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Radiance of the Seas

June 2018 - 7 Night Alaska Hubbard Glacier Northbound (Vancouver To Seward) Cruise on Radiance of the Seas

Dream cruise done. Off the bucket list.

Not specifically about Radiance of the Seas but... bear in mind that weather can play a big role with the satisfaction for your cruise AND excursions and we were very fortunate there.. But keep a positive attitude and you will enjoy yourself. If you're booking with AAA try going straight to the Crown & Anchor checkin and see if they will process you without the long line. Also, if you are a Verizon cell phone user you can get periodic connections while at sea whenever you are connected to "Cellular of the Seas" network )the first time my phone connected to Cellular of the Seas I panicked because I didn't know what it was and was told by the idiots at the Verizon store that there is NO connectivity on the ship while at sea even though the Verizon website says otherwise and they told us we'd have to just pay for the internet package if you want to text with each other on ship. Verizon charges 50 cents to send a text and 5 cents to receive and 2.99/minute for calls... NO DATA so if you must have the slow data connection while on the ship you stuck with Voom. (Must sign up for Verizon's "Travel Pass" with before sailing - it's a free change to your plan) Leave WiFi off unless you are somewhere you know. Just be prepared for spotty connections on ships AND in ports since you are sharing data bandwidth with 10,000 other cruise passengers in a port with normal population of a couple thousand or less for many of these places.

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Radiance of the Seas

Radiance of the Seas

Sail date: June 29, 2018

Dream cruise done. Off the bucket list.

Not specifically about Radiance of the Seas but... bear in mind that weather can play a big role with the satisfaction for your cruise AND excursions and we were very fortunate there.. But keep a positive attitude and you will enjoy yourself. If you're booking with AAA try going straight to the Crown & Anchor checkin and see if they will process you without the long line. Also, if you are a Verizon cell phone user you can get periodic connections while at sea whenever you are connected to "Cellular of the Seas" network )the first time my phone connected to Cellular of the Seas I panicked because I didn't know what it was and was told by the idiots at the Verizon store that there is NO connectivity on the ship while at sea even though the Verizon website says otherwise and they told us we'd have to just pay for the internet package if you want to text with each other on ship. Verizon charges 50 cents to send a text and 5 cents to receive and 2.99/minute for calls... NO DATA so if you must have the slow data connection while on the ship you stuck with Voom. (Must sign up for Verizon's "Travel Pass" with before sailing - it's a free change to your plan) Leave WiFi off unless you are somewhere you know. Just be prepared for spotty connections on ships AND in ports since you are sharing data bandwidth with 10,000 other cruise passengers in a port with normal population of a couple thousand or less for many of these places.

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Cruise tips

Ketchikan, Alaska

The only port we did not schedule any excursions. Tends to be the cheapest for Alaskan clothing and souvenirs.

Skagway, Alaska

Loved Skagway on 4th of July! Parade in the morning but we were on the Train and Dog Sled excursion. Really cool. Highly popular and recommended.

Juneau, Alaska

Typical little big city atmosphere. Check out Mt Roberts tramway. Make reservations for the restaurant at the top if you don't want to wait in line. Mid day (lunch time) is best for Mt Roberts tramway so might as well eat lunch there. Make sure you go to Mendenhall Glacier. Also, free buses in town and small charge to go out to the Indian village. Downtown 'locals' area a bit sketchy but no more than any other city.

Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia

Lived in Seattle 10 years. Vancouver is always nice. Explore Gas Town area and Stanley Park if you have time also check out Capilano Bridge if you have transportation and time...

Icy Strait Point (Hoonah), Alaska

Since this place is newer than the more well known established towns and cities I wasn't expecting much but I was pleasantly surprised at the newness and cleanliness of the place. Zip Rider was awesome - overpriced - but awesome and would do it again. Nature hikes. Easy and hard. Wildlife excursions (did not do personally)

Seward (Anchorage), Alaska

Was surprised by this port. Beautiful day. Did not expect much while waiting for the evening train to Anchorage. I was wrong... Otters love to play in the harbor. Went on the 3.5 hour wildlife cruise with Major Marine Tours... WOW. They were great for such a short tour, we saw humpbacks feeding, sea lions, puffins (cool beautiful birds), and much more. Bring a good camera and good lens if you want great pictures as the boats are not allowed to approach to closely but awesome just to see these. Highly recommended. Not so impressed with the GoldStar Service on the train to Anchorage. If I did that again, I probably wouldn't pay the extra for the Goldstar with dinner service. We were served dead last just before arriving in Anchorage at 10pm because one of the kitchens was unusable and people take there time dining at the few tables you are ushered to in groups. Also, the curved glass in the dome car is not great for taking pictures and the outdoor landings for viewing are crowded. I spent most of my time taking picture from the downstair opening between cars where there was nobody.

Radiance of the Seas

Radiance of the Seas

If you want to have the same waiters in Main Dining and be around the same people most of the time, make sure you do the 'My Time' Dining reservations. Also, if you're not into crowds, go to WindJammer early or late... it was never oppressively crowded but it's easier to find good seating if you're an early bird... hours of operation vary by port and day. Check your daily Cruise Compass....

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