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RCI for cruising, but maybe not Alaska
Reviewed on: 19 Aug 2013
Overall, I have sailed now 3 times with Royal Caribbean. Twice to the Caribbean and now once to Alaska. I personally think that you have better options for Alaska. So do your due-diligence folks, check out other cruise lines.
Reviewed on: 27 Sep 2013
We had a very enjoyable cruise that was far beyond our expectations. The staff that included our stateroom attendant, table stewards were exceptional with making sure that all are comforts were taken care of. The amenities, services, activities and theater were great. We were greeted by courteous staff. The only negative part was the ship's doctor for some negative words. We continue to recollect fond memories of our table mates. I will look into booking another cruise next summer.
a good second choice
Reviewed on: 07 Nov 2013
Be ready to be nickel and dimed during your cruise. There is no free lunch and the accommodations are a bit cramped. Library and game room is tragic. Menu in dining room adequate, but limited.
My time dining staff are exceptional
By: Not provided
Reviewed on: 04 Apr 2014
Travel Advisor: Jay Johnson
Reviewed on: 29 May 2014
Great cruise. Second time to make this same cruise so that should say something.
Reviewed on: 30 May 2014
The service on the ship was very good. The room attendent was great The serivce in the dinning room was great.
By: Let's go
Reviewed on: 02 Jul 2014
we thoroughly enjoyed our cruise on Radiance of the Seas and will continue to travel on Royal Caribbean's fleet. Great service and good food.
Travel Advisor: Kim Staker
Very nice experience
Reviewed on: 14 Jul 2014
We were happy with our experience with Royal Caribbean and the Radiance of the Seas cruise to Alaska. The cruise before ours had experienced some flu symptoms, so there was a delay boarding in order to do a thorough cleaning. They were very cautious about the handling of any food or drink item (we couldn't even serve ourselves water), but I get it - and our cruise experienced no significant illnesses (that I'm aware of).The food in the specialty restaurants were especially good - wasn't a big fan of the windjammer - avoided that buffet after the first day. But overall, food was good in the main dining room.The captain seemed very good and we loved the cruise director (Amy). The cabin attendants were also very nice. Everything seemed very clean and we arrived and departed from the various ports of call right when we were suppose to.
Reviewed on: 25 Jul 2014
Loved this ship. The crew was wonderful and the entire cruise was first class. Royal Caribbean goes above and beyond your expectations to deliver the service and the quality that you expect. The shows were fabulous and we enjoyed our cruise director Amy . She made everything first class. Our waiters and our stateroom person were just like family by the end of our cruise. Also, our Captain was very personable and always let us know when he saw whales and took us to an incredible view of the Hubbard Glacier. Royal Caribbean is definitely the cruise to take.
Travel Advisor: Eve Kilpatrick
Great ships, itinaries and service
By: Ron 66
Reviewed on: 29 Sep 2014
Competitively great service. My favorable measure for quality and service of the other cruise lines. RCCL is for the most among the top 2.
Travel Advisor: Sandie Harman
By: Life After QW
Reviewed on: 26 Aug 2015
We were overwhelmed by the consistently friendly and attentive service by ALL crew on board the Radiance. Second to the stellar service was the ambiance of the ship's interior including our balcony stateroom, dining areas and theatre.
Travel Advisor: Lisa and Nancy Zupancic
Radiance of the Seas needs to retire
Reviewed on: 08 Jun 2016
I knew that we would be sailing on a smaller, older ship but the Radiance was a huge disappointment. The ship needs to be gutted! The size is right for Alaska but they have not maintained the inside. We had 2 adjoining cabins w/a balcony. One room smelled of water damage, musty/mold. The cabin attendant tried to cover up the smell by spraying cheap cologne - it was not pleasant. We had to leave the sliding doors cracked to keep air circulating. The bathroom floor in the other cabin was soft. We were contacted one morning and told not to drink the water, it was yellow! We needed laundry service which was not offered until the 4th day of our 7 day cruise, it took 2 days get it back. The towels were dingy and smelled and the mattresses in both cabins were old and hard. If you have sailed on any of RCCL's newer ships I would NOT recommend sailing on the Radiance, you will be seriously disappointed.
