311 Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas Cruise Reviews

Overall great experience...excursions were fantastic! Juneau...walked off ship and used a blue bus to go to Mendenhall...easy ride...wonderful short hike out to Nugget Falls and the glacier...nice visitor center. Skagway...ship ... Read More
Overall great experience...excursions were fantastic! Juneau...walked off ship and used a blue bus to go to Mendenhall...easy ride...wonderful short hike out to Nugget Falls and the glacier...nice visitor center. Skagway...ship excursion on the White Pass and Yukon Route Train...breathtaking views and good narration by staff...water and bathrooms available in each car...train located adjacent to pier...enjoyed a walk into town, lots of fun shops. Icy Strait Point...ship excursion...whale and mammal quest boat trip...loved the entire trip...saw whales, otters, seals, eagles..really nice crew...bathroom and snacks available onboard. Ketchikan...ship excursion...snorkeling...wow, great fun and very easy...good group of participants of all shapes, sizes and ages (i am 63)... close to ship...getting into wet suit was biggest challenge but worked great...very comfortable on a 56 degree day in 55 degree water...maybe not what you might think of for an Alaskan adventure but well worth it...highly recommend. All the ports were an easy walk from ship and had a little something different to offer. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We wanted to go to Alaska, and picked this cruise because of the Vancouver departure and one-way itinerary. We selected Royal Caribbean since we have cruised with them a long time and hoped to take advantage of our Platinum status. We ... Read More
We wanted to go to Alaska, and picked this cruise because of the Vancouver departure and one-way itinerary. We selected Royal Caribbean since we have cruised with them a long time and hoped to take advantage of our Platinum status. We liked the cruise overall, but got the strong impression that more things have become extra-cost options rather than being included in the price you pay. It would be fine if the overall price of the cruise was lower and you'd pay only for things you wanted, but the cruise price seemed about the same as before. We booked our own flights and pre-cruise hotel in Vancouver. We have found that this gives us a chance to settle in ahead of time as well as avoid worrying about getting to the ship if the flights are delayed. Boarding was efficient. You clear US customs before boarding, so you can't leave the ship once you are onboard. If you have a choice, you will have to balance the check-in crowds against spending a bit more time in Vancouver. We could have boarded at 1 pm or 2 pm instead of 11 am (which we did). We booked relatively early, but were still stuck with either a very expensive suite or an outside cabin on Deck 2. It was really pretty good, stable during sea passages, but you spend a lot of time waiting for the elevator. The ship itself was in pretty good condition, but there were a few signs of wear around the edges. They had to fix one of the Centrum elevators which was misbehaving. One of the restrooms had a large-ish metal panel held in place with a wedge of paper stuck between the frame and the panel. The green trim paint on the outside around deck 10/11 seemed to be flaking off in spots. Dining in Cascades (main dining room) was passable overall, about what you'd get at a hotel banquet function. Some entrees were quite good, and some were disappointing. We tried some specialty restaurants too. Chops: We did this on the first night for $20. I don't think it was worth much more than that, and definitely not $35 worth. Service was off, the meat was good but not top-notch, and selections were limited. The meat was not exactly done as we had ordered, but it was close. We ordered some bottles of wine since they said that they would hold the bottles for future visits in "any" shipboard restaurant. However, when we went to Cascades the next night, it took them 20 minutes and a head waiter to bring the bottles down from Chops to Cascades, and this was accompanied by a lecture that "we don't normally do this". If that was the case, then Chops should have told us that it really wasn't practical to move the wine from one restaurant to another and offered us the option to take it with us. Samba: We did this on the second sea night. For $25, this felt much better. The food was tasty and well-prepared. They cook the 7 different types of meats more or less to order for each table, so they don't have a lot that's circulating like a typical Brazilian steak house. We had to sample the last two meats since we had too much salad at the beginning and were filling up fast. Beverages: we skipped the unlimited drinks package due to high cost ($49/person/day plus 18%, even in advance) and limitations on what was included (nothing over $12 per drink, which was about half of the wines by the glass and some specialty cocktails; fairly limited choices; and a discount on wine by the bottle in the restaurants). The daily drink special seemed a bit watered down, too. You'd have to consume four drinks per day, every day, to break even on the package. On shore days, you'll generally spend several hours in town, which also reduces the amount of time to have beverages on the ship. We noted that some people were looking for bars that were open at 9 am or 10 am, so we surmised they were on drinks packages and wanted to spread things out. Shows: Most were pretty good, with lavish productions and decent enough performers. They were good cruise entertainment, but you'd probably not spend a lot of money to see the same show on land. We were disappointed in the changes at the spa/fitness center. There used to be free one-hour classes like stretch and yoga, plus a "ShipShape" program that encouraged participation. Now, the free classes are quite short (15 minutes for a stretch class? Come on!) and you have to pay for longer classes ($12/class or $49 for unlimited classes