168 Seward Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas Cruise Reviews

The whole experience was absolutely fantastic. We enjoyed every minute of our trip. Before this cruise, we had an exhausted week long trip in Alaska already (including Fairbanks, a Haul Road journey up to MP270, Denali NP, Russian ... Read More
The whole experience was absolutely fantastic. We enjoyed every minute of our trip. Before this cruise, we had an exhausted week long trip in Alaska already (including Fairbanks, a Haul Road journey up to MP270, Denali NP, Russian River, Exit Glacier, Kenai Fjord NP and Anchorage). Alaska is truly a bucketlist destination for a life time. Embarkation: On the Embarkation day, we woke up early to catch the Coastal Classic train from Anchorage to Seward. RCL had been sweet to take care of our luggage at Anchorage depot, so we do not need to worry about it on our train ride or the little exploration in Seward. We arrived in the terminal around 2pm (sail on 8pm). There was few guests so we did not wait at all for check-in, and everything went on smoothly. The only thing bothered me was they kept my passport saying because I am holding a non-US passport. The luggage was delivered to our stateroom before the dinner that night. Ship: Radiance of the Seas is THE best ship I ever sailed with (although my experience is quite limited). Although she is not the latest or the largest in the RCL fleet, she has been very well-maintained, clean and fancy. Radiance's layout was exceptional: everything was well presented and easy to find. The lighting was also lovely in the Centrum and we liked it every minute. We did not use everything, just the Centrum, Theater, Shop, Photo service, Cinema, Solarium and jogging trial. No complaint at all. Downside: The elevators were not working on the Deck 4. Dining: We only tried My Time Dinner and the Windjammer. Absolutelly flawless. The food in RCL is always a big saling point. Entertainment and activities: The shows were ... funny, entertaining and enjoyable. However I cannot say I enjoyed myself every minute. Loved Jamie, the cruise director: he was very funny; left early in some other shows. I attended all lectures (all about ports to call). They were interesting and informative. Service: No complaint. The room attendant did not introduce himself on our arrival. I was a little concerned. However, everything went smoothly and the service on Radiance was great. Ports: I loved every port, literally. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
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
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 excellent. Giobeth and Kadek were very friendly and fun and took good care of us. They did not make us feel awkward for bringing our own wine instead of ordering from them. We had the allotted two bottles per stateroom. We uncorked it in our room and brought it with us and they served it for us. We looked forward to seeing them at dinner each night. We even wrote and sang a little song to them on the last night. The naturalists presentations were not very interesting. His visual aids were fuzzy and hard to make out and he droned on in a monotone voice and did not hold our interest. The dancers and singers were wonderful and the musical impressionist was fantastic. The piano player (Derek) was a little too abrasive for our taste. We tip well when we think it is warranted but don't like to be badgered into tipping. His piano playing was excellent. A big disappointment for us was the push for shopping designer goods and jewelry. We went on a cruise to relax and see the area not buy diamonds and purses. Every time we turned around there was a special sale on some overly expensive item. The ports where we stopped to pick up a souvenir from the area were more of the same and it was hard to find a shop with local goods because of all the diamond stores. We also don't appreciate all the extra-expense restaurants. The allure of a cruise used to be all your meals onboard were included. Why would I want to pass up a delicious meal to buy something else. I can go out to eat at home. Are you trying to tell us that the food in your main dining room is not worth eating. Our stateroom was comfortable with plenty of storage. We had an ocean view room on the 3rd floor. The big port hole stayed spotted with water the whole time so although I loved having the light the view wasn't very good through the dirty window. There was plenty of deck space to enjoy the view and the heli-deck was a perfect place to see everything. The halls were very narrow and had cleaning equipment and room service trays on the floor most of the time. A wheelchair or motorized scooter would not have fit down them most of the time. We chose to prebook our own port activities rather than book with the ship because we prefer private tours rather than large group. We did get tickets for the Mt Roberts Tram through the ship and when we ran out of time to use them we were able to get a refund. The cruise itself was wonderful. The ship movement was smooth, the scenery was incredible and the Hubbard Glacier was breathtaking. That and going through the inside passage at night during a meteor shower are things I won't soon forget. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
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
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 RCCL I've taken in the Caribbean, New England, and more, it was meh. The theater entertainment was overall not appealing - the theater was never full. The main dining room didn't include very much Alaskan flavor - apparently it was in the rebranded specialty "cantina". The cruise redeemed itself with a great Cruise Director and staff, with entertaining onboard activities. The trivia was good and had a great variety. The multiple dance parties kept old and young happy, as well as the dance activities. The ship itself has been updated, so it's the RCCL quality I have come to expect. The cabins were well-maintained, and the public areas were in good shape. For fun, go up to 12 and look down on the centrum. I loved the multiple lounge areas that were off of the centrum. Make sure to explore the whole ship. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
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
