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  1. Radiance class offer an experience somewhat different from larger ships. Both are good, just different. It's been a few years since I was on one, but I particularly liked the aft Windjammer area.
  2. Love Radiance class ships. Everywhere you go, you see water. We’ve spent more time on these ships, probably because they do the best, out of the ordinary, itineraries.
  3. Why choose one or the other? We do both and love them all. Though if I had to choose...my favorite class is still Radiance series, love all four sisters! As others have mentioned...they feel more homey. 🙂 A CC friend once responded to my question of "Which ship do you like the best?"....with "Whatever ship I am currently on". Smart lady.
  4. I enjoy Vision class and Radiance class the best. If I want bigger the Freedom class is nothing but a Vision Class that's stretched out. Not huge but big enough. Least favorite is Quantum Class. I could go on for a whole page on what I don't like Quantum Class ships.
  5. I'm not sure what happens with dbl Radiance in Alaska.
  6. I thought Serenade was going to do round trip out of Vancouver, but Radiance is still doing the one way Vancouver to Seward/Seward to Vancouver? If not...then we will simply fly back from Vancouver. Flexible there.
  7. Hi, Can anyone tell me on what night the waiters, chefs and staff do the whole dance around the dining room during dinner?
  8. We'd agree..I did iFly on Ovation in Sydney back in December. The group in front of us, our group, and the group after us all had a balanced representation of kids, millennials, middle-age, and 50+ on each "team". No single age group stood out in terms of the number. We had 14 people on all the teams on Ovation that day. The part of the OP review that stood out to me was the comment about the ship's size being "cramped and narrow". That's not at all the case in our view. Make no mistake...she is big. Our group of 6 never found it cramped nor narrow, in fact...we were able to enjoy nearly everything on board over a 10-day cruise including Flowrider, iFly, and NorthStar. It's just a different ship configuration/layout. But cramped...nope. We can only imagine how spectacular NorthStar would be viewing icebergs (we've done Alaska on Radiance in the past too). We've been on Oasis twice, Allure & Harmony once, so we're very familiar with that group. Ovation is not that much smaller - 5000 passengers - but what gives it a smaller appearance in comparison is the more narrow promenade and of course not having the Central Park or Boardwalk areas. But still...she is large, and the largest ship they've ever seen in Sydney (by a substantial margin). For those sailing her in Alaska - enjoy!
  9. Will ask fo the one that starts with a P on Ovation next week. Will see if it is available in CK or MDR. Maybe Radiance might have it in the MDR.
  10. Can someone please post the Cruise Compass for the Radiance of the Seas Northbound Alaska & Hubbard Glacier. TYI!
  11. Hi. I'm looking for some help for my sister. She is going on a cruise that was booked by her in-laws. It looks like they are in an ocean view room on deck for possibly 4012 room. It' s 2 adults and 2 children ages 2 and 6. Does anyone have some pictures of the rooms. The last cruise they got stuck with bunk beds which she didn't like and weren't able to use with the kids. I did check on the website. States 3rd and 4th Pullman bed avaliable . Is that pull down beds. I don't think they would use them. Would the room be set up as 2 singles with the 2 pullmans down. I think my sister was hoping for 1 large bed for 3 of them with either a small couch or a cot. Any theories or photos would be a huge help. I think she's feeling overwhelmed having not planned it herself. Thanks.
