354 Sydney (Australia) Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas Cruise Reviews

A birthday party that started badly with a three hour entry. A casacade dining experience where we couldnt sit with birthday group. Poor restuarant food so paid extra for dinners. Public areas were so brightly lit and loud. I never ... Read More
A birthday party that started badly with a three hour entry. A casacade dining experience where we couldnt sit with birthday group. Poor restuarant food so paid extra for dinners. Public areas were so brightly lit and loud. I never found a nice quiet place with a musican to sit and relax. Entertainment was the best part of the cruise. Dining staff in main restuatant were ran off their feet as were. Many bar staff. We waited for half an hour to get some beer. Thet could have seperate lines fir cocktails and beers. Glass walls were nice and i enjoyed leaving from circular key. The arrival back to sydney and our departure went smoothly, though again the breakfast was so poor , i was very much surprised. The hash brown tasted like flour not potatoe and scrambled eggs were hard. The tomatoe was fine. The toast was cold and the tea was bitter. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We spent a couple of weeks exploring Auckland, NZ and New South Wales before boarding the ship in Sydney, Australia. The CC Roll Call Group met for a pre-cruise dinner in Sydney the night before embarkation. We stayed at the Amora ... Read More
We spent a couple of weeks exploring Auckland, NZ and New South Wales before boarding the ship in Sydney, Australia. The CC Roll Call Group met for a pre-cruise dinner in Sydney the night before embarkation. We stayed at the Amora Jamison Hotel, which was very nice and convenient for walking our suitcases to the ship, followed by a very easy embarkation. I should say that we had terrific weather throughout our stay, both on land and during the 17-day cruise. The CC roll call group was the best we've ever experienced. There were various activities and tours organized ahead of time, with spreadsheets to keep us all organized. Everyone we met was so friendly -- it made for a very positive cruise experience. Onboard the Radiance OTS, the staff was very hard-working, keeping everything clean. We had the best stateroom attendant, who was great at satisfying our every request, as well as keeping the cabin immaculate. The food and service were great in both the Main Dining Room and in the Windjammer buffet. We ate all dinners in the MDR (early dining) and really enjoyed the daily chats with our 6 tablemates and the servers. The Windjammer staff was always attentive, assisting with trays if the floors were a bit slippery, or serving coffee/tea/water at the tables. We did not use the Specialty restaurants. The Activities Director Alex and staff member Sophie were always around and tirelessly worked to make our vacation a great one. Their enthusiasm and friendliness was very much appreciated. The shows in the Aurora Theater were well done, and the theater is nicely arranged to allow everyone a good view. Also the shows & games in the Colony Club were very entertaining. Ports of Call: Picton NZ: Picton's shore excursions seem to center around winery tours, but since my DH is a non-drinker, that didn't appeal, so we just wandered around the town for the few hours we were there. Wellington NZ: We had pre-arranged a Walk Wellington tour, which was very interesting and well-paced. Afterwards, we explored the Te Papa museum, also very interesting. Papeete Tahiti: The roll call had organized a Full-Island Tour with Dave's VIP tours in a 10-seater van. The tour was great, but the van was a bit cramped with 9 adult passengers. Bora Bora: The roll call had organized a 3/4 day Lagoon tour in outrigger canoes, with beach luau-style lunch, with Patrick's Tours. It was a great day, and we saw lots of fish, swam with sharks and rays -- a fabulous experience. Sea days: Always lots to do, if you wanted, or you could just relax. The M&M was very well attended, on the first sea day. We swam in the pools, played mini-golf, made $11 on the slot machines, walked the jogging track and the stairs, used the gym, line-danced, did the daily Suduko puzzle from the Library, relaxed by the pool or on our balcony and ate a lot! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I have just been on the most amazing cruise on the Radiance of the Seas from Sydney, Australia to Honolulu, Hawaii, over 17 nights - departing on the 17th of April 2018. I cannot speak highly enough of everything about the cruise. 1. The ... Read More
I have just been on the most amazing cruise on the Radiance of the Seas from Sydney, Australia to Honolulu, Hawaii, over 17 nights - departing on the 17th of April 2018. I cannot speak highly enough of everything about the cruise. 1. The staff were brilliant - they could not do enough to help in everyway possible. 2. The food in all restaurants was just amazing with the quality and choice being 1st class at all times. 3. The entertainment was incredible with nightly shows in the Aurora Theatre being of top class. 4. The daily activities organised were wonderful with something for everyone, or you could do nothing if you wished! I have read some bad reviews recently about the Radiance and wonder if these people were talking about the same ship that I was on. There are no holes in the carpets, the food was not edible etc...………..!!! Thank you to Royal Caribbean, the crew and all involved in giving me the holiday of a lifetime. I know I speak for many on board that we didn't want to get off - just keep cruising! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We just got off an 8 day cruise on Radiance from Sydney. It was an ok cruise, but just run of the mill. Service was ok, but not great. We pay attention to details and this cruise is one more example of a gradual deterioration in value ... Read More
We just got off an 8 day cruise on Radiance from Sydney. It was an ok cruise, but just run of the mill. Service was ok, but not great. We pay attention to details and this cruise is one more example of a gradual deterioration in value for RCL cruises. They used to be top notch, but no longer. Don’t get me wrong, we had a good time and enjoyed it, but the cost cutting is showing through loud and clear. Everywhere you turn, they are trying to charge you for something else. Specialty restaurants used to be what cruising was all about and was included. Not any more...they want $35 per person and it is NOT worth it. Try eating a desert on RCL. There is so little sugar in it that it is tasteless. We had blue berry muffins each morning and there was NEVER more than one blueberry in any one muffin. I can’t even figure out how they do it! The drink packages are absurdly expensive. You would have to drink 12 or 15drinks a day just to break even. MAybe some people drink that much but to do it day after day would be close to impossible for a reasonable person. You used to have two great shows every night on a cruise. Most were theatrical productions worthy of an off broadway show. Now, it is a lame production of no value and little quality or some one person act of dubious quality. In fact, some nights ther was nothing. What were we paying for? RCL seems more interested in putting money in to huge ships where you can stand in line all day rather than into actual amenities meaningful to cruisers. On this last cruise we were supposed to sail on 3 consecutive cruises on the Radiance. But they cancelled the middle cruise due to mechanical issues . They refunded our money and gave us a free future cruise, but refused to pay expenses for us to stay in Sydney until our next cruise or pay for airline fare home. Cheap and unsatisfactory. We love cruising and always enjoy cruises plus we are Diamond. However we will soon be looking at other lines where the value is greater. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We were not disappointed with Radiance, despite it being billed as everyone's favourite ship. My preference is still Quantum class, however for a short break we were not disappointed. The cabin was immaculate with everything you ... Read More
