Radiance of the Seas sparkled again: Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review by ruiselovers2

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Radiance of the Seas sparkled again

Sail Date: March 2013
Destination: South Pacific
Embarkation: Sydney (Australia)
We joined the Radiance in Fremantle in Western Australia and we had seven ports of call, including the New Zealand Fiords of Milford, Dusky and Doubtful Sounds, before sailing back into beautiful Sydney harbour, Australia. This was our second cruise on the Radiance and she did not fail. Our cabin attendant Salil, the cruise staff and dining room staff were wonderful, especially Benzley and Joel in the dining room. If anyone is hesitant about cruising New Zealand - please, don't be as it is a beautiful land and the New Zealanders are a fabulous bunch. We sailed into a small port called Akaroa which can best be described as a quaint and unique village in the north of the South Island of New Zealand. Akaroa, what a star! We had pre-booked a guided walking tour and it did not disappoint. "Suky Thompson" was our guide and she was dressed in period clothing and carried a basket which held her microphone and early photos of the village, and the original French settlers. She brought the More town's history to life and it was fantastic. For a preview visit www.akaroawalks.co.nz

Before joining our cruise we had pre-booked a Mystery Dinner onboard the Radiance and if it's offered on a future cruise, we can certainly recommend it as it's a delightful evening. The Mystery Dinner is called "Bada Bada Bing, Bada Bada Boom." It's a murder mystery, set in the 1930's when gangsters ruled a number of American cities and towns. It's hosted by the Radiance Singers and Dancers who play out the mystery, and a Narrator who explains the events, characters and sets the plot. The evening started in the Colony Club with canapes and champagne. The characters are introduced and the story-line is set. "Ten Ton Teddy" is boss of the "Mob". His clothing is padded to make him look delightfully overweight, like a Godfather figure. He has a wife "Dottie Do It All" who speaks with a heavy N.Y. accent and padded clothing to give her an over-sized derrière. Ten Ton Teddy has a mistress -- "Sally Say So" who is a voluptuous not-very-smart blonde. "Eddie Boom Boom" is the Boss's Lawyer and Minder who wears an exaggerated pin-stripe business suit, red bow tie and spats. "Wendy Work Hard" is the maid and observes everyone, says very little and wears a large fabric flower on her left lapel (could this be a microphone ?). The twist is that Eddie Boom Boom is Dottie Do It All's lover !

Ten Ton Teddy has decided to change his Will to exclude his wife Dottie and replace his mistress Sally Say So as his beneficiary. Eddie Boom Boom has drawn up the new document and presents it to Ten Ton Teddy to sign. He signs it, and a big argument erupts -- all the characters run behind the curtain on the stage of the Colony Club and three gun shots can be heard -- Bang! Bang! Bang!

Who has been shot ? All the guests are then escorted from the Colony Club, into Giovanni's Italian Restaurant where the first course is served and the rest of the play continues. The victim is wheeled out on a trolley, apple in mouth.

Who dunn it ? The players go to each table and every guest is invited to ask one question to try and solve the murder, bearing in mind that the players will not be telling the truth. Three more courses are served.

I am not going to spoil it by divulging the finer details in the event that you should book it on a future cruise. It is a delightful evening, with a scrumptious Italian menu and wine. A surprise ending awaits . . . . .

A fabulous trip and we plan to re-book another one next year. Less

Published 04/25/13

Cabin review: E29016 Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony

We chose a stateroom located at the "pointy" end of the ship on Deck 9 on Radiance of the Seas. We chose this location as it is quieter than midships or aft. And our choice was a wise one because it was indeed quiet, no foot traffic, away from the main hubs of ship's activities. If we are able to choose in the future, we will again choose this location.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Adelaide Zoo is host to a breeding pair of giant Pandas, brought from China three years ago so it was on the top of our list of things to do and we visited these delightful animals whilst in Adelaide Zoo. It was such a privilege to see these adorable, beautiful, but endangered creatures. They are playful for very short bursts of time as they can't store energy. The Zoo is collaborating with a number of organizations and Zoos in a worldwide breeding programme to prevent the Pandas from becoming extinct. They are doing remarkable work and we hope they are successful.

Dunedin is a vibrant, and, what I would describe a serene and "classy" city. The Radiance sailed into Dunedin's port town called Port Chalmers where we visited the Maritime Museum, a quaint town with original 18th century bluestone buildings, steeped in history. Then a shuttle bus took us into the city of Dunedin. We meandered through the markets and shopping precinct, then hopped on a local tour bus which took us to the unique and beautiful Dunedin Railway Station. This building is a work of art and should not be missed.
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Sailing into Hobart is truly majestic with it's sapphire waters and leafy suburbs. We had pre-booked an excursion with Royal Caribbean to Port Arthur which is located about two hours drive west of Hobart. Port Arthur was a penal colony established in the 1800's bringing convicts from England as a workforce to establish the city of Hobart. The prison and surrounding buildings and gardens are beautifully maintained and reflect Australia's colonial past. Although the penal system was harsh, it is an integral part of Australia's history and Port Arthur is well worth the visit.
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Wellington, with it's famous cable car was a pleasant respite from historical buildings, pavements and traffic. A one-carriage cable car slides up to the top of Kelburn Lookout where a breathtaking view awaits over the city, the harbour of Tara - Te Whanganui a Tara. Once at the top, the Wellington botanical gardens provide a beautiful setting and one can choose to walk through the gardens and then down the mountain or take the cable car back to town.

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