After reading other reviews about Radiance Of The Seas, I find it hard to believe we were on the same ship.
Embarkation was a little slow but not too bad. after all they had to process over 2000 passengers in a short time. We arrived at 10.30am and were on board by 11.45am.
After a quick walk around we had a nice lunch in Windjammers Cafe. Our rooms were available at 1.10pm. We were able to drop our carry on luggage off and explore the ship. this did take awhile as there was lots to see and photos to take. By the time we arrived back at our room our luggage was outside.
We had a balcony room on the port side and it was very nice to sit there looking out at the Sydney Opera House prior to departure.
The room was better than we had expected and as it was our anniversary I had paid to have it decorated. This was done tastefully with a nice sign on our door. won me big brownie points......Our cabin attendant Max did a great job at making us feel special including a beautiful swan and heart arrangement on our anniversary night.
We paid $120 each for the Chef's Table Dining package. All of the restaurants in the package were good, with Chops Grille being the standout. Chef's table was spectacular and a nice way to celebrate our 30th anniversary. Well worth the added expense.
We had no problems with any of our dining experiences on board. In Cascades the waiting staff (Eloisa, Joy and Oslar) were outstanding. Very friendly and obliging. In Windjammer there was a good variety of food. Some was basic but we enjoyed all of our meals there. there was no need to purchase the water package or the soda package. The drinks were reasonably priced and spirits and cocktails were free poured - so very strong.........
There was a great variety of shows with something for everyone. there was one technical hiccup which made one show very late, but not everything can run like clockwork. Apparently there were over 300 children on board - we hardly saw them. Parents we spoke to praised the various kids clubs and entertainment provided.
Around the ship there were many different forms of entertainment. All events we attended started on time and mostly ran to time. We struggled to fit it all in. Unlike other comments I have read I think there were plenty of quiet spots around the ship.
The Solarium pool for adults was always busy and always hard to get a seat. The main pool was a great centre for various activities from horse racing, Mr Radiance, volleyball to dancing under the stars.
The cruise entertainment staff provided many activities and were superbly led by Bobby and his assistant / wife Becky. the Captain kept us well informed of impending bad weather and modified the itinerary to give us the best possible opportunity to enjoy the cruise. Well done.
Overall the ship was beautiful, lots of glass, an unbelievable atrium, lots of nice things to see and do and outstanding staff.
We loved our cruise and have already paid a deposit on another. Well done to the Radiance of the Seas and her staff. Thanks for giving us the best memories we could possibly ask for.
We will definitely be back..........