We were not disappointed with Radiance, despite it being billed as everyone's favourite ship. My preference is still Quantum class, however for a short break we were not disappointed. The cabin was immaculate with everything you would expect in an Owner's suite and more. Dining was excellent, but not better or worse than any other RCI ship we have sailed on. Really enjoyed the main dining room, Giovanni's and Chef's table and would recommend them to anyone. The best Concierge lounge of any of the ships we have sailed on. The entertainment was very good and certainly a better standard that we experienced on HAL and Carnival. For a shorter cruise for just the 2 of us, it was excellent and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone. On the downside, Radiance is starting to show its age in comparison to the newer ships especially on the outside, It's in dock getting an azipod repaired this week, so hopefully it will get a coat of paint to hide some on the rust spots. We cruise RCI because the blend of dining and activities suits us and every cruise we have done delivers a consistent experience. This was no different, however I do wish they would be a little more adventurous with the wine list. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We selected RCL because we’ve sailed with them in the past & liked the Sydney roundtrip to NZ itinerary. We felt the cruising would be relaxing & a good change from our earlier busy Australian driving adventure. In retrospect ... Read More
We selected RCL because we’ve sailed with them in the past & liked the Sydney roundtrip to NZ itinerary. We felt the cruising would be relaxing & a good change from our earlier busy Australian driving adventure. In retrospect we feel we should have chosen to fly to NZ, hired a car or done a bus tour in order to see more of this lovely country. The voyage to & fro consumed a total of 4 days on the Tasmanian Sea. Add to that the other sea days so because we didn't particularly enjoy the cruise that time was wasted as well. Our initial impression of the ship was disappointment, it looked tired, windows needed a scrub, areas needed a paint touch up. Some of the furniture looked tired. Some areas, restrooms there was a noticible mildew smell, every time we entered the area leading to the Schooners lounge & specialty restaurants this smell was more pronounced. Another unpleasant odour was on our 8th floor stateroom level. For the first few days we had to walk through an area of a sewage smell coming from one of the cabins. (There was no other way to the staircase) I mentioned this to the Stewart & he minimized our comment however on about the 3rd day there was a suction vacuum or dryer?? coming from the ceiling in this exact area. There were other areas that had a mildew smell but not as pronounced as the areas mentioned. With any of the sea days usually there are some activities & music around the central pool area. On some days the ship was rolling or weather was overcast but even on sunny afternoons when it was pleasant the hot tubs were filled with children (no parents) & a family movie was playing on the large screen. 1 day I counted 9 kids & 2 adults in the hot tub.There seemed like a large # of visible children even though it was not a school holiday. There was a kids area but it seemed like the parents preferred to have them in the adult areas in the afternoon. I’m sounding like we don’t enjoy kids & that’s not true. Smoking was confined to the Port side but that is a useless restriction with sea wind. We would love to find a smoke free cruise-(spoken from ex smokers). We did the anytime dining & generally we experienced very little wait time however we ended up @ tables for 8-10 people & often people were being seated @ different times. The meal was rushed, over in an hour, food was mediocre, dining room loud, lighting bright & the room seemed like a convention milieu.it was not a pleasant dining experience. We solved this by purchasing dining for $30pp pp/night in specialty restaurants. It took us a while to do this but out of 11 meals, 3 were perfect. Large windows providing beautiful ocean & sunset views, subdued lighting, excellent attentive service, relaxed milieu, delicious food. The daily itinerary was not all that interesting. There was the usual Trivea, art auction, towel folding dance lessons all held indoors; on deck there was not much I can recall. We did go to a sushi making class in the Japanese restaurant. It was fun, we all made a large plateful of different rolls which was neatly packaged for us to have for later. The downfall of this is that we learned it cost $30pp usd. The class was 2 hours after we had breakfast. It was in the last day of our cruise and we were dining @ 6pm so we didn’t want to fill up on sushi. So a waste for us however our Stewart seemed pleased to accept our 2 offerings. The evening entertainment didn’t offer too much variety. There were 1 hr shows @ 2 different times, music in the foyer, an Irish Pub or a piano bar. We always liked the humour of Danny the talented piano player. The usual shopping frenzy in the last days was ok, not much variety but good for the US cruisers shopping in their USD. We cannot recommend sailing on the Radiance and or on this Itinerary. The ship is tired looking, it diesn’t offer much in the way of good dining other than if you pay extra & entertainment is minimal. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We booked this cruise over a year ago and wanted to see the natural scenery of New Zealand. Our cruise took us to Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sound, Dunedin, Akaroa, Auckland and The Bay of Islands. Embarkation and disembarkation was ... Read More