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 Cruise Director (Jamie) was lively and fun! The evening shows were sufficient but not outstanding - best nights were the two shows with the RCI orchestra and dancers. The meals in Cascades Dining Room were varied and tasty. They were served by attentive staff. Skip the deserts and go for the drink of the day instead!! The buffet (Windjammer) had interesting offerings - but closed at 9 PM (late night snackers could only order from limited room service menu - small charge after midnight). The teen program was disappointing. Traveling with 12 YO girl and 13 YO boy - all activities and teen club were combined ages 12 to 17 YO (that's a pretty big spread of maturity levels). Staff of the youth activities did not appear particularly interested in engaging with or protecting the children in their care. I witnessed boys (maybe 12 or 13 YO) repeatedly climbing up on the low rock ledge over the mini golf area - which put them standing higher than the safety railing facing over the edge of ship - very dangerous) Also inappropriate language (f-bomb) by older youth in presence of younger kids and females which was not corrected by the staff. I would not recommend counting on teen activities staff - particularly for a younger teen or single child alone. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We booked this cruise only two days before departure and had relatively low expectations (given that neither of us had been on a cruise as adults and the age/past reviews of the ship). Overall, we were pleasantly surprised by the cruise ... Read More
We booked this cruise only two days before departure and had relatively low expectations (given that neither of us had been on a cruise as adults and the age/past reviews of the ship). Overall, we were pleasantly surprised by the cruise overall and in spite of the somewhat dated decor and facilities on the ship, found it be be quite well-maintained very clean. Far and away, for us, the highlight of the journey was the cruise director (Jamie), who was supported by a fun, energetic staff. Jamie really is an undiscovered gem and a very talented entertainer who made the seven nights memorable. The food/dining experiences were OK, but we definitely didn't have any "wow" moments; the worst part about dining was the staff in the main dining room (Cascades) who were overly attentive. Case in point: during a single meal, we had eight (8) different individuals, managers, and servers come and ask us if we were enjoying our time. Now, I have nothing against checking in with your customers (in fact, I think that many land-based restaurants could improve on this), but when being asked if you're enjoying your meal actually starts to make you not enjoy it, it starts to become a problem. The worst part was when on our second to last night, our server asked us to rate him highly on the review/quality score. This small service issue aside, we really enjoyed our time on the Radiance and sailing with Royal Caribbean, and will definitely be booking another cruise (albeit probably on a newer ship) again soon. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
The stateroom attendants and dining staff were wonderful. Our only issue with Royal Caribbean was the lack of experience with those in charge of transfers and lost luggage. We paid for a seat for a 20 month old, then found out when we ... Read More
The stateroom attendants and dining staff were wonderful. Our only issue with Royal Caribbean was the lack of experience with those in charge of transfers and lost luggage. We paid for a seat for a 20 month old, then found out when we arrived that there was no where for a carseat anyway on the train or on the large bus (which we were told would be a shuttle service....so I expected a smaller situation that might have been unsafe without a car seat). In addition, my travel guide spoke with RC twice about the transfer from our hotel in Anchorage to the train and both times were told there was nothing provided. After paying for a private transfer for our 12 family members (it was raining that day), we came down to find out there WAS a FREE transfer. How did the cruise line miss that detail after we contacted them twice? Together, that was $300 that I paid that was unnecessary. We were only able to use the childcare area once because it stayed booked up. Wish we'd been warned that was a possibility beforehand. A bit frustrating for us. On top of that, our luggage pick up after disembarking was quite chaotic, ending in no luggage for my husband to take home (someone else picked it up before we got there). After ten days of calling and calling, it just arrived at our home. What a wild story with a woman from Israel picking it up in Vancouver, taking it to Seattle before checking her luggage, then taking it all the way back to Vancouver before it could begin its journey home, with a nice wait in customs after we were told it was on its way here and waiting all day at home Friday for luggage that was still in Canada. At least it happened as we were leaving! Again, the cruise itself was wonderful, but I was quite frustrated with the handling of the transfers and lost luggage. I won't automatically book with RC next time. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
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
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 sometimes not as hot as they should be served. Although some appetizers and entree portions were small, you were free to order as many as you liked. They were beautifully plated and some nights it was difficult to choose from the many delectable choices. We once had 5 entrees between the two of us. Our waiter, Bastu, was super friendly. The selection and quality of food and the service in the Windjammer Cafe was excellent. Our room was well maintained. The bed was comfortable. There was a musty smell in the bathroom but after advising the room maintenance personnel about this it was taken care of quickly. The ports of call were good and the view of the Hubbard glacier was great. We went to all of the nightly entertainment shows. Some were just good others were very, very good. Getting on and off the ship while in port was handled efficiently so there was never any lengthy waits. There are many elevators and they were generally quick to arrive. The speaker volume to alert you that a certain elevator was available to take you up or down should be made a little louder. Sometimes the doors closed too quickly so you could miss one if you weren't paying close attention. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
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
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 not seen before on Royal Caribbean. The dining room service was mediocre at best. Very poor bar service in the dining room--you were better off getting your own drink and bringing it in. I LOVE breakfast in the dining room most of the time, but on Radiance it was indifferent. Poor service and barely adequate food. I'm not a foodie, not really fussy at all, but if you requested something specific, you weren't going to get it. Some of the shows and entertainment were fun, but there was one truly terrible show (Piano Man), and one duo that was pretty awful. The Piano Man show made no sense--it was like they all decided which songs they wanted to sing and then tried to find a theme to unify them--totally did not work. Also, it would have been better if the main female singer was not singing flat--ouch! Alaska was incredible, and we liked Dr. Ryan, the naturalist, who told us what to look for and where to go. The captain took us in really close to Hubbard Glacier, and got us into all the ports early. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