  12. OK, I am now home. This is my review from 2015 when my children were 5 and 7 years: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2138691-alaska-radiance-of-the-seas-dept-29th-may-2015-with-two-children/ And here are the details of what we did this time pre-cruise: Friday 31st May – Saturday 1st June Left home in an Uber at 6.30am. Departed Melbourne an hour late on our first flight in a Dreamliner. 15 hours later we landed in Vancouver- it was our Air Canada captain’s retirement flight and we were greeted by a water cannon salute. We spent 5 hours in transit in the US Departures terminal - initially that part of the airport was very quiet and we could rest. Then we had a 3 hour flight from Vancouver to Anchorage, both children napped after minimal sleep on the first flight. We arrived in Anchorage at 4pm. After checking in to our hotel we walked a short part of the Tony Knowles Coastal Path including seeing the Captain Cook monument, then dinner at Simon and Seafort’s and into bed. Twelve hours later we woke to our alarms, we had breakfast reservations at Snow City Cafe (book online to avoid a long wait). After a very substantial breakfast, we collected our rental car, checked out of the hotel, stopped at a supermarket for healthy snacks, then drove south. First stop at Beluga Point for the views of Turnagain Arm then onto the Alaskan Wildlife Conservation Centre. We spent 4 hours seeing red foxes, black & brown bears, elk, deer, reindeer, wood bison, coyote, owls, bald eagle, lynx, wolves, porcupines, and heard several animal presentations. We checked into the Hotel Alyeska, walked through the Fiddlehead Festival (food market) in the hotel grounds. We rode the tram (cable car) to the summit, where the children played in end of season snow while we admired the views over Turnagain Arm. Back down to the hotel, the children swam in the hotel indoor pool. Dinner in the hotel & bed. Sunday 2nd June We slept well in very comfortable Hotel Alyeska beds (even though the 4 of us shared 2 beds). Breakfast at the hotel then we set out on a 3 hour hike from the hotel to the Winner Creek Trail hand-tram and back (8km return). Toby was nervous about riding the tram but afterwards wanted to do it again! The thunder of water rushing through the gorge was amazing. We had lunch at the festival at the hotel. Followed by ice cream for children at the ice cream shop on corner of Alyeska Hwy and Seward Hwy. We took a quick diversion down the road towards Whittier, just a couple of miles to view Explorer Glacier and a few minutes stretching our legs. It was a 2 hour drive to Seward. We checked into our accommodation at Alaskan Wish Lodging. Then we visited the Sea Life Centre including seeing seals, puffins and other sea birds, and a special sea otter experience, touring behind the scenes and getting close to them while they had a frozen treat to eat. We saw a sea otter and a seal in the wild from the Seward shoreline. We then had a late dinner at Highliner, then into bed. Toby’s Garmin says 30,000 plus steps today. Monday 3rd June Cereal breakfast in our room then we had reservations with Kenai Fjords Tours for the 6 hour boat trip from 8am-2pm of Kenai Fjords National Park. We saw humpback whales, killer whales, Dall’s porpoise, sea lions, sea otters, and puffins. We were lucky with amazing beautiful weather, locals told us it’s the best day they have had so far this year, it was about 17 deg and sunny. We travelled as far as Aialek glacier. Lunch (chicken wrap, crisps, and oat bar) was served by the crew just after we moved away from Aialek glacier, and a warm chocolate chip cookie just before we returned to Seward. Ice cream for children then we drove the short drive along the coast to Lowell Point to look at the beach. We had an early dinner at Seward Brewing Company, then visited Seward small boat harbour and the beach to look for wildlife, we saw a seal and sea otters, then bed. Tuesday 4th June This morning we had a 2 hour drive from Seward to Alaska Zoo in Anchorage. This was a very scenic drive which was fabulous for me but boring for the children. We stopped briefly at the McHugh Creek picnic area and Potter Marsh for a quick walk along the boardwalk. At Alaska Zoo we did the discovery tour, which included behind the scenes viewing with Amur tiger, wolves and polar bears. It was amazing to see them that close. Other animals included great horned owls, bald and golden eagles, deer, lynx, red fox, river otters (a favourite), harbour seals, black and brown bears, snow leopard (another favourite), coyote (very vocal), and porcupines (one was climbing the fence). After checking into our hotel we drove to the Point Woronzof view point near the airport, and then had a short walk in Earthquake Park. Dinner at Simon and Seafort’s & into bed.
