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Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas

72 reviews
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Itineraries for this ship


Passengers: 2 143   |   Crew: 894
Passengers to crew: 2,4:1
Passengers to space: 42:1
Launched: 2001   


  • Deck 2
  • Deck 3
  • Deck 4
  • Deck 5
  • Deck 6
  • Deck 7
Additional decks
Deck 2 layout
  Interior (1V)  
  Interior (2V)  
  Ocean View (1N)  
  Ocean View (2N)  
Medical Center


Cabin size: 179 - 362 sq. ft.
Connected rooms: 93
Accessible rooms: 6
Maximum passengers: 5
Number of cabins: 513
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Michael M wrote a review Apr 2020
Penrith, Australia591 contributions128 helpful votes
Radiance is our favourite ship, and the ship that we first sailed on back in 2010. Over the years we've been in several different types of cabins, from a Balcony to a Junior Suite (our usual cabin) and then to a Grand Suite. As many would know there is one suite on these ships called a Royal Suite, and so we booked that for a 3 day sampler cruise just to see what it was like. Well the answer to that question is 'opulent'. The cabin is spectacularly large, it has a separate bedroom, a lounge room with a bar and sink, a bathroom with gold style fittings, and a sort of room in between everything where the piano resides. It was excellent to stay in this suite for a few nights, we're really pleased that we did, but in reality we've identified this suite as a touch more fancy than would suit our nature for a real cruise. The attached photos better describe this suite than any amount of words.
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Family0fFive2013 wrote a review Apr 2020
Melbourne, Australia12 contributions1 helpful vote
Radiance of the Seas, is an older ship and dated however, they have amazing staff. Let’s face it, all cruises have amazing staff but as Radiance is a smaller ship you actually get to know the staff. Our waiter, Regan, was very warm, friendly and bubbly. He encouraged our teenage kids to try something knew (something we could never do) and it worked. He clearly has better credibility than us. To be honest, we had him on our last cruise and requested that he tends to our table again on this trip. Not a huge amount for teenagers. They have teen club (we have three kids and they preferred to keep to themselves) rock wall (huge hit) and pool tables. Of course, there is theatre shows etc. My husbands had to force them to attend a trivia session and then they were hooked. Sometimes, you just need to insist that they participate as their standard answer is “no”. New Zealand Not sure why I have not been interested to attend before but it was amazing. The scenery is spectacular. If you are into photography, don't miss the opportunity to go to NZ. Food Amazing. We usually booked the dining room. The variety of food was amazing, including lobster tails, prawns and escargot. We did not feel we need to go to speciality restaurants but maybe we should have as a date night. Buffet, has great variety and special theme nights. The food was good there too but I prefer dining room and the kids preferred buffet. SPA Who cannot like the spa however its pricey. All pricing on board are in US Dollars and I think a lot of Australian don't realise and then get bill shock. Always check your invoice, on your TV to get a better understanding of what you have spent. Drinks Package We prefer them, as you know all your expenses upfront. We are not big drinkers so we did not buy alcohol package. We bough a bottle as we needed it. Next Cruise You get amazing cruise credits by booking whilst on an existing trip. Is it cheaper?, that is debateable. RCI have so many “specials” that you can check each fortnight, its likely you will get a different pricing. NC staff – extraordinarily helpful. They provide very options and get you think about what you want out of a cruise, is it the destination or the on board activities. They will get you the best room on the ship. Word of warning – Be absolutely sure you want to go on the trip you book. They have a very strict (inflexible) non-refundable deposit which we did know about the first time, this is out third cruise. If you change your room, they treat as a cancellation and you lose your deposit. If you want to change ships, it’s treated as a cancellation and you lose your deposit. If you are looking to book a ship you are not familiar with (which we did) then ask for free WiFi to complete some research. After we booked a cruise and went home and looked at the reviews, we decided it was not for us. Although the NC member had out interest at heart (more activities for the kids), we ultimately decided, we wanted a small ship. Tours They are expensive with cruise ship. We opted for Zealander and the saving was amazing. The day trips in NZ are very similar not sure about other destinations but in NZ I would go to a third party and save money. In some ports you can book on shore but if you absolutely want to go on a specific place its better to book so you are not disappointed.
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dennisp859 wrote a review Mar 2020
Geraldton, Australia862 contributions276 helpful votes
Boarded in Fremantle (Perth) Western Australia. 18 day cruise bottom end. Met several previous staff members who were on our previous cruise (Oct2019) We found the food in the Windjammer good and up to standard. Service was good. Dining room at night in My Time very good and meals I thought of a very good quality. Stateroom clean well kept. Entertainment OK with some performances exceptional and other average. Announcements clear. We met several Americans on board as well as a couple of Brits and made many friends. Radiance is not too big and our favourite cant wait until our next cruise.
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yomojr wrote a review Mar 2020
Topanga, California3 contributions
So many things were not to my expectations. Embarkation was the longest I ever experienced. Port stops were unorganized and only one gangway. One stop took one hour to get off the ship. Cabin Balcony floor was fifty disgusting. They showed the same three movies over and over again for the entire month. Food in the dining room had a limited menu. Food was better in the buffet which was crowded every night. The ship didn’t offer Sabbath service on Friday night. We had a guarantee balcony and didn’t find out the cabin till the day before we left and this was a back to back and most people had to change cabins for the 2nd leg and didn’t find out till the night before. The crew we’re very warm and helpful. Excellent cabin steward
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Timothy M wrote a review Feb 2020
2 contributions
Been seven years since my family cruises with Royal Caribbean and the food was exceptional. We cruised again thinking we would experience the same. How wrong we were. Two bakery products containing hair, burnt food, rare food, terrible and bland taste. This was not limited to one eatery but across all. Best food on the ship was chicken pies and I cannot be wrong as there was 100 people lined up for them daily. I tried to complain but all management wanted to do was replace the item, all I wanted was them to fix the average poor quality they were serving up. I have had many hotel breakfasts but I have had none worse every day on that ship.
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