1,267 Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas Cruise Reviews

4-night Pacific Northwest This was our second cruise, and first on Royal Caribbean. My husband and I are 43 and 37 and love to travel. We have previously cruised to Alaska on Carnival. The Radiance is one stunning ship, and I fear we ... Read More
4-night Pacific Northwest This was our second cruise, and first on Royal Caribbean. My husband and I are 43 and 37 and love to travel. We have previously cruised to Alaska on Carnival. The Radiance is one stunning ship, and I fear we are spoiled forever now. I don't see how another ship could measure up. Embarkation We arrived at the Bell Street Pier in Seattle at 10:45 a.m. It took 15 minutes to present all our documents and get our cruise cards validated. We then waited in chairs until boarding began at 11:30. Clowns entertained us while we waited, and lemonade was served. We were asked not to go to our cabin before 1:00 p.m. After getting our picture made, we were on the ship at 11:40. Very smooth process. Cabin We had room 9590, a Category D cabin with balcony. The brochure said it was 204 square feet. It was the roomiest cabin we have ever had, and this was our first balcony. Our room was in a great midship location, right where the rooms bulge out from the ship. From our room we could look straight down onto the water. We were on the starboard side and the elevators were opposite us on the port side. This was very convenient all during the cruise. We were only steps away from the overlooks from which we could look down into the Centrum lobby. The music could be heard clearly from these overlooks, but not in the cabin. My husband spent a late evening listening to the music and watching the dancing down below. We peeked into a Category E1 balcony cabin and it had a love seat instead of the couch that we had. It was 179 square feet. The Category F outside didn't have a balcony. It had a large overstuffed chair and was 170 square feet. All of these cabins were excellent. We didn't see the suites or the inside cabins. Cabin Steward We met our cabin steward soon after 1:00. We asked for a few items, which he supplied. I asked that he remove the food and drinks from the minibar, as we had brought our own supply of soft drinks. He refused to do so, which put a damper on things, but I didn't let it spoil my attitude. We never saw him again, but he kept our cabin spotless for the next four days. Sail-Away We had great fun at the sail-away deck party. A stilt walker was line dancing and a good time was had by all. I bought a non-alcoholic frozen drink card for $26.00. This allowed me twelve virgin frozen drinks throughout the cruise. It was very convenient and saved us money as well. Entertainment We missed the first night's Welcome Aboard show because it was scheduled during the main seating for dinner. Since it was not repeated, there was no opportunity to attend if you had main seating. I thought this was odd. It was replayed on the cabin TV the next day and featured a juggler. One night a comedian was the entertainment and he was very funny. The other two nights were the production shows by the ship's singers and dancers. They were both good, especially the last night of the cruise. Two of the dancers went "flying" on wires and it was very well done. The theater had a great sound system and sophisticated lighting effects. Food We ate in the dining room three nights and the Windjammer one night. The food was great, although lobster was not on the menu. (It was on the menu of Portofinos). We had prime rib, shrimp scampi, chicken Kiev, turkey and dressing, salmon and halibut. I was surprised and pleased by the food in the Windjammer. The embarkation buffet was large and varied. At night they had stations for salad, fruit, cheese, bread, desserts, main courses and vegetables. In addition, they had pizza, a meat carving station, grilled to order steaks, a pasta bar with your choice of sauces sautEed while you waited, and a chef preparing stir-fry Chinese food. This was definitely not typical, leftover buffet food. Breakfast in the Windjammer was equally diverse, with eggs, bacon, hot oatmeal and cream of wheat, fruit, cereal, and bread. The only negative in the food department came on the one day we had breakfast in the main dining room. Big mistake. The service was painfully slow, and we didn't have time to finish before we had to leave for our shore excursion. My pancakes were cold when I got them, and were served without syrup. My husband had to ask three times for a glass of water. We never ate there again for breakfast. We were very happy with the Windjammer breakfast buffet. Portofinos We had previously decided not to spend the $40.00 extra for this restaurant, or Chops. The third night of the cruise it was printed in the Compass that lunch would be available in Portofinos the next day for half price. I immediately made reservations for 11:30 a.m. the next day. We had a table by the window, with a magnificent sea view. We were the only two people in the entire restaurant until 12 noon. Talk about romantic. We were pampered and proceeded to enjoy the best meal of the entire cruise. We took our server's recommendation to get the lasagna. It was heavenly. Since it was lunch, we didn't order the entire five courses. She must have thought we would starve, as she brought us an appetizer anyway. It was, of course, wonderful. After eating there, I know it is worth the price they charge, and I wouldn't hesitate to pay full price next time. The only strange thing was that two workmen in coveralls kept wandering through the dining room. They were going between the kitchen and another room behind a door. One of them had a drill with him. This was jarring to say the least. After eating dessert, (Boston cream Pie) we waddled away. Shore Excursions We booked our own independent tour in Vancouver. It was longer and less expensive than the ship tour. It was a five-hour highlight tour, and our driver was a native of Vancouver. In Victoria, we booked the ship's whale watching tour. We saw minke whales, dalls porpoises and sea lions. We got lots of good pictures from this small boat. We then went on the ship's tour to Butchart Gardens and Butterfly World. We enjoyed both, but we won't book two excursions in the same day again. We were frazzled by the time we got back to the ship. Miscellaneous A lot has already been written about the public rooms but I must single out the Solarium. It was my favorite place on the ship. The green plants and huge stone elephants made this area seem like a tropical oasis. It was very relaxing here, with no hustle and bustle. It was the perfect retreat. Even though the ship was supposedly sold out, I have no idea where all the people were. The ship was not crowded and many nights after the show we strolled the outside decks all alone. I have many pictures of the completely empty decks at night. Royal Caribbean has done a great job of designing a ship that distributes the passengers all over the ship. My husband and I climbed the Rock Wall up the back of the funnel. The children scampered up in no time flat, making us look bad, but we had fun. Drinks were not pushed on this ship, which I appreciated. I would rather not be bothered all the time. Announcements were kept to a minimum and could not be heard in the cabins at all. I thought this was strange. I would like to have had a control knob in the cabin to turn the announcements off or on, but no announcements can be heard at all in the cabins. Oh, well, this is preferable to the non-stop announcements on some ships. We went to the Ship Chat with Captain Ringborn on the last sea day. The Captain and two of his officers answered questions from the audience for one hour. This was a real treat. My husband got to hear about the special engines the Radiance has and it was a great hour. The staff was very friendly on this ship and always smiled and said hello when passing by. When we first boarded the ship we were given a letter saying that Radiance was trying something new regarding the dress of the crew. Only ship's officers wore the traditional white uniforms. Everyone else wore blazers and slacks such as you see in resort hotels. The letter said it was to make guests feel more at ease. The ship did have the distinct feel of a resort hotel. I was not surprised to learn that the Radiance's godmother is married to the Hyatt hotel owner. Everything was impeccably kept on the ship, and the whole atmosphere was one of elegance and beauty. We can't wait to sail on the Radiance again. If I can answer any questions, my email address is coasterwiggs@home.com.October 2001 Read Less
