9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We boarded the ship in Auckland which was completely hassle free. We were on the 8th deck cabin size was fine. The balcony was very small and the 2 seater sofa in the cabin somewhat tired looking. The lower deck seemed to have a ... Read More
We boarded the ship in Auckland which was completely hassle free. We were on the 8th deck cabin size was fine. The balcony was very small and the 2 seater sofa in the cabin somewhat tired looking. The lower deck seemed to have a larger balconies. Soon as we got on board we were confronted with the upsell of buying into the specialty restaurants - something we did not want to do as we felt we had already paid for fine dining in the cost of our cruise. It wasn't cheap. Whilst the service in the main dining area was excellent the food left a great deal to be desired. We would liken it to what is available at our local RSA - certainly no where near the standard of previous Royal Caribbean Cruises we have done. Apple Strudel - a flat piece of white looking chewy pastry with small apple pieces pressed into the pastry and a blob of icream on top the size of a small saucer. I needed a knife and fork to be able to cut this so I could actually eat it. A quiche served as a main - the quiche being waifer thin - an extremely small triangle served with a little coleslaw. Someone else ordered Lobster that was not cooked through. We were warned not to drink the water however when we went to buy bottled water were asked "don't you have a drinks package". We often had to queue to get water. There were many complaints. Third night in my husband felt he got food poisoning and a crew member told us that several people had got sick that night and they thought it was food poisoning but they had been asked not to tell anyone. Entertainment during the day was poor - it appeared to be mainly radio music. You couldn't go and sit and listen to someone playing the piano or a live singer. Entertainment in the theatre at night was excellent. Our trip was around N.Z. and across to Australia. We did enjoy the ports we went to.8518 Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
I’ve been on about 13 cruises most of them over five weeks long but, never having cruised with Royal Caribbean, I thought the special Bravo cruise on Radiance of the Seas would be an ideal cruise with which to start. However, I will not ... Read More
I’ve been on about 13 cruises most of them over five weeks long but, never having cruised with Royal Caribbean, I thought the special Bravo cruise on Radiance of the Seas would be an ideal cruise with which to start. However, I will not be cruising with Royal Caribbean again. There are far better cruise lines now operating. 1. On the website for this cruise was notice to book seats in the theatre on-ine, in advance (something I have not had to do for any other cruise). Having spent half an hour searching for this facility, I called RC only to be told it was not necessary to book seats on this cruise. Why was this advice on the website ? 2. Embarkation was excellent. 3. The cabin itself was sadly lacking – no conditioner, no body lotion, no shower cap, no bath robe, no pen, no paper, no information compendium, no television programme, no chocolate on turn-down. 4. The food in the dining room was very bland, with limited choice and only three courses. 5. There is limited variety in the Windjammer and it’s scattered all over the place which necessitates visiting several different areas to get one meal. 6. Plastic plates and tumblers is unacceptable on a “luxury” cruise ship. 7. Excellent table service was provided in Windjammer. 8. There is only a very small café open after the late theatre performance which is inadequate. 9. The performances were excellent. 10. The venues for the performances were appalling. a. The theatre is too small for the numbers which necessitates queuing for at least one hour prior to the start of a performance. b. The Centrum is not a venue but little better than a lift lobby where only a very limited number of people can view the performances. There are nowhere near enough seats. c. The Colony Club is a lovely venue but way too small which necessitates arriving at least one hour before the start of a performance to get a seat. Even then, only those in the lower area can view the performance. d. The location of the stage area in Schooners is not ideal as only the few people nearby can view the performance and people are constantly walking through the area. 11. The programming left a lot to be desired especially in the Colony Club. When an afternoon performance finished at 4.30 pm and trivia in Schooners Bar started at 4.30 pm, it necessitated those in the Colony Club wandering through Schooners Bar to exit thereby disrupting the trivia. No excuse for bad programming. 12. Having to queue to get a seat in the theatre is really unacceptable and especially when you cannot choose which performance to attend. However, for the first five nights this queuing was achieved without fuss. 13. On the fifth night, a supposed “officer” and another woman decided to direct the people in the queue to where they could sit. There was no necessity to direct the queue and certainly no necessity to be officious. 