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Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review by Flightie50

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Radiance of the Seas
Radiance of the Seas
Member Name: Flightie50
Cruise Date: December 2013
Embarkation: Sydney (Australia)
Destination: South Pacific
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 5+
Public Rooms 5+
Cabins 5+
Entertainment 5.0
Spa & Fitness 5+
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 4.0
Embarkation 5+
Service 5+
Value-for-Money 5.0
Rates Not Rated
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This was my 2nd cruise and the first withRCI.

Getting on board was well organised - especially compared to my first cruise where it took 6 hours!

A clean, modern ship but obviously older. Maintenance on board was excellent.

Staff were superb. It must be hard living at the same place you work and working a split shift 7 days a week.

Our cabin was very tidy and well thought out. I especially liked the placement of mirrors where it was possible to see all angles and the back of yourself! I didn't have a problem with lighting, probably because we were cruising in summer time hours so getting ready was always done with natural light available. The bed was comfortable. The bathroom was small but that is what I would expect on a ship. There was plenty of shelving and a bathroom cabinet to store your toiletries.

Entertainment was good. Like all cruises, you can do as much or as little as you like. We found the Colony Club at the stern to be a quiet place to relax or read a book away from crowds during daylight hours if you didn't want to be in the confines of your cabin.

Gym facilities were excellent.

We had breakfast and lunch most days at the Windjammer and dinner in the Cascade Dining Room. The waiting staff at both establishments were very professional and friendly. We found the Park Cafe in the Solarium to have food that most resembled cafe food - a variety of wraps, paninis, sliders, and cake items were available and very delicious and made a nice lunch. The Windjammer can be very noisy as it is the place of choice for families. We definitely preferred the Cascade Dining Room in the evening. Room Service was quick. We only ever asked for tea or coffee with a couple of cookies (the cookies are amazing!) and it was always delivered promptly.

Our only minor complaint was that there were no self-serve laundries on board and it cost $25 to have a smallish bag of laundry washed and folded. The laundry took 24 hrs to be returned. We would have preferred to do our own.

Publication Date: 12/31/13
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