it seems) of water slides which threatens to turn a cruise ship into a floating water-themed amusement park with a few other venues thrown in for good measure. For passengers looking for a million things to do all at once, Radiance will be a disappointment, but for people who enjoy traditional cruising, she may be a good choice.


For this trip, DD and I sailed from San Pedro to Vancouver, BC on a repositioning cruise at the start of the Alaska cruise season. We booked a Guaranteed Balcony and unfortunately, our cabin turn out to be a mixed bag of being in a good location on the ship (great) but with a connecting door (not so great). There was a lot of noise emanating from the cabin next door at times (I could hear every line of a TV show or movie playing), and when that cabin's balcony door was open during a period of high wind, the noise level was very annoying. Our bathroom could use an update. This is an older ship so the cabins are smaller than on the newer vessels, with a shower curtain in use rather than a modern shower door, for example. The toilet seat was so small that DD found it a bother and used the public facilities whenever possible. Our balcony was a bit larger than others on higher decks, with more room to stand while admiring the scenery. DD found her bed (cot) uncomfortable and requested a blanket which she slept on due to the fact that her hip was hurting.

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