of the Seas
A Cruiser's Comparison
by Cynthia J. Marr
Maasdam (3/25/01, 7 days,
Stateroom K579, Western Caribbean); stats are built 1993, 55,000 tons,
1266 capacity, 600 crew
Millennium (4/21/02, 8
days, Penthouse 6018, Eastern Caribbean); stats are built 2000, 91,000
tons, 1950 capacity, 999 crew
Radiance of the Seas
(5/24/02, 3 days, Stateroom 8602, Pacific Northwest); stats are built
2001, 88,000 tons, 2100 capacity
Where possible, I
will try to provide facts for all three ships.
We are big band, ballroom dancers; thus, our cruising
experiences are geared toward dancing. Port information is not
provided in this review. We cruise to dance; and sometimes will even
overlook eating to enjoy good dancing. We bypass the port activities
in order to rest up for the evening’s activities and other onboard
We Are: I am a
woman over 60, semi retired, and my traveling partner, life-companion,
is a “few years older.” We both lost spouses and met during senior
dance activities. We feel God brought us together and are enjoying a
tremendously happy life, filled with love for each other, dancing, and
traveling together. He has been dancing since he was 16 in high
school. I, too, loved dancing in high school, but stopped after
marriage. Why do we cruise to dance when we can dance at home
(approximately five times a week)? Well, at home you do have to pay
fees, travel to and from the location, and find a parking place, etc.
And, if you have a drink or two, you need to worry about driving home.
Not so on a ship with dance activities; just a few steps here and a
few steps there. And the ambiance of dancing on a beautiful ship with
dinner included and wine, if desired, is a great deciding factor.
Cruises: He, a
former major in the US Army, was stationed in China for two years and
has traveled the world, first cruising on the Mariposa (actually a
pleasure cruise ship taken over by the Merchant Marines), and then
traveling throughout Northern Burma, India, and South China.
Since then he has been on eight cruises and introduced me to
cruising last year. The Radiance was my third cruise; I just love this
way of life.
currently have booked a 10-day cruise to the Southern Caribbean on
HAL’s Amsterdam, set to sail November 11, 2002.
And the big band Tommy
Dorsey Orchestra is scheduled for this cruise. Also, we are planning a trip to China next year, most likely
by air and land travel because we cannot find a cruise just in the
areas in which we wish to travel.
Agent: We have
been using AAA in Bellevue for the last couple of years and have been
very satisfied with their service. We
also take advantage of the maps and tour books for the various trips,
both cruises and other air/land trips, that we have taken over the
years. We usually do the research first on the Internet, and find
fares, etc. And our agent adds in the AAA rate and the senior rate,
etc. and ends up getting us the best fares. So, we are pleased.
usually elect to stay overnight in Fort Lauderdale. Last year, at the
Hilton and this year at the Best Western Inn, 1221 State Road 84. Both
rooms were OK and served their purpose.
Last year we had a late dinner at the Hilton. Since we arrived
earlier this year and since the Best Western had no place to eat (they
have continental breakfast), we went across the State Road 84 to a
German restaurant. It was an excellent place to eat, drink wine and
dance. Yes, they had dancing
and we took advantage of it. We just wished they stayed open later.
They closed at 11:00 p.m. (Saturday night). Both places have vans to
take you to the ships at Port Everglades.
Last year, getting on the Maasdam took a little longer. It
may be better now. This year, while at the Best Western we discovered
that I forgot to pack my beloved’s medication. Thus, we were
frantically calling the Millennium at midnight. We had a ship to shore
call which cost us $95. But we were very much relieved when the
ship’s nurse was reached and informed us that they had the
medications on board and would be able to assist us.
We were told to arrive at 10:30 am the following morning and
let them know that we had an appointment with the ship’s doctor.
Once on board, we saw the doctor and got prescriptions for the
medications, which the ship filled for us. Everyone was very nice to
us and thus our embarkation process on the Millennium was very good.
Later that day, we joined the Captain’s Club to gain the
special departure privileges.
