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

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2-3 cruises


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4 out of 5

Great way to start the Summer

Sail Date: May 30, 2008

Reviewed: 9 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Balcony

This was our family's third cruise. Overall we had a wonderful time. The ship was beautiful, the staff was friendly and helpful. The scenery was spectacular. The food was quite good. Getting on and off the ship was pretty easy. I had read another review which said that waiting for a taxi at Ballentyne Pier was horrible, so we had a car waiting which took us right past a pretty long line! The only cons for us was the dining times. 6pm is too early for dinner, 8:15pm is too late. In addition, I wanted just a glass of wine at dinner, my husband, one mixed drink. This required a wine person and a separate drink person to write up our charges and bring us our drinks.This was in addition to having a waiter and assistant waiter for food. This was so cumbersome, really unsure why it has to be done this way. We took our teenage girls with us. They hung out with us the whole time so cannot comment on the programs for that age group.

Pros: Scenery, Wildlife, Rooms, Chops Grill

Cons: Drink service in Dining Area, Times for Dining

Recommends Radiance of the Seas? Yes!

Food and Dining
Ship Quality
Cabin / Stateroom
Loved having a balcony for this trip. The scenery was spectacular.
Service and Staff
Great attitudes however, sometimes their english was hard to understand.
Skagway, Alaska
Juneau, Alaska
We highly recommend the Helicopter, Dog sledding on the Glacier excursion. This was by far the highlight of our trip. Cant't even begin to explain how awesome it was.
Icy Strait Point (Hoonah), Alaska
Take the bus into town. Get off at the second stop. Go to the end of the pier and watch an amazing array of eagles. We almost missed this because it was not really promoted. Maybe because it is not technically an excursion. The bus was $5 each and local. The nature walk was also beautiful. This is where we saw whales. Moms and babies. Very special.
Don't Miss: Eagle Island.
Ketchikan, Alaska
Went to the fun Lumberjack Show. It is what it is. We enjoyed it.

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