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  1. That is what Royal calls the aft lounge area on deck 6 on Radiance class ships.
  2. I strongly suggest you get a copy of Rick Steves' Mediterranean Cruise Ports. He tells you what there is to see/do in the ports, and how to DIY it. On his website there are free audio tours to download to ipod/mp3 and you can print out basic maps to go along. The few ports he doesn't cover in that book her recommends Lonely Planet. I gather you will be on Radiance. EM
  3. Just off the Sunrise. I DID NOT like that ship and would not sail on the Sunrise again. Way, Way too crowded. om the other hand I've sailed the Sunshine twice and loved that ship and would be happy to sail the Sunshine again! The refurbs of the SUN RISE & RADIANCE are NOT THE SAME as what they ahve done on the Sunshine. They have spent less money on decking over unused spaces (Look at the deck plans for the Serenity Spance on Deck 14 - on the Sunrise and Radiance it's less THAN Half than what's on the Sunshine. And that's not even including the Sunshine's Serenity area on Deck 10. They also did not deck over the atrium on Deck 10 over the Buffet area on the Sunrise or Radiance, again creating LESS Space than the Sunshine. And of course the Sunshine they converted the Aft pool to Restaurant and seating space for the Buffet, lessing the crowds there.
  4. The Key Bridge has a 186 ft air draft. The Bay Bridges has 185 ft air draft. Any Radiance class ship will fit under the bridges.
  5. We just booked an Australian cruise as part of our Oz holiday for hubbies grand retirement sailing from Brisbane Jan 2021 !!!!!
  6. Going on the Radiance of the Seas in a couple of weeks and the Navigator of the Seas the following month, I would like to know if there are body wash dispensers besides the ones for the shampoo? TIA
  7. Looking to cruise with Royal Caribbean ex Vancouver Nov 2020 I have been reading about a Re furb for the ship Radiance of the seas which part of this cruise is on The Re furb to take place in 2020 butI can’t find the month Want to know the month of Re furb and if it will be done in time for this cruise I read this ship currently is very old tired and staterooms not in great condition Any help advice much appreciated Thanks
  8. Just did this today on Ovation. Disembarked one day earlier on day 7 in Victoria instead of day 8 at Seattle. Wanted to make sure we got on the Radiance for a northbound Alaska cruise. I informed concierge onboard. She got approval from the higher ups and was granted early disembarkation. This morning, went to guest services to settle account and get a settled account card to show to ship security. Allowed off ship and Canadian authorities were notified earlier that we are staying in Canada. Answered a few questions by the authorities in Victoria and we went on our way. Had a lovely dinner with a fellow cruise critic member in Vancouver and am now writing this from the Marriott pinnacle hotel. Will be boarding our cruise tomorrow morning at Canada Place about a 5 min walk away.
  9. We love Radiance class ships and not thrilled with Oasis. Solarium on Radiance class completely covered which works well if going north.
  10. I agree that Brilliance could be looked at as an upgraded Vision class. It has all that Vision has and more. I only have two complains about Radiance class: 1) The centrum sometimes acts as a very efficient cigarette smoke and sound distribution system. I try to stay away from staterooms close to the centrum. 2) Radiance class has a kiddie pool area, which is great for the children, but does result in the main pool area being smaller than that on Vision class. I don't think the menu will be significantly different than if the ship was cruising to the Bahamas or Caribbean. I think the food varies more due to different chefs and F&B managers, than due to a different itinerary.
  11. We sailed on RCI Radiance last year in Alaska and did not tender at any of our ports. The only ship I saw tendering was Seabourn in Juneau.
  12. Michael Bayley mentioned on the President's cruise that if a Radiance ship deployed to Baltimore, prices would have to go up. A lot.
  13. We booked early saved in November 2018 for Radiance inaugural sailing in April 2020. Used PVP. Price has dropped numerous times. sorry the TA is non responding. One reason I use PVP is I have immediate access to Carnival Customer service 24/7 if my PVP is out o or I feel like calling late at night. I think I've saved $759 so far. I hope you can get that price match too! Good Luck.
  14. Not concerning the glacier viewing, I suggest a port side balcony if going southbound. We had a starboard side balcony and mostly saw either only open water or piers/loading docks in May on Radiance of the Seas. I recently looked at future cruises and discovered that port side balconies were either in very short supply or priced ~$600 more. I'm not sure on northbound cruises but would expect the view to be somewhat better on the starboard side when cruising. Don't know how the boats dock of other cruise lines. I wish we had been with CruiserBruce. We got zero calving on a spectacular sunny day at Hubbard.
  15. Are the aft cabins on the Radiance class ships very hot from the sun? It looks like there really isn't any overhang to help shade the room. I don't mind the sun on the balcony or on the door for a while in the am and the pm. I just don't want it hitting the door all day making the room hotter than those with at least a little overhang. This will be in the Baltic in May. We already have aft cabin 9660 which is deeper so I'm thinking that will help with the sun more than corner aft cabin 7172. What we do like about 7172 is the little/tiny wrap that it has to see to the side. Debating if we should change or not. Thanks
  16. RCCL has said more than once that Radiance class ships will fit under that bridge. Too bad we have a shortage of them. This is the Bay Bridge near Annapolis from Grandeur. R&D
  17. We paid $69 for the 3 night pkg on our Radiance cruise that leaves tomorrow. We bought it in early March.
  18. Does anyone have any pictures they can post of the balcony in this particular cabin? I have it booked for Sept. on the Serenade, and I'd like to see if it is all covered or will get some sun. I prefer that it gets some sun. Thanks in advance.
