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  Radiance of the Seas (Royal Caribbean International)

Radiance of the Seas | Royal Caribbean International
Radiance of the Seas in Hawaii
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Radiance of the Seas | Royal Caribbean International
Radiance of the Seas in Cozumel during Caribbean cruise
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Radiance of the Seas | Royal Caribbean International
Alaskan cruise - Radiance of the Seas anchored in the Gastinau Channel, Juneau, Alaska
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CRUISE SHIP FACTS

Description
The Radiance of the Seas is Royal Caribbean International’s flagship offer in the Radiance class. The speedy and eco-friendly cruise ship boasts of some new and advanced technologies not available in other ships, such as an onboard billiard table and a revolving disco bar. The design and the overall collection of amenities onboard combine to offer travelers the best features of the other classes in the Royal Caribbean family.

Destinations
The Radiance of the Seas sails on a number of cruises, including cruises to Alaska, Australia and New Zealand, and Hawaii, following the Pacific coast route.

History
Belonging to the class of the same name, the Radiance of the Seas is the first in the fairly mid-sized cruise ships of Royal Caribbean. It is indeed radiant as it garners praise for its efficient gas-turbine system, which replaces the conventional diesel engines used by other cruise ships. This resulted in much lower emission levels than other ships. The Radiance of the Seas was built by Meyer Werft in a shipyard located in Papenburg, Germany. It was delivered in 2001, with its maiden voyage dated March 10 of that year.

Dining
The main dining room is called the Cascades, which spans two levels connected by a grand staircase. Cascades is adorned by imposing columns and a waterfall, which comes as a surprise to many passengers. Those who want to hold private parties can also book the two smaller dining areas, the Breakers and Tides. The dining rooms all feature the usual menu but offer special ShipShape selections, named after the cruise ship’s spa and fitness center, for those looking for healthier vegetarian options.

The top two dining alternatives aside from the main dining rooms are the Italian restaurant Portofino and RCI’s popular Chops Grille. Both are on a reservation basis.

For a more laid-back dining experience, guests can come and go at the Windjammer Café with its generous buffet selection and outdoor seating. For those craving for fast food style dining, the ship offers the Seaview Café.

Entertainment
For lounging and relaxing onboard the Radiance of the Seas, guests can head straight to the African-themed Solarium with its huge stone elephants. The Starquest Disco Bar is also a unique offer with its revolving bar, which offers a different and memorable nightlife experience for fun-loving guests. On other nights, guests can also enjoy the jazz ensembles, comedians, and performances at the Hollywood Odyssey nightclub or the fantastic ambience of the Singapore Slings with fascinating views through its floor-to-ceiling windows. Families can enjoy their holiday by watching movies at the cinema or the performances at the three-level iconic Arctic-themed Aurora Theatre. Kids can also be left to enjoy free, supervised activities designed for their specific ages.

Sports amenities include a golf course, a ping pong table, a basketball court, and the pool tables. The pool tables have to be stabilized by a computer-operated gyroscope so that the top of the table is level with the horizon at all times. The ship also features an interactive sports game called the Pennant Race. For fitness buffs or those looking for a relaxing time, the ShipShape Spa provides a beauty and health center, an aerobics area, and a gym complete with an extensive collection of workout equipment. Unique fitness activities such as aquadynamics are also offered onboard. A jogging track and a mini golf course completes the package.

Cabins
The Radiance of the Seas offers 1,050 cabins to choose from. More than 70% of these have balconies. The most luxurious accommodation is the Royal Suite at 1034 square feet and the most budget-friendly are the inside cabins at a cozy 166 square feet.

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Ship Summary
Operator:Royal Caribbean International
Built by:Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany
Date Completed:2001
Gross Tonnage:90090
Length:293 m
Width:32.2 m
Decks:12
Passengers:2502
Crew:859
IMO:9195195