14. Appallingly, the woman was so full of the ‘flu, she could barely speak, and should most definitely have been isolated in her cabin – not spreading germs amongst the passengers. This was sheer irresponsibility. There is absolutely, categorically no excuse. 15. Disembarkation was very efficient. 16. Radiance of the Seas is badly in need of major refurbishment in all areas. She should not be hosting the Bravo cruises as the venues are completely inadquate and detract from the enjoyment of the performances. 17. Was advised by Royal Caribbean that a survey would be emailed. It did not arrive. For the cost of this cruise, I could have seen about ten full performances, had reserved seating and not had to queue. Certainly would not have been subjected to an officious staff member spreading germs amongst attendees. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
OH MY. We have been on many many cruises with Royal Caribbean before, and this is BY FAR THE WORST ONE. (A bit of context: we have been on the Jewel of the Seas, and Oasis of the Seas, for example. So writing this review, it's based ... Read More
OH MY. We have been on many many cruises with Royal Caribbean before, and this is BY FAR THE WORST ONE. (A bit of context: we have been on the Jewel of the Seas, and Oasis of the Seas, for example. So writing this review, it's based on our prior experiences.) We sailed from Honolulu to Vancouver, as a repositioning cruise, but I don't understand why the embarkation was 3+ HOURS! (photos showed how long the lineup was!) They didn't even explain (before or after) why it was taking so long, I felt they owed everyone an apology! Especially the elderly who had to wait that long, with no A/C, hot, and someone fainted!!! After that terrible first day, we barely got on the ship to partake on the mandatory life boat safety drill! Dining was a disaster. DO NOT DO "MY TIME". It's not YOUR time, it's the SHIPS' time. Cascades, deck 4 was terrible. The hostess told us the wrong time for our dinner reservations, so when we showed up at the time she told us, our table was given away! We had selected 5:30pm online before we went on board, and they said the "shore didn't communicate with the ship", so we didn't have a spot. Had to wait over 30 minutes in line for the first three nights just to get seated, and this was during the second seating! We just went to the Jewel of the Seas (same class of ship) in November, and we recognized the same menus, but the food was so much better on the Jewel! The food sucked in the dining room (exception: key lime pie), things tasted as if they were just defrosted and then cooked right away (especially the seafood! how disappointing!). This is the first time I think the windjammer food surpassed the dining room's food! On one of the nights, a party had booked a wedding function late in the night, and our room unfortunately was right underneath the quill and compass bar on deck 6. Our room thudded, you could hear exactly what song was being played! And they didn't do anything about it, since it was booked for a function. So we couldn't sleep past 2am, wasting our last day in Maui. The ship is showing it's age. The chairs' upholstery at windjammer was ripping or scratched, showing the cushion underneath. Bars and rails around the ship were rusting (especially Windjammer) and just needs a fresh coat of paint. Our interior cabin's washrooms were dated, but at least clean. The only good things were: -our servers, very friendly -our stateroom assistant - so neat, and best towel animals! -Cruise itinerary, great 7 days in Hawaii, and 5 days for rest. However, it gets cold as soon as you leave Hawaii, so it's too cold to swim outside for the 5 days, leaving the solarium crowded. We made more friends from the terrible experiences that the positive ones. Honestly, it left such a bad taste in our mouth, that we may not ever sail with Royal Caribbean again. We called customer service, and met with the guest relations staff onboard, and nothing was done to keep our business. That's just too bad. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
This was our first cruise leaving from Australia in the past we have only been on Disney cruises. I was so disappointed. It was a cruise during the school holidays so I thought that it would be aimed as families with plenty of activities ... Read More
