Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review by kangycarpy: Fantastic Trans Pacific Crossing
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Fantastic Trans Pacific Crossing
Destination: Australia & New Zealand
This was a 17 night crossing of the Pacific from Honolulu to Sydney via Tahiti and New Zealand. The service was great, the food was great. We went to Chops Grill, Giovani's and the Samba Grill. Food and service was top notch. The ports in French Polynesia were beautiful. Wellington was windy and it rained in Picton but you can't do anything about the weather.
Most of the crossing was calm with 1 night of 4m swells between Tahiti & NZ but the 1st 24 hours after we left Picton was a little wild (up to 7m swells I heard) but Raidiance seamed to handle the seas very well. After 1 slight slow down due to the weather the Captain put the throttle on hard and we did about 24knots for most of the next day or so. Great thrill.
In Bora Bora we did a Tour organised via another Cruise Critic member that was fantastic.. Caught up with a few staff from our previous cruise on Radiance and renewed friendships... Overall it was just a great time and I was sorry to disembark. More
Small items of critisism. The dance floor in the colony club was not as well utilised as we had experienced on our previous cruise. The "Big" production shows were virtual repeats from last year... You'd have thought RCI could have come up with some new shows in 12 months... Still good shows, just repeats. Less
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In this section of Deck 7 the Balconies are a little larger. The cabin is near (but not too close to) the Foreward Lifts, The Theatre and the Quill & Compass with good access. Standard layout. Good sized ensuite (for a ship) and plenty of storage space. In high wind there was an annoying whistle from the balcony door. Room Steward maintained the room to a high level but was not as interactive as we had previously experienced. I introduced my own animal (a snake from a brown sarong) into the cabin which improved the interaction.
Port and Shore Excursions
One of the best days of my life. The snorkelling was fantastic, the interaction with the stingrays was out of this world and the lunch was authentic polynesian and good. the tour included a full circumnavigation of the island within the lagoon. And we saw wales.
Very much like Bora Bora but we were greeted by young locals in (almost) native dress. Just checked out the markets and did a little snorkeling. Still a very nice day.
Medium sized city port with some new and some colonial buildings. Has mulit lane freeways and peak hour traffic jams. Didn't see much of Papeete as we hired a car to drive around and self see the sights and sites.
Lord of the Rings Walking Tour
Good tour of filming sites with views of the city from a lookout. Good knowledge of the filming process/activities shown by the guides who were drawing on personal experience. Would have liked a more extensive look into the workings of the Weta Cave. Like most cruise company organised tours, perhaps a little expensive for what is delivered.
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