Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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4 out of 5

The "Radiance" is radiant

Sail Date: June 01, 2007

Reviewed: 9 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

The "Radiance" is the largest ship that we have sailed on. She has enough room for everyone except during the early breakfast hours in the Windjammer. We really expected more since she is so large.

Almost every morning we had to wait for a table. The wait staff kept their eyes open for those who were about to leave so the table could be cleaned quickly. The only other items that upset us was that the pre-scrambled eggs were always runny and there were very few, if any, steamed veggies on the lunch buffet.

The lack of lines in the "food court" setup of the Windjammer contributed to the lack of tables. For almost every person at the steam tables, there was one person saving a table for eating. If the "old-fashioned" lines seemed long, at least they kept everyone in line and there was no "saving" of seats (usually for a party of two at a table for 4 or 6 - and they didn't want "strangers" sitting with them)

The shows every evening were wonderful. The talent showed by the singers and dancers on the crew is nothing short of amazing!!! Imagine doing lifts and swinging from a cable while the floor beneath you is rocking back and forth. Even the "well-known" talent had to cope with the seas once in a while.

We were pleased with our cabin and our tablemates for dinner. I don't know how the combinations are chosen, but they did a good job with us.

Pros: Crew was attentive, food was good, shower was nice, room to move around

Cons: not enough veggies, breakfast was inconsistant, not enough seating at Windjammer

Recommends Radiance of the Seas? Yes!

Food and Dining
Breakfast buffet eggs were runny and the dining room omelet was overcooked and tough. Not enough veggies with hot meals - one broccoli floret is not a fair portion, nor are 8 green bean halves.

Dinners were a lot better. except for the lack of green veggies. We just made sure to add a salad to our meal every evening - even if we were not in the mood for one!
Cabin / Stateroom
Stateroom was nice sized. 4th deck let us see the ocean and the waves. Everything was kept clean and bathroom was cleaned every day. Our room steward even caught the fact that I needed an extra pillow before I had a chance to ask for one.
Service and Staff
Ida and Amir were the best wait-staff.
Imak(sp.?) was great as a room steward.
Ship Quality
There is something for everyone on this ship - within reason. She is large enough that you really don't need to go to the gym if you just walk the decks and use the stairs instead of the elevators. By the way, there are 7 elevators, so there was barely a wait for any of them.

The "quiet" area during the day was in the upper lounges where the view of the sea was awesome. You could sit there and read, sew, or sleep and no one would bother you.

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