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This cruise appeared to tick all the boxes location wise. We are Platinum cruisers with RCL. After this experience we will not book again. The cruise was a complete disappointment and a waste of money. The food was lukewarm and not of a satisfactory standard in the dining room. I wonder if it met food safety standards. We had to send food back. The highlight of the entertainment programme was a zombie dance by passengers to a song about 40 years old! Following the announcement to bypass South Island, -1 hour after an hour long presentation to passengers on the excursions at South Island(the senior leaders obviously don't communicate with each other), the Cruise Director said the plus was we would not be doing tender ports! Good job as they couldn't cope with the Esperance tender and it isn't their biggest ship in the fleet. There was no reduction in prices following the shock announcement in fact money was made out of passenger misery. Is it a coincidence that once in Auckland, divers were down underneath the hull? Was there a problem with the ship? Was it up to the journey? Interesting there was absolutely No mention prior to or during the cruise re the earthquake in Christchurch- were we ever going to go to the South Island? Makes one wonder. Days and days extra at sea, sailing at walking pace, a trip to a mining town within a stones throw of Sydney- shocking. We might as well have been on the Thames. We should all have a refund for the port fees and fuel they saved and compensation for the reduction in ports and the awful experience. There were inappropriate films screened full of swearing, no books which would have withstood a hygiene test, in the library and Internet access was $19.99 a day! If you could find a seat in a public area you were lucky.....! You had to pay for a decent cup of coffee but you might have to drink it standing up. The alpha alha calls daily were a welcome break from the tedium of the call to zombie dance. That was on ships as entertainment at least 5 years ago! All the focus on this ship was on upselling and obtaining cheap entertainment by getting passengers dancing/singing. If they had spent as much time on passenger experience as trying to make a quick buck then we might have had a better cruise. If you want a dream trip don't rely on RCI.

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Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review by Billycruisemates

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This cruise appeared to tick all the boxes location wise. We are Platinum cruisers with RCL. After this experience we will not book again. The cruise was a complete disappointment and a waste of money.

The food was lukewarm and not of a satisfactory standard in the dining room. I wonder if it met food safety standards. We had to send food back.

The highlight of the entertainment programme was a zombie dance by passengers to a song about 40 years old!

Following the announcement to bypass South Island, -1 hour after an hour long presentation to passengers on the excursions at South Island(the senior leaders obviously don't communicate with each other), the Cruise Director said the plus was we would not be doing tender ports! Good job as they couldn't cope with the Esperance tender and it isn't their biggest ship in the fleet.

There was no reduction in prices following the shock announcement in fact money was made out of passenger misery. Is it a coincidence that once in Auckland, divers were down underneath the hull? Was there a problem with the ship? Was it up to the journey?

Interesting there was absolutely No mention prior to or during the cruise re the earthquake in Christchurch- were we ever going to go to the South Island? Makes one wonder.

Days and days extra at sea, sailing at walking pace, a trip to a mining town within a stones throw of Sydney- shocking. We might as well have been on the Thames.

We should all have a refund for the port fees and fuel they saved and compensation for the reduction in ports and the awful experience.

There were inappropriate films screened full of swearing, no books which would have withstood a hygiene test, in the library and Internet access was $19.99 a day! If you could find a seat in a public area you were lucky.....!

You had to pay for a decent cup of coffee but you might have to drink it standing up.

The alpha alha calls daily were a welcome break from the tedium of the call to zombie dance. That was on ships as entertainment at least 5 years ago!

All the focus on this ship was on upselling and obtaining cheap entertainment by getting passengers dancing/singing.

If they had spent as much time on passenger experience as trying to make a quick buck then we might have had a better cruise.

If you want a dream trip don't rely on RCI.
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Cabin Floor 3
Shower room smelt mouldy we had to ask to change the shower curtain.
Can the staff ask if you want the towel art.
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