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

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4 out of 5

Awesome...with some issues

Sail Date: July 30, 2010

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Family w/young children

Room Type: Oceanview

The ship was very nice, clean design, descent decor, were were very happy with what the ship had to offer.

Pros: Whale Watching in Juneau, Waterfall and Dog Sledding in Skagway, Hubbard Glacier

Cons: Medical on board, Windjammer Crowds (Buffet Eating), Slowest Internet Possible, kids have to swim outside for most of the day and all night.

Recommends Radiance of the Seas? Yes!

Nightly shows were not impressive. Casino was fun. Watching ice shaving and cake decorating was cool since my daughter watches Cake Boss all the time.
Children's Programs
My 11 year old daughter was hurt during a game on the first day, and cried for a long time without staff questioning. She didn't go back. My 7 year old went for certain events. Theme was "Pets at Sea" which my 7 year old love of stuffed animals would have been great. However, there was never an animal activity. Not much of a theme. Recommend allowing children to check themselves out. Allowed our 7 year old to come and go as she wanted, and we felt safe.
Food and Dining
Not great. We were disappointed in the food quality at dinner. The same thing is always being offered in the Windjammer. Recommend on the first day to ask the server to speed it up, or he will take 2 hours. You can sit and talk with others for a long period of time, or get back to doing ship things. We like the ship.
Ship Quality
Descent size, everything was always being cleaned and friendly people.
Cabin / Stateroom
Recommend a room with large port window. Balcony would be nice, but not worth the expense. Watching marine life, mountains and icebergs going by your room is awesome.
Service and Staff
Very happy with staff, except medical. We had an issue with medical, and the guest relations corrected it, and compensated us for our issue, including inquiring about our sick child for the rest of the cruise.
Juneau, Alaska
Favorite stop. For the single reason, because we went on a whale watching excursion booked through Cruises Only. We were very lucky and were the only people on the boat, which can have up to 12 plus captain and dockhand. For 2.5 hours we were on the water and saw many whales and sea lions. That was by far the best excursion we ever had anywhere. We saw an adult whale breach - something the captain said he had never seen. Probably by the end of the tour, we saw maybe 30 whales. We also had blue skies, so we were lucky all around. We were nervous about booking through something other than RCI, but these people were there 20 minutes early with a sign and our name printed on it.
Don't Miss: Whale watching booked through this website. There is a glacier that we were told was great to see, but we missed it.
Skagway, Alaska
First thing you do is get a $5 pass on the "SMART" bus. Its a short white bus (no pun intended) with SMART written on it. It is an all day pass and will take you from the ship to the town and outside of town. They have 8 stops. Second thing to do is get off at the Gold Miners Cemetery and walk about 1/2 mile down the rock road and keep walking until you get to Reid Falls. Very cool. Then, get back on the bus and go to Gold Miners Tourist trap. Our kids did the dog sledding excursion ($20/per kid) for an hour and we drank home brew beer, and relaxed. They don't actually get to dog sled, but they learn about it, play with the dogs, pet the puppies (4 weeks old when we were there), and watch the dogs pull a sled around a track. Our kids loved it.
Don't Miss: SMART Bus, Reid Waterfall, Gold Miner's Town tourist trap.
Ketchikan, Alaska
Tourist town. Nice scenery. Highly recommend buying a jacket for $19.99 in this town. In Icy Straights, it is $30, and Juneau they are $40 and the ship sells a not so warm jacket for $30-$60 depending on the day you buy.
Don't Miss: Museum on the left part of town in the back. Cost is $5 for adults, free for kids.
Icy Strait Point (Hoonah), Alaska
Very cool to walk on the beach and see muscle beach (black shells attached to rocks, phrase from Spongebob). The marine life was active, and fishing is $10 for kids and $30 for adults ($10 + $20 day license). Recommend fishing in the morning. People like the zip line and it looked the best on the trip, but for $120 we passed. There is a town 1.5 miles away, but we didn't get to it.
Don't Miss: Beaches and walking trails through woods.

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