Our week on the Radiance is over, and we want to go back! Here¹s our review, and we'd be glad to answer questions. But first, a note about Cruise Critic. We've said this before, and we'll say it again. Thanks to Cruise ... Read More
Our week on the Radiance is over, and we want to go back! Here¹s our review, and we'd be glad to answer questions. But first, a note about Cruise Critic. We've said this before, and we'll say it again. Thanks to Cruise Critic for helping us make new friends! This year we cruised with friends we met on-line before we sailed on Radiance last January. In fact, it's the second cruise we've taken with them since then. And we have another dozen friends we contacted first through Cruise Critic, who we spent time with on board, and will continue e-mailing in the future. We hope to be able to sail with them again, as well! Cruise Critic Party: Ours was the first night, the day of embarkation, at 7:45, in the Colony Club. Invitations were delivered sometime in the afternoon. RCI provided a tray of hors d¹oeuvres, most of which went untouched (except by people just passing through). We had just eaten, and others were on their way to second seating dinner. We had actually met many of the people we had been corresponding with on our own, first in San Juan on Friday night, and than at 5:00 in one of the lounges in the Viking Crown the day of embarkation. Gordon came to the Cruise Critic party, along with a number member of the cruise staff came to the Cruise Critic party. There were about 30 people there, some of which we saw frequently during the cruise, some of whom we never saw again. They passed out orange rubber bands, with "Cruise Critic Radiance of the Seas" imprinted on it. Gordon said that each ship is getting their own color rubber bands so people can collect them. There were some people who signed up, but didn't come. Overall, we had a good turn out, nearly everyone who signed up came, people seemed to enjoy themselves, and having it the first night was really nice. Radiance is sill beautiful, a year after we first sailed her. There is some evidence of the thousands of people who have sailed in the past year, but the ship is being kept up very well. She goes into dry dock for a week in just a few months, for an overall cleaning and freshening. The overall theme is more nautical than other RCI ships we've been on, with a lot of wood, navy blue and deep red in the colors. There are lots of nooks and crannies to sit and relax, and to meet with people, so you never need to feel crowded. Except in the elevators adjacent to the Centrum! Those get quite crowded - the forward elevators don't seem to get quite as crowded. Honestly, the stairs are quicker. The ship is easy to get around - all the food and clubs (Seaview Cafe on deck 12, Windjammer on 11, Chops and Portofinos on 6, and the dining room on decks 4 and 5) are aft, one atop the other. We had a D cabin, 1104, on deck 10, aft. It was large enough, with more than enough storage for the 2 of us. The balcony is enormous, with 2 lounge chairs, a table and two regular chairs, plus room to walk around! The aft balconies are very private, and have a great view of where you've been. The room was spacious, comfortable, and very attractive. Our cabin attendant was Rodney John, from Trinidad. He's terrific! He has superb customer service skills, and the room was always in great shape, as well. Food: The Windjammer on Radiance is the nicest one we've seen, in decor, in layout, and in the quality of the food. It's set up with stations, or islands, for different kind of food - hot entrees and sides, salads, desserts. There are omelet-making stations in the morning, and at lunch and dinner they prepare made-to order Asian stir-fries of various types. There are drink stations to pick up free lemonade, coffee, tea and water. There is limited bar service in the Windjammer, as well. New this year is waiters circulating with drink carts. In the past you had to get up and go to the drink station to get your beverages. This is a nice change. Cascades: is the 2-level formal dining room. It's very pretty, and the food was good to very good. We noticed definite improvements in the dining room from last year, and were told, in fact, that many changes have been made in the last six months, from management staff, to waiters. We had first seating. While dinner on the first night last year was open seating, this year they've gone back to seating you at your assigned table. We really prefer this, and were glad to see that change. Seaview Cafe: on deck 12, behind the kid's area. The Seaview has changed its hours since last year, and is now open from mid-day until 1:00 am. They have sandwiches, salads, bar-type appetizers (potato skins, onion rings, poppers, fries), apple pie and brownies. We had lunch up there one day this year, but were told the food was variable. I know the hamburger I got was very dry, but was told that others had had perfect burgers. The fries and brownie were yummy! Chops and Portofinos: We didn't eat in either. Friends that did said they were very good. Chops is steaks, and Portofinos is Italian. There's a $20.00 per person charge. Midnight buffets: 2, one on the pool deck the night of the Caribbean deck party, and the Gala Buffet on the second formal night, Thursday night. Other nights they had "Midnight Delights," with waiters passing trays of finger sandwiches and desserts. Entertainment: The cruise director for this was Gordon Whatman, possibly RCI¹s best cruise director. We ran into him numerous times during the cruise. He was definitely out and about. He'll be on the ship until it goes through the canal, then he's leaving for vacation and then for some short stints on other ships. There were 2 production shows, "Welcome to Our World," and "Rocking in Paradise." They were the same 2 shows they were doing last year, and we didn't see either of them again. Guest entertainers included: Bobby Arvon, whose claim to fame is that he was "the voice of TV's Happy Days. We didn't see him, but were told that much of his show consisted of imitating various celebrities as he imagines they would have sang the theme from Happy Days. Kelly McDonald, a very funny comedian, who also does a midnight adult-oriented show, Gossamer Magic, and the Coasters. The Aurora Theater is lovely, the seats are comfortable, and all the seats seem to have a good view of the stage. The Radiance of the Seas Orchestra is quite good, the trio in the Centrum is very good, and the lounge band, Midnight Oasis, was pretty good, as well. There's also a calypso band that plays on the pool deck, and sounds much like the other calypso bands on the other ships. There are also several pianists, and a violinist that play in various spots at various times. There were the usual adult games - Radiance Quest, the Not So Newlywed Game, a TV Tune Trivia game (lots of fun the older members of the audience definitely have the edge) and karaoke. The game shows are worth going to, even if you're just there to be a spectator. There's also a movie theater on board, but we never went in. There are current or recent movies, as well as pay per view movies, available on the tv¹s in the cabins, as well. Ports: St. Thomas. We took the ferry from Red Hook over to St. John to snorkel. This is very easy to do on your own. Cabs wait at the pier as you disembark, it's about a 15-minute ride to Red Hook ($6.00 or $7.00 per person), and a 20 minutes ferry ride ($6.00 per person round trip). We snorkeled at Waterlemon Cay. It's remote, but fantastic snorkeling. The cab lets you off at Leinster Bay, and then you take a walk of 25 - 30 minutes, on a park trail at the edge of the bay to get to the snorkeling location. There are no facilities, you'll need your own gear, and it's not a sand beach area. It's well worth the effort, but make absolutely sure the cab driver will come back to get you. Ours ensured us that he didn't need to that cabs came by frequently. This wasn't the case, and we ended up having to hitch a ride to Maho Bay to catch a cab back to Cruz Bay. Antigua: We love Antigua! We did a full-day outing with Adventure Antigua (www.adventureantigua.com). We found this on the web last year, enjoyed it then, and decided to repeat the experience this year. It was even better this time. Eli Fuller was born on Antigua and takes people to the spots he used to go while he was growing up. There were 12 people, all from Radiance, plus Eli and Francis, his helper. We snorkeled off the boat, on a barrier reef, and then he took us on a tour around the shoreline and some coastal islands. We