On the Radiance,
since we live in the Bellevue area, we drove our car to Seattle’s
Pier 66 and entered the parking garage for the Bell Street Pier. Once
inside, they took our luggage and told us where to park. We parked on
the 4th floor level where the sky bridge is and walked across the sky
bridge. We headed up the
escalator to where check in is. There was a large line, but for some
reason, someone stopped us and said “This is your lucky day” and
she escorted us to the check in counter. The check-in process had not
started yet and everyone was getting their computer to log on to the
company’s network. They had difficulty and we waited in front of the
counter for about ten minutes before the lady got logged on. Then it
was a short ten-minute wait to go up the “gangway” and take a
picture and then board the ship.
three ships’ captains were very nice, congenial hosts who genuinely
seemed pleased that we were aboard.
All three ships had no vacancies.
Peter Jan van Maurik, HAL’s
Maasdam; attended the Champagne Welcome Party and a Mariner’s
Celebrity’s Millennium; met him at the Captain’s Welcome Aboard
Cocktail Party and at the Captain’s Club Receptions.
Kent Ringborn, RCCI’s Radiance of the Seas, has a great singing
voice; he sang during the Captain’s Welcome Aboard Reception,
greeted everyone personally and also took pictures with all guests who
requested it. I have a
very nice picture of the three of us.
believe the best cruise director on all three ships is a toss up
between Susan Wood on the
Maasdam and Jim Cannon on
the Millennium. These two were the most enthusiastic persons on their
respective ships, always greeting us with a smile and talking to us
and conducting classes we took part in.
The Radiance’s Ken
Rush, although he too was a nice personable friendly person, did not
provide the dance entertainment that the other two did.
The cabins on all three ships were approximately the same
size: 179 square feet on the Radiance, 170 square feet on the
Millennium and 182 square feet on the Maasdam. General layout of the
rooms and storage space were all excellent. One nice touch on the
Radiance was a curtained room divider between the bed and the sitting
area. All you needed to do was unhook the clasp and pull the drape
across the upper rod. This was very much appreciated when one wanted
to nap and the other did not, etc. And,
if one had difficulty sleeping, then one could read without disturbing
the other. Another feature of
the Radiance was that each of the bed lamps had two switches, one to
control the lamp and the other to control a night light built into the
lamp, which could be directed in various directions.
The sofa on the Maasdam was larger than the ones on the other
two ships and the storage space was larger for the vanity/desk area.
The hangers on the Radiance, however, were better than the other two.
The Millennium closet and storage was the largest. A fruit basket was
provided daily on the Maasdam. Ice
bucket and water were provided on all three ships, although the
Millennium was the nicest arrangement.
One thing that
bugged me was to have the bedspread on the bed with the top folded
enveloping our pillows. This
way of bed making is also done in some hotels. This, to me, is not the
proper way to make the bed. One should pull the top sheet over the
pillows to keep the pillows clean and then put the bedspread on the
bed. Everyone knows that the bedspread is not washed daily or even
weekly. Who knows how often the bedspread is washed and where it has
been lying around or what has happened to it? When we travel, we
always request that the bed spread be kept folded up in a drawer
somewhere. One usually cannot sleep with it on the bed; it is too
Service: We did
not order room service on any of the ships; thus we have nothing to
report on this.
There was no mini-bar on the Maasdam, nor the Radiance,
although the Radiance had a refrigerator, which may have been useful
on a longer trip. The Millennium had a mini-bar and we requested that
everything be removed and thereafter we used it for our own use.
suitcases can fit under the beds of all three ships.
If you have one that is too large, then leave it open and slide
it under. The best thing to do is to unpack everything and then store
your suitcases below the beds.
Radiance and the Millennium had room safes that use a number code,
four digits on the Radiance and six on the Millennium. These are easy
to use and easy to check to see if the safe is locked shut. The
Maasdam did not have a room safe. However, each of the bedside tables
had a locking top drawer with key.