during the cruise). Again, shore days will cut into the classes that you can attend. There was a constant push to buy expensive services like skin treatments to reduce facial lines and sagging. The staff was friendly, but you didn't get much interest from them if you just wanted to do free stuff. Other shipboard activities included the usual art auctions, sales at the shops, photography packages on offer, etc. There were frequent trivia competitions in the bars, a scavenger hunt (which we won, thanks to being first back plus having one item that was worth 10 points), and "The Quest" which is a hoot for players and spectators alike. We leaned towards the free activities to show that some people like those and don't need to pay money for everything to have fun. Cuddy, the cruise director, really made things great. He seemed to be everywhere, introducing shows, promoting activities around the ship, and being part of special nights like the 70s dance party in the Centrum. I have not seen such a wild, fun "Village People" tribute before. Having Cuddy dressed up as the construction worker just topped it off. This night seemed to be a highlight for the entertainment staff too. The naturalist we had on board to talk about the glaciers was knowledgable, but not that good at communicating. I felt that he provided the same info during the on-deck commentary and the scheduled talks. We also had talks by a former RCMP (Mountie) telling of the life they lead and what they really do. We had great weather during the cruise: sun in port, a little colder and windier at sea, but I can't complain at all. We kept hearing that the weather was the best the locals had seen in weeks, so we felt quite blessed to be cruising this particular week. Of course, your experience will be different. The ports were pretty typical for this itinerary. I'll summarize our experiences. I'm more willing to book tours on my own if they leave first thing in the morning, but the afternoon ones should be booked through the ship so they won't leave without you if you get back late (which happened to us in three of four ports). There were 4-5 ships in port at each of the stops we made, except Icy Strait Point where we were the only ship. Ketchikan: A fun little town, but not much to do if you don't buy an excursion. We went on a floatplane trip to the Misty Fjords with Carlin Air, since the ship's excursion was sold out. You'll save some money booking it on your own. The air charter companies will meet you at the dock. There is also a row of kiosks where you can book a tour on the spot. The cost could be slightly higher cost that advance booking online, but perhaps you can negotiate with the people there. We walked around town, went to the Totem Heritage Center, and had some lunch at the Alaska Fish House next to the pier. We skipped the lumberjack show. Our time here was sadly quite limited, or we might have been able to fit in a trip via bus to Totem Bight or Saxman. Juneau: A nice city, lots to do, pleasant to walk and shop in the local stores. We took the tramway to the top of Mt. Roberts. It was one of the warmest days they had seen in months. We had lunch at Tracy's Crab Shack (famous, a little touristy but very popular for good reasons). We walked a few blocks to the state capitol building, but could not see that much without going up a few floors. We then took a helicopter tour in the late afternoon (pilot's choice, two landings, highly recommended if you can get it) and returned in time to walk around some more and grab a bite at Deckhand Dave's right on the pier next to our ship. Icy Strait Point: We enjoyed this stop. We took a little walk in the woods, checked out the old salmon cannery, but we had little time left after we did the bears/whale watching trip. We saw two bears plus whales having fun, sea otters, porpoises, sea lions, etc. We liked the involvement of the native people in presenting the history. You can book the same trips on site if you haven't booked them on the ship, and I did not check to see if the prices were any different than the advance bookings This port was developed with Royal Caribbean (we called it "Coco Cay of Alaska") and it was very nice. Skagway: A fun place, small enough to walk around or ride the ($5/day) bus. The dock is not that close to the town, so you'll have a bit of a walk. My wife did the glass blowing, which she enjoyed; I walked a bit, took some photos and enjoyed some shopping. We both went on the White Pass and Yukon rail excursion, which returned about 45 mins late but dropped us off right at the dock. The weather was perfect again, if perhaps a bit warm. Departure at Seward was uneventful, but we were delayed a bit. We joined a post-cruise tour, so they picked us up right at the dock. More on the post-cruise tour in another review. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
The hunt for bears...2 Brits in Alaska .... We booked this cruise the day it went on sale, wanting to get the coveted aft 9256. We then spent 2 years planning our trip. First lesson Alaska is very very expensive. What ever your ... Read More
The hunt for bears...2 Brits in Alaska .... We booked this cruise the day it went on sale, wanting to get the coveted aft 9256. We then spent 2 years planning our trip. First lesson Alaska is very very expensive. What ever your budget is... double it! We flew from London to Seattle, spent just over 24 hours there. Hyatt House Hotel is right opposite the space needle and Chihuly. Ask for room 811...fabulous views. We loved Chihuly and we loved Pike place market and generally we loved Seattle. Given our 8 hr time difference we were still up early the next day. Breakfast in Pikes market with wonderful views, a quick emergency tee shirt buying trip as the weather was shaping up to be much warmer than we expected, then an Uber to the airport and ready for the next part... Tip: go up the Columbia SkyView 73rd floor observatory instead of the Space Needle because it’s cheaper at $14.75 ( also offers an over 55 for under $10) it is taller, and