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Set sail on 31Jan18 and according to Captain seas were at 6 metres (20 foot) - a lot of peoples sick and for first time I can remember the theatre was half empty - not a lot of people in dining rooms either so more for me treat. Rough seas stayed for 2 days. I was on balcony on deck 7 - I do not recommend it as balcony overlooks canvas awnings covering life boats - decks 8 and 9 seemed better if you wanted to look down at seas. Having been on many cruises now I do not like the layout of Radiance - its nt a bad ship its just that others are better. If you like to attend quizzes then the Schooner bar on deck 6 has limited space. The main theatre is good/fine but second space down aft called colony club is small -again other ships have 2 theatres which I prefer. The cinema is sad - only takes about 100 people and it is a cramped room. The centrum space on deck 4 is also limited for space so many people gather around inside balconies on deck 5 and 6 to watch shows. Again other ships are better laid out. Food was fine in Windjammers and also Cascade restaurant - good but again I've had slightly better. Casino is rubbish - the machines are one's you would have seen in your local pub or RSL some 15 years ago. They are that ancient. Also close to the worst paying machines I've ever experienced. Didn't go to art auctions this time - just cannot see any value in it. If you have travelled with Princess you would be horrified with prices to play Bingo. More expensive , less games and prizes seemed less and certainly didn't accumulate to a big dividend on last day. If you have travelled with RCL before as we had embarkation was very quick - taken to front of lines. Also disembarkation was very smooth and quick. Tenders ran well in Bay of Islands but after starting well in Akaroa it went to hell in a hand basket for about 2 hours - just chaos - not sure why but it meant that was going to be a 20 minute wait turned into an hour and 10 minutes (not happy Jan!) Weather - after first 2 days of rough seas by time we got to Milford Sound weather was good but cool and it stayed that way till Bay of Islands where it rained heavily. Trip back to OZ was smooth seas but not much sun. MiniGolf was fun but didn't see many climbing rock wall. Seemed to be more pressure from some staff to buy things than I have experienced in past. I travelled on Radiance a year ago and prices for games shows and quizzes were better - seemed to be doing things on the cheap this time. Really disappointed there was no Beatles quiz - first time I have experience this in past 14 cruises. Nearly all the Headline acts were of good to high quality. In no particular order there was:- Anthony Laffan - comedian and hypnotist - very good and funny Nathan Foley - singer, dancer, musician - seriously high quality Sam McCool - comedian - very good and funny Johnny Balance - comedian, magician, juggler and balancer - amazing - great act 3 Man Band - might have name wrong but gee they were good - outstanding singers. Paul Martell - impressionist - with wife Jane Scali (ex Johnny Young young talent time - perhaps along with Nathan Foley best act but all listed here were good. Kelly Monteith - comedian - probably not as good as those above but still OK. These you would all pay to see. Diamonds - 3 girl singers - young and shouted into microphones - sang some good songs but missed with many - compared to others listed above were "C" graders. Sadly the production shows were to of the same standard - piano many show - singers didn't sing well together. City of Dreams show - when it finished I said what was that all about. However Tango Buenos Aires show was high quality - dancing outstanding. Costumes were good and sets also good but choreography left something to be desired except in Tango show. Singers were average compared to other production shows I've experienced. The various other acts put on a show called Music Showcase and it was just OK - nothing to rave about although the musicians were outstanding. Health There must have been a bad outbreak of norovirus before we joined as staff handled all foods and were strict about everyone washing for first 3 days of cruise - perfectly understandable. although waiting 5 minutes to get a piece of toast at breakfast was a tad annoying. Movies and TV Selection of movies were current and some shown in main theatre (but repeated too often) - already mentioned cramped cinema. TV was good as I like Say news so could catch up with local politics each day but also other good channels to cater for most tastes. Showed excellent coverage of Super Bowl in Sports Bar. Shops Alcohol prices very competitive but will leave it to others to comment on other shops. Alcohol prices around ship - are just too expensive - you get better prices at your local pub or RSL Quizzes - some of the smartest players I've experienced with high scores always the norm and the odd perfect score. Enrichment lectures - Melva Stone who spoke of her experiences in outback WA was outstanding. Shore Excursions - having been to NZ several times did my own excursions and always much cheaper than ship.

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Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review by jj76b

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Set sail on 31Jan18 and according to Captain seas were at 6 metres (20 foot) - a lot of peoples sick and for first time I can remember the theatre was half empty - not a lot of people in dining rooms either so more for me treat. Rough seas stayed for 2 days.

