Southern Caribbean 2/2002 for our first cruise. We traveled with another couple and the 4 of us had a very good time. The ship was incredible; too beautiful for words. The woodwork, marble, glass, fixtures all were awesome. Extremely clean. Guests of other ships were also impressed by seeing the Radiance sitting in port. Friendly stateroom attendants provided excellent service and really aimed to please; all employees were courteous and helpful. Food was abundant, variety of interesting choices; presentation was always excellent. Windjammer had good variety and tasty food; could always count on finding plenty of food that we liked, regardless of the time we ate breakfast OR lunch OR afternoon snack. Some of Cascades, main dining room dinner food was too spicy, (but replacement meal quickly delivered) and service was a little slow (we had 2nd seating); Cascades food was good BUT not relaxed fine dining food. Only tried one of the specialty restaurants (Portfinos) which was truly FINE DINING; food was good but that was our only day of "motion sickness," so we did not enjoy as much as otherwise would have. Main dining room was a bit noisy. Recreation was varied; evening shows in theatre seemed short; needed more shows after 2nd dinner seating. New musical show was very good; we saw the debut show. Leaving and returning to ship in each port was very smooth. There were about 300 children on our ship but hardly ever seen or heard === WHAT A PLUS!!!We enjoyed it so much we do plan to cruise again -- after our wallet recovers from the ShipShape expenses!! This was truly a modern state-of-the-art facility. We chose to pamper ourselves at this facility vs. buying trinkets and dust-collecting-souvenirs on the islands and this was a very COSTLY expense! Disembarking process was well-organized and happened quickly. Many guests chose to wait in the theatre while the cruise director had "question and answer talk show." It was more comfortable than sitting in hallway or waiting by elevtors.The ship had some THEME nights (60/70's, Island/Caribbean, Western, etc.) and I wish we had known that ahead of time. Also DID NOT know to attend the first night activities so we felt like we missed information that would have been helpful in our planning. Recommend touring the ShipShape center on the first day and take advantage of discounts and premiums offered for booking the first day.Talked with passengers of other cruise lines. All of them thought this ship was very beautiful and many thought it above other ship standards. However, we were told that some of ship activities that had a cost to participate on this ship DID not have a cost on other ships. Would recommend clarifying that if there are certain activities (e.g. rock climbing, yoga classes, etc.) you want to utilize.Email me if you have specific questions I could answer. Mention CRUISE REVIEW in the subject line.Thanksfirstname.lastname@example.org
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