your photos will have the Space Needle in them! We flew Alaskan up to Anchorage. They charge $25per bag in addition to the air fare. You pay this at the kerbside. Stayed for 2 nights at the Ramada. In desperate need of renovation, but comfortable beds and friendly staff. A few blocks from the centre. Free shuttle from the airport and to the train station. Had a super meal at Tequila 61. Tip: Hire a car via Enterprise on E 5th - it was only $160 for 3 days ( cheaper than hiring at the airport.) Drove down to Girdwood, the Wildlife centre and Whittier on Sunday. On Monday we drove up to Denali, via Talkeetna for lunch. Quaint little town. We stayed 2 nights at the Home Dome in Healy. Ate at Prospectors Pizza and 49th brewing. Did the transit to Eielson. $50pp. Not much success on bears....the van behind had a mother and 2 cubs lie in the road in front of them! Tip: We had bought The Milepost beforehand. I wouldn’t say it is a must have though. Viewpoints are well signposted on the road. Back to Anchorage and one more night in the Ramada. Then early start for the 6;45 train to Seward. You must be at station about an hour beforehand and you have to go into the office to collect your tickets. No one tells you that on the paperwork. Suitcases checked through to our Hotel in Seward which was unexpected and efficient. If you can afford it, pay for the Gold service, fabulous glass domed railcards, breakfast included and 2 free alcoholic beverages. Yes I know it was only 6:45 but free champagne is good at any hour right?. $212pp Seward: stayed at Harbor 360. Nice views but very basic breakfast included on paper plates. DIY bagels and some yoghurts. At $339 for one night I expected more. Dinner at Chinooks... another $120 meal... Northern Latitudes Whale watching.. small boat and only 4 of us. Superb experience and highly recommended $163pp. Hotel transported our cases to the cruise ship for us. Easiest check in ever. Muster was at 6 and sailaway was at 8 FYI: When the ship was docked in Seward there was an additional 7% tax added to the bar bill. Random ship thoughts: Wi-fi is $12.99 or $17.99. With careful use of our D+ perk we were able to get 2x 24 hr free and then a 3 day package free ($38.98 was the D+ allowance) Have not even seen the CD -apparently he’s called Ken Jones. Have not been to any shows as they are at 7 ( clashes with CL drinks) and 8;45 ( clashes with dinner) so cannot comment. Steve Mudflap Mcgrew City of Dreams PengFei The Long Run ( Eagles tribute) Piano Man Movies shown included: Greatest Showman Pitch Perfect 3 Justice League 15:17 to Paris Wrinkle in Time Peter Rabbit Star Wars Jumanji Formal nights were Hubbard Glacier and ISP days. 1 hour clock change between Ketchikan and Inside Passage Food I’m afraid was totally unforgettable, bland and the poorest I have ever had on any RCI cruise (and I've done 30). Lobster tails last night served with Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Always wanted to see Alaska and the scenery didn't disappoint. Took the Grand view train down from Anchorage to Seward which was a highlight of the trip. Embarkation process was fast and easy. The shore tours were also fantastic. ... Read More
Always wanted to see Alaska and the scenery didn't disappoint. Took the Grand view train down from Anchorage to Seward which was a highlight of the trip. Embarkation process was fast and easy. The shore tours were also fantastic. The White Pass train excursion was excellent and our favorite shore tour. The Radiance of the Seas on the other had was a bit of a disappointment. This was my 10th cruse on Royal Caribbean and this ship was not up to my expectations. The activities & entertainment was lackluster at best. The ship looked tired and in need of a makeover. Lots of rust on the exterior especially on the balcony area. Some of the public rooms had a musty smell. They also had computer problems the first two days with made using the sea pass difficult & we had to go to guest services three times to get the issue resolved. We took advantage of the beverage package which worked out nice once we got the issues with the sea passes straightened out. The service at the shore excursion desk was poor. We had an issue with one of our prepaid tours and the staff at the shore excursion desk basically couldn't care less. The debarkation process ran a little behind schedule but we were able to make our 1:00pm flight out of Vancouver OK. If I do Alaska again I would most likely choose a different ship. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We very much like the Radiance class of ships. And have taken the Brilliance many times. There are a lot of windowed public areas- which works great for the Alaskan weather. The Diamond Lounge and the host JD were fantastic. And the ... Read More
We very much like the Radiance class of ships. And have taken the Brilliance many times. There are a lot of windowed public areas- which works great for the Alaskan weather. The Diamond Lounge and the host JD were fantastic. And the cruise, the crew and the views were wonderful. Our room steward was Ery, and hewas attentive and caring. Chops Grill is first class and a super food. The Windjammer dining room was very disappointing. As the food was very mediocre, not a big variety, and seemed no where as good as on the Brilliance of the Seas. The Windjammer staff did not seem engaged. The Balcony room on the port side was great going south as seeing the view was amazing. Also ask to go on the "behind the scenes entertainment tour" on the last sea day...and the entertainers are very nice and accommodating. Also would recommend that you take the Wilderness Express train from Anchorage to Denali on the way up and spend a few days at the Denali Bluffs Lodge. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Last year my wife and I sailed the Celebrity Solstice, doing the Inside Passage from Seattle. We enjoyed it so much we decided to go northbound on the Vancouver-Seward run and after a couple years, went back to RCCI. We sailed with another ... Read More