We booked this cruise over a year ago and wanted to see the natural scenery of New Zealand. Our cruise took us to Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sound, Dunedin, Akaroa, Auckland and The Bay of Islands. Embarkation and disembarkation was brilliant and each time we did not spend more than 10 mins. We had a grand suite and an excellent suite attendant. Having a Grand suite did have its advantages and there were several facilities , parties and private dinning areas etc. The breakfast served in the speciality restaurants was super and the choice of breakfast was there for you and served to your table as well. We took the opportunity to request an Asian breakfast and within a short time it was served up to us. The waiters all went the extra mile and the WOW factor was very evident on many occasions. The speciality restaurants were of high quality and the shows on board got better each night. The Captain was very proactive and mingled with the passengers almost very day at some activity or the other. Cruise Director and staff were good and kept everyone on their toes through out the cruise. on the downside some of the cruise excursion were very expensive and did not hear a lot of positive feedback on it. the Internet was expensive but at times was very slow( to be fair during sea days during the crossing from Australia to NZ and back). All up very good resulted in another cruise being booked to Europe this time Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This cruise was about experiencing a wide range of ports in Australia and New Zealand. The itinerary achieved this goal beautifully. The concierge club provided lots of fun while chatting with fellow cruisers. This carried over as we ... Read More
This cruise was about experiencing a wide range of ports in Australia and New Zealand. The itinerary achieved this goal beautifully. The concierge club provided lots of fun while chatting with fellow cruisers. This carried over as we saw these same people at activities throughout the ship. The fellow cruisers were very friendly resulting in a very pleasant experience. Overall, the staff were very courteous and attentive. The greeters and the servers even at the Windjammer welcomed us personally and were eager to fulfill requests that might occur to us. The Headliner shows were quite good and added to the enjoyment of the cruise. The musician's were of excellent quality throughout the ship. We especially enjoyed performances when they showcased their work in the Colony Club. The pianist in the Schooner Bar was very entertaining making for pleasant listening at the end of the evening. The one negative was insufficient space in the Concierge Club and the Diamond Club for the evening cocktail events. They were very crowded. People would show up as much as an hour in advance in the Concierge Club to obtain seats. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
It was part of a package deal with Indian Pacific Rail trip, time in Sydney and able to cruise to home port (Darwin). We have mostly cruised with Princess line and therefore found RC to be lacking in the little things that you miss, ... Read More
It was part of a package deal with Indian Pacific Rail trip, time in Sydney and able to cruise to home port (Darwin). We have mostly cruised with Princess line and therefore found RC to be lacking in the little things that you miss, like moisturizer, having to ask for soaps, bottles of shampoo and conditioner. Cannot fault cabin steward nor dining room staff in their attendance to their duties. Food was reasonable and with extensive choices and would probably say that the dining areas were considerably larger than some of the Princesses. Attention to the staff's diligence of the prevention of Norovirus must be complemented. Staff were efficient in handling the embarkation in Sydney and disembarkation in Darwin. Poor introduction to Brisbane but this is not the ships fault but maybe Brisbane Port needs to put a little more into the welcome of the larger ships. Highly efficient handling of passengers with tendering at Yorkes Knob. We did not attend too many of the activities as they seemed geared towards the selling of products. Ship also appeared to handle the helicopter evacuation of a passenger efficiently and gave us something to talk about. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. Wanting to see more ports in Australia. We were not disappointed. The Great Barrier Reef was the highlight. So was holding a Joey. The cruise staff was entertaining and friendly. Shout out to ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. Wanting to see more ports in Australia. We were not disappointed. The Great Barrier Reef was the highlight. So was holding a Joey. The cruise staff was entertaining and friendly. Shout out to Bradley of the cruise staff and shout out to Kevin Philips who entertained us in the pub every night. The cruise director ( Gordon) sang on the last night of the cruise. He was fantastic! I wish he would have sang sooner in the cruise and more often. He has a great voice. The Australian people are so considerate and kind. We met many couples who were also taking the next cruise form Perth back to Sydney. If this cruise is offered again I would highly recommend it for those that want to see the western, northern and eastern past of Australia. Bali was a bonus. Lovely culture. Amazing temples. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
I only have a few complains One I have is with the room service. When did RCL start charging for room service? Eight dollars a pop for ice tea to be delivered is way out of bounds! I understand how that can be abused, however there ... Read More
I only have a few complains One I have is with the room service. When did RCL start charging for room service? Eight dollars a pop for ice tea to be delivered is way out of bounds! I understand how that can be abused, however there needs to be a happy median. The shows mostly started at 6:30, that was too early for us, as we had the dinner seating at 8:00. The next shows time was 8:30. A few jokes were made that for the guests age ( over 70), that by 10:00 most were asleep! The shore excursions were few and far between as we went to some hole in the world places! They should SKIP Port Hedron and spend a night in Perth, which we did not get to see! The lectures on the boat were horrible to non-existent! All she did was read from her screen, and offered nothing else. I remember a time when locals were offered a meal and invited on board to tell their story. For someone visiting Australia for the first time that would have been nice! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
My husband and I have cruised about 175 nights with RCL and have also cruised with Celebrity, NCL, Oceania, and Olympia. We chose this cruise because Australia was on our 'bucket list' and we love the RCL Radiance class ships, ... Read More
