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This is the second leg of our travel around the whole of Australia, the demographics for this leg were a little younger and there were not many children under 17, (Approx 15). Since we were doing a back to back cruise, we arrived in Fremantle on Radiance OTS, we self explored Fremantle and loved it, we took the train into Perth, and it too was great. This cruise visited Esperance, Adelaide, and Melbourne, all providing their own unique insights into Australian life. After leaving Melbourne (late at night) we had to divert our course and travel up the Australian Coastline to avoid a severe whether system a decision which was not taken lightly by not only the Captain but also the Royal Caribbean management in Miami, which meant our cruise was going to miss out on seeing all the Sounds of the south New Zealand, and four other ports of call. The next day the captain gave his usual 12 noon update advising us what had happened over night and that they were working furiously to find some alternate ports to call into. Were we disappointed, yes, but safety must always come first, even though there were quite a few people complaining and trying to organise a meeting to demand their money back for not visiting these ports. The following day we were all advised that arrangements had been made to visit Auckland and Tauranga New Zealand and Newcastle Australia. Everyone who had booked a ship board excursion to the other four port were refunded their monies within 48hours. The entertainment and activities were all amended due to an extra day at sea to include many of the request from passengers. If you like food then the Radiance OTS is your ship, there are many Specialty restaurants to choose from and our favourite is Izumi's they have sushi to die for. Chefs table, Giovanis, Chop's Grill and Samba Grill were also first class. This is the second time on the Radiance OTS and not many people went to these specialty restuarants this time around, we can only put this down, agian, to the demographics of the passengers. We had an inside cabin which is great if you like to sleep in a little, as there is no light coming in from any windows. The standard dinning room offers excellent al-a-cart food, do the my-time dinning option and ask to share your table, that way you will meet a wide variety of people, and maybe like we did, meet some new friends to share the experience with. During our first port of call into New Zealand, we became aware of how bad the actual storm was that we sailed around was, with reports from local people stating reports of waves as high as the 8th floor or 11 metres. More evidence that the captain made the right decision. I can highly recommend Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas, the service is first class, and if you talk to the crew and take an interest in them, as they have been away from their families for up to 6 or 8 months at a time, they will in turn do what ever they can to make your time on board that little more special.

2nd Leg of Circumnavigation of Australia

Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review by itars6365

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This is the second leg of our travel around the whole of Australia, the demographics for this leg were a little younger and there were not many children under 17, (Approx 15). Since we were doing a back to back cruise, we arrived in Fremantle on Radiance OTS, we self explored Fremantle and loved it, we took the train into Perth, and it too was great.

This cruise visited Esperance, Adelaide, and Melbourne, all providing their own unique insights into Australian life. After leaving Melbourne (late at night) we had to divert our course and travel up the Australian Coastline to avoid a severe whether system a decision which was not taken lightly by not only the Captain but also the Royal Caribbean management in Miami, which meant our cruise was going to miss out on seeing all the Sounds of the south New Zealand, and four other ports of call.

The next day the captain gave his usual 12 noon update advising us what had happened over night and that they were working furiously to find some alternate ports to call into. Were we disappointed, yes, but safety must always come first, even though there were quite a few people complaining and trying to organise a meeting to demand their money back for not visiting these ports. The following day we were all advised that arrangements had been made to visit Auckland and Tauranga New Zealand and Newcastle Australia. Everyone who had booked a ship board excursion to the other four port were refunded their monies within 48hours. The entertainment and activities were all amended due to an extra day at sea to include many of the request from passengers.

If you like food then the Radiance OTS is your ship, there are many Specialty restaurants to choose from and our favourite is Izumi's they have sushi to die for. Chefs table, Giovanis, Chop's Grill and Samba Grill were also first class. This is the second time on the Radiance OTS and not many people went to these specialty restuarants this time around, we can only put this down, agian, to the demographics of the passengers. We had an inside cabin which is great if you like to sleep in a little, as there is no light coming in from any windows. The standard dinning room offers excellent al-a-cart food, do the my-time dinning option and ask to share your table, that way you will meet a wide variety of people, and maybe like we did, meet some new friends to share the experience with.

During our first port of call into New Zealand, we became aware of how bad the actual storm was that we sailed around was, with reports from local people stating reports of waves as high as the 8th floor or 11 metres. More evidence that the captain made the right decision.

I can highly recommend Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas, the service is first class, and if you talk to the crew and take an interest in them, as they have been away from their families for up to 6 or 8 months at a time, they will in turn do what ever they can to make your time on board that little more special.
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Cabin 3141
A place just to put our head down for the night, inside room meant no early morning sunlight to wake us which was great. Our room attendant learnt our routine within a couple of days and not once woke us even after forgetting to put the do not disturb sigh out.
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