Last year my wife and I sailed the Celebrity Solstice, doing the Inside Passage from Seattle. We enjoyed it so much we decided to go northbound on the Vancouver-Seward run and after a couple years, went back to RCCI. We sailed with another couple. We arrived in Vancouver a day early (it was supposed to be 2 nights early - thanks Delta!). We enjoyed our time in the city and felt like it would be a cool place to explore with more time. What surprised me most was how easy the embarkation was. If Seattle was utter chaos, including being sent to Uber hell, Vancouver was perhaps the simplest embarkation of any cruise we have taken. A few thoughts on the cruise. The CD on Radiance is average to bland. The Love and Marriage Game show was pretty lame. The entertainment was OK but not great and they didn't have a good musical guest. The pub entertainer was great, but he really packed the place out! I did find they had some good and unique trivia, which is great. We had outstanding service and very good food in MDR and Samba (Samba was one of my highlights). But then we found food in the Windjammer was not great, especially at lunch. The variety was not there, and some of the items were not very good. Not that you should judge a cruise by it's pizza but dang the pizza was nasty and so under-cooked that the cheese wasn't melted. The itinerary was good. I will review ports below. In general, I think they should find an alternative for Icy Point Straight. We were not impressed. Perhaps they should sub it out for Sitka. Or perhaps an overnight in Juneau? The Hubbard Glacier was impressive, though we didn't see any calving. Disembarkation was great. We took the train through RCCI to Anchorage. That was another highlight - the scenery was outstanding. It was the shortest 4 1/2 hours ever. The only bizarre part was that the train drops you off at the airport, but your luggage is in downtown at the convention center. Fortunately we were renting a car so it wasn't a big deal. We had 2+ days in Anchorage - there is a lot of fun stuff to do if you have a car. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We were not disappointed with Radiance, despite it being billed as everyone's favourite ship. My preference is still Quantum class, however for a short break we were not disappointed. The cabin was immaculate with everything you ... Read More
We were not disappointed with Radiance, despite it being billed as everyone's favourite ship. My preference is still Quantum class, however for a short break we were not disappointed. The cabin was immaculate with everything you would expect in an Owner's suite and more. Dining was excellent, but not better or worse than any other RCI ship we have sailed on. Really enjoyed the main dining room, Giovanni's and Chef's table and would recommend them to anyone. The best Concierge lounge of any of the ships we have sailed on. The entertainment was very good and certainly a better standard that we experienced on HAL and Carnival. For a shorter cruise for just the 2 of us, it was excellent and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone. On the downside, Radiance is starting to show its age in comparison to the newer ships especially on the outside, It's in dock getting an azipod repaired this week, so hopefully it will get a coat of paint to hide some on the rust spots. We cruise RCI because the blend of dining and activities suits us and every cruise we have done delivers a consistent experience. This was no different, however I do wish they would be a little more adventurous with the wine list. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. Wanting to see more ports in Australia. We were not disappointed. The Great Barrier Reef was the highlight. So was holding a Joey. The cruise staff was entertaining and friendly. Shout out to ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. Wanting to see more ports in Australia. We were not disappointed. The Great Barrier Reef was the highlight. So was holding a Joey. The cruise staff was entertaining and friendly. Shout out to Bradley of the cruise staff and shout out to Kevin Philips who entertained us in the pub every night. The cruise director ( Gordon) sang on the last night of the cruise. He was fantastic! I wish he would have sang sooner in the cruise and more often. He has a great voice. The Australian people are so considerate and kind. We met many couples who were also taking the next cruise form Perth back to Sydney. If this cruise is offered again I would highly recommend it for those that want to see the western, northern and eastern past of Australia. Bali was a bonus. Lovely culture. Amazing temples. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
I only have a few complains One I have is with the room service. When did RCL start charging for room service? Eight dollars a pop for ice tea to be delivered is way out of bounds! I understand how that can be abused, however there ... Read More
I only have a few complains One I have is with the room service. When did RCL start charging for room service? Eight dollars a pop for ice tea to be delivered is way out of bounds! I understand how that can be abused, however there needs to be a happy median. The shows mostly started at 6:30, that was too early for us, as we had the dinner seating at 8:00. The next shows time was 8:30. A few jokes were made that for the guests age ( over 70), that by 10:00 most were asleep! The shore excursions were few and far between as we went to some hole in the world places! They should SKIP Port Hedron and spend a night in Perth, which we did not get to see! The lectures on the boat were horrible to non-existent! All she did was read from her screen, and offered nothing else. I remember a time when locals were offered a meal and invited on board to tell their story. For someone visiting Australia for the first time that would have been nice! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
