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The Top 10 Things to Do Onboard Radiance of the Seas

Planning to set sail on Radiance of the Seas®? These are some of guests’ favorite onboard experiences and activities.

By Amanda Mesa | Published on March 8, 2022

No matter what corner of the world you’re exploring — from wild Alaska to French Polynesia — you’ll be awe-struck by the scenery that surrounds you when you sail on Radiance of the Seas. This bow-to-stern stunner dazzles with more glass — acres of it, in fact — than any other ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet, making you feel perpetually immersed in the natural beauty all around you. But captivating views aren’t the only things to look forward to when you vacation onboard Radiance of the Seas.

The ship that launched the cruise line’s celebrated Radiance Class also offers plenty of onboard attractions and ways to fill every moment in between adventures onshore. Like impromptu basketball matches and rock climbing on the top deck. Tension-taming treatments and invigorating exercise classes at a cutting-edge spa and fitness center. Award-winning entertainment and shows that rival Broadway’s best productions. And a slew of foodie-approved restaurants, bars, and lounges that will satisfy any craving as you cruise from one incredible destination to the next.

Keep reading to learn more about some of the top things to do onboard Radiance of the Seas.

Make The Sip, Tour, Brunch Experience The Start Of Your Vacation

A tradition onboard select Royal Caribbean ships, Sip, Tour, Brunch is the perfect way to start any day when you’re cruising on Radiance of the Seas. The experience begins with an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the galley with the ship’s lead chef. You’ll score a glimpse of all the magic that takes place in the kitchen while learning the ins and outs of serving world-class fare onboard a cruise ship. Afterwards, you’ll get to sit down to a tantalizing brunch served in the dining room and paired with unlimited bubbly. Cheers to that!

Get In The Game Courtside Or Hit The Rock Climbing Wall On Your Days At Sea

Once you’ve fueled up at breakfast or brunch, kick your day at sea into high gear on the cruise ship’s top deck. Here you’ll find an abundance of onboard attractions including the iconic 40-foot rock climbing wall, where you can harness up and go vertical for the most dazzling views on the ship. Don’t worry if you’re new to climbing — all guests, from beginners aged six and older to seasoned speed climbers, are welcome here. You can also feed your competitive fire on the sports court, where every basketball and volleyball match also comes accompanied by awesome sea views. Use of the sports court and rock climbing wall is completely complimentary to guests, and there’s no need to make a reservation.

Indulge In Some Adults-only Vacation Time At Solarium

If relaxation tailored to an adult-only vacation activity is more your speed, head to the Solarium. Open to guests aged 16 and older, this tranquil, indoor-outdoor oasis offers plenty of lounge seating to soak up the sun — or chill in the shade. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a great read, glass of rosé in hand. Or let the heat and steam from the Solarium’s whirlpools tease the tension from your muscles after a day filled with onshore activities. The Solarium is home to a well-stocked bar helmed by talented mixologists, which means your favorite vacation libations are always within reach. Located at the front of the ship, it’s cocooned in a climate-proof crystal canopy to ensure guests are always comfortable, whether they’re sailing in the far north or the tropics.

Unwind Or Work Up A Sweat At Vitality℠ At Sea Spa & Fitness Center

A vacation is the perfect time to rest, relax and recharge, and the team at Vitality Spa is well skilled in the art of pampering. You’ll find all kinds of soothing, rejuvenating treatments delivered with top-of-the-line spa products at this ahh-inspiring retreat — including skin-renewing facials, nourishing wraps, acupuncture, and a range of massages designed to target specific needs. There are even medi-spa treatments that can help lift, tone, and smooth away wrinkles. A full salon with hair, nail, and makeup services is also at your disposal. Those looking to stay on top of their exercise goals during their getaway can take advantage of Vitality Fitness Center, which offers a full gym and instructor-led classes including Pilates, yoga, spinning, and more. You can find a class schedule via the Cruise Planner app or in your Cruise Compass.

