Honolulu to Sydney: Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review by Fergo55

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Honolulu to Sydney

Sail Date: September 2012
Destination: Australia & New Zealand
Embarkation: Honolulu
We boarded the ship on a Monday, our previous experience boarding a NCL ship in Honolulu a few years back had us a little concerned that we may have a couple of hours of standing in line. What a difference this time, around 40 minutes after arriving at the dock we were on board standing on deck 11 looking back at Waikiki. We had cruised on the ROTS 11 months ago so we knew our away around the ship.

We had a junior suite on deck 10 just forward of mid ships and whilst we had some noise from the pool deck above when the crew were setting up deck chairs early morning it was never enough to concern us. The next 5 days were at sea and the entertainment each day was plentiful with activities for all ages, around the main pool was a hive of activity as the weather was favourable.

The Windjammer Cafe was our regular choice for breakfast with a great variety. Light lunches from the Park Cafe were always fresh and tasty. We only dined on 3 occasions in the main dining area, More here we found the food to be okay. Our preference was to eat at the specialty restaurants and for the small extra charge it is certainly worth it as we found all 4 on board exceptional both for food and service. The crossing of the Equator was a fantastic experience with the Captain playing the role of King Neptune and handing out the "punishment" to all the first time "Pollywog's" and of course there were the old standards, the belly flop and sexiest man competitions which were a barrel of laughs.

Sailing from French Polynesia to New Zealand we experienced a storm which had us in 10 metre seas and gale force winds, for us this was a highlight of the cruise as it made for some amazing photos of the ship throwing out spray as high as deck 11. Whilst the majority of the passengers enjoyed the "wild weather" it wasn't everyone's cup of tea. However the ship and the crew on the bridge handled it with ease. Just like our previous cruise on the ROTS the process of moving passengers on and off at the ports of call was always quick and smooth. The nightly entertainment in the Aurora Theatre varied in quality with best shows being on the last few days. Like any business it is only as good as the people working for it and as far as the crew and staff working on the ROTS there is only one word, EXCELLENT, always obliging, helpful and courteous, well done RCI. To finish the cruise and make the disembarkation process as easy as possible RCI arranged for Australian Customs Agents to board in New Zealand and carry out the necessary processes on board which meant that when we were called to disembark we were off the ship and in a cab within 15 minutes.

In short this was an amazing cruise our most enjoyable to date, so much so we have booked to do the Honolulu to Sydney next year but this time on the Rhapsody of the Seas Less

Published 10/13/12

Cabin review: JS1544 Junior Suite

Our stateroom was great, plenty of closet space for 18 days of clothes, coffee maker and a kettle for making tea and a mini fridge. Plenty of room with a good size balcony, the view is a little obstructed by the overhang of the deck area above but this only a hindrance when taking photos. The bathroom is a good size with good cabinets and a shelf under the hand basin. A bath tub incorporating a shower which can be of concern for older people as it is quite high to step to get in but there is a well positioned grab rail to assist you. You will get some noise from the pool deck above when the crew are arranging the deck chairs early morning however it didn't bother us. The cabin is located close to the Centrum elevators and stairs or a short walk to the forward elevators. On this ship I would be happy to have this stateroom again.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Another fantastic snorkeling and diving area, good shops but expensive and of course Black Pearls on offer everywhere.

A great port if you enjoy snorkeling or diving. The stingray and shark encounter trips are great and as per the previous port review book these through the ship. If you book the afternoon trips you can grab a cab and he will take you to one of the resorts that welcome the cruise passengers at their beach and all facilities, $5 each way.
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Not what we expected, Papeete was very disappointing, many of the shops were closed as it was Sunday. Very expensive all round, nice walk along the waterfront park but that's about it. Be wary of some of the so called operators on the port offering half price trips we met a few families off the ship who had booked snorkelling trips for here and Moorea and the didn't turn up. At these Ports my recommendation would be to book through the cruise line.

Here you can take a bus, $10 return ticket, good shopping, good caves. A must do is the cable car ride up the mountain to the gardens and the fantastic views of Wellington. You can walk from the port it will take about 15 minutes to the city centre.

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