I was just wondering if anyone had information for me Re: Radiance and if they've been on it, how nice it is, etc. I read it had climbing wall and other stuff on board. are these extra or included in price?
Hi Dennis, my names Michael i'm 11 yrs old, the climbing wall, etc is included in the price and it is a great cruise. Me and my family liked it so much that we're going on its sister ship(identical) the brilliance this year. If you go, have a great time!
We just returned from a week on the Radiance. What a beautiful ship, lots of glass, so you can always look out at sea. We had our first balcony and just loved it. Take binoculars to enjoy the views coming into ports.
Gordon was our cruise director, the best we've ever had . The Windjammer food was real good, but our dining room experience was not to great. They needed to train the waiters better, we knew what to expect since this was our 7th cruise.
The entertainment was good but the crew was terrific, they ALWAYS greeted you with a smile and a friendly hello. The captain is always around the passengers every chance he gets, and boy can he sing.
I think you will be very pleased with this ship.
Have a wonderful time.
We just returned Sat from the Radiance and I am presently writing a full review about the ship. Briefly you will find the Radiance one of the most beautiful ships around with tons of glass, rich woods and chrome. The ship itself seems 'dressed-up' at all times. Food is very good and the entertainment is also excellant with great productions but the crew and some acts that come onboard during the cruise for just one night or so, some of which are wonderful. Jay Johnson was onboard last week, you may remember him better as being on the TV show Soap. He was the son with the dummie. One of the best ventriloquists you will ever have the pleasure of seeing and a riot! The service in the dining room is some of the finest we have ever had the pleasure of using. The CD is unusual in that he is always out and around the ship interacting with the passengers and gets very involved with them. He even does a wonderful Q&A session in the main showroom while waiting for disembarkation clearances. Tell Gordon you are a Cruisemate, he will know just who you are. <G> Hopefully he will be a guest host here one night in the chat room during his next vacation.
Radience of the Seas is one of newest Royal Caribbean vessel to ply the seas. The vessel is filled with plush lounges, exciting nightclubs, faboulus dinning venues, and many other amzing features. The Radience of the Seas is a considered apart of the Eagle class of ships,(Voyager of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas, and Adventure of the Seas) although the radience is only eighty five gross tons, as the three others are one hundred and forty. Raidence of the Seas does not have the ice skating ,but still has a lot of different activaties. The raidience is around nine hundred feet long, and is one of the largest ships,in the legandary Royal Caribbean fleet. The enchanting main dinning room is names "Cascades" and is a double decker. Continuing with Royal Caribbean trend the main dinning room is placed low and at the aft section of the humongous ship. Other dinning options on-board include the tasty iltalian resturant "Portofino" which serves Italian cuisene. Next to the Italian resturant you can find the "Chops Grill", which like portafino is extra charge, and reservation only. Deck Eleven is the host of the Winjammer Cafe,which is a Royal Caribbean favorite. This buffet is casual and hosts a breakfast buffet, lunch, buffet, and a casual yet elegant dinner buffet. The Winjammer once again is placed in the aft section of the ship, this trend was first introduced on the Voyager of the Seas. With the cafe being placed aft you are no longer able to see magnifecant views of the ship pulling into port , like when the cafe was placed forward, on previous vessles. The winjammer also provides gracious outside seating areas, which were forgotten in the other Voyager class vessels. There is also another cafe wich is the seaview cafe which is placed just above the Windjammer Cafe, this cafe is were fish and chips are served. Radience has many pools and wirlpools for you to enjoy. All pools are most likely salt-water, and each is always bustling with fun. There is also a adult only pool area, which is named the Solarium. This pool area is by far the most elaboretly themed pool area on any cruise ship. This is the most fascinating pool ever built on a cruise ship. The theme is a sensational African Safari Watering Hole. The Solarium is adlult only, and that is one of the many positive things that this area has. A bridge crosses betweent the pool and the lushis waterfall. The waterfall comes out around three fanciful stone elephants. The water cascading down into the warm waters is sothing, and adds to the tranquality of the pool area. And in case of bad weather there is a glass canopy over the top of the pool area.The Radience has a colorful spa which is under the thriving fitness senter. Which includes countless numbers of fitness machines ect. The spa is placed forward and has a massage area, thermal suite, hair salon, health center, and locker rooms. The spa offers a many exotic treatments, which tend to by pricey. Radience of the Seas boast a Centrum which is the hub of the vessel. The