17 Sydney (Australia) to Transpacific Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas Cruise Reviews

Trans-Pacific cruise as ships relocated to US Northwest. Normal RCI quality, i.e. excellent food and quality staff. We we disappointed that Rita’s restaurant has been closed as we used to enjoy sitting out eating guacamole / chips and ... Read More
Trans-Pacific cruise as ships relocated to US Northwest. Normal RCI quality, i.e. excellent food and quality staff. We we disappointed that Rita’s restaurant has been closed as we used to enjoy sitting out eating guacamole / chips and sharing the grande margarita with friends (it would be nice to be able to get a pitcher of margaritas for sharing but bartender thought it was mitigate over-serving issues that have happened). The ports were only ok, generally a little on the boring side but guessing due to the last ship of the season. The ship was good shape although showing signs of external wear Horrible cabin location, it’s beneath the Windjammer and Izumi speciality restaurant. The room sounds like you’re in a bowling alley due to the carts in the restaurants above running over the stippled tile in the kitchen areas. It does subside around midnight until around 4:30 am, currently 4:21 am and the banging has started. Called several times and restaurant manager did state they would try to mitigate noise, unfortunately to no avail. Asked to be moved but was not accommodated although RCI did give coupon for small discount on future cruise. VOOM on this cruise was marginally above worthless. Using SpeedTest by Ookla, download speeds ranged from a high of 1.5 mbps down to a non-functional low but averaged at 0.55 mbps across the multiple occasions that I tested. Onboard Tech stated that it speeds is up to 4 mbps, subject to weather and sea conditions but even docked with clear skies the speeds were typically sub 1 mbps. Be warned, no refunds or recourse from RCI for poor VOOM service Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
ok!! here are the pros cabin comfortable. food in dinning room good. staff in most bars great, very friendly, coffee shop guys fantastic. entertainment ok, some great acts, ( Freddy show ) some a bit ordinary. plenty of ... Read More
ok!! here are the pros cabin comfortable. food in dinning room good. staff in most bars great, very friendly, coffee shop guys fantastic. entertainment ok, some great acts, ( Freddy show ) some a bit ordinary. plenty of activities going on if you want to participate OK!! now the cons. the ships billing system is a nightmare, they add cost and credit cost all the time. very hard to understand. I spent severial days visiting guess services trying to understand. travelling with us a friend who is a finance manager and accountant was dumbfounded. so just be careful!!, an example I paid my bill second last night, then on my final statement, they had a charge of $100USD for pool towels. now we only used them 3 times and returned every time back too counter. so with another visit to guest services, they credited the towel without a murmur. i just wonder how many people just pay it??? dining room staff not that great, seem to be more interested in cleaning tables than serving the guess, we where always having to ask for drinks, if we could find our waiter. windjammers average, tend to a bit the same if I ever cruise again I will look at other companies. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
My husband and I were on the recent reposition cruise from Australia to Honolulu. We usually love RC and are Diamond (now Diamond Plus) members. This ship is in a run down condition. One of the main elevators was not working over half ... Read More
My husband and I were on the recent reposition cruise from Australia to Honolulu. We usually love RC and are Diamond (now Diamond Plus) members. This ship is in a run down condition. One of the main elevators was not working over half the time causing a log jam at the elevators. In our cabin, the sink was cracked, and hot water was seldom available. Rust was prevalent almost everywhere. There was not enough room for the Diamond and up members. In order to find seating, one had to be at the longe at least an hour early. The food is getting worse and worse over the years. The same items were on the menu night after night. And to our dismay, they ran out of vanilla ice cream in the WindJammer. On the plus side, we seemed to have a new mattresses. Our neighbors, however had an old one and were very uncomfortable. Overall, we were very disappointed in a cruise we had been looking forward to. We will be trying other cruise lines in the future. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
This was our first cross ocean repositioning cruise. The opportunity to visit Sydney/New Zealand again, see French Polynesia for the 1st time and wind up in Honolulu was the attraction overcoming the twelve sea days. Had prepared for ... Read More