While on the
Radiance, our room safe at one time would not open. We discovered that
perhaps when pressing the digit it did not register. Anyway, a call to
our Cabin attendant, Fannie, quickly brought a young man from
maintenance. It only took him a minute to make some kind of adjustment
and we then could access our safe. What a relief!
We had showers in all three bath areas. The nicest bath
area was on the Millennium. The Radiance had a built in cabinet with
mirror. We thought that if they
had installed it the reverse, then one would be able to see the back
of one’s hair in the mirror. But, they did not have this foresight.
There was probably no woman involved in the planning.
The Millennium has a nice area with curved horizontal bars on a
three level shelf area to hold toiletries, etc.
What we did was bring a sock holder, not a shoe holder, but a
12 pair plastic see-through sock holder with a hanger and hung it on
the bathroom door. This made it very convenient to see everything and
have it all in one handy place.
ships have a daily newsletter. However, the Radiance of the Seas has
the most attractive (yellow, blue, ivory and shading throughout). The
Compass provides a very nice newsletter headlined with Day One, Day
Two, etc., which lists all the daily activities and other events in
topic paragraphs. Accompanying the newsletter is a down sized 4.25”
x 11” 4 page Compass Planner. This single letter-size page, which
has been folded in half, mirrors to a smaller degree the larger sized
Compass newsletter. The Planner lists everything in chronological
order and is just the right size to fit in a man’s shirt pocket or
woman’s purse. We packed a yellow highlighter to highlight the
activities of interest to us.
was that the Millennium Daily was never delivered prior to 11 or 12
p.m. every evening. A complaint to the front desk indicated that they
were having difficulty with the printer. However, it was every night,
except perhaps once or twice that no delivery was made and we had to
retrieve it from outside the door every morning. The Daily did have a
single page pull out listing all the daily activities.
Newsletter provides a perforated section that you can tear out and
fold up listing all the daily activities, along with service hours,
dining hours and bar and lounge hours. And this section can then be
folded and carried in your shirt pocket or purse.
All ships printed
other newsletters, in different languages, depicting what was
happening in other cities and countries around the world. You can
usually obtain these from the reception desk area.
On The Ships: All
three ships were quiet and restful. We only recall one event that
drove us crazy. One evening while on the Millennium, when we were
trying to get to sleep, we could hear a cracking or noise that seemed
like it was coming from the movement of the ship. We discovered,
however, and much to our delight, that it was the sliding door to the
balcony. We opened and closed it again and the noise disappeared.
Cleanliness, Etc.: We
just heard that the Maasdam received a 98 inspection score from the
Coast Guard. If you will notice the stats above, the Maasdam has 600
crew members to a capacity passenger number of 1266. She almost has a
2 to 1 ratio of passengers to crew members. Thus, this will indicate
why we feel that the best service is on HAL’s Maasdam. Yes, the
service was the best. Why is that? Well,
we believe that the crew tries harder; they know that tips are not
automatic and that if they want any, they will have to earn them.
Holland America advocates that tips are not mandatory, while the
Millennium and the Radiance provide you with envelopes and guidelines
on what to tip and who to tip. And they expect you to follow the
guidelines. They also attach an automatic 15% tip to all bar bills.
There is something to be said about feeling good and being able to add
a tip to a bar bill depending on whether or not you received good
service. And to provide all other persons with a tip at the end of a
cruise, also depending on whether you received the expected service,
is HAL’s way.
We enjoyed breakfast
at the “buffets.” Actually the Lido (Maasdam) and the Ocean Café
(Millennium) are really cafeteria style. What was nice on both ships
is that there is someone to help you with your tray or assist in
finding you a table and bring you coffee, tea, etc. On the Radiance,
it was truly a buffet. You could help yourself to whatever you wanted.
However, finding a place to sit was difficult and most of the time we
found ourselves outside. One did not have a tray to use, but a big
huge plastic platter. So, you filled up your platter, found a seat and
then got your drinks, etc. We
saw no grapefruit or oatmeal on the Radiance. We enjoyed both of these
items on the Maasdam and the Millennium.