The circumnavigation of Australia and South New Zealand was awesome. Each port was different and offered a lot of variety. So itinerary awesome Dining: Main dining room ok but not great. Some nights I had trouble choosing from the ... Read More
The circumnavigation of Australia and South New Zealand was awesome. Each port was different and offered a lot of variety. So itinerary awesome Dining: Main dining room ok but not great. Some nights I had trouble choosing from the menu. The steak was thin and not very tender. Service good and sometimes great! Windjammer good but inconsistent with offerings particularly for breakfast. Specialty restaurants were very good especially chops. Centrum: There were frequent "seminars" using a very loud mike that you could hear at some distance. Of course it was an effort to sell you something. They need to be moved to a separate room so that the Centrum can be a gathering place where people can chat. The other Centrum programs were fine. The sales seminars disturbed the game playing area, library etc. on all the upper decks. Smoking: The smoke frequently drifted inside particularly on the 11th floor and into the hallway as you entered the Windjammer. The Boardwalk also affected. Disembark: Very slow when tendered. Overall a great cruise but the above issues need to be addressed. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
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 ... 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
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 December 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
We love the Radiance and cruised on her in 2015 and then Nov/Dec 2018. In 2015 we thought the food was ordinary to say the least but our latest cruise (2018) the food was excellent and so was the service. She is a lovely light and airy ... Read More
We love the Radiance and cruised on her in 2015 and then Nov/Dec 2018. In 2015 we thought the food was ordinary to say the least but our latest cruise (2018) the food was excellent and so was the service. She is a lovely light and airy ship. We loved her glass floor to ceiling windows in the Windjammer and her lovely open air dining area at the back of the Windjammer. We also loved sitting in the Colony Club and looking out the back of the ship but the problem was the lovely leather seats had lost their support and you kept sliding off the seat! (Not good "duty of care" for cruises with bad backs) The other problem was that the awful Art Auctions had taken over the Colony Club for their paintings and so seating became limited. Not impressed to say the least. The difference in on-sell between the two cruises was probably the thing that hit us in the face the most. 2015 it was just sailing day and a little the day after and from time to time from the excursion officer. But 2018 it was on the whole time and they had a table set up, for the whole cruise, in the buffet trying to sell drinks and restaurant packages. They had a captive market as it was just where the crew stood to give you the handwash before you entered the Windjammer. Our cabin was clean and well maintained the only exception were the pillows.. lumpy and laundered a few too many times... and the hard bed. We wondered if they were new beds as we found our mattress touched our suitcase on (2018) cruise where there was good clearance the previous cruise. There is a need to keep day to day programme fresh and think up some new activities and bring in some new nightly stage entertainment, especially for the "loyal" repeat cruisers! Read Less
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
Sail Date November 2017
This was a very enjoyable cruise, we chose it so we could spend some time in Hawaii before the cruise and also see some of Tahiti, however the long sea day stints were a bit too long with nothing much to do on board those days. The food ... Read More
This was a very enjoyable cruise, we chose it so we could spend some time in Hawaii before the cruise and also see some of Tahiti, however the long sea day stints were a bit too long with nothing much to do on board those days. The food was good in both the Dining Room and Windjammers and seemed to be even better the last few days. We booked the First Night done Right where they choose a specialty restaurant and give you a note in your cabin to let you know which one to go to on the very first night. We received this information on the 3rd day so we found this out on our own by accident , however when I booked this online I was told you could change the restaurant but when I asked to change they wouldnt do it, I was very disappointed as I didn't eat what was served, so I found that was a waste of money and we didn't book another specialty restaurant. Very little activities during the day. Could not get a deck chair if our life depended on it, the same people had the chairs from dawn til dusk so no one else had a chance, especially in the solarium. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We flew from Newark NJ to Honolulu on United. We were in First Class and had the lie down flat seats. They were the most comfortable seats I have ever experienced! Crew was really nice! Speedi Shuttle not a good company. They are ... Read More
