Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review to Mexico

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3 out of 5

Irritating alcohol and 'my time' dining

Sail Date: February 01, 2010

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

Our major complaint was the prohibition on bringing special wines on board to drink in the dining room (we would have been willing to pay a corkage fee) and on having personal bottles of alcohol in the rooms. (You not only couldn't bring them on board, you couldn't buy bottles in the duty-free store for consumption on the ship). Since one of us is in the wine industry, this was a major irritation, and would probably lead us to select a different cruise line in the future. Lots of passengers told us how to cheat on these policies, but that's not the approach we wanted to take.

Pros: the itinerary - - a very efficient way to see six resort areas in Mexico

Cons: the prohibition on bringing alcohol on board; the difficulty scheduling my time dining

Recommends Radiance of the Seas? Yes!

Service and Staff
Our room steward was exceptional. The head of "my time" dining was not very personable, which may not be surprising considering how often he had to disapoint diners who wanted a 7 or 7:30 reservation
much of the entertainment didn't interest us. The tango show was good, as was the guitarist who played in the bars and lounges
Ship Quality
Cabin / Stateroom
There was a problem with water supply, apparently caused by a passenger flushing a washcloth down the toilet; otherwise the room (junior suite) was spacious and comfortable
Food and Dining
the food was better than we expected, but when we tried to make same-day or previous-day reservations we were typically offered times around 6 0'clock and 8 o'clock, with nothing available at 7 or 7:30. It really wasn't my time dining as described in the precruise information.

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