We tried breakfast
in the Maasdam’s Rotterdam Dining Room on two mornings and enjoyed
this too. Each time we got a table for two. One morning we opted for
this on the Millennium, but did not like it as well because they
seated us at a large table with several persons who were already in
different phases of eating. And they only had half the dining room or
a small section open. We went
to the omelet bar on the Maasdam and had a very nice omelet. On the
Millennium, we had an omelet, but could not eat it because the inside
was not cooked. We noticed, however, that later on they had someone
else making them and he was making sure that they were cooked. One
other time we ordered eggs over easy and they were good.
You can also get toast or toasted bagels on the Maasdam and the
Millennium, but not the Radiance.
All three ships had great
lunch selections, although we would rate the Radiance last. They had
less selections. One good item I had, however, was a tuna salad
sandwich on a bun on the Radiance. They had tuna wraps and I provided
a bun to the server and asked him to make me a tuna sandwich. And it
was delicious, so much so, that I went back and got another.
We had early seating on the Maasdam and the Millennium and we
opted for late seating on the Radiance. After having done it either
way, we believe the early seating is better, especially if you do not
spend a long day in port. We thought we would try the late seating so
as to accommodate an afternoon tea or late night buffet. However, none
was to be had on the Radiance. Both
the Maasdam and the Millennium had high teas in the afternoon, and
late night buffets but we did not try them. We did view some of them,
however, and thought they were very elegant and spectacular. Why did
we not try them? The 4 p.m. high tea time was just too close to a 6
p.m. dinner time and the late night buffets were just too much. After
eating three meals already in a day of anything and everything that we
wanted or craved, we had to draw the line somewhere.
Oh yes, we purchased
a Royal Cocktails card on the Radiance of the Seas; cost is $39 + 15%
gratuity for 12 drinks of choice, most house brands. And, we used it
up. I am unaware if the Maasdam or the Millennium had such a program.
Desserts on both the Maasdam and the Millennium were
outstanding, both in the Lido Buffet (Maasdam) and the Ocean Café
(Millennium). And the dining room desserts were top notch. Not so with
the Radiance. The Windjammer selections were OK, but not many to
choose from. The desserts in the dining room were only rated OK by us,
not outstanding or excellent at all. There was one angel food cake
dessert with strawberries served one evening.
You can get better angel food cake at the supermarket.
Bread pudding on
HAL and Baked Alaska, Cherries Jubilee, Chocolate Souffle, Crème
Brulee on both HAL and Millennium are desserts that you should not
did not try any of the specialty restaurants on any of the ships. In
actuality, the cost or fee imposed is not limited to the set service
fee, but it also includes the amount of money already spent for the
dinner that you will be missing in the dining room or in the buffet if
you choose to eat there instead. Also, the specialty restaurants take
a longer time to eat; and this would take time away from our dancing.
On the Radiance is
a little known restaurant called the Seaside
Café. Although this restaurant caters to the younger crowd, we
enjoyed a hot dog and strawberry milkshake one evening. It was the
last night of our cruise, after we were all packed, that we decided to
go up to Deck 12 and find the place. We had some feedback on it
through the Cruise Critic Boards. Up we went and ordered two hot dogs,
one for each of us and a strawberry milkshake to be split between the
two of us. Our order came with the grilled hot dog in a toasted bun,
smothered with onions, and with French fries, too. It was delicious.
The milkshake was the only item we had to pay for. It was $3.25
and we had to get it from the bar area.
The hamburgers and
hotdogs on the Millennium and the Maasdam were also great. The hot
dogs on all these ships are much better than the ones that you get at
a sports game or even at Costco.
Cream: All three
ships served ice cream. The best, however, was on the Maasdam. There
was a soft serve selection, plus sorbets and other items that you
could request of the server. Then you could help yourself to various
toppings, including fresh strawberries and whipped cream.
The Millennium had a similar setup, but with only a few
toppings and the server added those items as requested. We had vanilla
ice cream with toasted coconut and milk chocolate sauce. Very good.
