Radiance of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International
April 7 ~ 14-day Panama Canal
The Radiance is one of the nicest ships I've been on, the wood decor
and the attention to detail in every area was very impressive. Our
cabin (3600 block) was spacious and very comfortable. I could be wrong
but I think our bed was king size, it was bigger than a queen for
sure. The storage areas in the cabin were more than enough in fact we
had space left over.
Every public area on the ship is comfortable and very appealing,
particularly the Crown and Anchor room. That was a nice place to relax
right off the pool area. Both alternative dining rooms (Portofinos and
the Chop House) were fantastic, as was the dining in the Cascades.
Every meal I had on the ship was A+.
Speaking of dining, I loved the multiple stations in the
Windjammer--that was a great idea. I'm not sure why the Windjammer is
directly under the basketball court because the noise was a little
annoying, but the area is very nice.
First and foremost Gordon Whatman is the best cruise director I've
sailed with. Funny entertaining very easy to talk to and deal
with. The rest of the staff were nice and very accommodating. There
were some rough spots with some new staff but nothing major at all.
I did notice something that I've never experienced before on ship.
There were a lot of staff from Sweden, Slovakia, Holland, etc. and
those folks (primarily women) were not happy being on the ship at all.
They were very vocal about it. I guess the gist of it was that they
could make decent money in the their countries and not wipe a table
off everyday in the Windjammer or hand out photos all day. It was
strange because you would say something like "how's it
going" and they would go right into "fine as soon as I can
go home and have a nice meal..." etc.
No ship on any cruise line should go to Costa Rica, PERIOD 'nuff said.
Aruba, Cabo and Acapulco were all nice and of course the Canal trip
very scenic and informative.
ODDS & ENDS:
The Colony Club set up was a good idea, very nice. The is also very
easy to use if you are disabled, they did a good job in that area.
Entertainment was the same as always, singers and dancers mixed with a
juggler and magician. All were very good and worth seeing.
Activities were well planned and the staff made them fun for everyone.
Loved the Coffee Shop/Bookstore... great idea!
Only one, the whole Crown and Anchor Society and Diamond member status
has become a joke. The ONLY advantage to being a Diamond member is 20%
off in the gift shop. Now 20% is nothing to sneeze at but lets face it
the markup is 200%. There is no early check in and basically never has
been based on our experience and according to the Crown and Anchor
coordinator on the ship. But here's the kicker, we went to ask about
booking another cruise and asked the C&A guy about savings as
Diamond members. His response "there is no advantage to being a
Diamond member and we are working on that." So that was a little
disappointing but we press on.
All in all I highly recommend the ship to anyone going on a cruise, if
we sail RCCL again this is the ship we will go on. Take care
and BON VOYAGE!
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