She’ll be looking Radiant

Breaking News: Radiance of the Seas will arrive in Oz next year fresh from a major renovation!

Royal Caribbean made the announcement overnight that from May, Radiance of the Seas would be “spruced up” before her Australian debut in October 2011, with the multi-million dollar revamp focusing on more dining options.

Most intriguing for passengers will be the intimate Chef’s Table, where up to 14 guests dine in privacy on specially selected dishes chosen and served by the chef himself.

Already slated to be the newest ship in Australian waters in the 2011/12 cruise season, 2500-passenger Radiance of the Seas will feature a new Brazilian barbeque-style steakhouse, Mexican and Italian restaurants and a deli-style café.

“Dining is a vital part of any cruise and we’ll be giving our guests a significantly greater choice with five new specialty restaurants on board, in fact more choice than any other ship based in the region,” says Gavin Smith, managing director of Royal Caribbean Cruises Australia.

There will also be the addition of ship-wide wi-fi, improvements to the kids club and Crown & Anchor Society, and the installation of interactive flat-screen televisions in all staterooms, which passengers can use to book shore excursions and order room service.

When you book a cruise is more dining options a deciding factor for you? What do you look for?