Irritating alcohol and 'my time' dining

Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review to Mexico

Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Sail Date: February 01, 2010
Ship: Radiance of the Seas
Cabin Type: Suite
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 8 years ago
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.

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
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.


3 out of 5
much of the entertainment didn't interest us. The tango show was good, as was the guitarist who played in the bars and lounges

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
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

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
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

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!

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