  13. I'm didn't realize that the coffee card could be used on another sailing. Glad I know that now. i cant remember what ship I was on, but I had a coffee card. I think it was on a Radiance class......but anyway......the purchase description says that one can buy the card and receive 15 coffee drinks. When I ordered a Large coffee, the fellow punched two drinks on my card. He said it was because the card was for 15 ‘regular’ sized coffees. A large was twice the size of a regular, so therefore he punched two drinks. Has anyone else had this happen to them? Thanks. 😊
  14. ADVENTURE: Drew Devine #1027 ALLURE: Jimmy Rhodes, Mike Hunnerup returns in August # 1108 ANTHEM: Mitch Merucci until July 13. Then Dan Whitney #1223. Mitch returns Augugst 29 #1051 to January 5, 2020 BRILLIANCE: Rob McNally #1169 EMPRESS: Elvis Pinto #803 through early July #907 ENCHANTMENT: Bobby Broughton until September #1158 EXPLORER: Graham Seymour until mid July then Cleo July 21. #1204 FREEDOM: Patricio Honores as of February 24 #848 GRANDEUR: Cory Rogers until August 8 then John Blair until November 30 #1194 HARMONY: Marc Walker until July14 (back on 9-29 #1097), then Dennis Charles for 2 months to cover Marc's break. INDEPENDENCE: Mark Rous as of 5-18 due to Jamie taking ill #1126, Cuddy Cudsworth as of June 11 for 4 months #1151 JEWEL: Andrea Oliviri returns March 13 #878 LIBERTY: Brian Leavitt new CD through August 11 #893 MARINER: Marcelo Alvarado #1192 MAJESTY: Mickey Urrutia as of 4-27, #1115 NAVIGATOR: Hugo Arenas #849 OASIS: Mike Whitte as of May 12. #1201 OVATION: Joff last name please as of 6-21 #1217 QUANTUM: Paul Rutter (until when?) RADIANCE: Susan Adams #1053, Cuddy to return approx 6-28 #1114 RHAPSODY: Michele Scarpato #1109 SERENADE: David Bradshawe #1086 SPECTRUM: Fang last name please as of June 13 #1213 any update? SYMPHONY: Mike Szwajkowski until August 17, then Ricky Matthews to cover vacation #1123 VISION: Cecy Del Razo #925 Steve Davis as of May 6 #1147 VOYAGER: Michelle #1141 last name please
  15. Unlikely, I think the Radiance class have that quirk because of the dedicated theatre.
  16. Good to hear that the card can be used on the next cruise if not completed. Just bought two of them for our July Radiance cruise. Next RCL cruise is the Harmony in February. I got spoiled with the great coffee while on some Celebrity cruises with the drink pkg promos.....
  17. Radiance is my favourite class, and actually my oldest son’s favourite too. (He has been cruising since he was 7.)
  18. Big Chicken, will be on the Carnival Radiance and Mardi Gras.
  19. Agree, Radiance is my Favorite Class. Do 4 weeks+ a yr on Serenade, Beautiful ships...
  20. I’m going to echo what others have stated. Just got off allure, it’s a tough call, but I believe that radiance class is still my all time favorite. Views to the outside are excellent on thAt class. We did 10 days on rhapsody from Venice a few years ago and have zero regrets with that also. For an European vacation I recommend picking itinerary first and foremost. This includes paying attention to port times along with how many ships are in port. Santorini with two ships is an entirely different experience than Santorini with seven. We were exhausted from ports most nights, so while entertainment on rhapsody was significantly “poorer” in quality than the bigger ships, it just didn’t matter. Hope this helps
  21. You took the words right out of my mouth and I agree completely. The best of the Serenity decks on the Sunshine is Deck 14 because it has the bar, hot tub, and is a little bit quieter. However, as mentioned above, that deck is often closed due to "high" winds. I have cruised twice on the Sunshine, with a total of five sea days, and deck 14 was closed all five of those days. The Spirit class Serenity is by far the best, and I will take the Fantasy Class Serenity over the Sunshine as well. I was glad when I learned that they weren't duplicating the Sunshine's Serenity on the Sunrise and Radiance. As for the Issues on the Sunrise as mentioned above, we will form our own opinions when we sail B2B on her in September. If we had listened to the all the complaints about the Sunshine we would have never sailed on her. We wound up having two great cruises on her.
