Sail Date: December 2017
The ship is getting a little old, so they say, and some of the activities on newer, larger ships are just not here. There was not a decent water slide, except a tiny one for the kiddies' pool. On Carnival, by contrast, I had a great ... Read More
The ship is getting a little old, so they say, and some of the activities on newer, larger ships are just not here. There was not a decent water slide, except a tiny one for the kiddies' pool. On Carnival, by contrast, I had a great time as a 47-year-old on the Green Thunder. That's the kind of inclusion that RCI needs on more of its ships. Embarkation and disembarkation were very easy. Being on Deck 10, we were among the first passengers on the ship. Getting off, it took about 10 minutes. The entertainment on board ranged from the average (the old guy singing in the English pub each night) to the outstanding (the "Real Time Band" who played in the central bar most nights and were just great). Dining: The MDR was fantastic for food and service. The buffet ("Windjammers") was average - food bland, always hard to get a table, often not cleaned adequately. I'm told by the wife that Izumi Sushi was the best ever. Our experience in Chops Grille was disappointing, considering that we had paid the cover charge ($35 each) and then $20 for the seafood tower. The service was slow, the food ordinary and a promised discount not honoured until we insisted. Cabin (sorry - "Stateroom"): small, but we kind of expected this. (See below). There was only 'body wash' in the shower dispenser. I was told by some regular RCI customers that they used to provide shampoo and conditioner in little vials (you know, the kind you would expect in a hotel/motel) but had stopped doing it recently. Our stateroom attendant was very helpful, turning down our sofa-bed each day and night without grumbling. In fact, the service on the ship, for the most part, was very good. The activities and 'extras' on board were often greatly over-priced: $42 to play bingo; $120 for my daughter to get a facial treatment. It was even $35 to get a small bag of laundry done on the ship. RCI have decided to remove guest laundries, so they profiteer relentlessly on this. Everything but the essentials involved an extra fee. Shore excursions arranged through the ship were sometimes prohibitively expensive, so we didn't bother. The tender vessels, when needed, were generally okay (I mean, it is what it is). Ports: Dunedin - pleasantly surprising; Akaroa - similar; Tauranga - beautiful, had some drinks in the Astrolabe Brewbar, one of the nicest and most unusual bars I've ever seen; Auckland - not nearly enough time on an 8-hour stopover; Bay of Islands - also very nice. Plenty of places to come back to on an actual holiday with time to see some things. Travelled with one wife and one 12-year-old child. The daughter had a great time and made lots of friends in the "teens club". Some days we hardly saw her. On other days, she grumbled a bit that there wasn't much to do. The weather was good; hardly any motion in the boat at all (much to my displeasure - I like some rocking and rolling at sea!). Overall, just okay. Nothing great. Next time: another line. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
I choose to do this crusie as I wanted to do my own thing for Christmas and New Years. The Interna Stateroom was fantastic couldn't fault it in anyway except the fridge didn't work but I didn't need to use it. The embarkation and the ... Read More
I choose to do this crusie as I wanted to do my own thing for Christmas and New Years. The Interna Stateroom was fantastic couldn't fault it in anyway except the fridge didn't work but I didn't need to use it. The embarkation and the disembarkation was the smoothest run part of the cruise. Unfortunately they Port disembarkation was a disaster, at Arkura we waited 2 hours for the tenders to pick everyone up it was freezing cold and were not offered an explanation as to why we waited so long. The dinning was fantastic and the service was by far the best you can get. The Entertainment was not good at all the singers couldn't sing and this made it hard to listen to. Although they did have a couple of good performances in the theatre that were great. In all this was a great cruise for me as a first in 26 years but I think I will look at going on another cruise with anther cruise liner next time Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2017
Chose this cruise because we had never cruised to Adelaide before. Travelled in a Grand Suite with my wife and adult sister, we also has long time friends on board. Stayed in Sydney for three days in an apartment at Darling Harbour so ... Read More
Chose this cruise because we had never cruised to Adelaide before. Travelled in a Grand Suite with my wife and adult sister, we also has long time friends on board. Stayed in Sydney for three days in an apartment at Darling Harbour so no stress with flight times. Had a great time exploring the many attractions on ond off the water, had a great burger at Betty’s Burger near the convention centre and very nice Mexican lunch at El Comedos in the Rocks area. On the morning of the cruise caught the ferry from Barangaroo to Circular Quay, a short stroll to the OPT. Even though we had priority boarding we arrived at 09:45 expecting to drop off our bags and go get a nice cup of coffee (ship coffee is normally horrendous), there was very few passengers so dropped off our luggage and were whisked through check in ending up on board at just after 10 o clock, a quick tour of the ship as this was our first time on Radiance then a lunch at Windjammers where we caught up with our friends. Staterooms were made accessible right on the dot of 1 pm so a quick unpack then a further look around. I thought Radiance was looking pretty good for her age the only bits that looked worn was our balcony which was in a good need of a repaint and new furnishings. The Grand Suite was very nice, clean and in good repair with plenty of space for three adults, the layout was similar to the Grand Suite in Legend but slightly more modern furniture, the balcony on Legend however was much superior being almost twice the width and flooring made of synthetic planking rather than the painted metal of Radiance. My sister slept on the Sofa bed