Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review by bobnewey
- Sail Date: October 2014
- Destination: Australia & New Zealand
Due to work being done on the terminal, we were led into a large tent and progressed quickly through the usual mazelike system until, about two lines from the exit, we stopped. We stood there for about two hours, with no food or drink supplied, or even available for sale, and no information given about the delay. We found out later it was partly due to a breakdown in the camera used to take our photos for our cruise card.
Further delay was caused by having to obtain a visa for Bali, which could have been done later, as we would not be there for about eight days.
It took about three hours to get to our cabin ( Stateroom - are they trying to make it sound better than it is?),
The worst parts about all this was the lack of info, and the fact that there were many aged and incapacitated people in the line, and they were not offered seating or sustenance while in the cue.
In fact, I started to call it a Cue Ship, not a Cruise Ship.
They a great point of the fact that people who book land tours through the ship get preference on the tenders, They did on the way to shore, when it suited the ship, but when returning to the ship after a tour, you got in the line with all the people who had gone ashore on their own, More cueing! Some of the tours were very ordinary, but there were some very good ones - Darwin War History and The Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary at Geralton were very good.
The choices on the menu in the dining room were a bit repetitive, but the food was good. The table waiter, Richard, was brilliant, and so was our cabin steward.
The cabin was average for a cruise ship, although the shower was very small.
Due to the large number od days "at sea" some of the onboard facilities were stretched. Finding a card table in the prescribed area was difficult. Generally the ship was comfortable, and we had no complaints about the normal functioning of it.
One thing which does annoy me is the price of wine in the restaurant. When they pay no tax on it and still want to charge about four time the price I can buy the same bottle in my local shop, I call this gouging. But this applies to all cruise lines, not just RCI.
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