Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review by Nugget62: Wilde ones
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Embarkation: Sydney (Australia)
we generally had a great time. We were 2 families in 3 cabins (one suite and 2 hump balcony cabins). Our friends had their 2 kids (1adult and 1teen) in the suite were at the extreme rear of the ship and experienced a rocky trip for the first week. We on the other hand had cabin 9594. It was right in the middle of the ship very close to the staircase and centrum. It was very roomy and had an oversized balcony. Our lovely cabin attendant got us a deck chair which I enjoyed relaxing in with a book. I would choose this cabin again. It actually has the potential to have an adjoining room. . We loved the chefs table and most of the fine dining, especially izuma and chops grille. We also did the mystery dinner which was fun. We had the wine package, which had limited choices so wouldn't do that again. Wine is ultra expensive and poor choices. The cocktails were pretty good and not bad value. The staff were all friendly. The best captain, very social. The cruise director was a bit sleazy but More
the activities guy was great. The girls were also great fun and enjoyed a chat. There is a lack of swimming pools on this ship and the when it was hot it wasn't tempting to get in with so many others. The spa service was good but expensive and I was given a 60 minute facial/ massage when I'd paid for 75 minutes. I did give feedback twice on this however never heard back. The shows were good and we were entertained, but we didn't expect Broadway. Dancing with the stripes (with crew ala dancing with the stars) was really good but the centrum for the heats meant we couldn't see most of it. The finale was good. Anzac Day was reverently remembered by crew and passengers and the people onboard paid respect in the hundreds by attending one or both services. Two up even got a go. More evening fun games and entertainment for families would be great, the times we had these were packed and the most fun we had. Bingo was fun but very expensive. The shore tours were avoided due to the cost. We arranged our own and had great times in port. The tender ports were well organized and we had no issue either side in any port. Our cruise card was ocasionally charged with purchases we didn't make so you need to check on the TV every now and then. The bed was comfy, we asked and received extra pillows and a cushion top for our bed. We tipped extra (additional to pre tips) our cabin attendant and the waiters in Cascades as they were great and attentive. We had towel characters made many evenings and our cabin was always meticulous. I would cruise RCI again but I think it could be a while. Less
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Cabin review: 9594
Great cabin. Perfect position on the hump, large balcony. Easy to get anywhere easily as close to stairs and lifts but on the quiet side. Very soundproof, no noise issue ever.
Port and Shore Excursions
T was actually Picton NZ but not a choice to rate here. Did a tour on Na Clachan to the wineries and it only cost $60 each, not including lunch. This included wineries and was great. Www.naclachan.co.nz
Our friends went on a to
We paid a taxi driver $100 to drive us around the island which was OK. Is a very exclusive place and you don't see much but the water is gorgeous every shade of blue. We spent the afternoon at the main beach swimming with the cruise passengers. We walked down a dirt road past local houses and found paradise, our own private beach and we could swim under and around the resort bungalows. Beautiful
Disembarked here for 10 days. Great holiday but stayed at the Beachcomber which I wouldn't recommend except for it's central location.
Great markets. Took the shuttle to black rock and swam with turtles, beautiful. Swam all day and returned to ship for shower then went back to town for dinner. Beautiul port. We saw dolphins and a whale from the ship..
We hired a taxi. For half a day cost $150 forr our group and he showed us everything the bus trips from the ship for about the same cost each. The driver dropped us a private beach for free and here we swam with about 20 French tourists, and hired a tinny ($60 hour) to drive out a small distance to swim with and hand feed reef sharks and sting rays. All the ships tours were out here doing that too at a high cost. fantastic. I loved Moorea.
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