This was our first cruise leaving from Australia in the past we have only been on Disney cruises. I was so disappointed. It was a cruise during the school holidays so I thought that it would be aimed as families with plenty of activities as there was a number of sea days. I was wrong it was aimed at retirees. Due to the cyclone there was no real activities at Arlie beach to go and see the reef the reason we went on the cruise. RCL was aware of the problems before we sailed but didn't bother to make a change to maybe cairns so we at least would have had a chance to see the reef. It ended up being an expensive trip to Newcastle and Brisbane. The food was boring especially if you wanted something after 9pm. We tried room service that was a huge mistake a simple request for 2 items from their menu was impossible for them to get right, we asked for a burger it arrived so undercooked we could have chased it around the room. We rang and asked for one that was cooked and this time it arrived stone cold. The attitude and lack of care was surprising. The only thing staff were interested in doing was upselling. Never again. Even though Disney is more expensive we will save up and go with them. Embarkation and disembarkation was very smooth which is the only thing that I feel they did well on the cruise. The ports of both Brisbane and Newcastle look shabby and uninviting. If we want to have a sustainable cruise ship tourism business in Australia we really have a long way to go. The service on the ship was very much a situation of I will help you when I can be bothered and unprofessional. It seemed like the crew on this ship were over it and just wanted to go home. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
We chose it for the itinerary. We have done over 30 cruises but only two with Royal Caribbean in 1999 and 2001 which were excellent. Unfortunately this ship was very disappointing. We had just stepped on board in Fremantle and were ... Read More
We chose it for the itinerary. We have done over 30 cruises but only two with Royal Caribbean in 1999 and 2001 which were excellent. Unfortunately this ship was very disappointing. We had just stepped on board in Fremantle and were bombarded by people trying to sell the different restaurants drink packages etc - they were really overpowering. We had anytime dining And really enjoyed the food and the company of different people every night . All the staff n the ship were excellent especially in the restaurant. Our cabin steward (Michael) was fantastic. We were told by a lot of people who had been on the ship in Sydney that the drink prices all increased when they got to Freemantle! We enjoyed all the trips which were well organised but really overpriced and going through Millford sounds was fantastic. The entertainment was the worst we have ever encountered on a ship apart from line excellent lady singer and an Irish comic. Some shows were more suitable for children. Entertainment during the day on sea days was pathetic. The lectures were on memory loss etc. It was like being in an old peoples home! Apart from all this we had a lovely holiday - but won't be going with Royal Caribbean again Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
for a relaxing holiday . our experience of Radiance of the seas is very disappointed and upset . food was not good at all in either cascades main dining room or the buffet windjammer. the choice of food was awful putting mostly ... Read More
for a relaxing holiday . our experience of Radiance of the seas is very disappointed and upset . food was not good at all in either cascades main dining room or the buffet windjammer. the choice of food was awful putting mostly the same variety of food on all the time on alternate days . food was cold unappetising and not cooked like a professional chief would cook . their was a terrible smell on the carpets on some of the decks like fusty mildew smell my husband complained 5 times and it was still there when we disembarked . the shows were very unprofessional and very loud , drink prices seemed to fluctuate during the cruise the same bar charging a dollar more one night than the previous night up and down the whole cruise . we boarded ship in Fremantle and were told by other passengers that the ship prices of drinks went up once docked in Fremantle . and for the rest of the cruise {some passengers boarded in Sydney before Fremantle } the showers were so small one would not want to try and pick up a bar of soap if dropped . and by the way NO Toiletries given or bath robes no water in cabins we had to buy it . even had to buy fresh orange if you wanted it for breakfast in the buffet windjammer . included if you went to the cascades restaurant . which took about 45 mins to bring your breakfast once ordered it took 4 attempts over two days for me to have the hairdryer replaced in my cabin as it was broken .the sanitation of hands in restaurants were very poor . crew talking instead of insisting hands were sanitised . lots of passengers ill and taken off the ship at different ports . i really must credit the cabin attendant who did do a good Job {Thank you . we will never cruise on Royal Caribbean again . very very disappointed for a cruise that we saved for about 10 months Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
As an avid Cruiser I thought this was a nice way to get to Freemantle. Thisturned out to be: . After contacting your Head Office in relation to the ‘Soda Package and ‘Dairy Free diet’ only to find neither were acceptable. See ... Read More