Reviewed on: 22 Jun 2016
Ship was great! Lots planned to see and do. The dining room staff were beyond amazing. All the staff went the extra mile!
Travel Advisor: Janice O'Neil
Mediocre at best.
Reviewed on: 17 Jul 2016
Breakfast and lunch were ok, but dinners was the worst we have had in 10+ cruises. Entertainment was below average. Service was spotty. Our head dinner waiter was terrible. None at our table could understand him and he was slow and not attentive. We would not cruise on Royal Caribbean again.
Comfortable, friendly and helpful
By: Jim & Kris
Reviewed on: 06 Sep 2016
The staff of the Royal Caribbean created an atmosphere of hospitality and friendliness that made our cruise very enjoyable.
Travel Advisor: Brenda Walters
Radiance of the Seas
Reviewed on: 15 Dec 2016
The ship was beautiful and we had a great balcony room. The only complaint we had was the shower -- a curtain instead of sliding glass doors -- I did flood the bathroom a few times!! 17 shows -- 16 were excellent -- one we had to walk out on -- did not understand the guy. The 16 that we loved were among the best we have seen! We had my time dining, and it worked out great for us -- very nice restaurants and great service...they really cared for us !!!
Reviewed on: 19 Mar 2017
The ship is a little dated, but is well run and perfectly maintained. The food was fine and the personal were especially friendly. We would do this ship again...
Travel Advisor: Judi Walker
Radiance of the seas - a bit tired - but still good service
Reviewed on: 24 Mar 2017
4 of us were on the Radiance of the Seas for 17 nights. The ship has signs of aging despite a recent refurbishment - but the service and the staff were great and therefore I would still recommend this ship.
A good family cruise option.
By: Unique Client
Reviewed on: 23 Jun 2017
Radiance is an older ship in need of updating, but the staff is good and the Alaskan itinerary makes for an enjoyable expience for a family adventure with children and teenagers.
Travel Advisor: Judy Furlotte
Alaska cruise and land tour
Reviewed on: 23 Jun 2017
It was a wonderful experience. However, it took me almost to the last day to figure out which elevator took us down closest to our room. Of course being 82 might have had some thing to do with it. :) The food was wonderful, both in the dining room and in the Wind Jammer Cafe. We ate most of our meals there. Just the dining room in the evenings. That was because we enjoyed our dinner companions and our waiter was superb.
Travel Advisor: Ronna Noah
Alaska Trip Cruise Ship
Reviewed on: 10 Jul 2017
We are a members of Royal Caribbean Crown & Anchor Program and have cruised on the Radiance in the past. Both the size of the ship and the staff are excellent. We have always had, in the past, a fixed dining time. On this trip we had My Time Dining and do not prefer this type of dining. We will request a specific dining time on our Australia-New Zealand cruise next year.
Alaska on the Radiance
Reviewed on: 13 Aug 2017
Good accommodations. Staff worked well to help and accommodate all travelers. The stateroom was comfortable and well appointed but getting a bit well worn. Some fixtures could use checking and replacing. Ceiling light bezel missing, Balcony paint peeling and raising up. Carpeting in several areas of ship needed to be glued back down.
Travel Advisor: Sandy Walt
Good activities for our group
Reviewed on: 18 Aug 2017
There were activities for the ten of us aged 71 to 13. Great variety can't be beat.
Reviewed on: 05 Sep 2017
Well it is an old ship and you could notice the fact that it needs some updating. The entertainment was ok. The food not as good as other ships I've sailed on. I missed the buffet line of Japanese cuisine The fitness center was nice.
