Radiance of the Seas Entertainment & Activities
The three-level Aurora Theatre spans Decks 4 to 6 and has an Arctic theme, with sculptured balconies, sidewalls and parterre divisions resembling glacial landscapes. The stage curtain is inspired by the aurora borealis and nightly entertainment might include production shows with the Royal Caribbean singers and dancers, or headline acts featuring vocalists, jugglers and musicians.
Make your own fun with a game of shuffle board or join the staff for activities such as trivia (which is particularly well attended), towel-folding lessons or sports competitions. Around the ship you will find art auctions, popular wine and tequila tastings (for a fee), chefs demonstrating the art of carving fruit, health and well-being seminars and guest lecturers. You can also catch a movie in the cinema on Deck 6.
Radiance of the Seas offers an impressive number of bars, lounges and entertainment venues for a midsized ship, and they tend to attract a lively crowd. In the evening, much of the action takes place on Deck 6, which houses the majority of the ship's bars. Musical performances by cover bands, piano players, guitarists and other musical acts can be found in these throughout the night. This is also where you'll find the French art nouveau-inspired Casino Royale, with more than 200 slot machines and tables for blackjack, craps and roulette.
Radiance of the Seas Bars & Lounges
Lobby Bar (Deck 4): This bar, located directly opposite guest services and the shore excursions desk, is a top spot for people-watching throughout the day. The Lobby Bar opens bright and early at 9 a.m., the same time as the Pool Bar, if you fancy a morning refreshment.
Quill & Scroll Pub (Deck 6): With its dark woods, high wooden stools, cosy conversation nooks and international brews on taps, this pub is a great place to gather for an adult beverage and a chat.
Casino Bar (Deck 6): The casino has a small bar which is mainly used by those playing the pokies and tables. However, anyone is welcome to drop in here for a drink.
Champagne Bar (Deck 6): If you feel like raising a glass in a more subdued setting, the small and elegant Champagne Bar is the place to come. Sea views and lounge seating on different levels give this drinking spot a more intimate vibe. The Champagne Bar serves, not surprisingly, Champagne together with a selection of wine and cocktails.
Schooner Bar (Deck 6): Royal Caribbean's trademark Schooner Bar extends down one side of the ship and is decorated with cannons, cannon balls and other nautical memorabilia. You can sink into the comfy sofas or hang out at the bar, which draws a crowd from when it opens until late into the night. A piano player provides entertainment most nights and sing-alongs are popular.
The Colony Club (Deck 6): This is one of the largest bars on the ships and there are plenty of seats spread throughout the venue, including a selection around the dance floor. How much action the dance floor gets depends on whether there are ballroom dancers onboard and the type of music being played.
Bombay Billiard Club (Deck 6): Drinkers come here to stand and marvel at the two gyroscopic pool tables which use the same technology as remote-control helicopters to move around and keep each ball in place. It's free to play but there is often a wait at busy times.
Jakarta Lounge (Deck 6): Located towards the rear of the ship, the Jakarta Lounge seats just 45 passengers and has polished wood furniture, brass work and tables inlaid with chessboards. There is also a small bar with stools for those who enjoy sitting up at the bar.
Singapore Sling's (Deck 6): With floor-to-ceiling windows delivering great views over the stern, Singapore Sling's is a lovely spot to kick back and watch the ocean, especially at sunset and during sail-away.
Windjammer Bar (Deck 11): This small bar inside the ship's buffet restaurant is predominantly used by passengers dining indoors or outdoors at the Windjammer Cafe.
Pool Bar (Deck 11): If you're lying by the pool and feel like a drink, this bar has a selection of popular beverages. Bar seating is also available for those who feel like socialising.
Sky Bar (Deck 12): This outdoor bar is a nice spot to enjoy a drink when the weather is good, especially at sunset. It also has a good view of the big screen and the action on the pool deck.
Starquest Disco (Deck 13): Offering views from floor-to-ceiling windows, a large bar, dance floor and a resident DJ, you'll have to wait until after 10 p.m. to hit the floor at the Starquest Disco.
Radiance of the Seas Outside Recreation
Radiance of the Seas has one outdoor pool with two whirlpools. Plentiful seating is available around the pool. A large movie screen shows movies and live music concerts throughout the day.
The African-themed Solarium is available to passengers aged 16 and above and features three life-sized stone elephants, a waterfall, greenery and stone relief art panels depicting gazelles and antelopes. The Solarium's raised pool, two whirlpools and relaxation areas are covered by a retractable glass roof. There's a whirlpool here, too. This area is looking somewhat dated, but it's still a lovely spot for a swim.
Active cruisers will enjoy the rock climbing wall, rising 200 feet above the sea with five separate climbing tracks, and the sports club which has Ping-Pong, a basketball court and deck games. There's also a nine-hole miniature golf course and a jogging track; six times around equals 1 mile.
On Deck 12, the children's water park is the ship's family hot spot with two kiddie slides that elicit squeals of delight from youngsters.
Most of the sun deck space can be found on Deck 11 around the pool, but peaceful sunning can also be had on the many deck chairs located on Deck 12.
Radiance of the Seas Services
Head to Deck 4 for guest services and the shore excursions desk. On Deck 5 there are shops selling logo merchandise, souvenirs and sundries. Duty-free items including jewellery, alcohol, fragrances, cosmetics, watches and sunglasses are also available. You will also find the ship's conference rooms, art gallery and photo shop here. Photographs are arranged by date for passengers to peruse, with a variety of packages available.
You will find the art gallery on this level as well, together with Royal Caribbean Online, the ship's internet centre with five stations. Seven additional computers for accessing the internet are available on Deck 7. Internet access is priced from US$12.99 per day, per device for a full-cruise package or a single day pass can be purchased for US$19.99.
The Next Cruise desk, for those looking to book their next cruise, is located directly across from the internet stations on Deck 5. Other facilities include a small library on Deck 9, a card room on Deck 10 and a Loyalty Desk on Deck 12.
A doctor is available in the Medical Centre on Deck 4. There are no self-service laundrettes onboard, but you can pay to have your clothing laundered.