hiked Bird Island while Eli was setting out a homemade picnic on the beach, and after lunch went rock climbing on Hells' Gate. We ended up the afternoon seeing the mangrove area, and shelling on another deserted beach. This was an adventurous, but not overly strenuous excursion. Got back to the ship at 4:30, and it was the best experience of this trip. St. Maarten: We took a taxi to French Cul de Sac and took the ferry over to Pinel Island. You can hike the island -- the view on the far side is pretty spectacular, with more rolling surf, and lots of big boulders. There's a high point, and some trails though lots of grass. Not a lot to see. The snorkeling area and beach aren't particularly large. There's a restaurant where, among other things, you can get grilled lobster at $36.00 a kilo. There's a good $6.00 hot dog, as well. We don't feel the need to go back to Pinel. St. Lucia: This is a favorite island of ours - very lush and green. Pulling into port is a great experience - probably the prettiest port of any we've seen. This year we had made prior arrangements with a resort (Ti Kaye village) we had found on the internet to spend the day there. They sent their water taxi for us ($20.00 per person, round trip, since we had made arrangements for 5 people). We ended up with 7 in our group, including the 5 of us, plus a couple we had met on-line prior to the cruise. The water taxi driver took us on a shoreline tour on the way to the resort beach, showing us Marigot, the Hess oil storage area, and giving us other interesting information. Beaches in St. Lucia are public, so the beach was not the exclusive property of the resort. The beach is a black volcanic sand beach, and is beautiful. It's right on the national underwater preserve, and the snorkeling is terrific. The resort has a bar and equipment rental facility near the beach. Since we were guests of the hotel, we didn't have to pay for deck chairs, and those of us who didn't have our own snorkeling gear got free use of the hotel's. This isn't Sandals. There isn't the same variety of stuff, and you have to pay for your drinks, but there's no day fee, either. The rest of the resort is up on the heavily wooded cliff, reached by climbing a 126-step staircase (yep, one of us counted). We climbed up for lunch. They have a lovely open-air restaurant that overlooks the Caribbean -- terrific view, and serves great food. Most of us had flying fish -- delicious! When it was just us and other guests of the resort on the beach, the beach was secluded and quiet. This is, however, the beach they bring the catamarans to for the snorkeling excursions the ship offers. One was just leaving as we got there, and 4 more were arriving just as we had finished lunch. We had a large block of time by ourselves on the beach, though. We had asked the water taxi to come back for us at 3:30, and he showed up right on time, returning us to Pt. Seraphine in time to walk through the shops a little, and get back on board well before the 5:00 "curfew." Barbados: The port here is a combination industrial/cruise ship port - you dock in an industrial area. This year you could walk from the ship to the terminal -- last year you had to take a shuttle. There are taxis available at the terminal, and you can walk to the main street in town in about 15 minutes. With friends, we hired a taxi to give us a tour of areas of the island we hadn't seen on previous trips. He charged us $25.00 per person. We stopped first at the Barbados Synagogue, a 200 year old Synagogue in the process of being restored. He took us to St. James Cathedral, the largest Anglican Cathedral on the island. They are in the process of restoring their large and very unusual pipe organ (the pipes are suspended in a mahogany box below the ceiling). We went to the Animal flower cave, located where the Caribbean and Atlantic converge, drove along the Atlantic coat to Bathsheba, saw the only functioning windmill on the island (owned by Mount Gay Distillery and maintained on a working farm which is a tourist attraction). Caution: the bull in the corral next to the windmill does not like to have his picture taken! Then we went to Earthworks pottery, and then back to port. We got door to door service the taxi driver took us all the way back to the ship. This was the second formal evening. The last day is the at-sea day. The pool is small, but not crowded. However, deck chairs are at a premium on both the pool and sun decks. San Juan: We got in a day early, stayed at the Wyndham Old San Juan. Had a great room, for the second year in a row, this time on the 7th floor, the concierge floor. They had a room where you could get hors d¹oeuvres and beverages in the evening (you pay for soda), and breakfast in the morning. Our room was on the apex of the triangle, and had a balcony and a view of the bay. We had dinner at Parrot Club (363 Forteleza). This was, without doubt, the best dinner we had all week. The restaurant is bright, lively, friendly, knowledgeable staff and great food! General: You've got to check out the pool tables - they are wild. The table moves with the motion of the ship, staying level. They really work - the balls absolutely don't roll because the ship moved! Miniature golf on board was fun, too. Shops: Do compare the prices and pieces of the jewelry on board with the shops in the ports. We've found that the pieces are usually nicer, and the prices are better, than what we found on shore. The photographers on this cruise were far less aggressive than on other cruises we have been on. The formal portrait backgrounds include the stairs in the Centrum, which light up green. This makes a really cool picture. Make sure you bring an extension cord if you planning on bringing any electrical or electronic equipment. The polarized plugs are "backward" in some cabins, and they are too low down to fit most transformers. Hairdryers: I brought my own, because in the past the ones supplied didn't do much on my long hair. Didn't try the one supplied this year, maybe it's improved. Heliport: You can walk all the way to the bow of the ship, the heliport - it's really cool! Go all the way forward on deck 5. There are gates with signs on them that say entrance for heliport operations only, but we were told they really only restrict people when there are helicopter operations in progress. The gates are usually open during the day. There are even benches up there, so apparently it was intended that guests could go up there. If you look back toward the ship and up, you can see the officers on the bridge. The ship was full - plenty of people from all over the world. Despite some complaints on the boards about passengers from Puerto Rico, we did not observe any problems, with anyone (and there were many Puerto Ricans on board). Our fellow passengers were polite, not pushy, or overly aggressive. There were plenty of kids on this ship, but they were well-behaved, and were no problem, with the exception of liking to push every button on every elevator (of course, even if they didn't there were usually people on every deck waiting to get on or off). Disembarkation: This starts early - everyone has to present to immigration by 8:00, starting at 6:15. The lines are long, but move quickly. You get a special tour of the ship waiting in line. It winds through Books, Books and Coffee, through the theater, out a door near the stage, through a crew only area, and ends up in the conference facilities. Diamond and Platinum Crown and Anchor members have a waiting area specially set aside in Breakers, where you can get stuff to eat and drink, but we left the ship quickly after breakfast (Platinum and Diamond members' luggage are tagged for priority disembarkation, so if you want to get off early, you know your luggage is already out and waiting. If you aren't going on a tour, and don't have RCI transportation to the airport, you have several choices: 1) send your luggage on the RCI truck - they'll hold it at the terminal for you to claim; 2) taxi to the airport with your luggage and sit there all day; and 3) taxi to Barrachina Village with your luggage, or 4) take a tour with one of the many operators standing outside the terminal. For number 3, Barrachina, you check your luggage with them (free), can use their restrooms, and are free to walk around the city then come back and retrieve your luggage. They have a nice restaurant (we ate lunch there last year), but you have to walk a couple of blocks, with your luggage, to catch a taxi to the airport. Although we're very familiar with San Juan, we elected to take one of the Old City tours on a mini bus this year. It gave us a convenient place to put our luggage and let us kill some time before we had to go to the airport. Essentially, the guy drives you around Old San Juan, offers some commentary, stops at El Morro for about 10 minutes, then drops you off downtown, making specific arrangements to come back and get you to take you to the airport. He keeps your luggage safe, and you get the opportunity to have lunch, to walk around, or to shop more if you want to. The taxi trip to the airport takes about 15 minutes on a Saturday, and you need to plan on getting to the airport 2 hours before your flight. The lines were long, but kept moving, both at check in and at security. jlmolner@core.com April 2003 Read Less