Travel Advisor: Mary Ann Tiemeier
Reviewed on: 07 Sep 2017
First -- it's well past time to provide Internet access without additional charge. It's free at McDonald's, Burger King, Dunkin, and all new Chevys. Second -- it's nit-picking to charge additionally for Coke products although I appreciate being coerced to do without them for 7 days. You & Coke may want to reconsider. The cashless system onboard worked with no problems, including handling a canceled excursion. Overall -- the ship was excellent. The room was large enough, the staff outstanding, the food very good, & most entertainment worth seeing. Please -- fewer dancers, more main stage singers (get the acoustic guitar guy from the bar near the theatre), maybe pick up some Ringling acts. Specifics -- The Windjammer Café (near 24 hour buffet), was outstanding, especially at lunch / dinner -- especially the quality & diversity of food. The dinners were very good but the menu could have been more extensive. Also, I expected to be wowed by the desserts but was not.
Reviewed on: 01 Sep 2017
Every thing was great on the ship. The room was nice. Service was great weather in the main dining room or in the Windjammer. The crew was friendly. Love Sailing with Royal.
Reviewed on: 05 Sep 2017
Very nice, our only problem was the bed in our stateroom. It was very uncomfortable. The staff was fabulous!!
Reviewed on: 14 Sep 2017
As always, Royal Caribbean is the best!
Memorable, beautiful and fun
Reviewed on: 15 Sep 2017
Had a great time on this cruise. The entertainment, ports, all the workers, food, excursions etc were fantastic but most important I left with wonderful memories and a ton of pictures. I will most certainly travel with Royal Caribbean in the not to distant future.
Travel Advisor: Tish Kelly
Cruise to Hawaii
Reviewed on: 29 Sep 2017
The ship was old, but the crew was fantastic. This was the best crew we have had since cruising on Royal Carribean. Our waiter was an absolute joy and made dinner an even to look forward to.
Reviewed on: 14 Nov 2017
I found the ship excellent. The crew were always helpful an pleasant. The food was excellent, and of course the entertainment was wonderful
Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2017
great musical program throughout the ship,opportunity to meet the stars as well. long queues before the start of the performances were annoying
Reviewed on: 27 Sep 2018
Very good. It is much smaller than the last RC ship I cruised on but it was clean, staff was very good, easy to get around.
Celebrity infinity pacific coastal
Reviewed on: 26 Nov 2017
This review is actually for Celebrity infinity, not a royal Caribbean ship. We enjoy sailing with celebrity. This was our first cruise on this class if ship. The infinity’s strong suit is definitely its crew. Each crew member we encountered was friendly and truly seemed to enjoy what they were doing. We happened to be outside during a crew drill and saw them all line up outside. It was very obvious they have a group of people that enjoy working together and like each other. That positive culture was definitely felt through the week. The ship itself is showing its age despite a recent facelift but really if you are in board this boat you are there to appreciate the itinerary, the smaller than mega ship feel, and the crew more than make up for lack of “glitz”. The pacific coast was a great nearby fall getaway. All the excursion providers were enthusiastic and friendly. It was a nice introduction to many spots on the west coast. We definitely want to return to a few.
Travel Advisor: Lorraine Young
Cruise to Australia and New Zealand
By: Rod & Elaine Harris
Reviewed on: 31 Mar 2018
We had a wonderful time on this cruise ship. The wait staff was exceptional as well as our room steward. All personnel on the ship were very helpful. The selection of excursions at all ports, except Esperance, were very good. We very much enjoyed them. The music on the ship was very good with a wide selection. We especially enjoyed the Sweet Sounds Duo. The only concern was all music played in the Centrum was very loud and very difficult to have a conversation. We would select this Ship in the future.
Reviewed on: 02 Jun 2018
I met a lot of great people from Australia, New Zealand, China, Puerto Rico, Brazil and more and learned new things. Saw orcas seals eagles and a humpback which was wonderful. Food was great and I really liked the evening music entertainment especially the pub singer Kevin Phillip from Scotland. Had a wonderful time even as a solo traveler.