We flew from Newark NJ to Honolulu on United. We were in First Class and had the lie down flat seats. They were the most comfortable seats I have ever experienced! Crew was really nice! Speedi Shuttle not a good company. They are rude, disorganized. Hawaiian Hilton Village. We loved this hotel, and returned for our post cruise! Perfect location... but be prepared for high prices! Newly retired and could travel this time of year! This was my 37 th cruise, and multiple cruises on Royal Caribbean. I saw a lot of negative reviews before and after I had booked this cruise... and just like all the other reviews on every ship I have ever sailed on, I used the negative as a heads up, but not a deal breaker! The facts! Embarkation in Honolulu was one of the worst we have ever experienced! The good news was, once we got on board after the long wait (Suite line) the cabins were open. Our cabin was a JR Suite on the 10th deck, midship, perfect location! There was more than enough storage for our 18 day cruise.. except the suitcases did not fit under the bed! There was a coffee maker and Kettle.. and the cabin was a great size! Loved finding a padded lounge chair on our balcony! Walk in closet... bathroom shower/tub.. The cabin was spotless, and the bed was comfortable! We had a great cabin Steward! The ship... it has definitely aged better in some places than others.. It was clean though, and although there were no real bells and whistles like the other classes, we didn’t miss it that much! The only real downfall was the cabin tv.. one of the worst programming we have ever seen... a big complaint on the ship! We are Diamond, and took advantage of the lounge which had a continental breakfast, small sandwiches at lunch, and cocktail food and drinks before dinner. The lounge was a little small, but in the evening they opened the doors to a connecting lounge. We enjoyed the special lunch and other events they had for Diamond level! The food.. these are my facts keep in mind there are always different interpretations when it comes to this category! The Wind Jammer was the worst we have ever experienced! The choices were much more limited, the pizza tasted like the worst version of a frozen pizza, and the cold cuts barely changed every day! The lay out was screwy, and did not flow well. For example to find tomato and onion for my salad, I had to go to the hamburger line.. The food was not very good! This is the first time we have ever had this complaint! Lunch in the dining room was good, and loved the salad bar, but even that needed more choices. Dinner was hit or miss! There were menus that no one at our table enjoyed, and more often than not people ordered steak instead. Filet Mignon was never an option unless you paid for it.. The king Crab was not King Crab, it was Stone Crab.. Our waiter was terrific, our head waiter not so much! There were two of us that needed to order the night before because of food allergies, and the head waiter made us feel like we were a bother! He did nothing to give us more choices, and made everything a big deal! On my last RCCL cruise the head waiter was amazing and I never had to eat the same thing twice! The lunch head waiter on this cruise was fantastic! I liked The Park at the Solarium Pool for salads, and my husband liked the Dog House the few times they had Bratworst. We did not go to any of the Speciality restaraunts but people were raving about Giovannis. Room service: We only got Continental breakfast, never had the breakfast or other food you have to pay for. It was on time, and fine.. Many days at sea, but I was never bored. I did not go to the pool at all, but could see lounges when we walked through. The Solarium was packed all the time! The poor life guards even in the worst weather had to stand out there, even with no one in the pool.. It was inhumane sometimes! The shows were good, the production shows ok, except the new Tango show which was amazing. We didn’t get some of the humor, since almost all the shows were Australian performers. (There were 1800 Aussies) on the ship. There were some good lectures, and some demonstrations. I did the cupcake decorating which was fun! There was a four year old whose cupcake came out better than mine lol The photographers were out each and every night, but they were not that intrusive... I didn’t find the hard sells that annoying on the sailing.. There was not as much junk in our door.. Internet... Voom, spotty, frustrating, unreliable! CD... not my cup of tea, but I am not going to do a character assasination. Let’s just say I have had 36 better ones! Cruise Activity Staff very nice and fun to be around! Crew on ship.. The only rude person we encountered on the whole ship was at the Excursion Desk.. the crew was over the top friendly, and helpful! We would do this cruise again! Even with a crazy amount of sea days! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Overall this was a good Cruise. Some adjustments need to made by Royal Caribbean to enhance the Cruising of future patrons. 1. Bands were in the Centrum. This was somewhat disappointing, no area to Dance & not enough seating. Should ... Read More
Overall this was a good Cruise. Some adjustments need to made by Royal Caribbean to enhance the Cruising of future patrons. 1. Bands were in the Centrum. This was somewhat disappointing, no area to Dance & not enough seating. Should have been in the Colony Club, where there was plenty of seating & a large dance floor. It remained empty on most nights. 2.The Dog House was a waste of space. Hot dogs were able to be obtained from the Windjammer. I noticed that it was not patronised very often. Only a suggestion, why not convert to say a "Johnny Rockets" or something similar. Maybe dress it up a bit. 3. Children (unsurpervised ) were allowed to play on the pool tables as young as 8, when a sign clearly states minimum age 18. This was every day. I am happy for them change the age limit, however some children do need supervision as tables can easily be ripped or damaged. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
hi, We decided on this cruise as we have done the reverse cruise in 2013 on Rhapsody of the Seas and loved it. We had a good time on Radiance but found a few things that in our opinion could be improved. First the good bits. ... Read More