Although this was our tenth cruise, this was only the second time my husband and I have sailed with Royal Caribbean. The first time was a week prior to our Alaskan cruise on the Radiance of the Seas. The first RCI cruise was on the four ... Read More
Although this was our tenth cruise, this was only the second time my husband and I have sailed with Royal Caribbean. The first time was a week prior to our Alaskan cruise on the Radiance of the Seas. The first RCI cruise was on the four day Monarch of the Seas out of Los Angeles. Since the Monarch was still undergoing a remodeling job my husband was not crazy about it, but I enjoyed it. We took my 80-year-old parents on the June 21, 2003 sailing of the Radiance. They had not been on a cruise in 10 years. Other people have done a wonderful job reviewing the Radiance and I am going to try to only touch on those things that might not have been covered by others or things that were special to us. We flew to Seattle and stayed at the Doubletree Airport. Nice hotel and very good shuttle service to and from the airport. We stayed there again when we returned. The Seaport Restaurant at the Doubletree is not a typical hotel restaurant. We had an incredible seafood dinner there. I highly recommend it. We took Quick Shuttle from Seattle to Vancouver. Great service and it was quick, only three hours to Vancouver (more about Quick Shuttle later). Stayed two nights at the Hyatt in downtown Vancouver. The Hyatt is a lovely hotel and close to interesting places (Robson street, Canada Place and Gas Town). Since our ship departed from Ballentyne pier we took a taxi to the pier. It was only $11 (CAD) for the four of us. Embarkation was very easy and well organized. The luggage people, the information staff and the registration staff were all extremely nice and helpful. We arrived at 11:00 am and we were on board by 12:10 pm. I had wondered why I had not read many messages on any of the cruise boards about this sailing. I soon found out why. Avon had booked 1500 passengers for a sales award on this trip. This meant that none of the non-Avon people got to eat on the second sitting. In all fairness to the Avon organization, the sales people (mainly women) were very nice and very low key. This was the first time I have been on a predominately "business" cruise. We had adjoining outside cabins on deck 3. Compared to the Monarch, these cabins are very spacious and nicely arranged. I thought the rounded corners of the beds were a great idea. Our cabin was right across from the service area and sometimes I did hear hall noise, but not bad. Our cheerful room attendant, LiLi, met us quickly and saw to our needs throughout the trip. We have stayed in inside, outside and balcony cabins. As everyone else says, try to at least get an outside, but no matter what kind of cabin . . .go. My mother has trouble walking so we had cabins close to the elevators and she got around just fine. We have a tendency to leave our curtains open when sailing. We docked early in the morning in Skagway and I woke up to look directly at people sitting in a tour bus. They were eye level with us. Later that evening before we left, our cabin was facing the bank under the dock. The change in tide can be amazing. The food in the Windjammer, Seaview Cafe, and the Cascades dining room was perfectly acceptable. You can find something to eat anytime of day. My mother is on a gluten free diet and the dining room staff went out of their way to make sure her meals were exactly right. Lambert, our waiter and his assistant, took great care of my mother. The ship is beautiful. In my opinion, it is similar to the Celebrity Millennium and the Carnival Spirit in design. I really liked the library. Unlike many ships, the library goes on the honor system. My husband started reading a hardback book on the ship and had not finished it before we left. He returned the book and we immediately found it at our local library on return. I "borrowed" two paperbacks and replaced them with three I had with me that I had read. The Monarch lacked a library of any kind. You could always find a quiet place to read or just look at the beautiful scenery on the Radiance. I used the internet cafe to book hotel rooms in Seattle and it was very quick and reasonable. My husband really enjoyed all the open decks on the ship. The heliport was open for people who like to be up front. My mother and I enjoyed all the glass aboard since you didn't have to go outside to see the scenery. My favorite places to sit during the day were the Schooner Bar, the Colony Room and the Stardust Lounge. When on a cruise, I like just being on the ship. My husband is an explorer. When in port I usually visit the town and then return to the ship. I am not a shopper so I can't report on that. My husband took a seaplane tour in Juneau. We went to "The Hanger" close to where the ship docks. He booked the tour separate from the ship. He loved every minute of the experience. He said the trip was extremely smooth and absolutely wonderful. He also took the White Pass Rail trip in Skagway and loved it also. We were in Ketchikan last summer on a cruise and it rained all day. This year it was lovely. We discovered a local bar last year and returned to it. For anyone who has seen the movie "The Perfect Storm" the Potlatch Bar could have been the model for the bar in that movie. This is not a place most cruise people would go, but I highly recommend it because the local people are so nice. You can see it from the ship on the right. It is on the boardwalk next to the marina. It is one of three very old buildings that were once "houses of ill repute". This is not the typical tourist area. Local fishermen and women who all know each other gather here. The minute you walk in, you are welcomed. This time we met a fisherman who lives on his boat. He took us on a tour of the old buildings. Great place. If you liked the Red Dog Saloon in Juneau you may like seeing an Alaskan bar in a realistic setting. My parents went to all of the shows and had a very good time. My husband and I spent too much time at the casino. We know better. It is a nice casino but like most ships it does not pay. We were able to buy drink cards on the Monarch, but they were not available on the Radiance. Hubbard Glacier was amazing. The ship was able to get really close. I highly recommend you take rain gear. It was not all that cold on the day we were there but it is damp. We bought heavy-duty ponchos on the internet before our Alaskan cruise last year. We only used them this day on this trip but they really helped keep us happy. They had an Alaskan Bar-B-Que on the pool deck the day of the glacier. Felt sorry for the staff because the smoke kept blowing in their eyes. Strangely, we did not see any wildlife on this trip. We didn't see whales, bears, eagles, etc. We went at the same time last year and saw bears on shore and many, many eagles. We were late leaving Ketchikan because of some mechanical problems. It seemed nothing major. We sat in the back of the Colony Room and watched them work on the ship. We finally sailed at midnight. That night and the next morning were the only time we felt the ship rock and roll a little bit. This entire cruise was extremely smooth. My husband and I like feeling the ship move and we are not prone to seasickness. There were many times I had to look out the window to make sure we were moving. We explored the ship on the first day and decided we wanted to play miniature golf while on board. It was too cold and windy each day, so we never had the opportunity. We don't have children, but we walked through the children's area several times and we were very impressed. The kids were having a great time. All the children were well behaved on this trip. They didn't get to play in the children's pool because it was so cool, but they were entertained throughout the trip. My parents did not have difficulty getting around the