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The Radiance of the Seas combines high-tech features with the elegance of Old World cities. The ship features a space called the Colony Club, which is actually four theme clubs in one: The Bombay Billiard Club, Jakarta Lounge, Singapore Sling's and the Calcutta Card Club. The safari-themed solarium allows you to relax in the whirlpool or take a swim while three 16-foot stone elephants stand guard. Sports-minded passengers will love the two uppermost decks, which feature a putting green, a rock-climbing wall, a multi-purpose sports court and the ShipShape fitness center. After a day of relaxing at the full-service spa, head to the Aurora Theatre for a star-studded show. The same careful attention has been paid to the quality and variety of meals onboard the Radiance. Cascades, with its namesake waterfall, is the main dining room. Steak-lovers will enjoy Chops Grille, the ship's reservation-only steakhouse, but for lighter fare there's the open-air Windjammer Cafe. Techies and those who can't live without e-mail will no doubt spend some time at Royal Caribbean Online, the ship's computing center.
Anchorage (Seward), AK
Cruises from Anchorage (Seward) depart from May to September.
Seward sits at the head of Resurrection Bay on the Kenai Peninsula, about 125 miles south of Anchorage. This breath taking town is home to the renowned Kenai Fjords National Park and the multi-million dollar Alaska SeaLife Center. Seward is ideal for for kayaking, sailing and fishing in the bay, or hiking and biking among the gorgeous scenery.
Alaska's capital city of Juneau is a dramatic sight with a backdrop of lush green mountains. Visitors here can drive, float, paddle or take a helicopter to the monumental Mendenhall Glacier. Other popular excursions include cruising along the straits and sounds of the Tongass National Forest, prospecting for gold at the original site of gold discovery or visiting the Alaska State Museum and the Alaska Brewing Company.
A traveler's first view of this Inside Passage port town may be of a boat-filled harbor enveloped in snowcapped mountains. The rustic city of Ketchikan has been called the totem pole capital of the world. Tours show off the city's streets, restored from the pioneer days; the harbor's salmon canneries; and the world's oldest collection of totem poles at the Totem Heritage Center. Sportfishing, kayaking, hiking, bear watching and Misty Fjords seaplane excursions are also popular.
As the northernmost point of the Inside Passage, the town reflects its mining past in the false-front buildings and gold rush relics. Tourists can experience the majesty of White Pass summit and the Yukon territory aboard the railway, paddle to Glacier Bay and Chilkoot Bald Eagle Preserve, get a close-up view of the natural beauty on a wilderness safari, soar over glaciers on a helicopter tour or, for those who catch the fever, pan for gold.
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Cruises from Vancouver depart from spring through fall.
Vancouver is located in the southwest corner of British Columbia in western Canada. It lies about three hours north of Seattle, WA, by car. If driving to Vancouver from the United States, allow for extra time at the border crossing, which can get busy, especially during holidays and long weekends.
Located in the heart of Alaska, Fairbanks is the closest city to Denali National Park. Boat rides, fishing and kayaking are popular activities in the nearby rivers. The city's location in a prime wildlife-watching area pays off -- visitors can see moose, caribou, bears, bald eagles and other species. Learn local gold rush history and see the state's largest public display of gold at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum. The Alaskaland theme park and Pioneer Museum take you back in time, and area gold camps and working mines let you experience Fairbanks' golden past firsthand.
Icy Strait Point, AK
Located just outside Alaska's largest Tlingit community, Icy Strait Point offers a cultural experience complete with wildlife viewing and shopping. The main tourist attraction of the area is a historic fish cannery that is being converted into a restaurant with shows and shops selling native merchandise.
At the foot of the Rockies, this rugged, modern city offers all the romance of the great West. Mounties, cowboys, oilmen and natives live and work together here. With numerous opportunities for adventure, you can float over the city in a hot air balloon, go trail riding or heli-hiking, explore prairie history at a pioneer settlement, spend a day at the zoo or tour Winter Olympic sites. Dating back to 1875, Calgary has quickly developed and today is Canada's second-largest corporate center.
Hubbard Glacier, AK
Hubbard Glacier is the one glacier in the world that does not move at a glacial pace. Quite the opposite. In fact, in 1986, Hubbard Glacier -- the largest tidewater glacier on the North American continent -- moved an average of just under 5.5 feet per hour. Keep a watchful eye as you sail through Yakutat Bay; you may be a witness to geological history.
Denali National Park, AK
Denali National Park is one of Alaska's most popular destinations. Everything about Denali National Park is big, from animal inhabitants like grizzlies, moose and caribou to North America's highest peak, the venerable Mt. McKinley. The park itself is larger than the entire state of Massachusetts. Denali is a favorite with adventure seekers and explorers who want an up-close experience of Alaska's untamed wilderness.
Much of charming Talkeetna looks just as it did in the early 1900s, with many buildings from the period still in operation; the downtown area has been designated a National Historic site. The town’s close proximity to Denali National Park and Mount McKinley makes it the perfect location for outdoor activities from hiking and mountain biking to rafting and flightseeing.
Banff, AB, Canada
Banff is the first Canadian city to be located within a national park; it is the largest town within Banff National Park and is surrounded on all sides by the Canadian Rockies. If you’re looking to spot elk or bears, Banff is ideal – it is not unusual to find such wildlife on the local parks and trails. Though best known for outdoor sports and activities, the local restaurants and nightclubs, spas and boutiques attract visitors of all sorts to this charming mountain town. The glacial Lake Louise is also located within the park.
Jasper, AB, Canada
The little town of Jasper is the heart of Jasper National Park, the largest park in the Canadian Rockies. Pristine mountains fill the horizon; the national park is protected, as are the mountain sheep and goats, bears, elk, and wolves that call it home. It is not unusual to spot bears on the roads, but if you want a closer look at the wildlife, hiking tours and horseback riding are available. Visitors can also choose a trip to the nearby Columbia Icefield to see a massive, but receding, glacier.
Inside Passage, AK
The Inside Passage follows Alaska cruise itineraries from Puget Sound in Washington, to the Alaskan Panhandle. As ships sail through, passengers will have plenty of opportunity to see the various wildlife and terrain that Alaska has to offer. Travelers can admire the ever-changing scenery from beautiful coastal towns, towering forest walls, and massive glaciers. Be sure to watch the sky for Bald Eagles and search the water for signs of sea lions, porpoises, and whales along the way.