Radiance Of The Seas

Radiance Of The Seas Review and Specifications

Specifications of Radiance Of The Seas

Year built2001  /  Age : 18
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderMeyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)
ClassRadiance
Building costUSD 350 million
OwnerRoyal Caribbean Cruises Ltd
OperatorRoyal Caribbean International
Speed25 kn / 46 kph / 29 mph
Length (LOA)293 m / 961 ft
Beam (width)39 m / 128 ft
Gross Tonnage90090 gt
Passengers2122 - 2546
Crew858
Passengers-to-space ratio35
Decks13
Cabins1061
Decks with cabins7
Last Refurbishment2016
Christened byMargot L. Pritzker

Current itinerary of Radiance Of The Seas

Radiance Of The Seas current cruise is 12 days, round-trip New Zealand. Prices start from USD 1647 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 23 Mar, 2019 and ends on 04 Apr, 2019.

Date / TimePort
23 Mar 16:30      Departing from Sydney, NSW Australia   
26 Mar 08:00 - 17:00     Bay of Islands, Russell, New Zealand   
27 Mar 08:00 - 17:00     Auckland, New Zealand   
28 Mar 08:45 - 19:45     Tauranga, Rotorua, New Zealand   
30 Mar 08:00 - 18:00     Akaroa, New Zealand   
31 Mar 08:00 - 17:00     Dunedin, Port Chalmers, New Zealand   
01 Apr 16:30 - 18:00     Fiordland National Park, New Zealand   
04 Apr 06:30      Arriving in Sydney, NSW Australia   

Review of Radiance Of The Seas

Launched in 2001, Radiance of the Seas is the first Radiance-class Royal Caribbean ship, together with Jewel, Serenade and Brilliance.

History - construction and ownership

Royal Caribbean International (RCI) is an US company, trademarked brand and subsidiary owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL, shipowner). RCI was established in 1968 and currently has over 1/5 of the worldwide cruise market. RCI also has RCCL's largest fleet as both number of vessels and GT tonnage (ship sizes and capacities). All Royal Caribbean liners have names ending with "of the Seas".

Radiance Of The Seas cruise ship (Royal Caribbean)

When Royal Caribbean launched its first-in-class Radiance cruise ship in 2001, guests were impressed by the light which came streaming through her glassy exterior. After 10 years, the cruise line put $20 million into giving the 90,090-ton, 2,139-guest vessel a new identity. During the spring 2011 refurbishment, Radiance of the Seas gained eight dining choices already found on the bigger Oasis and Allure of the Seas, including a Japanese dining venue and Brazilian churrascaria, as well as stateroom upgrades throughout, bow-to-stern Wi-Fi and a huge poolside TV screen. Other additions included a completely new nursery for children aged 6 to 36 months (also an Oasis-class staple), twelve new staterooms, interactive flat-screen TV systems in all accommodations, as well as the installation of touch-screen sensors "wayfinders" throughout to make it easier to find out what's going on where, and how to get there.

Cruise itinerary program

Radiance of the Seas itinerary program is based on Alaska cruises from Vancouver BC (Canada) during the summer months. For the rest of the year, Radiance sails in Australia leaving out of Sydney, as well as to Hawaii on repositioning between Australia and Alaska (Sydney-Vancouver).

Following the scheduled for 2020 drydock refurbishment, Radiance OTS will be homeported in Brisbane Queensland (starting November 2020).

Cabins

Radiance Of The Seas has a total of 1061 cabins (of which 64 Suites, 513 Balcony rooms) in 25 grades. Most Radiance of the Seas staterooms are 165-195-sq.foot balcony rooms and 165-sq.foot insides (243). 15 are the wheelchair accessible rooms. The largest aboard Radiance of the Seas are the Royal Suites (950 ft2 /88 m2).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

The 2-story Cascades is Radiance's main dining room. It features oversized mirrors and columns draped in curtains. The whole space offers an airy ambiance and seats 1110 guests. The Cascades also has two small private dining areas, 30-seat Tides (port side) and 102-seat Breakers (starboard side). Breakfast is served on the lower deck from 8.00 am to 10.00 am offering waiter service menu with the usual breakfast fare of omelettes, bacon, sausages, French toast, pancakes, smoked salmon bagels and a special of the day dish.

