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Radiance of the seas Dec cruise , advice for newbee

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Radiance of the seas Dec cruise , advice for newbee

Here's my itinerary , My name is Mark....any info on shore trips and tips on this ship would be greatly greatly appreciated..thanks.

Date Port Arrive Depart Activity

01-Dec Sydney, Australia 18:30

02-Dec Cruising Cruising

03-Dec Cruising Cruising

04-Dec Isle Of Pines, New Caledonia 08:00 17:00 Tendered

05-Dec Mystery Island, Vanuatu 08:00 16:00 Tendered

06-Dec Champagne Bay, Vanuatu 11:00 18:00 Tendered

07-Dec Vila, Vanuatu 08:00 18:00 Docked

08-Dec Lifou, Loyalty Island 08:00 18:00 Tendered

09-Dec Nouméa, New Caledonia 08:00 17:00 Docked

10-Dec Cruising Cruising

11-Dec Cruising Cruising

12-Dec Sydney, Australia 06:30

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1. Re: Radiance of the seas Dec cruise , advice for newbee

Hi Mark

If you enter cruise ship in the search box you will find lots of information. If you have ny specific questions let us know

Regards

Suzi

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2. Re: Radiance of the seas Dec cruise , advice for newbee

Hi mark.

Sorry I cant help you but I'm doing the same cruise in feb and would greatly appreciate any feedback if you have found anything helpful.

Thanks

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3. Re: Radiance of the seas Dec cruise , advice for newbee

Hammer... check out this website and book direct with the operators for much cheaper than booking tours through the ship.

http://vanuatu.travel

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4. Re: Radiance of the seas Dec cruise , advice for newbee

May I add the question of the need for local currnency in New Caledonia and Vanuatu should you wish to purchase a coffee etc. Are A$ acceptable?

It seems as if all tender ports are leisure orientated with limited or no shore excursions offered by the cruise line. In the 2 big cities/towns tours are offered by both the cruise line and local travel offices.

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5. Re: Radiance of the seas Dec cruise , advice for newbee

There is good beaches and snorkelling close to where the tenders take you ashore at the isle of pines, mystery island, champagne bay and lifou. Possibly there may be some shore excursions at lifou. You would have to check the web site for excursions at noumea and port Vila. At noumea the ship docks close to the city and tours can be arranged from the info centre where the ship docks. At port Vila it's a fair hike into town but the are usually plenty of cabs available near the dock. The bays at champagne bay, isle of pines are fairly sheltered allowing the tenders to passengers ashore whilst the anchorage at mystery island is very exposed creating the possibility it may be unsafe to launch the tenders if weather conditions are unfavourable as has happened to us on at least two occasions. Mystery island is very small, you can walk around it in about 30min or so, a airstrip occupies most of the island. It's also a good idea to wear reef shoes when walking on the beaches and in the water as well as taking your own snorkelling gear with you as this is cheaper than hiring on the ship. Port Vila is best for Duty free shopping. Hope this helps enjoy your cruise.

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6. Re: Radiance of the seas Dec cruise , advice for newbee

Thanks Famrick.

At Noumea we are thinking of visiting Duck Is. but at A$69 for a 20 mins. zodiac ride and free ride? Your thoughts.

At Vila we like the idea of visiting Cascade waterfalls @ A$66.

Would we be able to get local trips via info centre (Noumea) and Vila?).Any websites references.

Like the idea of beach, snorkel, walk at IOP, Mystery, Champagne & Llifou.

In terms of rating each for snorkelling at venue close to tender?

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7. Re: Radiance of the seas Dec cruise , advice for newbee

You can catch a bus to the Cascades in Port Vila if you don't want to do an expensive tour. Get a bus into town from the wharf and have a look around there, buy some snacks from the markets, put your cruise ship ID in your bag out of sight. From town catch another bus for 400vt (about $4.50) to the Cascades then pay 1500vt (they will take $20 AUD) so for $25 per person you can do the same trip. You do not need a guide to walk up the path to the top of the Cascades, have a swim under the falls, take some great photos and swim in the cool clear pools on the way back down the hill. Wear thongs or reef shoes or shoes you dont mind getting wet. There is a cafe there too for drinks and snacks.

For Isle de Canard I think you are stuck with doing a tour and cannot do it independently but it is nice there with good snorkelling. As mentioned, on IOP, Champagne etc you can swim independently.