This was our first cruise, and I was quite nervous. But we were very impressed with the cleanliness of the ship, the variety of activities (for a smaller ship) and especially the service. I'd heard Royal's service was the best, ... Read More
This was our first cruise, and I was quite nervous. But we were very impressed with the cleanliness of the ship, the variety of activities (for a smaller ship) and especially the service. I'd heard Royal's service was the best, and I was not disappointed. (We took the train from Seward, which was quite scenic but also extremely long. The bartender/tour guide was great, and the food was really good too. (Salmon chowder, yum!) In hindsight I would have taken the bus -- shorter, still plenty of scenery, and less expensive too) Food was always good and sometimes great. Our waiter Brendo and his assistant Faly were so wonderful we wanted to take them home with us. We shared a table with a great family, a perfect match for us. Not sure if this was intentional or not, but I appreciated that Royal put us together. Windjammer Cafe had the best pancakes ever. Huge selection. The Park Cafe had a weird selection of sandwiches and salads--not our favorite, though the roast beef was good. There was also (thankfully) a Starbucks on board, called Latte-Tudes. After hearing horror stories about food poisoning and stomach flu on other cruises, I was pleased that the waiters squirted every single person going into the dining rooms with Purell -- though the kids thought it was kind of gross. We had a large ocean view cabin--would have liked to do a balcony but decided not to spend the money. Cabin was bigger than I expected. Our three teen daughters were a bit tight in their room, but they managed. Their cabin was on deck 2 and had a very small window, even though it was the same size room and price as our cabin on deck 3. In hindsight I would have called to try and get the rooms closer together and all on the same deck. In hindsight, I wish I had booked my own shore excursions rather than through the cruise line. I should have done more homework on this. Excursions are expensive, and you don't always know what you're getting. You can talk to the excursion people on the ship, but there was always a long line. And then we missed our tour in Vancouver because the ship misplaced our luggage, and now Royal refuses to give us a refund. This was the only bad experience we had, and I hope they will make good on it eventually. I was worried the teens would be bored on the ship, fearing that all the entertainment would be geared toward retirees. But there were a few dance parties (disco was the favorite) that they enjoyed. You had to be 18 years old to go to Starquest (the disco on the ship) and the girls didn't want to abandon their 15-year old sister, so they didn't go. Optics, which was the club for 12-17 year olds, wasn't a great option. That's a very large stretch of age, and since it was mostly boys, my daughter didn't feel comfortable going. Karaoke night was really fun. The kids played a lot of pool in the Colony Club, which was our favorite spot to hang out. Didn't really use the swimming pools much, as the Solarium was only for 18 and up and it was a bit chilly for the outdoor pool usually. Kudos to an amazing band, the KRONOS Band, that played on the ship. The members are all from the Philippines, but they played all American rock music, including the most awesome version of Freebird I've ever heard. (There were a few not-so great musical groups as well, LOL) Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
FIRST OF ALL, this is probably more detailed info than you want to know but hope it will be helpful. We cruised the Inside Passage in Alaska over 10yrs ago but wanted to return & do more land touring. The last one was in June & ... Read More
FIRST OF ALL, this is probably more detailed info than you want to know but hope it will be helpful. We cruised the Inside Passage in Alaska over 10yrs ago but wanted to return & do more land touring. The last one was in June & worked out well, so we decided on June again. There were six in our group. The land/cruise tour began June 20th in Fairbanks.We began our trip on June 19th & flew into Fairbanks, AK. We were there for the longest day of the year (06/21) but the rooms had sun blocking curtains.I had booked a one night stay at the Hampton Inn & Suites, Fairbanks. It seemed to have good reviews & they had a shuttle from the airport to hotel. I called the hotel just after we arrived & picked up luggage. The staff were nice & the rooms clean. Breakfast was plentiful & good. I would advise if your flight is long (from east coast for us), you need to arrive early to rest up before the "tour" actually began. There was a McDonalds within walking distance so some in our group ate there. Husband & I needed some supplies so we walked over to Walmart & also ate there at Subway. You have to cross a 4-lane hwy, but it's no problem if you go to the light to cross. I would say it's a 10-min walk to the Walmart. It's pretty new & very clean. The walk would be much closer but there's a fence around the hotel & you have to go a weird way. I remember thinking as we were walking that it would be dark before we got back to the hotel & I had looked up & saw there were no street lights. And then it HIT me...it would NOT get dark in Alaska on June 19th!! The next day, June 20th, after breakfast the hotel called a van for us & took us to the Royal Caribbean hotel which was Pike's Landing. The lobby was very interesting with the animal mounts. There was a small gift shop. I had read on this site that they would have hot chocolate & cookies for guest but that was not so when we were there. Perhaps because it wasn't all that cold. Also read that they give guests a wooden nickel that can be used for free ice cream. Didn't have that either. The did have a nice looking jug of water (free) and coffee (not free) available. I also saw an ice cream station further back, but no free ice cream did we see. It was only open certain hours & a scoop was over $3.00. Just after we got checked in, we asked where we were to go to meet up with the tour guide for instructions for the next day. She was already with a group of 4 so we just waited for her to come to our table. Her name was Annie & she is a darling! She explained all we needed to know for the next morning & as we continued into Denali on