We joined the Radiance in Fremantle in Western Australia and we had seven ports of call, including the New Zealand Fiords of Milford, Dusky and Doubtful Sounds, before sailing back into beautiful Sydney harbour, Australia. This was our second cruise on the Radiance and she did not fail. Our cabin attendant Salil, the cruise staff and dining room staff were wonderful, especially Benzley and Joel in the dining room. If anyone is hesitant about cruising New Zealand - please, don't be as it is a beautiful land and the New Zealanders are a fabulous bunch. We sailed into a small port called Akaroa which can best be described as a quaint and unique village in the north of the South Island of New Zealand. Akaroa, what a star! We had pre-booked a guided walking tour and it did not disappoint. "Suky Thompson" was our guide and she was dressed in period clothing and carried a basket which held her microphone and early photos of the village, and the original French settlers. She brought the town's history to life and it was fantastic. For a preview visit www.akaroawalks.co.nz
Before joining our cruise we had pre-booked a Mystery Dinner onboard the Radiance and if it's offered on a future cruise, we can certainly recommend it as it's a delightful evening. The Mystery Dinner is called "Bada Bada Bing, Bada Bada Boom." It's a murder mystery, set in the 1930's when gangsters ruled a number of American cities and towns. It's hosted by the Radiance Singers and Dancers who play out the mystery, and a Narrator who explains the events, characters and sets the plot. The evening started in the Colony Club with canapes and champagne. The characters are introduced and the story-line is set. "Ten Ton Teddy" is boss of the "Mob". His clothing is padded to make him look delightfully overweight, like a Godfather figure. He has a wife "Dottie Do It All" who speaks with a heavy N.Y. accent and padded clothing to give her an over-sized derriÃ¨re. Ten Ton Teddy has a mistress -- "Sally Say So" who is a voluptuous not-very-smart blonde. "Eddie Boom Boom" is the Boss's Lawyer and Minder who wears an exaggerated pin-stripe business suit, red bow tie and spats. "Wendy Work Hard" is the maid and observes everyone, says very little and wears a large fabric flower on her left lapel (could this be a microphone ?). The twist is that Eddie Boom Boom is Dottie Do It All's lover !
Ten Ton Teddy has decided to change his Will to exclude his wife Dottie and replace his mistress Sally Say So as his beneficiary. Eddie Boom Boom has drawn up the new document and presents it to Ten Ton Teddy to sign. He signs it, and a big argument erupts -- all the characters run behind the curtain on the stage of the Colony Club and three gun shots can be heard -- Bang! Bang! Bang!
Who has been shot ? All the guests are then escorted from the Colony Club, into Giovanni's Italian Restaurant where the first course is served and the rest of the play continues. The victim is wheeled out on a trolley, apple in mouth.
Who dunn it ? The players go to each table and every guest is invited to ask one question to try and solve the murder, bearing in mind that the players will not be telling the truth. Three more courses are served.
I am not going to spoil it by divulging the finer details in the event that you should book it on a future cruise. It is a delightful evening, with a scrumptious Italian menu and wine. A surprise ending awaits . . . . .
A fabulous trip and we plan to re-book another one next year.