Radiance of the Seas

Royal Caribbean adds refurbishments for Radiance of the Seas and Rhapsody of the Seas in 2016

In:
16Feb2016

Royal Caribbean has added two more of its vessels to its schedule of ships to receive refurbishments in 2016.

Radiance of the Seas and Rhapsody of the Seas are now appearing on the 2016 refurbishment schedule.

There is no word yet on what changes are coming to either ship.  

Royal Caribbean just wrapped up its Liberty of the Seas refurbishment and has a busy year ahead with changes coming to the ships.

Royal Caribbean tests port stop in Wollongong as possible homeport alternative to Sydney

In:
03Sep2015

Royal Caribbean is testing out a new homeport in Australia at Wollogong's Port Kembla Harbour that could replace Sydney.

Photo by Sap

Radiance of the Seas will make a port stop here in October 2016 as part of a 7-night East Australian Coast and Tasmania cruise.

Royal Caribbean Regional Vice President Gavin Smith says Radiance of the Seas' stop here is the first step in a possible new partnership between the cruise line and the port, "I’m thrilled to announce we will be bringing one of the largest and most feature-packed mega liners in Australian waters to the South Coast of NSW, when Port Kembla becomes the newest destination for Radiance of the Seas."

"Including Port Kembla on our itineraries will provide our guests the opportunity to sample all that Wollongong and the South Coast has to offer. At the same time, it will give us the chance to investigate Port Kembla as an alternative home port, as an overflow to congestion in Sydney Harbour."

Royal Caribbean is particularly interested in Wollongong as an alternative home port because of the congestion problem in Sydney harbor.

Photo tour of Rita's Crab Shack on Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas

In:
23Jul2015

During the summer months when Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas offers cruise to Alaska, Royal Caribbean transforms one of its specialty restaurants into a restaurant more befitting the region.

Beginning last year, Royal Caribbean has changed over the Mexican specialty restaurant Rita's Cantina into Rita's Crab Shack, offering the very best crab and seafood from the southeast Alaskan coast.

In fact, Royal Caribbean has also teamed up with the Alaskan Brewing Company in Juneau to provide the finest craft brews to go along the new fare.

Thanks to our friend Deb Wills from AllEars, we present a photo tour of Rita's Crab Shack from earlier this summer. Enjoy!

Rita's Cantina becomes Rita's Crabshack on Radiance of the Seas

In:
31May2014

Royal Caribbean is testing coverting Mexican specialty restaurant Rita's Cantina into a new seafood restaurant called Rita's Crabshack on Radiance of the Seas during her Alaska cruise season.

Photo by robbalvey

The newly converted Rita's Crabshack is located in the Windjammer area where Rita's Cantina used to be and offers guests fresh seafood such as Alaskan King crab, chowder, fish & chips and crab cakes.  

There's also Alaskan craft beer from Alaskan Brewery Company.

Photo by robbalvey

RIta's Crabshack is open for dinner and priced a la carte.

Photo of the Day: Radiance of the Seas cruising the inside passage in Alaska

In:
09Jun2013

Photo sent by Kenneth Kinzig 

Photo of the Day: Radiance of the Seas Docked In Ketchikan, Alaska

In:
25May2013

Photo sent by Kenneth Kinzig

Sydney, Australia expecting another record season for cruise ships

In:
12Oct2012

Royal Caribbean is doing its part to make another record cruise season for Sydney, Australia.  The city expects 265 visits before the cruise season ends in April 2013.

Many of the passengers that will help set that record will be traveling aboard Radiance of the Seas, including the 2100 people it brought to the city yesterday after a 17-night trip from Hawaii.

Royal Caribbean managing director of Royal Caribbean Cruise Australia expects up to 750,000 Australians to take a cruise in 2012.  That is a 34% increase from 2010 when just 620,000 Australians went on a cruise.  

''The stronger economy is providing a better return, and the better return is attracting a better quality of ship."

That's great news for Royal Caribbean and the cruise industry, considering there just a 4% increase in American cruises and 5% among British cruisers over the same period of time.

Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas arrives in Sydney on November 22 and will bring even more passengers than Radiance.

Royal Caribbean wins fifteen 2012 Travel Weekly Magellan Awards

In:
07Sep2012

Travel Weekly has awarded Royal Caribbean 15 Magellan Awards for the year.  Radiance of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas were singled out among the awards along with Royal Caribbean's "The Sea is Calling" advertising campaign.

