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Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Penny pinching by RCI and the Hawaii port authority undermined the good crew

Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review by robjw

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2017
  • Destination: Transpacific
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony

This was our first repositioning cruise. Wenenjoy sea days, don't get sea sick and looked forward to the 5 day voyage from Maui to Vancouver.

However, the strong head winds and cool temperatures meant the wind across the deck often exceeded 40 knots which made all outdoor activities difficult. We enjoyed the mini golf but the wind and rolling boat made it a bit of a lottery.

The problem was, the indoor activities were very limited. In particular the live music was limited to " the real time band" , an Hawaiian Duet , a piano man as regulars plus a violin/guitar duet occasionally. Weather limited live pool party music and atrium music activity was disco not live for the most part. No classical music and very little show dancing or orchestra.

We did have afternoon trivia and bingo but not much else.

RCI should have known about the weather which wasn't unusual and ensured there would be plenty of indoor activities. It certainly wasn't a cut price cruise.

The penny pinching showed in other ways. Tired, flat pillows and slightly threadbare sheets. Again the crew was very good so the state rooms were clean and ship maintenance and cleanliness were well up to standard.

The food was ok. Evening meals in the MDR were average cruise ship standard and the windjammer lunches were a bit better than usual. Again excellent wait staff saved RCI .

The second problem was the incessant queuing. It took almost 3 hours to board with chaotic management of the queues. That was mostly the fault of the Hawaiian port authority but there also some long dining room queues.

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Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony
Cabin E1 9506

Couch and desk so small they were unusable. Pillows tired and flat. Sheets a bit threadbare. Cleanliness excellent as was cabin attendant. Everything else standard for a 2003 ship

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