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

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4-6 cruises


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4 out of 5

Destination and port schedule Great

Sail Date: August 05, 2016

Reviewed: 9 months ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Oceanview

The destinations and port schedule were great, so was visiting Alaska at this time of year. The Radiance of the Seas was a very tasteful, clean and modern ship (except for the jungle pool area which could use some fresh air).

Food was okay but not exceptional. The ship has a lot of private dining experiences which is unfortunate because we had a nearly empty table of 10 every night in the formal main dining. If cruise lines are going to promote restaurant dining packages so heavily, then they need to implement impromptu or mixed seating. So many tables around us were only partially full all nights. The atrium entertainment was great to watch, and the theater shows were okay. The onboard daily schedule pages were not the easiest to read of the several ships/cruise lines I've sailed with, so pay attention to the small print and read everything. Also, they say they have Starbucks coffee but they're definitely not trained baristas, even at a la carte pricing.

Cabin / Stateroom
Never had a window before, so this was a nice change. Room was spacious and in good shape. Bathroom was one of the smallest but not uncomfortably so. Plenty of lights, hangers, and towels. Room had a small mini bar, but no glasses or ice buckets without calling for one, and it disappeared as soon as the room was cleaned again. TV is a nice LED flatscreen but completely useless with the pay-only content. Not sure why these are still included in cabins since ships have added Wi-Fi packages.
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Seward (Anchorage), Alaska
Spend some time in Anchorage, because Seward is nothing but a cruise terminal. Also, take the ACT bus rather than a taxi or renting a car.
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Juneau, Alaska
Skagway, Alaska
Icy Strait Point (Hoonah), Alaska
Book a tour or the most exciting thing you can do is eat crab...also, eat crab.
Ketchikan, Alaska
Mountain Point snorkeling is great--went in 2013 and 2016. Definitely would go again.
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Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia
Sea to sky tour was great. Otherwise go explore the local park with all of the tall trees (nearly as good as California's Sequoias.


Go to lunch in the main dining room on the sea days--the only time you'll taste a dessert worth mentioning again. Plus, the lunch specials are excellent especially if you want some international cuisine flavors.

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