the 22nd. Our bus driver would be April. She didn't look old enough to be in charge of a large coach bus, but she knew exactly what she was doing! You will keep the same tour person & bus driver for the entire time & will be delivered to Seward to board your ship. I had also read they would ask you to downsize to a carry-on bag for the bus & train travel. Luggage tags were handed out, green & white. You could choose to have all your luggage every night if you wanted. I'll get back to luggage a bit later. After our instructions, we walked over in the parking lot to Pike's Restaurant. I had sandwich & soup of the day. In Alaska, all food is a bit expensive. Be prepared to pay around $15.00 each. Food is shipped in & it's not cheap. At Walmart the previous day I paid $6.00+ for a bag of their trail mix which is $4.00+ at home. We all enjoyed our lunch. We met two ladies in the restaurant who were just ending their land/cruise trip. They did cruise first & then the land tour. Personally, I would always the cruise last as you can just relax & do everything at your own pace on the ship. Day Two: Tuesday - Fairbanks Breakfast on your own 8:45am Depart for Fairbanks sightseeing 9:30 - 11:30am Gold Dredge #8 Tour (panning for gold & see pipeline – fun). Inside their gift shop they have HOT chocolate & cookies, FREE!) Be careful, I burned my lip! Lunch on own in downtown Fairbanks (we ate at Soapy Smith’s – not too impressed) 1:15pm : Continue Fairbanks sightseeing 2:00-5:00pm: Riverboat Discovery Cruise (Fun & free blueberry doughnuts on boat. Can get off boat to view how Alaskans lived, cured meat, etc. – maybe a 45min stop. Will also see where huskies are raised & trained for the Iditarod races.) Dinner on your own Open evening for optional activities - we just rested. Day Three: Wednesday - Fairbanks 6:00am - Place luggage outside your door (after tagging with green tag for luggage you want delivered to your hotel room in Denali. Any luggage you don't want or need at Denali Lodge, tag with white tag. These bags (white tags) will stay on your bus until you arrive in Seward. You can have all your bags at the lodge if you want, & we did. Hard to know what the weather will be like each day. That was not a problem with Annie or April. Pike's Landing offers a shuttle for $5.00pp roundtrip which you can take to Frey Myers grocery to purchase food. We did that so we'd have breakfast for the next morning. You name it, they have it. We got muffins, fruit, trail mix, crackers, etc. They will give you a card with a phone number & you just call when you need a ride back to the lodge. We actually saw some of the "kids" from the Riverboat Tour in the store. 7:30am Depart for the Fairbanks Depot 8:15 - 12:15 pm : Wilderness Express to Denali. You can have breakfast on the train if you would like. Credit cards only. They also sell drinks. This is the domed train ride. Later in the ride there was some beautiful scenery. Wish it ran through Denali Nat'l Park as the dome made the views easy to see. Some in our group at breakfast on the train. Can't remember the prices, but again, it's Alaska & prices are high. Get use to it! Orientation to Denali Lunch on your own Dinner on your own Open evening for optional activities Lunch on your own: We had a burger & fries in the lodge restaurant, which was good. Dinner on your own: We had a salad in the same restaurant. Annie (guide) offered a 3-mile hike which husband & I went on. So fun, although a hill in one place was a bit steep. We actually walked up to a body of water & saw a moose & her 2 cubs! So cool! We had actually seen the female from the train ride in (briefly) but had no idea we'd get to see her up close! That was so COOL! I'm not a hiker, so about anyone could have made the trip, mostly on level ground. Day Four: Thursday - Denali National Park Breakfast on your own Annie provided info. on the day's activities. We went on the Tundra Wilderness Tour. It's a 6-8 hour tour on a bus kinda like a school bus. You may want to take additional snack and/or drink with you. The Lodge provides a snack box, but we ordered a sandwich the night before from the lobby of the lodge. We shared one "bagged meal". We boarded a "school bus" to go into the park. You will have someone from the park as your driver. The bus does have room above your head for your personal items, coats & your food. This was a wonderful day! The driver, "Becky" said only 30 percent of visitors get to see Mt. Denali due to clouds, but we did & it was spectacular! You will stop several times en route into the park. Regular coaches & vehicles are not allowed in to the park & you will see why...some very narrow roads! There is room above your head to store food, coats, etc. Also there are monitors which can be flipped down to see any wildlife your driver spots. Lets discuss bathroom facilities or shall we call them large outhouses! There is NO running water in the park itself. Hand sanitizer is available in each of the "facilities" & that's the best it gets. One stop did have a small "ranger-like bldg." that had a few gifts. Again, no running water. We were very lucky to see 2 grizzlies, lots of moose, caribou & sheep. Also saw some smaller animals. It was a long day but loved it. My husband's favorite day, seeing all the animals. We were told by Annie to be sure we have we had our ship luggage tags on each bag before retiring that night. Our bags, once again, needed to be outside our room for pickup by 6:00am. Also, be sure you have your ship documents & passport with you & NOT in your luggage. 7:30am: Depart for Anchorage 12:30pm: Lunch on your own in downtown Anchorage We ate at the food court in the mall which was very close by to our stop. 2:00pm: Depart for Seward. It was a LONG ride on the coach to Seward. There was some beautiful scenery however! Seward is an Alaskan port, not a city as you may be use to (Miami, etc.). We boarded quickly about 5:00pm. We had early dining so as most do, you go as you are! We were in a Jr. Suite on the port side of the ship. Having been before, we knew there was more land to see on the port side. The ship had been refurbished & I thought in really good shape. Our stateroom attendant was great as were our waiters. We always had lunch in the Windjammer & dinner in the main dining room. I didn't see any of the shows onboard except a few minutes of some. We just walked around at each of the ports except in Ketchikan we saw the lumberjack show & actually threw some axes ourselves. That was fun. If you don't purchase through the ship, you can just buy tickets at the event. A short walk from the ship actually. Hubbard Glacier was a beautiful as ever. Just a breathtaking experience. The captain turned the ship completely around in the bay 2 times to be sure everyone got a great view. Since are Diamond Plus we also enjoyed the diamond lounge on the ship. Each evening they serve appetizers & free drinks before dinner. When it was time to depart from the ship, we just took a taxi to the airport in Vancouver. Customs was easy. The taxi was about $30.00 plus tip, which we divided among two couples. The ship's shuttle bus was $37.50 per person. Much better to take a taxi & way less hectic at the airport. I did note however, the taxis will only take a maximum of 4 passengers. If you have more, just get another one. This will probably be our last trip to Alaska, but would jump at a chance to go a third time! We did book another cruise while aboard the Radiance to some islands we've been to before. You get an onboard credit so you can't lose by doing it. You can always cancel & get your deposit back. HAPPY CRUSING!