One of the jewels of the Royal Caribbean fleet, Radiance of the Seas regularly sets sail from Australian shores to the South Pacific and New Zealand. I was recently given the opportunity to take a guided tour of the ship and I was impressed with my findings. Radiance of the Seas features a nine storey central atrium complete with ocean viewing glass lifts. Guests can choose from eight dining experiences while enjoying multiple swimming areas, a giant outdoor cinema and state of the art fitness centre.
You can be pampered with luxurious spa treatments at the onsite spa or enjoy a makeover at the large hair and beauty salon. In the evenings, there is plenty of entertainment including live Broadway style shows at the 800 seat theatre. Try your luck at the neon lit casino or catch a movie at the indoor cinema.
Kids will have a ball at the fully supervised kids club and nursery plus there’s a designated teens space. Of course, most of their days will be spent climbing high on the rock climbing wall, playing mini golf or basketball or cooling off at the kid’s pool. It really is no surprise that cruises have become a popular go to holiday option for busy families. Ships such as the Radiance of the Seas cater for all ages and offer a multitude of fantastic family friendly activities.
While onboard, I was able to have a quick chat with Tony Soden, Key Account Manager for Royal Caribbean. He spends his days sailing the globe and we wanted to know to his thoughts on cruising.
How long have you been with Royal Caribbean?
Almost five years. I joined the company when they opened their corporate office in Australia, and it’s been amazing being part of the growth. When I first started, Rhapsody was the first and only ship we had in Australia, and we were so excited to have Rhapsody here. Now we have three Royal Caribbean ships in Australia.
What is your favourite Royal Caribbean cruise ship and why?
My favourite ship would have to be Allure of the Seas, just because of the wow factor. It’s also the biggest ship in the world and holds 6,500 passengers and has so much to do that you need a week just to find your way around the ship, then another week to visit some of the amazing ports she visits.
What are your favourite cruising destinations?
I love Mexico but also the Mediterranean, particularly the Greek Islands and Italy. Last year, I was also lucky enough to do Alaska, the inside passage. It was amazing and it’s great to be able to tick it off the bucket list.
What is next on your cruising list?
I’d like to do Finland, Scandinavia and St Petersburg in Russia – hopefully one day soon.
Do you have any advice for first time cruisers?
My advice is to choose the right ship and itinerary for you. We tend to find the longer itineraries are less attractive for families, whereas a 10 night South Pacific cruise over the holiday period will be perfect! The bigger the ship, the more restaurants, and activities, but not everyone wants this, so check what features are onboard your ship before you set sail.