The buffet area offers a small selection of pre-made items. Lunch is served from noon to 1.30 pm and features Brasserie 30 menu which enables passengers to complete meals in 30 minutes. It includes a “Tutti” salad bar which offers everything from tomatoes, lettuce, eggs and grated carrot to prawns, tuna, meats, cheeses and breads. The dinner menu offers 9 appetizers to choose from, 10 entree choices, 3 different types of soups, 7 desserts and classics. Additionally the menu lists Chef’s Inspiration which is the recommendations of the Chef for a starter, main and dessert each day.

Radiance Of The Seas cruise ship (Royal Caribbean)

Follows the complete list of Radiance of the Seas restaurants and food bars.

  • Cascades Restaurant (1110-seat aft Dining Room, with two smaller private dining rooms: 30-seat Tides and 102-seat Breakers)
  • Windjammer Cafe lido buffet restaurant (797-seat, offers Early Breakfast at 6:30 a.m., Breakfast between 7:00-11:30 a.m., Lunch 11.30-3:30 p.m. and Dinner 6.30-9:00 p.m.)
  • Chops Grille (90-seat specialty restaurant; reservations recommended)
  • Giovanni’s Table (Italian specialty restaurant; reservations recommended)
  • Chefs Table (14-seat gourmet dining room)
  • Park Cafe (deli restaurant; complimentary - serves the Solarium area)
  • Izumi (74-seat Asian specialty restaurant)
  • Rita’s Cantina (84-seat Mexican specialty restaurant)
  • Samba Grill (Brazilian steakhouse).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Expect the best onboard Radiance of the Seas. With a huge gym, a rock climbing wall, basketball and volleyball courts, and a relaxing day spa, the list of things to do is going to get larger. You can head over to the pool or wander around the ship to take in the breathtaking views. There is an African safari-themed Solarium, as well as shuffleboard, Bingo, and other organized activities. For the kids, there is Adventure Ocean, the greatest kids facility with various age-appropriate activities for the youngsters. Radiance even boasts an indoor/outdoor country club with golf simulator.

Additional amenities include: Complimentary 24-hour Room-Service, Supervised Youth program, Internet/WiFi Access, Laundry.

Radiance Of The Seas cruise ship (Royal Caribbean)

Follows the complete list of Radiance of the Seas lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Aurora Theatre (868-seat, features grand production shows with dance, acrobatics, comedy and games)
  • Starquest nightclub disco and lounge
  • Photo Gallery and Shop; Art Gallery
  • The Centrum (social hub, offers aerial acrobatics entertainment); The Colony Club (102-seat, hosts religious services), Jakarta (45-seat), Singapore Slings (90-seat), Bombay Billiard (8-seat); Seven Hearts (40-seat card room); Crown and Anchor Lounge; Diamond Club and Lounge (34-seat); Explorer’s Lounge; Concierge Club (184-seat suite and past guests only); Viking Crown Lounge and Nightclub
  • Lobby Bar (53-seat atrium bar); Cafe Latte-tudes Bar (40-seat specialty coffee bar, Starbucks Coffee); Quill and Compass English Pub (102-seat sports bar); Schooner Bar (144-seat piano bar); Sky Bar
  • Centrum Boutiques (duty-free; clothes, perfumes, accessories, jewelry, logo souvenirs, General Store/alcohol and cigarettes)
  • Casino Royale (256-seat)
  • Royal Caribbean Online center (Internet computers room; 24-hour)
  • Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center; 3 jacuzzis; 2 pools
  • Solarium lounge (includes Cafe Bar, pool bar and adults only pool area)
  • Cinema (53-seat)
  • Video Games Arcade; Optix Teen Disco club; Royal Babies and Tots Nursery
  • Adventure Beach; Adventure Ocean kids lounge area
  • Sports Court (golf simulator, table tennis, basketball court); Jogging Track; Rock-climbing Wall; Mini Golf Course.

