Radiance-class cruise ship

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Class overview
Builders: Meyer Werft
Operators: Royal Caribbean International
Preceded by: Voyager class
Succeeded by: Freedom class
Built: 2001-2004
Completed: 4
Active: 4
General characteristics
Type: Cruise ship
Tonnage: 90,090 GT
Length: 962 ft (293 m)
Beam: 105.6 ft (32.2 m)
Draft: 26.7 ft (8.1 m)
Decks: 12
Installed power: Gas turbines
Speed: 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph)
Capacity: 2,501 Passengers
Crew: 859

The Radiance class is a class of cruise ships operated by Royal Caribbean built between 2001 and 2004 at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The class was preceded by the Voyager class and succeeded by the Freedom class. These ships are built to Panamax form factor, allowing them to pass through the Panama Canal.

Radiance-class ships have a gross tonnage of 90,090. The power plant on all ships consists of environmentally friendlier but less fuel efficient gas turbines. The Radiance-class ships have over 3 acres (12,000 m2) of glass, glass exterior viewing elevators, over 700 balcony staterooms, two-level glass windowed dining rooms, alternative restaurants, a retractable glass roof over a pool, an outdoor pool, as well as the first self-leveling billiard tables at sea.


Ship Year Entered service
with Royal Caribbean
Home port(s) (as of February 2013) Notes Image
Radiance of the Seas 2001 March 10, 2001 Sydney, Australia (Southern Hemisphere Summer)/
Vancouver, British Columbia and Anchorage, Alaska (Northern Hemisphere Summer)
First cruise ship to feature pool tables that are stabilized by a computer-controlled gyroscope.
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Brilliance of the Seas 2002 July 19, 2002 Boston, Massachusetts (Fall)
Tampa, Florida (Winter/Spring)
Harwich, England (Summer)
Went into drydock April 23, 2013. Moved to Tampa, Florida November 2013. Moved to Harwich, England May 2013. Moved to Boston, Massachusetts September 2014. Moved to Tampa, Florida November 2014.
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Serenade of the Seas 2003 August 1, 2003 Stockholm, Sweden and Copenhagen, Denmark (Summer)/
New Orleans, Louisiana (Winter)
Currently sailing out of New Orleans as of January 2015. Will sail out of Stockholm and Copenhagen Summer 2015.
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Jewel of the Seas 2004 May 8, 2004 San Juan, Puerto Rico The ship will start sailing from Los Angeles, Seattle and Vancouver in 2015.
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