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  1. Hey everyone! We are booked in an aft view extended balcony handicap accessible room for our Thanksgiving sailing on the Radiance - which is now supposed to be the Breeze. I just received a phone call from Carnival (by the way it showed up as telemarketer - Miami on my cell phone) asking me some questions about the accessibility needs of my husband. Basically she is wanting to put us in a balcony room and put in a removable handicap shower seat along with some other things she said would be comparable to the original accessible cabin we had. She however could not tell me if we would still be getting a comparable aft view extended balcony cabin like we had originally booked and I'm certain paid more for than a standard balcony. I told her that I expected an aft view extended balcony cabin on the Breeze similar to the one I had booked on the Radiance. She told me that she is in the disability section but is going to call and see what cabins would be available as we have an interior cabin for our kids booked and our cabins will need to be located in close proximity. Since the Breeze is a larger ship than the Radiance, I'm not sure why they are having such a hard time doing these changes. I'm sure they are doing their best, but I'm almost to the point that I wish they had just cancelled the Radiance and left those who were already booked on the Breeze alone and let them enjoy their cruise. This way we could have gone ahead and booked something else and not had to wait to see what was going to be done. My main thing is I don't want to pay my final payment and Carnival cancel the cruise after all this changing and it take me 3 or 4 months to get my money back like it is taking so many others. I just hope they cancel it before final payment if they are going to have to cancel it. Sorry - just venting. I'm sure they are doing their best - it's just frustrating for everyone. I did want to let everyone know that is still in limbo that they are working on making the changes. I'll update as soon as she calls me back.
  2. Still waiting on an email update on our changes. Scheduled to cruise 11/29. I’m still thinking even if we get scheduled on the Breeze it will eventually be canceled. Anyone agree or disagree?
  3. Not only can they NOT do New Zealand for next three months, but they can't do Alaska either. Unless the PVA is turned over for 3 months allowing them to go to Seattle which has its own issues too. Gee should be interesting. I mean the FLA and East coast ships might fare better but the Pacific area is gonna really hurt the company. Feel bad for the Officers and crew and all the passengers who had TA and trips. Wondering if Australia will allow them to cruise around Australia? Time will tell. Take care down under you two great ships that I have been on both.
  4. Surprising a beloved and popular ship in the RCL fleet is up for sale. I guess anything below 100,000 GT is at risk of being sold.
  5. Interesting. https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/23195-carnival-looking-for-shipyard-to-finish-radiance-conversion.html
  6. Does anyone know if they resumed the refurbishment of the Victory to Radiance dry dock in Cadiz, Spain. The port was shut down and work on the ship was halted due to covid-19. I can't find any info if the port has re-opened and the work resumed.
  7. I found this article. it is in Spanish . If you use google chrome, it can auto translate the article: https://www.lavozdigital.es/cadiz/provincia/lvdi-carnival-aplaza-inversion-millonaria-para-resucitar-victory-puerto-real-202005182204_noticia.html In the article, it says that Carnival has no intention of spending million of dollars for the work to the ship
  8. Well since cruising is not on our agenda for 2020 I figured I could relive one of our favorites. I was thinking if anyone wanted to jump in and add their experience (even if it was a different week/year) we could turn this into an amazing experience. Let's just pretend we were together. Hello everyone and welcome to our cruise to Alaska. We are Bill and Marie from the Seattle area and have been cruising since 2010. We had booked Alaska cruises several times in the past but always cancelled them. I think the primary reason we had cancelled before was not wanting to spend our precious vacation in a cold climate. Let's face it, even on it's best week, weather on an Alaskan cruise is not the tropics. But what finally convinced us was an AMAZING military discount fro a junior suite. It was like they wanted to just give us the cabin, How could we pass up a deal like this? 😁👍 We are on the southbound Radiance cruise and tomorrow morning we will be flying up to Anchorage where we will pick up a rental car for the drive to Seward.
  9. Trying to rebook a North Bound Inside Passage Cruise for July 2021 on Radiance. Does anyone know what the difference is between a 1G and 3G spacious ocean view balcony. On deck 9 the 1G rooms are cheaper on Starboard than the 3G on Port, which seems contrary to my understanding that Starboard is better for North Inside Passage. Can anyone enlighten me?
  10. One of the times we stayed in Newcastle, Australia with some good friends I woke one morning to find Radiance of the Seas docked in Newcastle - 2016
  11. One of the times we stayed in Newcastle with some good friends I woke one morning to find Radiance of the Seas docked in Newcastle - 2016
  12. Hi all! Might be a silly question, and might be a question no one has an answer to yet. However I figured I would ask. We sailed the Magic last year and LOVED how the Lido was so open, all chairs on the same level surrounding the pool. Since the Victory is an older ship, I know her Lido layout was more stadium-like (stacked levels of chairs). Any idea what the refurbishment might bring? I heard many people were very disappointed with the refurbishment of the Sunrise (Triumph), but I've also found some people just can't be pleased, even on vacation! Hope everyone is staying safe wherever you and yours are!