My husband and I have cruised about 175 nights with RCL and have also cruised with Celebrity, NCL, Oceania, and Olympia. We chose this cruise because Australia was on our 'bucket list' and we love the RCL Radiance class ships, including the Brilliance and Jewel. We had been to Sydney 2 years ago so we arrived only 1 day before the cruise. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. However, this was the first time that the ship's Doctor met with groups of 15 - 20 passengers to emphasize the need for strict adherence to sanitation guidelines before we checked in. We were very fortunate to have a minimum of rain - afternoon rain in Bali - and calm seas for the entire cruise but it was very hot even for Floridians like us. Usually we would have a relaxing breakfast and lunch at the Park Cafe near the Solarium pool. We prefer to eat light so we generally avoid the Windjammer buffet. The Park Cafe beef sandwich with au jus plus potato salad is our favorite boarding-day lunch. We were very satisfied with the menu selections and service in the main dining room, where we had a table for 2 but we also ate at Chops (3x) and Giovanni's (2x). Both had excellent food. Lamb at Chops or Oso Bucco at Giovanni's is our favorite. Service and atmosphere was much better at Chops. We expect a calm, quiet atmosphere when we visit an up-scale restaurant so we were disappointed with both of our experiences at Giovanni's. Our tours and ratings: 1 (regret), 2 (needs improvement), 3 (good), 4 (better), 5 (best) Brisbane Sights & Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (3) The guide narrated the drive through Brisbane but we were on our own at the Sanctuary. There were numerous signs and 'you are here' maps so I guess we really didn't need a guide. Folks who wanted a photo holding a koala were disappointed that there was not enough time. We saw numerous sleeping koalas (it was mid-day) and fed kangaroos. There was also a good variety of other native animals and birds in a zoo environment. Great Barrier Reef (5) We were picked up at the ship & taken directly to a pontoon that had snorkeling equipment (no extra charge), changing rooms and cafeteria (lunch was provided). This was much better than having to first take a tender to shore. A glass bottom boat and viewing area was also available and there was plenty of time to do everything: snorkel, glass bottom boat, and lunch. The water was less clear due to a recent storm but this was still an awesome experience not to be missed. Darwin (2) Our tour to Litchfield Park to see termite mounds, etc. was cancelled because the road washed out so there was no way to get there. We were offered 10% discount but since this was a last minute cancellation, the tours we were interested in were all sold out so we took the shuttle into Darwin where there wasn't much to see or do. We visited the Chinese temple and shopped for gifts. Balinese Way of Life (4) The visit to Penglipuran Village was the highlight of this tour. The guide described customs regarding ancestors, assignment of living areas and garden/livestock areas as we strolled along the walkway of an occupied home. Then at noon, chanting began over the village loud speakers. We had free time at Kehen Temple but this would have been more impressive if the guide had gone with us to explain the various aspects of the temple. Also, visits to the gold, silver, batik and painting galleries could be improved with explanations/demonstrations of how the goods are made and information about the artisans. As it was, these visits were mostly shopping stops. We had a delicious lunch at a very clean restaurant overlooking the volcano (socked in by fog) before fending off vendors on our way back to the bus. We had dressed for the heat and were very chilly at the restaurant. Historic Port Hedland (1) The microphone on the bus didn't work and the guide was so soft spoken that we couldn't hear even though we were sitting in the 3rd row from the front. We were surprised when we were dropped off in town to make our own way back to the ship and had to walk about 5 blocks in the heat to get the ship shuttle. There were not enough buses so we had a long wait. RCL gave us a full refund for this tour. Geraldton (4) Strolling the waterfront walkway with its Emu Egg sculpture and unique rubic cube restrooms is definitely worthwhile. The quality of the Museum exhibits - no entrance fee - was a pleasant surprise. There were informative Enrichment Lectures by Jane Orr: Australia's Most Famous Bushranger; Great Barrier Reef; Australian Flying Doctor Service; Aboriginal Art, Dutch East Indies; Gold, Diamonds, Opals, and Pearls. We enjoyed listening to Sweet Sounds featuring Ievgenila on violin and Dmytro on piano however their repertoire was limited. Another favorite was Kevin Phillip who played guitar, usually in the Pub. Kevin did a great job of engaging his audience. The headliner and production shows were typical of what we have found on most other cruises except for the Allure, which had amazing shows. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We wanted to see Australia as a continent. I would have prefered to start and stop at Sydney. Embarkation was dreadful as there was only machine for 2200 people to walk thru for security. We waited on line for an hour and a half. ... Read More
We wanted to see Australia as a continent. I would have prefered to start and stop at Sydney. Embarkation was dreadful as there was only machine for 2200 people to walk thru for security. We waited on line for an hour and a half. Never before has that happened in all our years of cruising. At Port Headland, they did not have enough buses and at a cost of A$25 extra. The wait to get of the ship was over an hour and qued around the 4th deck in hot hallways. You had to pay that in order to exit the port to the city in a couple of the ports. I would not go again and in hindsight would not go after experiencing it myself. The captain was really nice and personable. The Cruise Director (Gordon) was a hoot. Food choices were not alot and were not to my liking. Items as: Escargo was made with cheese on top and room temperature. Horseradish was NOT horseradish (like tapiaoca). Some of the dishes were seasoned (hot) and not to my liking. Steaks were grey no chared. Spa was very disappointing with treatments that were promised were not delivered and products that were sold were not the same as advertized (UV protection when in fact it does not have that). After that experience, I was not going to have any more treatments. Just terrible untruths to sell a product or treatment. I did not trust them after that. I was apollgized to by the Spa manager. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
The circumnavigation of Australia and South New Zealand was awesome. Each port was different and offered a lot of variety. So itinerary awesome Dining: Main dining room ok but not great. Some nights I had trouble choosing from the ... Read More
The circumnavigation of Australia and South New Zealand was awesome. Each port was different and offered a lot of variety. So itinerary awesome Dining: Main dining room ok but not great. Some nights I had trouble choosing from the menu. The steak was thin and not very tender. Service good and sometimes great! Windjammer good but inconsistent with offerings particularly for breakfast. Specialty restaurants were very good especially chops. Centrum: There were frequent "seminars" using a very loud mike that you could hear at some distance. Of course it was an effort to sell you something. They need to be moved to a separate room so that the Centrum can be a gathering place where people can chat. The other Centrum programs were fine. The sales seminars disturbed the game playing area, library etc. on all the upper decks. Smoking: The smoke frequently drifted inside particularly on the 11th floor and into the hallway as you entered the Windjammer. The Boardwalk also affected. Disembark: Very slow when tendered. Overall a great cruise but the above issues need to be addressed. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Set sail on 31Jan18 and according to Captain seas were at 6 metres (20 foot) - a lot of peoples sick and for first time I can remember the theatre was half empty - not a lot of people in dining rooms either so more for me treat. Rough ... Read More
