Review: Radiance Of The Seas
Radiance of the Seas is looking wonderful after it’s revitalisation before arriving in Australia for the season. The outdoor pool area is definitely for the young and young at heart with music playing and the outdoor movie screen going all day.
This is also where they hold a lot of the games. There is also a small cinema onboard, though one has to go in early to be assured of a seat. I missed out twice.
In comparison the solarium pool area is adults-only, with relaxing sounds of birds twittering through the trees, and the added bonus of sun protection as the sliding roof is never opened. The healthy food option, Parc Café is in this area.
The Radiance of the Seas has 3 single inside cabins. Every cabin has a stocked bar fridge. The power points are 110v and require either a plug with 2 flat prongs or 2 round prongs.
It is recommended that passengers pre-book their shore excursions so they do not find the excursion they are wishing to do is already booked out.
There is no advantage to pre-booking the drinks package and, in fact, there are more options onboard than offered on the web. For example there is an Australian / New Zealand wine package that is not on the web.
There are two dining packages for the speciality restaurants @ USD70.00 per person or USD120.00 per person. The dearer package also includes The Chef’s Table, a degustation meal, limited to 16 people per night…..wonderful, and at the end of the evening you get presented with an autographed cook book. With your package you get the Brazilian Samba restaurant - 9 courses of meat, Giovanni’s which is home style Italian, Chops Grill a quality steakhouse and Izumi’s a Japanese restaurant and this one is open for both lunch and dinner.
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines will carry infants 6 – 12 months provided the itinerary does not have a 3 day stretch at sea. This is due to limited medical facilities on board.
Words by Linda Laing
Originally from British Columbia in Canada, Linda began her Australian travel career 37 years ago. One of her first positions in Australia was with the well known cruise brand, P&O Cruises. Linda has vast experience in airfares and add-on land arrangements, enabling her to offer the complete cruise travel package. Her most recent cruise experiences have been with Oceania Cruise Lines, Peregrine in Antarctica, Star Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Lines. Linda also holds her Masters Certificate from the Cruise Council of Australia. Linda is based in Cruiseabout Turramurra in NSW. You can contact her on 1300 837 681, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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