which she said was very comfortable, it was a pull out type rather than foldout and was prepared each evening an put away each morning. We hardly saw our stateroom attendant as we spent little time in our room but he kept the cabin and bathroom spotless and well stocked with towels, we referred to him as the silent cabin ninja, when we did run into him he was friendly, personable and courteous. We had our first dinner in Chops Grill which was lovely, booked the “first night done right package” which was good value. Most other meals we took in Cascades restaurant with MyTime dining, the second evening had long lines to get in and bookings seemed to be quite confused but that was sorted out and had no problems after that, we decided to keep the same time and table for the rest of the cruise, our waiters Samuil an Roy were wonderful. Did the Chefs Table one night and it was fantastic the food was beautifully cooked and presented and the wines exceptional, the sommelier Albert was the standout though well versed in his craft and very engaging and funny, a great night. The only bar we frequented was in the concierge lounge so of course we were well looked after there. Hobart was as always a great port arriving almost in the Center of town, due to the quite short docking times my sister and I took a ships tour to Port Arthur and a wildlife park, highly recommended although time at Port Arthur was a little short, glad we had a ships tour as we got back late. Adelaide, overnight stay, Port is quite a way out of town with few facilities and the train was out of commission due to track works so a shuttle bus to the city was provided $AUD10 return or free if a senior. I don’t understand why one of the car rental companies didn’t either set up a temp shop or arrange to drop of a car at the dock they would have made a killing. Once we got into Adelaide we hired a car and visited the beachside at Glenelg, Hahndorf and Mclaren Vale wine district. Melbourne, we were pleasantly surprised by how good the Port looked, there has been a lot of waterfront development since our last visit where it was an ugly working port, now it is quite inviting with Cafés and restaurants. All in all a great cruise, we loved the public spaces on Radiance and all the open glass views. Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2017
We wanted a short cruise in order to relax before the stresses of Christmas. We certainly found the right one to do it! Although we left Sydney late, due to someone being disembarked because of illness, the cruise was very relaxing, ... Read More
We wanted a short cruise in order to relax before the stresses of Christmas. We certainly found the right one to do it! Although we left Sydney late, due to someone being disembarked because of illness, the cruise was very relaxing, exactly what we needed! The only "bad" thing was our room steward who was either new or very disorganised, as our room, some mornings, took a long time to be made up. Wait staff and the concierge in the Diamond club were excellent, our evening waiter was great, but his assistant not so good, and the Chef's Table staff very absolutely wonderful! We expected Adelaide to be extremely hot, listening to the weather reports, but Adelaide was kind to us, and provided beautiful weather. Melbourne had its usual unpredictable weather, but was kind to us. Hobart had the best weather, a cool morning which turned into a magnificent day! Overall a very relaxing time, exactly what we wanted! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
NZ cruise south and north island, ports had lots of things to see and do, food on board was delicious . Had dinner in the Italian restaurant one night and the food was the best, Thoroughly enjoyed it Also found the library had a good ... Read More
NZ cruise south and north island, ports had lots of things to see and do, food on board was delicious . Had dinner in the Italian restaurant one night and the food was the best, Thoroughly enjoyed it Also found the library had a good selection of books to read, but you need to go as soon as you can. I didnt partake in the entertainment offered just wanted to relax and veg out. I would recommen a cruise to anyone wanting to relax or you can do everything on offer your choice. We did a couple of excursions but prefer to do our own and see exactly what we want rather than be with a large group. The food in the buffet area has a lot of verity hot,cold and the best salads, nice cakes for a late night snack if you can fit it in after dinner, love the movies on the deck its lovely to see the stars when you are at sea. Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2017
The check-in went like clockwork in regards to Royal Caribbean. The security checks were a joke. No coordination, no regards to anyone. We were treated like slabs of meat on a conveyor belt. This was our second cruise on this ship. We ... Read More
The check-in went like clockwork in regards to Royal Caribbean. The security checks were a joke. No coordination, no regards to anyone. We were treated like slabs of meat on a conveyor belt. This was our second cruise on this ship. We did not notice so much on the first cruise but this time we noticed it was buy, buy, buy every day. Buy this, buy that, get this, get that, non stop. For us it just got tiring and annoying. There are very few places on the ship where it is relatively quiet. I'm not talking about the normal ship sounds but the people and the constant music. Didn't mind the music just the high volume. Way too loud for some of the venues. The cabin attendant was excellent, no faults there. DO NOT GET YOUR PERSONAL LAUNDRY DONE ON THE SHIP. It is extremely expensive, way more than it should be, $1.95 for 1 sock, not a pair but 1 sock. It would be best to pay the tips to each individual that you feel deserves it. A blanket gratuity, I feel is unfair. A tip should only be given for outstanding service, anything less, no tip. For the most part the crew were excellent, polite, courteous and usually with a smile on their faces. The ship also looked tired and worn, a good ship in need of some TLC. Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2017
Chose this cruise because it sailed around both Islands. I have never been to the South Island before. I caught up with Mum in Tauranga. A cousin in Wellington and a brother Christchurch. I love Wellington. The South Island is ... Read More
