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Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Great itinerary; great staff

Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review by Happy2be444

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

The itinerary is what sold us on this cruise, and it met our expectations for the days in Hawaii. We loved having 2 days on the major islands, which gave us a great opportunity to see Hawaii, Kauai, and Maui. The 5 days at sea were a bit harder as the weather was mostly cool,windy, and rainy, offering no opportunity for outside fun. Not many activities were scheduled during the day, so we adapted to a more relaxed schedule. Service from the staff was excellent, and food at dinner was very good. The Windjammer is pretty average, but the omelet counter was great for breakfast. The salad bar in the dinning room at lunch was phenomenal. Once we discovered it, we never missed a lunchtime! The entertainment was different every night, and the staff did a good job of providing added activities (at night especially). As to be expected, the bus ride excursions to the peaks of volcanoes became dull and tiresome. We will avoid those in the future. Due to unexpected occurrences, check in was problematic, taking up to 2 plus hours in line. Even though RC was not directly at fault, they should have provided more communication and man power to help the process move more smoothly and keep tempers in check. Similarly, the disembarking would have been easier with updates and communication. My only real frustration was the aged and deteriorating condition of the ship. Our shower curtain was frayed and mildewed. Seats in the Windjammer were ripped and dirty. These are easy fixes that could make the ship look much nicer and elegant rather than shoddy. If I were RC, I'd be embarrassed to sail this ship without replacing some of these worn elements.

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Cabin Review

Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony
Cabin E3 8044

Loved the location-very quiet! Room was fine except for the excessive wear of shower curtain and bedspread coverlet.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


We stayed 3 nights in Honolulu prior to cruise, which was great! We went to Pearl Harbor one day, took a circle tour the next, and enjoyed walking along the beach and to parks. Waikiki is busy and crowded like a city, but so much to see!

Kona (Kailua Bay)

We opted to walk around the town, but there is not much to the town. I would recommend you find a snorkeling or water sport tour.

Volcano National Park & Hilo Waterfall Tour

Wonderful tour in a small group of the National park, steam vents, lava tubes, and waterfalls. Excellent tour!

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Helicopter Tour

Excursion of a life time. Pricey but worth every cent. Sights of the Waimea Canyon and Napoli Coast were breath-taking.

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Haleakala Crater

Long bus ride ......

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