This was our first cross ocean repositioning cruise. The opportunity to visit Sydney/New Zealand again, see French Polynesia for the 1st time and wind up in Honolulu was the attraction overcoming the twelve sea days. Had prepared for stormy weather in New Zealand, but were surprised by the rainy, windy weather most of the way to Tahiti. Sea days from Bora Bora to Hawaii were sunny and warm allowing for sunbathing and deck walking. My sister and brother-in-law joined us on this cruise. Embarkation started out with a short walk from our hotel to the Overseas Passenger Terminal. The door alarms were having difficulties. Many loud sirens and announcements ensued to immediately vacate the building. These were ignored and check-in continued through the din. My four-plug power strip was taken away at the security check along with many others. Was surprised, as it had not been a problem for past cruises. Heard later that power fluctuations on board had caused a power strip to catch fire, resulting in the ban. No notice in advance from Royal Caribbean. The Radiance is older, but we felt that all the areas we visited were well maintained and quite clean. Our cabin was 1556 on Deck 10. For those researching in future years, there were three formal nights. Days 2, 8 & 16. Enjoyed the main dining room most nights. Our waiter and assistant waiter from Indonesia were excellent and very enjoyable. Head Waiter was quite nice and dropped by for a chat each night. Different menus were provided for each of the eighteen nights – no repeats! A number of standard offerings offered every night of course. Tahitian-themed dinner leaving Papeete was our favorite. Also enjoyed nights at Chops Grille, Giovanni’s, Samba and the Chef’s Table to break things up a bit. Entertainment in the main showroom was fine, but a little sparse with the long stretches between ports. Only two production shows during the cruise. Cruise Director Cuddy Cudworth was enthusiastic and worked hard to entertain. We really enjoyed the Sunny Duo – Ukrainian Violinist and Guitar player in the Schooner Bar along with the other music around the ship. To help get us through the stormy sea days, the night time entertainment did a number of matinee shows in the main showroom. Movies were also scheduled in the main showroom each afternoon. The little Cinema was swamped with customers most of the days. Overall service on board was very good to excellent. Kristina in the Schooner Bar took great care of the four of us. Would probably not do this cruise again, but had enough adventures and new experiences to make the one time memorable! Ports/Excursions Sydney – attended the Handa Opera West Side Story musical on the harbor. Great production and amazing singing/dancing in a great setting. Also visited the Sydney WildLife Zoo and had dinner at Aria. Picton – rainy day. Did the Queen Charlotte Sound cruise, visited the Vines in Blenheim and walked around Picton for a bit. Not much open on Easter Sunday. Wellington – nice day. Full day Lord of the Rings Tour was excellent. River Anduin, Isengard, Rivendell and "Get off the road" filming sights plus an excellent lunch. Tahiti – snorkeling tour, walking around downtown Papeete and sunset catamaran tour. Moorea – Motu Picnic Lunch included snorkeling with stingrays & sharks – very enjoyable. Bora Bora – booked Patrick’s tour with Maohi Nui. Incredible snorkeling outside the reef with lots of sharks and colorful fish. More great snorkeling inside the reef with stingrays and sharks. Amazing Polynesian lunch followed by a fire dance. Highly recommend this tour. Honolulu – did the Little Circle Island Tour. Good way to leave the ship a little later and bridge the gap to hotel check-in or flight departure. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
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
Dream vacation after doing the first leg in 2008. Menus didn't change much in 39 days in the Main Dining Room. Fish was disappointing, bland and mushy. Steaks were poor quality on the Sydney to Honolulu leg , so never tried them ... Read More
Dream vacation after doing the first leg in 2008. Menus didn't change much in 39 days in the Main Dining Room. Fish was disappointing, bland and mushy. Steaks were poor quality on the Sydney to Honolulu leg , so never tried them again. Specialty dining was excellent in Chops and Sabatini's, but over cooked in Samba. Really enjoyed the Mystery Diner Theater although it was the same scenario as previous ones. Papeete excursion was very poor and selection throughout was not very appealing. Alaska excursions seemed overpriced.Great whale experience in Icy Strait Point. Right at the ship in port. WOW!!! Hawaii was nice, but again the excursions lacked inspiration and many were sold out prior to boarding, bummer.Nothing offered for B2Bers in Vancouver. Seemed like a lost opportunity. Disembarkation and Embarkation at both Honolulu and Vancouver were nightmare's. Poor organization on RCCL and bad operations by Customs and Border from both US and Canada. Memorable trip for many reasons. Glad we did it. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
The destinations and sea days appealed to us. Having cruised the radiance many years ago, we had no qualms of using the ship again. Our first encounter with our cabin came as a shock with worn and badly patched curtains and an over all ... Read More
