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Royal Caribbean International: Radiance of the Seas

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Radiance of the Seas Review

As the first of five Radiance-class ships launched in 2001, Radiance of the Seas was also one of the first in the Royal Caribbean fleet to receive major renovations in 2012. In addition to new staterooms, upgrades include an outdoor movie screen poolside, a pub, an updated wine bar, the casual Park Café, Asian, Italian, and Brazilian specialty restaurants, a Mexican restaurant, digital signage, lounges for elite past passengers, and a new nursery.

Considered by many people to be the most beautiful vessels in the Royal Caribbean fleet, Radiance-class ships are large but sleek and swift, with sun-filled interiors and panoramic elevators that span 10 decks along the ships' exteriors.

Big, bigger, biggest! In the early 1990s, Royal Caribbean launched Sovereign-class ships, the first of the modern megacruise liners, which continue to be the all-around favorite of passengers who enjoy traditional cruising ambience with a touch of daring and whimsy. Plunging into the 21st century, each ship in the current fleet carries more passengers than the entire Royal Caribbean fleet of the 1970s, and has amenities—such as new surfing pools—that were unheard of in the past.

All Royal Caribbean ships are topped by the company's signature Viking Crown Lounge, a place to watch the seascape by day and dance at night. Expansive multideck atriums and promenades, as well as the generous use of brass and floor-to-ceiling glass windows, give each vessel a sense of spaciousness and style. The action is nonstop in casinos and dance clubs after dark, while daytime hours are filled with poolside games and traditional cruise activities. Port talks tend to lean heavily on shopping recommendations and the sale of shore excursions.

What You Should Know


  • Aft on deck 6, four distinct lounges and a billiard room form a clubby adult entertainment center
  • Spacious family ocean-view cabins sleep up to six people
  • Ships offer a wide range of family-friendly activities and games


  • Upgraded features of the fleet are not consistent throughout this ship class, so check before booking
  • Dining options that charge have replaced some that were previously complimentary
  • Libraries are tiny and poorly stocked for ships this size
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 857
  • Entered Service 2001
  • Gross Tons 90,090
  • Length 962 feet
  • Number of Cabins 1,056
  • Passenger Capacity 2,112 (2,501 max)
  • Width 106 feet
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Jan 12, 2012

Sydney - NZ ports - Sydney

A great ship, wonderful attentive crew BUT... see below. Highlight for us was seeing the Comet Lovejoy from our balcony. We experienced lovely weather and smooth seas most of the trip. Food was excellent in all areas with plenty of choices but why anyone would want to pay extra for specialty restaurants is beyond me. Stateroom met our expectations and was clean and comfortable. We could not hear the Captains messages from the bridge

and the commentary about ports we visited was not always broadcast over the TV so if we were in our cabin we could not hear it. The commentary about Auckland and points of interest there was given as we were sailing out of the harbour! Could have been more onboa rd activities such as lectures and/or demonstrations eg; interest groups. We were not kept informed about events and the outcome such as our sighting of a comet, the man overboard drama and I found that Guest Services were not very helpful when approached re problem children or asked about the light we saw in the sky for 3 nights. Internet charges were very high at 65 cents a minute. We only did one excursion on the train from Dunedin. The trip was great but terribly overpriced at just on $200 pp when we could have bought the train ticket ourselves for $84! Don't pay for excursions but go ashore and ask the locals where to go, jump on a local bus and do your own thing. Research before you go on the cruise and find out what you would like to see and how to get there. Sometimes a taxi can be cheaper than paying for shore excursions. Our trip was marred by gangs of children running riot in the lifts, stairs, casino, bars, restaurants and in the adults only pool. I ousted 2 young boys from the casino, they were playing chasings round the poker machines and nearly knocked over an elderly disabled lady. The crew seemed unable or unwilling to pull the children into line. We booked this trip for a relaxing holiday and especially because of the advertised adults only pool so it was disappointing. Royal Caribbean quotes codes of conduct and age restrictions however they do not uphold same. Take my advice - NEVER book in school holidays.

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Dec 8, 2011


Shore excursions were extremely poor and therefore expensive. Dunedin was the worst shore excursion I have ever done. Dont use the ships trips unless you are desperate... After our bad experience we just did or own trips once off the ship ..they were very good and less than half the cost of the ships trips. A bit hit and miss in the dinning room but very good in the windjammer. Very good as we were given a family room. Tai chia

a fantastic activity. Stay away from all excursions too expensive and of a very poor quality. Quite a few passengers were caught up in the qantas issue and the ship waited an extra day in Fremantle which I thought was very good customer service... Even though we had to miss a port of call so as to catch up.

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Oct 24, 2011

Hawaii to Sydney

What a great cruise except for on very minor item for me. I love my coffee and was very very dissapointed that Radiance had absolutely no variation in in their coffee. Each and every dining room had exactly the same coffee. The amazing thing was the there was a wonderful variation in tea bags. What a pity I didn't drink tea.