As an avid Cruiser I thought this was a nice way to get to Freemantle. Thisturned out to be: . After contacting your Head Office in relation to the ‘Soda Package and ‘Dairy Free diet’ only to find neither were acceptable. See the following: . This has been the ‘Worst Cruise’ I have ever been on! (I have been on all the major Cruise Lines) . Why do you charge US Dollars when we were in Australian Waters? . I followed all the recommended instructions for a ‘Dairy-Free’ Diet, only to find the Chef had trouble accommodating me. Being ‘dairy free’ is not a life choice for me, it is a medical requirement. . Soda Package – not acceptable when told I could have ‘LEMON, LIME & BITTERS’, to then have every Bar argue that ‘Bitters’ was alcohol and not allowed (even though I had asked the Bar Manager, Drinks Manager, Client Relations, Food & Beverage Manager), the last straw was when the whole Ship ran out of Bitters??? I was offered 3 glasses of wine to have with my dinner till this was replenished only to find Bitters never did arrive, I was then offered a bottle of wine (I have never felt so angry and humiliated in my life), to think I actually PAID for this Package and had to continually beg to get it. . Entertainment – POOR – really bad ‘Times for Show/Entertainment’ . Limited activities for ‘Age Group’ . This information will be put on ‘Cruise Critic’ as I feel the public have a right to know of the issues I experienced, it was embarrassing and disappointing . I will not be recommending this cruiseline to any of my friends . The one & only saving factor was that the ‘Staff’ were excellent. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
We travelled to Sydney to board the Radiance for a 12 day cruise around New Zealand on 28/1/17, having booked the cruise approx 9 months previously via the local Flight Centre with Circular Quay being the boarding point. On 25/1/17, I was ... Read More
We travelled to Sydney to board the Radiance for a 12 day cruise around New Zealand on 28/1/17, having booked the cruise approx 9 months previously via the local Flight Centre with Circular Quay being the boarding point. On 25/1/17, I was formally notified by Royal Caribbean via email that the boarding would occur via White Bay and tendering to the ship from there, that it "may take a little longer" and giving allocated boarding times depending on what deck your accomodation was on. Well, as far as I can tell, Royal Caribbean were not honest with their information or the way they informed the passengers on this cruise. The boarding from White Bay - which is a container port, with very poor facilities surrounded by what looks like waste ground and it not adequate for the purpose of having 2,500 passengers board a cruise ship - lasted in excess of 3 1/2 hours of what I can only describe as hell!!! On arrival at White Bay, passengers were ferried on a hot bus to a piece of waste ground with a large, hot tent with a never ending queue of people being processed before being loaded onto another bus to a building with more never ending queues, leading to a hall filled with cheap bendy plastic chairs to wait. Whilst waiting passengers were given a stale muffin and a printed leaflet from Royal Caribbean "apologising for the inconvenience", to then join more queues, getting on another bus to the quay, then a tender to the boat. During this torture passengers were subjected to being given "attention/direction and guidance" by a crowd of Royal Caribbean employees - over-enthusiastic, smiley people who were just simply very loud and annoying!!! We felt very sorry for those passengers who were either aged/mobility challenged - it was terrible to see them subjected to this inexplicably overlong boarding process in a hot, stuffy environment. Once on board, there was no recognition given to what the passengers had had to endure to get there, not compensatory drink/voucher for a free drink/food - Nothing!!! This was definitely a sure fire way to rile approx 2,500 passengers all in one go!!! THEN, we were informed that we would have to go through the same process on our return to Sydney - it was a horrible thought to have hanging over your head for 12 days, let me tell you. I have been on a number of cruises in the past, but never been subjected to such an arduous, totally disgusting and inhuman way to just board a ship. Royal Caribbean gave no explanation to passengers for their decision to organise boarding this way (the fact that their prize ship, the Ovation was docked at Circular Quay on the same day may have something to do with it being a financial decision???). Royal Caribbean should have been paying me to have to undergo this terrible service!! Many passengers expressed that they would never cruise with Royal Caribbean again throughout the cruise because of their boarding/disembarking ordeal - and we totally agree. Royal Caribbean need to take a leaf out of Celebrity's books - the overall standard of just about everything on their ships far outweighs Royal Caribbean, particularly their communication regarding the passengers experiences, standards of food, activities, entertainment, acknowledgement of their staff's hard work/standard of service - so I know what cruise line I will be