CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Radiance of the Seas by Subtropical Western Caribbean January 28, 2007

Arrived a day early in Fort Lauderdale and stayed at the Ramada Plaza on Commercial Ave. The only negative is a 40-50 dollar cab ride from the airport (try the Ramada Cruiseport if available). Embarkation the next day was quick and easy. The ship is smaller than others I have been on from RCCL, but the layout is nicer. The outside elevators looking out a wall of windows is a nice touch. The buffet breakfast and lunch is good but it is the usual cruise fare. The main dining room is spacious and the staff was as good as it gets.

The captain was a Canadian (!), not the usual Norwegian or Italian which came as a surprise. This was a last minute booking and our ocean view cabin on the lowest deck was well worth the low rate we paid. It was very quiet and smooth and even though we were right by the elevators, that was no problem. Our location came in handy while disembarking in the ports of call. Being Parrotheads, we enjoyed the trails of Margaritaville tour in Key West. Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Montego Bay all were nice laid back visits. After many cruises on different lines, this was one of the one or two best weeks at sea ever. I hated the day of disembarking at the end but even that was done like a well oiled machine. Well done RCCL !

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