hi, We decided on this cruise as we have done the reverse cruise in 2013 on Rhapsody of the Seas and loved it. We had a good time on Radiance but found a few things that in our opinion could be improved. First the good bits. Embarkation was smooth although lengthy. Prob around 1 hour before we actually saw the ship. Our stateroom was very spacious and had lots of hanging space and shelves to store things. The food was great as usual. Never have a problem with RCI. Some of the entertainment was great and others so so but that is to be expected and according to taste. The usual problem with cruise ships in that we always had to fight for a seat in the Centrum or anywhere for that matter. We retired early on quite a few nights as we were not happy to stand all night. On most of our cruises we had wait staff fighting for our patrionage but on Radiance we had to on most occasions go to the bar ourselves. The daily activities were very repetative although i did join the guest choir which was performed on stage and was lots of fun. The variety in the shops was very unexciting and sales touted as huge were actually reduced by the same amount at the beginning of the cruise. Eg Invicta watches were 75% off the whole cruise but was made to be a big one day sale. No daily fragrance sale which has been on all our other cruises with RCI Cant fault our dining room Waiters and our cabin man They were fantastic. We purchased 2 ship based cruises which were great and did our own thing in other ports. All in all we thoroughly enjoyed our trip and would most likely sail on her again if the occasion arose Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose this cruise as a way to get to Australia in a relaxing way without jet lag. This was our 7th cruise and 5th with RCL. We enjoyed the cruise but did find both stretches of 5 sea days a little challenging. The staff were excellent ... Read More
We chose this cruise as a way to get to Australia in a relaxing way without jet lag. This was our 7th cruise and 5th with RCL. We enjoyed the cruise but did find both stretches of 5 sea days a little challenging. The staff were excellent Raj and Mohammed in Windstar outstanding, also our stateroom attendant Eko. We ate in Chops Grille once, not the best service but steaks were good. Giovanni’s twice, it was excellent and we had a wonderful waiter but have unfortunately forgotten his name. Staff all knew you by name, no idea how they do that. Food in main dining and Windjammer was good and my standby of salmon was always good if I didn’t like the menu. The shows were, for the most part, pretty good. We had an Aussie comic who surprised us as we didn’t think we would get his humour but he was great. Entertainment in the bars was good and varied. Only negative was RCL bumped up all prices of drinks etc. That was a bit disappointing. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We liked the size of the ship and have been on Brilliance and Vision before. The Radiance however looks very tired, from the Windjammer, to the dining rooms, the decor, the chipped and stained furniture, Wardrobe doors wouldn't close, ... Read More
We liked the size of the ship and have been on Brilliance and Vision before. The Radiance however looks very tired, from the Windjammer, to the dining rooms, the decor, the chipped and stained furniture, Wardrobe doors wouldn't close, pool towels that should be turned into rags etc. On the positive side: food was ok, staff friendly and helpful and the itinerary great. We embarked very early in Vancouver and swept right through. As we didn't disembark in Honolulu leaving the ship for the day didn't take much time. First port of call was Maui where they had a bit of a problem with the tenders. It seemed to be not well organized. Fortunately we were there over night. Therefore time wasn't really an issue. We rented a car on each island and it was definitely worth it. But be careful in Maui. We anchored at Lahaina and had to pick up the car at their major airport - which meant an expensive taxi ride. There is a closer rental car place. Make sure you watch out for that. Hilo was very good because of the Volcanoes, Kona not so much, Kauai again was great and far too much to do and see in Honolulu for the limited time we had. We are not sure if we want to get back on the Radiance before it has had a refurbishment. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We wanted to see Alaska. Glad we chose this itinerary, the ports were great. Lots to see and do, both on and off board. We love the Radiance class ships, they feel like a cruise ship, not too big, not to small. We found all the staff ... Read More
We wanted to see Alaska. Glad we chose this itinerary, the ports were great. Lots to see and do, both on and off board. We love the Radiance class ships, they feel like a cruise ship, not too big, not to small. We found all the staff we met very helpful from our stateroom attendant, to our lovely dining room staff. We had my time dining, which as usual was excellent. The food in the main dining room was a high standard. The lobster on the last formal night was delicious. The diamond lounge was lovely, it was on deck 13 midships, had a lovely view, great canapes & drinks served in the evening. We enjoyed the shows we saw. One of my only criticisms of the activities offered were some of the enrichment lectures were on during the day on port days, so we missed them. In Ketchikan we went on The float plane & crab feast tour, wow! From Juneau we went to the Mendenhall glacier, well worth it. In Skegway went on The White Pass & Yukon scenic railway, it was rainy & foggy early on, but cleared later. They gave us the option of not going & changing tours because of the weather, which I thought was very nice, however we chose to stay on & I am glad we did. We got to see the Hubbard Glacier, what an experience. The only criticism was that we couldn't hear the commentary in our cabin. We chose to do the aftercruise tour 4A. Well worth doing. Our time in Denali was excellent, we saw bear & moose on our Tundra Wilderness tour, the scenery was stunning. The Husky Homestead tour (optional) is well worth doing, you get a real insight into how the Alaskan Husky is raised and cared for and the Iditarod race. Fairbanks is a lovely town, the Gold Dredge #8 & Riverboat Discovery III tours were excellent. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Just home from our Alaska cruise with extended landtour (from Aug 25th till Sept 8th). This was a awesome experience which we would like to share with you ! When we left Belgium to Vancouver we faced a strike of the lugage handlers. So ... Read More