The destinations and sea days appealed to us. Having cruised the radiance many years ago, we had no qualms of using the ship again. Our first encounter with our cabin came as a shock with worn and badly patched curtains and an over all shabbiness. The smell coming from the drains was terrible, our wonderful room steward was unable to help with the smell, the origin of the odour became evident when, whilst taking a shower, I found myself in almost ankle deep backflow from the drain. The bathroom was soon flooded with the terrible odour even worse! Someone was sent to work on the problem, however the odour was ever present. During some rough seas, we were awoken with drawers and cupboard doors flying open and shutting. This too was fixed with maintenance putting Velcro on the doors and drawers. But not till the following day after we had a sleepless night! The public bathrooms were not kept to the same standard of cleanliness, in fact, were quite filthy! We noticed that many cut backs had occurred such as body lotion and conditioner, both of which I had not taken having assumes that as all previous cruises, these were supplied. The crew from the captain down were fabulous . Drinks are over priced, and many of the shows were suitable for children's parties. So thanks to Radiance, cruising is now off our agenda, after all, who wants to spend 18 days on a 2 star ship! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We were advised by our travel agent to take a relocation cruise to enjoy a lot of extra cruising time, plus the bonus of having a few days in Hawaii before flying home. Sounded like a great idea. My daughter and her husband, both aged in ... Read More
We were advised by our travel agent to take a relocation cruise to enjoy a lot of extra cruising time, plus the bonus of having a few days in Hawaii before flying home. Sounded like a great idea. My daughter and her husband, both aged in their 20s joined us. We had only done one other cruise which was fabulous. Royal Carribbean was sold to us as a 'cut above' and more pitched to adults than families with young children. The reality was that it was an old, but well-maintained ship, only 2 main restaurants (all speciality restaurants at additional cost), plus very little to do on seagoing days. History of WWII talks, religious philosphy, learn to play bridge were the highlights of the daily activity. We felt that the whole cruise was clearly geared towards the elderly. While there were younger folk on board and there was an ongoing Michael Jackson dance contest, but even the evening concert entertainment was geared towards 'seniors'. No waterslides, and none of the onboard activities that you see in the glossy brochures (our fault for not checking more closely). The situation was made worse when rough weather closed all outdoor activity. No pools, no outdoor movies. We slept and read a lot, which was relaxing, but the 'wow' factor was certainly missing and I felt sorry for my daughter and son-in-law who spent most of their time sleeping or reading. Even internet connection wasn't available for a few days while in transit. Disembarkation was so poorly managed, that many passengers were getting angry/anxious about getting off the ship. Despite allowing 5 hours from arriving in port to get to the airport (30 minute drive), we would have missed our flight, had it not been delayed by 2 hours. The ports of call were great, but next time, we'd choose to fly to island resorts, rather than sit in a floating nursing home for 21 days. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
As per normal boarding was easy and well organized. While there are parts of the ship that do need some attention I have to say it was a great cruise. Of course the norm now is to smash you at every turn with drinks packages, Rest ... Read More
As per normal boarding was easy and well organized. While there are parts of the ship that do need some attention I have to say it was a great cruise. Of course the norm now is to smash you at every turn with drinks packages, Rest packages and now even ship tours. The other regular thing that seems to be the norm is price increases and it never ends. We were on this ship in Feb and did the Galley tour with lunch It was a good tour and we had lunch at chops grille. As we were on with friends we decided to do it with them and of course it was more expensive, less time and no chops Grille but just in the dinning room and it was about 10% more expensive than Feb. Overall however, great cruise, staff were excellent, Cruise Director and staff the best I have ever had. The food was great, and yes drinks expensive still however I did notice cocktail of the day went from $12 US to $8 US this cruise which was something anyway. The loyalty program is fantastic as we are Diamond Plus members. Room was all good and our Room attendant Janna was awesome. I have to admit my bucket list included a trip to Tahiti islands and Hawaii. If you are into water sports you will love them but apart from that they are super expensive and not a lot to do. After Tahiti I thought Bali was heaps cheaper and just as good I did my Pearl Harbor tour so I was happy. Now comes the BUT !!! Twice in 2 cruises now we have caught the dreaded Cold/Flu. I recall 1 staff member saying they had it for 15 days which would make me believe there is a big chance staff are spreading it. Both my wife and I were as sick as could be and she had 2 visits to the doctor which is a very expensive exercise. I was in bed almost the whole time from Bora Bora to Hawaii. We do cruise a lot but I am now starting to re think" is it really worth it" ? We paid a lot for this cruise and we spent at least a quarter of it sick and add to that the $330 AUS in doctors fees and it leaves a sour taste I know it is the luck of the draw in most cases and if you do not get it Great !! We enjoyed everything apart from the doctors bill and being sick Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Big plus--It offered more time at sea and visited ports on our "bucket list". This trip has lots of high points and some that were rather mediocre. The service was excellent and we became on a first name basis with our ... Read More
