Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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4-6 cruises


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3 out of 5

A relaxing cruise

Sail Date: January 05, 2008

Reviewed: 8 years ago

Traveled As: Family w/older children

Room Type: Balcony

Overall, the conditions on the ship were fine. Our bathroom (and heard comments from several other passengers about the same problem) smelled like a latrine. The smell was so bad at times it was hard to spend any time at all in the bathroom. This problem, while brought up to our steward, was never adequately addressed.
This was our third Royal Caribbean cruise and we found that the quality of the food was not up to the standards we have come to expect from Royal Caribbean. Also, this was the first cruise we have been on that ran out of food items like 2% milk, yogurt, pina colada mix (these are the things I am aware of). We would not book a trip again on this ship.
We were impressed by the measures taken by the ship to battle the spread of infectious illnesses with the use of sanitary wipes. They were present in all the dining rooms (and handed out) and at the gangplank when returning from ports of call. I also noticed housekeeping wiping down handrails.

Pros: Ports of call

Cons: some conditions on the ship

Recommends Radiance of the Seas? No.

Cabin / Stateroom
Stateroom was smaller than we were led to believe (balcony room). The bathroom smelled like a latrine. The overall comfort was below average.
Ship Quality
Ship cleanliness was very good. Decor was pleasant.
Food and Dining
Overall quality of food was average (not up to our expectations based on two other cruises on the same line). Dining times were good and there were many dining choices and food options.
Service and Staff
Overall staff were great. There was a problem in the sports bar that was brought to the attention of the person working at the bar and she refused to do anything about it (there was a man being particularly vulgar and using profanities). She indicated that she didn't hear him (which meant to us that she wasn't going to do anything about it). My husband intervened.
Great entertainment.
St. John's, Antigua
Thoroughly enjoyed our catamaran excursion which included snorkeling and beach time.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Enjoyed the Bacardi Rum tour.
Nassau, Bahamas
Didn't have enough time in port to be able to do much.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Took a taxi to the beach. Taxi's are readily available and will come back and get you at a specified time.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
We rented a jeep and drove all over the island. It is very easy to get around (even thought they drive on the left side of the road). We were able to spend time doing what we wanted to and when we wanted to. Great shopping!
Don't Miss: Mountain Top

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