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

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4-6 cruises

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3 out of 5

Radiance of the Seas family review

Sail Date: June 13, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Family w/young children

Room Type: Oceanview

The ship was beautiful! Diningroom food was good. Buffet good was ok - breakfast at buffet was not good. Ate most breakfasts in diningroom. Ports of Call were good. Room steward, Albert, and diningroom staff were excellent. My 6yr old daughter loved Raphael in the diningroom. The oceanview cabin was small but surprisingly comfortable and we could unpack and store all our clothes for 4 and luggage easily. Wouldn't get balcony room for cool and rainy most of time so lots of people stated they didn't use them much. Children's program was limited and seemed to be closed alot of the time. Would be open for few hours then closed so difficult to watch movie or do anything with husband for had to go get kids. Both my children didn't enjoy childrens program esp when compared to last cruise which was a disney. Last day at sea had almost nothing to do-- movie theater was full for all the showings. Also entertainment was very disappointing--only two song/dance nights and all the rest were standup comedians. I like comedy but 5 nights out of 7 was alot esp for the children who didn't get most of the jokes.  The entertainment was much better on disney and carnival.Also, Royal Caribbean pushed the art sales hard--it was almost constant and that seemed to be one of the major forms of entertainment on the ship. The photo people were also constantly trying to take your picture with various characters and if you tried to take pictures with your own camera they were very hostile and wouldn't pose with the children. The ridiculous charge of 23$ per picture was abit much too.  I did enjoy the Alaska cruise but would probably sail Disney or Carnival next time. I was disappointed in Royal Caribbean for families but am sure it would be ok for seniors or couples without children. Of course, my impression might have been different if not Alaska cruise for Caribbean may have had more family activities.

PS We did enjoy the climbing wall and my son (10)enjoyed the basketball courts 

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Entertainment
Too many Comedy shows
Children's Programs
Children didn't enjoy it but staff seemed nice--not in same league as carnival or disney
Onboard Activities
last day at sea nothing to do except art shows and movie theater full, too cold for pool
Destinations and Excursions
Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia
Cruise Inside Passage, Alaska
Ketchikan, Alaska
Seacycling
Icy Strait Point (Hoonah), Alaska
Juneau, Alaska
Rained all day which made it less enjoyable, beautiful city
Skagway, Alaska
Liarsville Camp
Cruise Hubbard Glacier
Seward (Anchorage), Alaska
Didn't see much of this port but looked beautiful

Tip

Eat breakfast in diningroom



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