We had a nice easy boarding and it only took us about 15 minutes from getting up the elevator to boarding the ship.
Radiance is a beautiful ship and we did enjoy our cruise but Rhapsody set the bar and Radiance failed to meet it. There were no major issues on the ship but just a few little things that let it down. I dont think the room attendants were as thorough as they could have been - the rubbish wasnt emptied on a few occasions or the towels replaced even though they were where they were supposed to be to be replaced and we had to ask for top sheets for the kids beds as even though the room air con is individually controlled it was still hot and stuffy in the room at times, some of the staff could be abrupt and rude - not to us but to other people around us, the food at times was a little under par, there didnt seem to be as many activities available but this may have been due to 7 islands in 12 days and the tendering process didnt seem very smooth or as organised as on Rhapsody.
We visited Noumea, Lifou, Champagne Bay, Port Vila, Louganville, Mystery Island and Isle of Pines.
All the islands are very beautiful and each of them has stalls or shops available. We found the Aussie dollar much more widely accepted on this cruise than the first. The people are all smiling and happy and genuinely welcome visitors. We didnt do any ship organised tours as it is way out of our price range - it was easy enough to barter with a local to drive us where we wanted to go - for those new to this game dont pay them until they take you back to the ship. There are stalls everywhere and the souvenirs etc all very similar with the best value being at Port Vila I think.
I think the biggest problem on the ship was how rude many of the other passengers could be. All I will say is show some manners and common courtesy to fellow cruisers and the staff.
The Captain on the ship was fantastic and kept us up to date with everything including an itinerary change due to a cyclone forming not far from Champagne bay. Our dinner waiters in Cascades were the best and always had a laugh and a smile and kept the kids entertained with magic tricks. We never had to ask for a thing they just did it eg refills on the kids drinks or ketchup for the kids chips.