Last Friday, we embarked on our cruise; the Radiance of the Seas looks pretty good! As you may know, they did a $20 million refurb/upgrade in May 2011. Everything looks great and fits seamlessly (those that don’t know about the dry dock wouldn’t know, which I guess is one of their design objectives). The newly added electronics really make the ship feel like it’s brand new, state of the art. This includes the outdoor movie screen, flat screen TV’s in every cabin, as well as touch screen navigation systems in most corridor junctions throughout the ship; these are used for both ideas of activities happening now or soon as well as to map your way.
The service and dining so far has been pretty good. There are, however, some new policies with Royal Caribbean that our table mates discovered and were disappointed with (and I agree; it’s inconsistent and confusing). Example: if you have iced tea in the Windjammer (buffet) at lunch, it’s available/included, but if you want it during breakfast you have to order it and pay for it! Doesn’t make sense to me.
I forgot to mention before that the hospitality of the Alaskan people is outstanding, everywhere! Down to earth good natured and genuine. A very welcoming part of the world to visit because you’re always made to feel welcome no matter where you are or what you’re doing, even if you’re not buying anything, they’re truly happy you’re visiting.
In Juneau on Sunday, our helicopter tour with glacier landing got cancelled due to poor visibility so we made the most of the day wandering about “downtown” perusing the shops and sampling local treats (smoked salmon!). Despite the rainy weather, Juneau is still a very picturesque place to explore.
Next stops, Skagway, Icy Strait Point, Ketchikan and then home (Vancouver). Pictures coming soon, too.Wes Ewing Cruise Specialist CruiseExperts Travel ————————————————- t: 604.737.8100 –ext. 128 | t: 1.800.565.2784 | f: 604.737.1672 e: Wes@CruiseExpertsTravel.com