Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review by ppcp
- Sail Date: April 2013
- Destination: Hawaii
New Zealand ( Picton and Wellington) was great, but a bit cold. Tahiti was fantastic. The water was 29 C, and we swam with the sharks and Stingrays and had a great time. Service on the ship was top notch, and the food in the dining room was great. One of our party had specific dietry requirements, and she had lots of variety. The entertainment was also great, with some standouts. We had ANZAC day on the ship, and this was handled very well, with hundreds of people at the dawn service. There were quite a few sea days on this cruise, and we enjoyed every one of them. Lots or little to do, and it's your choice. We were never bored, and made to feel very special. The Captain was great, and had a fantastic sense of humour. The "Captains Corner" was a real laugh as well as being informative. This is the 3rd time we have cruised with "Bobby" as the cruise director. He's a great bloke, and like all the ship's officers, always happy to stop and have a chat.
To sum up, it was a fantastic trip on the Radiance, and we were sad to leave, even if we had 5 days in Hawaii. Well done RCL, and the fantastic crew of the Radiance. Saving up the pennies to do it again.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
HonoluluWe left the beautiful Radiance in Honolulu. We found our bags OK, and just intended getting a shuttle to our hotel, but following the signs to the shuttles, found that unless they were pre booked, they weren't allowed into the port. We had to line up for ages to get a cab, with people jumping the que etc.View All 520 Honolulu Cruise Port Reviews
Anyway, we eventually got there and had 5 lovely days before heading home with Jetstar. Just a tip with them as well. Pre book your seats, otherwise you will be sitting all over the plane. We were very late into Sydney due to the planes late arrival, and assured that
our connecting Jetstar flight would be aware of ths, and not go without us.... yeah right! We made it, but after losing our booked seats , and a poor attitude of the check in lady. After the facts were pointed out quite firmly, the money was refunded, and we made the flight.
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Island TourBy the time we got ashore, ( we did customs etc there) most of the tours had left, so we negotiated an island tour with a taxi for $120. Was OK, however he was very hard to understand dispite being in Maui for 33 years! We thought the total was all inclusive, however Charlie hit us up for a tip at the end! We had lots of rain there which apparently is a bit rare for that side of the island. Quick visit to the ABC shop for a $2 rain coat. Actually was quite cold.View All 11 Island Tour Reviews
Lagoon Excursionfantastic.View All 6 Lagoon Excursion Reviews
Motu Islet BeachThis was really a highlite of the cruise. A fantastic tour with a very funny local guide and then a chance to swim and snorkel with the black tip reef sharks, and rays, followed up with a beach BBQ, with free local beers and soft drinks, and more snorkeling. They were very careful with everyone, and there was someone on a jet ski nearby if anyone got into trouble. It was awesome, and I'd recommend it to everyone. The water is quite shallow, and very warm (29Deg) and very safe.View All 9 Motu Islet Beach Reviews
SnorkelingWe did a combined snorkeling, lagoon cruise, and Motu island trip. All fantastic as aboveView All 14 Snorkeling Reviews
Island TourWas OK. We only did half of the Island. Would have preferred to see more of the island rather than an historic house. Most of the town was closed down as it was a sunday. Would do a different tour next time.View All 31 Island Tour Reviews
Cable carShort, and crowded but fun.View All 21 Cable car Reviews
City TourGood look around Wellington in a mini bus, and a ride on the cable car. Lovely city.View All 18 City Tour Reviews