Where does the ship go/what is the itinerary?
The Radiance of the Seas leaves from Sydney on Friday the 8th of October, 2017 and sails to the Pacific Islands with stop overs in Lifou (Loyalty Islands), Port Vila (Vanuatu) and Noumea (New Caledonia). All beautiful tropical destinations with fabulous Shore Excursions & Tours available. It then sails back to Sydney on Saturday the 16th of October, 2017 arriving into port at dawn for disembarkation.
You can view the itinerary page at this link
Will I be able to get off at the Ports of Call? How much will Shore Excursions & Tours cost?
Yes, when we stop off in all Ports of Call you will get the chance to take part in the Shore Excursions & Tours or even just get off the Ship and explore for yourself at your own pace. Once you board the Radiance of the Seas you will get a list of the different types of day trips available for the upcoming Port – if there is a specific trip you would like to do, it is recommended you book it as soon as possible at the Shore Excursions Desk. The tour prices vary, based on duration & type. Some trips will be shorter tours around the city etc. and only be around AUD$25+ per person, whereas a full day trip with snorkeling facilities etc. can range up to AUD$150+ per head.
How do I pay for drinks and merchandise on board?
You will receive your key card at check in which is the only form of payment on board, no cash is exchanged. This key card is the key to your room and identification on board, so it is recommended you take it with you everywhere you go on the ship. Although all meals and performances are paid for (excluding specialty dining options), if you would like to purchase duty-free souvenir, shore excursion’s or alcoholic beverages etc., you will need to use your seapass card.
At the end of the cruise, you can pay your account either by cash (all purchases made are in $USD) or simply charge to your credit card. There are no pre-paid alcoholic beverage packages available onboard any Choose Your Cruise private charters, however there are drink specials, happy hours, soft drink packages and pre-purchase wine options available throughout the voyage. Additionally there is bottled water and bottled juice package options. It is recommended that you purchase these packages either on-line prior to sailing or on the first day once you’ve boarded the ship.
Are there any children’s facilities onboard?
In short, yes! Simply click at this link and you will be directed to full detailed information about the facilities onboard for the young ones (and not so little ones anymore) under the tab “FOR THE KIDS”.
Is entertainment on board free?
All Cruise N Groove 2017 – Family Reunion artist performances, dance classes and entertainment is included in your ticket price. NOTE* Some extra Royal Caribbean shipboard activities such as bingo and fitness classes incur a minimal charge. Refer to your cruise compass daily in-room newsletter for further information whilst onboard.
What else is included in the price of the cruise?
Your cabin fare entitles you to the following:
- 8 night cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s “Radiance of the Seas”
- All meals, activities, entertainment and gratuities (excluding drinks, specialty restaurants & duty free shopping) on board
- Port charges and government taxes.
Are all the restaurants on board included in the price of the cruise?
Short answer: No, not all of them. The Radiance of the Seas has now added some new specialty restaurant options. You can dine at Giovanni’s Table, a casual Italian trattoria with indoor and al fresco seating, Izumi which offers Asian-fusion cuisine, Brazillian churrasco style Samba Grille or at premium american-style Chops Grille, Royal Caribbean’s signature steakhouse. Unique to the Radiance of the Seas venture “south of the border down mexico way” and visit Rita’s Crab Shack. There will be a modest charge if you choose to dine at any of these specialty restaurants.
Additionally is also premium dining/wine pairing experience the Chef’s Table, where you can experience a once-in-a-lifetime culinary experience. Naturally, you can still choose complimentary fine dining at the Cascades Restaurant, Windjammer Buffet, Park Café or even grab a quick bite at the Boardwalk Doghouse – specializing in New York style Hot-Dogs (a late night must-do after a long night of partying!)
Will the food be suitable for gluten intolerant people?
Royal Caribbean International pride themselves on their fantastic cuisine and understand the diversity of passengers’ food requirements. If you have any specific food requirements, such as lactose/gluten intolerance, veganism etc, simply tell your travel agent when booking. There are vegetarian options on every menu.
How many dance floors are there on the ship?
There are many dance floors on board. “The Colony Club”, “Quill & Compass”, “The Viking Crown Lounge”, the two-tier pool deck for poolside dancing, “The Centrum” & “Teen Disco”.
What type of clothes shall we pack? Do we need casual/formal attire? Are there any theme nights onboard?
Shorts, t-shirts, slacks, trousers, casual skirts, blouses and sundresses are all perfect during the day, whether indoors or out.
Suggested guidelines for nights are:
- Casual: Sport shirts and slacks for men, sundresses or pants for women
- Smart Casual: Jackets for men, dresses or pantsuits for women
- Formal: There are no formal nights onboard however some passengers choose to “frock up” for the Captain’s Cocktail Party.
- Theme Nights: There will be two theme nights – one will be an “Island/Nautical night” e.g. mermaid, sailor, pirate and the second will be “Aussie Pride” e.g. Aussie flags, cork hats, flannel shirts, ugg boots etc. Let your imagination go wild!
Please note, thongs/singlets/exposed tattoos are not accepted in the main silver service dining room.
What types of shops are there on the ship?
There are many different types of shops on the Radiance of the Seas, boutique stores that sell the best of the best brand names along with clothing and souvenirs, all at Duty Free prices!
What can we do to reduce the effect of motion sickness?
The Radiance of the Seas is a modern ship fitted with stabilizers that will make the biggest wave seem like a tiny little movement. We are also travelling at the smoothest time of year, in an area of ocean that is known for smooth sailing. If by any chance you do feel unwell once you get on board, complimentary sea sickness ginger tablets can be obtained from the Purser’s Desk, or you can visit the medical staff onboard.
Is there a deck plan of ship and cabins?
Simply click at this link and you will be directed to full detailed deckplan of the luxurious Radiance of the Seas, your “home away from home” aboard Cruise N Groove 2017