  22. Updated 6/23/19 --- My hope is to put update this thread every few days or at least once week. To do that, I need cruisers (or others that somehow have 'insider information') to let me know who they come across on sailings. HAPPY CRUISING! What Activity Manager have you come across? Post the name, ship and sailing date to help keep this thread as accurate as possible. ****Adventure OTS – Kelly Leuch, her first assignment as AM. She was GREAT said a cruiser on board with her….how terrific! ****Allure OTS – Flavio Maeda will be onboard until July 14 when Assata Young-Mayers takes over. ****Anthem OTS – Tresha Robb has posted that she is onboard. I am trying to find out more on this. ****Brilliance OTS – TT has been reported as onboard on the completed sailing 4/20/19 and still onboard for the May 4 – 19 transatlantic sailing. No information on when he started to guess how long he might be onboard. ****Empress OTS –Eric Lopez has been spotted doing the morning show with Elvis the CD. ****Enchantment OTS – Saini has been onboard, but could be completing a contract and departing the ship. Who is currently onboard? Gemma Frances will report to EN after the completion of her vacation at the end of July. ****Explorer OTS – Aysy Sadrislamova is onboard from information by a cruiser who sailed on Explorer in early March 2019. Based on what people have uncovered Daniel Edwards will be taking over in June. ****Freedom OTS – Jerry Kubli is currently onboard. No timeline for contract period. ****Grandeur OTS – Who has taken over now that Katrina Blair has started vacation on 6/13. She is returning to Grandeur on 8/13. *****Harmony – Mosese Vatuloka is onboard since May 19. Then on July 21, Chris Turdo takes over from Mosese. ****Independence OTS – Katie Turner should have taken over from Allison Hasler when she went on vacation recently in June. Alison Hasler will return in August after vacation. *****Jewel OTS – Luana from Brazil should have returned to Jewel in mid May. Looking for confirmation. *****Liberty OTS – Kim is now on Liberty, unsure of start date… ****Majesty OTS – Looking to learn who replaced Mauricio Diaz who departed the ship on 6/15 for vacation. *****Mariner OTS – Alex Paul signed on to the ship on 3/25/19 for a 4 month contract. *****Navigator OTS – Looking to find out who is onboard now? *****Oasis OTS – Nick is onboard and probably took over mid March. ***** Ovation – Angelle took over from Christopher Turdo on 5/13 when Chris left for vacation. *****Quantum – Who is currently onboard. *****Radiance OTS – Emma from the UK (unknown last name) has been spotted in Early February 2019. No information on when she started….just that she and her CD Cuddy worked well together. **** Rhapsody OTS – Gemma Frances left Rhapsody on 5/25 for vacation. Who replaced her? **** Serenade OTS – Elizabeth Hackett was on the March 25th sailing. She may have arrived in mid February, and could be on a 4 month contract until June. I do know she is still onboard as of 5/30. **** Symphony OTS – Katy McCullagh returned on 2/23 for a 4 month contract. ***** Vision OTS – Palo has been identified as onboard, unsure when his contract began. *****Voyager OTS – Kitty should have taken over on May 3, 2019…..looking for confirmation on this, please.
  23. We missed the smaller number of food venues compared to Oasis class. We very much appreciated the views to the outside from virtually every public venue on Vision and Radiance class ships.
  24. We will be finishing our land tour at the Alaska Sea Life Center in Seward before being driven to the Radiance on 6/5. Is there a place within walking distance to buy a few bottles of wine to take on board? Thanks in advance!
