Another fantastic time on the Radiance of the Seas: Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review by ppcp

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Another fantastic time on the Radiance of the Seas

Sail Date: March 2014
Destination: Australia & New Zealand
Embarkation: Sydney (Australia)
We live in Lakes Entrance in Victoria, so decided to drive up to Sydney with a stop over in Goulburn on the way. It worked out better than travelling to Melbourne and flying up to Sydney. We were travelling with our 3 cruise mates who have cruised with us before. Although a lottle squished for room, it was good fun just getting there!. As we have cruised with RCL 3 times before, we had an easy run through customs etc, and were quickly on board, and to the Wndjammer for lunch. We cruised to New Zealand, and visited Millfor, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds. The weather in the Tasman Sea was very calm, with just a gentle swell, which is unusual. Once again The Radiance didn't disappoint and is a lovely ship. My mate and I love the pool tables, and played on them daily. Amazing how the computer keeps them steady no matter what the ship does. A lot of the crew were still on the ship from when we cruised last year, and remembered us! We asked if the same waiter was on the ship, and managed to More enjoy a table in the dining room looked after by "Fireman" and his new assistant Mitchelle. They looks after us like royalty, and the head waiter, took particular interest in one of our party who had a very restrictive diet, and managed to come up with a wonderful meal for her which wasn't on the menue. We found all the staff wonderful, and exceptionally friendly and helpful. I have read other reviews that have said the opposite, and I can't understand how that could be so. We loved the food in the dining room, as well as the Windjammer. The only complaint we had was that our stateroom was very noisy. After complaining about this it seemed that we had a waiters station in the dining room above us, and the noise was really bad. Don't know what they do up there! Guest services tried to help us, and security asked them if they could keep the noise down, but it wasn't much help. They kept in touch with us, but sadly couldn't move us to another stateroom. They have offered us some compensation for the inconvenience, which was good. We know never to have that stateroom again! The rest of the ports were great as well. We didn't use any of the ships tours, and prefered to organise them ourselves. We have travelled to NZ several times, so we didn't find it difficult. The weather for the whole cruise was fantastic, and we were kept up to date by the captains daily broadcasts. He is a great bloke with a wonderful sense of humour. There was a fantastic group on board called Rockport, who played all the old Rock and Roll, and songs from the 60's and 70's. I think that they were better than the headliner acts, which although we didn't go to all the shows, were a little weak, except for Danny who could play any instrument you can name, sing dance and tell jokes. It's not fair that one man can have so much talent. There were plenty of things to do, and all in all, we had a fantastic time. We are looking to cruise again next year, and our preference would be the Radiance, but not in the same stateroom! Well done RCL, and the wonderful crew of the Radiance of the Seas. Less

Published 04/16/14
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Unfortunately, this stateroom is just below the waiters station in the dining room, and is very noisy well into the night. We would not have this one again.

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