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Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Just adored Bora Bora

Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review by KazAllen

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Sep 2016
  • Destination: Australia & New Zealand
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony

We chose this cruise because we had done the same one 2 years before and loved it. Our cruise was actually booked for us by a friend (while onboard Legend of the Seas) the day it became available for sale, this was 16 months before sail date.

Radiance of the Seas is a beautiful ship, sure she is showing her age a little bit in parts but it is a ship and of course has some wear and tear from the sea air but doesn't impact on the overall beauty of the ship.

Felt that the Entertainment offered in the Aurora Theatre was lacking in comparison to the cruise in 2014 EXCEPT for Hayden Smith and of course the Aussie Boys - they were both terrific, although the Mr & Mrs. Smith Dance Party should not have been scheduled in competition with the NRL Grand Final, this could have been avoided as this couple was on the ship for a few more days after this.

Cruise Director Steve Davis was fantastic, boy does he get involved with his duties and the passengers.

Food in both Windjammer and the Main Dining Room was great, didn't go to any Specialty Restaurants as we don't see the need to pay any extra for this seeing as we had such beautiful food and fantastic service in the MDR.

Of all the ports our favourite is Bora Bora, if you do this cruise make sure you either do a tour of the Lagoon or spend the day at Matira Beach - absolutely beautiful. Think Wellington and Picton could be changed would much prefer to come home through the Pacific Islands rather than NZ but leave Bora Bora and Moorea in the itinerary.

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Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony
Cabin E3 7582

Our cabin was a good size and in a terrific position, even the white canopy over the lifeboats, which was below our Balcony, didn't really infringe on our view or enjoyment of the Balcony. Plenty of storage in the Cabin, only thing was it is directly under the Explorer's Court so some noise in the morning and during the day. One thing I would like to see changed (but don't know if it is possible) is get rid of the shower curtain and have a sliding circular door that some of the other ship's have.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


We spent 6 nights on Maui and 5 nights in Waikiki before the cruise and had a great time.


We spent the day at Le Tispanier (sp?) Beach

Bora Bora

Spent the day at Matira Beach - out of this world, absolutely beautiful.


Just walked into town from the ship's berth, had a look around and walked back to the ship. Would prefer if the cruise came back through either Auckland and Bay of Islands or Vanuatu after Tahiti and Bora Bora.


Picton is a nice little town but not a lot to do, should have taken a bus to Blenheim.

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