Wilderness or Shopping?

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

Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 6

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
7 Night Alaska Hubbard Glacier Southbound (Seward To Vancouver)
Sail Date: August 14, 2015
Ship: Radiance of the Seas
Cabin Type: Inside
Cabin Number: 1009
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 2 years ago

First time in Alaska, first time on a cruise.  Was slighlty disappointed on how touristy the ports were and the amount of jewelry stores at each port (the same exact stores).  Was hoping to see more wild life, but I guess you do need to book those excursions if you want to see bears, moose, etc.  The only animals we saw were eagles, porpoises and whales while cruising.  Alaska was my 50th state to visit and after stopping at the ports with the same shops, I was over it by day 5.  Highlight of the trip was the glacier.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
would have been nice if they had more vegetarian options

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
we really enjoyed the trivia and the dancing ones


3 out of 5

Children's Programs

not applicable.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
I really appreciated the Purell and having to sanitize your hands before entering the buffet area. No one in our family got sick!

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Cruise Hubbard Glacier

5 out of 5
highlight of the entire trip- boat circles so all sides get an excellent view.
5 out of 5
small town, free WiFi in the library located on top of the parking garage located across from the Marine Park and Red Dog Saloon. Musher Camp excursion offered by cruise line is the same one they offer in Skagway (on dirt). There are tons of booths for sight seeing tours if you don't purchase on the ship, they are located on the docks. If interested in Jewelry, Jewels by Kris were super friendly and not so pushy.
5 out of 5
smaller port that Juneau. They also have a library with free WiFi. Short walk to the downtown area from dock, you can stop and see the salmon spawning on your way in and out. Skagway Brewing Co is a nice local bar for food and drinks. Shop North to Alaska for items sold by locals and made in Alaska. For those missing your Starbucks, they have one inside Miners Gems (or one of the jewelry stores on 2nd).
5 out of 5
Not much to do/see here, but they did have free WiFi near the zip line viewing area/restaurant. Saw some whales from the ship.
5 out of 5

Cruise Inside Passage, Alaska

5 out of 5
You will see whales while you cruise, wish we had brought binoculars.
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