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Royal Caribbean International: Radiance of the Seas

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Radiance of the Seas Review

Insider Take

Best For People Who Want

A spacious, modern ship with plenty of nightlife and all the other trappings of a mega-ship without the crowds.

Decor

Radiance is an airy and open ship, with plenty of views of the sea, unlike her Voyager-class brethren. The atrium, called the "Centrum" rises nine light-filled decks with vast expanses of floor-to-ceiling glass making this ship a joy to sail to picturesque destinations. In fact, fully half the ship's exterior is glass, some 110,000 square feet of it! An enormous glass panel rises from Decks 5 (the lobby) to 12, making visible vast expanses of sea and sky.

The ship's most beautiful rooms are on Deck 6. Schooners Bar is thoroughly nautical, with dark paneling and blue carpet. The enormous low-key Colony Club evokes a private British club you'd see in a film adaptation of a Graham Greene novel set in India or Hong Kong. The Solarium, a glassed-in pool area, has an African theme, with three enormous plaster elephants overlooking the pool. You'll hear bird and animal sounds through the towering tropical plants.

Even the ships' high-style public bathrooms, with their marble floors and counters and porthole-like mirrors, are gorgeous. And cabin deacute;cor, featuring navy blue and copper tones, is a welcome change from the line's very Miami Vice pinks, mints, and baby blues.

Public Rooms

The obvious heart of the ship is the lobby bar, where an ensemble performs each night, is people naturally congregate. Two decks above. the low-key Champagne Bar offers views of the atrium through floor-to-ceiling windows. A small but well-stocked library also faces the atrium.

On Deck 6, Bombay Billiards Club has the first pool tables at sea - and very high tech pool tables at that, each balanced on a ball bearing the size of a grape; the table may move as the ship rocks, but the balls are always stationary. The natty Schooners features marine blue chairs accented by real teak throughout, with nautical antiques and reproductions. In the adjacent Colony Club there is a large dance floor and stage suitable for a variety of entertainment.

Deck 12 offers Scoreboard, a sports bar with multi flat panel televisions and a satellite connection to ESPN. Close by is the tiny Crown and Anchor Club, but don't miss it, you can stand on a glass platform with a view of the entire atrium beneath your feet.

Perched high atop the ship, the traditional Royal Caribbean Viking Crown Lounge offers a near 360 degree panoramic view above the top of the entire ship. On Radiance it is divided into a disco and a low-key room with small stage for performances.

The tranquil library evokes a traditional English study; while the literary retail outlet Books, Books & Coffee features some 200 titles - as well as cappuccino, pastries and pizza.

Radiance boasts a more upscale shopping area than what appears on other Royal Caribbean ships, including designer-branded fashion wear and brilliant jewelry store. Nearby the Internet area is a small coffee and pastry shop with the unforgettable name of Latte'tudes. One of the best features of the ship is the cinema which shows two features per day, or for more interactive amusement, gamblers are drawn as moths to flames to Casino Royale, the ship's large gaming spot.

Indoor smoking is allowed only on passenger cabins, a small area at the rear of the Colony Club Lounge on Deck 6, in the casino, and in a designated area in the Starquest Disco. Outside, smoking is restricted to the starboard side of the ship. Remarkably, even the seating areas immediately in front of the outdoor bars are designated non-smoking areas. The ship is well laid out and easily navigated.

Restaurants

Cascades, the glamorous two-level main dining room, has a waterfall, a grand staircase, and enormous pillars, and could be right out of a 1940s film. Two smaller dining rooms, Breakers and Tides, enjoy the same high level of service. The Windjammer Cafeacute; serves casual breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks, and dinner. This restaurant has food stations for individual courses (meat, sandwiches, vegetables), cutting down on lines. In the morning, get yourself a made-to-order omelet. The best seating is just beyond the main restaurant area, where you may dine al fresco overlooking the aft, or in cozy banquettes. The specialty restaurants, Chops and Portofino, are both tiny, elegant and quite wonderful. The Seaview Cafeacute;, perched above the Windjammer, serves light meals in the afternoon, early evening, and late night to 1 a.m.

Tipping

Royal Caribbean suggests a per person per day gratuity of $3.50 for the stateroom attendant ($5.75 if sailing in a suite); $3.50 for the waiter; $2.50 for the Assistant Waiter; .75 Head Waiter. These gratuities may be paid in cash or charged to your onboard account. For children sailing as third or fourth passenger in the stateroom, tipping is at the parents' discretion.

