Cruise Review - Royal Caribbean, Radiance of the Seas

Cruise Review - Royal Caribbean, Radiance of the Seas

Date of Sailing : 13 February 2019

Destination : New Zealand

General area comments :

The first thing that hits you when you get on this ship is the light filled atrium area.
The floor to ceiling windows of the nine story central atrium flood the area with natural light giving it a spacious feeling with incredible views.
This area is also host to some of the great entertainment on board throughout the day and night.
There are plenty of activities on board to keep the whole family occupied.
The evenings are never boring with a range of live entertainment from several area of the ship ranging from relaxed to full production shows.

You can even opt for a movie under the stars with regular films being shown on the outdoor poolside movie screen.

The ship has 3 swimming pools on board, one being in the adults only Solarium retreat area.

State room Comments :

I always love to book a balcony cabin when I sail, as I love to be able to sit out in the mornings when arriving into port watching the world go by with a coffee.

The cabin that we had on this ship was very spacious, and there was more than enough storage for our luggage.  As always our cabin attendant was amazing and kept the cabin spotless.

Dining Comments :

The food on board Radiance of the Seas did not disappoint.  There are plenty of dining venues to choose from.

We opted for My Time dining in the main restaurant, and didn’t have to wait to be seated as a group of four.  We did opt on a few occasions to join a larger table, which is great for meeting new people.  The Windjammer Marketplace also had a great range and quality of food.  We did dine here on a couple of evenings which were themed nights that we particularly enjoyed (Mexican & Indian).

Another great option that is included in the cost of your fare is the Park Cafe in the adults only solarium.  They served hot pies, sandwiches and other smaller snacks, which was great during the afternoon when you arrive back onto the ship and just wanting something small before dinner.

There is also a large range of specialty dining venues for those that want something a little different at a cost.

General comments :

Being one of Royal Caribbean’s lower capacity ships there is definitely a more relaxed and welcoming feel on board.
There was never a queue for anything, and getting a sunbed in the adults only solarium area was still possible at most times of the day.

The last enhancements were performed on the ship in 2016, and is due to go into dry dock for a multi million dollar refit later in 2020.
If you are sailing on this ship and your itinerary includes a day of scenic cruising then be sure to head to the helipad at the bow of the ship for some amazing views.

I love sailing on this size of ship as you have all of the amenities and entertainment for a big ship, but the reduced number of guests means that it still feels intimate and less crowded.

On this sailing we also pre booked the deluxe drinks package and VOOM package (internet at sea).  Both were great value, and the quality of the internet was great.  I was able to keep in touch with all of my clients and work in my down times while sailing.

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