Big plus--It offered more time at sea and visited ports on our "bucket list". This trip has lots of high points and some that were rather mediocre. The service was excellent and we became on a first name basis with our waiter and assistant waiter, Anil and Diana (Liying). They were a delight. Our cabin attendant, Butu, was also very friendly and kept surprising us with towel animals. The service aboard ship from all the crew was exceptional. As this was our 4th cruise we can only compare the entertainment with the others we experienced and this was by far the best. The comedians, jugglers, bar music, singers, dancers, and crew shows were outstanding. Our favorite shows were headlined by Contempo, two extremely talented singers from Australia. Wow!, they were amazing. Coming in at second place was everyone else, (however, one was a very distant second) almost all, very professional. Steve Davis and his staff deserve a lot of credit for keeping us entertained. Much of the time we were racing from bow to stern to engage in various games and activities, the most common of which was Trivia contests. If I had to offer one suggestion to the activities staff it would be to make absolutely certain of the answers to the trivia questions. There were numerous questions that had more than one correct answer which caused much confusion. Some of the same questions were asked at different sessions. The food; plentiful but not up to the level we had experienced on other cruises. Cuts of meat were sometimes tough and gristly. It was exorbitant to have to pay considerably extra to order "specialty" meals or eat in the restaurants other than the Cascades dining room and the Windjammer. Drinks (other than complimentary iced tea or lemonade) were outrageously expensive, $8+ for a Bud Light.! Mixed drinks for $14 was out of our price range, Ironically, room service was free so you could have a meal and glass of water delivered to your cabin, but you were charged if you opened the bottle of water in your mini fridge. Huh??? Our in-room safe malfunctioned, thankfully at a time we were able to get a security person to open it. This has happened several times to us on various vacations, once requiring the safe to be drilled open. Something to think about if you are disembarking and trying to catch an early flight. We always recommend that the safe be opened the night before to avoid a long delay. Little things that can be so easily corrected are often neglected. Walking the upper deck (day 1) we noticed that the basketball net was nothing but a frayed piece of string that was hanging from the hoop. What would it cost major cruise line to make sure that at the start of every cruise there was a useable net? Not a single air hand dryer was functional in the lavatories. Why have them? Why post on the Compass that saving of seats at the Aurora Theater was strictly prohibited when it is commonplace with no one monitoring the seating? We saw people put water bottles at seats to save them for numerous friends. Mini golf was all but impossible due to the rips and tears of the golfing surface. All in all, the ship needs a face lift to take care years of use and some rust spots. Some passengers complained about leaks and water coming from burst pipes. That is not a minor thing. Always a highlight is the opportunity to meet people from distant lands and this cruise offered that in spades, with many from all over Australia. They were all friendly and except for us being separated by a common language there were wonderful conversations. It was often difficult to understand the "lingo" of Aussies but we loved the interaction. They probably thought the same about us Americans. Lots of memories, a once in a lifetime trip we will treasure. Looking forward to our next cruise to the Southern Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This is our first time cruising with RCI and the 2nd cruise for most in our group. We travelled with our 3 children aged 15, 13 and 9 years and the children's grandmothers. We absolutely loved this cruise and cannot speak highly ... Read More
This is our first time cruising with RCI and the 2nd cruise for most in our group. We travelled with our 3 children aged 15, 13 and 9 years and the children's grandmothers. We absolutely loved this cruise and cannot speak highly enough about it. I loved the itinerary - the ports we visited were all fantastic. The entertainment was top notch - there was a different show on every night ranging from music and dancing shows to comedians and stage singers. The entertainers would change at each leg of the cruise where new ones would board the ship. The singers in the bars and public areas were wonderful also - very talented. My favourite was Charlie Jourdan who mainly entertained in the Quill and Compass pub - this guy could sing anything and could change his voice to sound like the original artist of the song he was singing...amazing. The Cruise Director, Steve, was unbelievable - he had so much energy and I was convinced that he worked 24 hrs/day. He did a wonderful job introducing the entertainers and organising activities and concerts for the guests and staff to participate in. He was also very informative and organised discussions/debates covering several different and interesting topics. I feel that Steve was responsible for making this cruise thoroughly enjoyable for everybody in our group. The Captain was also very engaging and hands-on - he was involved in a lot