Radiance Of The Seas wiki

Radiance is Royal Caribbean's first Radiance-class liner, with sisterships BrillianceJewelSerenade. Radiance was built in 2001 by Meyer Werft GmbH (Papenburg, Germany). Ship's godmother was Margot L. Pritzker - wife of Thomas J. Pritzker (member of RCCL's Board of Directors). The naming ceremony was on April 6, 2001. The inaugural cruise (maiden voyage) started from Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) on April 17, 2001. The 14-day itinerary around the Caribbean visited ArubaPanama Canal, Costa Rica, Mexico Riviera ports, Los Angeles, and ended in Seattle WA, from where the ship cruised to ports in Canada, Alaska and Hawaii.

Vessel's gas turbine (first on a RCCL ship) makes her more effective in speeding and also results in much lower harmful gases emissions compared with diesel powered vessels.

One of the most beautiful facilities on board is the nautical-themed Schooners Bar with its blue carpet and dark paneling. The pool area is African-themed. You will see three plaster-made huge elephants while listening to animal and bird sounds there.

Radiance Of The Seas refurbishment 2016 review

Ship's drydock refurbishment in 2016 was done in Portland (Oregon USA).

  • Technical repairs included steel replacement and propeller (propulsion unit) maintenance works.
  • All passenger cabins were updated.
  • Vitality at Sea complex (Shipshape Spa on deck 12) was redesigned. Also on deck 12, the outdoor pool deck area was refreshed.

During refurbishment 2012 (June) were added 7 new dining venues – Samba Grill, Rita's Cantina, Giovanni's Table, Park Cafe, Izumi, Boardwalk Dog House, and Chef's Table (VIP dining). Also new was the Babies & Tots Nursery.

The list of deckplan changes after drydock 2011 refurbishment included:

  • new complimentary dining options (deli restaurant “Park Cafe”, and the hotdogs bar “Dog House”)
  • new specialty dining options at additional charge (“Giovanni’s Table”/Italian Trattoria, “Izumi”/Asian, “Samba Grill”/Brazilian, “Rita’s Cantina”/Mexican)
  • Jumbotron (huge poolside huge movie screen)
  • Nursery, English pub
  • new lounges (“Diamond” and “Concierge”).
  • On the RCCL Radiance there are also 2 new cruise dining packages – “Chef’s” (cost $145 PP, venues included “Chops”, “Giovanni’s”, “Izumi”, “Samba” and “Chef’s Table”, also inclusive of wine) and “Radiance” (cost $75 PP, inclusions “Chops”, “Giovanni’s”, “Izumi” and “Samba”).

Ship facts

The vessel is faster and with better maneuverability compared to all before 2001-built cruise ships. This is due to a modified propulsion system combining powerful bow thrusters, Azipods and dynamic GPS positioning system.

  • The ship was designed to operate in both warm and cool regions.  It features an abundance of panoramic windows, cabin balconies, glass-walled Atrium, all-panoramic / glass-wall elevators with sea views.
  • With the Radiance ship, RCI's signature Viking Crown Lounge was redesigned to become an entertainment complex with several venues - including the Starquest disco nightclub (featuring a revolving bar) and Hollywood Odyssey (intimate bar with Hollywood memorabilia and live entertainment by stand-up comedians and music ensembles). In the following years, these clubs' names were changed, the interior was redesigned and new venues were added - the Concierge Club and Diamond Club.
  • The initials GTV (abbrev "gas turbine vessel") can be found on either side of the ship's stern. They relate to the vessel's propulsion.  Radiance is the first RCI ship powered by gas-steam turbines.  The new-generation power plant has 1 steam and 2 gas turbines (by General Electric) and is more fuel efficient and cleaner (gas turbines burn distillate fuel) than traditional marine diesel engines. The turbines-generated electricity powers the ship's propulsion units (ABB Azipods), All this results in lower exhaust emissions. The ship also features a rotating engine, which results in less vibrations.
  • The Radiance ship has an USD 6 million onboard art collection, including paintings and sculptures. Among those is the Centrum's (5-deck high atrium) wire-suspended sculpture (composed of radiating spokes).
  • When the vessel debuted in 2001, a novel onboard space was the "Books & Coffee" shop (located forward-starboard on deck 5 and adjacent to Photo Gallery & Shop). The venue combined library, bookstore, coffee bar and Internet Cafe (with 4 PC stations). Currently, its space is occupied by the Focus Art Gallery.
  • The ship's Bombay Billiard Club has 2 self-leveling (gyroscope) pool tables. The motorized gyroscope counteracts the vessel's movements and keeps them leveled pretty well. Each of thse gyroscope pool tables costs USD 90,000.

