Septcruiser

Septcruiser
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Joined: 10/04/2014
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Radiance of the Seas

July 2016 - Radiance of the Seas to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

Shore excursions made the trip excellent

Wildlife viewing was our intent and shore excursions through the ship made this top notch!  Our Juneau helicopter to the glacier, hiking there and going to dog sled school was canceled because of weather - rain and fog.  If the pilot does not want to go, neither should you. We had looked forward to this for 6 months and before we could be very sad - the excursion people were getting us booked on other fun things!  We went to botanical gardens and by bus to the glacier and had fun. In Skagway, we went to Gold Rush Sled Dogs- Iditarod dog demonstration and met the huskies up close and personal.  The musher speaking was extremely informative and entertaining.  We learned and laughed!  We rode the railroad there for incredible views and panned for gold which was much more fun than we expected.  In Icy Straits, be sure to do the whale watch - AMAZING - we saw more whale activity and breaching that we thought possible!  (Orcas and humpbacks).  Top that off with bear watching in either Icy Straights or go for the small group bear watch in Ketchikan (12 people per tour).  We were very pleased with both tours seeing bears in both.  The later, the bears were in streams fishing for salmon!

 

The ship is not huge and easy to find things.  Staff was very friendly and professional for the most part.  Our dining experience was great because of our wait staff taking such wonderful care of us in the anytime dining formal dining area.   The Windjammer again delivered good food, great variety and good service also.  We tried the Italian specialty restaurant but should have stayed in the dining room - very good but there is an Italian food night in the dining room that was just as good. We did not eat at Chops steakhouse but it has been exquisitely good in the past. 

 

The Starquest bar at the top of the ship was a disappointment.  We always enjoy having a drink "up top" but found service very slow and unfriendly our first visit.  We always tip well and are attuned to the service industry.  We tried a second visit and waiters passed by us and never stopped to ask if we wanted a drink - we probably could have gone and gotten one or gone to the bar, but by then, the atmosphere was gone.  This is certainly not the same as past cruises. 

 

The bars had plenty of variety - LOTS of scotches etc - but very few bourbons. Most only had Jack Daniels or Jim Beam.  We went to the Schooner Bar which was much better stocked but it seemed to be the only one. 

 

A few bumps in the road but very minor - cruise was fun, scenery was beautiful and we got waited on hand and foot - what is not to like??!!  We would do this cruise again - hands down!

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Freedom of the Seas

September 2014 - Freedom of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern

Sept2014 cruise

Service was great.  Everything was clean and beautiful.  Food on buffet was great and we had a memorable meal at Chops - excellent in every way.  Main dining room service was excellent and food was very good.  Most of the production shows and comedians were good.  We could have done with a LOT less of the "reality-tv" type shows.  We also had a medical emergency aboard ship.  Instead of a air lifting the person off, the ship was diverted to port to drop the person off.  This schedule change made it impossible for us to keep itinerary and we lost one of our 3 day stops to a few evening hours in San Juan.  We certainly wanted best for ill person, but this whole situation was not well communicated to the passengers and made for lots of confusion.  I still wonder why if it was emergency, they did not air lift the person.  It was a very nice cruise but we have seen better entertainment on other lines.  We went to two activities listed on the daily schedule and they had been cancelled.  Good vacation and we would probably go Royal Caribbean in the future but we will consider other lines for our next cruise.

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Septcruiser's Tips

Ketchikan, Alaska - LOTS of good food and shops here - and plenty of time after shore excursions to enjoy!
Skagway, Alaska - Jump in and be a tourist - pan for gold, ride the train, shop and have fun! It is a fun town!
Radiance of the Seas Radiance of the Seas - Be sure to book shore excursions. You need to get off the ship to experience Alaska. Oops - here is another - In July, we had rain every day except one. Be prepared for rain and cooler weather.

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received a helpful vote on their Radiance of the Seas cruise review - Shore excursions made the trip excellent

received a helpful vote on their Radiance of the Seas cruise review - Shore excursions made the trip excellent

received a helpful vote on their Radiance of the Seas cruise review - Shore excursions made the trip excellent

reviewed their Alaska - Gulf of Alaska cruise on Radiance of the Seas and gave it 4 stars!

shared a quick tip for Radiance of the Seas"Be sure to book shore excursions. You need to get off the ship to experience Alaska. Oops - here is another - In July, we had rain every day except one. Be prepared for rain and cooler weather. "

added Jul 22, 2016 cruise on Radiance of the Seas to their profile.

received a helpful vote on their Freedom of the Seas cruise review - Sept2014 cruise

shared a quick tip for Freedom of the Seas"Try Chops - well worth the money and have the fillet!"

reviewed their Caribbean - Eastern cruise on Freedom of the Seas and gave it 3 stars!

added Sep 21, 2014 cruise on Freedom of the Seas to their profile.