My husband and I just returned from 33 days of sailing on the Radiance. We thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and had few complaints. I have read some of the reviews and appreciate some of the negative comments but overall we were pleased. We originally booked the first 17 night cruise. Our junior suite, 1542 was lovely but the balcony was underneath the pool deck. There was no way to know this ahead of time. Our deck was mostly wet but just about everything on Deck 10 was the same, even the spa windows. There was just that much spray. On our second cruise, we moved to the back of the ship which was glorious. Room 1602.
We agree that on the first cruise, there was some disorganization getting people off of the ship when tendering. However, the rudeness of the cruisers was uncalled for. They were shouting and yelling at the staff who could not help the situation. When 2000 people all decide to leave the ship at the same time, and fail to adhere to the rules, chaos ensues. People were leaving on tenders and they had no tender numbers so it was chaotic. The second cruise was much more organized although they were delays - due to weather, tender problems, shore excursions all arriving back at the same time, etc. Again, if you travel a lot, as we do, you just have to be patient!! We loved the first cruise so much that we booked the second one about three days prior to the end of the first one. And the second one was just as great.
Favorites were Windel and Joy in the Schooner Bar on the first, Joy and Rebecca in the Champagne Bar on the second. We met many wonderful people and loved the Australians aboard - almost half the ship.
New Zealand was phenomenal even though there were some cool days. But they were sunny! Picton was a beautiful port but there wasn't much to see or do there. Wellington of course brought the Cable Car ride and then we visited Zealandia. That was a disappointment. Some unique birds but other than that, not much. In Akaroa, we took the Sailing Ketch trip which was fantastic. We saw seals, dolphins, penguins and lots of bird settlements. In Dunedin, we took the Penguin sanctuary trip. Beautiful ride through the hills and along the coast.
Sailing through the Sounds was beautiful but the weather was icky, very cloudy and rainy. It would have been great in better weather.
Melbourne, we took the Puffin Billy trip, which was 4 hours. Spent 20 minutes on the train and 10 minutes at the Bird Site - very disappointing. In Adelaide, we took the train to town - highly recommended over the cruise shuttles, a lot less expensive. Toured the zoo on our own - great zoo. In Esperance we went on a shore excursion to Cape Le Grand which was good. Beautiful beaches and stonehenge.
Second Cruise; first port Geraldton, we had to skip due to weather. Could not get into the port and tendering was impossible. Port Hedland, not much to see but we sat on the ship and watched the harbor activities - very impressive. Bali was one of the highlights. We took the all day Balinese Way of Life for $99. Best tour for the money ever!! Too much to describe but fantastic, especially the lunch at the top of the mountain. Darwin, we took the Territory Wildlife and Eco Cruise. Wildlife park was so, so. Cruise was great except it got cut short due to rain storms. What a hair raising ride we had back to the ship, trying to outrun the storms. Airlie Beach was the Tropical Rainforest and Countryside - basically a waste other than the short visit to Cedar Creek Falls. Brisbane was the one of the better tours, Brisbane Sights and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Great tour.