I was on balcony on deck 7 - I do not recommend it as balcony overlooks canvas awnings covering life boats - decks 8 and 9 seemed better if you wanted to look down at seas.

Having been on many cruises now I do not like the layout of Radiance - its nt a bad ship its just that others are better. If you like to attend quizzes then the Schooner bar on deck 6 has limited space.

The main theatre is good/fine but second space down aft called colony club is small -again other ships have 2 theatres which I prefer.

The cinema is sad - only takes about 100 people and it is a cramped room.

The centrum space on deck 4 is also limited for space so many people gather around inside balconies on deck 5 and 6 to watch shows. Again other ships are better laid out.

Food was fine in Windjammers and also Cascade restaurant - good but again I've had slightly better.

Casino is rubbish - the machines are one's you would have seen in your local pub or RSL some 15 years ago. They are that ancient. Also close to the worst paying machines I've ever experienced.

Didn't go to art auctions this time - just cannot see any value in it.

If you have travelled with Princess you would be horrified with prices to play Bingo. More expensive , less games and prizes seemed less and certainly didn't accumulate to a big dividend on last day.

If you have travelled with RCL before as we had embarkation was very quick - taken to front of lines. Also disembarkation was very smooth and quick.

Tenders ran well in Bay of Islands but after starting well in Akaroa it went to hell in a hand basket for about 2 hours - just chaos - not sure why but it meant that was going to be a 20 minute wait turned into an hour and 10 minutes (not happy Jan!)

Weather - after first 2 days of rough seas by time we got to Milford Sound weather was good but cool and it stayed that way till Bay of Islands where it rained heavily. Trip back to OZ was smooth seas but not much sun.

MiniGolf was fun but didn't see many climbing rock wall.

Seemed to be more pressure from some staff to buy things than I have experienced in past.

I travelled on Radiance a year ago and prices for games shows and quizzes were better - seemed to be doing things on the cheap this time.

Really disappointed there was no Beatles quiz - first time I have experience this in past 14 cruises.

Nearly all the Headline acts were of good to high quality. In no particular order there was:-

Anthony Laffan - comedian and hypnotist - very good and funny

Nathan Foley - singer, dancer, musician - seriously high quality

Sam McCool - comedian - very good and funny

Johnny Balance - comedian, magician, juggler and balancer - amazing - great act

3 Man Band - might have name wrong but gee they were good - outstanding singers.

Paul Martell - impressionist - with wife Jane Scali (ex Johnny Young young talent time - perhaps along with Nathan Foley best act but all listed here were good.

Kelly Monteith - comedian - probably not as good as those above but still OK.

These you would all pay to see.

Diamonds - 3 girl singers - young and shouted into microphones - sang some good songs but missed with many - compared to others listed above were "C" graders.

Sadly the production shows were to of the same standard - piano many show - singers didn't sing well together.

City of Dreams show - when it finished I said what was that all about.

However Tango Buenos Aires show was high quality - dancing outstanding.

Costumes were good and sets also good but choreography left something to be desired except in Tango show. Singers were average compared to other production shows I've experienced.

The various other acts put on a show called Music Showcase and it was just OK - nothing to rave about although the musicians were outstanding.

Health

There must have been a bad outbreak of norovirus before we joined as staff handled all foods and were strict about everyone washing for first 3 days of cruise - perfectly understandable. although waiting 5 minutes to get a piece of toast at breakfast was a tad annoying.

Movies and TV

Selection of movies were current and some shown in main theatre (but repeated too often) - already mentioned cramped cinema.

TV was good as I like Say news so could catch up with local politics each day but also other good channels to cater for most tastes.

Showed excellent coverage of Super Bowl in Sports Bar.

Shops

Alcohol prices very competitive but will leave it to others to comment on other shops.

Alcohol prices around ship - are just too expensive - you get better prices at your local pub or RSL

Quizzes - some of the smartest players I've experienced with high scores always the norm and the odd perfect score.

Enrichment lectures - Melva Stone who spoke of her experiences in outback WA was outstanding.

Shore Excursions - having been to NZ several times did my own excursions and always much cheaper than ship.
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Stateroom was fine but view from balcony with canopy over lifeboats not the best - reasonable space inside. If you chose deck 7 try for a room with wheel chair access or corner room
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