  13. Has anyone gotten any information from carnival about the cancellation of Victory/radiance refurbish? We are booked on a b2b in January 2021. My travel agent said she hadn’t heard anything. thanks
  14. On the deck plans, cabins 9250 and 9252 are shown as holding 5 passengers. When my travel agent tried to reserve them for me, RC told him that they only held 3 or 4 passengers, unless one of the passengers could sleep in a crib. Has anyone stayed in either of those cabins and could tell me what bedding is in them? I would really appreciate any knowledge anyone could share. Trying to make reservations for my family of 12. Thank you!
  15. GS 1556 is in a great location on the hump but curious to hear opinions from those who have stayed in this cabin on Radiance 1. Is there is noise from the Centrum 2. Where is the smoking area? and if it's above on deck 11 could you smell the smoke if on your balcony? 3. If you sailed in this cabin would you choose it again?
  16. I read on a social media site that someone called Carnival and they confirmed that the dry dock was completed for this ship. I had a free moment at work just now and called and the rep said that it is scheduled to be completed in two days and that they did not stop working on the refurbishment. I am not sure if it is true but here is to hoping! Our sailing is December 5th, 2020. Now we just have to worry about this Virus!
  17. My family and I just returned from a great cruise on the Radiance of the Seas! Our group consisted of 2 adults in mid 50’s, 2 teenagers, and 1 adult in early 30’s. Overall the trip was fantastic, had a few hiccups but I would do it again! This is my first cruise review and I want to include the things that I look for in a cruise review or have a hard time finding answers to online. Sorry I do not have any menus or compasses. Canada Place Cruise Port We arrived via taxi at the cruise port at 10am. We dropped our luggage off with the porter within 10 ft of being dropped off by a taxi. Then shown through the port where to check in and get our seapass. There was a small line, about a 5-10 minute wait. After receiving our seapass, we walked through security and then to customs, again a small wait, which took about 10-15 mins. We were then seated to wait for boarding the ship by 10:30 ish. There were maybe 200 people in line before us. Unfortunately, they did not start boarding people until Noonish. We heard from others, a few people from the previous cruise got off the ship sick and as a precaution, had to do extra cleaning. We boarded the ship, headed to the windjammer and ate before the crowds got there, then checked out the ship. Rooms We had two interior rooms: 2013 & 2027. Had no issue with noise, even though we were on the second floor. You tend to run into more crew and “ship items” but I’m guessing it’s because we share the floor with them. On the 2nd floor you can only access guest rooms with the aft elevators and stairs, which was kinda annoying. Room had enough space for three and didn’t feel cramped. Enough drawers and shelves for clothes. We brought a 3 USB outlet plug for all our electronics and didn’t have an issue. The room shows it’s age, but it was always clean and our attendant was great! Ship Radiance of the Seas is definitely showing her age. There is rust here and there, things that should be painted, and some of the windows either need to be cleaned or they are stained. It’s clean and overall well maintained, but if you are expecting something like the newer ships, you’d be disappointed. Personally, I had no issues, knowing it’s an older ship. Dining We did not eat at any speciality restaurants. Breakfast we tried the main dining room once. NEVER AGAIN! The service was horrible and the food was cold and it took forever! Not worth it! The rest of the time we had breakfast at the windjammer. It was the same food everyday, but it was good. Lunch was also at the windjammer, with a little bit more variety by the day, but typical buffet food. Dinner was My Time Dining and was great! I made reservations for the same time everyday before the cruise. We had the same waiters and table, so it was just like traditional dining. Our waiters Harish and Jun, were excellent! The food was pretty good. My favorites were the french onion soup, eggplant parmesan, and molten lava cake. Also all the bread and pastries were amazing!! Entertainment The magician and Eagles tribute band were great. The comedian and Royal’s two original shows were okay. The singing and dancing in the original shows were great, but to me the shows themselves didn’t make sense. The band Beta 4 is amazing!! A must listen to and they play in multiple locations on the ship.We enjoyed going to the different trivia events during the day. The activites crew was great! Weather Alaska weather was all over the place. It misted/rained most of the day in Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point, and Juneau with the temps in the low to mid 50s. In Skagway, it was mostly cloudy and very windy. Hubbard Glacier was the best weather day with bright sun and temps were probably upper 40’s by the glacier with a little wind. I wore a t-shirt, sweater, and jeans and I was comfortable as I went in and outside to view the glacier. On our Land tour, the weather was much warmer. Anchorage was low 70s and sunny. Talkeetna was in the 80s and sunny. Denali was in the low 70s and partly cloudy, did have a little bit of rain here and there in Denali, but never lasted long. Ports/Land Tour Ketchikan: Lumberjack show and Totem Trolley Tour- The show was fun to watch, the trolley guide was knowledgeable and the totem park was nice, but time was short with only a 20 min visit. Got off a Creek street