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We chose Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas because they offer lots of amenities and activities for families with children, as well as adults of all ages. We also liked the ports of call in Alaska. The ship was very clean and well ... Read More
We chose Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas because they offer lots of amenities and activities for families with children, as well as adults of all ages. We also liked the ports of call in Alaska. The ship was very clean and well maintained, but is definitely showing its age in some areas. We felt that the entertainment was definitely focused on older clientele (do wop music, older comedians, quizzes, etc) and was a little cheesy. The food was very good in both the main dining room and quick dining locations and the variety was good. I did feel that a lot of the desserts were frozen and the ice cream was icy and not very good. Our kids were really looking forward to all-you-can-eat ice cream, but the lines were long, it ran out on several occasions, and wasn't very good quality (as opposed to our last cruise on Carnival Magic). We were also very disappointed that kids under 16 (ours are 12 and 15) weren't allowed in the pool or hot tub in the solarium. Given that Alaska cruises are cooler, there was only one day when it was warm enough to enjoy the outdoor hot tubs. I understand wanting some areas for adults only, but they could offer family hours. The kids' pool area was totally wasted on this cruise because of the cooler temperatures. I would also love to see cruise lines include a photo CD with your photos tagged. All they have to do is scan your cruise ID to identify your personal photos! We got very tired of all the up-selling on the ship (photos, drinks, wifi, specialty restaurants, future cruises, etc). We would rather pay a little more and get more value included in the price! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We are a family of 9 from Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina. Two children 6 and 9 yrs old. We chose this ship because it is very family friendly. They had fabulous accommodations with room for 5 and cozy bunk beds for the ... Read More
We are a family of 9 from Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina. Two children 6 and 9 yrs old. We chose this ship because it is very family friendly. They had fabulous accommodations with room for 5 and cozy bunk beds for the children. The room stewards were charming and always attentive to the children. Our other two adjoining cabins were clean and efficient, no problems of any kind! The dining room, Cascades 2nd floor 5:45 seating was perfect!! Our waiter Anak was also charming and perfect. The children were fed first and always entertained with cute paper hats and flowers and things to amuse them! Overall the menu was adequate, the service reasonable and the selection totally fine. The entertainment at night was well done. Family friendly music and dancing. Beautiful costumes and lighting. The children had never seen anything like it before and were enthralled completely. We have been on many cruises and have seen a lot of production shows, and these were right up there with the best. Good quality and lots of talent!! We did some sort of excursion every day in port, the dogs sled in Juneau was a big favorite!! The zipline in Hoonah was also a lot of fun for the more adventuresome adults!! We also enjoyed the cultural exhibition and dancing. We panned for gold in Skagway and enjoyed a great bus trip in Ketchican. Our bus driver was very nice and gave us a lot of information and education about the Alaskan and Canadian history. We were so blessed to only have 2 days of rain! The rest of the trip was sunny and beautiful! Vancouver was also sunny, warm and beautiful! The cruise director on the ship was high energy and did a great job of keeping everything moving along well! Would we do it again???? ABSOLUTELY YES!!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This Alaska cruise was part of a package with a travel agent who set up a geocaching tour of Alaska, so I did not have a choice of the time or ship. My family had a great time on the ship. I did a lot of reading before the cruise about ... Read More
This Alaska cruise was part of a package with a travel agent who set up a geocaching tour of Alaska, so I did not have a choice of the time or ship. My family had a great time on the ship. I did a lot of reading before the cruise about the ship, its' offerings, and the ports. Again, it comes down to what you are looking for and how picky you want to be. We had a ocean view cabin that was clean and tidy, yes the bathroom had a occasional sewage stink, but we brought a room freshener that took care of it quickly. There was three of us with seven pieces of luggage. We were able the unpack all of our items and stow the luggage under the bed without problem. Percy, our room stewart, kept everything in line and remembered all I asked out of him in the beginning of the cruise. He was great. Rest of the ship was clean and very presentable, There was an occasional worn chair or sofa, but nothing that would effect me being in that area. The only reason I did not give 5 star was for the following. On the online pre-cruise I purchased 5 night specialty dinning package for $100 per person. This gave us 5 nights at the specialty dinning restaurants which on line showed us Samba, Izumi, chops grille, Giovanni's, and chefs table as choices. When I got on board, I was told that Chefs table was not a choice and it would cost extra to eat there. After talking with several people up the chain of command, I finally talked with the head of Dinning and he also gave me the same run around. After I showed him the site which had Chef's table listed, he told me "how am I to make any money at that price?" Well I figured this was futile and no one was going to budge on this and I was not going to let this ruin my day. Later that night we were dinning, and he came to our