ship because there were so many places they could stop and rest awhile. This cruise had an excellent mix of passengers of all ages. The only down part of this cruise had nothing to do with RCI or the Radiance. Disembarking was as easy as embarkation. We had planned our own travel so we were assigned to wait on deck 13, the Viking Crown. It was the perfect place to be assigned. No sitting on the floor with mobs of people, instead we had comfortable chairs and a quiet atmosphere. Because of all the Avon people we were not called to debark until 10:00 am. We were pleased that we could catch the Quick Shuttle bus right at the dock. It arrived at 10:30 am. All was great until we got onboard. The trip from Seattle to Vancouver was only three hours, but the trip from Vancouver to Seattle was six and a half hours! It's a long story, but to sum in up in three words. . .the bus driver. At least we have funny stories to tell our friends about the bus trip. This was our fourth trip on Quick Shuttle. If we do another Alaska cruise out of Vancouver I am sure we will use them again, but I will ask for the name of the bus driver. We have had wonderful cruising experiences on Holland American, Carnival, Princess and Celebrity. I am happy to add Royal Caribbean to our list. We will sail with her again soon. mpratt64@comcast.net July 2003 Read Less
We went with our daughter and her family on this Alaska cruise. Alaska was wonderful, Royal Caribbean was terrible. We have traveled on many cruises, but this was our first Royal Caribbean cruise (and Last). Royal Caribbean does their ... Read More
We went with our daughter and her family on this Alaska cruise. Alaska was wonderful, Royal Caribbean was terrible. We have traveled on many cruises, but this was our first Royal Caribbean cruise (and Last). Royal Caribbean does their remodeling during their active cruise trips. Shocking! The carpet in our hall was torn out and replaced with new carpet. The carpet and the glue smell was so toxic our family got very sick. I had a head ache, sore throat and my eyes were burning, for the last two days of our trip. Our daughter was on this trip, in a separate room, she is a type 1 diabetic. Her immune system is already challenged, adding the toxic chemicals made her very sick. She couldn't even get out of bed. Our little grand daughter ended up in the emergency room after we got off the boat. The staff were non attentive. After the trip, numerous calls to Royal Caribbean were not answered. Put on hold and then disconnected after 30 minutes holding, this happened 3 times. I finally got thru, and was supposed to get a call back, big surprise, no call back. We were in a suite and the attention was terrible. No bottled drinking water was available even at our $1,000 per night price. I am surprised this cruise gets any positive feedback, I'm assuming the people that received free trips are the ones reviewing. Save your money and go on a different cruise line.The dining room was ok, food was edible. Not much to do as far as activities.We had 2 days at sea and would have enjoyed something to do with our grandchildren. I heard the entertainment and thought is was karaoke, but it was main singer. Shore excursions were expensive. I tried to purchase online, but Royal Caribbean site showed excursions sold out. I had to call Royal Caribbean site to book shore excursions and paid 30% high to get the same excursion. I have never submitted a negative review. This cruise line was so bad others need to be warned. I wish we had known before we spent so much hard earned money on this disaster cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
I am a loyal cruiser with RCCL & Celebrity. I was shocked and very disappointed with my experience on board this ship. Radiance was supposedly refurbished in May 2016. The food was okay. Nothing special or outstanding. I find it ... Read More
I am a loyal cruiser with RCCL & Celebrity. I was shocked and very disappointed with my experience on board this ship. Radiance was supposedly refurbished in May 2016. The food was okay. Nothing special or outstanding. I find it very annoying that I'm being solicited during a meal to buy a specialty dinner. It's very disruptive to the dining experience and this seems to be the new practice on cruises now, which is not acceptable. I did not find the on-board entertainment to be very good. After a few nightly shows, I gave up and quit going. The Diamond Club Lounge was always so crowded with no seats and way too hot that I had to take my cocktails and food to the adjacent lounge to enjoy. I visited the spa for a pedicure and the pedicure chair with the massage jets was broken, but the nail tech didn't inform me until I asked her to turn the jets on, then she said they weren't working. By this time, I'm already in the process with polish removed and feet soaking. The manager of the salon was of no help and when I got back home, I contacted RCCL. They said they have no control over Canyon Ranch Spa because it's a separate company and I should contact them. So much run-around only to find out that RCCL doesn't take responsibility for their spa. So, ladies, beware! The ship excursions have become so outrageously expensive, so I book most tours on my own. I did take two ship excursions and they were enjoyable. Embarkation went very smoothly. Disembarkation was a nightmare. At the beginning of the cruise, I had my power strip confiscated and they promised it would be in a certain area in the cruise terminal at the end of the cruise, which it wasn't. So my disembarkation was delayed because they couldn't find the confiscated items table. A very helpful New Zealander staff woman helped track it down for me, and I was very grateful. I've noticed negative changes in RCCL my last couple of cruises, but this was the worst cruise ever! So this is the end of my cruising with RCCL. They are a garbage cruise line and I will now be going to other companies for my vacations. I'm a solo traveler, so I always have to pay double to cruise. After 19 cruises, they've lost my loyalty and my revenue stream. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
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
Sail Date January 2018
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
Sail Date October 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
Sail Date May 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
Sail Date April 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
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
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
Sail Date February 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
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
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
Sail Date January 2017
From the moment I embarked, I realized this ship was in desperate need of a makeover. Not just the very dated decor in the public spaces and the tiny balcony suite, but the kitchen as well. The food in Cascades, the main restaurant, is ... Read More
From the moment I embarked, I realized this ship was in desperate need of a makeover. Not just the very dated decor in the public spaces and the tiny balcony suite, but the kitchen as well. The food in Cascades, the main restaurant, is dreadful -- the worst I've ever had on a cruise. Last night I sent back the foul tasting horseradish crusted salmon, and the chicken dish that replaced it was rubbery. This morning the hot tea I ordered at breakfast was tepid and I sent it back. The cream of wheat had to be sent back twice ... the bowl and spoon came back hot the second time but it took a third attempt to heat the cereal. The lunch buffet in Windjammer, - set up in stations - is unappetizing to look at, let alone try to swallow. I've resorted to sloppily cut up fresh fruit -- even the cookies are tasteless! The roiling ride from Sydney to Hobart was difficult enough.. not the cruise line's fault, .. but the smell of vomit and feces in some of the hallways is gross and unacceptable. They did put out vomit bags by the staircase on each level, but it wasn't exactly pleasant to walk into a ladies room in the spa to an overwhelming stench.. I discovered the source when lowering the toilet lid to flush... and found vomit all over the back of the toilet.. apparently missed by the housekeeper who cleaned the front. Dirty dishes linger on empty tables... this ship is not sanitary! Wipes from a pile of containers get handed out entering the dining room.. though nicer Purcell dispensers are elsewhere on board. The first night at sea the surf was rough and the boat roiled and rolled. Worst of all, the creaking in my cabin and that is a friend on another deck, was so loud it was untenable and I thought the ceiling was going to cave in. The staff is very nice and accommodating but the on board conditions make me wonder how I'll manage for 6 more days in Australia plus a back to back 12 day jaunt to New Zealand. I signed up for this cruise because a good friend was going and the itinerary was appealing ..I have been on many cruises on other lines and have never had a problem, but a low end ship like this is an expensive and terrible disappointment on a trip across the globe. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Royal Caribbean is far too focused on your hip pocket and taking you for every dollar they can get. So save yourself a lot of frustration, and go with someone else. I took my family on the Radiance of the Seas with Royal Caribbean for ... Read More