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Radiance Of The Seas Itineraries

The below listed Radiance Of The Seas cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Royal Caribbean fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 Feb 23 10 days, one-way from Melbourne to Sydney Melbourne $1010
2019 Mar 05 10 days, round-trip New Zealand Sydney $1017
2019 Mar 15 8 days, round-trip South Pacific Sydney $772
2019 Mar 23 12 days, round-trip New Zealand Sydney $1647
2019 Apr 04 10 days, round-trip South Pacific Sydney $1262
2019 Apr 14 4 days, round-trip Sampler Sydney $449
2019 Apr 18 17 days, one-way from Sydney to Honolulu Sydney $1823
2019 May 05 12 days, one-way from Honolulu to Vancouver Honolulu $1161
2019 May 17 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver $1064
2019 May 24 7 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward $1374
2019 May 31 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver $1104
2019 Jun 07 7 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward $881
2019 Jun 14 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver $1094
2019 Jun 21 7 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward $881
2019 Jun 28 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver $1124
2019 Jul 05 7 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward $1102
2019 Jul 12 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver $1082
2019 Jul 19 7 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward $1214
2019 Jul 26 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver $1074
2019 Aug 02 7 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward $881
2019 Aug 09 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver $832
2019 Aug 16 7 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward $959
2019 Aug 23 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver $811
2019 Aug 30 7 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward $684
2019 Sep 06 4 days, round-trip Alaska Getaway Vancouver $587
2019 Sep 10 10 days, one-way from Vancouver to Honolulu Vancouver $957
2019 Sep 20 19 days, one-way from Honolulu to Sydney Honolulu $2165
2019 Oct 09 3 days, round-trip Sampler Sydney $365
2019 Oct 12 7 days, round-trip Cruisin Country 2019 Sydney
2019 Oct 19 7 days, round-trip Rock The Boat 2019 Sydney
2019 Oct 26 9 days, round-trip South Pacific Sydney $913
2019 Nov 04 8 days, round-trip South Pacific Sydney $800
2019 Nov 12 7 days, round-trip Bravo Cruise Of Performing Arts Sydney
2019 Nov 19 10 days, round-trip New Zealand Sydney $1045
2019 Nov 29 9 days, round-trip South Pacific Sydney $836
2019 Dec 08 9 days, round-trip New Zealand Sydney $822
2019 Dec 17 10 days, round-trip South Pacific Sydney $1178
2019 Dec 27 11 days, round-trip South Pacific Holiday Sydney $1626
2020 Jan 07 11 days, round-trip New Zealand Sydney $1423
2020 Jan 18 12 days, round-trip New Zealand Sydney $1101
2020 Jan 30 10 days, round-trip South Pacific Sydney $884
2020 Feb 09 16 days, one-way from Sydney to Fremantle Sydney $3201
2020 Feb 25 18 days, one-way from Fremantle to Sydney Fremantle $3411
2020 Mar 14 13 days, round-trip New Zealand Sydney $1353
2020 Mar 27 11 days, round-trip New Zealand Sydney $1206
2020 Apr 07 11 days, round-trip South Pacific Sydney $1234
2020 Apr 18 17 days, one-way from Sydney to Honolulu Sydney $2060
2020 May 05 10 days, one-way from Honolulu to Vancouver Honolulu $932
2020 May 15 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver $582
2020 May 22 7 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward $631
2020 May 29 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver $631
2020 Jun 05 7 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward $711
2020 Jun 12 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver $711
2020 Jun 19 7 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward $811
2020 Jun 26 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver $811
2020 Jul 03 7 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward $942
2020 Jul 10 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver $961
2020 Jul 17 7 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward $961
2020 Jul 24 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver $942
2020 Jul 31 7 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward $942
2020 Aug 07 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver $741
2020 Aug 14 7 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward $762
2020 Aug 21 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver $641
2020 Aug 28 7 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward $662