Radiance of the Seas Overview

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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.

Best For

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.

Things to Consider

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.

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

Radiance of the Seas Ship Stats

  • Price:
  • Size: L
  • Total Passengers: 2,501
  • Total Crew: 859
  • Crew to Passenger Ratio: 2.91
  • Refurbished: Jun 2011
  • Number of Decks: 13
  • Total Cabins: 1,071
  • Cabin Categories: 25
  • Gross Tonnage: 90,090
  • Length: 962
  • Beam: 106

Radiance of the Seas Cabins

1071 cabins and 25 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
(23 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 165 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $111/night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
(28 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 184 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $129/night
Balcony Balcony
(85 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 178 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $181/night
Suite Cabin Suite
(12 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 540 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $344/night

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Radiance of the Seas Dining

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Latte-Tudes Latte-Tudes
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Samba Grill Samba Grill
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Chop''s Grille Chop''s Grille
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Windjammer Marketplace Windjammer Marketplace
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Radiance of the Seas Onboard Activities

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Logo Souvenir Shop Logo Souvenir Shop
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Colony Club Colony Club
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Pool Pool
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Sports Court Sports Court
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Siblings/Spouses (group of 9) Alaska Hubbard Glacier Southbound on Radiance by rst1959

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

Long-time traveler, first-time cruising - a great experience. Loved being in a group. Infiltrating smoke a problem, as mentioned. The lesser wifi/internet package seemed worthless . . . one in our group had the higher-speed option and as much problems and woes as us. Some of the upsales efforting by staff became tiresome.

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Alaska family cruise by markwclymer230

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Had a fantastic time with this itinerary, which I would recommend to people of almost all ages. We've done 11 cruises around the world. If you can choose only one-- it should be this one.

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Cruise was great. This was our 3rd time on this ship. Loud music under our rooms that lasted into the night. by rebstid

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

I can only reiterate the disappointment due to lack of sleep caused by the entertainment in the Schooner Bar. We called in every night and received very courteous receptionists but that could not get us our rest. One of our group even spoke with the pianist and he apologized and stopped playing a little before midnight that night. But the next night things continued. He was just doing his job. Should we return to the Radiance careful consideration will be made in room selection...or on any other ship for that matter. We love Alaska. All of our friends know that we go and look forward to sharing our stories upon return. Some of them have even been upon our recommendation.

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Jul 17, 2014

Rita's Crab Shack was worth the extra money.

Jul 23, 2014

For a healthy option eat at Park cafe

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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