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Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review to South Pacific - Australia


Contributor Level: Second Mate
Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 6
Helpful Votes: 67

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
16 Night Circumnavigation Top End (Sydney To Perth)
Sail Date: October 24, 2013
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 8654
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 3 years ago

Having aways sailed northern Europe, Aslaka or The med off season it was a pleasure to experience a ship in warmer cimate and with plenty of days to enjoy life on board the ship.

Docked along Sydney waterfront it was easy to walk from our hotel to the ship where as Crown & Ancchor members we were able to check in straight away despite the signage stating otherwise.

Radiance of Seas has a indoor solarium and Park cafe where we waited until the cabins were ready whilst others filled the Windjammer.  Cabin was smaller than the balcony cabin on AOS but had a ncie glass balcony that we could enjoy a full view from.

Dinner at Cascades restaurant second seating allocation with table of 10 who were fellow Britsh which was a nice gesture.

Breakfast  & Lunch taken most days at Park cafe as a ligher fare served but frequenty repeated. For variation try the Windjammer. Staff were always very friendly in all restaurants. Everyone smiling was par for the course.

Bought dinning package at 60 us$ to eat at Italian Giovanna, Brazil Samba restaurant and Chops Grille. Our wine package that we purchased could be used at any restaurant on board the ship. On a 16 night  sail a change in restaurant venue is worth the small cost.

It was Melbourne Cup day one day at sea and the crowds gathered for the onboard activities by the pool. Ladies wore hats and alround everyone had a marvellous experience when watching the races on the large pool screen. The entertainment crew lead by Bobby did a marvellous job in making sure that everyone was entertained throughout the cruise.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Variety of restaurants worth splashing out for meal package if on a long sail

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Ship entertainment crew did a great job especially at sea days

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Sit at the back of the threatre so you can leave discreetly

Children's Programs

N/a

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Always happy and smiling. Good teamwork with officers taking part in volley ball pool game with the passengers

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
medium sized ship with solarium for all round weather, mini golf climbing wall,small movie cinema and large movie screen outdoor

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
overall good cabin with glass balcony to enjoy all round view

Ship Tip

For a healthy option eat at Park cafe

5 out of 5
Take a ferry trip to Manley to get a great view of Sydney and see where the locals live.
5 out of 5
Need to take ship shttle as moored in Fisherman Island Grain terminal and no public transport available. Take a river cruise to orienate with Brisbane
3 out of 5
swim in the laggon onshore take your bathing costume and towel from the ship.
3 out of 5
Take a hop on off bus to military musuem, an amazing place with fee wifi in cafe.
3 out of 5
Take an organised ship tour as taxi and roads are chaotic and often delays because of the festivals that take place too frequenly. Charged 25 US$ each for visa even if you do not get off the ship
3 out of 5
Go ashore to stock up at Woolworths. Friendly folk market stalls on cruise days. Its a refuelling stop.
3 out of 5
Tender in and walk along new water front and visit free Maritime Musuem, worth leaving a tip. Free wifi at library in centre of town
5 out of 5
Worth taking a trip to the zoo or a wIne trip up the river.
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