And the Radiance had soft serve machines that you could fill chocolate
or vanilla ice cream cones or bowls with. But, they only had a bowl of
chocolate syrup available. However, you could get whipped cream from a
huge bowl on the dessert table. The
Radiance had very good cookies. We had an oatmeal raisin cookie and
dipped it in whipped cream prior to every bite. It was delicious.
Another item I enjoyed was the 2 x 3 inch apple rolled tart. These
were available daily on the Radiance near the sweet rolls in the
On the other side
of the Millennium’s ice cream section, was a similar section,
serving non sugar selections.
The Maasdam had the best on stage performances. The
production numbers were outstanding. Next was the Millennium and then
the Radiance. We made the decision not to see the last day’s show on
the Radiance because we did not think that the other two days were
that good. The Millennium had the best theater, with wonderful plush
seating with little tables for cocktails. The Maasdam was next with
similar seating and then the Radiance was last. The Radiance has cup
or glass holders to hold your drinks on the right arm of each seat.
Sightlines on all three ships were good. We never had a bad seat
watching any of the shows.
The Maasdam was
also the only ship that provided an artistic covered program for each
of their production numbers. It was nice to follow along and know what
was going to be next, etc., and also have the names of the people
First, let me say that you cannot dance on a ship’s deck,
at least not ballroom dancing. Our style of dance requires a nice
dance floor, and one needs to wear a shoe that will slide. Sport
shoes, running shoes and tennis shoes, etc. cannot be worn for this
type of dancing. Thus, any kind
of shoe with a smooth bottom, usually a leather soled shoe is the best
kind outside of a shoe made specifically for dancing.
The best dance
floor on all three ships was at the Colony Club on the Radiance of the
Seas. It has a nice large, rectangular shaped, smooth wood floor.
However, we only got to dance on the floor during the Captain’s
Reception. We were the first to take the step and get out on the dance
floor even though the band had been playing for at least 10 minutes.
On Day One, they scheduled a Quest activity. And the late night 11:00
to 12:30 am Rock n’ Roll party was devoted to twist. Nothing was
scheduled on Day Two other than the Captain’s Reception from 7:30 to
8:30 p.m. And on Day Three, they scheduled Karaoke in the Colony Club.
We would have loved
a variety of music, i.e., music for the Rumba, Cha Cha, Tango, Salsa,
Swing, Jive, Hustle, Fox Trot, Waltz, California Polka, etc.
The second best
dance floor is in the Ocean’s Bar on HAL’s Maasdam. We enjoyed
dancing every evening both before dinner and after (prior to going to
the evening show) and then again after the show. The Nevada Quartet
were a great group and played requests, such as New York, New York and
Pretty Woman. Such requests were made of the Radiance group and were
turned down with them saying that they did not know the songs. We got
the whole spectrum of the dances we liked with the Nevada Quartet.
And next is the the
Rendevous Lounge on the Millennium. We enjoyed dancing to Howard &
Rose’s music. However, we felt sorry for them after awhile because
they lost power to their instruments numerous times on several
Cosmos Nightclub, Deck 11, has a beautiful dance floor, but it is not
conducive to ball room dancing as one’s shoe can get hung up on the
ridges throughout the floor. However, we did enjoy dancing and
partaking of the lessons provided by the staff. The Cruise Director,
Jim Cannon, scheduled dancing one evening there with the Celebrity
Orchestra and this was great. They took requests and did a good job.
There should have been more activities with the Orchestra.
Oh yes, I should
mention the Vibz group on the Millie that usually played on the deck
by the pool. They were there during the sail aways, Tex Mex Night
(line dancing) and another swing night. One night they were in the
Cosmos Lounge and they were very good. And they took requests and
played Pretty Woman several times during the cruise.
need to realize that many persons who do not dance enjoy drinking, big
band music, and watching those who do dance. Therefore, they not only
need a big dance floor, but a large lounge or area for those who
prefer to drink and watch. And those who dance also drink too. So,
they are not losing the audience nor the big bucks spent on drinks
when they provide dance activities.