of the organised activities, had a great sense of humour and it was obvious he was highly respected by the crew. Every day at midday he would give an update over the PA system on our current position and weather conditions. We tried to attend all the activities the Captain was involved in as you knew you were guaranteed to have a good laugh such was the nature of his personality. The food in the Windjammer was fantastic - consequently we dined there most evenings. We purchased a dining package enabling us to dine in the 3 specialty restaurants - Samba Grill, Giovannis and Chops Grille - these restaurants exceeded our expectations and were all great - make sure you try them if you ever cruise on the Radiance. Our Stateroom Attendant, Orlando, was great - our kids loved him and he went out of his way to make sure we were happy and everything was OK - we would look forward to coming back to our rooms in the evening to see what towel animal awaited us - very exciting!!! Being a Transpacific Cruise of 18 nights there were understandably a lot more adults than children. Our children had a great time though - and there was plenty going on to keep them entertained. The vibe onboard also seemed different to the last cruise we did through the South Pacific - I assume it's because it was a longer cruise and we were travelling to a different destination - there was a lot of excitement and anticipation throughout the whole cruise. Loved the 'crossing the equator' ceremony - very entertaining and lots of fun. A lot of people were actually quite sad to see the cruise come to an end. The ship does look a bit worn in places, eg, carpet, furnishings, etc, but this doesn't detract from it's beauty and after it's refurb it will look amazing again. Thank-you RCI - I'm sure we will be cruising with you again in the future. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We chose this particular cruise as it left from Sydney, Australia. We had both wanted to see Australia and this was a way to see just a small potion of Australia with a cruise to other destinations thrown in as well. New Zealand, French ... Read More
We chose this particular cruise as it left from Sydney, Australia. We had both wanted to see Australia and this was a way to see just a small potion of Australia with a cruise to other destinations thrown in as well. New Zealand, French Polynesia, and ending in Hawaii. With the idea of staying in Hawaii for several days. It would be three vacations rolled into one big trip. Our stay in Sydney afforded us a small view of what Australia was about. We did a lot in just 5 days with tours that were 12 to 14 hours each day and we same a great deal, but barely scratched the surface. Sydney was, I believe the best for a short stay, an interesting and vibrant city. Embarkation was the smoothest we have ever experienced boarding any cruise. The disembarkation in Hawaii was a complete and utter disaster on RCCL's part. It was the most and utterly confused process I have ever witnessed on any other RCCL ship or other cruise line. To long for any details, suffice to say it was terrible. The ship it self was in need of a refurbishment, which was scheduled when the ship arrived in Vancouver. Our cabin was good and the attendant was outstanding. Food was okay but tailored to the Au. and Asian taste.. Over all the cruise was outstanding from a travel point and ports of call. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
My husband had always wanted to visit Australia and the itinerary for this cruise sounded perfect for us. We spent a week in Australia prior to sailing, with the last two days being in Sydney. Overall wonderful trip! The staff on the ... Read More
My husband had always wanted to visit Australia and the itinerary for this cruise sounded perfect for us. We spent a week in Australia prior to sailing, with the last two days being in Sydney. Overall wonderful trip! The staff on the ship could not have been nicer or more helpful. Their service was outstanding. The entertainment and activities were up to our expectations and one was a real treat. I had not sailed on a ship with a guest choir before and joined the one on this cruise not really knowing what to expect. It was SO much fun and I would really recommend it to anyone who can carry a tune. The choir on this cruise consisted of everyone from old music teachers to people who didn't read music but liked to sing. It was one of the most enjoyable shipboard experiences for me and I would definitely do it again. We booked one excursion through the ship and it was a big disappointment. It was "Wine and Chocolate" in Picton, New Zealand. Sounded like it couldn't go wrong, but it turned out to be a long bus ride to one winery where we watched a movie and then were ushered to the gift shop/tasting room for some quick samples of their wines. Then back on the bus to a chocolate factory where they were hand making some amazing chocolates. We got one sample and were told to hurry and do whatever shopping we wanted to do because the bus was running late. Another long ride back to the ship! :( $89 each. The ship is headed for some time in dry dock and hopefully, will get some much needed repairs and upgrading. Air conditioning in our suite went out, friends cabin flooded when a pipe burst, our bed was not quite as comfortable as some futons we've slept on - etc. Overall there were many more pluses than minuses on the cruise and we still call it a wonderful trip. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We cruised on Radiance of the Seas in December and had a fantastic time. I was looking through reviews to get some first time cruising tips so I hope I can pass tips on to others. Rooms - we stayed on level 9 which was lovely and quiet. ... Read More
