Treated Like Royalty on Radiance of the Seas
A true experience of one of the biggest names in cruise lines was what excited Ben Wolland from Cruiseabout Auckland about his journey aboard Radiance of the Seas.
As we rounded a corner in Sydney it was an impressive site to be greeted by the Radiance of the Seas. Many 'ooohs' and 'ahhhs' were audible as the size and grandeur of the ship settled in. The check in process was smooth, as expected the queue was long but not painful as we shared travel experiences with fellow travellers around us.
We were lucky enough to be staying in a Balcony Room, which was spacious and well appointed. This helped make it such a nice way to travel as the view and the space on the balcony was amazing. The two deck chairs and a small table allowed me to relax and watch life go by. The bathroom was a bit small, as with many cruise ships, but really you don't need more space.
We then went up to the main pool area to enjoy our first lunch. Being an American-style ship, the buffet had everything you could possibly want. Over the two nights our dinners, lunch and snacks throughout the day were amazing. There are so many options and you will never go hungry. Additionally there are alternative dining options where at a small fee you can enjoy Japanese, Mexican or Italian.
As we sailed out on the first evening, we had the most amazing views of Sydney - the city lights, the harbour bridge and Opera House were truly stunning. That evening we caught the late night comedian in the theatre; in general the entire cruise was full of activities and entertainment. It was nice to see so many people enjoying the free entertainment on these cruises from Australia, as it is such a big part of the cruise experience.
The following day we met Fiona from Royal Caribbean, who took us on a tour of the ship. She was insightful and this helped give us an overview of the entire ship and all of the facilities.
Among the activities on offer we could enjoy basketball, rock-climbing and mini golf, or have a massage at the spa, get your hair done in the salon then go play Bingo (a cruise must) with 2500 other people. Afterwards enjoy some fine dining at the chefs table... As with all Royal Caribbean cruise ships, the options are endless and you really can do as much as you like or as little as you like when you go cruising.
That evening after some cocktails we went to the Broadway show Piano Man, a tribute to the likes of Elton John and other famous pianists. It really had the toes tapping! We enjoyed another three course meal and then danced the night away in the Atrium.
The people on board were a joy to cruise with; the atmosphere was one of adventure and new experiences. I certainly left with the idea that a cruise is such a perfect holiday option, as everything is laid out for you to enjoy from the moment you step off the gangway. Bon voyage!
For more information on cruise holidays aboard Radiance of the Seas please contact a Cruiseabout cruise specialist or call on 0800 22 11 14.