Reviewed on: 07 Jun 2018
It wasn't as good as my previous cruises. The personal touch was just not there on this ship. However, I still love Royal Caribbean.
Reviewed on: 11 Jun 2018
Our time on Radiance of the Seas was very relaxing. The crew were very friendly and helpful. We really enjoyed ourselves.
Travel Advisor: Jeannie Smith
Reviewed on: 11 Jun 2018
We had a great pre-cruise tour to Denali and cruise down the Alaska coast. The scenery in Alaska is magnificent and the cruise allowed us to see many wonderful sites.
Reviewed on: 06 Jul 2018
An enjoyable cruise for all three generations. The crew went above and beyond for our granddaughters. The ports and sights were amazing. Radiance is a beautiful ship. Thank you, Virtuoso, for a special evening at Samba.
Travel Advisor: Valerie Rooney
By: Highly recommended
Reviewed on: 03 Aug 2018
My family of 10 adults had a wonderful trip. The staff on the Radiance of the Seas was exceptional. The food was great. The windjammer buffets were always good. The Cascade restaurant had the same time and table for us at dinner every night and the menu was excellent. Beef on the ship was good and I'm from iowa so wasn't expecting much. Rooms are small but nice. I highly recommend purchasing the drink package and going on as many shore excursions as possible. Phone reception was not good but I didn't care because I was on vacation. Amazing sights and weather for us. Its a pricey cruise compared to others but well worth the expense. If I were doing it again I would do the three day land tour before the seven day cruise instead of the other way around.
Not sure what you are asking for here.
Reviewed on: 30 Jul 2018
It was the most amazing and beautiful vacation. The staff is wonderful. They really cared about making our stay like we were the most important people to them. How they do that with 2500 passengers is a real skill. The fact they do that and enjoy it also means they really put their heart into it.
Reviewed on: 04 Aug 2018
Very enjoyable. We took advantage of the dining packages and enjoyed the entertainment. Room with a view was key!
Travel Advisor: Helen Papa
Reviewed on: 16 Aug 2018
Really nice ship. I'm used to the mega ships in the Caribbean.
Travel Advisor: Joanne Meyer
By: Linda McDowall
Reviewed on: 09 Aug 2018
We had a very enjoyable cruise. Everything was perfect. I have 2 granddaughters that have food allergies. The Head Waiter 2 waiters an the chef were absolutely marvelous. They did everything in their power to make sure that their food was made for them. The chef mad a flourless chocolate cake for my youngest granddaughter and she was delighted. This made their cruise being able to eat food without worrying they would get a reaction.
Travel Advisor: Elaine Clapp
Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas
By: Jennifer Morgan
Reviewed on: 01 Sep 2018
The ship and crew were terrific. The crew went out of their way to make the experience the best it could be. We liked the size of the ship, not too big, not too small. The ship needs refurbishment on the inside.
Travel Advisor: Dana Daza
Reviewed on: 26 Sep 2018
Only two negatives during our trip. The first day we had to tendor was a nightmare. Had to wait for hours to get off the ship. Second was all the nickel and diming done. They charge for everything. Other than those the all staff was great.
Reviewed on: 25 Sep 2018
for some areas (such as Alaska inland passage), the smaller Radiance would be great. For our trip, I think a larger ship would have made the 6 days at sea better with greater variety. In addition, I've never been aboard a cruise ship that didn't have a craps table in the casino. Seems the one on Radiance was replaced with a Texas Hold'em table just before this cruise to be set up for the Australian cruising preferences. Would have been better if they would have made that change once in Australia.
Reviewed on: 25 Sep 2018
Loved the ship,
Not real happy
By: Barbara faz
Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2018
We were at sea for 4days on our way to Hawaii! The group I was with kept us busy. I did a few things the ship offered and the experience was ok. The special restaurants were great but the Windjammers food choices were not very appealing. My cabin was perfect. Had to ask for lotion and shampoo,not supplied without asking.