Centrum is nine decks high and has glistening glass elvators running up to Deck Twelve. The Centrum is filled with sparkaling glass, and interesting peices of artwork. Which tend to be in the mordern style. The Centerum is toppped with a triumphant sklight which filles the Centrum with plenty of brillant light. Off the Centrum lies the Botiques of the Centrum, which is a duty free mall, that suprisingly has a wide range of shops. The shops include a perfume shop, logo store ( sells Royal Caribbean merchandise), Genaral Store ( filled with achholic beverages, to take back to your cabin), gift store, and photo shop. Just off of the duty free mall, you find the photo gallery, and the art gallery. After walking through the art gallery you come to the Aurora Theater which is the main show lounge onboard. This lounge is named after the Northern Lights, and rises from deck four to deck six. Although the main show lounge is giagantic from what I have seen the decor tends to be bland, and not as whimsacal as I though it would be. But the ship still features superior production shows, whith amazing sets, dazzaling lighting, dynamic actors, breath-taking choragraphy, and spatacular special effects. The ship also has a tiny movie theater which like most on-board movie theaters is not really that interesting. The Radience also offers a glimmering casino which is filled with all the neon, glitz, and pure ectasy you would expect of a Las Vegas casino. The casino also offers many different games which you can try your luck on. The Radience also has a video arcade ,which filled with the latest games around. The Radience has not forgotten about two of it's lines trademarks. Which includes the wonderful Viking Crown lounge, which offers a three hundred and sixty degree view of the pristine waters around you. This is one of the things that makes Royal Caribbean what it is today. Radience also carries on the tradition of the faboulus nautical themed "Schooner Bar." Which is sure to delight with it's large windows, and whimsical decor. To answer your question Royal Caribbean has discontinued the charge for the rock climbing wall and golf course. They still have not dropped the charge for the golf simulator and two alternative resturants. Overall the Radience off the Seas is one of the most sensational cruise liners ever built, the decor is not tacky and glitzy like the disgisting ships of the horrific Carnival Cruise Line. Instead the decor is well appointed and elgant, which is one of the best things about this ship. The ship is fiilled with lush greenery, glass, and luxury. Radience of the Seas is by far one of the most delightful cruise ships ever to ply the waves. I wish you a fantastic vacation, and I hope you will love the cruise product.
NOTE: I HAVE NEVER HAD THE PLEASURE OF GOING ON-BOARD THE "RADIENCE OF THE SEAS." BUT I HAVE VIVADLY STUDIED THE SHIP, AND KNOW WHAT THE MANY PUBLIC ROOMS LOOK LIKE. I HAVE BEEN ON FIVE CRUISES, AND I AM BOOKED ON THE M.S. VOYAGER OF THE SEAS, IN JUNE. I AN ALSO ONLY ELEVEN YEARS OLD......
Glad you thinnk so highly of the Radiance but there are a number of errors in your report. I can understand why as you admit that you have never been onboard this ship. I can only believe that you copied your report from a press release or from someone elses opinions. The Radiance is indeed a very beautiful ship with many fine features but it is by no means a "Eagle Class" ship like the Voyager, Explorer, or Adventure. It is a "Radiance Class vessel that is often grouped together because of size with what is known as "Panamax" vessels in that they are barely able to fit through the Panama Canal. We just returned from this lovely ship and a complete review is in the process of being written now. There are also many photos of the ship and it's ports posted in the Photo Gallery under Radiance 3/16/02. Also, what's with the "disgisting (sic) ships of the horrific Carnival Cruise Line"? How many CCL ships have you traveled on? How many other lines have you sailed on and ships? Remember everyones tastes differ somewhat and to condemn any line or ship based on what you personally feel or have heard is not proper, much less objective. Glad you are taking an interest in chips however and wish you the best. Remember, research, research, research! <G>
Tyler: thanks for the info and your honest opinion(s)
Jim: thanks for the corrections on the info posted (ps. go easy on tyler)
I appreciate every single posted here and know that it's all well intentioned and may or may not be exactly correct. After looking at the pics from the other review by bart and his pics and reading all of the responses here I am sooooo looking forward to my cruise on this ship!! I can't wait! Sept. seems so far away.
thanks again to all who have posted info for me!! I'm definitely hooked on this board/web site and check it daily! I'll probably post again when it gets closer to my sailing.
Dennis - You're definitely in for a treat! We had the pleasure of cruising on the Radiance last October and have NEVER had a better cruise! The crew were amazing - the majority of them were so energetic and fun and so willing to please. The cabins are beautiful, the ship is truly a site to be seen and the food was incredible! This was our 5th cruise and our sons' 4th cruise. I would 'do' the Radiance again in a heartbeat. It's just incredible!