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Royal Caribbean International Radiance of the Seas Cruise Review

Good for both first-timers and veterans, but there were areas where Radiance of the Seas should have been more radiant

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Introduction

In 2001, Radiance of the Seas debuted as the inaugural vessel in Royal Caribbean’s eventual quartet of Radiance Class ships. Living up to its name, glass is a central design component, making Radiance of the Seas well suited for cruising through scenic regions such as Alaska (where it spends the summer) and the South Pacific (where Radiance sails most of the rest of the year). Although the ship was plenty large when it first came on the scene, carrying 2139 passengers at double occupancy, today Radiance seems refreshingly mid-sized, yet it possesses a surprising range of big-ship features. But with all the amenities being added to Royal Caribbean’s fleet in the last few years a remodel was due, and in 2011 Radiance was taken in for an extensive dry dock overhaul—the dining options in particular were greatly expanded. We spent a week onboard to get a firsthand look.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Cabins
  3. Large Oceanview
  4. Other Cabins
  5. Cabin Amenities
  6. In-Room Dining
  7. Dining
  8. Drinks
  9. Recreation
  10. Cafés
  11. Lounges and Public Spaces
  12. Sports and Fitness
  13. Retail
  14. Other Activities
  15. Shows and Other Entertainment
  16. Nightlife and Shows
  17. Pools and Decks
  18. Pools
  19. Decks and Sun Areas
  20. Services and Staff
  21. Deck Plans
  22. Staff and Ship Policies
  23. Health and Safety
  24. Conclusion
  25. Cascades Dining Room
  26. Windjammer Café
  27. Chef’s Table
  28. Giovanni’s Table
  29. Chops Grill
  30. Izumi
  31. Rita’s Cantina
  32. Samba Grill
  33. Boardwalk Dog House
  34. Park Café
  35. Latte-tudes
  36. Starquest, Viking Crown Lounge
  37. Sky Bar
  38. Quill & Compass Pub
  39. Champagne Bar
  40. Schooner Bar
  41. The Colony Club
  42. Lobby Bar
  43. Aurora Theatre
  44. Radiance Day Spa
  45. Fitness Center
  46. Rock Climbing Wall
  47. Mini-Golf
  48. Sports Court
  49. Casino Royale
  50. Video Arcade
  51. Main Pool
  52. Solarium
  53. Adventure Beach
  54. Optix, Adventure Ocean, Nursery
  55. Seven Hearts
  56. Library
  57. Cinema
  58. Bombay Billiard Club
  59. Shops of Centrum
  60. Photo Gallery and Shop, Art Gallery
  61. Conference Center
  62. Royal Caribbean Online
  63. Promenade Deck
  64. Deck 12
  65. Centrum, Guest Relations, Explorations Desk
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