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Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review
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Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review by gailnjohn

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Dec 2014
  • Destination: the South Pacific
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony

My wife and I travelled with our family - children and grandchildren - we had cruised before but none of the others had.  The cruise was terrific in that the grandchildren were well catered for - food, entertainment, port activities - but you MUST remember to take you own reef shoes, goggles, snorkel and flippers - thankfully they did.  The adults enjoyed the experience and the benefits of cruising life - including the kids club and kids entertainment/activities.  Our reading said the ship had a re-furb in 2011 - our daughter suggested it was a 'soft' re-refurb as there were parts of the ship that still looked 'tired'.  Staff were polite and reasonably friendly but seemed to lack the 'zest' for their jobs - it was like they were going through the motions.  Having said that we were super impressed by our waiters in the Cascades Restaurant - they were brilliant - they were patient with the children and attentive, knowledgeable and courteous with the adults. 

The same could not be said for the fee-for restaurant Chops Grille - the meal was quite good but the service left a lot to be desired, mainly due to being short staffed, very short staffed - I had no qualms about tipping in Cascades but didn't even consider it in Chops - give it the Chop.  We had anytime dining but because of the size of the group were able to secure a regular time slot but our observations were that there was always a wait to be seated if you didn't have a booking - no matter what size your party was - at better choice may have been set time where the dining room/area seemed to be slightly better - but we did have the best waiters/servers you could ask for.  My wife and I continually compared this cruise with the cruises aimed at the adult market and we did find that it didn't compare but we were there for a family holiday and in that sense - mission accomplished.


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Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony

We were on deck 8 - not far from the Centrum - and found it central to just about everything - up/down, forward/aftFound the cabins to be a bit tired - all the timber could have done with some work - the balcony rail, the cabin cupboards, dresser etc.Our cabin steward was very good only too happy to oblige any reasonable request from any of us.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Isle of Pines (New Caledonia)

We didn't take an organised tour and not really sure what was on offer - we waited till we were on the island to see what the locals offered.There two options $15 or $25 per person. We chose the $15 tour and most of those driving people movers won't move until they have a full van - 11-13 people. We were a family of 11 and the driver was still trying to tout business to fill the last 2 seats as we were leaving.The driver only speaks French (very little English) therefore there is no commentary - the tour makes 5 stops and we went flat chat from one to the other.Not sure what the difference would have been with $25 trip - possibly one or two more stops - maybe a bit slower.

Noumea

Again didn't take an organised tour and waited till we arrived.There were 2 options The Tchou Tchou Train, or the Hop On Hop Off buswe took the train - wrong choiceKids had gear for the beach but we didn't stop anywhere near the beach and only had two scenic locations that we did stop at - we passed by the beach, café and retail strip - but that was it - I'm assuming the bus would have stopped in this area and that you could get off - sight see a bit then hop back on the bus.The train was 'nice' but nice doesn't cut it when you're looking for a coffee, something to eat and places to entertain the kids.


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