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

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4 out of 5

Fantastic Cruise Experience

Sail Date: June 01, 2012

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Traveled As: Large Group

Room Type: Inside

The cruise itself is pretty good. However, be cautious on the unfriendly departure port, Seward in Alaska, and arrival port, Vancouver in Canada. We were pulled over by a Seward police right in front of the cruise ship and issued a traffic ticket on passing without enough clearance 5 miles outside Seward purely based on witness reporting. We had no idea what exactly happened because we were not caught at the scene at all. Within one hour right after we arrived at Vancouver, we were issued a speeding ticket driving 29 mph in 30 zone because Canadian is using km instead of miles (note that Canadian uses lb in supermarket). In both cases the local polices knew we were tourists but apparently used citations to make easy money. On our return flight from Vancouver to US, two of us were randomly selected by US Custom INSIDE Canada airport for screening. Nothing wrong was found but we missed the direct flight and were re-routed and almost forced to stay overnight in the Seattle airport, if not because the last flight of the day in Seattle was delayed for 1-hr. Due to the increased security in boarderline, cruise stopping in Vancouver becomes a big hassal. I highly recommend the cruise to deport in Seattle in the future.

Pros: Endless scenery and nice staffs

Cons: Departure port, Seward in AK, and arrival port, Vancouver in Canada. Recommend to move the ports to the more convenient Anchorage and Seattle instead.

Recommends Radiance of the Seas? Yes!

Food and Dining
High qualify food but not enough variety to choose from. No more Escargot dish.
Low attendance to the main shows.
Ship Quality
Newly renovated! The fitness center only opens until 10 PM, which limits the usage in particular for those late dinner seating passenger. It should open 24 hr.
Cabin / Stateroom
Service and Staff
Best staffs I have seen.

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