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Radiance of the Seas
Overview

Until 2011, it was the glassy exterior grabbed all the limelight. However, the 2011 spring makeover, Radiance gained eight new dining choices making it the place for all the sumptuous food at sea, jaw dropping accommodation and unlimited adventure. It now has a Japanese restaurant and Brazilian churrascaria in its ambit along with some cabin upgrades throughout, touch screen wayfinders, bow-to-stern Wi-Fi, new nursery for the kids and a giant poolside movie screen. Its light design, floor to ceiling windows makes it all the more lovable. The variety of activity and entertainment options are splendid and the global itineraries make it a must have in the cruising checklist.

Why Yes?

Stellar views await your sight, thanks to the glass exterior that graces the ship. You can view the landscapes outside at almost any time and catch a glimpse of some never seen before visuals. Also, the light design and warm size of the ship makes it the spot you’d want to be in on the sea.

Why Not?

There is significant emphasis on extra charges at the specialty restaurants and shops on-board. And in case this is something that you don’t like, this could be the only thing that causes a trouble on-board the cruise.

Finally

It’s an older ship out of the RCI fleet that is extremely famous for the itineraries it covers than for the amenities it has on-board. So if the former is what matters, this ship is the place to be in.

Cabin Review

Of the 1,071 cabins that the ship has, 825 are outside and 577 of those have balconies. The number of rooms with balconies is one of the highest in the entire RCI fleet. Good choices in the balcony cabins are the Categories E1, E2 and E3 on decks 7,8,9,10 specifically the last since they are closer to the pools and outdoor amenities.
Family cabins can accommodate six people with twin beds that convert to a queen and additional bunk beds, plus a sofa bed in a separate area. All cabins have internet access, interactive flat-screen TV’s, complete with interactive technology to book shore excursions.
The most lavish accommodation is the Royal Suite, 1,034-square-foot suite with a 172-square-foot balcony and such amenities as a baby grand piano, wet bar, entertainment center with 42-inch flat screen TV, stereo and VCR; and bath with whirlpool, bidet and steam shower.
Wheelchair-accessible cabins are available in a variety of categories.

Onboard

This is coupled with the Hollywood Odyssey nightclub, comedians, jazz ensembles, pianists and vocalists who take turns entertaining. You can also watch a movie in the Cinema or take an outdoor flick or whatever big game is screening on the LED video wall on the main pool deck and dance your heart away in the Starquest disco. Don’t miss out on the chance to listen to the piano player in the Schooner Bar; or admire the view from Singapore Slings, from its floor-to-ceiling windows. There’s also a small and elegant Champagne bar just in case you want to raise a toast.
If you are someone who loves your nightlife, the Quill & Scroll Pub,on Deck 6, which replaced Scoreboard Sports Bar, is your go-to place. Also try your lucks at the Casino Royale, with a French Art Nouveau design, 211 slot machines and tables for blackjack, craps and roulette.

Dining

During the ship’s makeover in 2011, the dining options for the cruisers were literally doubled and this has taken the dining experience to an altogether different level. The main dining room, Cascades, a two-level restaurant with a grand staircase made just like a cascading waterfall is the perfect place both in terms of food and ambience for you to enjoy both a romantic or family dinner.
A casual, no reservations, no-fee dinner alternative is served in the Windjammer Cafe where breakfast and lunch are also served buffet-style with a choice of indoor and outdoor seating.
The former Seaview Cafe was replaced with Samba Grill, a Brazilian-style steakhouse, on Deck 12.
In case you are someone who loves a private dining, a five-course feast with wine, then the Chef’s Table is the place to be in. In case you are craving for some Mexican or Sushi or Italian, head to Rita’s Cantina, Izumi and Giovanni’s respectively.
Just in case you are tired and do not want to make your way to any of the above, Royal Caribbean’s room service options that are available 24 hours a day.

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