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  1. Just received an email that our 1/7/2022 cruise on the Explorer is now canceled and we can transfer onto the Radiance. I dot know rccl reasoning for this. They identified in the email that the itinerary is "similar destinations" to the original Explorer cruise, however looking at the Radiance cruise schedule, it is in no way similar destinations. Get your act together and keep the people happy to enable you to stay afloat. Grahaminca
  2. Good afternoon, For the past month, I have been looking at a few different cruises from Brisbane to the South Pacific on the Radiance of the Seas. There were a few different itineraries that I was looking at between November 2021 and February 2022. I went on Royal Caribbeans website this morning, and all of those cruises have disappeared. Now I can't find any of them on any other travel website either. Have all these sailing on the Radiance been cancelled??
  3. Photo of Radiance Of The Seas in Juneau Alaska on August 14, 2018 as seen from Mount Roberts Tramway docked next to Holland America Line ms Amsterdam. Note: I am missing cruising so much, as I am sure many of you are as well, that I am going through past cruise photos and memories.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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?
  8. 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?
  9. 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!
  10. 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
  11. 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?
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. I've studied the deck plans and I don't see any obstructed oceanview cabins. I didn't think this was possible. Does anyone know if there's obstructed oceanview rooms that I missed when looking at the maps? Thanks
  15. I was planning to write this report when I got home to West Palm Beach, but our flight from LAX has been delayed almost 2 hours, so I have some time on my hands. On a side note, LAX has got to be the worst airport I have ever - what a dump! So, to start my review I need to go back a ways. We moved to FL in 2016 from VA, and one day my wife found this flyer in the mail - it was for a travel show. She suggested that I go, and I did. At the time, we were really looking at a 10-day partial PC Christmas cruise on NCL Jade for 2018. We already had our Navigator Christmas Cruise for 2017 booked, and were already looking for the following year. Well the TA hosting the show and the RCI rep at the show made a strong case for looking at Alaska as our next adventure. So my wife and I talked it over, and we decided to go to Alaska for summer 2018. We knew that if we traveled completely across the country that we had to include a land tour too. After looking at all the options, we selected the Family Tundra Express 9B because it sounded to most kid-friendly as we would be bringing our 8 y/o son. Now, I know that many like to DIY their land portion, and I appreciate the reasons for choosing this option - but I am lazy and too busy to do the research necessary to plan out a DIY trip [emoji6]. Booking with RCI was just too easy, and in terms of cost, the land tour and cruise was under the magic budget number I set, so I was fine with costs. TIP: Book early. I booked our cruise the day they opened the bookings, and I never saw a lower price for our cabin category (GS) or the land tour/cruise price. Note: One additional thing I learned, because we booked our land tour through RCI, we got cruise credits for each night of our land tour, and because we were in a suite, we got 6 C&A points for the land portion. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  16. With some of the best features from other Royal Caribbean ships, Radiance offers plenty of diversity while maintaining an intimate vibe afforded by its modest size. (Note: An extensive upgrade is scheduled for 2020.) Has anyone else got info on this? What will the upgrade include? If it's true and a descent upgrade it would work out perfectly as I'm considering doing the B2B that goes all the way around Australia in 2021 for my 40th birthday. It would be my 5th cruise with Royal, 2nd time solo, 1st B2B and first time on Radiance. My first cruise was on Rhapsody of the Seas - is Radiance similar? Thanks and happy cruising.
  17. Hi All I've seen a few mentions online that the Radiance will be undergoing a refurbishment later this year ahead of commencing its sailings out of its new port in Brisbane, Australia. Any ideas on what those refurbs might be? I'm looking to book a cruise out of Brisbane for March next year and I'm tossing between RCL Radiance of the Seas or Carnival Spirit. Honestly, Carnival doesn't really look like the kind of ship I'd go for (previous sailings have been MSC and Celebrity), but it looks like it is very family orientated and we'll be travelling with our two kids (1 and 3). I'm wondering though if the Radiance refurb might include some waterslides on the top deck etc (i.e the RCL "amplified" thing). Basically, I don't want to be on a dumpy ship just because it has a good pool for the kids - I want to enjoy it too!!! Any suggestions on how I can find out the scope of the refurb would be appreciated as would any comments in relation to choosing between Radiance and Spirit. Thanks Mel
  18. Hi, GS in middle of the ship, anyone have issues with noise? Any thoughts on cabin 1052 vs 1554 (hump cabin) Thank you
  19. We are on board the Radiance, cruise #3. Did the circumnavigation and at last minute decided to stay on for the New Zealand cruise. Moved stateroom and went to muster. Thought it strange Captain didn't speak. Then later he advised us New Zealand closed its ports. We could either disembark, via walkoff, or via tender tomorrow as they had to leave dock by midnight. Got us a room at Marriott for tonight and will walk off. No way I'm going to get off with luggage via tender! A number of people were planning on staying on for several more months ...to Hawaii or Vancouver. They can't. No one is sure what to do or where to go. No word on compensation except Captain saying Royal will take care of us. Time will tell.
  20. On Radiance is it possible to specify a table for two when arriving for Breakfast or Lunch? My wife has hearing problems and not unreasonably dislikes larger tables because of her difficulty in hearing.
  21. We are cruising on Radiance in February of 2020, Sydney to Perth and really looking forward to it. We have cruised on Radiance twice before but can't remember the time for the last seating of Traditional Dining - so if anyone on Radiance at the moment (or recently on her) can tell me I would really appreciate it. Also need to know the times for the Diamond Happy Hour (have become Diamond since last time on Radiance)? We currently have the Late Dinner in MDR but thinking of changing to My Time but need to know Diamond Happy Hour times to see if this will fit. Many thanks for any/all information.
  22. Who has been to Samba grill on Radiance? Is it good?
  23. On board Radiance. We were supposed to stop at Benoa, Bali tomorrow. Captain just announced Royal has decided we should cancel the stop because of the coronavirus issues. We don't want to be stuck floating around like Holland America ship. Still going there. Will anchor off shore so officials can board and clear the ship. About 4 hrs. Not sure what that means exactly but captain says if we don't there are large tax issues. I'm hoping more info to come. At least I don't have to be up at 6 am for my 7 am tour.
  24. We are going south bound trip and read in last years compass a mandatory drill at 730. I currently have a reservation for MTD at 7pm so I am planning on changing it. Wondering what time does the ship leave the dock. Is it before or after the drill. I have read at 6 and then one said at 8. I prefer not eating.during sail away
  25. we will be in the Royal Suite on August 28, 2020 and would love to see some recent photo's/videos. Most the photo's we have seen does not show a walk-in closet. So I'm assuming the Royal suite has gone under a renovation.
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