Royal Caribbean is far too focused on your hip pocket and taking you for every dollar they can get. So save yourself a lot of frustration, and go with someone else. I took my family on the Radiance of the Seas with Royal Caribbean for a 14 night trip from Sydney around New Zealand and back again. Stopping in about 8 ports and doing day trips in each port. I have previously taken my family on other cruises, such as Carnival Spirit, and while the ships are near identical in size and similar in structure this is where the similarities end. To be fair for those who have never sailed before the Radiance has had a recent refurbishment in mid 2016 and is of a reasonable fitout standard, so for first timers don’t despair, but do hang onto your wallets! Yet the biggest difference between Royal Caribbean and Carnival is attention to detail, particularly the part where they try and fleece you for every dollar you have. From the minute you step aboard, to the minute you walk off 14 nights later the staff are at you constantly to pay more. This philosophy is ingrained into everything they do, from the ship layouts, to the port destinations, and the day trips. To start with the Radiance is nearly identical in size and shape to the Carnival Spirit, expect on the Radiance they pack in an extra 400 passengers. These passengers have to go somewhere, and that’s probably an extra 120 rooms, with only about 6 floors of cabins that’s about 20 more rooms per floor. So consequently your rooms end up about 50% smaller to accommodate the extra guests. Yep smaller room, smaller balcony, smaller bathroom and so on. The refit in 2016 has taken the Radiance up to a reasonable standard in look and feel. Not as nice as the Carnival, but acceptable. However in the refit they added a host of speciality dining rooms. This effectively is a “pay to eat” scenario, where in turn they have removed additional “free” dining experiences. The net result of this is almost all of the dining options are extra. Also that then effectively locks this area of the ship off to those who do not wish to pay. This was certainly not the case in Carnival where only one or two speciality dining rooms existed. To add to this they also have the unusual habit of closing the bistro early and forcing people who (for example) want something outside of hours (say an evening coffee) to go and pay for it in the “specialty café”. Then there is the crew, who have been instructed at every turn to push sales. Sales of shore trips, sales of internal trips, sales of drink offers, sales of everything you care to name. It gets to the point where you dread seeing a crew member because you just know they are going to push something on you. After this you have them cutting corners on shore trips and docking. Instead of going into the main port of the city, in most cases Royal Caribbean opted to stay outside of town in a commercial dock and then charge you a bus fair ($15 USD per person) to get into town. Or the other fun one was charging me $160 USD for a trip to the Cadbury Factory (fun trip) but was advertised on the door at only $40 USD ($55 NZD). Yep a whopping four times the price! When I complained I was told it was not their problem and I should call their help line if I had an issue. I complained again, and again, and was eventually offer a 20% rebate on the price. Now I fully expected they to make a profit on the day trips, that is their business. But they are booking 100s of these trips, and the door price (even have a pic of it) is $55 NZD (about $40 USD) for the family and I was charged $160 USD. On top of that they didn’t even book the tickets for my $160 USD, they just dumped us at the door and told us to sort it out ourselves. Had to wait over an hour because they didn’t book the tickets. Regrettably the Cadbury Tour was not a unique experience. The bus trip to Christchurch (this time stopped 2 hours outside of town) was a rough as guts bus ride into Christchurch, where you got 30 minutes for essentially a toilet break before turning you around and racing back to the ship. So much for Christchurch, all I have is pictures of the toilet… With their attention to fleecing you of your money, their small rooms, and poor ship layout I would strongly suggest you book with someone else. New Zealand is lovely, the people are great, and the place is so much fun to see, such a pity we went with Royal Caribbean. Oh as for those “Specialty Dining” options, we did try one, it was very disappointing, a specialty steak place and I have had better steaks from Aldi, this was full of fat and sinew, very disappointing. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
The whole experience was ruined by the constant upselling. Most activities were based on the ship selling something, but not for the enjoyment of the customers. The waiters too, were constantly trying to sell lunches and dinners time and ... Read More
The whole experience was ruined by the constant upselling. Most activities were based on the ship selling something, but not for the enjoyment of the customers. The waiters too, were constantly trying to sell lunches and dinners time and again. We went to the Chef's Table the second night which was very nice, but then found ourselves booked in for other nights which we didn't request. Nothing was offered on New Year's Eve apart from some music and balloons dropping - very disappointing. We were asked to order champagne early if we wanted it for NYE, otherwise there may not be enough for everybody. We were shown photos of four bottles; one being Moet & Chandon for US$82. My friend commented that it was expensive, considering we could buy it in Sydney for a LOT less. The waiter (this was in the Italian restaurant Giovannis) said that it was more expensive because it is the black label M&C (there are 3 types available: normal, pink & black), so we agreed to buy the bottle for NYE + booked Giovannis for NYE as we were told there would be a special menu. On NYE there was no special menu apart from a lobster tail added to the normal menu and a glass of champagne. We then asked for our bottle of M&C + they came up with a normal bottle. We explained that we had ordered the black label M&C as what was shown to us + explained as I have mentioned. They said there was no black label M&C on the ship and that all M&C were just normal bottles! This is false advertising and I don't appreciate liars and being taken for a ride which is how we felt. So we cancelled. This experience completely ruined our NYE evening. On another occasion we had booked the champagne lunch which was a tour of the kitchens and lunch for 4 January. When I phoned to check where we had to meet, the woman on the line said we were booked for the 5 January. I said no, we have a receipt here that says 4 January. She said they were booked out + had too many people. But we had booked days before + had a receipt! I then explained that we had booked the Chef's table for the 5 January + didn't want to have a champagne lunch the same day. She then said we could try and come on the 4th but it wouldn't be a pleasant experience as they had too many people booked + the 5th January would be more convenient for them!!! At that stage we cancelled both the Champagne lunch + the Chef's table. VERY DISAPPOINTING. Also when we tried to make a booking for dinner at the speciality restaurants there was never anybody there to take the call, even though in the leaflet we had it showed that we had until 5pm to make a booking. When I questioned this, they said Oh, they will be there later..... Also we didn't realise that everything would be charged in US dollars, and I think many people didn't realise this either. As we departed from Sydney to NZ and back we were in Australian