I want to thank everyone who helped me with my questions for my first cruise. Your advice was most helpful.
I have no faults for Radisson, the service was exception, the ship lovely and the staff, crew and everyone was fantastic. We got to eat at the Captain's table one night and had drinks with him in his quarters another night had he is such a nice man as was all the staff we came in contact with.
I'm not sure cruise life is for us, the dinners took way to long, and while I've come to understand that this is something mose people enjoy on a cruise, it's not "us".
If I had to comment on one thing and it may have been available and we just didn't know, was that they could offer the room service menu in one of the bars for dinner which would have been perfect for us. The food was good, I would not say outstanding, but then again, that is just me and my taste. My hubby said the deserts was really good, I only had 2 out of 7 nights and not being a desert person I can't comment.
Would we have known that dinner takes so long, I would have booked a larger room and had my dinners en-suite for the days that had shore excursions.
Everyone who worked on the ship was friendly and helpful and went out of their way to make our trip great. The laundry was done perfectly.
I only went to one show which was the last night Krew Kapers and that was great. We did enjoy our cocktails in the observation bar/lounge/caviar bar which was a deightful treat for me as I love caviar and the pre-dinner piano music was very enjoyable.
We had a dance the last two nights and that was quite pleaant.
It was not smooth sailing, a few nights the waters were quite rough. Even the captain was surprised the one night that I didn't feel sick and my answer was "it's a ship it's gonna rock and roll", but many people I heard were quite ill.
One couple had to get off and fly home the hubby was so sick and his stiches were opening from his recent heart surgery.
We truely loved Alaska. Wish we would have more shore time in each port. I would move to Juneau or Sitka in a heatbeat. Alaska is amazing, I was blown away and I cried when we pulled into port in Ketchikan out of happiness to be in Alaska and again when I stepped foot on Alaskan soil I cried that I lived to see and be in Alaska.
The spa (Carlita) (sp?) was great except for the hairdresser, didn't care for her but that's just me.
I didn't partake in any other shipboard life other than what I mentioned above so can't comment.
Some of my fellow PAX were not at all like the nice people on the boards here and that was somewhat of a shock to us, but it did not spoil our cruise.
Vancouver is a beautiful city and the Pan Pacific a wonderful hotel and highly recommend it as well as if possible staying a couple of days to see Vancouver, especially the aquarium, that place is amazing.
I had no expectations except that I was amazed at the behaviour of some fellow PAX, but that is to be expected anywhere I guess.
Radisson did a wonderful job and I would not look to any other cruise line should we ever cruise again.
As for shore excursions, we booked most privately except for one that hubby went on in Sitka which he said was fine.
I made the right choices to book privately as we were able to see more without having to wait for others. The one group one I did in Juneau which was not offered from Radisson and I understand why because I don't think it's at a level for Radisson passengers but suited my needs and time frame (Radisson's took much longer on the gold panning).
Again, to all thank you for your advice, help and info. Ship to shore worked and I used it a total of 6 times.
I have to say that when I called Radisson for certain info, not all was accurate but this was not a big deal at all and what was actually happening on the ship was better than the info I received from Radisson so a nice surprise. Radisson quoted me a much higher price on ship to shore calls than the actual cost and they said I had to use a credit card to call when in actuality, I was able to just bill it to my ship account which made calling as simple as dialing long distance from any hotel. Nice surprise for me.
Again, the laundry service was great. THe social hostess was fantastic, I would cruise with Radisson just because of her. The asst tour dir, was also fantastic and again because of these two people I would not look to other cruise lines.
What I didn't like, has nothing to do with Radisson so I won't even go into it in any detail as it only pertains to our cruise and may never happen again.
Thanks again to everyone here for all your help and advice.