Radiance Of The Seas

Radiance Of The Seas Review and Specifications

Specifications of Radiance Of The Seas

Year built2001  /  Age : 17
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderMeyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)
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
Passengers-to-space ratio35
Decks with cabins7
Last Refurbishment2016
Christened byMargot L. Pritzker

Current itinerary of Radiance Of The Seas

Radiance Of The Seas current cruise is 5 days, round-trip Tasmania. The itinerary starts on 16 Oct, 2018 and ends on 21 Oct, 2018.

Date / TimePort
16 Oct      Departing from Sydney, NSW Australia   
18 Oct 07:00 - 18:00     Hobart, Tasmania   
21 Oct      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).


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

  • Royal Caribbean's Radiance is the line's first Radiance-class vessel. Her younger sisters in the RCI fleet are BrillianceJewelSerenade.
  • Radiance was built in 2001 by the German shipbuilding company Meyer Werft GmbH. Godmother of the vessel is Margot L. Pritzker. She is the wife of Thomas J. Pritzker, member of the board of RCCL company. The ceremony took place on the 6th of April 2001. The maiden voyage began from Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) on the 7th of April, 2001 and lasted for 14 days. The ship sailed around the Caribbean visiting Aruba, Panama Canal, Costa Rica and Mexico Riviera ports, also Los Angeles. The voyage ended in Seattle WA, from where Radiance cruised to ports in Canada, Alaska and Hawaii.
  • The cruise ship'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 rooms on board is the Schooners Bar looking nautical 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.
  • The ship's refurbishment in June 2012 added seven new dining venues – Samba Grill, Rita's Cantina, Giovanni's Table, Park Cafe, Izumi, Boardwalk Dog House, and Chef's Table (VIP dining). A new feature for the ship is the Babies & Tots Nursery.

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
2018 Oct 09 34 days, one-way from Sydney to Noumea Sydney
2018 Oct 16 5 days, round-trip Tasmania Sydney
2018 Oct 21 7 days, round-trip Rock The Boat 8 Sydney
2018 Oct 28 9 days, round-trip New Zealand Sydney
2018 Nov 06 7 days, round-trip Cruise N Groove Sydney
2018 Nov 13 8 days, round-trip Bravo Cruise Of Performing Arts 2018 Sydney
2018 Nov 21 10 days, one-way from Sydney to Auckland Sydney$1189
2018 Dec 01 10 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney Auckland$811
2018 Dec 11 10 days, round-trip New Zealand Sydney$1392
2018 Dec 21 12 days, round-trip South Pacific Sydney$2323
2019 Jan 02 12 days, round-trip New Zealand Sydney$1882
2019 Jan 14 10 days, one-way from Sydney to Auckland Sydney$1035
2019 Jan 24 10 days, one-way from Auckland to Sydney Auckland$860
2019 Feb 03 10 days, one-way from Sydney to Auckland Sydney$1168
2019 Feb 13 10 days, one-way from Auckland to Melbourne Auckland$1301
2019 Feb 23 10 days, one-way from Melbourne to Sydney Melbourne$1245
2019 Mar 05 10 days, round-trip New Zealand Sydney$1000
2019 Mar 15 8 days, round-trip South Pacific Sydney$818
2019 Mar 23 12 days, round-trip New Zealand Sydney$1252
2019 Apr 04 10 days, round-trip South Pacific Sydney$909
2019 Apr 14 4 days, round-trip Sampler Sydney$482
2019 Apr 18 17 days, one-way from Sydney to Honolulu Sydney$1875
2019 May 05 12 days, one-way from Honolulu to Vancouver Honolulu$1222
2019 May 17 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver$687
2019 May 24 7 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward$727
2019 May 31 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver$649
2019 Jun 07 7 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward$859
2019 Jun 14 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver$979
2019 Jun 21 7 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward$1019
2019 Jun 28 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver$1159
2019 Jul 05 7 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward$919
2019 Jul 12 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver$999
2019 Jul 19 7 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward$899
2019 Jul 26 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver$946
2019 Aug 02 7 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward$907
2019 Aug 09 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver$986
2019 Aug 16 7 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward$841
2019 Aug 23 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Seward Vancouver$806
2019 Aug 30 7 days, one-way from Seward to Vancouver Seward$857
2019 Sep 06 4 days, round-trip Alaska Getaway Vancouver$491
2019 Sep 10 10 days, one-way from Vancouver to Honolulu Vancouver$774
2019 Sep 20 19 days, one-way from Honolulu to Sydney Honolulu$1917
2019 Oct 09 3 days, round-trip Sampler Sydney$384
2019 Oct 26 9 days, round-trip South Pacific Sydney$993
2019 Nov 04 8 days, round-trip South Pacific Sydney$895
2019 Nov 19 10 days, round-trip New Zealand Sydney$1147
2019 Nov 29 9 days, round-trip South Pacific Sydney$993
2019 Dec 08 9 days, round-trip New Zealand Sydney$874
2019 Dec 17 10 days, round-trip South Pacific Sydney$1336
2019 Dec 27 11 days, round-trip South Pacific Holiday Sydney$1693
2020 Jan 07 11 days, round-trip New Zealand Sydney$1483
2020 Jan 18 12 days, round-trip New Zealand Sydney$1140
2020 Jan 30 10 days, round-trip South Pacific Sydney$993
2020 Feb 09 16 days, one-way from Sydney to Fremantle Sydney$3142
2020 Feb 25 18 days, one-way from Fremantle to Sydney Fremantle$3366
2020 Mar 14 13 days, round-trip New Zealand Sydney$1560
2020 Mar 27 11 days, round-trip New Zealand Sydney$1154
2020 Apr 07 11 days, round-trip South Pacific Sydney$1280
2020 Apr 18 17 days, one-way from Sydney to Honolulu Sydney$2106