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Radiance of the Seas Review

4.0 / 5.0
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1215 reviews
7 Awards

Expected better.

Review for Radiance of the Seas to Australia & New Zealand
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2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Dec 2017
Cabin: Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony
Traveled with children

The ship is getting a little old, so they say, and some of the activities on newer, larger ships are just not here.

There was not a decent water slide, except a tiny one for the kiddies' pool. On Carnival, by contrast, I had a great time as a 47-year-old on the Green Thunder. That's the kind of inclusion that RCI needs on more of its ships.

Embarkation and disembarkation were very easy. Being on Deck 10, we were among the first passengers on the ship. Getting off, it took about 10 minutes.

Cabin Review

Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony

Cabin D1

As stated, a little small. The attendant was excellent.

On this deck (10), there is a balcony with an overhang directly above your head as you look out to sea, blocking direct sunlight for most of the day. If you want a sunnier balcony, head for a lower deck.

Port Reviews


We expected most things to be closed on Boxing Day, but were pleasantly surprised. It was bustling with activity.

Rather than taking an excursion, we just made our way into town and walked around. In a few hours, there was plenty to see and do. Great town!


Beautiful little town. Didn't do much there myself, but there appears to be plenty to do beyond the main drag.


We really want to come back here. The one-day stop-over was just not enough, so 'air travel' (gulp!), here we come.

Best advice: the hop-on, hop-off bus. You can buy tickets online. It's a great way to get a taste of the place.


Loved it. Coming back, especially to that weird little bar in the main street of Mount Maunganui -- the 'Astrolabe Brewbar'.

Beach also looks lovely.

Bay of Islands

A beautiful seaside port. Plenty to do and see here, lots of nice places to stay if you have the time. We found a great market in the main park where they were selling quite eclectic souvenirs.

Sydney (Australia)

This was the port of embarkation and disembarkation. I've always loved Sydney, so I'm hopelessly biased.

It's one of the world's truly great cities. There's everything to do and see here.

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