While not the biggest ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet, Radiance of the Seas is known as the “Porsche of the ocean” and has a loyal following in Australia among travellers seeking a cruise experience on a somewhat smaller (by comparison) and more personable cruise ship.
Radiance of the Seas has been sailing in Australia since the 2011/2012 season, having entered this market in support of fleet-made Rhapsody of the Seas, which was struggling with the positive problem of dealing with the massive swell of passengers flocking to cruising for their next holiday. In turn, Radiance quickly developed its own fanbase, which it maintains to this day. The ship was launched in 2000 and caters to 2,500 passengers, with 860 crew.
During the summer, you’ll find this ship seasonally based in Sydney and operating voyages to the South Pacific and around Australia, while the local winter sees Radiance head back across the Pacific to the United States, where it cruises into Alaska from Vancouver.
Here, we will run through all of the available cabin types on Radiance of the Seas to assist in your Royal Caribbean cruise planning.
Where will you find them? Decks 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10 (Categories Q, K, L, M, N)
The lead-in room category on Radiance of the Seas features either two twin beds or a king (can be joined or separated as requested) with some featuring an additional pull-down bed to accommodate up to three people in one cabin. The stateroom features a television, sofa, sitting area and ensuite bathroom with shower and sink and is nearly 16 square metres.
Accessible versions of this cabin, which are naturally larger, are also available as needed. These features wider doorways, grab bars on the left and right for the toilet, while a very limited number are also able to interconnect with the cabin next door.
2. Large Ocean View
Where will you find them? Decks 2, 3, 4, 7, 8 (Categories F, G, H, I)
The most affordable stateroom category that also offers a view of the outside world from behind the bed. These cabins feature two twin beds which can be joined to form a king, while some also feature a pull-down bed to accommodate up to three passengers. Along with a sofa and sitting area, these cabins have an ensuite bathroom with shower and sink and are nearly 16 square metres in size.
Ocean View staterooms on Deck 2 have a porthole instead of a window.
3. Family Ocean View
Where will you find them? Decks 7 and 8 (Category FO)
Great value for families who don’t necessarily need a balcony, these staterooms are quite sizable at nearly 30 square metres. Bedding consists of two twin beds which can be joined into a king for the parents, with kids have their own separate area with bunk beds as well as an additional sofa bed. These staterooms have space for a cot or a rollaway bed, meaning up to six people can comfortably reside in these rooms for a cruise. Ensuite includes a shower.
Due to their relatively limited supply, generally require a minimum number of guests in order for them to be booked. This is to ensure families have access to them as needed.
4. Deluxe / Superior Ocean View with Balcony
Where will you find them? Decks 7, 8, 9, 10 (Categories E1, E2, E3, D1, D2)
Standard balcony cabins are divided up into two categories – Deluxe and Superior – and feature two twin beds which can be joined into a king, while some also offer pull-down bedding and/or a sofa bed. Rooms are 16.6 square metres and feature a sitting area and ensuite with a shower and sink, while the balcony features a table and chairs. Generally best for two adults, some of these cabins have a smaller balcony than others, while others have partially obstructed views due to the positioning of the ship’s lifeboats.
Superior Ocean View staterooms are larger at nearly 19 square metres and can accommodate up to four travellers, although it is generally recommended to remain at two.
5. Junior Suite with Balcony
Where will you find them? Deck 10 (Category JS)
The lead-in of the suites on Radiance of the Seas is the Junior Suite and is considerably and noticeably larger than the aforementioned categories. Two twin beds can be converted into a King bed as needed. A sofa bed is available in addition to a lounge chair, while space is also available for a rollaway bed or a cot. An ensuite bathroom features a bath and shower.
Up to five guests can comfortably fit in a Junior Suite, which measures over 27 square metres with a balcony of nearly seven square metres. Accessible Junior Suites are over 33 square metres in size with a near eight square metre balcony, owing to the wider doorways and lowered dressing table. These also feature a roll-in shower and hand-held shower head.
6. Grand Suite with Balcony
Where will you find them? Deck 10 (Category GS)
Moving up the ranks, the Grand Suite resembles a small apartment with two twin beds which can be joined into a king bed, while some beds have a sofa and space for a rollaway. In addition to the sofa, these staterooms have two lounge chairs and lounges on the balcony. At over 35 square metres in size with a near ten square metre balcony, these suites feature a separate bath and shower, with double sinks.
7. Two Bedroom Suite with Balcony
Where will you find them? Decks 7, 8, 9, 10 (Category TS)
Noticeable first about this category is that the main bed is located in two separate bedrooms rather than in the main living area. Each room features twin beds but can be converted into King beds as needed. A third and fourth bed is available in the main living area. Over 54 square metres in size, the two bedroom suite can cater for up to eight passengers through an additional sofa bed and space for a rollaway or cot.
Two bathrooms exist in this suite, one close to the entrance and a master in the main bedroom. Both bathrooms feature a shower, while the master also features a separate bath. A kitchenette sits opposite a lounge room with three-person sofa & individual lounge chairs.
8. Owner’s Suite with Balcony
Where will you find them? Deck 10 (Category OS)
Separate living and dining rooms exist in the Owner’s Suite in addition to a bedroom, complete with independently standing and rotating television, meaning you can swing the television around to view from wherever you may be sitting or lying at the time. Bedding consists of a queen bed and queen sofa bed, while space for a rollaway or cot means up to five people can be accommodated in this suite, which measures 47.5 square metres.
The ensuite bathroom features a shower and a whirlpool spa bath along with a bidet and double sinks. Other features include a walk-in wardrobe, DVD player and standing dresser.
9. Royal Suite
Where will you find them? Deck 10 (Category RS)
The highest category on Radiance of the Seas is the Royal Suite, measuring 93 square metres – nearly double the size even of the Owner’s Suite. A bedroom features a King bed with an ensuite featuring steam shower and double sinks. A separate guest bathroom can be found adjacent.
A private living area features a full-size sofa and multiple lounge chairs, while a dining area includes a dining table and seating for four as well as a private bar. A baby grand piano is the ultimate show of luxury and serves as the centrepiece of this suite.
Guests staying in suites enjoy extra perks including priority check-in and debarkation, VIP seating areas at the pool and in the theatre, priority access to tenders, valet service for luggage, spa bathrobes and ironing service on formal nights to ensure you’re looking your best. Suite guests also have access to the Concierge Club.