New Zealand guests on Australasia’s newest superliner, Radiance of the Seas, which berthed in Auckland this week, are among the first in the world to enjoy the cruise ship’s many new amenities which were added during a multi-million dollar makeover earlier this year.
Radiance of the Seas, which is en route from Honolulu and Tahiti on her maiden voyage to New Zealand and Australia, is Australasia’s newest and largest superliner: she has 12 passenger decks, is 292 metres long, 90,090 tonnes and can carry 2532 passengers.
Since she emerged from her recent 21-day dry-dock makeover, Radiance of the Seas has offered a range of amenities and experiences never available before to New Zealand guests. They include:
• A massive outdoor LED movie screen overlooking the main pool area where families, friends, and couples can enjoy movies under the stars and entertainment programmers during the day;
• Chef’s Table: An exclusive and private experience co-hosted by the executive Chef and Sommelier fort a wine pairing dinner of five courses (open for dinner, US$95 per person).
• A new Concierge Lounge for suite guests and a Diamond Lounge for Crown and Anchor Society loyalty programmed members.
• Technology enhancements that include Wi-Fi availability throughout the ship and flat panel interactive televisions in all staterooms.
• Royal Babies and Tots Nursery designed for children, 6-36 months old.
Dining options on board Radiance of the Seas have nearly doubled with the addition of seven of the most highly acclaimed dining concepts in the Royal Caribbean fleet, including:
• Rita’s Cantina: A casual yet vibrant indoor/outdoor restaurant, catering to families by day, and adults by night; offering traditional Mexican fare, a comprehensive selection of margaritas, live guitar music and dancing (open for lunch and dinner, US$3 cover charge and a la carte menu pricing).
• Samba Grill: Styled after popular Brazilian steakhouses, the churrascaria is an interactive experience where guests choose from a variety of meats, chicken and seafood brought table-side by servers, ready to slice and serve upon request (open for dinner, US$25 per person).
• Giovanni’s Table: An Italian trattoria featuring Italian classics served family-style (open for lunch, US$15, and dinner, US$20).
• Izumi: Featuring mouth-watering flavours and a sushi bar with hot-rock cooking, this Asian restaurant is a no-hassle, authentic dining experience.
• The English-styled Quill & Compass Pub.
• Boardwalk Dog House: Guests can choose from traditional hot dogs, bratwurst, sausages and other delicious meats and variety of toppings (open for lunch and dinner, complimentary)
• Park Café: An indoor/outdoor gourmet market featuring salads, sandwiches, soups and pastries (open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, complimentary).
Radiance of the Seas’ maiden season cruise highlights include:
• Five 14- and 16-night cruises to New Zealand and two 12-night cruises to the South Pacific.
• A seven-night Tasmanian itinerary, sailing on February 12, 2012, which will overnight at Melbourne and Hobart.
• There are two opportunities to circumnavigate Australia by combining a new 16-night ‘Top End’ voyage from Sydney to Perth (Fremantle) with a new 18-night southern return voyage to Sydney via southern Australia and New Zealand.