3 Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas Singles Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise because it fit our schedules, was during the school year, and was a one way trip. We figured it would maximize our viewing of scenery and port visits. We flew into Anchorage and stayed overnight. Hampton Inn ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it fit our schedules, was during the school year, and was a one way trip. We figured it would maximize our viewing of scenery and port visits. We flew into Anchorage and stayed overnight. Hampton Inn picked us up and also took us to the train station early the next morning. In fact, they called a cab because the shuttle was on an airport run. They also paid for the cab. A very nice touch! Once in Seward, we caught the Harbor 360/Major Marine Tour shuttle to the hotel. We left our luggage with the staff and then headed to our tour with Major Marine. Great cruise! Salmon and Prime rib was delicious, but you have to pay for your beverages. Check in at the hotel was simple and fast, and the next morning after breakfast, we left our luggage with them again as we toured the city. Our luggage was trucked with the others to the ship at 3pm. How nice! Check in at the ship was the.fastest.ever! Go at 2pm and you will not have any wait at all! We attended two of the major entertainment shows in the Aurora Theater. Boring. I quit after the first show, my friend went to the second show but left early. We did not return for the rest of the cruise. The Schooner bar was very enjoyable with plenty of chairs and sofas and a great view. This was the last cruise of the season. Every store in the ports had massive sales, so if you are shopping, take the last cruise of the season. We booked most of our excursions ourselves. We bought a TourSaver coupon book and used those 2 for 1 coupons for those excursions we were interested in. We also used the coupon book to book the train from Anchorage to Seward. Very cost effective! We did take the All Access Tour on the last day of the cruise. We were taken below decks to various departments - laundry, waste management, food, crew cafeteria, engineering, bridge. It was most enlightening and worth the cost. Our cabin, 9098, was in the center and therefore close to everything. Because this is a smaller ship, it's a breeze to get anywhere. I did notice peeling wallpaper in the Cascades dining room. Not many spots, but they were there. The sandwiches in Park Cafe were very disappointing. There was about a tablespoon of filling for the entire sandwich! We had to get three sandwiches, scrape the filling off of them to combine for one decent sandwich. The food in Windjammer was delicious, plentiful and hot. The food in Cascades was good, but not always hot. Usually warm. And just good tasting, not delicious. Prior to the end of the cruise, RCCL sends out all the information on how/when/where to leave the ship. They printed a nice little card with the various ways to get to the airport or hotels. But they left out the train/subway. It's cheap ($4 CAD), it's more environmentally friendly than any of the other options and yet no mention was made about it. Plus it's much faster! tsk tsk tsk Royal Caribbean. Vancouver customs was very streamlined and easy. Thanks! Still I will sail this itinerary and this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
I very much like Radiance of Seas ship, is a lovely ship and prefer this siz of larger Royal Caribbean ones. On this cruise were quite a few noisy children running up and down stairs - where were parents? Plus loud pre teens yelling at ... Read More
I very much like Radiance of Seas ship, is a lovely ship and prefer this siz of larger Royal Caribbean ones. On this cruise were quite a few noisy children running up and down stairs - where were parents? Plus loud pre teens yelling at each other from centrum on different levels. I believe Security Staff should take care of incidents such as this. Only went couple times to Theatre for shows as not into Comedians. Production Shows excellent as was Tango Show. Service onboard very good. Only activity went to was Diamond Club for Happy Hour drinks and Breakfast which was excellent. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
PRE-CRUISE: I elected to stay in Santiago for 3 days prior to the cruise. I chose a 4 star hotel that gave me a very reasonable rate and a large room. On the down side it was not too close to restaurants. I found the people of Chile ... Read More
PRE-CRUISE: I elected to stay in Santiago for 3 days prior to the cruise. I chose a 4 star hotel that gave me a very reasonable rate and a large room. On the down side it was not too close to restaurants. I found the people of Chile very accommodating, although it would have been easier for me if I spoke a little Spanish. Most places I went shopping accepted USD or credit cards. Before I left I printed out the most current exchange rates from OANDA.COM. The little cheat sheets came in very handy. On the last day we did a tour that transferred us to Vina del Mar and Valparaiso. After touring those towns we went to the pier for checkin. CHECKIN: Arriving in a small group at the passenger ship terminal had its advantages. While the large buses were trying to get organized, we gathered our bags, tipped our driver and headed inside. First thing we found out was some additional forms that we had to fill out before we could check in. They did have priority checkin for D/D+ members, so I had virtually no wait. They did take my passport upon boarding and gave me a receipt and advised me that I should have some photo ID to replace it when I get off the ship. THE SHIP: I have said many times that the Radiance class ships are the best class ships in the fleet. The Colony Club is absolutely beautiful and a great place to relax on sea days. Unfortunately on a cold weather cruise, the Solarium, as big as it is, is just not big enough. On the warm weather days of our cruise, there was plenty of room because everyone was around the outside pool and hot tubs. Some may not consider this a complaint, but I enjoy being rocked to sleep at night and did not feel any movement even when we rounded the Horn. THE FOOD: Generally I only ate a late breakfast and Main Seating dinner. I had my breakfast in the Windjammer. I found out the when you are traveling with people from South America, they also like to eat late in the morning, so the buffet was packed at 10:30. The food was varied and good, although it is hard for me to pass up the oatmeal. Almost every night I had dinner in the dining room with a group of people who were on our thread from Cruise Critic (quire bt chance). One night a couple of decided to do the Mystery Dinner Theatre which is served in Portofino's; really enjoyed the story and had a great time. Another night the whole table went to Chops Grille. All in all the food in the dining room was pretty good and if we asked for anything they would get it for us. Head Waiter was excellent and waiter and asst waiter were even better. Don't know if got treated the way we got treated because we were all D or D+ members at the table. ENTERTAINMENT: To be honest I can't remember the names of all the performers during the cruise, and I was not about to take notes. First of all the production numbers by the cruise staff were their usual excellent selves. We had a couple who did the Tango we were amazing to watch and another gentleman who sang tango music. There was a pair of aerobic performers who work with those curtains, they were very impressive and performed a second time because they went over so well. We had a Beatles cover group. A comedian who played the piano; was actually very good at it, but made you laugh. There was a Motown group that sang songs of many of the groups of Motown. A violinist and like I said and can't remember everything, but I was entertained every night. PORTS: I am going to be the person who says nothing about ports. I cruise to cruise. I did get off in all ports and did take some tours. I saw the penguins in Porto Tombo, I woke up at 5:30 AM to make sure I saw Cape Horn when we rounded the Cape, Punta de Este was probably the prettiest, I got one of my biggest thrills in Ushuaia when I was able to take a ski lift to the base of a glacier Read Less
Sail Date February 2009
Radiance of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 4.5 4.1
Family 4.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 3.5 3.8
Enrichment 2.0 3.5
Service 4.5 4.4
Value For Money 4.5 3.8
Rates N/A 4.3

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