Country Splashdown Cruisers
Reviewed on: 26 Sep 2018
I was very happy with my room on level 4 and inside cabin. It was very spacious. We also had a great steward... Rex. Did love the Winjsmmer for food, and dining room. We even enjoyed snacks at the Cafe after 9pm. We are a preforming group and we did not have at least a 30 min period around the pool to dance for the patrons. Also, no interview from Activities Director about our group on board or leader Shawn Parr from radio with his program Nashville Nights. We are usually part of one morning show. With dining... we did not have a Lobster dinner with Baked Alaska. I know we could have it but would need to pay extra. Princess does not do that. Did enjoy the shows in the theater and saw all of them. Then our line dance group had to retreat to the pool area to do our line dancing each night. Why couldn’t we have one evening to show guests the dancing in the Centrum. Princess always allows us to do a show for the ship inside and out by the pool. This was out 12 th Cruise.
Reviewed on: 04 Nov 2018
I had a really good time on my cruise. We were in the wake of Hurricane Olivia, I felt the captain’s updates were helpful and made me feel secure. All of the staff was attentive, food was good - not the best cruise food I have had but also not as crowded at the buffet which was very nice. I didn’t find too many drinks that I liked as I do like spirit forward drinks and they just seemed to go light on the alcohol and heavy on the sugar, not my personal favorite. The events that they had on ship were super fun, great crowd and just an overall good time. I thought the husband wife-cruise director team were very professional and approachable. I did love my state room, plenty of space, drawers and closet and our attendant was wonderful.
By: life cruiser
Reviewed on: 03 Oct 2018
A small, older ship. We have sailed a few times prior with Royal and I was surprised to see they charged for room service, no amenities in the bathroom (shampoo, conditioner, etc.). A lot of communication breakdowns in the dining areas. Food was sub-par.
Reviewed on: 29 Mar 2019
The trip was fine but the ship is showing its age.
Reviewed on: 22 Apr 2019
Another fine RCCL ship.
Travel Advisor: Randie Rosenberg
Nice ship and crew
By: Marcia B.
Reviewed on: 31 May 2019
The ship was great. I have sailed on the super size ones and smaller ones like this and love both. If you really like the extra's on the larger ships, be aware this one is an older and smaller ship. I liked it anyway.
Travel Advisor: Bridgett Quinn
Reviewed on: 31 May 2019
Not only was the ship just absolutely beautiful, but the events on the ship were fun and easy to get to. The staff was absolute perfection AND the food was phenomenal. We were sad to leave.
Travel Advisor: Teena Hunt
Reviewed on: 07 Jun 2019
We loved this ship. We were on the sister ship, the Serenade, in February of this year so it was familiar and comfortable. The whole trip was great.
By: Dane DeLoach
Reviewed on: 10 Jun 2019
This is a fantatic ship. Big enough but also small enough.
Reviewed on: 29 Jun 2019
We loved cruising to Alaska and RCCL is our cruise line of choice. This ship had a great crew that took care of all of our needs. The ship itself was in need of updating. We saw many things in need of repair. Our biggest complaint was in the main dinning room. The quality of the meals is not what we are used to. The layout of the room made it near imposible to have a table for two since you were seated on top of the next table. The staff prefered to seat you at the larger tables. The amenities on this ship were lacking.
Reviewed on: 07 Jul 2019
Wish there was a choice between yes and no. Like maybe, with reservations. The ship was old and showed it's age. Looked kind of rusty/raggedy. But the crew was great. They were always just wonderful. Friendly and helpful. Our cabin steward was terrific and kept the cabins very clean and neat. How do they remember everyone's name from the first day. The food was tired, didn't seem very fresh. But we went to the specialty restaurant one night (The Italian one) and it was great! I mean really great.