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Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review to South Pacific

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Reviews: 4
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Overall rating:

4.7 out of 5
Radiance of the Seas

12 Night South Pacific (Sydney Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 21, 2018

Ship: Radiance of the Seas

Cabin type: Balcony

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

A great cruise! Royal Caribbean never disappoint! We have tried a few different companies within our price range and we believe Royal Caribbean are the best!


5 out of 5
Fantastic... on the ship within minutes.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Dining room food was excellent although more variety would have been nice. Choppes Grille definitely worth the extra money... fantastic steak! Cooked to perfection! Buffet was ok... prefer dining in the dining room for lunch on sea days as we could have salad made to order. We used the bar services mainly the champagne bar who had excellent friendly staff, but all bars were easily accessed and friendly staff, always able to get a drink no matter where you are on the boat we were asked by many a bartender just floating around with a tray. Very happy with the service!

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
We participated in mini-golf, but there wasn’t enough adult clubs and balls to keep everyone going around. Shuffleboard is one of our favourites but only one on board so if it was being used it was a long wait. All other activities looked like fun but we prefer to do our own thing.


4 out of 5
We probably saw half the shows on board and they were all of good quality.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The staff were ALL very friendly and hospitable. Our dining room waiter Pande was excellent! And our state room attendant Wayan was also very good.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Very clean but if you looked closely you could see where it was a bit old and worn.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
We chose a balcony on the back of the boat as they are much bigger and we weren’t disappointed... we had a table and chairs and two lounges with plenty of room to move! Also, the wake at the back of the ship is very relaxing to watch as you move through the open ocean.

Ship tip

If you like the solarium area for relaxing on a sunbed get there early because they are premium seats which fill fast.

Ports of call

Sydney, Australia

5 out of 5

Noumea, New Caledonia

3 out of 5
The french are rude. The port okay for a supermarket trip. Next time we might try an excursion.

Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu

5 out of 5
Duty free alcohol and other shopping always best here! They will charge $5 per person for a bus trip to town or $10 per person by boat... I would recommend both! There’s some nice cafes on the water where you can buy a drink and soak up the atmosphere.

Mystery Island, Vanuatu

5 out of 5
Small island that you can walk around. Lots of trinkets and holiday souvenirs can be purchased here and they do take Australian dollars. Swimming and snorkeling is good here but beware there can be strong currents.

Mare Isle, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia Did not visit port

We chose to stay on the ship as we have visited this port on previous cruises.

Isle Of Pines (Ile Des Pins), New Caledonia

5 out of 5
Take snorkeling gear here! We didn’t go this time but we’ve been here a few times and the snorkeling is fantastic! Aim to go right around the large rock island... on one side it’s very shallow and corally and the other side is deep... lots of fish 🐠 Beautiful!

Lifou Isle, New Caledonia Did not visit port

This port was cancelled last minute due to strong winds and tendrs being unable to safely transport passengers.


5 out of 5
Amazingly fast! Sydney has there act together in getting people on and off the ships in an orderly, fast, no fuss way!

Traveler Photos

Solarium Solarium Mystery Island 🌴 New Years Celebrations 🥳 Enjoying the solarium! Walk around Mystery Island Sydney... and our balcony! Room 9658... balcony cabin on back of the ship. Room 9658. Tender boat ride to Mystery Island A drink at a cafe in Vila, Vanuatu.
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