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Royal Caribbean Kicks Off Its Alaska Cruise Season

The Alaska cruising season has officially begun for Royal Caribbean International.

The line’s ship Radiance of the Seas will depart early this evening on a seven-night roundtrip voyage to Alaska from Vancouver. Port calls will include Ketchikan, Sitka, and Skagway, with scenic cruising in Tracy Arm Fjord.

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Radiance of the Seas (Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean)

Canada only recently opened its borders to cruise ships again, and already ships have begun arriving to ports including Victoria and Vancouver in British Columbia, and Saint John in New Brunswick.

As well, Radiance of the Seas only recently resumed passenger cruises on April 23, when guests boarded for a six-night cruise from Los Angeles to Vancouver.

Following the ship’s seven-night roundtrip voyage, it will begin a schedule of seven-night one-way sailings between Vancouver and Seward, Alaska. Vancouver to Seward itineraries will calls in Juneau, Icy Strait Point, Sitka, and Skagway, with scenic cruising to Hubbard Glacier.

Seward to Vancouver cruises will stop in Juneau, Skagway, Haines, Icy Strait Point, and Ketchikan, also with scenic cruising to Hubbard Glacier.

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Ovation of the Seas (Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean)

Three other Royal Caribbean ships will also spend summer 2022 sailing in Alaska: Serenade, Quantum, and Ovation of the Seas. Serenade will offer seven-night cruises from Vancouver, while Quantum and Ovation will both operate seven-night sailings from Seattle. All three vessels are set to begin their Alaska schedule next week.

Radiance of the Seas is an Alaska veteran, having spent many, many summers sailing in the region. The 2001-built ship has a number of features that are perfect for voyages in The Last Frontier, including a glass-enclosed solarium with pool and two hot tubs, lots of floor-to-ceiling windows, and a smaller size holding 2,100 guests.

Following her season in Alaska, Radiance of the Seas will reposition to New Orleans through the end of January, operating western Caribbean cruises. On January 30, the ship will begin sailing from Galveston to the western Caribbean and Bahamas. Come spring 2023, Radiance will head back to Alaska.

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