Savor An Authentic Taste Of Italy At Giovanni's℠ Table

Radiance of the Seas is known for its incredible food scene, and Giovanni’s Table is hands-down a guest favorite. The perfect spot for a satisfying lunch or romantic dinner, it spotlights rustic Italian fare prepared traditionally style with fresh, authentic ingredients. Start your meal with the house focaccia, topped with imported olives, rich pesto, and tender, marinated artichokes. Big enough for two, the antipasti is also a top seller — it comes heaped with Italian salami, prosciutto, creamy Cambozola cheese, and more. Every entree here is a winner, from pappardelle with pancetta and truffle-flavored risotto to tender veal meatballs and grilled lamb chops. An on-site sommelier is always happy to offer pairing recommendations from the restaurant’s impressive wine list. If you have a sweet tooth, definitely try the cannoli or Mamma’s Tiramisu — both are house staples.

Catch An Onboard Live Music Performance At The English Pub

The English pubs onboard Royal Caribbean ships are among guests' favorite casual hangouts — and the Quill and Compass onboard Radiance of the Seas lives up to the legacy. It's best known for its great selection of ales, lagers, porters, and stouts from around the world, but the bartenders here are also skilled at shaking and stirring up some very tasty cocktails. The James Bond Martini is the perfect option if you’re craving something smooth but strong, and the Pimm’s Cup is always a good idea when you’re in the mood for something fizzy and fruity. Love great beers and cocktails? Ask for a cockt-ale or beertini that combines spirits and brews. Pop-up musical performances take place throughout the sea day at the Quill and Compass, making it the perfect spot to raise a glass — or a pint — and settle in for some tunes.

Learn How To Shimmy, Shine And Shuffle With Professional Dance Lessons

One-two step into an instructor-led Latin dance class during your next cruise onboard Radiance of the Seas. A great activity for couples and solo travelers, each lesson focuses on the basics of classic and popular Latin dances, from salsa and merengue to bachata and the cha-cha. Lessons are free for cruise guests — just check Cruise Planner or your Cruise Compass for a day-by-day schedule of classes. Afterwards, you’ll be able to show off your moves onboard the cruise ship at Club Twenty or on any dance floor wherever your travels take you.

Pencil In A Night Of Entertainment At The Royal Theater

Royal Caribbean has won many awards for its dazzling onboard entertainment, and Radiance of the Seas is the perfect ship to get a taste. There’s City of Dreams, a spellbinding spectacular that takes the audience on a journey into lands both real and imagined. Performers dressed in extravagant costumes dance their way from ancient Atlantis to colorful India, romantic Venice, and beyond. And music fans will find plenty to rave about in Piano Man, which celebrates some of the greatest songs ever written for the instrument. Shows onboard Radiance of the Seas are included in every guest’s cruise fare — just make sure you reserve your seat via the Cruise Planner app or onboard at the box office.

Say “Konichiwa” To A Far East Flavor-Fest With Exclusive Cruise Ship Restaurants

You’ll find no shortage of options when it comes to enjoying a great meal onboard Radiance of the Seas — but if you’re craving hand-rolled sushi and Asian-inspired delicacies, head to Izumi Sushi & Hot Rocks. Everything at this Royal Caribbean classic is wow-worthy, from the delicate nigiri and fresh sashimi to the signature rolls and izakaya-style appetizers. But the real stars of the menu are the flavorful meats — like tender beef or chicken teriyaki — cooked to perfection on traditional ishiyaki grilling stones. Whatever you order, make sure you save some room for dessert. If you have a hard time choosing between the restaurant’s sweet and creamy mochi, crispy sesame balls, and green tea ice cream, don’t fret — they’re all equally delicious.

Head To The Bars Lounges To Dance The Night Away At Club Twenty

Craving a late-night whirl on the dancefloor? This ship has you covered. The adventure onboard Radiance of the Seas keeps going long into the early hours at Club Twenty. The pulsing heart of the cruise ship’s nightlife scene, it plays host to talented DJs that keep the beat going strong while pulsing strobe lights, billowing sheer curtains and skilled performers create the perfect atmosphere to lose yourself to dance. Grab a drink at the bar and soak up the scene at the buzziest nightclub lounge at sea.

When it comes to crave-worthy cuisine, show-stopping entertainment, and sun-soaked ways to unwind, Radiance of the Seas does not disappoint. You’ll find all kinds of ways to fill your days at sea aboard this Royal Caribbean classic in between stops at discovery-filled destinations. These are just some of guests’ favorite things to do onboard — the ship has plenty more activities, features, and amenities to satisfy any kind of traveler.


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