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Ron Smoak's Trip Report
This was our first time on a Radiance Class RCI ship. Our prior cruises were all on Voyager, Freedom and Oasis Class ships. We were a bit concerned about the smaller ship but were fascinated by the itinerary, San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Aruba, and Curacao. What we found was a nice, intimate ship that had the MOST appealing crew we have ever sailed with on RCI. Everyone, and I do mean everyone on this crew was so polite and spoke to everyone they came across. Our Cabin Steward, Anthony, was always there when we needed him and disappeared when we didn't need him. A perfect Steward! We talked with him each day and he never missed asking us if we needed anything. He was top-notch!
Dining was very good with our group of five using My Time Dining. We usually like participating in Formal Nights, but this time we decided to "dress down" and not carry any formal wear (it also saves on luggage costs). The first formal night, we ate in the WindJammer and enjoyed the near serene, low key meal (it really was nice). The next night at in the main dining room, our Head Waiter and Waiter both asked where we were. We told them that we purposely did not bring formal wear and in deference to other cruisers, decided to eat in the WindJammer. Both of these gentlemen told us straight up... This is your cruise and you are entitled to eat anywhere you want but do not forgo the dining room just because you did not bring formal wear. They did ask that we not wear shorts on formal night (I agree). So on the second formal night we dressed nicely - slacks and collared shirts - and were surprised to see many other dressed the same. My point is that the crew made us feel at home formally dressed or not. Therefore our dining experience was fantastic for the week.
The one bad (let's say not good) thing we found about such a smaller ship (remember when we thought a 90,000 ton ship was huge??) was that is it not as stable as the much larger ships. We found that out returning to San Juan in a small tropical storm and dealing with 10 to 12 foot seas. Many cruisers were sick all day. There were even crew members that got sick. We fared well with only one of our group of five getting queasy. We really missed the stability of the Oasis.