table and offered a $50 onboard credit for my inconvenience. That was the end of that, next time I will get it in writing what is available. The dinning restaurants were great and worth the extra for them. We only ate dinner in the main dinning room once, and that was OK. We ate our breakfast in Windjammer and that was good. It gave us everything we needed to get ready for the day. Lunch was on shore most of the days. We ate in the main dinning room for two lunches and we did like that also. I also used room service nightly for hot chocolate chip cookies and milk....UMMMM. We took advantage of a drink package and this was great with no surpise end of cruise bill. We did get our moneys worth daily. We also signed up for the internet package. This was slow to spotty at times. Skagway we did not have any wifi. Really not worth the price. Very slow to upload pictures, this became very frustrating. My wife frequented the casino nightly and did come home with more money than she spent!!!! We did not go to the shows, just other things going on we wanted to do. Our son, 11yo, enjoyed their kids area. He spent most of his free time there with others his age. He also spent a lot of time in the arcade, spending our on ship credit. Our trip was planned by a travel agent, so our on shore excursions were private tours for our group only. This was very nice, small group and not hurried with our own time in town. Embarkation was quick and smooth, our luggage showed up within a hour. Disemarkation was little more hectic, We were corralled into a louge area and waited, then we were off loaded to find our luggage, then moved into different lines to wait for our bus. I don't know how to do it better but this was not how I would like to leave the ship. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We traveled with a group and others in the group decided the cruise line, dates and itinerary. The embarkation process prior to getting on the ship was very fast, easy and smooth. The cabin (7054) was wonderful - I love the layout with ... Read More
We traveled with a group and others in the group decided the cruise line, dates and itinerary. The embarkation process prior to getting on the ship was very fast, easy and smooth. The cabin (7054) was wonderful - I love the layout with the desk/seating area near the door rather than on the other side of the bed near the balony. The ship looked nice and seemed nicely decorated. The first negative experience was coming on the ship. Other cruises we've been greeted with free drinks and appitizers, but this one made you walk a gantlet of people trying to sell you upgrades, drink packages, spa, etc. We had to push our way to the elevator to escape! Most everything about the ship and cruise was fine except the dining. Has the cruise industry gone the way of the airlines? It seemed that everything was scaled back and on the cheap. No more chocolate on the pillow. Only 3 courses (appitizer/soup/salad, main and dessert. Other cruises had 4 appitizer, soup/salad, main, dessert. Unlike other cruises I struggled to find 3 offerings I thought sounded at all good every night. I was really surprised by dessert. I haven't met many desserts that I don't love. I had ice cream several nights because nothing else looked at all appealing. There way a distinct shortage of chocolate!! The few time chocolate was offered, it was with something coffee - and I don't like coffee or just a dribble of it. The dessert selection at the buffet was equally dismal. No chocolate, hard/cheap store-bought cookies, only soft-serve ice cream in strawberry and vanilla (again, no chocolate!!). The one night they did have a main course I liked (lobster), they also offered a crab salad and thai chicken. Why couldn't they offer those on other nights? Being cheap with the lobster and crab? I don't get it. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
The Radiance is a comfortable ship, it is smaller than I am use to. The entertainment was good; there were 2 acts that were excellent, David Meyer and the Alley Cats, if you have the chance to see them on your cruise you should. We ... Read More
The Radiance is a comfortable ship, it is smaller than I am use to. The entertainment was good; there were 2 acts that were excellent, David Meyer and the Alley Cats, if you have the chance to see them on your cruise you should. We took more excursions on this cruise than usual, (8 in total) and they were all worth the money. The food was good with a varied selection, slightly different than the fare to the Caribbean. I had an issue with a spa treatment, I was very satisfied with the way the manager handled the issue. She took care of it quickly and with no hassles. There were many activities going on during the day to keep you occupied, I particularly liked the Royal Mountie presentation. I would recommend Royal Caribbean ships any time. This was a 5 day land and 7 day sea trip, the land portion of the trip was disappointing. I don't think I will take their land tours again Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
My husband and I traveled with his parents to Alaska on the Radiance of the Seas departing from Seward, Alaska. Being an experienced cruiser, I will try to give an honest opinion as there are many negative reviews of this ship. First ... Read More
My husband and I traveled with his parents to Alaska on the Radiance of the Seas departing from Seward, Alaska. Being an experienced cruiser, I will try to give an honest opinion as there are many negative reviews of this ship. First of all, this is an older boat so yes, it has its short comings. We did not mind because the scenery of Alaska was way better then looking at the ship! The ship is overall clean but you can tell it has been around awhile. Our cabin was clean despite the dents/scratches in some of the furniture. Again, nothing that was going to keep us from having a great trip. We had a balcony that we used constantly. I would never take an Alaskan cruise without one! Our room steward was very attentive. We asked for extra ice the second night and got extra ice for the rest of the cruise. Oh, and we never had any sewer issues or poop smells while we were on board. The overall service on the ship was great. We did get pretty annoyed with the My Time Dining because we felt the reservation times were pretty limiting considering it is supposed to be "my time." The food in the Windjammer was fine even though they would run low on food during peak times. The main dining room was good even though we were often more interested in the appetizers then the main courses. The entertainment was pretty standard for RCI (love and marriage, quest, etc). I would say that the other shows were not so great. The first night comedian was funny but the production shows were just sort of weird. I know a lot of people on board