A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to all beverage tabs. Gratuities for room service, spa, casino and other staff are at your discretion.

Entertainment

The two-level Aurora Theatre has an Arctic theme, with sculptured balconies, sidewalls and parterre divisions resembling glacial landscapes, and a dazzling stage curtain inspired in the Aurora Borealis. Sight lines are excellent, and you're highly likely, whatever your musical prejudices, to enjoy the likes of Rockin' in Paradise, a special-effects-laden celebration of tropical music. Lounges have pianists and combos playing everything from C&W to jazz. The lobby bar has a group performing Broadway show tunes each night. Two non-first-run movies are screened daily in the ship's cinema. In-cabin movies are also scheduled throughout the day.

Fitness/Spa

The 15,500 sq. ft. ocean view ShipShape Spa comprises three sections: a beauty and health center with 12 treatment rooms including Rasul and thermal suite ($15 for a half-hour); an aerobics area with mirrored wall and wood-suspended aerobics floor; and the gym, with 18 treadmills, 10 Reebok Recumbent Cycles, eight Reebok Body Peaks, four Reebok Ridge Rocker Cycles, four Reebok Body Treks, free weights, and multiple benches. There are stereo sound and television monitors throughout. There's a wide selection of scheduled fitness activities, including stretching and aerobics classes and aquadynamics. The famous rock-climbing wall rises 200 feet above the sea with five separate climbing tracks. The Sports Club & Country Club has golf simulators, ping-pong, a basketball court, and deck games. There's even a 9-hole miniature golf course and a jogging track.

Attire

An unusually high percentage of gentlemen don actual tuxedos on the two formal nights per cruise, though no one would grouse if they chose a dark suit. There's so much to do on any given evening that not all passengers dress alike anyway.

Should Be Avoided By People Who Prefer

A small-ship congeniality and comradely atmosphere; single open seating; a large variety of dining options

Radiance of the Seas underwent an extensive upgarde in June of 2012 where the line added several restaurants and other new features to the ship. For an extensive of the improvement consult this article "Radiance 2011 Upgrades."

The changes being made to Radiance of the Seas include seven new dining options added to the ship - borrowed from what are believed to be the best culinary ideas currently in operation on other Royal Caribbean cruise ships:

Samba Grill is a Brazilian Charascurria - a unique way of cooking large cuts of meat on a turning spit high above a heat source. The juices melt in the slow cooked meat after hours of turning. Dinner guests can request cuts of the meat taken directly off of the fire and brought to the table by the waiter at any time. The waiter holds the steel shaft and cuts slices off directly onto the plate of the guest. The per person charge will be $25. The Samba Grill will be located on deck 12 - set to replace the Seaview cafe - which is near the aft end of one of the upper decks, behind the sport's deck and kid's pool. This is in keeping with the al fresco approach the restaurant was given on Allure of the Seas within the Solarium area.

Rita's Cantina (Mexican) also originally introduced on Allure of the Seas, is a standard Mexican food eatery which comes with mariachi singers and other special entertainment. There is an a la carte menu - no reservations are required. On Radiance, the Cantina will be located in the aft end of the Windjammer cafe, starboard side. It will be completely inside, no al fresco dining. The menu is a la carte, no reservations required.

Giovanni's Table (Italian) features family-style servings of Italian favorites. $15 lunch and $29 dinner, per person. This restaurant will replace the fine Italian dining room "Portofino's" on Radiance. The new room on deck six - opposite the Schooner Bar and next door to Chop's Grill, which will remain, will be open for both lunch and dinner, the cost is $15 for lunch and $25 for dinner. The servings will come "family-style" portions.

Park Café (Deli) is a traditional New York style deli, with table seating, self service and no cover charge. You can get freshly sliced deli meat sandwiches as well as bakery items and delicious specialty coffees. This is a very nice space, first tried on Oasis and also included on Allure of the Seas. On those ships the cafe is mostly indoors but there is also plenty of al fresco dining within the "Central Park" area. On Radiance the room will be inside the expansive Solarium, so it will have an outdoor feel although it is fully enclosed with windows and temperature controlled. This is one of my personal favorites for the new ship.

Izumi (Sushi) is a Japanese restaurant with sushi, sashimi and more japanese style food - the menu is a la carte. It will be located on deck 11, aft - opposite Rita's Cantina and also within the enclosed aft section of the Windjammer Café. Reservations are recommended and they can be made online or at one of the new "digtal signage" kiosks to be located throughout the ship.

