Fodor’s Expert 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.Read More
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! Royal Caribbean has the largest modern mega cruise liners in the world, as well as some of the most innovative technology on its newest ships, from robot bartenders to the fastest Wi-Fi at sea. Its fleet of 25 and counting are all-around favorites of passengers—arguably the most multigenerational (and Millennial) crowd at sea—who enjoy traditional cruising ambience with a touch of daring and whimsy. Each ship in the fleet has action-packed activities such as surfing pools, rock-climbing walls, and on the newest ships, skydiving simulators, and 10-story slides.
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.
- 12 passenger decks
- 2 specialty restaurants on Jewel, 4 on Serenade and Brilliance, 5 on Radiance; dining room, buffet, pizzeria
- Wi-Fi, safe, refrigerator, DVD (some)
- 2 pools (1 indoor), children’s pool
- fitness classes, gym, hot tubs, sauna, spa, steam room
- 11 bars, casino, dance club, library, showroom, video game room
- children’s programs
- dry cleaning, laundry service
- Internet terminal
- no-smoking cabins