|Yorkeys Knob on a cloudy day in Cairns. Since we’d spent three months in Trinity Beach (to the right in this photo) from June 11 to September 7, 2015 and had seen so much when there, we decided to stay on the ship.|
“Sighting on the Ship in Australia”
|Not quite sure what this is.|
With 26 nights remaining on this lengthy cruise, we’re as happy as clams, loving every moment. Sure, some passengers complain about the food, their cabins, the ship’s facilities, activities and that this ship isn’t as classy as some other ships.
Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas is a mid range ship, not upscale although by no means inferior. The décor is pleasant having recently been renovated; every area is spotlessly clean and well maintained; the service is excellent and friendly. We don’t have a complaint in the world.
|The ship’s fitness center.|
Our toilet leaked onto the bathroom floor. We reported it and was repaired promptly. Our bathroom sink stopped draining properly. We reported it and it was fixed promptly. Neither of these scenarios disturbed us in any manner. They were repaired while we were out of the cabin, returning to find the work completed.
Our expectations, which we’ve learned to temper in our travels, may be very different from the average passenger. This may be their only annual holiday. Also, many passengers aren’t staying on the ship for the full 33 nights. Only 600 were mentioned to be on the back-to-back as we are, circumventing the continent.
Another comment we’ve heard from some passengers is they become bored on sea days with nothing to do. There are dozens of activities aboard ship available at all hours throughout the days and evenings.
|The fitness center has everything I prefer to use.|
We find each and every day busy and fulfilling. Over these past days, we’ve evolved into an entirely pleasurable routine leaving us with little time to spare. Our mornings start in the dining room for breakfast followed by finding two chairs at the Latte tudes Café on the 5th floor overlooking the Centrum.
While we prepare the day’s post, we can hear and see classes and activities occurring below in the Centrum. During this period, I may head to the fitness center to work out while Tom saves my chair. Once we’ve completed and uploaded the day’s post, its usually around noon.
By 12:15 we find our favorite seats in the theatre to watch the movie of the day beginning at 1 pm. Its necessary to get a seat early. We bring our phones and play games while we wait for the movie to begin.
|Tender boat used to transport passenger from the ship to Yorkey’s Knob Marina which we’d visited over a year ago. Many were off to Cairns from there which we’d also thoroughly scoured when living in Trinity Beach.|
Surprisingly, we hadn’t seen any of the movies being shown and although some are goofy, we’re still entertained. Tom’s only lost interest in one movie so far, Ghost Busters as mentioned in another post. Yesterday’s movie was Money Monster well worth watching.
After the movie, we head back to our cabin. By then, its already 3 pm. We lounge sitting on the bed checking our email, downloading photos, saying hello to family and friends. A few days ago, during this period we booked the flight to Tasmania for December 3rd and a rental car for the three months we’ll spend on the island.
By 4 pm, we dress for the evening. With my limited wardrobe its always challenging deciding what to wear. Invariably, I’ll pull something together and we’ll leave the cabin feeling we’re as ready as we can be for a fun evening aboard ship.
|The ship’s library is often filled with passengers searching for reading material.|
Usually before 5 pm we’re situated in the Diamond Club lounge on the 13th deck for free cocktails, appetizers and fabulous chatter with other members. Before we know it, its 7:00 pm and time to wander to the Cascades dining room to get a spot at a “sharing” table for eight or ten.
The next few hours fly by with the lively and animated table conversation. At times, we may sit next to less lively types but overall, we find our table mates entertaining and interesting. Many are interested in our lives of world travel often asking us question after question while we pump them for their stories as well.
By 9 or so, we head to the Schooner Bar for the piano bar entertainment beginning at 9:30. Within an hour or so, we head to the Centrum where there’s a live band and dancing. We dance, we laugh, we chatter!
|Most likely, we won’t be booking any cruises on this ship since those we may be interested in booking aren’t posted yet. When we book aboard a ship extra perks are provided and our cruise rep at Vacations to Go, Brooklyn, will still get credit for the booking.|
Between 11 and midnight we usually head up to our cabin hoping for a good night’s sleep. Neither of us has slept more than six hours since boarding the ship almost a week ago. This is surely due to the fact that we can’t wait to get up to begin yet another pleasurable day.
Thus, we have no time or inclination for boredom. Cruising is especially appealing when we don’t focus on the small annoyances or inconveniences. We couldn’t be more thrilled with our cruise.
Photo from one year ago today, November 6, 2015:
|One year ago today Tom was standing outside Kumar’s Hair Salon which generally attracts more men than women. We awaited Tom’s turn while sitting on the bench to the right. For more details, please click here.|