waters and I would have thought that we would be charged in Australian dollars. This raised the bill substantially, especially as you have such a shocking rate of exchange. People should be aware of your shocking exchange rate. We found the food at the Chef's table and Giovannis and Chops Grill very nice, but we had to pay quite a lot for it. Samba grill was not a good experience; there is absolutely no atmosphere in the place; it needs renovation; is hard to find and we didn't like the food. The food which is offered at Windjammers and other outlets which comes with the ship package is not good - very cheap and ordinary. Entertainment was nothing special at all, especially for NYE. Even films were repeated on other days - one would think that you could get a different movie for each of the 11 days and not repeat any movies - they are not that expensive!! Our cabin + balcony were extremely small - when I say small, the balcony was literally as wide as the chairs on the balcony, so we had to climb over a chair to get to the other one. This is absolutely no exaggeration. So our experience was not a good one and hardly one I would recommend to anybody else. We met many people on board who felt the same way we did. We felt that the whole experience was about how much money you could make with as little outlay as possible. The waiters were all very friendly, but we had to wait a LONG time for food in the main dining room; whether the kitchen or the waiters were to blame for this we don't know. As the days went by the portions of food in the main dining room got less and less. At one time I ordered an eggplant dish as a main meal and it should have been a starter as it was about 4 spoonfuls. I come from a hospitality background and I never forget something one GM said. And that is 'The best food cost, is no cost'..... Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Cruise needs to their homework. Customer service training required. Attention to detail required when detailing with: . Customers, . Food preparation, . Cleaning . Giving out information. Undertook Back to Backs. 8 ... Read More
Cruise needs to their homework. Customer service training required. Attention to detail required when detailing with: . Customers, . Food preparation, . Cleaning . Giving out information. Undertook Back to Backs. 8 Deaths on the Cruises. Witnessed Extremely Poor handling of the deceased. Helped other passengers with health problems and reported areas of concerned. (Dust and Asthma related Problems). Cleaning in cabins and common areas were not done to required standards. Staff stated they had rectified problems but hadn't. When shown and confronted with situation staff purged themselves further. Shore excursions were designed as profit based for the ship. Very over priced. Quality and value for money was found on shore and through Government Tourist agencies. Shore excursion staff do not know very much about Australia and its surrounds. Food in Dining room was limited and was not up to required Food and Health standards. Off food, stale food, over cooked or under cooked food was served. Even off milk was used for tea and coffee. Entertainment needs to suit the respective customers. It didn't. Observed vast quantity of passengers walking out of theatre in disappointment too often. Alleged Comedians in particular. Queen tribute was an absolute joke. Australian British tribute on level 4 is out of date - not researched correctly and poorly handled. Entertainment has not changed for at least four years. Observed better entertainment of other Royal Caribbean ships from other Countries ports, especially from the United States. Barbies are not longer allowed on the cruise. Was informed that Australian Border Forces instructed this could not be done. When informed that Border Force has no delegation for food serving, Management came clean admitted information supplied was incorrect and advised it was a decision from Miami. Each section on the Cruise have targets to meet in selling and raising funds for the company. Bonuses are given to staff who can raise the most. (Charts for Dining Staff were discovered on level 5 whilst passport inspections were undertaken). Money for value - very poor. Very Disappointed Passenger. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
no time to see Perth as mix up with coach 2hrs late to ship. Ship very clean but old.full of over 80 year old. and Aussie using it as a floating hotel didn't even get off at port stayed on drinking. dining very short hours ... Read More
no time to see Perth as mix up with coach 2hrs late to ship. Ship very clean but old.full of over 80 year old. and Aussie using it as a floating hotel didn't even get off at port stayed on drinking. dining very short hours closed early all old folks in bed.food same everyday lots of choice.chop grill wonderful. Entertainment was like pub fringe in 70's .Australia rubbish not funny.in house dancers and band excellent only on 3 times in 17 days.very poor. excursions very expensive £90 pp cheapest 4 hrs mostly in a coach time at venues so sort didn't see much always rushed back on coach,walking trip with guide as above price only out lied for guide.Takes the Micky costing that much,excursions director lied about everything didn't listen to all complains and told us we were wrong.no people skill at all. lastly and sadly ship didn't call on planned ports so didn't see New zealand. which was why we went on the ship.very very poor commutation heard change from staff not captain NO sorry just a happy oh well Auckland is lovely lets enjoy our time there,Rubbish its another town we wanted to see the beauty of New Zealand .24hrs it took them to tell us where we were going still selling trips for NZ NEXT MORNING and compost came that night with NZ port. it was upsetting horrible 11 sea days.Ship could have dock at more NZ ports went back to Australia ,if given notice we could have got off and spent time to fly to NZ and picked up ship later. no free internet given to contact missed family. shameful. very low rate of us dollar given by ship well below going rate . Don't travel with them money making company NO heart didn't care Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
This cruise appeared to tick all the boxes location wise. We are Platinum cruisers with RCL. After this experience we will not book again. The cruise was a complete disappointment and a waste of money. The food was lukewarm and not of a ... Read More
This cruise appeared to tick all the boxes location wise. We are Platinum cruisers with RCL. After this experience we will not book again. The cruise was a complete disappointment and a waste of money. The food was lukewarm and not of a satisfactory standard in the dining room. I wonder if it met food safety standards. We had to send food back. The highlight of the entertainment programme was a zombie dance by passengers to a song about 40 years old! Following the announcement to bypass South Island, -1 hour after an hour long presentation to passengers on the excursions at South Island(the senior leaders obviously don't communicate with each other), the Cruise Director said the plus was we would not be doing tender ports! Good job as they couldn't cope with the Esperance tender and it isn't their biggest ship in the fleet. There was no reduction in prices following the shock announcement in fact money was made out of passenger misery. Is it a coincidence that once in Auckland, divers were down underneath the hull? Was there a problem with the ship? Was it up to the journey? Interesting there was absolutely No mention prior to or during the cruise re the earthquake in Christchurch- were we ever going to go to the South Island? Makes one wonder. Days and days extra at sea, sailing at walking pace, a trip to a mining town within a stones throw of Sydney- shocking. We might as well have been on the Thames. We should all have a refund for the port fees and fuel they saved and compensation for the reduction in ports and the awful experience. There were inappropriate films screened full of swearing, no books which would have withstood a hygiene test, in the library and Internet access was $19.99 a day! If you could find a seat in a public area you were lucky.....! You had to pay for a decent cup of coffee but you might have to drink it standing up. The alpha alha calls daily were a welcome break from the tedium of the call to zombie dance. That was on ships as entertainment at least 5 years ago! All the focus on this ship was on upselling and obtaining cheap entertainment by getting passengers dancing/singing. If they had spent as much time on passenger experience as trying to make a quick buck then we might have had a better cruise. If you want a dream trip don't rely on RCI. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