Set sail on 31Jan18 and according to Captain seas were at 6 metres (20 foot) - a lot of peoples sick and for first time I can remember the theatre was half empty - not a lot of people in dining rooms either so more for me treat. Rough seas stayed for 2 days. I was on balcony on deck 7 - I do not recommend it as balcony overlooks canvas awnings covering life boats - decks 8 and 9 seemed better if you wanted to look down at seas. Having been on many cruises now I do not like the layout of Radiance - its nt a bad ship its just that others are better. If you like to attend quizzes then the Schooner bar on deck 6 has limited space. The main theatre is good/fine but second space down aft called colony club is small -again other ships have 2 theatres which I prefer. The cinema is sad - only takes about 100 people and it is a cramped room. The centrum space on deck 4 is also limited for space so many people gather around inside balconies on deck 5 and 6 to watch shows. Again other ships are better laid out. Food was fine in Windjammers and also Cascade restaurant - good but again I've had slightly better. Casino is rubbish - the machines are one's you would have seen in your local pub or RSL some 15 years ago. They are that ancient. Also close to the worst paying machines I've ever experienced. Didn't go to art auctions this time - just cannot see any value in it. If you have travelled with Princess you would be horrified with prices to play Bingo. More expensive , less games and prizes seemed less and certainly didn't accumulate to a big dividend on last day. If you have travelled with RCL before as we had embarkation was very quick - taken to front of lines. Also disembarkation was very smooth and quick. Tenders ran well in Bay of Islands but after starting well in Akaroa it went to hell in a hand basket for about 2 hours - just chaos - not sure why but it meant that was going to be a 20 minute wait turned into an hour and 10 minutes (not happy Jan!) Weather - after first 2 days of rough seas by time we got to Milford Sound weather was good but cool and it stayed that way till Bay of Islands where it rained heavily. Trip back to OZ was smooth seas but not much sun. MiniGolf was fun but didn't see many climbing rock wall. Seemed to be more pressure from some staff to buy things than I have experienced in past. I travelled on Radiance a year ago and prices for games shows and quizzes were better - seemed to be doing things on the cheap this time. Really disappointed there was no Beatles quiz - first time I have experience this in past 14 cruises. Nearly all the Headline acts were of good to high quality. In no particular order there was:- Anthony Laffan - comedian and hypnotist - very good and funny Nathan Foley - singer, dancer, musician - seriously high quality Sam McCool - comedian - very good and funny Johnny Balance - comedian, magician, juggler and balancer - amazing - great act 3 Man Band - might have name wrong but gee they were good - outstanding singers. Paul Martell - impressionist - with wife Jane Scali (ex Johnny Young young talent time - perhaps along with Nathan Foley best act but all listed here were good. Kelly Monteith - comedian - probably not as good as those above but still OK. These you would all pay to see. Diamonds - 3 girl singers - young and shouted into microphones - sang some good songs but missed with many - compared to others listed above were "C" graders. Sadly the production shows were to of the same standard - piano many show - singers didn't sing well together. City of Dreams show - when it finished I said what was that all about. However Tango Buenos Aires show was high quality - dancing outstanding. Costumes were good and sets also good but choreography left something to be desired except in Tango show. Singers were average compared to other production shows I've experienced. The various other acts put on a show called Music Showcase and it was just OK - nothing to rave about although the musicians were outstanding. Health There must have been a bad outbreak of norovirus before we joined as staff handled all foods and were strict about everyone washing for first 3 days of cruise - perfectly understandable. although waiting 5 minutes to get a piece of toast at breakfast was a tad annoying. Movies and TV Selection of movies were current and some shown in main theatre (but repeated too often) - already mentioned cramped cinema. TV was good as I like Say news so could catch up with local politics each day but also other good channels to cater for most tastes. Showed excellent coverage of Super Bowl in Sports Bar. Shops Alcohol prices very competitive but will leave it to others to comment on other shops. Alcohol prices around ship - are just too expensive - you get better prices at your local pub or RSL Quizzes - some of the smartest players I've experienced with high scores always the norm and the odd perfect score. Enrichment lectures - Melva Stone who spoke of her experiences in outback WA was outstanding. Shore Excursions - having been to NZ several times did my own excursions and always much cheaper than ship. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We chose the Radiance because of its itinerary in New Zealand and Australia and because of the good experiences we have had on several other Royal Caribbean ships. Unfortunately, our experience on the Radiance fell well below our previous ... Read More
We chose the Radiance because of its itinerary in New Zealand and Australia and because of the good experiences we have had on several other Royal Caribbean ships. Unfortunately, our experience on the Radiance fell well below our previous Royal Caribbean cruises in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. Overall, the ship seemed to have many issues that need correcting, including the menu choices and food preparation in the main dining room at dinner, the boring and tasteless food in the rather small buffet and the poor condition of the ship's furnishings. The Radiance is definitely showing its age and should be brought into dry dock for a complete refurbishment or should be retired. The balcony cabin we reserved was large enough and had a much larger balcony, as we were on the hump. The bed and pillows were comfortable and linens in good condition. However, the furniture was in need of refinishing. The bathroom shower had a curtain rather than a sliding curved door, so was difficult to keep water from splashing on the bathroom floor. The shower head was difficult to move away from the front so added to the problem. When we boarded and got to our cabin, we found lots of paint chips that must have been dislodged when the ship was power washed. They were stuck like glue to the balcony