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Radiance is back with more restaurants, some solo rooms

Radiance is back with more restaurants, some solo rooms
Radiance of the Seas returned to service after a 21-day drydock at Victoria Shipyards that nearly doubled the ship’s dining options and added a dozen accommodations including a few for single travelers, a Royal Babies and Tots Nursery and more.

The work was part of Royal Caribbean International’s $70m ‘Royal Advantage’ program of enhancements to four ships this year.

Seven restaurants were added including the Brazilian steak house Samba Grill, the Asian Izumi, the Mexican-themed Rita’s Cantina and the Italian family-style restaurant Giovanni’s Table, as well as the Boardwalk Dog House hot dog stand, Park Café deli-style restaurant and the exclusive Chef’s Table.

Introducing almost all of the same specialty restaurants found on board Allure of the Seas as well as some of the Oasis-class ships’ most popular concepts gives Radiance passengers a variety of new experiences, said Lisa Bauer, svp hotel operations for RCI.

Technology enhancements include ship-wide Wi-Fi availability and flat-panel interactive televisions in all staterooms. There’s also a new Concierge Lounge for suite passengers, a Diamond Lounge for Crown & Anchor Society members, the Quill and Compass Pub and an outdoor LED video wall overlooking the main pool area.

The new accommodations include Royal Caribbean’s first staterooms for solo passengers, which president and ceo Adam Goldstein has said are being tested and if the concept is successful, it may be extended on a limited basis to other ships.

Radiance of the Seas is sailing in Alaska this season before repositioning to Australia/New Zealand.

Splendour of the Seas in October will be the final ship to undergo the ‘Royal Advantage’ upgrades.