Very good long journey

Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review to Transpacific

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Radiance of the Seas

19 Night Transpacific Westbound (Honolulu To Sydney)

Sail date: September 19, 2017

Ship: Radiance of the Seas

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 8168

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review summary

Great cruise, but very long with 12 days at sea and one day of 20-26 foot waves in the Pacific. We were ready to get off the boat after a day of 20-26 foot waves. Mr toads wild ride. Our highlight was snorkeling with the humpback mama and baby in Tahiti, and the all day jetski/atv adventure in Moorea.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
no problems, enjoyed Honolulu before hand

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
They are saving money on quality. In the main dining, they have limited your choices on steaks and seafood, and charge extra for higher quality. In the windjammer buffet, the better the desserts looked, the worst the taste. You have to pay extra for good drinks including OJ. Alcoholic drinks are expensive, like $9-12 a drink plus a mandatory 18% tip automatically added.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Pretty average

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Pretty average for cruising

Children's Programs

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Royston, Ashok were great in main dining, and so was Iputu the room attendant.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Ship tour was great

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
This is the best cabin on the ship. Great sized room in the aft, with only 1 neighbor and a couch. Great ocean views through large sliding glass doors, with an extra large balcony with large panoramic views. Balcony is totally private and has table-2 chairs and a full deck chase. Worth the extra money.

Ship tip

Great shore excursions through shoreexcursions.com/. Voom internet was good. They charge extra for everything now. Food and dessert quality has declined. You can bring two bottles of wine.

Ports of call

Honolulu, Oahu

3 out of 5
Waited forever in long lines to get on the boat

Papeete, Tahiti

5 out of 5
Easy, have to snorkel with the humpback whales, a must do since only in 3 places in the world.

Moorea, French Polynesia

5 out of 5
The best day of our lives. Tendered, but beautiful views. Must do the all day Jet ski and ATV adventure at Moorea activity ctr through shoreexcursions.com/priceline. We shared vehicles. Swam with over 30 black tip sharks and petted stingrays. Moorea looks like King Kongs island. Reminded me of Kauai.

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

4 out of 5
Tendered, beautiful water, but smaller than Moorea. Less to do. Diving was not good, just snorkel. Lots of history.

Cross International Dateline

3 out of 5
Cool, but gained a day and lost a day, jet lag.

Wellington, New Zealand

4 out of 5
Very Windy, cool, lots of earthquakes. Great electric bicycle tour at switched on bikes.

Picton, New Zealand

4 out of 5
Logging town, reminded me of Oregon. Not much to do, so nice half day kayak tour to see wildlife.

Sydney, Australia

5 out of 5
Loved it. Reminded me of San Fran, Seattle, and Rome. Great port. Weekend market at the Rocks. Took a bike tour on Manly and have to go to the manly Beach. Taronga Zoo is best in the world.

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
Carried on own bags off. Was ready to get off the boat after a day of 20-26 foot waves. Mr toads wild ride.
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