decking and on the 3 chairs and large table there. I tried to get them off by wiping down with a damp towel, but they would not budge. Our cabin steward was great as was our head waiter and his assistant. The rest of the crew were very hard working and pleasant, with the exception of those at the Guest Services and combined Shore Excursion desk, all of whom were not very helpful nor very pleasant. They did not seem to know what they were doing half the time. The touted VOOM wifi was spotty and sometime nonexistent and the entertainment was not very good except for the one night when there was a great tango group. The comedians were horrible. Pools on the ship were very small and not designed to resist movement, so were sloshing a lot when at sea. The workout room is adequate, but some of the equipment needs replacing as some were difficult to change adjustments and one slipped out of the adjustment pin for several people when I was in the gym. Classes looked good, but some were designed to sell orthotics or other things. We will not cruise on the Radiance again unless it undergoes a complete overhaul and we are sure many other passengers would echo our sentiments. Many things made us wonder if RCCL is cutting back to improve their bottom line. May backfire, as lots of passengers openly expressed their dissatisfaction with cruise to everyone within earshot. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Old but correct ship partially renovated. Service on board was a little bit to festive or let's say relax even if attendants where nice. No touch of class compare to other ships. We had an excellent room attendant on our 10 th ... Read More
Old but correct ship partially renovated. Service on board was a little bit to festive or let's say relax even if attendants where nice. No touch of class compare to other ships. We had an excellent room attendant on our 10 th deck. We are not young people even if in good shape and we were travelling with our grand daughter that dreamed on this cruise and overall enjoyed. Stateroom for three but the sofa bed was a great discomfort. When open at night there was practically no place to move. Trying to get up was for an athlete as the bed was almost on floor level with a hard matrass. After the first nights my bone were getting out of my body and I requested a solution. The room attendant went all the way calling his Senior housekeeper and I suggested them not to open the sofa bed or just a little and to add a mattress which they did and it became a magician trick . I slept like a baby. Thank you Mr Sookressen Mahadoo you have been grate as cabin attendant . We were assigned a table on the Cascade restaurant attended by Raghu Chowdhur. A very nice man with a great smile. At times just a little bit to friendly perhaps but it looks that was the service attendance in general that I say had sympathy but were polite. Keeping some distance and not to overdo would still be beneficial for them. The food in general was nothing exceptional but good and the specialities restaurants where correct to good particularly the Grill. The Windjammer had always a correct buffet display but few things were not good. and mainly that slippery granit floor that could have cost a much worst accident to my wife than a broken arm. How could you have such a floor ! ..It is an Ice skating ring badly washed or far to humid due as I was explained by being under the tropics and rainy weather outside. A "Wet sign" is not enough. No floor carpets or more indications. Next day they were lot of them but still your floor was slippery and it is a Indoor restaurant. Really difficult to understand your security policy on this respect and casualties do cause you certainly a high cost in claims. Perhaps you will react once somebody will have nock his head ! My wife was quickly and well attended by the Restaurant staff while lying on the floor with the arm out of the elbow. Good for her she was waring proper shoes otherwise ! Security staff came quickly such as medical attendance with Nurse and Doctor. A passenger nurse took care till there arrival. Treatment performed was quick and therefore congratulations to your on board medical facilities. Your Safety & s Security Mgr a young Canadian Officer was nice and he did a personal follow up which is to be thanked such as young Portuguese Guest Relation by the name of Cardoso and fullstop. WE never received a call from you hotel manager or F & B Mgr both very aware but I found your Croatian Chief Engineer that attended my remake in situ while going for his lunch next day. As I said it ended badly but it could have be worst by a clear omission of a floor treatment or bad floor cleanliness maintenance. Petty, we have use a lot Celebrity and we like but due to this incident we have been highly disappointed by the Radiance of the Sea and we had to short cut our leaves by three weeks after flying back home after visiting the Medical Center in Sydney. Spoiled vacations due to a negligent and dangerous poor maintenance of an indoor restaurant. Not to believe ! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We were looking forward to a fun, party type atmosphere like we have had recently on Explorer, Rhapsody and Celebrity Solstice. Those ships had dancing almost every night to a really uptempo band playing great dance music and there was ... Read More
We were looking forward to a fun, party type atmosphere like we have had recently on Explorer, Rhapsody and Celebrity Solstice. Those ships had dancing almost every night to a really uptempo band playing great dance music and there was either a party in the public area or the nightclub was pumping. This voyage had a largely young to youngish age group looking to have fun at night but the Radiance only had four fun parties over the 14 night trip. The Phillipino band continually played boring, old fashioned music which only one or two couples would dance to so everyone would melt off early to bed. I have never spent so many cruise evenings watching movies! Loved Zumba with Sophie on sea days but I wish that the gym instructors taking Fab Abs and Total Body Conditioning would not push everyone do endless repetitions of the same movement using the same bodypart over 1 to 2 minutes. I ended up with painful inflammation of the shoulders and upper arms which gradually subsided with rest - my gym Les Mills in Auckland never make you overuse one area and they change to a different exercise far more frequently. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We sailed on RCCL’s Radiance of the Seas for 28 days from January 3 to 31, 2018. This was two 14-day back-to-back cruises that took us from Australia to New Caledonia, Fiji, Tonga, both islands of New Zealand, and back to Australia. ... Read More
