Posted February 4th, 2013, 10:37 PM
We sailed on the Radiance last August on the southbound route. We loved it!
When we booked the cruise, we arranged to have transfers through RC and I'm glad we did. We didn't have any trouble at all.
When we flew into Anchorage, we asked for the RC representative. We were directed to a kiosk where the friendly RC staff checked us off their list, and then told us when the next bus was leaving for Seward. I think we had about a one hour wait.
We grabbed a quick bite to eat at the food court, then went back to the waiting area at the RC desk. When the bus arrived, we got in along with several other people and the driver loaded up all the baggage.
I'm not sure how long the drive was but it seemed to pass quickly. The scenery was fantastic and the driver gave information about what we were seeing from time to time.
Before we knew it, we had arrived at the Seward terminal. The Radiance was the only ship there! Check in at the terminal was a breeze. We walked right in, went up to the counter to check in, and went right on to the ship!
The quickest embarkation we have ever had.
The ship is fantastic and the cruise was the best we have ever had. The itinerary includes 4 ports of call. Icy Strait Point was and still is our favorite. We went on the Bear and Whale watch combo excursion through RC. We saw two bears catching Salmon and countless whales! It was absolutely breathtaking!
When we went through the Hubbard Glacier area, we witnessed numerous "calving" which is when great chuncks of ice break off with loud cracking and rumbling then fall into the water.
I could go on and on. As you can see, even now I get excited just thinking about it and trying to describe what we saw.
We went in August and had beautiful weather all week, even in Ketchikan where it rains so much.
At the end of the cruise, going though the Vancouver terminalwas no trouble at all. We also had a transfer that took us to the Vancouver airport.
We have never been on a Celebrity cruise, so can't comment on that. But, I highly recommend Radiance!
You might be interested in seeing my wife's picture slideshows. Here is a link to the page where you will see slideshows about the different ports of call as well as the ship. The slideshow will start when you click on the link, but you can also go through the pictures if you want to by clicking on the thumbnails one at a time.
2012 RC Radiance of the Seas ~ Alaska Southbound
HAPPY SAILING! It's a great way to explore the world!