Review of Radiance Of The Seas deck 11 (Lido-Pools)
Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center is a 2-level wellness complex. On this level is the Fitness (ShipShape Fitness, open between 6 am - 10 pm) consisting of a large Gymnasium (complimentary), Aerobics Room (for classes- Yoga, Pilates, spinning, stretching), lockers (separate for men/women). A staircase leads to the upper level (ShipShape Spa). The Gym room has floor-ceiling windows and modern bodybuilding and training exercise equipment (free weights, weight machines, treadmills, steppers, ellipticals, stationary bikes, Kinesis wall). In the mornings/afternoons are scheduled health and wellness seminars (free of charge).
Solarium is the ship’s adults-only relaxation complex with a retractable glass-roof pool, 1 swimming pool (depth 5,7 ft / 1,7 m, with cascading waterfalls), 1 whirlpool, sunbathing area surrounding the pool (loungers, deckchairs, chaise pads), a full-service Solarium Bar and a cafe restaurant. There is a 24-hour beverage station for complimentary drinks (coffee- regular & decaf, tea, iced tea, flavored waters).
Park Cafe is a complimentary deli restaurant serving with fast-food the Solarium and the Spa-Fitness complex. Park Cafe is open for Breakfast (6:30-10 am, hot panini sandwiches, made-your-own bagels, muffins, cereals, fresh fruits, yogurts), Lunch (11:30 am - 6:30 pm /seadays, and 1-6:30 pm /portdays) and also for late-night snacks (9:30 pm - 3:30 am). The menu offers light-fare food – including fresh pizza and sandwiches, wraps, soups, selection of salads (also custom-made), desserts (cakes, gourmet pastries, coffee).
Outdoor Movie Screen (called Jumbotron) is a poolside cinema (complimentary) located near the main pool area. It is used daily for showing funny videos and live sporting events, and for watching new movies nightly.
Main Pool area has 1 swimming pool (freshwater), 2 whirlpools, stage (bandstand for live performances), expansive sunbathing area with plenty of sunloungers. Daily fun activities include live music, pool games, fun contests. The pool deck area is served with drinks and refreshments (frozens, soda, beer/buckets, wine, cocktails) by two outdoor bars – Pool Bar (deck 11) and Sky Bar (on sports deck 12).
Art Gallery displays original artworks available for purchasing. The gallery’s personnel also conducts the onboard art auctions.
Windjammer Cafe is the lido buffet restaurant (capacity 797 seats) with indoor/outdoor seating. Dining here is casual (as dress code), complimentary and self-service type. The buffet is open for Early Breakfast (6:30-7 am), Breakfast (7-11 am), Lunch (11.30 am - 3 pm), Afternoon Tea/Snacks (3-5 pm) and Dinner (6:30-9:30 pm). The Windjammer restaurant has various buffet stations, including for salads, soups, entrees, grill (incl BBQ meats and cooked-to-order steaks), panini (sandwiches), chicken, fish (incl sushi), vegetarian dishes, fast-food (pizza, pasta, hot-dogs, burgers, french fries), cooked vegetables, sauces and toppings, breads, fruits, desserts (incl healthy desserts). On themed evenings are offered Mexican, Indian, Asian and other international cuisine specialties. At Breakfast, there is an egg station (made-to-order omelets and eggs). At Lunch, there is also a carving station. The lido buffet also has 24-hour operational beverage stations with complimentary drinks (milk, coffee, tea, instant hot chocolate, flavored waters, also juices at breakfast). Windjammer’s complimentary “sushi stations” open for dinner-only (at 6:30 pm). Designated chefs continuously prepare fresh sushi (cooked rolls variations, mostly of eel and tuna). There are no nigirizushi or sashimi (with raw meat) or made-to-order items.
Boardwalk Dog House (part of the Windjammer buffet) is open for Lunch (11:30 am – 6:30 pm /seadays, and 1 – 6:30 pm /portdays) and night snacks (between 9 pm – 1 am). Boardwalk Dog House is an all-you-can-eat, complimentary fast-food bar for gourmet hot dogs and sausages. The menu has 5 types of hotdogs (incl Wunderdog, Coney Island, The Sicilian, brat with sauerkraut), fries, sausages, a selection of toppings.
Izumi Japanese Cuisine (74 seats, menu) is the RCI’s signature pan-Asian cuisine specialty restaurant with mostly traditional Japanese dishes (sushi-teppanyaki-hibachi, tableside cooking). The restaurant is a la carte priced and open for Lunch (seadays only, between 12-1:30 pm) and Dinner (between 6-9:30 pm). Reservations are required. The restaurant is comprised of sushi bar (sushi/sashimi) and another section with 2 hibachi stations. The menu includes sushi rolls, signature rolls, sashimi (2- or 5-piece, also combo platter), sukiyaki, yakimeshi, ishiyaki (grill / chicken, beef), wakame salad (seaweed), pan-fried gyoza dumplings, hot/cold appetizers, premium seafood (tuna, shrimp, lobster, eel, crab), desserts (ice cream, pancake, caramel flan, dessert sampler) and specialty drinks (cocktails, beer, sake selection). Edamame soybeans and miso soup are complimentary. Izumi has Teppanyaki menu (for iron griddle-cooked food) and Omakase menu (Chef’s choice).
Izumi Express is the Royal Caribbean’s new “sushi to go” option available fleetwide since July 2016. The “take-out sushi” is fresh-made and of premium quality. The new option is a great choice for families with kids (avoiding the formal sit-down meal) and for all passengers willing to enjoy this popular Japanese food somewhere else on the cruise ship (incl in their cabins). Izumi Express sushi ordering is via phone (any one on the ship, incl the cabins) and also by going to the Izumi restaurant and placing your order there. Guests can order any item from Izumi’s sushi menu during the restaurant’s operational hours. The staff takes the order and provides a time window to pick it up (usually within 10-15 min). Meals are in to-go containers (plastic, transparent) and conveniently bagged up. Quick and easy takeaway service is provided by the new Izumi Express carts (colored in black) offering up to 8 pre-packaged sushi rolls.
Rita’s Cantina (83 seats, open between 2-9:30 pm, menu) is an inexpensive Tex-Mex specialty restaurant (at US$3 surcharge plus a la carte priced menu). The restaurant (more like snack bar) has indoor/outdoor seating and offers casual dining with Mexican cuisine food and drinks. The menu offers a huge variety of beverages (incl beers, mixed drinks, a selection of margaritas /served frozen or on rocks), light fare and snacks. Among the food items in the menu are soups, sides (Mexican Rice, Sour Cream, Peppers, Guacamole, Chilli Con Carne, Cheese Sauce), smaller plates (Taco Salad, Fiesta Guacamole, Party Nachos, Shrimp Tostada, Chicken Quesadilla), larger plates (Classic Taco Salad, Chiles Anchos Rellenos, Grilled Chicken, Roasted Pork Chimichanga, Grilled Salmon, Burritos, Seared Red Snapper), kids (Cheese Quesadilla, Nachos, Chicken Tacos) and desserts (Cinnamon Churros, Banana Enchiladas, Mexican Flan).