3 Miami Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas Cruise Reviews

This was a very important 10 yr anniversary for me and my friends, so I took them as a thank you. I have done RCCL before and knew how it would, or should have, worked. Radiance is the most beautiful in the fleet. Embarkation was ... Read More
This was a very important 10 yr anniversary for me and my friends, so I took them as a thank you. I have done RCCL before and knew how it would, or should have, worked. Radiance is the most beautiful in the fleet. Embarkation was incredible. We did our SetSail Pass and excursions on line. WOW!!! ten star! 20 minutes between taxi, bags, check-in, and entering our stateroom. We hit the spa, took the tour, and then scheduled 6 massages (2 for each of us). Unfortunately because there was an EXTREME bad attitude from the Customer Service Manager, when I presented her with the lack of stateroom attendant. Our attendant was Dwayne. On Wed. we talked as a group, and at that point, his tip was down to $20. The filth in our cabin at least was consistent (brown toilet, ashtrays never emptied, scum on shower wall, grimy bath tub, etc...) This left us with no other option, zero tip, but we did write down the flaws and maybe he can improve on it for the next passengers. Right after the customer service manager stormed away in a panic, it was obvious that nothing was going to happen from her, AS A SUPERVISOR. Then up to deck 12 to the loyalty ambassador. Her service, for a customer retention representative, was just as bad, but at least she said thanks. I asked for her to remove me off the Crown and Anchor society and she said "Thanks and done." No questions on why? Why was that????? This whole thing could have solved in an instant, but because these people were having bad day's, they have sealed the company's fate. I just gave them $7,500 this time and $8,000 last year. I will not be back. Now that was the only two. Everybody else was 5 star PLUS. On the last night we had dispersed over $600 in tips. waiter; Abel assistant waiter; Diane bartender; Didi The service was incredible by our dining staff. Other countless people are in the Hollywood Odyssey, Kim. For just a bartender, he received an extra large tip on Saturday night. Seaveiw Cafe bar, Rowe. Her service and especially her hospitality and charm were Far and Above. Rhada and Jocko same thing. Must do the Quest. That was the best thing. I was busy this cruise, belly flop, scrap booking class, Quest, Captains Welcome Aboard, and the '50s nite. The ports were wonderful. the only hurricane damage was in Cozumel, and it was pretty bad, Watch your excursions here. I will close. Hopefully this will be of some information to a few people. Read Less
Sail Date December 2005
This was the most disappointing cruise of my life. The ship is , in my opinion, modestly decorated, which means lots of browns, tans, and pastel colors. Fixtures and specialty art was MILDLY interesting, but not worth looking at twice. ... Read More
This was the most disappointing cruise of my life. The ship is , in my opinion, modestly decorated, which means lots of browns, tans, and pastel colors. Fixtures and specialty art was MILDLY interesting, but not worth looking at twice. Kinda like being in a funeral home... not dirty, just not worth coming back to. By comparison, I feel Carnival ships are THRILLING to be a part of, with vibrant colors, exciting 'THINGS' to look at, and a general feeling of FUN. FOOD = VERY SAD !!! Without fail, the food in the dining room reminded me of eating at a CHEAP buffet. Presentation was not bad, but not great. Taste was un-definable, service was somewhere between slow and "hey, where is our waiter?" ROOMS = SMALL Short, skinny people with light luggage will be mostly comfortable. The rest may wish to choose another cruise line. The balcony is small, but probably all you need. Taking a shower is a real challenge for someone 6'2" and 230 lbs. (Showering Tip: Wash your hair before entering shower ...no room to lift your arms). I will say one thing [sort of] positive about the bathroom. The toilet is absolutely the most powerful one ever known to modern man. When flushing is is wise to stand back 'lest ye be sucked in. CASINO = RIP-OFF Blackjack players BEWARE. weird rules include, no doubling down on ANY split, Blackjacks pay 6-5 (instead of 3-2) and a few more odd-ball rules that DESTROY the players chances of recovery on a bad shoe. STAFF = So-So Dining room staff OK, but not great. I think it was because they have far too many tables to be effective. Cabin attendant was GREAT...maybe even spectacular! Trying to use the telephone from your cabin is somewhat like playing jeopardy. You ask something .. they give you an answer .... and it is your job (based on the answer) to figure out what the question was. This can go on as long as you are willing to play. Big language problem here! SHORE EXCURSIONS - Some of these ports (i.e. Haiti, Jamaica) are real safety issues for Americans, from a kidnapping level. Passengers should be made aware of this before booking an excursion that may become the MOST memorable of their life. We did not realize the true magnitude of the danger until AFTER we returned and read it in the Tampa Tribune in the first week of Dec 2005. SUMMARY - Yes, the ship was clean, but that is to be expected from any ship. Value is poor since other lines have better rates. Take your own food. Book your shore excursions at the dock for prices that can be 200% cheaper. Stay out of the Casino. HMM-m-m-m ... I guess what I am saying is PICK ANOTHER CRUISE LINE. I certainly will !! Read Less
Sail Date November 2005
My wife and I found the Radiance of the Seas to be a NICE ship ...but NOT as nice as others. While certainly not shabby, it lacked brilliance and sparkle, which IS there on Carnival ships. It is nice in the way an older hotel is nice. ... Read More
My wife and I found the Radiance of the Seas to be a NICE ship ...but NOT as nice as others. While certainly not shabby, it lacked brilliance and sparkle, which IS there on Carnival ships. It is nice in the way an older hotel is nice. Subdued browns and tans. More tailored to the quiet, 60-70's age group ...not us, the wild and EXCITING 50s age group. (? ! ? ! ) FOOD: BLAH !!! Un-exciting. If you have stomach problems and cannot digest spicy, and seasoned food ....THIS IS YOUR SHIP !! In 7 days, leg of lamb showed up 3 times, RUBBER LOBSTER TAIL had one appearance. STEAK-SURPRISE, smothered with a whole lot of something-sauce happened twice. I did not have even one meal that I would say was REALLY good. They were all somewhere between Mildly Interesting and Not Bad! I will say that my Carnival food experiences were ALL very memorable. YEP ....every one !! And I a working class kinda guy that eats most of my meals in a hurry, so it's not like I am spoiled by a personal chef. Their food presentation was pretty good. CABIN ATTENDANT: Great ROOMS: small CASINO: If you are a blackjack gambler, find another ship! I do not know if this is a coming trend, and I hope not, but RCL does this..... * Split aces ...one card and NO double-down. * Split anything else ...no double-down. * BlackJack ..pays 6-5. These rules severely hurt the guest and drastically limit his/her ability to achieve the larger payoffs needed to survive a bad run of the cards. Very small table games area. Only ONE craps table, 2-3 regular Blackjack tables. One single-deck Blackjack table. I saw VERY little action in the casino, compared to other cruises. Not certain why, other than these types of rules. No real yelling and screaming going on here. It was kinda like being in the dining room ...rather quiet and un-memorable except for the losses. SHOPPING: My wife said the shopping was weak at best. I guess that must be true since she didn't buy much. She also said it was TOO expensive ... which surprises me, since I didn't know she paid attention to this concept. HMM-m-m ALL IN ALL ... I would ONLY go on RCL again if I won a trip, or if the deal was REALLY, REALLY cheap. I do plan to go on another trip soon back to Cozumel area, but I will most likely choose Carnival. I had ALL good experiences there ...AND ..their prices were much better!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2005
Radiance of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 4.5 4.1
Family 4.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 3.5 3.8
Enrichment 2.0 3.5
Service 4.5 4.4
Value For Money 4.5 3.8
Rates N/A 4.3

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