Welcome aboard Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas! We’re on a repositioning cruise from San Diego to Vancouver, which means 45% of those onboard are from San Diego, 45% are from Vancouver, and the remaining 10% are the few people from across North America who saw a great deal and unique itinerary. The ship is nice, a little older, and I’m glad I didn’t go with my parents on the Allure this past December because it seems as though they’re comparing everything to that experience (which, by the way, is incomparable to any other cruise out there). Apparently they’re dry-docking it in Vancouver to do a little refurbishing. It doesn’t necessarily need it, but it goes to show how well Royal Caribbean maintains their ships.
I’ve never been on a cold-weather cruise, besides Alaska, which I can barely remember, so I’m not used to having days at sea quite like this one. Right now, we’re in the middle of the gray, chilly Pacific, making our way toward San Francisco. My family and I have been hanging out in the Solarium all morning, the glass-enclosed pool deck that’s significantly warmer than anywhere else on the ship. We’ve been people watching, one of our favorite pastimes, and have decided that the median age onboard is probably somewhere in the 70s. Not that this is a bad thing, you just don’t get in a hurry when going from one side of the ship to another. Just set your walking speed to shuffle.
Not too much new to report, besides the fact that Royal Caribbean is excellent at pairing tables together. We’re sitting with a family of three from Vancouver: two parents and a 20-something only child. Great job connecting cruisers, Royal! We had a blast getting to know our table mates and stayed well past the regular dining time sharing stories. Tonight is formal night, don’t know how I’m going to do that when 90% of what I packed consists of sweaters and furry boots. This is just a quick update to say hello and give you all some insight into our day at sea!