  25. Hey everyone... it's been a while! But I'm back, and ready for another review. I have been waiting for this sailing with anticipation more so than any other sailing since Quantum's first ever Caribbean sailing Dec 1, 2014. In fact, I had Anthem booked 3 years ago and had to move my deposit over to another ship as the timing did not work for me, and never re-booked Anthem. I've been yearning to get on another Quantum Class sailing as I really loved Quantum. I shared my Quantum review above with my roll call as many cruisers on this sailing have never been on a Q Class ship. That first photo is epic! Hardly anyone has been on the front bow area of the ship since Quantum, not even on Anthem. And now with the All Access Tour scaled down in half, it's no longer offered. If you've never been on Q CLass and would like a trip down memory lane, have a look at Quantum above. Back to Ovation and Alaska... I've been party to many "Q Class in Alaska" threads over the last 5 years here in CC. I was a HUGE fan since day one that a Q Class ship would be a great hit and best seller for Alaskan itineraries. I just couldn't believe it when they sent a totally inner focused ship with a fully exposed top deck (in Alaskan weather) the Explorer to the Pacific Northwest. Totally stupid in my opinion. But alas, 5 years in the making and Ovation is finally here... in my own home town no less! Vancouver is beautiful and consistently voted in the top 20 cities to visit and/or live in in the world. Those cruisers who are too lazy to hang around a day pre or post cruise are doing themselves an injustice. Above you see the downtown core of Vancouver, with Canada Place Pier in the lower right (the "Sails"). To get their, Ovation has to transit under the Lion's Gate Bridge through a small pass in the upper right before reaching open ocean. The bridge is 198 feet mid span... Q Class is 198 feet tall on a good day. Uhm.... ok.... so there's an issue here. Above is the 178 foot tall Radiance going under the bridge with only 20 feet clearance. So how will Ovation get under?? Well, the current Transpacific from Hawaii will be arriving early to Vancouver the night before debarkation at 8pm in order to get the lowest tide level possible. Not only that, I suspect we'll witness the rare event of the funnels being retracted. And even with all that, there's supposedly about a 5 foot clearance of the Lion's Gate Bridge. I've also been involved in many Panama Canal threads regarding size of ships, and which ships may or may not pass under the Bridge of Americas on the Pacific side of the Panama Canal... this sailing re-enforces the best answers given by BillH48 and ChengP on those threads, that likely only perfect conditions would allow for a Q Class ship to get under the BoA as it is a sister bridge with same span height as the Lion's Gate. We are currently experiencing summer weather this week in Vancouver. Today it was 25 degree Celcius/about 75 degrees F. On Sunday and Monday it cools a bit to 65F/18C... still great weather for a beautiful sail-in and sail-away from the port of Vancouver. If anyone is around Stanley Park on Monday night, they should definitely get to a view point somewhere to watch the ship leave. According to slack tide charts found by AlanF on our role call (Thx Alan!) we are estimating Ovation to leave Canada Place around 6:45-7 and get to the bridge somewhere between 7:10-7:30 to hit that low tide. So why this itinerary? It's one of a kind and is not being repeated. 4 port stops, 2 glacier viewings, and basically (for me anyways) a round trip Vancouver-to-Seattle sailing which is a simple bus trip back up from Seattle when the cruise is finished. The itinerary is outstanding with a ton of extended time at the ports. Date Port Arrive Depart Monday, May 13 Vancouver, BC, Canada 5:00pm Tuesday, May 14 At Sea Wednesday, May 15 At Sea Thursday, May 16 Icy Strait Point, AK 9:00am 8:00pm Friday, May 17 Sitka, AK 7:00am 6:00pm Saturday, May 18 Hubbard Glacier, AK (Cruising) Sunday, May 19 Juneau, AK 7:00am 9:00pm Monday, May 20 Skagway, AK 7:00am 8:30pm Tuesday, May 21 Endicott Arm, AK (Cruising) Wednesday, May 22 At Sea Thursday, May 23 At Sea Friday, May 24 Seattle, WA 6:00am I'll have VOOM on this cruise, so we'll see the O3b satellite network works for Alaska, especially for all the negative internet reviews on radiance the last few years. I have a few more posts to add before cruise day on Monday. This is going to be an AWESOME cruise! 😁
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