and walked around. There was alot of construction going on, so it was hard to navigate the streets. Icy Strait Point: No Excursions. We walked along the rocky shores and through a short walking trail in the woods. Also stopped by the museum and shops. TIP: The tide is very low in the mornings so it allows you to view much of the shore. Highly suggest walking the rocky shore in the morning. By late afternoon, the tide was high and you really couldn’t walk the shore. Juneau: Whale watching and Wildlife Quest Tour. Saw some whales, sea lions, eagles. It was an okay tour. The guides were knowledgeable, but I was expecting more. Walked around town, ate lunch at the Alaskan Crepe Escape, which was awesome. It was pouring rain for most of the afternoon, so we did not get to ride the tram like we wanted. Skagway: White Pass Railroad tour. My favorite tour of the whole trip. Train goes up the mountain and the views are amazing. Highly recommend! Seward/Anchorage: Talkeetna: Mahay’s Jet boat Tour. The guides had great information about the land, water, animals, plants, and life in the area. I nice relaxing tour. Our hotel also had a fantastic view of Mt. Denali. Denali: Natural History Tour. This bus trip took us about 30 miles into Denali national park. Didn’t see many animals and could not see Mt Denali. It was about 4 hrs, which was long enough for us. Two of our stops were cut short due to rain. Husky Homestead Tour. This was my second favorite tour of the whole trip. We learned all about Husky’s and their life and training for the Iditarod. Jeff King, four time Iditarod winner who owns it, also spoke with us. They let us pet and hold the puppies as well. All the speakers were knowledgeable and it was an overall wonderful experience. Highly recommend! Tips/FYI Bring a light rain coat with hood, don’t bring an umbrella. The coat doesn’t need to be big and bulky, just light weight and water resistant. You can wear a sweater under it and feel warm enough. Also great for windy days in port or on ship. Layers, Layers, Layers! Starquest lounge on the 13th floor is the best place for indoor views and a great uncrowded place to view the glacier. Only found this place the last two days on the ship and I love it! Looking for a quieter place to view the majestic mountains indoors during the cruise? This is the place. There is also outdoor space, which is why I think it’s the perfect place for viewing the glaciers! Magnetic hooks for your state room. These were so helpful to hold up the daily compass, hats, coats, sweaters, lanyards. First time using them based on a suggestion on this board and it was very helpful. Want to see Mt. Denali? Go to Talkeetna, not Denali National Park. While Denali park is beautiful, we never saw the mountain and were actually quite far from it on our tour. (other tours do get a little closer). We stayed at Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge and had wonderful, close views (30 miles away). We also were really lucky and had a clear night and morning, and are now part of the 30% club that got to view full Mt. Denali, without haze or clouds in the way
  18. I believe they used to do the aerial shows on a few, but not all of, the Radiance class ships. If I remember correctly, RCI removed the glass staircases from the Centrum in order to accommodate the aerial shows. The shows are no longer being done. Did the staircases get put back?
  19. We will be staying in a grand suite on Radiance of the Seas, our first time in a grand suite. I know that we can go to the concierge lounge for drinks and snacks at night. I looked at the RC perks site but didn't find an answer to my questions below. Do we get unlimited bottled water and specialty coffee? Or do we need to buy a drink package? Do we get VOOM for free or discounted? Or do we need to buy a package? thanks
  20. Re: Cabin #s: 7672, 8668, 9656 According to RCI, these cabins and balconies are exactly the same size. We've had Cat. GS #1600 and if I remember correctly, when I looked down from our balcony, the Cat. OT 2-bedroom suite balconies got slightly bigger the further down they went. Is that right? Has anyone experienced any noise issues from below #7672? TIA.
  21. Wondering if you think the Radiance will be completed in time for our December 5th cruise from Port Canaveral, or will we be stuck sailing on the Victory?
  22. We booked the “Mardi Gras“ for Jan 30th out of Port Canaveral, but now when doing a mock booking it doesn’t show any Mardi Gras cruises until March and the Jan. 30th cruise shows the Radiance. So am I going on the Radiance or Mardi Gras??????
  23. I am having a hard time choosing and would love some input between these itineraries. I am not too picky on the ship, but more so the ports. I usually like an itinerary that allows for 1 nice beach day (not too crowded), 1 port for good snorkeling and 1 port with some type of adventure excursion. We are not too big on shopping. We do enjoy trying local cuisine and booking excursions with local companies. We are looking at something for April 2021 as this would be an anniversary cruise. BREEZE or RADIANCE St Maarten St Kitts San Juan Grand Turk RADIANCE Aruba Grand Turk Curacao BREEZE Half Moon Cay Grand Turk Bonaire Aruba We have been to Half Moon Cay (always happy to revisit) and Grand Turk (wouldn't mind visiting again), but all the others would be new to us. What would you choose?
  24. Getting a head start on the trip report. Our cruise planning report can be found at... DW and I are retired and have only cruised a few times in the Caribbean and this is DWs 1st time in Alaska. We're doing a DIY 8 day pre-cruise prior to ship boarding in Seward.
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