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Jul 12, 2011


We enjoyed just about everything about the cruise and the land tour. The ship was in pretty good shape and you could tell that much of it was new or refurbished. The food in the dining room was very good. The food in the Windjammer could have been better at times. There is a cafe in the solarium that offered breakfast and lunch which was pretty good. The hot dog shop outside of the Windjammer was nice except that the service was slow at times.

We used room service often for coffee and breakfast and they were sometimes quite slow. The staff sometimes didn't understand english very well either. The stateroom was very nice except that our bathroom smelled like a sewer when we first entered it. We called and complained immediately and they reported that they could not find anything wrong. There was some kind of debris hanging from underneath the toilet rim that looked disgusting and was a possible source of the odor. We called again to complain and it got taken care of. A stateroom supervisor called and personally visited our stateroom to make sure we were satisfied. We boarded the ship around 12:30 PM and we still did not have our luggage at 7:30 PM. We watched a man from the staff drag 1 piece of luggage at a time down our hallway. It didn't matter what size it was, and he would only take one. Myself and my brother in law eventually went to the opposite end of the hall and retrieved our own luggage. I think this was supposed to be handled by the stateroom attendant, I am not sure. If that was the case, he was no where to be found. Our nieces used the Adventure Ocean often and they really enjoyed it. I found that there was always something to do even if we just sat on our balcony and viewed the scenery. We missed not having the Royal Promenade from the Freedom Class ships. We stayed at the Bear Lodge in Fairbanks and the room was nice and the food in the restaurant was great. We did the Salmon Bake in Fairbanks which had lots of potential, but it was disapointing. They used a glaze or sauce on the Salmon which we did not enjoy. They also had prime rib and it was very fatty. We did a show in a little theatre which was adjacent to the Salmon bake. The show was very corny and somewhat lame for our tastes. I will say that much of the crowd was elderly and they seemed to enjoy it. I got the feeling shortly after the show started that they cater to an older audience. We did a whale watching excursion with a salmon lunch which was great in Juneau. If you like King Crab don't miss Tracy's Crab Shack in Juneau near the ship's dock. They have the best crab and crab chowder. We did a riverboat tour in Fairbanks which was also very nice. We did a gold panning excursion near Fairbanks which was pretty good except that the talked way to much about the panning process. We didn't plan anything for Icy Strait (Hoohnah) and I wish we did. A man in a neighboring stateroom did whale watching there and said it was very good. We did the lumberjack show in Ketchikan and a native american village tour which were both pretty good. The indian village had a gift shop where they sold totems made on site. We did another salmon bake in Skagway which was pretty good at an area called Liarsville which is a recreated klondike gold rush camp. The camp was interesting but the little show and gold panning was a waste of time. We enjoyed shopping on Broadway in Skagway. Our overall experience was outstanding! Kristina from Royal Celebrity Tours was outstanding during our land tour. The bus driver Rose was also very nice and quite knowlegable. The rail club car was very clean and modern. The food on board the train was good. We did a 120 mile round trip by bus in Denali National Park. The bus driver/tour guide was Jayson and he was excellent. The drivers should work together and not fly past each other to avoid splashing mud all over the windows. The windows got so dirty that you could not see out of them and I just went to sleep. The park is beautiful but I really thought we would see more wildlife. This is certainly nobodys fault. We did not get back to the hotel until 9:30 PM and I know that I was exhausted but hungry. The cost of food in the hotel restaurant was quite expensive. I settled for soup and went to bed. The next morning we got a breakfast sandwich from a small cafe' at the hotel because of the expense. We stayed at the Talkeetna Lodge overnight and they had no AC. They said that they didn't feel it was needed. Even though it doesn't get hot there, they could use the air. The food at the one restaurant was good and reasonably priced. We ate breakfast at the Talkeetna Roadhouse and the food was pretty good and very large portions.

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Mar 24, 2011

tampa to cozumal

This was our first cruise and we were AMAZED. The Radiance was nothing short of spectacular. I guess I must be missing somthing reading all the negative reviews of ship is stunning. My family and I can't stop talking about the cruise one of the greatrst vaca's ever. My son Jacob 11 was so busy he was exhausted. From basketball,dodgeball,volleyball thepools the arcade he had a blast! Oh how could I forget his favorite part of the ship the Windjammer

buffet. The selection of food was tremendus and delicious. The Cascades dining room was elegant and the food and service was second to none. The shows on the ship were plentiful and something for anyone.The fitness center was better than my gym, of course the view of the Gulf from my teadmill every morning was, well you gurssed it , AMAZING. Our stateroom was nice and our room attendant Allen was excellent. The crew on the ship were all wonderful, friendly,and helpful. Some of the favorite phrases of the crew were yes, how can i help you , and have a nice day. Cozumal was nice spent the day at paradise beach highly recommend that.. Thank you Royal Carribean for the vacation of vacation's we will be back, as a matter of fact the day after we got home we booked for next year see ya then!!!!!!!!!

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