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Radiance of the Seas

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

Cruise destination amazing, boat - not so much

The ports and excursions are once in a lifetime and beautiful scenery.  However, Radiance of the Seas was a huge disappointment.  the boat never has a day off and cleanliness suffers.  Passengers depart by 9AM and new passengers can board at 10:30AM.  Although people clean the rooms/bathrooms/etc, it is always a "hasty" cleaning and the rooms/bathrooms smell.  Even though they replaced the carpeting last year.  


Food was terrible....experienced cruisers complained.  Even met people buying food at port and "sneaking" on board for a sick friend.  Service on boat was friendly and helpful.... except for Guest Services.  Conflicting info from various guest service agents and unorganized/unhelpful people.  More help from room attendants and waiters than guest services....recommend bypassing them when you can.


Entertainment was sketchy.  If you attend an event LATE by 5 minutes - you can't participate.  Really?  Need a new cruise director.

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familyreunion's Tips

Ketchikan, Alaska - Loved the excursions. Peddle Boating, kayaking, and zip lining were hits.
Cruise Hubbard Glacier - Best views are from your room balcony. Trying to find a "spot" in general areas was crazy.
Juneau, Alaska - Must see the glacier. Helicopter sled dog is fantastic. Also rafting down river past Mendenhall glacier was awe inspiring. Heard minimal whale sighting in Juneau this trip.
Icy Strait Point (Hoonah), Alaska - Best whale watching; feeding in coves among seals and otters. Beautiful. Take smaller excursions - boats go closer to shore and whales. Don't do the cruise excursion - large boat and crowded.
Skagway, Alaska - Wilderness tour - OK. Kayak tour was good. major tourist shopping available though.

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