We love cruising and our first time out with Royal Caribbean cruises is no exception. Currently, we are midway through a two-week adventure over the top of Australia, sailing from Sydney to Perth on the majestic Radiance of the Seas. Her centrepiece, a seven-story atrium with glass elevators set the expectation for our cruise quite high. The good news is that she is living up to it.
The Radiance of the Seas is lovely, filled with interesting, eclectic, and unusual artwork. The friendly staff provides excellent service, and both our waiter and room steward make us feel special. There are plenty of activities during the day and at night, there is live theatre, first-run movies, adult trivia, and dancing. Importantly, this ship has surprisingly fast internet (for a fee).
Let Me Take You On a Virtual Tour of the Radiance of the Seas:
Radiance of the Seas Atrium
The stunning seven-story atrium puts a smile on my face when we pass. It’s a work of art in itself, and a welcome return each time we come back on board. The glass elevators are open to the centre, as well as out to sea, and is an effect we haven’t seen before.
Things to Do Onboard the Radiance of the Seas
There is plenty to do onboard, with activities that are varied and inclusive. When we feel energetic we head to the gym, join in water aerobics, take a stretch class, walk on the track, rock climb, or join a dance class. More often on our sea days, we seem to be seeking quiet and have discovered a number of lounges, reading nooks, bars (not always quiet), a library, and outdoor seating on most decks or around the pool (never quiet).
Outdoor Decks on the Radiance of the Seas
We head to the pool in the late afternoon on sea days, when it tends to be less crowded.
Radiance of the Seas Bridge Tour
We were lucky to get invited onto the bridge of the Radiance of the Seas. I even got an opportunity to sit in the captain’s chair (and touch nothing).
Relaxing on the Radiance of the Seas Cruise Ship
If you have never had a hot stone massage, let me recommend it. The spa treatment I had on the ship started with exfoliation, and then I tossed Jeff (and the camera) out of the room so I could fully relax with the stones. A treat not to be missed.
The Food on Royal Caribbean Ships is Delicious
Most of the meals onboard have been wonderful, although they often lack in presentation. For the majority of the cruise so far, we ate our breakfast and dinners in the main dining room and lunch from the buffet or one of the smaller restaurants or cafes. We plan to try the specialty restaurants as we loved the Chef’s Table.
Radiance of the Seas Cabins
We have an interior cabin similar in size to the other ships we have sailed on. However, this one is well laid out with lots of storage space. Our normal preference is to have a balcony when we cruise, but on the Radiance of the Seas we booked quite late and opted for the interior. The advantage of the interior cabin is a great nights sleep, as the room is very dark with the lights out.
While some areas of the ship are beginning to show her age, overall she is attractive.
A Medical Emergency on the Radiance of the Seas
On our cruise, there was a medical emergency involving a patient in the gym having chest pains. There is a medical team on board, and while they can deal with nearly everything, sometimes people need to be hospitalized. In this case, they called for a rescue helicopter. While it was exciting for the rest of us, I am sure the patient didn’t plan to end his holiday this way.
It is a grim reminder to carry travel insurance that includes evacuation and transport for both yourself if you are sick, and the other members of your party who will accompany you. We generally insure with World Nomads when we travel.
Radiance of the Seas Decor
There is so much fascinating artwork around the ship. Much of it is modern and even made for interesting Radiance of the Seas photos.
Entertainment on the Radiance of the Seas
The entertainment team is as good as any we have seen, and the special guests brought in are extremely impressive.
Radiance of the Seas Itinerary for Australia
Our itinerary on this ship is a perfect mix of sea days and ports. We will sail over the top of Australia from Sydney to Perth stopping in five Australian ports: Brisbane and Cairns, Darwin, Port Hedlands, and Geraldton. We will cross the Timor Sea for a stop in exotic Bali Indonesia, for me the highlight amongst the ports.
UPDATE: Read more about our ports:
- Sydney, Australia
- Brisbane, Australia
- Cairns, Australia
- Darwin, Australia
- Bali Indonesia
- Port Hedlands, Australia
- Geraldton, Australia
- Perth, Australia
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Disclaimer: In addition to VIP treatment onboard the Radiance of the Seas we were provided with many complimentary extras. The opinions expressed here are strictly my own.