This was our first cruise on the Radiance of The Seas I travelled with my Husband Sister and Brother In Law all in our 60's .We travelled from the Central Coast NSW to Sydney by train we changed at Central and travelled to Circular Key then short walk to the cruise Terminal .When we first saw the ship it was so much bigger than we imagined it to be it was awesome .
We arrived at the luggage drop off about 11.30am and as the queue wasn't too long we decided to board even though it wasn't the allocated time but it wasn't a problem .
Embarkation was quick and easy and plenty of staff around to help and answer any queries we had ,we was on board and exploring the ship by 12.15 .We had a look round the ship and then found the Windjammer where lunch was served such a wide variety of food and everything we tried was excellent .
We went to out stateroom about 1.30pm this was an inside cabin and quite roomy inside the bathroom maybe a bit on the small side but lots of storage space and really comfortable .It was cleaned twice a day and was quite fun to see the many different animals that were created with the towels when we went back at night .We had a small maintenance issue but this was soon fixed and had no other problems at all .
The Cruise Compass was delivered daily and had all the information we needed for the next day and information on each port of call .
The Captain Goran Peterson was a great Captain very informative and often seen around the ship and helping out in various venues .Our cruise director Bobby Brown was also very good as was all the staff on board everyone was so friendly and helpful if they didn'tttt know the answer to your question they would find out for you .
The Solarium was the perfect place my sister and I went for a swim most morning then had breakfast at the Park cafe .Windjammer was great for lunch so much choice and Cascades Dining room for our evening meal where our waiters Waldo and Dione were outstanding .We was on board 16 nights and and our evening meal was never repeated ,the atmosphere in the MDR was excellentttt .
To our surprise when we went to the Library there was a table with jigsaw puzzles this proved to a most enjoyable pastime ,popular and very interactive .
We didn'tttt do any shore excursions but chose to do our own thing ,most of the tours where eitherld out or way too expensive .
Their was so many bars to choose from and we found the drinks a very reasonable price ,there was always a special cocktail of the day and you got to keep the glass .
The cleanliness of the ship has to be commended ,the glass lifts superb and just in case you forgot which day it was the day was on the floor of the lift what a great idea .
There was plenty of activities on board but apart from swimming and some of the lectures we basically did our own thing .
Geraldton .Brisbane we docked so far away due to the size of the ship which was disappointing .Airlie Beach was by tender and only a 15 minute walk to the town there was a small market and a really nice pool area .There was plenty of volunteers to meet you off the tender with maps and all the information your needed .
Next stop Darwin this was a pleasant walk from the harbour to the town , a large information centre and plenty of people to help you find your way around .
Bali next stop a nice tender ride to the port but a lot of construction going on as we drove out in the taxi ,as always Bali hot and so busy with so many hawkers .
Port Hedland was interesting not a tourist area by any means ,hot and a lot of red dust ,but We are glad we called in as to see what a mining town looked like .
Geraldton was one of the best stops very clean and modern and friendly people ,once again we was met by volunteers to help you find your way .Then onto Freemantle our last stop .
Disembarkation was quick and easy although not a lot of room to sit in the terminal building while you waited for your shuttle to the hotel .
All in all a wonderful cruise which I would gladly do again ,everything about the Radiance was superb ,great staff excellent venues a credit to everyone on board .Our only criticism the shuttle buses very overpriced