Didn't want it to end: Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review by ppcp

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Didn't want it to end

Sail Date: April 2013
Destination: Hawaii
Embarkation: Sydney (Australia)
After lots of planning, we left Sydney on RCL's Radiance of the seas. We had travelled on this ship last year around the pacific with the same friends, and knew what a great ship the Radiance was. We even had the same stateroom (4557) which is near the centrum, and a good spot to be. We left Sydney, with a warning from the captain that it was expexted to be quite rough outside the heads, and to take precautions. He was right, and we were in the Windjammer restaurant, when the ship started to move quite a bit, and plates, drinks and everything not tied down ended up on the floor! The first officer told me later that there were 10 meter swells, and they closed the port after we left. Two members of our group were a bit crook, bit the others were fine. Anyway, the rest of the trip was smooth sailing, and that was soon forgotten.

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 More 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. Less

Published 05/30/13
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Cabin review: 4557

Good location, near the Centrum. This is the second time we have had this stateroom. You can sometimes hear the music from the Centrum if there is something specific tere, but this didn't worry us. Enough room for the two of us, and well looked after by our stateroom attendant James. We will probably ask for this state room again.

Port and Shore Excursions

We 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. 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 Tour

By 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.

Lagoon Excursion


Motu Islet Beach

This 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.


We did a combined snorkeling, lagoon cruise, and Motu island trip. All fantastic as above

Island Tour

Was 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.

Cable car

Short, and crowded but fun.

City Tour

Good look around Wellington in a mini bus, and a ride on the cable car. Lovely city.

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