& Whirlpools: The
best ship was HAL’s Maasdam. The hot tubs were hot. I did not like
the T pool on the Millennium. There was no place to sit. One had to
slide one’s body over the metal railings and lie on them. And they
were always sticky, probably from everyone’s sun tan lotion.
The hot tubs on the Millie were OK; however, they were not hot.
The temperature was pretty mild. We enjoyed getting the kinks out in
the hot tub on the Maasdam. The hot temperature really did make our
bodies feel better. In all fairness, we did not try the Radiance
pools. We did not have good weather on our three-day trip and thus did
not feel like taking a dip.
& Videos: The
best photography department and photographers were on the Radiance.
Each one of the pictures was very good and we ended up purchasing all
of the photos. We only got one on the Millennium because we did not
like the others. On the Maasdam, these too, were very good and we
ended buying all of them.
A cruise lasting at
least seven days will usually create a video of the trip at a cost of
Drills: All three
ships conducted the mandatory fire drill. The Maasdam and the
Millennium passed with flying colors, getting everyone to their muster
stations, which were located on deck where they would be boarding the
lifeboats. The Radiance, in my opinion, did not pass the test because
all they did was get everyone to the muster station. We did not go
outside to the deck, but simply stayed in the lounge area that was
assigned to us. They did, however, call on the loudspeaker, all the
persons who were missing. It is very important that you take part in
the fire drills and not be the one to keep everyone waiting. On one
ship, people were standing in the hot sun and they had to wait for
others to arrive. And everyone should know that they should not be
carrying anything with them for the fire drill. In the case of a real
fire drill, you would not bring anything with you. Anything other than
your body and life vest would take up more room and make the life boat
weigh more. Thus, what you need to do, is pack your ID, Ship’s Card
and money, in a small wallet that will fit in your pocket.
Millennium had the best medical facility (see embarkation above), but
of course, we did not have to use the ones on the other two ships, so
we really have no comment on them.
We did, however,
see three or four children during our cruises who were injured in some
way, usually from having a door slammed on a hand. We felt sorry for
these children as they had to spend the rest of the cruise with some
degree of pain. If anyone needs to see the doctor, they should call
first and make an appointment as the doctor will not see any one
without an appointment. Of course, if it is an emergency, go directly
to the facility and have someone else call and say that you are on
your way. Do not sit and wait outside a closed door. Phone the number
on the door as they keep the door locked and they do not know that you
are waiting outside.
Sea Days: As
mentioned above, we are not enthusiastic about non sea days or
visiting the ports. There seems
to be a lockdown on non sea days. Everything
was closed. We wanted to use the golfing features of the Millennium,
but could never find anyone there. Messages left with the pro were
always returned, but we could never connect to make an appointment or
just to take advantage of what they had to offer. And, of course, you
cannot shop on the ships while the ships are in port. So, when can one
shop? They seem to be open only from 6 to midnight. And one cannot go
at 6 because of dinner. And the show follows dinner and then
thereafter, if one wants to go dancing, there is no time to shop. They
should have the shops open all night.
Days: We love sea
days because you can go out on your balcony and lounge around while
the ship is moving. We had a very nice balcony on the Millennium with
two lounge chairs.
We did get off the ship in St. Thomas. It was only on the
island that we found out that there was a holiday that weekend and
that certain streets were closed. We took a van (carries 12) into
town. The driver could not get close enough due to traffic jams, so we
all got out and walked about 6 blocks. We looked around a bit and then
decided to return to the ship. We should have started walking right
where we were. But instead we hailed another van (almost full) and he
tried to get down to the water area and make a left turn back to the
ships, but was turned around by traffic personnel. He then thought he
would try to outsmart everyone and went in a round about way to get
back down and ended up in a huge traffic jam, so huge, that he
requested everyone to get out and walk back to the ship.
We ended up walking 3.5 miles that day.
