This was our second time on the Radiance, third time around NZ, but first time cruising with friends (deliberately). Our very first cruise was on Radiance back in '08 in Alaska. That has got us hooked unto cruising so it was going to be interesting to come back after several cruises, with a few companies,and to compare. Also we planned this with a few friends of our age group.
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This cruise embarked from Melbourne Australia and headed to New Zealand. The ship toured the beautiful New Zealand fiords on the southwest coast. It then stopped at New Zealand cities on the country's east coast.
We'd stongly advise others to allocate several days before and after the cruise to enjoy Melbourne and Sidney.
Embarkation was slow with long lines at each stage of the process. ...
We'd been on Princess twice, and decided to give RCI a try to see how it compared.
Overall, we had a very good time.
Embarkation in Sydney went quickly. We'd stayed at the Holiday Inn across the street the night before, so it couldn't have been easier to get to the ship.
The ship was lovely, and we liked the touch-screens near the lifts which often helped us find our way around.
We had a ...