As part of a long planned holiday to Australia to celebrate a big anniversary we decided that to cruise part of the trip in order to catch up with old friends and see new places.
We know the southern half of Australia fairly well, but had never cruised the Top End, having long wanted to see Darwin. Once flight were organised, and family friends contacted, we looked for a cruise that might fit the bill. We settled on Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas, embarking in Sydney early in October.By the time we joined the ship, we had already had 3 weeks in Australia on a fairly hectic schedule, so looked forward to having more time to relax.
We joined the ship on a very wet day, but were swiftly on board as we are fortunate to find ourselves Diamond members.It was rather a disappointment not be offered a welcome aboard drink, and we were surprised to find that this line would not allow us to bring even a single bottle of good Australian wine on board.
we had 2 cabins, by choice, starboard 7514 on Sydney to Fremantle sector, port 7014 on Fremantle-Sydney Both were the first balcony cabins on deck 7. The cabins were quiet, apart from the occasional, barely heard sound of rehearsal going on in the theatre below. The balcony was described as partially obstructed, but we found that no to be much of a disadvantage, as the curved bulkhead provided shelter from the wind when weather was poor. Since the cabins were at the furthest extremity, cabin service was often very delayed, and room service always arrived cold.