The Boardwalk Dog House (Hot dogs) is an all-you-can-eat, Coney Island style hot dog stand. There is no cover charge for the dogs. You can get them with any traditional accoutrement you desire; sauerkraut, mustard, relish, catsup, onions, etc. On Allure of the Seas the Dog House is located on the Boardwalk of , having replaced the donut shop on Oasis of the Seas. On Radiance it will not be outside, but rather it will be within the Windjammer Café.

Chef's Table (High end restaurant) will be the most specialized restaurant onboard featuring fine steaks and other gourmet offerings. In fact, this is more of an event than a meal. The table seats 16 people, the meal is five or six course, and each course comes with a wine pairing. The meal is "hosted" by the chef, and each guests receives a signed souvenir cookbook at the end of the meal. There is a $95 per person cover charge - alcohol included. Reservations are required. This event is generally sold out every night of every cruise of the Royal Caribbean ships that offer it - without any publicity. It is possible to book this meal before your cruise sails on the Internet and that is probably the only way to get a reservation. The location is deck six, aft - in the space that was previously the card room.

The Quill & Compass (Bar) will be a new British-style pub. The room is based upon the very popular pubs along the Royal Promenades as first installed on the Voyager Class. These rooms give guests a chance to interact with singer/guitarist who knows the popular songs and plenty of jokes to go with them. The Radiance designers wanted the room to have a similar feel so they created a new facade amd walkway connecting the casino and the cinema within the area that was previously the Sports Bar. Along that facade they added the appropriate-looking pub entrance. This is on deck 6, mid-ships. It will be open until the last reveler is ready to go to bed. Several varieties of Ale will be on tap.

That Cinema, by the way, will receive the latest in 3-D technology so Radiance can show DreamWorks Animation movies such as the Kung Fu Panda II movie set to debut the same week Radiance comes out of dry dock in Victoria, B.C.

The Royal Babies & Tots Nursery will handle children as young as six months old with special babysitting, napping and changing services. This new area will be located on deck 12 next to the older children's activities area, Adventure Ocean. There will be a staff to baby ratio of 3 to 1. The nursery will be open daily until midnight (on most nights). Private babysitting will still be available but offered through the guest relations department.

A brand new Diamond Lounge and Concierge Lounge for Crown & Anchor Society members will also be added. These rooms are being built within the existing Viking Crown Lounge. Diamond level, Diamond-plus and Pinnacle level members of the Crown and Anchor Society will get access to the Diamond Lounge with its concierge, complimentary breakfast and open bar during the cocktail hour. Pinnacle and Diamond-plus members can jpin guests residing in suites in the Concierge Lounge - also with complimentary breakfast and open bar during the cocktail hour.

Further Radiance Enhancements - Radiance will have many of the best elements found on bigger ships like Oasis of the Seas. It will have almost all of the same restaurants, excluding 150 Central Park and Johnny Rockets. There will be a Cupcake Cupboard, as first introduced on Oasis.

The ship will also be getting the "digital wayfinder" interactive computer kiosks that are on Oasis and Allure. These virtual maps and box-offices are large touch-screens with interactive menus. Guests can see the availability of different restaurants and make reservations on the spot. The reservation gets recorded to the ship's computer instantly. Guests can also reserve shore excursions and any shows that may have assigned seating. They can swipe their keycards at the kiosk and those then serve as the "ticket" for the reservation they just made.

A large outdoor poolside movie screen, with a 15-foot screen, will be set up on the pool deck for watching movies at night and other kinds of programming during the day. The entire pool area is receiving pure teak decking - doing away with the artificial turf.

Every stateroom will be receiving new tile and new flat panel televisions that conveniently tilt directly towards the bed or the couch. Wi-Fi has been enabled throughout the ship, including in the staterooms. These Interactive televisions to be added to staterooms will allow passengers to book shore tours, order room service or check their onboard spending balance at any time.

Onboard Experience

As the first ship in the Radiance-class of modern vessels by Royal Caribbean (Radiance, Brilliance, Serenade Jewel) , Radiance and her sisters were built as the antidote to the concept of bigger is better as typified by the larger Voyager-class ships of Royal Caribbean, 1999. These ships are newer and smaller, and they are also better, carrying all the sports and dining options of the bigger ships, but in a smaller package with more space per passenger.