liked them though. Was this a 4 star cruise? No. But was Alaska a 5 star experience regardless of the imperfections? YES! General advice for your Alaskan cruise: bring your walking shoes, your rain coat, and be ready for an amazing experience! We took the Alaska Railroad from Anchorage to Seward which was great. We would highly recommend this over using the charter bus companies as the road does not get as good of scenery. Getting on the train was quick and easy. There was a truck there where you could check your luggage with Royal Caribbean and all of our luggage showed up at our stateroom that evening. Very convenient! The train cars were very comfortable and there was an observation deck on one of the cars you could use to get an even better view. We did not upgrade to the window topped rail cars and looking back we think we made the right decision. With the observation deck available and large windows in the regular cars, I do not think the extra cost would have been worth it. There was a dining car that we did not use but we did use the grab and go cafe for coffee :) Seward - We went to the Sea Life Center before getting on the ship. Would definitely recommend this especially if you have kids. There is a free Seward bus that will take you around the town. Embarkation was really fast. No lines and walked right onto the ship. Hubbard Glacier - AMAZING! In the morning the captain had said they were not sure how close they would be able to get because of the weather but we ended getting the closest they had been so far. It was definitely a highlight of the cruise! Juneau - We did not do a shore excursion but purchased a bus ride from a vendor right of the shipto get to and from the Mendenhall Glacier. $30 round trip per person. The national park service has a visitors center with a video and presentation. We took a hike up to the falls that got closer to the glacier. Nice morning/afternoon experience. My husband and I ventured over to the Red Dog Saloon for lunch and drinks. Alaskan Brewing Company is there major draft. Food was fine but nothing to write home about. Visiting here is definitely more about the experience/entertainment. Would recommend at least stopping by for drinks. Spent the rest of the day shopping/exploring the town. This was the only day it rained so that seemed to empty the streets a good bit even though it didn't bother us. You are travelling to Alaska so bring a good rain coat :) Skagway - Purchased an excursion to ride the White Pass Railway as this is the only way to get on the train. Thought we were riding the train up and then taking a bus back down but that was actually backward. This did not change the experience though. Both our bus ride and the train had a tour guide that commentated about the history of the trail. Very enjoyable with amazing scenery. The excursion left us plenty of time to walk around the town. We went to the Skagway Brewing Company but had to wait about 30 minutes for a table for two. They do have a nice back patio where you can get your drink at the bar then enjoy it outside. We had great weather so we did not mind this. Good burger, yummy chili and AMAZING fries! Icy Strait Point - Went whale watching through a private company (Icy Strait Whale Adventures). Had a great experience and from what we heard, much better then people who booked through RCI. Very small boat designed for whale watching with windows that open all around. Afterward we walked around Hoonah but there isn't much there. Walked back to the main Icy Strait area. There are some nice shops/restaurants and a canning museum but not a ton to see/do. Ketchikan - Nice tourist town with lots of shops. There is a nice walking tour map you can get at the visitors center. We took the Deer Mountain Trail that is about a half a mile out of town. We are in decent shape (exercise a few times a week) and this still kicked our butts! We only made it to the 1 mile overlook but it was a beautiful view. Debarkation was quick and painless in Vancouver but there was a really long line for taxis. We stayed one night in Vancouver because we could get a cheaper flight the next morning. After we checked in at our hotel we took the sky train to downtown and walked around. There are some nice areas of town but carefully walking down a few streets as we felt the need to hold on tightly to our wallets/purses. I would actually suggest taking a bus tour of the city. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
I WAS a loyal Diamond cruiser. I'm done being loyal to Royal. I planned this cruise with my sister to knock one off our bucket list. We had lost a brother a few years prior so we we were honoring his memory on his birthday. ... Read More
I WAS a loyal Diamond cruiser. I'm done being loyal to Royal. I planned this cruise with my sister to knock one off our bucket list. We had lost a brother a few years prior so we we were honoring his memory on his birthday. We wanted to "do to up right". We booked 18 months in advance, we picked our cabin then paid a premium rate for it as we were told it was just refurbished and it was upgraded to a new level. No worries, we selected it because it had a huge balcony and we imagined sitting out there looking at glaciers and beautiful scenery. Maybe it's because I have only cruised Royal and I didn't have anything to compare it with...but every time I go it just gets worse. More amenities are stripped away, they are really embracing the less is more philosophy. Our cabin steward Regio was fabulous. Attended to our needs and delighted us with towel animals. The cabin was always clean and he was very friendly. Our dinner service was OK, but the my time dining was not really not my time...it is still their time. We wanted a 7pm dinner, but it was 7:30 after the first seating or as soon as the first seating left. I asked if we could sit near a window (my mistake) since the days were long and there was nice view...so that sat us at a two top....we missed the opportunity to engage in conversation with other passengers. One of the delights of cruising. Why they thought we would want to sit alone I have no idea, then that seemed to be the arrangement for the week. The food was not bad, but nothing delightful. The same thing they always serve. I must say, other than formal lobster night, my favorite meal was the grilled chicken breast with vegetables...pretty standard and unimaginative but good. The remodel did not seem it was for the benefit of the passengers... More pay for restaurants and ways they can capture more r venue. The refur of the spa had ill fitting loungers in the thermal suite that were not only uncomfortable but ugly. The thermal suite used to be my favorite delight of the spa. Whoever was responsible for the remodeling of the spa should be fired, between the loungers and the ugly carpet in the entrance that