Sailing Alaska on
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line will be represented by 2 ships in Alaska for 2011.
Your Shipmates: Royal Caribbean cruise line refers to your trip as a cruise adventure and with no shortage of activities and dining options onboard this line has broad appeal. You’ll find active couples, singles and families seeking that something for everyone vacation.
- Adults have an oasis with hot tubs and certain swimming pools being designated kid free zones
- Exceptional entertainment is an understatement
- Excellent observation areas like the Viking Crown Lounge and extensive use of glass throughout the ship makes for excellent sightseeing, especially in Alaska.
- Service is friendly and accommodating but inconsistent.
- Similar to other large ships you may experience lines at the buffet or when disembarking.
Accommodations/Cabins: Royal Caribbean Cruise Line staterooms fleetwide are comfortable and airy. All cabins feature a cozy sitting area, TV, personal safe, telephone, hair dryer and luxurious bedding. Top-category suites include a mini-bar, bathrobe for your use and concierge service.
Radiance class ships (Radiance of the Seas) were purpose built to offer a roomy cabin with a view. This class of ship has a high percentage of ocean view staterooms and three quarters of those have balconies, a perfect match for Alaska’s stunning scenery.
Expect close quarters when booking an interior or ocean view cabin onboard Rhapsody of the Seas. Your “personal space” will be at a premium. All cabins provide ample storage. Radiance of the Seas offers nineteen wheelchair-accessible staterooms and Rhapsody of the Seas has fourteen.
Dining: Whatever your mood, your preference for personal choice when dining has alternatives onboard. When sailing on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Radiance class ships (Radiance of the Seas) you can savor a delicious four-course culinary creations with all the pomp and circumstance in the main dining room; dine alfresco at the Seaview Café, enjoy buffet-style meals served in the Windjammer Café or reserve a table in Portofino, an Italian-specialty restaurant and/or Chops Grille, a steak house.
Onboard Rhapsody of the Seas your choice includes the main dining room, casual buffet and a poolside grill. Unfortunately, there are no alternative restaurants on this ship.
Evening meals in the main dining room are served in two seating’s. If you prefer the comfort of your own stateroom complimentary 24-hour room service is available on all ships.
Entertainment: Evening entertainment onboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is among the most impressive at sea. The in-house trained staff takes no short cuts when producing these large-cast, lavish Vegas-style shows. First rate musicians and comedians keep things hoppin’ at various venues throughout the ship. Guest participation favorites like karaoke and the “Newlywed and Not-So-Newlywed Game” are especially popular. For game enthusiasts, visit some of the best and largest casinos at sea, it could be your lucky day.
Spa/Fitness: Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is a true innovator in this category. They lead the industry with ground breaking features previously unheard of on a cruise ship. Both ships offer rock-climbing walls. Radiance class vessels (Radiance of the Seas) feature the first self-leveling pool tables at sea.
So after you’ve climbed your way through Alaska you may need some down time. Pamper yourself with a rejuvenating massage, facial or one of the many other treatments available in the Day Spa. The facility is top-notch with a full menu of cultural therapies available for adults and teens.
On both ships the fitness centers are well-equipped. Radiance-class ships (Radiance of the Seas) offer a sport court, jogging track, golf simulators and 3 pools. Rhapsody of the Seas offers a jogging track and 2 pools. Maintaining your fitness goal was never this easy. You can work out independently or join a class. Some classes may require an additional fee others are included in your fare.
Junior Sailors: Royal Caribbean Cruise Line offers Adventure Ocean one of the best youth programs available. Parents will never here the dreaded “there’s nothing to do.” Daily activities to entertain youth ages 3 to 17 are supervised by staff that hold college degrees in recreation, education or a related field.
Youth are divided into Aquanauts, ages 3-5, Explorers, ages 6-8, Voyagers, ages 9-11, Navigators, ages 12-14; and older teens ages 15-17. Each ship has dedicated facilities for children and teens. Kids will enjoy karaoke, face painting, a computer lab, video arcades, talent shows, scavenger hunts, sports, game shows, their own special menus at meal times and much more.
“Edu-tainment” programs (making education fun) are highlighted. Adventure Science uses hands-on scientific experiments, Adventure Art focuses on art projects in partnership with Crayola and Fisher-Price joined Royal Caribbean in developing the Aqua Babies (6-18 months) and Aqua Tots (18 months to 3 years) program of supervised play dates involving Mom and Dad.
Baby sitting services, including group sitting and in-cabin sitting, are also available for an additional fee, enjoying a romantic evening of adult time – priceless.
Cruise tour: Royal Caribbean Cruise Line offers 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 night cruise tours combining a 7-night cruise with a 3 to 7 night land package into Alaska’s interior. All Royal Caribbean cruise tours are escorted. These operate in conjunction with the Gulf itinerary of the Radiance of the Seas.
Radiance of the Seas a 2,501 passenger vessel sails the 7-night Inside Passage/Gulf route between Vancouver, B.C. and Seward. Your embarkation port will depend on the departure date you select.
Rhapsody of the Seas a 2,435 passenger vessel sails a repositioning 7-night route through the Inside Passage once at the beginning and once at the end of the season between Vancouver, B.C. and Seattle. The rest of the time she sails roundtrip from Seattle for 7-nights.
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