And what's not to like? At just over 90,000-tons for 2500 passengers (maximum), these ships fit in to the "right-sized" category of ships akin to Carnival Spirit, and Island Princess, to give you the best a mega-ship has to offer, such as an array of onboard activities, but in a more uncrowded and accessible manner. These are the modern mid-sized ships which give you the best of all possible cruising worlds, comfort & convenience with plenty of action in an uncrowded environment.

Cuisine

It's as good as on any of the mass market lines', though only one salad is offered on the menu (in addition to the always-available Caesar). The ship has two alternative dining venues,Chops offers delicious food with equally delectable presentation. The $20 per person surcharge includes the service fee. Radiance also features a Murder Mystery dinner one evening in Portifino that requires reservations. The price is a dear $49.95 per person, but includes a pre-set wine selection.

Service

It's obvious that the multinational staff and crew enjoy watching their passengers enjoy themselves. They're uniformly cheerful, knowledgeable, and eager to help. The wait staff in every restaurant is noticeably solicitous and conscientious.

Cabin service staff is efficient but unobtrusive. The purser's desk is notably responsive, especially in view of how much troubleshooting they must have to do on a ship this size. Room service, though, can be pretty slow.

Cabins

Out of a total 1,050 staterooms, 813 have ocean view and 577 private verandas; Standard features in all cabins include refrigerator/mini-bar, hair dryer, interactive TV, telephone, computer jack, and a large closet and plenty of drawers. In standard and most balcony cabins, bathrooms have a shower and one large medicine cabinet. There are also such welcome touches as beds with rounded corners and lighted vanity tables with mirrored cabinets. Tubs are found only in the highest category staterooms; most bathrooms have just showers (though unexpectedly large ones) with medicine cabinets. There are even full-length mirror in the "superior" category cabins. There are 14 wheelchair-accessible staterooms.

Radiance has some of the best balcony cabins at sea, and for the very best look to the aft cabins on decks decks 7-10 where the Cat. D rooms have the largest balconies on the ship, measuring 13 ft. long x 9.5 ft. wide. There are steel walls between balconies instead of the glass common to most new ships, which affords no privacy at all. Overall, the staterooms on this ship are larger than the average Royal Caribbean cabin. While inside cabins measure only 165 sq. ft.; outside cabins range from 170 to 204 sq. ft., and the five categories of suites from 293 to 1,001 sq. ft.

Beware the uncomfortable "cot style" beds, which RCI has promised to replace fleet wide by the end of 2007. Let's hope they also spring for better sheets, blankets and towels.

Children's Facilities

"Adventure Ocean" is the title of Royal Caribbean's youth programs where youths are separated into five age groups: Aquanauts (age 3-5, must be toilet trained), Explorers (age 6-8), Voyagers (age 9-11), Navigators (age 12-14) and Teens (age 15-17).

Facilities open 30 minutes ahead of morning shore excursion departures so parents can leave their children before they leave the ship. On sea days, organized activities are offered from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., with group babysitting from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. for a fee. The program runs year-round in the Caribbean, Bermuda, Bahamas, Mexico, Hawaii and Alaska. Teen centers are now open past 2 a.m.

A new program for developed in partnership with toy maker Fisher-Price offers tots 45-minute playgroups for children six months to three years old when accompanied by an adult. The program involves storytelling, creative arts, music and a variety of Fisher-Price learning toys and games.

Private babysitting is offered from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., provided sitters are available, for children from one year old. The rate is usually between $8.00 and $10 per hour depending on the number of children in the family. Cash payment is made directly to the sitter. Arrange through Guest Services at least 24 hours in advance.




Ship Overview

As the first of five Radiance-class ships launched in 2001, Radiance of the Seas was also one of the first in the Royal Caribbean fleet to receive major renovations in 2012. In addition to new staterooms, upgrades include an outdoor movie screen poolside, a pub, an updated wine bar, the casual Park Café, Asian, Italian, and Brazilian specialty restaurants, a Mexican restaurant, digital signage, lounges for elite past passengers, and a new nursery.

Considered by many people to be the most beautiful vessels in the Royal Caribbean fleet, Radiance-class ships are large but sleek and swift, with sun-filled interiors and panoramic elevators that span 10 decks along the ships' exteriors.

Big, bigger, biggest! In the early 1990s, Royal Caribbean launched Sovereign-class ships, the first of the modern megacruise liners, which continue to be the all-around favorite of passengers who enjoy traditional cruising ambience with a touch of daring and whimsy. Plunging into the 21st century, each ship in the current fleet carries more passengers than the entire Royal Caribbean fleet of the 1970s, and has amenities—such as new surfing pools—that were unheard of in the past.

