Not 18 but 13 days...thank you Qantas!!: Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review by twostepmomma

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Not 18 but 13 days...thank you Qantas!!

Sail Date: November 2011
Destination: Australia & New Zealand
Embarkation: Other
What a time we had getting to the ship. We had booked with the Choice Air program offered by Royal Caribbean. This program did not seem very professional or together when it came to problem solving our situation. Not the fault of Royal Caribbean though but Qantas.

We embarked in Adelaide, 5 days late. It was very easy getting aboard compared to reviews I've read about Perth and Sydney.

The Radiance is a nice ship. We took this ship in Alaska about 3 years ago. The refurbishing sure showed, fresh and clean.

Missed the Meet and Mingle so we did not connect with other Meet and Mingle members.

Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand were beautiful places. This cruise if definitely for the scenery. The weather was wonderful, sunny and on most days warm, 70's and 80's. The seas were fairly calm, except maybe a few rocky moments.

The only complaint from me was the food. It was not as good as it has been in the past.

I would More recommend this cruise to anyone, but there were a lot of Aussies, understandably, and seniors...older seniors on board.

Hobart: Beautiful place and know as God's Waiting Room. Met a cousin. She picked us up at the port. She drove us up to Mt. Wellington! Beautiful view. It was very cold and sprinkling rain the day we were there. At lunch at the Royal Botanical Gardens. Wonderful time. Lots to do at the port, shops, restaurants and souvenir shops.

Milford, Doubtful, Dusky Sounds: Beautiful...wake up and enjoy the day! Spectacular scenery.

Akoroa, New Zealand: Resort city. Tendered here. City right where you tender, shops, restaurants etc. Can use internet a the library for free. One block off main street. Took excursion of countryside and to Christchurch. Wow!!! worth it. Also stopped at sheep farm for a sheep dog demonstration and sheep shearing. We were also served tea and biscuits before returning to the ship. Beautiful place.

Sydney,Australia: Nice city. Everything close by port and near city center. Lots to do. Took trip to Blue Mountains. Pretty, pretty.

We disembarked in Sydney. Very easy and right downtown in the city center at Circular Quay. Less

Published 11/25/11

Cabin review: 3076

We had a Large Oceanview Stateroom on Deck 3. Room 3076. Midship. Wonderful location. We were right by the elevators. One deck up we were at the purer's deck and the dining room. One more deck were at the internet and coffee bar. Take the elevator and on deck 11 outside the Windjammer. Nice location and very comfortable.

Port and Shore Excursions

We arranged the tour ourselves. Taste of Barossa. It was a small bus tour. Our bus drive was Dallas, the owner. The tour lasted all day and he took us to four wineries with lunch included. Wonderful tour. In Adelaide, the port is a ways from the city center.

Dunedin, New Zealand: Docked in Port Chalmers. Scottish settlement. Took the Natures Wonders Argo tour. Fantastic and saw lots of wilflife. It was located on the Otago Peninsula. Be sure to get your passport stamped on the return to the ship for New Zealand. Cadbury Chocolate is made here.
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Went on our own. Bought an all day bus ticket at port terminal for $7.80. Lots of visitor center personnel on the dock to help you. Visited Skydeck, $17.50. Took a river cruise on the Yarra river for $25.00(2hours). We rode the free visitor bus around the city and then took the "maroon" #109 West/Port on Collins Street to get back to the ship.

Lots to do here. Opera House, Manly Island, Hop On Hop Off Bus, Bondi Beach, The Rocks, Blue Mountains, Harbor Cruise, Bridge Climb. Shopping Haymarket in China Town...great area to buy souvenirs. Lots to do. Just pick.

Wellington, New Zealand: Shuttle ticket $8.50. Welcoming choir in terminal. Visitor people in terminal waiting to help. Rode the Wellington Cable Car. $6.00NZ. Not worth the time or the trouble.

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