Finally aboard Royal Caribbean’s beautiful Radiance of the Seas and waiting to get underway, we visited the common areas and took care of minor business items regarding our arrangements for the week. The Radiance of the Seas is a well-appointed ship with a lot of quiet areas for relaxation. We toured the spa area, guided by one of the staff members and entered our names for a raffle drawing. John won a spa visit, which we cashed in later in the week for a hot stone massage in the couples suite – so very romantic!
Visiting the common areas, we viewed almost every floor of the ship and got in some good walking exercise. The upper decks had good views, but there was fog rolling in so we eventually retired to our cabin, opened some wine and settled in until muster call. This was also a good time to make acquaintance with out cabin steward, who gave wonderful advice throughout the week and left cute towel animals for us during the evenings.
The television was tuned to some relaxing music until we realized that the captain had a channel and was making occassional announcements. We switched over to that channel to keep up with the happenings at the captain’s wheel and could view the maps of the area on the screen while inside the cabin.
The first night dinner was very casual with most guests still wearing the days’ travel clothes. We did not have assigned seating for this meal. Our table guests were a father and son from Boston, Massachusetts on their first cruise together. along with a couple from Florida who were seasoned cruisers. The menu offered several selections for appetizer, entree and dessert. The staff was professional and efficient in the dinner service, which was much appreciated after a long days’ journey.