We cruised on Radiance of the Seas in December and had a fantastic time. I was looking through reviews to get some first time cruising tips so I hope I can pass tips on to others. Rooms - we stayed on level 9 which was lovely and quiet. We had a room with a balcony but didn't feel that it was essential to have a balcony. You do not spend a lot of time in your room and there are great deck chairs all over the ship with great views. Room service - was amazing. The staff work incredibly hard and our room was cleaned and beds made every day. Our son was on the sofa bed. This was collapsed every day by the staff and then remade of an evening. The bathrooms are small but are fine. Showers are not the best with water pressure etc but we felt this was a minor detail. Food - was amazing and there wAs plenty of it. The cascades dining room is beautiful and delivers top quality meals for breakfast lunch and dinner. I advise booking ahead to get your table at the time you want through my time dining. Otherwise you may have to wait.cascades is a dressy restaraunt and people were very dressed up for the 2 formal nights. Our other theme nights were tropical and white clothes. It is fun to dress up and be part of the theme nights. If you are after casual dining go to the buffet at the Windjammer. There is enough good food here to please anyone and the meals change daily. There is also a cafe near the indoor pool that serves snack type foods all day and all night such as pies, fruit salad, bread rolls, cakes and more. American lemonade, water, tea and coffee is free and available all over the shop. Lattes etc are at a cost. There are restaraunt so that you can pay extra for however we were more than happy with the food included. Drinks - we bought a beer package for my husband and felt that it was excellent value. My son had a soft drink package but this really wasn't needed as he was happy to drink water and lemonade. Wine is around $8 to $12 American dollars per glass .You are allowed to take 2 bottles of wine on board. I did this and would ask for a wine glass from any bar. There is also cocktails of the day which are on Special each day. These we around $8 to $10 American dollars and they were great. There are some free drinks served at the Captains welcome party early in the cruise. Swimming- there are 2 pools on board. Beach towels are provided free. Just swipe your sea pass to get one near the pool. The pools are very busy and it can be hard to get a deck chair however there are lots of lovely quiet places to sit on the ship. Washing - there were no self serve washing facilities on the ship. We took a scrubba wash bag to wash out gym clothes etc.This worked well for us. There is a laundry service available on board but at a cost. Entertainment - if you not entertained on this ship you are a hard to please person. There are non stop activities from early in the morning till late at night that covers a huge range of interest areas. The ships newspaper is delivered every evening and will give all the information that you need about the next day. The aurora theatre is beautiful and has 2 shows most evenings which were fantastic. We went to a show most nights. You don't need to book there are plenty of seats. Excursions - we went on the aqua nature snorkelling tour from Noumea and it was some of the best snorkelling we have ever done. It was really good value. If you like snorkelling take your own snorkelling gear on the ship and do your own snorkelling at isleof Pines and Lifou. By all accounts it was also great snorkelling at no cost. With other tours it is probably easier to book through the ship as you don't have to worry about anything and fight with a crowd to get on a tour. You do not need French money as all ports happily accept Australian currency. You will gave to wait for tender transfers for some ports. This can be quite a wait. A tip is to go very early or leave it till later eg 11am. You only need a few hours at the small ports. Or you enjoy having the ship to yourself while everyone else leaves. Money on ship - the ship is cashless. You will need a lanyard for your sea pass card which you wear everywhere. You can buy glitter lanyard on board which all the ladies had. They are $10 each. On your tv in your room you can see how much you have put on your account each day. Tips - we pre paid our tips which worked well. I was very happy to do this as I felt all the staff worked amazingly hard . Or you can just tip individual staff at god end of your cruise which they appreciate. Sea sickness - we were lucky and had no issues at all. Take sea sick tablets with you in case of high seas. There is a doctor on board. Wash your hands all the time to prevent picking up germs. The ship is constantly being throughly cleaned. You cannot fault it's cleanliness. Hand sanitiser is everywhere on board. Lastly - relax and enjoy. I think this is one of the best value holidays we have been on where we didn't have to worry about a thing. It's our first cruise but will not be our last. The radiance of the seas is a beautiful ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
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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