We sailed on RCCL’s Radiance of the Seas for 28 days from January 3 to 31, 2018. This was two 14-day back-to-back cruises that took us from Australia to New Caledonia, Fiji, Tonga, both islands of New Zealand, and back to Australia. First let me say that the ship’s staff and managers worked very hard to please. Airline employees are experts at saying “no,” while RCCL’s employees try very hard to say yes. This customer-oriented attitude is true for many cruise lines, but not all. We sailed twice on another cruise line years ago (that I will not name) on which we were often told “not possible” for a number of basic and reasonable requests. My point is that all the RCCL employees were customer-oriented and great!!! The ship was not only fine but gorgeous. The food offerings in the main dining room were good but a few steps down from the recent past. Most of the entertainment was okay to great. The Argentine Tango show was Broadway quality. A couple of the headliner shows over the 28 days were C quality or worse. For two nights on the second 14 days, there was no show in the main theater/venue. That was a first for us after 60 cruises. Still, there were other things to do on the ship. The hours of the restaurants were cut way back. For many of the tours RCCL sold, you couldn’t have breakfast in the main dining room because it didn’t open early enough. While the midnight buffet is long gone, the Windjammer buffet now closes very early. Yes, the RCCL product with respect to food value, dining hours, and entertainment has significantly declined in recent years. For frequent cruisers like us, it is very obvious and sad. However, for those new to cruising, a cruise is still a remarkable experience. For reasonable cost, you can have a fine floating hotel, good meals every day, and plenty of fun things to do. Cruising on RCCL is still one of the best all-inclusive vacations that can be found! We missed two tender ports because of the weather. For the first one (the first Tongan port), they disembarked all of the ship’s tours, and then decided it wasn’t safe to let the rest of us off. For New Zealand’s Bay of Islands, they decided to skip the port well before we arrived. There was no compensation for either missed port. Some other cruise lines have given token financial compensation for a missed tender port, AND refunded the port taxes and fees. RCCL did neither. Be aware that when you book any cruise with one or more tender ports, there is always a greater possibility that a tender port will be skipped because of weather. This is because of safety and liability concerns when the sea is not smooth. For the right itinerary and price, we hope to cruise RCCL again, but we will also try some of our other favorite cruise lines! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
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 ... Read More
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. The entertainment on board ranged from the average (the old guy singing in the English pub each night) to the outstanding (the "Real Time Band" who played in the central bar most nights and were just great). Dining: The MDR was fantastic for food and service. The buffet ("Windjammers") was average - food bland, always hard to get a table, often not cleaned adequately. I'm told by the wife that Izumi Sushi was the best ever. Our experience in Chops Grille was disappointing, considering that we had paid the cover charge ($35 each) and then $20 for the seafood tower. The service was slow, the food ordinary and a promised discount not honoured until we insisted. Cabin (sorry - "Stateroom"): small, but we kind of expected this. (See below). There was only 'body wash' in the shower dispenser. I was told by some regular RCI customers that they used to provide shampoo and conditioner in little vials (you know, the kind you would expect in a hotel/motel) but had stopped doing it recently. Our stateroom attendant was very helpful, turning down our sofa-bed each day and night without grumbling. In fact, the service on the ship, for the most part, was very good. The activities and 'extras' on board were often greatly over-priced: $42 to play bingo; $120 for my daughter to get a facial treatment. It was even $35 to get a small bag of laundry done on the ship. RCI have decided to remove guest laundries, so they profiteer relentlessly on this. Everything but the essentials involved an extra fee. Shore excursions arranged through the ship were sometimes prohibitively expensive, so we didn't bother. The tender vessels, when needed, were generally okay (I mean, it is what it is). Ports: Dunedin - pleasantly surprising; Akaroa - similar; Tauranga - beautiful, had some drinks in the Astrolabe Brewbar, one of the nicest and most unusual bars I've ever seen; Auckland - not nearly enough time on an 8-hour stopover; Bay of Islands - also very nice. Plenty of places to come back to on an actual holiday with time to see some things. Travelled with one wife and one 12-year-old child. The daughter had a great time and made lots of friends in the "teens club". Some days we hardly saw her. On other days, she grumbled a bit that there wasn't much to do. The weather was good; hardly any motion in the boat at all (much to my displeasure - I like some rocking and rolling at sea!). Overall, just okay. Nothing great. Next time: another line. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
I choose to do this crusie as I wanted to do my own thing for Christmas and New Years. The Interna Stateroom was fantastic couldn't fault it in anyway except the fridge didn't work but I didn't need to use it. The ... Read More
I choose to do this crusie as I wanted to do my own thing for Christmas and New Years. The Interna Stateroom was fantastic couldn't fault it in anyway except the fridge didn't work but I didn't need to use it. The embarkation and the disembarkation was the smoothest run part of the cruise. Unfortunately they Port disembarkation was a disaster, at Arkura we waited 2 hours for the tenders to pick everyone up it was freezing cold and were not offered an explanation as to why we waited so long. The dinning was fantastic and the service was by far the best you can get. The Entertainment was not good at all the singers couldn't sing and this made it hard to listen to. Although they did have a couple of good performances in the theatre that were great. In all this was a great cruise for me as a first in 26 years but I think I will look at going on another cruise with anther cruise liner next time Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We wanted a short cruise in order to relax before the stresses of Christmas. We certainly found the right one to do it! Although we left Sydney late, due to someone being disembarked because of illness, the cruise was very relaxing, ... Read More
We wanted a short cruise in order to relax before the stresses of Christmas. We certainly found the right one to do it! Although we left Sydney late, due to someone being disembarked because of illness, the cruise was very relaxing, exactly what we needed! The only "bad" thing was our room steward who was either new or very disorganised, as our room, some mornings, took a long time to be made up. Wait staff and the concierge in the Diamond club were excellent, our evening waiter was great, but his assistant not so good, and the Chef's Table staff very absolutely wonderful! We expected Adelaide to be extremely hot, listening to the weather reports, but Adelaide was kind to us, and provided beautiful weather. Melbourne had its usual unpredictable weather, but was kind to us. Hobart had the best weather, a cool morning which turned into a magnificent day! Overall a very relaxing time, exactly what we wanted! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Chose this cruise because we had never cruised to Adelaide before. Travelled in a Grand Suite with my wife and adult sister, we also has long time friends on board. Stayed in Sydney for three days in an apartment at Darling Harbour so ... Read More