We suggest that you take an umbrella with you. Try to find one
with a fringe or ruffle, more like a parasol. I had one and was very
glad that I did.On the way back, we discovered that there were three
cruise ships in port. And, of course, this added to the cause of the
traffic jams throughout the city.
When we visited St.
Maarten, the Adventure of the Seas was docked along side the
Celebrity’s Millennium. The Millie really looked small next to the
AOS. In St. Maarten, there is a
water boat that takes you over to the shopping area. They wanted us to
get off at the first stop and walk over to the other shopping area.
That way, we would visit some of the shops along the way. However,
after walking 3.5 miles the previous day, we were in no mood to do a
lot of walking again. So, we insisted that we wanted to go over
directly and they took us there.
It was Sunday when
we visited Nassau; thus, we did nothing much but had a milkshake at
the Haagen Dazs and perused a few shops that were open. All ships
provided shopping and port information, including maps and coupons.
We Met: One of
the fun reasons for cruising is meeting wonderful people. We had Table
503 on the Millennium, very nice table for 8, at the back of the ship
on Deck 5. We enjoyed meeting and talking with Bob, Joyce, Frank,
Adele, Peter, etc. On the Radiance, we had table 418, again a very nice table,
for 10 this time and it was not filled. We enjoyed talking with
Arnelle, Susan, David, Shirley, Charmaine, Beth and others . We also
met an upcoming author, Elaine Zale.
Her first novel, Wing’s
of Love, was at the publisher’s; and after she described it to
me, I knew I wanted to read it.
Rain, Wind: You
should be aware that you may get sunburned, even while not in any
direct sun. Be careful as you may receive indirect sunshine through
reflections off the water, glass or in other ways. Prior to the
cruise, get a good hair cut, one that will not be bothered with the
wind because it will be windy while on the ship. Pack an umbrella for
use when it rains and when the sun is shining. You will be glad you
did as the sun gets very hot when walking around the various islands.
And, if you are in the Pacific Northwest or even going to Alaska, you
may need it for rainy weather.
That Could Be Made:
One thing that really bugged us was the lack of toilet seat
covers in all public restrooms on the RCL ship.
We were used to having use of them on the Millennium and the
Why have a beautiful dance floor like the one on the Radiance
and not use it? One evening it was devoted to Karaoke.
Activities like this, along with Bingo, could function very
well in the theater.
The cruise director should make sure that events take place as
scheduled; i.e. on the Radiance. lline dancing was scheduled for 2:30
p.m. and Trivia was scheduled for 3:00 p.m. in the same area. The
person conducting Trivia arrived 10 minutes early and had to take on a
quick line dance class to pacify the persons who arrived and had been
waiting for the last 20 minutes. The line dance teacher never showed
The last morning on any ship and subsequent travel to the
airport always takes time. Leaving the Maasdam took the longest and
the line at the airport was the worst. Imagine more than 2000 people
(from several ships) arriving at the airport. Waiting around the ship
took hours going through customs and then disembarking. The Millennium
was better because we had Captain’s Club privileges and got off the
ship fairly fast. While waiting outside trying to hail a taxi cab,
there were no orderly lines and everyone was trying to grab, grab,
grab. And of course, it takes all day to fly home.
The Radiance was
OK. However, we had to fill out disembarkation information indicating
that we did not have an airplane to catch. Consequently, we had to
wait until nearly 10:00 to get off the ship, until they called our
Lavender color. One does not mind waiting if one has an idea of how
long, but of course, no one could tell us this. And the waiting had to
be in the public areas, no waiting in the cabins, which had to be
vacated by 8:00 a.m. So, we sat around for 2 hours. Once off the ship,
however, it went fairly fast.
We did call the
evening before with the question of how we were going to get our
luggage to the car parked in the parking garage. The person at the
reception said that all you have to do it get a porter and he will
take you with your luggage to your car.
The porter we found informed us that he could not cross the
street, but he said he would take us to the elevator that will get us
to the sky bridge. So, once we
got on the elevator, we had to maneuver our luggage across the sky
bridge and to our car, which fortunately was on the same level, Level
Now, for a good
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