Number of Cruises: 1
Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean
Ship: Radiance of the Seas
Sailing Date: November 7th, 2004
Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean
Having never been on a cruise before, we really didn't know what to expect. My wife and I flew to Miami on Saturday and stayed overnight. When we pulled into the port, the sheer size of the Radiance was stunning. Pictures do not do her justice. Upon boarding, we were speechless. Our eyes were overwhelmed by her stunning beauty. We were delayed from our 5pm departure due to propulsion repairs, so we took more time to explore the ship. The first place we went was the 11th deck were the pools were. The outdoor pool was large, and to my surprise it was filled with salt water! I never would have guessed that. The Solarium pool was stunning, set in a jungle theme, including ambient jungle sounds! We finally departed at 8pm. It was very beautiful. Cars on the near by highway honking their horns, and we could see fireworks coming from South Beach. We could not stop at Cocoa Cay due to high sea swells, the tenders could not make it out. So we kept on sailing and did more exploring. Our island stops were nice, but I would not pay for another one again. We were never bored. The staff was so friendly and helpful, they made us feel like royalty. The food was FANTASTIC. Room service was prompt and yummy. It truly amazed me how so many things can be going on at once. The rooms were clean, cleaned twice a day and comfortable. The only time we were in our cabin was to sleep.
Overall, I highly recommend this ship, no matter where she sails. The crew as friendly, always going out of their way to help. The food was great. The entertainment was fun - us Canucks won all the trivia games - and since we missed out first stop, the captain let us have a tour of the bridge. I hope he didn't get in trouble for that!
As I can't compare this ship to any other ship or cruise line, I hope this review helps.