All Royal Caribbean ships are topped by the company's signature Viking Crown Lounge, a place to watch the seascape by day and dance at night. Expansive multideck atriums and promenades, as well as the generous use of brass and floor-to-ceiling glass windows, give each vessel a sense of spaciousness and style. The action is nonstop in casinos and dance clubs after dark, while daytime hours are filled with poolside games and traditional cruise activities. Port talks tend to lean heavily on shopping recommendations and the sale of shore excursions.

What You Should Know

Pros

  • Aft on deck 6, four distinct lounges and a billiard room form a clubby adult entertainment center
  • Spacious family ocean-view cabins sleep up to six people
  • Ships offer a wide range of family-friendly activities and games

Cons

  • Upgraded features of the fleet are not consistent throughout this ship class, so check before booking
  • Dining options that charge have replaced some that were previously complimentary
  • Libraries are tiny and poorly stocked for ships this size
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 857
  • Entered Service 2001
  • Gross Tons 90,090
  • Length 962 feet
  • Number of Cabins 1,056
  • Passenger Capacity 2,112 (2,501 max)
  • Width 106 feet
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Jan 12, 2012

Sydney - NZ ports - Sydney

A great ship, wonderful attentive crew BUT... see below. Highlight for us was seeing the Comet Lovejoy from our balcony. We experienced lovely weather and smooth seas most of the trip. Food was excellent in all areas with plenty of choices but why anyone would want to pay extra for specialty restaurants is beyond me. Stateroom met our expectations and was clean and comfortable. We could not hear the Captains messages from the bridge

and the commentary about ports we visited was not always broadcast over the TV so if we were in our cabin we could not hear it. The commentary about Auckland and points of interest there was given as we were sailing out of the harbour! Could have been more onboa rd activities such as lectures and/or demonstrations eg; interest groups. We were not kept informed about events and the outcome such as our sighting of a comet, the man overboard drama and I found that Guest Services were not very helpful when approached re problem children or asked about the light we saw in the sky for 3 nights. Internet charges were very high at 65 cents a minute. We only did one excursion on the train from Dunedin. The trip was great but terribly overpriced at just on $200 pp when we could have bought the train ticket ourselves for $84! Don't pay for excursions but go ashore and ask the locals where to go, jump on a local bus and do your own thing. Research before you go on the cruise and find out what you would like to see and how to get there. Sometimes a taxi can be cheaper than paying for shore excursions. Our trip was marred by gangs of children running riot in the lifts, stairs, casino, bars, restaurants and in the adults only pool. I ousted 2 young boys from the casino, they were playing chasings round the poker machines and nearly knocked over an elderly disabled lady. The crew seemed unable or unwilling to pull the children into line. We booked this trip for a relaxing holiday and especially because of the advertised adults only pool so it was disappointing. Royal Caribbean quotes codes of conduct and age restrictions however they do not uphold same. Take my advice - NEVER book in school holidays.

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Dec 8, 2011

Australia

Shore excursions were extremely poor and therefore expensive. Dunedin was the worst shore excursion I have ever done. Dont use the ships trips unless you are desperate... After our bad experience we just did or own trips once off the ship ..they were very good and less than half the cost of the ships trips. A bit hit and miss in the dinning room but very good in the windjammer. Very good as we were given a family room. Tai chia

a fantastic activity. Stay away from all excursions too expensive and of a very poor quality. Quite a few passengers were caught up in the qantas issue and the ship waited an extra day in Fremantle which I thought was very good customer service... Even though we had to miss a port of call so as to catch up.

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Oct 24, 2011

Hawaii to Sydney

What a great cruise except for on very minor item for me. I love my coffee and was very very dissapointed that Radiance had absolutely no variation in in their coffee. Each and every dining room had exactly the same coffee. The amazing thing was the there was a wonderful variation in tea bags. What a pity I didn't drink tea.

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Jul 12, 2011

Alaska

We enjoyed just about everything about the cruise and the land tour. The ship was in pretty good shape and you could tell that much of it was new or refurbished. The food in the dining room was very good. The food in the Windjammer could have been better at times. There is a cafe in the solarium that offered breakfast and lunch which was pretty good. The hot dog shop outside of the Windjammer was nice except that the service was slow at times.

