PAX had the opportunity to tour Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas last week in Vancouver during her Alaska season.
The Radiance was launched in 2001 and most recently refurbished in May 2016. At 90,000 gross registered tons, she carries 2,500 guests and is the first ship in the elegant Radiance class (which also includes Brilliance, Serenade and Jewel of the Seas). With glass totalling almost three football fields in size, the ship's public areas are flooded with natural light, and is a perfect vessel for cruising the scenic waters of Alaska.
Highlights onboard include self-levelling pool tables, a large rock climbing wall, the maritime style Schooner Bar, and a covered solarium with swimming pool for all-weather enjoyment. Eateries include the Cascades dining room, Windjammer buffet and room service, complemented by specialty restaurants Chops Grille (steakhouse), Giovanni's Table (Italian), Izumi (Asian) and Samba Grill (Brazilian). As with all Royal Caribbean ships, Radiance features My Family Time Dining, where children will be served dinner in 40 minutes, then whisked away to the children's program while parents enjoy their multi-course meal at leisure.
Royal Caribbean is a contemporary cruise line with excellent entertainment and activities for all ages and offers a comprehensive children's and teens' program.
Radiance of the Seas will sail seven-night northbound and southbound cruises to Alaska until early September, when she will reposition to Australia and New Zealand (via Hawaii) for the winter season, and returning to Vancouver in May 2018. Below are photos of her public areas as well as staterooms. Shown are the royal suite, junior suite, interior and balcony staterooms.