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We have cruised nearly 40 cruises. 7 on Royal Caribbean. We traveled as a couple. We are from Boston area and are 69 years old. The ship is showing its age in some places. Windows in common areas were filthy when we departed and were never cleaned during the trip. Rust areas are visible on the outside of the ship. We were in cabin 2016. Cabin was very disappointing. Porthole for a window. 2nd level elevator lobby was always very cold. You feel like your not part of the ship. Storage was adequate. Bathroom was small but functional. A lot of bad smells at times in the bathroom. The cabin steward was excellent. Dining was very disappointing. The Windjammer Cafe buffet food was OK. There coffee was undrinkable. There orange juice was a disgrace. It was nothing more than orange colored water. Had to get coffee and orange juice at the Park Café, which had the only good coffee and juice, and carry it to the Windjammer. For the many of us who don't want a sit down lunch, the hours the Windjammer are open is a real problem. On sea days they open from 12:00 to 3:00 PM. They close and re-open for high tea at 4:30 PM. The problem is that the burgers, pizza and ice cream are in Windjammer and you can't get at these. I have never been on a ship that doesn't have access to these items at all times. This only left the Park Café with a very limited menu with one server and the Boardwalk Dog House (Total waste of space. Would be better with some other items such as pizza, burgers, fries and ice cream.) which had 3 or 4 types of hot dogs or sausages and one server to fill the needs of the ship. This was compounded when in port because they never opened the Windjammer for lunch. People returning from shore or excursions during peak hours of 1:00 to 4;00 PM looking for food were faced with long lines in the 2 limited venues. The Windjammer Café has very limited seating and uses all the adjoining restaurant spaces to pick up the large crowd that eats there, The problem is that you usually end up being for from the buffet itself. Service for coffee is not sufficient. Table clearing was slow and poorly done. A quick swipe with a wet cloth was usual. It wasn't uncommon to have to request a table to be cleaned again because of left over food and liquid still on table. They had some type of major construction going on in the Windjammer. This shouldn't be going on during a cruise. The Cascades main dining room for dinner has issues as well. It is so bright in there that it feels like day time. There are no sommeliers. Waiters serve the wine. They don't even have you try the wine when the bottle is opened. What ever happened to the last formal night with fillet mignon and lobster. If you want either you need to pay around $20 extra. The menu sometimes lacks very good choices. The normal standard every night menu isn't that good. The Cesar salad was terrible. The steak was tough. The whole experience has gone down hill and is not up to the standard that we are used to on Royal Caribbean. The service was very good at the table. Entertainment was average for the usual dancing and singing shows. Comedian was good. Didn't see any of the other guest entertainers. Casino was excellent. Lively and with proper minimums for cruising. Blackjack had many $6 minimum tables and I'm happy to say, "NO AUTOMATIC SHUFFLING MACHINES". The Diamond Crown & Anchor club is the best I've experienced. Their free cocktail time is from 4:30 to 8:00 PM. It includes a hot & cold snack bar. The hostess was excellent and attentive. The drink servers were always available.

Ship, food and accomodations below standard

Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review by FrankA

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We have cruised nearly 40 cruises. 7 on Royal Caribbean. We traveled as a couple. We are from Boston area and are 69 years old. The ship is showing its age in some places. Windows in common areas were filthy when we departed and were never cleaned during the trip. Rust areas are visible on the outside of the ship.

We were in cabin 2016. Cabin was very disappointing. Porthole for a window. 2nd level elevator lobby was always very cold. You feel like your not part of the ship. Storage was adequate. Bathroom was small but functional. A lot of bad smells at times in the bathroom. The cabin steward was excellent.

Dining was very disappointing. The Windjammer Cafe buffet food was OK. There coffee was undrinkable. There orange juice was a disgrace. It was nothing more than orange colored water. Had to get coffee and orange juice at the Park Café, which had the only good coffee and juice, and carry it to the Windjammer. For the many of us who don't want a sit down lunch, the hours the Windjammer are open is a real problem. On sea days they open from 12:00 to 3:00 PM. They close and re-open for high tea at 4:30 PM. The problem is that the burgers, pizza and ice cream are in Windjammer and you can't get at these. I have never been on a ship that doesn't have access to these items at all times. This only left the Park Café with a very limited menu with one server and the Boardwalk Dog House (Total waste of space. Would be better with some other items such as pizza, burgers, fries and ice cream.) which had 3 or 4 types of hot dogs or sausages and one server to fill the needs of the ship. This was compounded when in port because they never opened the Windjammer for lunch. People returning from shore or excursions during peak hours of 1:00 to 4;00 PM looking for food were faced with long lines in the 2 limited venues. The Windjammer Café has very limited seating and uses all the adjoining restaurant spaces to pick up the large crowd that eats there, The problem is that you usually end up being for from the buffet itself. Service for coffee is not sufficient. Table clearing was slow and poorly done. A quick swipe with a wet cloth was usual. It wasn't uncommon to have to request a table to be cleaned again because of left over food and liquid still on table. They had some type of major construction going on in the Windjammer. This shouldn't be going on during a cruise.

The Cascades main dining room for dinner has issues as well. It is so bright in there that it feels like day time. There are no sommeliers. Waiters serve the wine. They don't even have you try the wine when the bottle is opened. What ever happened to the last formal night with fillet mignon and lobster. If you want either you need to pay around $20 extra. The menu sometimes lacks very good choices. The normal standard every night menu isn't that good. The Cesar salad was terrible. The steak was tough. The whole experience has gone down hill and is not up to the standard that we are used to on Royal Caribbean. The service was very good at the table.

Entertainment was average for the usual dancing and singing shows. Comedian was good. Didn't see any of the other guest entertainers.

Casino was excellent. Lively and with proper minimums for cruising. Blackjack had many $6 minimum tables and I'm happy to say, "NO AUTOMATIC SHUFFLING MACHINES".

The Diamond Crown & Anchor club is the best I've experienced. Their free cocktail time is from 4:30 to 8:00 PM. It includes a hot & cold snack bar. The hostess was excellent and attentive. The drink servers were always available.
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Cabin 2016
Cabin was very disappointing. Porthole for a window. 2nd level elevator lobby was always very cold. You feel like your not part of the ship. Storage was adequate. Bathroom was small but functional. A lot of bad smells at times in the bathroom.
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    Take ferry to Watsons Bay and go to Doyles if you like sea food. There is a large outdoor bar lounge. You eat take out which is cheaper. The restaurant was great at night. They open at 6:00 for dinner. All sea food is fresh and from Australia. Fried shrimp were the best I've ever eaten with light breading and butterflied. Meal with bottle of wine will cost about $175AUD on a weekend. (Most restaurants add 10% for overtime to staff on weekends. There is no tipping for anything in Australia). Small beach and a few other bars in area. Swimming area with dock for jumping within shark net protected area.
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