Radiance of the Seas Overview

By Cruiseline.com - Updated Sep. 10, 2019

While most of Royal Caribbean’s fleet stays in the Caribbean year-round, Radiance of the Seas sails to some of the wildest, exotic destinations around the world. From the glaciers of Alaska to the shores of the South Pacific, passengers can view gorgeous vistas from a variety of excellent vantage points thanks to more glass and windows than any other Royal Caribbean ship. Glass elevators move passengers from deck to deck while they look out on the ocean or nearby destinations, and other views can be accessed from the nine-story atrium, exterior decks, and cabin balconies.

While Radiance of the Seas is more about cruising for the destination, that doesn’t mean there’s a shortage of things to do. Music lovers can participate in live piano sing-alongs or enjoy orchestral performances, and lounges on many of the decks make it easy for adults to find a suitable beverage, listen to live jazz or dance. Nursery services and a staff-run Ocean Adventure area for kids age 3 to 17 ensure younger family members are entertained and cared for while parents indulge in massages, spa treatments or sushi-making classes. Younger passengers can also enjoy time in the Challengers Arcade, H2O Water Park, or a Teen Disco that rages until 2 a.m. each night. And since the Radiance of the Seas holds about half the passengers of Royal Caribbean’s newest mega-ships, the top decks, restaurants, and theaters rarely feel overly crowded.

Radiance of the Seas underwent a significant refurbishment in 2016: staterooms were updated, the pool deck was refreshed, and the onboard spa was completely redesigned. Radiance currently sails to Alaska from May through August and the South Pacific or Hawaii from September to April.

Ship Highlights

  • Adventure Ocean and Royal Babies & Tots Nursery
  • Lounges include the Solarium, Schooner Bar and Diamond Club
  • Challengers Arcade for family-friendly gaming
  • Casino Royale for adult gaming
  • Specialty restaurants including Izumi, Chops Grille, Giovanni’s Table, and Chef’s Table
  • H2O Zone water park
  • Poolside bar
  • Live orchestra and Performances at Aurora Theater
  • Billiards room
  • 70s disco party at Teen Disco
  • Piano Sing-Alongs
  • Sushi-making, fitness, and language classes
  • Wine tastings

Before you Book

Why Sail Radiance of the Seas: Since it sails to Alaska, Hawaii, and the South Pacific Radiance of the Seas is ideal for travelers looking for a change of pace from a typical Caribbean cruise.

You Should Know: Unlike new Royal Caribbean ships that can hold upwards of 5,000+ passengers and are filled to the brim with cutting-edge technology, Radiance of the Seas is an older, smaller ship meant to explore off-the-beaten-path destinations. There’s less to do onboard, and it’s worth noting that while the ship is family-friendly, you will find fewer children onboard because of the longer sailings and more exotic destinations.

Radiance of the Seas Ship Stats

  • Price:
    $$$$
  • Size: L
  • Total Passengers: 2,546
  • Total Crew: 859
  • Passenger to Crew Ratio: 2.96
  • Built: Jun 2000
  • Refurbished: Jun 2011
  • Number of Decks: 13
  • Total Cabins: 1,071
  • Cabin Categories: 25
  • Gross Tonnage: 90,090
  • Length: 962
  • Beam: 106

Ratings:

  • Cabin / Stateroom 4.4
  • Children's Programs 3.8
  • Destinations and Excursions 4.5
  • Embarkation and Disembarkation 4.2
  • Entertainment 3.9
  • Food and Dining 4.1
  • Onboard Activities 4.0
  • Service and Staff 4.6
  • Ship Quality 4.3

Cabins

1071 cabins and 25 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
4.7
(23 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 165 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $108/night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
4.2
(29 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 184 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $130/night
Balcony Balcony
4.1
(86 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 178 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $199/night
Suite Cabin Suite
4.9
(14 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 540 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $354/night

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Dining

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Latte-Tudes Latte-Tudes
5.0
(4 Reviews)
Chop''s Grille Chop''s Grille
5.0
(4 Reviews)
Chef''s Table Chef''s Table
5.0
(2 Reviews)
Samba Grill Samba Grill
5.0
(2 Reviews)

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Onboard Activities

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Logo Souvenir Shop Logo Souvenir Shop
5.0
(3 Reviews)
Colony Club Colony Club
5.0
(4 Reviews)
Pool Pool
5.0
(2 Reviews)
Sports Court Sports Court
5.0
(1 Review)

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Very good introduction to Australia/New Zealand by gkrissek

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Realized how much there is to see in Australia and New Zealand. Wish there was a similar cruise that included NZ and Fiji.

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Fun in the Sun in Hawaii by codysmom5732507

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

One big thing we found very "Poor" was the choice of music around the ship .... especially in the buffet. When you have so many older people onboard you should be choosing more easy listening music, as we found the music actually very annoying...... just saying

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Trip to Paradise by seafish1319

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Great cruise. Loved Hawaii. 6 days at sea in a row is both relaxing and tedious. Probably more fun on the Ovation with more things to do.

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279 Radiance of the Seas Tips

aggiehancock
Jul 17, 2014

Rita's Crab Shack was worth the extra money.

DubaiDolly
Jul 23, 2014

For a healthy option eat at Park cafe

Poochismom
Jul 24, 2014

We always went to the Windjammer for breakfast. A lot of variety and never a wait. Good food.

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