praising and booking further cruises with in the future. The standard of the cruise itself was very average - the live entertainment was very average, activities were poorly planned and executed at times, activity choice repetitive, food provided in the Windjammer of average quality and all plates, bowls, cups were plastic!!! Plus always having to circle and circle again to find an empty table. The My Dining system used on this cruise was absolutely ridiculous - it defeated the purpose of having the option of being able to "choose" when you wanted to eat as I found out after boarding that the RC system encourages passengers to block book reservations for the whole cruise via the RC website prior to boarding. This leads to passengers who were not aware of this system (me) being left with the only option of dining late every night. There was also a lot of pressure from this system for passengers to dine on large tables with other parties - not what our group of 4 wished to do, and we were not alone. We took this issue up with the Cascades Dining Room Front Desk person (I felt sorry for her, as this system was very difficult to administer and people were constantly frustrated by having to wait whether they had a reservation or not!), finishing up with having to make a block booking for 7.30 pm for the whole cruise and cancelling for when we made a decision to try a signature restaurant. This system has no "My Dining" choice about it and I admire the Dining Room Staff for the job they do under this system. It would be better to do it the Celebrity cruise line way - also called My Dining. Passengers can make a reservation one day ahead only - that way ALL passengers get a chance to "choose" the time they want to dine. We experienced poor preparation for some classes held by the entertainment crew - dancing lesson showing how to do a beginner waltz - music totally inappropriate for this resulting in participant couples charging around the floor at a rate of knots trying to keep in time with the music, being very confused and then provided with a 30 second piece of music to practice with instead, as the instructor didn't have any alternative music. The tendering from the ship to Akaroa was long and frustrating for passengers - this was not helped by no announcements made by staff via the loudpspeaker as to why there was a hold up other than "the sea is a bit choppy" - followed by prolonged silence! It also appeared to me that the attending crew were instructed not to say anything when passengers complained or insisted that they needed to get off because they had a tour booked - very frustrating. Found out afterwards that there was a hydraulic fault at one of the ship's tendering points, so it could not be used - why didn't staff just announce this?? The band who played on the open deck every afternoon, played the same style of music every day, at the same loud volume - very boring. There were quite a few broken chairs in the cinema which stayed broken the whole cruise. Couldn't get adequate information prior to the cruise about the Beverages Packages either via their website or sending emails with our questions. Found out what we wanted to know after we boarded (the type of wine we prefer would still incur extra cost!!!) - decided not to purchase the Beverage Package (would have cost approx $1,500 AUD for 2 people, & there is only one alcohol beverage package on offer), paid as we went and saved ourselves heaps. The disembarking process took a little less time than boarding. We were allocated group 20 to disembark at approx 9.20 am - had we not impulsively joined the long queue snaking down the stairs waiting to board the tender from group 16 at approx 9 o'clock, we were at real risk of not being able to the airport to get our flight back to Melbourne at 1.30 pm the afternoon - this again caused a lot of angst, pressure and resentment that practically all the passengers on the ship I spoke to, like ourselves, had booked the cruise in the belief that boarding would be via Circular Quay and no-one had any idea what the result of being moved to White Bay would mean - it was much more than "inconvenient", it was dishonest in the way Royal Caribbean communicated this with passengers, disrespectful to have not compensated passengers in some way for their treatment towards us and, I would suggest, has resulted in a significant number of people vowing never to cruise with RC again!!! I completed the RC survey emailed to us when I got home - have had no response to date, but given past experience with the management of Royal Caribbean, I shouldn't be surprised. It wasn't long ago I saw newspaper advertisements by RC boasting that they had been voted the Number One Cruise Ship in Australia!!! I just wonder who they canvassed to get that result! Not Happy, Royal Caribbean - you get a No from Me!! Read Less
24 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
The worst cruise that we have ever had----they use the word "ROYAL "In their trade name ,the word Royal invokes class --this company definitely doesn't have class ,none. To start, we where staying in a hotel 15 mins. from ... Read More