Chose this cruise because we had never cruised to Adelaide before. Travelled in a Grand Suite with my wife and adult sister, we also has long time friends on board. Stayed in Sydney for three days in an apartment at Darling Harbour so no stress with flight times. Had a great time exploring the many attractions on ond off the water, had a great burger at Betty’s Burger near the convention centre and very nice Mexican lunch at El Comedos in the Rocks area. On the morning of the cruise caught the ferry from Barangaroo to Circular Quay, a short stroll to the OPT. Even though we had priority boarding we arrived at 09:45 expecting to drop off our bags and go get a nice cup of coffee (ship coffee is normally horrendous), there was very few passengers so dropped off our luggage and were whisked through check in ending up on board at just after 10 o clock, a quick tour of the ship as this was our first time on Radiance then a lunch at Windjammers where we caught up with our friends. Staterooms were made accessible right on the dot of 1 pm so a quick unpack then a further look around. I thought Radiance was looking pretty good for her age the only bits that looked worn was our balcony which was in a good need of a repaint and new furnishings. The Grand Suite was very nice, clean and in good repair with plenty of space for three adults, the layout was similar to the Grand Suite in Legend but slightly more modern furniture, the balcony on Legend however was much superior being almost twice the width and flooring made of synthetic planking rather than the painted metal of Radiance. My sister slept on the Sofa bed which she said was very comfortable, it was a pull out type rather than foldout and was prepared each evening an put away each morning. We hardly saw our stateroom attendant as we spent little time in our room but he kept the cabin and bathroom spotless and well stocked with towels, we referred to him as the silent cabin ninja, when we did run into him he was friendly, personable and courteous. We had our first dinner in Chops Grill which was lovely, booked the “first night done right package” which was good value. Most other meals we took in Cascades restaurant with MyTime dining, the second evening had long lines to get in and bookings seemed to be quite confused but that was sorted out and had no problems after that, we decided to keep the same time and table for the rest of the cruise, our waiters Samuil an Roy were wonderful. Did the Chefs Table one night and it was fantastic the food was beautifully cooked and presented and the wines exceptional, the sommelier Albert was the standout though well versed in his craft and very engaging and funny, a great night. The only bar we frequented was in the concierge lounge so of course we were well looked after there. Hobart was as always a great port arriving almost in the Center of town, due to the quite short docking times my sister and I took a ships tour to Port Arthur and a wildlife park, highly recommended although time at Port Arthur was a little short, glad we had a ships tour as we got back late. Adelaide, overnight stay, Port is quite a way out of town with few facilities and the train was out of commission due to track works so a shuttle bus to the city was provided $AUD10 return or free if a senior. I don’t understand why one of the car rental companies didn’t either set up a temp shop or arrange to drop of a car at the dock they would have made a killing. Once we got into Adelaide we hired a car and visited the beachside at Glenelg, Hahndorf and Mclaren Vale wine district. Melbourne, we were pleasantly surprised by how good the Port looked, there has been a lot of waterfront development since our last visit where it was an ugly working port, now it is quite inviting with Cafés and restaurants. All in all a great cruise, we loved the public spaces on Radiance and all the open glass views. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
The check-in went like clockwork in regards to Royal Caribbean. The security checks were a joke. No coordination, no regards to anyone. We were treated like slabs of meat on a conveyor belt. This was our second cruise on this ship. We ... Read More
The check-in went like clockwork in regards to Royal Caribbean. The security checks were a joke. No coordination, no regards to anyone. We were treated like slabs of meat on a conveyor belt. This was our second cruise on this ship. We did not notice so much on the first cruise but this time we noticed it was buy, buy, buy every day. Buy this, buy that, get this, get that, non stop. For us it just got tiring and annoying. There are very few places on the ship where it is relatively quiet. I'm not talking about the normal ship sounds but the people and the constant music. Didn't mind the music just the high volume. Way too loud for some of the venues. The cabin attendant was excellent, no faults there. DO NOT GET YOUR PERSONAL LAUNDRY DONE ON THE SHIP. It is extremely expensive, way more than it should be, $1.95 for 1 sock, not a pair but 1 sock. It would be best to pay the tips to each individual that you feel deserves it. A blanket gratuity, I feel is unfair. A tip should only be given for outstanding service, anything less, no tip. For the most part the crew were excellent, polite, courteous and usually with a smile on their faces. The ship also looked tired and worn, a good ship in need of some TLC. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Chose this cruise because it sailed around both Islands. I have never been to the South Island before. I caught up with Mum in Tauranga. A cousin in Wellington and a brother Christchurch. I love Wellington. The South Island is ... Read More
Chose this cruise because it sailed around both Islands. I have never been to the South Island before. I caught up with Mum in Tauranga. A cousin in Wellington and a brother Christchurch. I love Wellington. The South Island is amazing to see, different scenery to the North and in some ways a different culture. The South Island appears to be More English in culture. The ship itself, does need refurbishment and the showers are smaller than other cruise lines. Overall the food was good. We chose MyTime dining, not knowing that even with that you could book a definite time for each evening of your cruise. We were considered walki ins and therefore missed out on the formal nights. Carnival Legend sails between the US and Australia and manages to deal in AUD, but yet Royal Caribbean can’t do that and everything in in the USD and the exchange rate on the ship is abysmal. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
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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