Have fun

Edited: 10:40 pm, November 09, 2012
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8. Re: Radiance of the seas Dec cruise , advice for newbee

I think you can catch a bus to anse vata beach and then a water taxi to duck island. When we did this excursion with p&o the irb picked us directly from the pier near the ship never in my life did I think I would be hooning around noumea harbour in a irb driven by a crazy Frenchman it was one of the most exhilarating things we have done. We were only allowed about 1-1/12hr at duck island to swim. Amedee island is the better trip as it is a full day one. If you do the Amedee island trip independently be careful to allow enough time to return to the ship. The ferry Maryd is the boat that takes you out to the island and the return trip really cuts it fine. We organised this excursion with p&o which had the advantage that if something went wrong and we were late getting back they had to hold the ship for us

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Hi Hammer 330

I note you are back from your Radiance of Seas Pacific Cruise and feedback tips of do's / dont do on it would be appreciaed we are going on same cruise in January ?

Help from anyone else would be great too :-)

Thank you

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10. Re: Radiance of the seas Dec cruise , advice for newbee

Cruise December 2012

Radiance of the seas, destination 11 nights ,noumea

This was our first cruise, I am a seasoned traveler and work in the customer service field, I have done this for 30 yrs, Embankment was easy and smooth , got into room about an hour after we boarded , our bags came to the room about 8.00 pm, the stateroom we were in was a surprise very well appointed and clean. Met our cabin attendant , friendly little fellow and made us feel at home. They put on lunch while in port at sydney , lunch was at the windjammer and it was a buffet , on offer was roast beef and veges or you could have cold meat and salad . Went for a walk and checked the ship out , at the back of the ship is the golf course/ putt putt . Got some great pix's with the Harbour bridge and opera house in the background , set sail about 6.30 pm with the sun setting there is no better port in the world than sydney harbor going to the heads to enter the ocean.

Restaurants...Summary of where we ate and quality.

Windjammer... is casual fair and there is no dress code, nice buffet food , an assortment of salads , roasts , pastas, fast foods eg burgers, Indian . Quality is ok , but by the end of the cruise all the food taste the same.

Chefs Table...great experience , great food and wine.. Worth the $180 dollars not going to go in to detail , you need to try it for your self.

Chops grille...great steaks , and service, great value.

Izumi... Sushi fair..did not go there for dinner but did talk to people who did , they said it was fresh and a good dining experience .

Samba grille ...Brazilian food , lots of different meats offered .

Giovani's Italian .... Great Italian food , and lots of it.. Great value .

Cascades dinning... Good menu, great service , my time dinning is a good option here but they mainly cater to groups of people sitting together. waited to be seated one nite an I was wearing shorts , they saw me standing there for twenty minutes , when they went to seat us they informed me of dress code, long pants... Not happy , told them what I thought and stormed off.. Went to guest relations desk and complained and they sorted .

Islands...

Isle of Pines...beautiful place , snorkeling is the go here. Lots of fish to look at, take an under water camera. We took our own snorkel gear from home , you can purchase gear on board or rent on the island. They cook fresh lobster on the island close to where you get off the tender, $ 20 will get you a half a lobby and some salad, we bought some and ate it on the beach .. Awesome.

Mystery Island ......again beautiful place, lots snorkeling places.markets to do some shopping but pretty much all the same stuff on offer.

Champagne Bay......this was a great place to snorkel,, some markets and lobster again to eat.. Tours also on offer

Vila ......did the cascade waterfalls tour here , worth the 25 minute walk up hill, good shopping and the cheapest we saw.

Lifou......old churches here to look at and snorkeling is goog also

Noumea......shops all closed because we arrived on a Sunday , waste of a day.. Tours here on offer. $ 10 round city tour ,included is all day pass , good value

Summary of Ship and staff...and overall experience

The ship is beautiful and kept very well maintained and clean. Service on the ship could be improved, not enough staff is evident , example of this can found at latitudes where you can buy cappuccino and lattes , 9 time out 10 there was a line up , while one person made the coffee any cafe worth it's salt has two people making coffee . My tips were paid up front , but I tip if the service is out standing , no matter where you travel if you tip you get a better experience , and this was the case on the ship with bar staff.. Pick a bar staff person that is working at the same bar all the time,Hit them with a twenty dollar tip straight away.. You will be happy you did...

If you don't like kids cruising is not for you.. They are every where. It seems parents believe that ship staff become surrogate parents once on board.. Next time I cruise I am taking a pram.. It also seemed to be a ticket to be an idiot abroad. And if you think I am being a bit unfair , I don't care , they had to empty the pool three times because it was defalcated in . Got to give the teenagers a wrap , they were very respectful.. But the parents with little ones need a bullet to the brain in regards to manners their kids have picked from them. This just happened while I have been writing this review , (10:12 a.m. EST) -- A 1-year old child was evacuated from Royal Caribbean's Monarch of the Seas on December 21 after falling from deck to another.

Service levels are average , being an an American company I expected excellent service that beat its rivals .. Talking to other cruisers who have done more cruising than me they said they were disappointed also with the service levels and activities compared to Princess cruises . We enjoyed the cruise and the weather was not kind but overall it was great experience .

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