Sailing Royal Caribbean on Radiance of the Seas
Sailing the Tasman aboard Royal Caribbean, Krystal Rooney found herself marvelling at both the views and the service aboard Radiance of the Seas, as she recounts here.
"Amazing" is the word that sums it all up for me. We departed for Sydney from Auckland on Air New Zealand flying on the WORKS fare level, where meals, luggage and entertainment were all included. Making our way to the ship berthed in Circular Quay, we joined the queue to board the ship. We appeared to have arrived right at the busiest time but the check in teams were efficient and friendly, so made the process very simple.
Once on board we settled into our room - an Ocean View Balcony Cabin. This was a very nice room, situated higher on the ship and complete with a balcony. The balcony was a a good size too, and had enough room to relax and soak up the sun on.
The Windjammers restaurant is a good spot for lunch, offering a huge selection of buffet meals including everything from make your own burgers and fish & chips to salads, cold meats and deserts - there was so much food.
We spent our afternoon reading in the sun on deck, drinking cocktails whilst by the pool and swimming. I was really impressed with how attentive the staff were with drinks. You never had to look far to get a drink, hand delivered. The pool was nicely warm, almost like you would expect a spa pool to be.
We had dinner that night at Cascades. The food was great and the staff in the restaurant excellent, but we rather rushed through dinner as we wanted to be on the top deck when we departed from Sydney Harbour at 10pm.
When we woke up next morning we were able to open up the balcony and have coffee on our deck. It was so peaceful - nothing but water and sky. I loved it! Breakfast was at Windjammers, with a huge selection of food again - I think I needed more time on the ship just so I could try everything on offer.
We were then shown around the ship by one of the Royal Caribbean staff. It was amazing how much of the Radiance of the Seas we hadn't seen wandering around ourselves. I liked how each room flowed into the next area, with each being very different but working well together.
In the afternoon I had a massage at the Radiance Spa. Great value and very relaxing. I was the only one there and was very surprised by how quiet the facilities were - maybe the other travellers were there to party rather than be pampered! I then enjoyed a dip in the adults only swimming pool.
The evening show was Piano Man and just amazing. I loved it though wish it had been longer as the show only lasted about an hour. Later on there was a disco show in the atrium. Everyone on board was involved and it was a great atmosphere to see the numbers of people on the upper levels looking down and watching! They even let off a confetti canon, so it had that magic of new years eve.
We had an early morning wake up the next morning to give us time to have breakfast before getting ready to disembark. Overall we'd had a great weekend, but there are a few tips I'd recommend to anyone travelling on the Radiance of the Seas.
The ship uses US power sockets so you'll need to take a US power adaptor. There didn't appear to be any irons, so make sure you take clothes that don't need ironing or plan in advance what you are wearing so that the ship's laundry team can press clothes. Alcohol is in plentiful supply - so be careful how much you drink! And make sure you don't leave anything on board the ship, as it can be difficult getting it back!
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