Just home from our Alaska cruise with extended landtour (from Aug 25th till Sept 8th). This was a awesome experience which we would like to share with you ! When we left Belgium to Vancouver we faced a strike of the lugage handlers. So our luggage arrived 4 days later then expected. Nevertheless this minor issue we had a lot of fun ! 1. Vancouver : City walking tour & Stanley Park 2. Ketchikan : Floatplane + crab feast and visited Creek Street. 3. Icy Strait Point : walk the natural trial and saw a little bit of a whale. 4. Juneau : bike tour to Mendenhall Glacier and visiting Alaskan Brewery 5. Skagway : Yukon Train to the Summit and kayaking on Lake Benhard. 6. Hubbard Glacier 7. Seward trip to Anchorage with bus. 8. Anchorage stayed in the Mariott Hotel and visited the Native Museum. 9. To Talkneeta with Wilderness Express train. Stayed in the Talkneeta lodge, had diner in the Bistro and visited the small town Talkneeta and did a little hike. 10-12. To Denali with train and stayed in Denali Park Lodge. We visited Denali National Park (8 hours tour highly recommended - we saw caribou/dal sheep/golden eagle/wolf/willow Ptarmigan). Visited Denali Canyon (had lunch there) and did the Zip line. We booked also a private photo tour with Terry Boyd - which we highly recommend. At the evening we had booked the Cabin Nite (75$ p.p. which is quite some money for the food and show). 12-13. Fairbanks visiting the museum of the North and did a steemwheel boat trip (we saw dog sledge and a small native village). At the evening we booked the Salmon Bake which is really awesome (all you can eat for 35$). Last but not least : we saw the Aurora in Fairbanks ! We cruised with Radiance of the Seas, with great food and excellent service. There was a super atmosphere at the cruise ship (friendly respectfull people & no chair hogs). All days we had beautifull weather, except 2 mornings we had some rain. During the complete trip we had very knowledgeable tourguides and drivers whom make the excursion money worth ! Last but not least we would like to thank the RC representative Jane Carel, who was on a daily contact with the airline in order to manage our lugage and provides us everything necessary to cover the first 4 days on the ship. We thought this was an once in a life time experience. But it is not ! We will go back ! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
The ports were amazing. Cruising through the Hubbard Glacier was unbelievable. We learned so much about Alaskan and Native American history. LOVED the itinerary. We've been on this class ship and love the size, layout and ... Read More
The ports were amazing. Cruising through the Hubbard Glacier was unbelievable. We learned so much about Alaskan and Native American history. LOVED the itinerary. We've been on this class ship and love the size, layout and amenities. This was our first time in a Jr. Suite...and that was quite nice. We enjoyed the balcony often for site seeing. The entertainment was excellent. The headliner apparently was one of the RC singers. However, he had appeared as the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera in London. He was amazing and his headliner show was one of the best we've seen. One downside was the food. Menu in the Main Dining Room (for dinner) and the Windjammer (for breakfast and lunch) needs to be modernized with new foods and presentation. We also ate in Chops (and have eaten there 3 times previously) and were very not pleased with the quality of the food. Bacon starter and salad were great. The filet was tasteless, the potato was tiny. The other downside was our dinner server who really needed to be in a different job. He was SO slow (we were served dessert as everyone else were leaving). He interrupted conversations every single time he came to the table (rather than waiting til a break in conversation). He took orders right to left (rather than women first). He didn't know basic ingredients to a dinner dish. My other commentary was that the wifi access was spotty. Imagine our frustration when we had to resort to a web search to find out the ingredients for Chicken Kiev! That being said...we spoke to Guest Services and we were very impressed with RC for addressing the problem. The Head Server was very attentive to us and made sure that we got our meals and drinks correctly and timely. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We chose this cruise because the timing worked best for us as we celebrated our 33rd anniversary. The dining experience was fantastic. There was a mix up (we wanted Traditional Dining) and we ended up with My Time Dining. They did let us ... Read More
We chose this cruise because the timing worked best for us as we celebrated our 33rd anniversary. The dining experience was fantastic. There was a mix up (we wanted Traditional Dining) and we ended up with My Time Dining. They did let us book the same table (by a window) for every night and we had a lovely couple that did the same next to us. The staff was awesome and the food was good! It helped a potentially sour situation become a good experience. Our cabin was good with a awesome steward. The ship is maintained (they were painting when we were in port). I do wish the adult Jacuzzi would be monitored since there were obviously kids in it under the age of 16... The only complaint I have was when we checked out the Next Cruise. The attendant we talked to didn't seem interested in helping us book another cruise, and gave us very little info. I also am unhappy with the change that Royal has made on the deposits (not being changeable & the amount) for frequent cruises loyal to Royal... Overall though it was a wonderful cruise! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Radiance of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 4.5 4.1
Family 4.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 3.5 3.8
Enrichment 2.0 3.5
Service 4.5 4.4
Value For Money 4.5 3.8
Rates N/A 4.3

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