Radiance of the Seas: 8-Night Alaska Cruise from Vancouver Starting at €641 pp in May

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Next year, on May 11, Royal Caribbean‘s Radiance of the Seas will depart from Vancouver and set sail toward Alaska, returning 9 days later. Currently, an inside cabin on that cruise merely costs £541 (~€618) per person, while an ocean view cabin costs £712 (~€813).

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Regardless of the cabin category, these prices include the port taxes, full board, and a premium level of service. The gratuities are not included. You can pay them at the end of the cruise, or pre-pay them during the booking (Logitravel charges £89 (~€102) per person).

The Route

This is the cruise’s itinerary:

  • May 11: Vancouver (departs at 16:00)
  • May 12: At sea
  • May 13: Juneau (9 hours)
  • May 14: Skagway (13 hours)
  • May 15: Hubbard Glacier (4 hours)
  • May 16: Icy Strait Point (9 hours)
  • May 17: Ketchican (8 hours)
  • May 18: Alaska Inside Passage
  • May 19: Vancouver (arrives at 7:00)

The Ship

The Radiance of the Seas is one of Royal Caribbean’s older ships, having been launched in 2001. However, it has consistently been refurbished (most lately in 2016) and has thus been able to maintain its popularity, especially among those who prefer smaller ships. Up to 2,112 passengers will enjoy the light coming in through the ship’s glassy exterior, the social vibe, and the gorgeous views from almost anywhere on the ship. Passengers who wish to enjoy the scenery instead of spending their days ice-skating and doing those extravagant activities that today’s ships tend to offer will have a good time on this ship. The onboard language is English.

There are 1,071 cabins across the 12 passenger decks, decorated in tones of navy and taupe, with flat-screen TVs. The inside cabins measure 15 square meters and have no natural light. These may be a good option for those who wish to sleep longer. The ocean view cabins may sometimes be a bit larger.

You’ll have 22 dining options onboard, 7 of which are included in this deal: Boardwalk Dog House (casual), Cascades Dining Room (American), Chops Grille (steakhouse), Park Café (pastries), Samba Grill (casual), Tides Dining Room (American), and Windjammer Café (casual). If you wish to dine somewhere else, you’ll have to pay extra (in USD).

Overall, the Radiance of the Seas is ideal for those who appreciate varied dining options on midsized ships.

Flights

There are multiple options to fly to Vancouver, e.g. via London with British Airways, via Amsterdam with KLM, via Munich with Lufthansa, or via Frankfurt with Condor. Here are some examples for round trips from Europe:

Economy class:

Premium economy:

Business class:

Cover Picture: © Royal Caribbean International

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