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Janet Whiteman

Age: 71

Occupation:Retired RN

Number of Cruises: 6

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Radiance of the Seas

Sailing Date: 2011-12-18

Itinerary: Sydney - NZ ports - Sydney

A great ship, wonderful attentive crew BUT... see below.

Highlight for us was seeing the Comet Lovejoy from our balcony. We experienced lovely weather and smooth seas most of the trip.

Food was excellent in all areas with plenty of choices but why anyone would want to pay extra for specialty restaurants is beyond me.

Stateroom met our expectations and was clean and comfortable. We could not hear the Captains messages from the bridge and the commentary about ports we visited was not always broadcast over the TV so if we were in our cabin we could not hear it. The commentary about Auckland and points of interest there was given as we were sailing out of the harbour!

Could have been more onboa

rd activities such as lectures and/or demonstrations eg; interest groups. We were not kept informed about events and the outcome such as our sighting of a comet, the man overboard drama and I found that Guest Services were not very helpful when approached re problem children or asked about the light we saw in the sky for 3 nights. Internet charges were very high at 65 cents a minute.

We only did one excursion on the train from Dunedin. The trip was great but terribly overpriced at just on $200 pp when we could have bought the train ticket ourselves for $84! Don't pay for excursions but go ashore and ask the locals where to go, jump on a local bus and do your own thing.

Research before you go on the cruise and find out what you would like to see and how to get there. Sometimes a taxi can be cheaper than paying for shore excursions.

Our trip was marred by gangs of children running riot in the lifts, stairs, casino, bars, restaurants and in the adults only pool. I ousted 2 young boys from the casino, they were playing chasings round the poker machines and nearly knocked over an elderly disabled lady. The crew seemed unable or unwilling to pull the children into line.

We booked this trip for a relaxing holiday and especially because of the advertised adults only pool so it was disappointing. Royal Caribbean quotes codes of conduct and age restrictions however they do not uphold same.

Take my advice - NEVER book in school holidays.

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