Sojourn on Radiance of the Seas part 2
Take in some culture, indulge in the day spa and even squeeze in some shopping with Angela Hunt of Flight Centre Napier in part 2 of her blog aboard the Radiance of the Seas cruise ship.
Next morning (after your cup of tea on the balcony) check out the daily Cruise Compass delivered to your cabin, which shows all the events, activities, dining options and weather that is happening that day. This is a great way to plan your day, and you may find that you have a full itinerary once you have finished listing all of the things you want to do!
There are so many options, including heading to the Spa for a beauty treatment from only $20. Have your hair or nails done, get your teeth whitened for $153, book a couples room for $20 for a whole day (which means you can go out to the pool deck for a cocktail or two), then head back to the spa to rejuvenate before the next round of activities.
Check out the art auction with some amazing pieces of art up for grabs, from Andy Warhol to Dali and a range of other amazing artists. There are over 300 works on display that you can enjoy over a glass of complimentary champagne. All art bought on board is shipped to your home for a set cost.
Don’t forget to head to breakfast first to get some sustenance for all of the activities you have chosen for today – the buffet is amazing! And at any stage throughout the day you can head to the buffet or one of the other free restaurants for a huge choice of food to keep you going or to soak up some of the cocktails you have been trying.
There are just so many things to do on board the cruise ship (or not do if you choose – just find a quiet spot on the deck and chill out with a cocktail and good book; even that would be a fantastic cruise holiday!) and you can’t do them all unfortunately. Go to a jewellery making workshop, try and win some money on the “Horse Racing” on the main deck, check out the men’s belly flop contest, take in a movie at the cinema, have a BBQ lunch by the pool, learn line dancing... One thing that is a must is to take in a show at the theatre, where there is amazing dancing and singing, and with two show times you can fit it in around whichever dining experience you have chosen for that night.
In amongst all of this you need to fit in a spot of shopping! The shops on board are fantastic, and there are always bargains to grab – from $12 tables to duty free perfume, jewellery, clothing and all of those gifts that you need to buy for the folks at home. And if at any stage you get stuck for something to do – or forget where you are supposed to be going – check out the screens on each floor that show you what is on at any time and where you need to go to get there!
Now that you are settled into cruise life I have no doubt that you will be thinking about where you are going to go on your next one! So join the Royal Caribbean loyalty programme, the Crown and Anchor Club, to enjoy added benefits, which you get from your very first cruise.
Once a member you get issued with your Sea Pass card, which is used on board for all purchases, alcohol, shopping, spa treatments and for the dining experiences that have a surcharge. If you are on a cruise with shore excursions, this is also scanned when you disembark and embark again as a security measure. You also use it as your door key, so it’s a very handy card to have.
And when you book one of the cruises from Australia like we did, I expect that you won’t want to leave. The staff are fantastic, so very friendly and accommodating, nothing is too much trouble and when you pass them in the hallways they always say hello. Then when you are leaving they all say “we hope you enjoyed your time with us, hope to see you again soon”. Yes you will!
I am hooked on cruising; I love the atmosphere, I love the fact that you can do all or nothing, I love the balcony cabins, and I love all the different bars and cafes and quiet spots that you can use depending on your mood.
Even if a traveller went on board and all they did was experience the different bars or find a quiet spot on the deck and read lots of books, I think they would still enjoy the different atmosphere that you get on a cruise ship. And their travelling partner certainly wouldn't need to feel self-conscious if they went on one of the daily events on their own.
To sum it all up – it is simply the best! Unpack once, enjoy everything on offer and most importantly relax!
For more information on cruise holidays aboard Radiance of the Seas please contact a Cruiseabout cruise specialist or call on 0800 22 11 00.