We used room service often for coffee and breakfast and they were sometimes quite slow. The staff sometimes didn't understand english very well either. The stateroom was very nice except that our bathroom smelled like a sewer when we first entered it. We called and complained immediately and they reported that they could not find anything wrong. There was some kind of debris hanging from underneath the toilet rim that looked disgusting and was a possible source of the odor. We called again to complain and it got taken care of. A stateroom supervisor called and personally visited our stateroom to make sure we were satisfied. We boarded the ship around 12:30 PM and we still did not have our luggage at 7:30 PM. We watched a man from the staff drag 1 piece of luggage at a time down our hallway. It didn't matter what size it was, and he would only take one. Myself and my brother in law eventually went to the opposite end of the hall and retrieved our own luggage. I think this was supposed to be handled by the stateroom attendant, I am not sure. If that was the case, he was no where to be found. Our nieces used the Adventure Ocean often and they really enjoyed it. I found that there was always something to do even if we just sat on our balcony and viewed the scenery. We missed not having the Royal Promenade from the Freedom Class ships. We stayed at the Bear Lodge in Fairbanks and the room was nice and the food in the restaurant was great. We did the Salmon Bake in Fairbanks which had lots of potential, but it was disapointing. They used a glaze or sauce on the Salmon which we did not enjoy. They also had prime rib and it was very fatty. We did a show in a little theatre which was adjacent to the Salmon bake. The show was very corny and somewhat lame for our tastes. I will say that much of the crowd was elderly and they seemed to enjoy it. I got the feeling shortly after the show started that they cater to an older audience. We did a whale watching excursion with a salmon lunch which was great in Juneau. If you like King Crab don't miss Tracy's Crab Shack in Juneau near the ship's dock. They have the best crab and crab chowder. We did a riverboat tour in Fairbanks which was also very nice. We did a gold panning excursion near Fairbanks which was pretty good except that the talked way to much about the panning process. We didn't plan anything for Icy Strait (Hoohnah) and I wish we did. A man in a neighboring stateroom did whale watching there and said it was very good. We did the lumberjack show in Ketchikan and a native american village tour which were both pretty good. The indian village had a gift shop where they sold totems made on site. We did another salmon bake in Skagway which was pretty good at an area called Liarsville which is a recreated klondike gold rush camp. The camp was interesting but the little show and gold panning was a waste of time. We enjoyed shopping on Broadway in Skagway. Our overall experience was outstanding! Kristina from Royal Celebrity Tours was outstanding during our land tour. The bus driver Rose was also very nice and quite knowlegable. The rail club car was very clean and modern. The food on board the train was good. We did a 120 mile round trip by bus in Denali National Park. The bus driver/tour guide was Jayson and he was excellent. The drivers should work together and not fly past each other to avoid splashing mud all over the windows. The windows got so dirty that you could not see out of them and I just went to sleep. The park is beautiful but I really thought we would see more wildlife. This is certainly nobodys fault. We did not get back to the hotel until 9:30 PM and I know that I was exhausted but hungry. The cost of food in the hotel restaurant was quite expensive. I settled for soup and went to bed. The next morning we got a breakfast sandwich from a small cafe' at the hotel because of the expense. We stayed at the Talkeetna Lodge overnight and they had no AC. They said that they didn't feel it was needed. Even though it doesn't get hot there, they could use the air. The food at the one restaurant was good and reasonably priced. We ate breakfast at the Talkeetna Roadhouse and the food was pretty good and very large portions.

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Mar 24, 2011

tampa to cozumal

This was our first cruise and we were AMAZED. The Radiance was nothing short of spectacular. I guess I must be missing somthing reading all the negative reviews of ship is stunning. My family and I can't stop talking about the cruise one of the greatrst vaca's ever. My son Jacob 11 was so busy he was exhausted. From basketball,dodgeball,volleyball thepools the arcade he had a blast! Oh how could I forget his favorite part of the ship the Windjammer

buffet. The selection of food was tremendus and delicious. The Cascades dining room was elegant and the food and service was second to none. The shows on the ship were plentiful and something for anyone.The fitness center was better than my gym, of course the view of the Gulf from my teadmill every morning was, well you gurssed it , AMAZING. Our stateroom was nice and our room attendant Allen was excellent. The crew on the ship were all wonderful, friendly,and helpful. Some of the favorite phrases of the crew were yes, how can i help you , and have a nice day. Cozumal was nice spent the day at paradise beach highly recommend that.. Thank you Royal Carribean for the vacation of vacation's we will be back, as a matter of fact the day after we got home we booked for next year see ya then!!!!!!!!!

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