Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review to South Pacific - Australia

Contributor Level: Deck Hand

2-3 cruises


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3 out of 5

Australia/New Zealand Cruise

Sail Date: October 31, 2011

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Inside

Nice amenities. Children facility was nice and clean. Variety of reasonable priced restuarants (Rita's and Izuma) was great change of pace for us.

Pros: Route

Cons: Age Demographics not as diverse as we had hoped.

Recommends Radiance of the Seas? Yes!

Children's Programs
Although kids area was nice. Staff was lacking. Would often not bother unlocking play area. It took at least a week and several visits to guest services to be a slight more accomadating then intially. I.e. told on the first day to go up to for the tour of the facilites before 5pm. Not sure the staff knew they were supposed to be giving a tour. Although before boarding the boat planned on using the sitting services, would never leave my child w/the staff unsupervised. Clearly a job for them and not much more.
Shows at the Aurora where good. activities during the day were amaturish...learn do more by reading instructions on the back of box (specifically the craft activites). Kids structured play amounted to putting crayons and paper on the floor. Waitstaff at restuarants were more engaging.
Food and Dining
Windjammers seemed to have repitition of food choices day after day. Plates/napkins/drinks etc was a challange daily to round everything up get your plates sit down before the staff removed your silverware to make way for other guests.
Service and Staff
Majority of staff went above the friendliness to a point of disingeniousness. To constantly greet 10+ people everytime we went somewhere and when we actually did need something there was little or lack of quality of follow through. i.e. issues of traveling w/small child wasn't appreciated when asked for actual help. Making room in the frig etc.
Ship Quality
Cabin / Stateroom
Good size. It would be nice if the mini fridge had room to put our personal refreshments b/c we had a baby.
Wellington, New Zealand
Melbourne, Australia
Great city, went to the zoo. Would have been nice to have more time to explore the city center more.
Albany, Australia
Small village town. Need to visit the port earlier in the day/morning as most sites close by 3pm.
Port Chalmers (Dunedin), New Zealand
Adelaide, Australia
An hour on the train to and from the city center limited what could be done. Seemed like a fun city.
Akaroa, New Zealand
Small port town. Didn't have a lot to do. Should have taken a Christchurch tour if it wasn't so far/expensive.
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Loved it and plan to go back again. Went to the Wilderness park. Great experience especially with kids.

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