The worst cruise that we have ever had----they use the word "ROYAL "In their trade name ,the word Royal invokes class --this company definitely doesn't have class ,none. To start, we where staying in a hotel 15 mins. from the port--left the Hotel at midday got on the ship at 5.15pm.,,five an a quarter hours to embark RCL decided it was a good idea to have two of their ships in port at the same time so the Radiance was anchored out in the harbour so you had to be ferried to the ship. In the lines of people trying to board [2500 ] there where elderly folks with Zimmer frames and walking sticks waiting in the heat ,34 degrees ,---over five hours to board ,shame on you RCI ,shame on you and your greed.-----Disembarking wasn't much better , the ship anchored again and we had to be ferried to the terminal. Balcony Stateroom 1020----No stationary, no robes , no slippers , no daily paper , no mini bar , no day cushions , no individual shower gels/shampoo , and that all important chocolate on your pillow at night not there [ not that your hungry , but. ]---and the chair at the dressing table, the top edge wasn't just worn , it was filthy ,I was able to scrape the filth off with a knife . You are paying for these "luxury's"---greedy, greedy company---no class----We did get robes after asking the stateroom attendant. The Ship---Everything was plastic---plastic plants , not even a fresh flower display in the atrium, plastic plates and glasses in the Windjammer [ Lido ] restaurant ,Solarium plants ,plastic. Food in the Cascades dining room, disgusting badly presented and for the most part unappetising ----lunch was always better than dinner , for dinner MacDonald's would have been a better choice . Dinner times you are requested not to wear shorts or tee shirts in the dining room , Huh ,completely ignored and NEVER enforced not even on formal nights---so disrespectful. And the things that matter when cruising such as afternoon teas on sea days . Being greeted with face towels and water when returning to the ship after excursions . A little light classical music in a quite area [ quite area , huh ,not on this ship ] in the evenings or after dinner . Smoothies at breakfast . No self service launderette .The nibbles you get when having a quite drink such as peanuts and small canapé's don't happen , all the things that make cruising so special----You , we , us , have worked hard all our lives and want to be made to feel special on an expensive cruise--RCI will not make you feel special. Gratuities---This greedy company charges on average $1 more per person a day than other , better ,cruise lines on Stateroom bills [ $13.95 ] and 18% on all drinks and bar bills other line are around 15% and they have the nerve to say that you can pay your Gratuities up front---could someone out there explain to me how that you can pay a TIP before receiving a service ?---Just walking round the outside on the promenade deck cheap PLASTIC sunbeds not a steamer in sight--this ship felt more like a ferry , in fact I have been on better ferries. Positives [ You have to find some ]--Our stateroom attendant was first class[Elmer]---the ships dancers and singers are very good and did some excellent shows----the desk staff where excellent in particular the Portuguese guy who helped with a problem and the Italian Restaurant [Giovani's ]was pretty good too . Itinerary was great. Think carefully about traveling with this Greedy Greedy company. RCI you have no class --none. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
We chose this cruise because it was the perfect back-to-back with our New Zealand cruise. The ship needs to be dry docked, despite it purporting to have done it in 2016. The sofa in my cabin was ripped, and the bed was seriously old and ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was the perfect back-to-back with our New Zealand cruise. The ship needs to be dry docked, despite it purporting to have done it in 2016. The sofa in my cabin was ripped, and the bed was seriously old and sway-back. The public restrooms were constantly dirty with wet floors. I think the ship is woefully understaffed (not that the staff wasn't doing their job). The staff was also constantly selling. Every night our waiter was pitching specialty restaurants, special events, and other profit centers. Since we were on the ship 20 nights, it got pretty old very quickly. For disembarkation, we were notified a few weeks ahead (after final payment) that the port was changed from Circular Quay to White Bay, requiring tendering. Since we were on the next cruise, we thought it would not present a problem. It took 3 hours to return to the ship because of disarray on RCCL's part. This experience will seriously influence my decision whether to cruise or not with RCCL in the future. Read Less
Radiance of the Seas Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.5 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 3.5 0.0
Enrichment 2.0 0.0
Service 4.5 0.0
Value For Money 4.5 0.0
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