What a time we had getting to the ship. We had booked with the Choice Air program offered by Royal Caribbean. This program did not seem very professional or together when it came to problem solving our situation. Not the fault of Royal Caribbean though but Qantas.
We embarked in Adelaide, 5 days late. It was very easy getting aboard compared to reviews I've read about Perth and Sydney.
The Radiance is a nice ship. We took this ship in Alaska about 3 years ago. The refurbishing sure showed, fresh and clean.
Missed the Meet and Mingle so we did not connect with other Meet and Mingle members.
Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand were beautiful places. This cruise if definitely for the scenery. The weather was wonderful, sunny and on most days warm, 70's and 80's. The seas were fairly calm, except maybe a few rocky moments.
The only complaint from me was the food. It was not as good as it has been in the past.
I would recommend this cruise to anyone, but there were a lot of Aussies, understandably, and seniors...older seniors on board.
Hobart: Beautiful place and know as God's Waiting Room. Met a cousin. She picked us up at the port. She drove us up to Mt. Wellington! Beautiful view. It was very cold and sprinkling rain the day we were there. At lunch at the Royal Botanical Gardens. Wonderful time. Lots to do at the port, shops, restaurants and souvenir shops.
Milford, Doubtful, Dusky Sounds: Beautiful...wake up and enjoy the day! Spectacular scenery.
Akoroa, New Zealand: Resort city. Tendered here. City right where you tender, shops, restaurants etc. Can use internet a the library for free. One block off main street. Took excursion of countryside and to Christchurch. Wow!!! worth it. Also stopped at sheep farm for a sheep dog demonstration and sheep shearing. We were also served tea and biscuits before returning to the ship. Beautiful place.
Sydney,Australia: Nice city. Everything close by port and near city center. Lots to do. Took trip to Blue Mountains. Pretty, pretty.
We disembarked in Sydney. Very easy and right downtown in the city center at Circular Quay.