This cruise was our first and I'd say last! The ship is ready for retirement, it didn't cater for my grand children ages 2 and 4 year old, the only tiny pool area only opened from 12 to 4 pm and was filled with adults all the ... Read More
This cruise was our first and I'd say last! The ship is ready for retirement, it didn't cater for my grand children ages 2 and 4 year old, the only tiny pool area only opened from 12 to 4 pm and was filled with adults all the time! As was the miniature golf area which smelt of sewerage. The trip to the south island in new Zealand was canceled due to bad weather so spent endless days at sea tripping to the north for only 2 ports! Entertainment was generally for the 90 plus age group and the drinkers! The food was generally good and the resturants were awesome! On the the positive side the staff on the ship were awesome! Great service. Would I do another cruise? I think not! Get on a plane and you know you will arrive at your destination. Overall we were very disappointed with this holiday. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
AFTER having driven all over AUSTRALIA my wife and I thought it would be nice to circumnavigate AUS by water and have a relaxing time NO Departing Sydney our first port of call was Brisbane (so far so good ) If you wanted to go ... Read More
AFTER having driven all over AUSTRALIA my wife and I thought it would be nice to circumnavigate AUS by water and have a relaxing time NO Departing Sydney our first port of call was Brisbane (so far so good ) If you wanted to go ashore it cost $25 pp for the shuttle bus. We have never had to pay for shuttle bus transfer on any of the other ships we have sailed with NOW if they put 1500 people ashore @$25pp that Equates to $37500 to travel only 17klm At Cairns the cost was $20pp At Darwin the cost was $20pp At Porthedland the cost was $15pp The food on board was terrible.there were no greens to speak of,some beans which were cold in the salad section the food was only warm and by the time you got back to your table it was cold. no carrots (except grated in the salad section). no pumpkin no peas. The boiled potatoes were cold and as big as cricket balls The left over food seemed to be recycled into some sort of hash and dished up the next night and called something else The dessert consisted of watermelon rockmelon pineapple and moose cakesand if you didn't like that you had a choice of pineapple watermelon moose cakes and rockmelon The fruit salad consisted of chopped up watermelon rockmelon and pineapple and sometimes they had some little dishes of jelly We went one night into the dinning room for dinner thinking it may be a little better NOT SO the food was cold by the time it was served and I have dined in quieter country pubs which served 10 times better meals There was no cold water at the hand basin in the cabin,I reported it several times but nothing was done about it they just made some lame excuse and said it was because we were in the tropics(crap) The toilet paper was so thin you had to fold it about four times to stop your finger going through If you wanted a nice relaxing time around the pool and have a quiet conversation that was ok until they brought on the band which was so loud you had to shout at the person you were with so they could hear you. hence we had to move to a quieter area to have a decent conversation Everything was charged in American dollars even though we were in Australian waters $3.50 american for a 500ml bottle of water on board when we could buy a 24 pack of 500ml water ashore for $6.50 aud I must say the staff were excellent except for one grub of a drink waiter in the pool area The entertainment was good some great shows The cabin although small was very neat and tidy and the cabin person was very obliging and curtious SO FELLOW TRAVELLERS BEWARE CARNIVAL CRUISES It was the general concensis of everyone to whom we spoke to on board about which I have complained that they were in total agreement with us Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Wished to undertake the cruise with elderly mother. The cabin was in disrepair, headboard was detached, the curtains torn but otherwise clean. The couch in the room was stained and dirty. The same can be said of the chairs in the ... Read More
Wished to undertake the cruise with elderly mother. The cabin was in disrepair, headboard was detached, the curtains torn but otherwise clean. The couch in the room was stained and dirty. The same can be said of the chairs in the main dining room, ditto for the carpets. The food was very disappointing hence the weight loss - the same 3 fruits were available for breakfast the whole cruise, the ship had an Indian "chef" - there was the usually American fare - there was bland poorly cooked Indian food. The trouble is that was it. We had trouble with dining times - we were told by 3 staff we could not change the assigned time of 5.30 pm we eventually spoke to the restaurant manager was surely and rude and despite point out the documentation that we had booked in for 'any time' dining- he then blamed our travel agent. The food was in general overcooked with the exception of the asparagus which was cooked perfectly. The specialist restaurants with the exception of the chop grill were not worth paying the extra. the "entertainment" was amateur theater standard. The cruise director seemed to spend his day making boring, poorly produced videos of interviews with fellow crew members. They should be embarrassed. As regards the side trips these were poor value for instance in Bali we paid for a trip that was largely about trying to sell us overpriced jewelry or other items. When we hit Geraldton - we were unable to go ashore as there were only 4 tenders, it was very disappointing. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose this cruise as it covered both Australia and New Zealand.We had booked 18 months ago.As the flights were so long from the UK we travelled business class so it was a costly holiday.We had travelled with RC three times and have been ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it covered both Australia and New Zealand.We had booked 18 months ago.As the flights were so long from the UK we travelled business class so it was a costly holiday.We had travelled with RC three times and have been on over 30 cruises. Everything on the ship was shabby and dirty and looked in disrepair.The food was mediocre and badly cooked.We were amazed how much stock ran out early on in the cruise.The daytime activities were not for us as we prefer more talks about countries we are visiting rather than childish competitions.Why were there no lectures about aborigines or maoris or anything about wildlife in the area.Some of the evening entertainment was very good but there were a lot of repeats.The television and films shown were appalling and totally unsuitable for the age group. The change of itinerary was devastating for most of us but we accepted that safety must come first but the handling of the situation by management was diabolical.All they are bothered about is getting as much money out of us as possible.We have contacted the CEO about our dissatisfaction but he is not interested and did not reply personally.Their attitude about us missing so many ports and having 10 days at sea out of 16 is we should read the terms and conditions. What really got to us was the grand ceremony of lighting the Xmas Tree and the goodwill to all when we were not even given a free glass of wine.The atmosphere on board was extremely miserable but the senior officers and management showed not one bit of sympathy and some were very rude.We also found the Customer services and shore excursion staff to be very lacking.Do they not realise the importance of looking at the customer's face when answering a question? The cabin stewards and waiters worked tirelessly and tried hard to be cheerful.Standards on this ship were much lower than we had experienced on the Rhapsody earlier this year and we were given a port tax refund for a missed port and a discount on a further cruise for not being able to go round Cape Horn so why was this not applied on the Radiance when we missed out on so much more.RC will definitely have lost repeat customers due to this fiasco. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
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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