“We are much honored to be recognized again by Travel Weekly’s distinguished panel of industry experts and judges,” said Lisa Bauer, senior vice president of Global Sales and Marketing, Royal Caribbean International. “We are particularly encouraged that revitalized Radiance of the Seas won Gold for Overall Contemporary Ship. Radiance of the Seas is a glowing example of our ongoing ship revitalizations to introduce some of the most popular Oasis-class amenities across the fleet and make every ship our best ship for vacationers to enjoy.”

Gold Magellan Awards

  • Radiance of the Seas - Overall - Contemporary Ship
  • Oasis of the Seas - Overall - Eco-Friendly "Green" Cruise Ship 
  • The Sea is Calling - Advertising/Marketing Campaign 
  • The Sea is Calling - TV Commercial 
  • The Sea is Calling... - Vicki Print Advertising 
  • Oasis’ 150 Central Park - Contemporary Ship - Restaurant Design 
  • DreamWorks Experience - Contemporary Ship - Entertainment 
  • Hairspray - Contemporary Ship - Entertainment 
  • Royal Promenade -Contemporary Ship - Atrium Design 
  • Royal Loft Suites - Contemporary Ship - Suite Design

Silver Magellan Awards :

  • Allure of the Seas - Overall - Contemporary Ship 
  • Sea Views - Overall - Blog 
  • Crown & Anchor Society - Overall - Loyalty Program 
  • Vitality at Sea Spa - Contemporary Ship - Spa Design 
  • Madagascar 3 - Web Marketing/Advertising

Radiance of the Seas sailing into Fremantle Harbour

In:
22Jun2012

Radiance sailing into Fremantle Harbour (Perth Western Australia) by Murray Back

Royal Caribbean announces Australia & New Zealand 2013-2014 plans

In:
19Apr2012

Royal Caribbean is offering its broadest range ever of itineraries in Australia and New Zealand come summer 2013-2014.  For the second consecutive cruise season, Voyager Of The Seas, Radiance Of The Seas And Rhapsody Of The Seas will offer cruises to the region.

Voyager of the Seas will offer 53 distinctive itineraries along with the recently revitalized Radiance of the Seas and Rhapsody of the Seas.  In total, Royal Caribbean will offer 55 cruises at 56 Australian, New Zealand and South Pacific ports, with departures from September 2013 to April 2014.

Royal Caribbean commercial manager for Australia, Adam Armstrong, commented on the news, "It’s with great pleasure that we can confirm that sister ships, Voyager of the Seas, Radiance of the Seas and Rhapsody of the Seas, will be back to wow Australian cruisers in summer 2013-14. For the next two summer cruise seasons, Royal Caribbean International will be the largest cruise line operating out of Sydney, and these newly revitalised “premierships” will offer the very latest in cruising – experiences guests previously had to travel to other parts of the world to have."

“We’ve added more cruises on Australia’s first megaliner Voyager of the Seas and some new itineraries across the entire fleet to ensure that there are even more options to suit different lifestyles and needs. It’s our widest ever range of cruises Down Under."

Voyager of the Seas will reposition from Singapore to Sydney on a 14-night cruise in late October 2013 that begins with an overnight in Singapore and calls at Port Keland for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Darwin and Brisbane, Australia. The ship then homeports at Sydney for nine sailings to New Zealand, Fiji and New Caledonia. These cruises range from nine to 14 nights.

A nine-night Tasmania cruise in early February 2014 features an overnight at Hobart on a one-time-only itinerary. At the end of the season, Voyager of the Seas will sail an 18-night Australia and New Zealand itinerary to Perth before returning to the Far East on a 14-night sailing in late March to Singapore via Bangkok.

Radiance of the Seas and Rhapsody of the Seas also homeport at Sydney from October 2013 to early May 2014, and will operate a wide variety of itineraries ranging from seven to 15 nights.

The cruises visit Australia’s Tasmania and Queensland, New Zealand, Fiji and New Caledonia. Radiance of the Seas will circumnavigate Australia twice with a 16-night north coast and a 17-night south coast and New Zealand itinerary.

Pacific crossings between Vancouver, BC and Sydney bookend both ships’ Australia season. These are a 12-night Hawaii and a 16- or 17-night South Pacific sailing, departing Sept. 13, 2013 and April 10, 2014 aboard Radiance of the Seas, and Sept. 6, 2013 and April 18, 2014 aboard Rhapsody of the Seas. 

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