Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review by HPSOV: 5 Night Brisbane Sampler
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5 Night Brisbane Sampler
Destination: Australia & New Zealand
Embarkation: Sydney (Australia)
A couple in our early 30's this was our first ever cruise.
Boarding- Arrived at midday (boarding for our deck was from 11:30) and stood in line for around 20 minutes prior to checking in which was a very easy process.
Cabin- We had a superior balcony and it was very nice. Cabin was actually larger than I thought it might be, and it had plenty of good storage. One complaint was the way the cabin (door, cupboards, bathroom) creaked and groaned anytime there was any movement of the ship, the noise was loud enough to be heard even with earplugs, and as a light sleeper I did not sleep well the entire trip. Bathroom small but functional however it did have a sewerage smell the entire trip.
Food- Was on the whole very good. A couple of MDR dishes were a little disappointing and the Windjammer lunch selection didn't excite me. Windjammer breakfast was great, and Park Cafe lunch was good for lighter options too. We ate one night at Chops Grille and it was fantastic, More the best steak I have ever eaten.
Entertainment- I thought was all very good. The two production shows, Piano Man and Tango Buenos Aires were both excellent, the Beatles tribute was not our thing (it was just 4 guys singing beatles songs, we walked out halfway through), the comedian was ok and the comedy juggling was excellent.
Staff- All friendly and helpful.
Ship- Radiance is a beautiful ship. Even with a full load and 300 kids it never felt crowded and there was always somewhere to sit for a drink, at a restaurant or by the pool. The only chaos was sea days in the Windjammer for lunch, I don't know what happens to normally polite people, but all you can eat buffets send people into a food crazed frenzy. The public areas were very well laid out and were all in good condition.
Negatives- One 'specialty' coffee shop which always had a long line and the coffee was pretty average anyway. I know Americans love their filter coffee but maybe cater for Australian tastes? Always long waits for a drink at the pool bar and sky bar.
Overall- We had a great time and will definitely be cruising again! Less
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