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

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 15

Overall rating:

4 out of 5
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Radiance of the Seas

7 Night Alaska Hubbard Glacier Northbound (Vancouver To Seward)

Sail date: May 31, 2019

Ship: Radiance of the Seas

Cabin number: 9520

Traveled as: Large Group

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Cruising seems to be the only way to see Alaska. We had many happy circumstances where a modestly priced excursion gave us a thrilling adventure.

Embarkation

2 out of 5
Chaotic

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Delicious

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Fitness center had beautiful outdoor vistas

Entertainment

4 out of 5
Stage shows were entertaining but lacked plot lines. Magician was very entertaining,

Children's Programs

Not traveling with children

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Learned our names and very attentive

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Common areas showed some wear.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Clean and comfortable

Ship tip

Get familiar with the ship on day one

Ports of call

Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia

2 out of 5
No excursion. Stayed the night before the cruise and it was expensive but hip.

Cruise Inside Passage, Alaska

5 out of 5
Day at sea

Ketchikan, Alaska

4 out of 5
No to excursion. Needed street repair made walking difficult downtown. Friendly locals directed us to totem pole museum.

Icy Strait Point (Hoonah), Alaska

3 out of 5
No to excursion. Seemed like the end of the world and possible launching point for expensive excursions.

Juneau, Alaska

4 out of 5
We did Mendenhall glacier and Glacier Gardens, which was a happy surprise as Gardens were unique plantings in tree trunks and we went to Thunder Mtn through the Tongass temperate rain forest. Not enough time at Mendenhall Glacier.

Skagway, Alaska

3 out of 5
Yes we took the bus to Klondike summit. Views were spectacular but guide was man of few words.

Cruise Hubbard Glacier

4 out of 5
No, we saw the Glacier from the ship and the weather was beautiful

Seward (Anchorage), Alaska

5 out of 5
Yes. 8 hour Kenai Peninsula with airport transport. Long day. Alaska marine museum seemed like an add on. Ship was cold due to other travelers exiting and entering the cabin. Food and staff were good.

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
See comment about long day. When smoother than embarking.
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