was obviouly a scrap from elsewhere on the ship, they destroyed the ambiance of the spa. Neither the loungers or the carpet matched the surrounding decor. Shall we talk about the therapy pool...In Alaska the solarium is transformed into a children's playground, Even after 11pm kids were there screaming, jumping and in the hot tubs....this previously was an adults only area that is now half playground, half cafe with tables and chairs and loungers removed. Imagine the noise with kids yelling Ina glass house...not to mention diving in a shallow pool unsupervised....it made me so nervous I had to leave. I would like to also comment on the entertainment. The RC singers and dancers were good, but the comedian was so bad I though he was a magician...and I kept waiting for him to pull a joke out of his hat! The Motown review was good, but nothing to write home about. My sister and I had both bought drink packages, I was so dismayed when I could not have a glass of champagne before dinner. On my last cruises it was no problem, but now the price was $14 a glass and exceeded the allowance of any drink package...you could have it for an additional $2... Well,that just set me off! Needless to say I also did not go to the Diamond Lounge since my sister was turned away the first time we tried. She is not a diamond member. It clearly states you cannot bring guests...but it seems illogical that if I travel with a spouse they are given my same status, but if I travel with a sister and share a balcony stateroom they are not able to come in. We already had drink packages, and the club was not full, so it is of no benefit for me to be a diamond member anymore. There is no benefit for me to sail Royal. Over the years all the things that made it special have now been stripped away, themed dinners with specially folded napkins, or after dinner drink service, or waiters that had some experience and personality, maybe a special "treat" at the champagne bar in the evening. Great entertainment and evening activities. All gone. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
After deferring this cruise for many years due to concerns of cold-weather cruising, we finally decided to take an Alaska cruise. We decided on the Radiance of the Seas because of its itinerary and timing. We had a wonderful cruise ... Read More
After deferring this cruise for many years due to concerns of cold-weather cruising, we finally decided to take an Alaska cruise. We decided on the Radiance of the Seas because of its itinerary and timing. We had a wonderful cruise experience. The ports of call were beautiful and would delight any nature lover. While we still prefer cruise destinations that are richer in history, we hope to return to Alaska in the future. From Atlanta, GA, we flew Delta non-stop into Anchorage on a Tuesday evening. We stayed overnight in Embassy Suites downtown and departed on the Alaska Railroad train the next morning in one of their dome cars. The three-plus hours ride to Seward was very pleasant and provided great views of the scenery. That Wednesday afternoon, we did a park ranger guided tour of Exit Glacier that was very nice. Our hotel (Harbor 360) was on the small boat harbor so conveniently located. On Thursday we did a full-day boat tour of Kenai Fjords with Marine Tours that was nice, but perhaps a little longer than required. We boarded the Radiance around noon on Friday to start our cruise adventure, The ship!s exterior appeared to have been recently painted and looked good. The interior of the ship was OK, but seemed a bit dated. I guess we have been spoiled by the newer ships in the fleet so was hoping for new carpets and other updates. Nevertheless, our cruise was very nice. The food quality in the main dinning room was better than we expected and service was great. Everything else concerning the ship was as we expected....all fine and consistent with other ships in this class. What we will remember most about this cruise are: 1. Traveling (for the first time) with a couple we have know from high school days, 2. Our helicopter tour of Mendenhall Glacier (RCI), 3. The White Pass & Yukon Route railroad tour (RCI), 4. Our Alaska Railroad Anchorage to Seward ride, and 5. Viewing the various glaciers via independent tours and the cruise. Cheers and happy cruising everyone! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This cruise was chosen for us but we would definitely cruise with Royal Caribbean again. We would especially like to acknowledge our dining hall wait staff, Ken and Frankie. They not only offered outstanding service, but we felt they ... Read More
This cruise was chosen for us but we would definitely cruise with Royal Caribbean again. We would especially like to acknowledge our dining hall wait staff, Ken and Frankie. They not only offered outstanding service, but we felt they went over and beyond to enhance the service they provided. Because of the 2 of them, we will very likely book with Royal Caribbean again! Our cabin boy, Muhammad, was also very accommodating and quickly responded to every request. We were also VERY impressed with the greetings offered by everyone we met whether they were maintenance, desk staff, wait staff, or shop staff. I would recommend moving the computer stations to a more secluded area. We had trouble printing our airline boarding passes because of the loud music in close proximity. They also turned the lights out in computer area as we were trying to print our passes making seeing the computer keys very difficult. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This was our first cruise ever and it was a blast. First of all the ship was great. Not too big and not a small one. It never felt crowded. The people working on the ship were always friendly and after 2 days some already greeted us with ... Read More
This was our first cruise ever and it was a blast. First of all the ship was great. Not too big and not a small one. It never felt crowded. The people working on the ship were always friendly and after 2 days some already greeted us with our names. We had the late dining option, which was ok so we wouldn't have to rush back to the ship on the shore excursions. Two times we choose the specialty dining restaurants. The sushi place is really great and we got a lot for our money. The second time we did Giovannis and those people stuff you with food (i think that's a cruise thing), but it was really amazing. Our Stateroom had only a bulkhole but we could close it at nights and so it was really dark, due to the sun nat really setting in alaskan summer. We did excursions in every port and the best one was "Snorkel Alaska". We had one of the best holidays ever. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
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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