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Sail Date: February 2009
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: November 2008
Where to start on such a wonderful trip! We arrived in Santiago about 1 1/2 hrs. late two days before our Nov. 23rd cruise. The airport took about an hour to get through. Warning, do not take any type of fruit, or nuts with you. They ... Read More
Where to start on such a wonderful trip! We arrived in Santiago about 1 1/2 hrs. late two days before our Nov. 23rd cruise. The airport took about an hour to get through. Warning, do not take any type of fruit, or nuts with you. They will be taken there, possibly with a fine. Our transfer was arranged by the Hostal Morgan B&B in Valparaiso. We were met outside customs by a wonderful gentlemen in uniform with our name on sign for our pleasant and beautiful drive to Valparaiso. This is the most reasonable of ways to reach Valparaiso without going on the bus. Valparaiso should be visited! This is the most charming city. We stayed on Cerro Alerge at the Hostal Morgan B&B, which was like staying in a boutique hotel in Paris' St. Germain. Within walking distance of great restaurants, especially, La Concepion. Wonderful hosts and accommodations. I would without hesitation stay in Valparaiso after touring the area, which included Vina del Mar. We boarded the ship at 1 P.M. Embarkment went fairly smooth since this was their first trip to this port. We were on within the hour and in our room and up to the Windjammer for lunch. Spent the afternoon on our aft balcony enjoying the warm South Pacific. Our cabin was the best ever. Have had an D1 before and also, an aft, but this one was great. Large and the balcony had a lounge chair in addition to the two regular chairs and table. The food was really good. I am an avid cook, cooking school addict, traveler and I really enjoyed the food. The staff, "B", Victor and Andy were really good. The ship is gorgeous. Friendly staff, clean and some great entertainment. Captain is really funny and entertaining. Would love to have him again. The ports of call were all great, even though we missed Puerto Madryn because of a tanker fire. We weren't too upset because of the beautiful scenery that we had already experienced. We had seen Penquins in Otway and sea lions in Valparaiso. Can't stress enough the beauty you will see on this cruise. The guests were from 47 different countries. Majority were from U.S., followed by Canadians and Germans. Very pleasant. The entertainment was very good, except for one show, which I didn't care for. The tango show was above and beyond great. Better than what you can see in B.A. Clothing needed ranged from really hot weather to really cold. The majority of the trip required cool weather clothes. B.A. is extremely warm. Tours I arranged at the pier, without any problem. Got 12 people together and before getting off the ship and we took vans for $20 pp for 7 1/2 hours. Puerto Montt, make sure you spend some time in Puerto Vargas and Petrohue Falls, (not to be missed). The market in Puerto Montt is the best one you will visit in all South America. Prices are high in Urg. Ushuaia is beautiful and Punta del Este is a beautiful place. Loved Puerto Vargas and will plan to return there. Disembarkment was a breeze. Found a cab to Hilton for $30 in the parking lot without standing in the hour long line. The Hilton is a wonderful hotel. Very modern, great service, beautiful room. Loved this trip! Read Less
Radiance of the Seas Ratings
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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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