Chose this cruise because it sailed around both Islands. I have never been to the South Island before. I caught up with Mum in Tauranga. A cousin in Wellington and a brother Christchurch. I love Wellington. The South Island is amazing to see, different scenery to the North and in some ways a different culture. The South Island appears to be More English in culture. The ship itself, does need refurbishment and the showers are smaller than other cruise lines. Overall the food was good. We chose MyTime dining, not knowing that even with that you could book a definite time for each evening of your cruise. We were considered walki ins and therefore missed out on the formal nights. Carnival Legend sails between the US and Australia and manages to deal in AUD, but yet Royal Caribbean can’t do that and everything in in the USD and the exchange rate on the ship is abysmal. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
Sydney port was fantastic with emabarkation n disembarkation so fast n smooth. Everyone raves about Radiance cant see why. 11 night on a ship with not enough to do. Cabins old n need a big over haul. Dining room food n staff very good ... Read More
Sydney port was fantastic with emabarkation n disembarkation so fast n smooth. Everyone raves about Radiance cant see why. 11 night on a ship with not enough to do. Cabins old n need a big over haul. Dining room food n staff very good however the Windjamer was same n same not enough variety. Sevice was always great n friendly, although some of the staff in the Windjamer are rude Eg; while docked some dolphins were alside the ship n people with kids running to have a look the staff members comments were very disrespectful. The staff dont understand that not all people can see sea life every day some dont even see the ocean for years or not in a life time. I felt for them n i should of spoke to the staff member n explained that Australia has people that have never seen the ocean or animals. Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2017
The pro's: Embarkation and Disembarkation- the fastest, easiest ever in 30 cruises ! Food- excellent, some of the best meals ever Restaurant Service- excellent Room Steward- excellent Ship- very good layout, easy to get ... Read More
The pro's: Embarkation and Disembarkation- the fastest, easiest ever in 30 cruises ! Food- excellent, some of the best meals ever Restaurant Service- excellent Room Steward- excellent Ship- very good layout, easy to get around, still in very good shape for its age Bar Service- excellent Ship staff- all were very good, friendly and very helpful RCCL excursions- excellent, very organized Theatre shows- ship band was fantastic as were the entertainment brought on board (see below) Rooms- very clean, nice rooms considering the ships age (see below) Negatives: Casino- the slot machines were all very old, not much variety Theatre Shows- we found the RCCL singers and dancers to be only average Room- *see below OK, now for the biggest issue we had. This is really a double edged sword and it is to do with our room. Let me begin with our desire to have a nice big balcony, on the port side for the sailing counter-clockwise around New Zealand. For this it was amazing !! we had a fantastic view of the snow covered mountains and great views for most of the cruise. For this we booked room #7094, so all seemed good. This was until we found out that there is some sort of either dance party or live band every night of the cruise in the main attrium until 11:45pm and even midnight a couple of the nights. LOUD !!!!!! Now, I'm all for a party/dance etc but, when some of the mornings that you need to be up before 6am for excursions it was tough trying to get a good sleep. To be fair, we would have had no problem if the parties ended by 10pm and I think that is reasonable for everyone. There are so many other venues they could have had the late night dances in. Even the disco on the top deck (no rooms anywhere near) had nothing planned for several of the nights. I find it hard to believe RCCL hasn't done anything about this because we weren't the only ones that felt this way. Overall we had a great time and would do it again in a heartbeat......just next time we would have our room in a better location. If considering this ship or cruise go for it !! You won't be disappointed. This would have been a solid 5 stars without the noise. I'm attaching pictures of the balcony and room as when I was searching before we left I really couldn't find many. Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2017
boarding and disembarking was so easy,with helpful staff.cabin was clean, tidy, airy and cabin staff excellent.however,fridge didn't work, and no-one interested in replacing it. the ship itself requires maintenance,with stained ... Read More
boarding and disembarking was so easy,with helpful staff.cabin was clean, tidy, airy and cabin staff excellent.however,fridge didn't work, and no-one interested in replacing it. the ship itself requires maintenance,with stained carpets,faulty wiring,discoloured glass,chipped furniture etc.by comparison,the food and dining in both the windjammer and cascades was first class, with fine food accompanied by dedicated staff being the highlight of the trip.as for entertainment, there wasn't any.the acts at the aurora were amateur at best, and cringeworthy at worst.the ships venue bands were terrible, and barely understandable.the ship's venue and games hosts tried hard,and made the sea days enjoyable.the service throughout the ship was good as it gets, always with a smile or joke.the costs aboard were consistent with other cruise lines, i.e., exorbitant, but allowed for.all in all, a bit disappointing.6 out of ten.by the way, the free coffee onboard is the worst cruiseline coffee ever. by the end of the trip,most people were drinking tea. Read Less
Radiance of the Seas Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 5.0 3.8
Public Rooms 5.0 4.4
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.1
Family 5.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.8
Enrichment 1.0 3.5
Service 3.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 4.3

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