Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review by David_Salv
- Sail Date: April 2013
- Destination: Australia & New Zealand
- Cabin Type: Interior Stateroom
'It sounds like I have had a fair whinge, and yes I probably have on reflection, but it wasn't all that bad, it just wasn't as lively and entertaining as other cruises. In spite of the often bad publicity surrounding Carnival Cruise Lines, we have found their cruises to be far better for our age group.'
Overall we had a great holiday and it's hard to beat a cruise package for convenience, variety and value.
We're a family with two teenage children and the first thing we noticed when stepping on board was the disproportionally large number of over 60's compared to previous cruises.
The indoor pool looks great, but unless you have grey hair, you'll be out of place here. The outdoor pool area is typical of most ships, however once the sun goes down, it's pretty much a ghost town in these areas, which I think is somewhat reflective of the older crowd. Similarly, the inside venues tend to be more sedate when compared to previous cruises.
The night shows were just ok, again probably geared more for an older crowd. They had a hypnotist show twice and it was fantastic!
The teenage kids club isn't as well organised as other cruises, but our kids were able to hook up with other kids and mostly did their own thing throughout the cruises duration.
Food was as expected, however I would rate the buffet quality below that of others, it was pretty much the same stuff each day with subtle variations, ie beef stew, beef burgundy, beef curry etc! By the end of it, we were over it.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
BrisbaneIt docks well out of the city and so you really need to take the transfer bus if you decide to leave the ship. Transfer costs were $12 each way, so $100 return for a family of 4.View All 176 Brisbane Cruise Port Reviews
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CairnsIt docks off shore from Yorkeys Knob, 20km north of Cairns and the timing makes it completely impossible to plan your own shore excursion, so you should take this into account if taking this cruise as it will probably cost you another $100 pp extra to book the Great Barrier Reef tour ($250 each) through the cruise compared to if you went to one of the many local operators direct.View All 107 Cairns Cruise Port Reviews
A good option is to pre book a rental car through Gem Rent A Car who are based in Yorkeys Knob and will collect and drop you off at the wharf.
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Newcastle (England)It docks at a working port, so you will need to take the ship organised bus to leave the port, but this is provided at no cost.View All 38 Newcastle (England) Cruise Port Reviews
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WhitsundaysThe ship docks offshore and you are tendered ashore, no need to pay for the city bus transfers unless your over 60 as its only a 10-15 minute walk.View All 10 Whitsundays Cruise Port Reviews
We have been here a few times before so didn't do a day trip on this occasion, but there are plenty of good options available and you will be able to book these direct with the local operators to save some dollars.
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