  19. What is so revolutionary about the Sunrise and Radiance?
  20. Preface/Warning My trip reviews tend to be very long-winded and I’m writing this one as much for myself, to help capture the memories, as for CC readers. Therefore, some parts will undoubtedly be uninteresting to the general public. I’m also including photos for the first time and will likely post way too many. Hopefully, there will be enough info and interesting stories for everyone to make up for the more personal aspects. But if it’s too long or you find it uninteresting, oh well, my feelings won’t be hurt. Background My wife and I are both 40 and had cruised eight times since our honeymoon cruise back in 2002 (which was my first but my wife had cruised several times growing up), all on Royal, and all on Voyager class and above 7-night Caribbean cruises outside of one 4-night Bahamas cruise on Enchantment when we were sitting on 76 points and wanted to get to Diamond. So while we definitely know the ins and outs of cruising with RCI, Radiance and Alaska were very much new to us. This trip was entirely my wife’s idea and, as such, she did 95% of the planning and deserves 100% of the credit for taking me on an adventure on which I never even knew I wanted to go. As I’ve told her several times already, I can’t thank her enough for giving me a gift I had no idea I wanted. We rationalized it as a joint 40th birthday celebration but she came up with the idea a long time ago and got serious about it before our Caribbean cruise last June so that’s when we booked it onboard Oasis to take advantage of some NextCruise perks before they were scheduled to change on July 1st of that year. The fact that we both turned 40 between then and Alaska was more of a coincidence. The original version included a 6-day pre-tour through RCI but as my wife did more and more research she decided six days wasn’t long enough and RCI didn’t offer the flexibility that a DIY would. She’s way more adventurous than I am so even though I had no argument with her opinion, the structure and organization of going through RCI appealed to me. I only made peace with the DIY version after she found an outside company that was willing and able to help plan and book our entire trip from hotel rooms (several at properties they own) to train tickets to excursions. Our consultant, Sharilyn, could not have been nicer or more helpful with every aspect of our trip. The number of questions she answered via e-mail or phone had to extend well into the triple digits. Each new version of our itinerary came with a number attached and the final one was #58. She was even happy to give advice regarding the smaller things like restaurants. Of course she was doing her job and some sort of commission factors into her paycheck but we could quickly tell that she genuinely wanted to help create the best experience for us that she possibly could. My wife has even been in contact with her a few times since our trip ended. Our final itinerary was as follows: Two nights in Fairbanks at Pike’s Waterfront Lodge, three nights in Denali (two at the back of the park at the Denali Backcountry Lodge and one at the Denali Cabins closer to the front), one night in Anchorage at the Downtown Clarion Suites, two nights in Girdwood at the Alyeska Resort, and finally two nights in Seward at the Seward Windsong Lodge before boarding Radiance Southbound with stops at Hubbard Glacier, Juneau, Skagway, Icy Straight Point, Ketchikan, and finally Vancouver. On to the review…
  21. What makes this guy an expert? He is talking about the best king crab that you can buy right on the pier in Icy Strait Point????? Thinks Norwegian goes there but not many others, never mentions Radiance of the Seas going there every week. Wouldn't waste my time watching another of those videos, more accurate information can be found in this forum or by doing a quick google search.
  22. On our cruise the pool was heated on Radiance. There is a smaller pool with water slide for kids, but that was closed the entire trip because of the wind and colder temps. But we were in in Alaska in late June, and temps were in 70's in Anchorage, in the 50's when we boarded, and 40's up on Glacier. In terms of the ship, our son loves the kids club and hung out there a lot - especially at night. The ship also has basketball court, mini golf (although too windy to use on sea days), cinema, pool tables (he loved these), dart board in the pub, arcade, and ping pong. They had a hot dog place outside WJ (which he also loved). We had excursions booked at every port, so on those days we kept busy off the ship, and on the two sea days, he would either go to kids club or arcade or play pool if it was open. PS: They also opened Solarium pool up for a few hours each day, although IIRC, that pool is fairly tiny.
  23. Wouldn't this be a round trip of 14 days? Radiance does 7 days north with 7 days south to make it a round trip. I will be boarding her July 12, are you on this cruise?
  24. We are going to be arriving in Seward, Alaska on the Radiance on 6/21 and I'm looking at ground transportation options. The earliest, and most reasonably priced that I've found leaves the port in Seward for the Anchorage Airport at 8:00 a.m. Their website says they do this every day and that we will have no problem getting off the ship and to their bus by 8:00, but that makes me a little nervous, especially since they don't appear to have a later bus. The company is Alaska Cruise Transportation. Can anyone familiar with the debarkation process in Seward advise if it is reasonable to arrange ground transport for 8:00? Thanks in advance!
  25. The horror. I guess since the Mardi Gras and radiance both have the same banner, coming 2020, they must be of the same status. Brand new. And if if you had clicked on the sunshine banner you would have seen it wasn’t a brand new ship. I don’t know of a single person who books a cruise based upon a banner on the explore our ship page.
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