Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

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4-6 cruises


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5 out of 5

Right off the scale on my WOW meter!

Sail Date: August 03, 2007

Reviewed: 9 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Inside

Easily the best cruise ship I've been on. Crew, food, entertainment, shore excursions, and maintainance of the ship were second to none! I will become a walking billboard for Royal Caribbean with friends & family. This ship was so exceptional, we're definetely going to book our next cruise on The Radiance of the Seas for their upcoming cruise to South America.

Pros: Clearly the staff. Universal desire to sincerely help and make your experience a great one. Consistently across the board regardless of the role they played. This doesn't happen by sheer luck. Someone has put a tremendous amount of work into creating this attitude.

Cons: The wait to get transportation at the end of the cruise. I should have opted for a reserved limo or taken the cruise line's bus service.

Recommends Radiance of the Seas? Yes!

Ship Quality
I was amazed how they kept the vessel in immaculate condition at all times. I served in the US Navy and know how difficult it is and yet they did so despite several thousand passengers tromping around 24/7.
Food and Dining
Okay, no Chateau Briant beef or fresh blueberries, but EVERY meal was a delight! Everything was fresh, tasted great and served as if we were in a fine restaurant. The best food I've ever had on a cruise.
Cabin / Stateroom
Just wish the closet in our stateroom could hold 2 large suitcases. However, we opted for a small stateroom, so I understand the reason.
Service and Staff
Could not have been better. I managed the customer service organizations of 2 major corporations and know how difficult it can be to hire, train & motivate people in this profession. I was astounded to see how consistently outstanding they ALL performed day after day. While in the topmost lounge one day I asked if they had horseraddish to put in my drink. The waitress RAN down to the main kitchen and RAN back up just to bring me a dollop. She and all the rest of the crew didn't seem to know the word "no."
Perfect in terms of options, timing, quality and freqency.
Skagway, Alaska

Don't Miss: The shops. Easily the best of any port. If you want unique, non-tourist trash, this is the place.
Juneau, Alaska

Don't Miss: Glacier hiking on the glacier. Incredible beauty and shades of blue I never saw before.
Ketchikan, Alaska

Don't Miss: The Misty Fijords sea plane/boat cruise was a life experience. Its like actually being in an IMAX nature film.
Icy Strait Point (Hoonah), Alaska

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