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792 Royal Caribbean Alaska Cruise Reviews
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Seeinstars
Member Since 2014
1 review
18 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We chose RCCL for our family cruise to Alaska. 12 adult "kids" and spouses plus 10 grandchildren, ages 4-17. It was the perfect ship for activities (rock climbing, flow rider, mini golf, sports court, pools, and kids club). Such ... Read more
lawkentoday
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
This was my first cruise and was for our 20th wedding anniversary. Part of the problem was weather related, for which I cannot blame the cruise line. We boarded on a Friday in Seattle around noon, but could not get to our room until ... Read more
HARP
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
850 forum posts
11 helpful votes
A number 1 bucket list item is a cruise to Alaska. Great ship, great crew and a great place to visit. Sights you will never forget. Mountains, ice blue glaciers and rain clouds. Whales and otters right along side the ship, Eagles ... Read more
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kbball
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
This was our third trip on this ship to Alaska, three years in a row. You cannot see all you want to see in one cruise. Embarking in Vancouver was simple and quick. We had flown in the day before and stayed at the Pan Pacific. ... Read more
ibeplato
Member Since 2005
1 review
42 forum posts
14 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
Our family (two adults, two teens) just completed a weeklong sail on the Radiance from Vancouver to Seward. Overall we loved the ship, the crew, and the itinerary. Nits were mostly minor. Dining room food was good, service was ... Read more
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A.P.
Member Since 2015
1 review
7 forum posts
8 helpful votes
My spouse and I chose this cruise to visit Seattle, Alaska and Canada for the first time. Embarkation was fine; transportation at Pier 91 is easy and accessible. I believe we went at a busy time so it probably took about 30 mins to an ... Read more
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jwutony16
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
17 helpful votes
I went on this cruise as part of a group that owns franchises in Florida. While I never complain about a cruise because I love them so much, the Explorer of the Seas had some flaws. We had a balcony stateroom which was great. Inyoman our ... Read more
EmptyNestors
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
We travelled with two other couples and although we had a good time I'm not sure I would choose a cruise again. The food was OK but nothing to write home about. It did get better the second half of the trip. Our wait staff was ... Read more
MDtechiecruiser
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
5 forum posts
9 helpful votes
We took this cruise with 5 other friends (all of us 35-40). Alaska itself is amazing, and I now understand why everyone has this on their bucket list. Go on this cruise for that reason alone. However, if I compare this cruise to other ... Read more
MBrag
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
We had cruised RCI as a family about 12 years ago (on the Explorer of the Seas) and had high hopes of a great extended family vacation. We were sorely disappointed. Aside from a great captain -- who navigated very close to the glacier ... Read more
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CruizX2
Member Since 2013
1 review
12 forum posts
6 helpful votes
The Alaska ports of call were amazing! Fabulous views, breathtaking scenery, exciting wildlife....a trip to remember! The cruise ship itself was compact and a bit tired/worn - could use a facelift. But the crew were attentive, and the ... Read more
abklyngirl
Member Since 2014
1 review
10 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We took a Royal Caribbean Alaska cruise about 16 years ago, departing from Vancouver. It was wonderful and especially memorable was the Hubbard Glacier. The ship spent the day there, up close and amazing, and it rotated 1/4 turns every ... Read more
DayStar
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
7 helpful votes
This was a family "bucket list" trip for my dad and unfortunately it was not the ultimate experience that he was hoping for. Embarkation was a long meandering walk and when we boarded the ship no one was giving any ... Read more
dinnies6414
Member Since 2016
1 review
12 helpful votes
This was the first Alaskan Cruise for our family of 6 adults, and the first overall cruise for 3/6. We stayed in Vancouver at the Pan Pacific, which was a perfect location for boarding the ship. We had a very smooth embarkation, and were ... Read more
AquaDame
Member Since 2013
1 review
6 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Wanted to take MIL & SIL with us to Alaska and chose RCCL for the itinerary and cost. Wish we had chosen a route with Glacier Bay instead as there were hardly any talks at all and no rangers came aboard the ship during the couple of ... Read more
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goblualum
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 forum posts
5 helpful votes
This was our first cruise and we specifically chose Alaska so the ship was what just happened to be going on the days that worked. The wait staff was very friendly and helpful. The problems we encountered are out of their control. Not ... Read more
DebbieS109
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
Beautiful scenery, wonderful train,dog sled, gold panning excursion. Did not enjoy the bike and brew excursion in Juneau. It was along a rather busy highway with dangerous crossings and I did not find it relaxing at all. Food was amazing ... Read more
amh963
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
2 helpful votes
A cruise and pre-cruise land tour was a great way to experience the vastness that is Alaska. Unfortunately the weather was not ideal but that is uncontrollable. The meals in the Cascades dining room were very well prepared, although ... Read more
rjsams
Member Since 2009
1 review
57 forum posts
2 helpful votes
I cruised with a group of runners, and that part of the cruise was fantastic. Our group was well taken-care-of, from start to finish. Our group breakfasts (private buffet) were FANTASTIC! That said, there were some odd issues I have ... Read more
KCLT
Member Since 2016
1 review
22 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
I have cruised on Carnival and NCL prior to RCCL and I a not impressed with RCCL at all. I traveled with my husband (30's) and my two kids (age 6 and 4) and my mother (age 52) 1. Embarkation in Seattle was organized but it was like a ... Read more
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Queenbees
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
I thought a cruise was a great way to explore Alaska and to see the Glacier. I wish that Royal Caribbean International would of included a day to explore the city at the port.The speaker in the cabin to hear the captain speak doesn't work ... Read more
CJ_In_Chicago
Member Since 2015
4 reviews
48 forum posts
11 helpful votes
After a pretty disorganized embarkation process (the employees of the port were a little clueless) they didn't put drink package stickers on our SeaPasses and then said we did not need them, but we did.....so our first stop once on board ... Read more
RickinStl
Member Since 2015
1 review
97 forum posts
14 helpful votes
Let me start by saying this was the first time my wife and I have cruised and been to Alaska. We started out not knowing what to expect. But thanks to some wonderful people on here we had a vague idea of what we were in for. I never ... Read more
kayguz
Member Since 2005
2 reviews
178 forum posts
9 helpful votes
We decided on the Explorer of the Seas for Alaska because we wanted a RT Seattle (to visit with friends) and we knew that our 5 year old would be happy in AO. I also knew that there would be lots of families with kids on this cruiseline-- ... Read more
allimoor
Member Since 2016
1 review
22 helpful votes
The scenery in Alaska was beautiful and we had great weather for each of the three ports(Juneau, Skagway, and Victoria) which made the excursion days spectacular. However, the cruise itself was a complete disappointment and missed the ... Read more
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