The Radiance of the Seas prior to the naming ceremony.
Interior of the facilities on Deck 6.
Passage of the cruise liner down the River Ems.
The Solarium on Decks 11/12.
The Radiance of the Seas at the Meyerwerft yard, Papenburg.
The Radiance of the Seas sailing away.
The Litton Vision 2100 integrated bridge system.
The Radiance of the Seas following the October 2000 floatout from the covered building halls.

Radiance of the Seas is the largest passenger vessel ever built in Germany.

The ship is equipped with 1,050 passenger cabins, comprising 237 inside cabins and 813 outside cabins, including a 90m² royal suite, six owner’s suites and 17 balcony suites. All passenger cabins are equipped with colour TV, telephone, safe and individual temperature control, as well as an Internet connection. 200 cabins are furnished with an intercommunicating door by which they can be converted to 100 double cabins that are well-suited to accommodate families or groups.


The focal point of the vessel is the centrum, which extends over eleven decks and is served by six panoramic elevators.

Deck 6 houses the scoreboard, the casino royale with its gambling tables and 150 slot machines, the schooner bar, the art gallery and theme restaurants. There is a 95-seat steak house and Portofino, an 112-seat Italian restaurant. The secondary lounge exceeds 1,000m² and seats 400 passengers. The Bombay billiard club is equipped with two self-adjusting billiard tables.

On Deck 5 are the photo and art galleries, along with the ship’s library and Internet stations. The shopping mall comprises several shops arranged on both sides of a passageway. These include a perfume shop, a souvenir shop, a resort-ware shop, a general store, a jeweller’s and a gift shop.

The cinema seats up to 64 passengers, and is equipped with a 5m x 3.65m screen. The aurora theatre provides seating for approx. 900 guests.

The main cascades restaurant provides seating for a total of 1,229 passengers and consists of the main and two smaller breakers restaurants. There is a waterfall at the stairway.

The solarium has an indoor pool area covered by a movable glass roof. There is a 60-piece fitness centre and aerobic area.

The windjammer café provides seating for 400 passengers, while the sea view café has a Caribbean theme. There is also a kids’ area. The Viking crown, a nightclub and disco, also serves as an observation lounge.


The ship is divided into seven fire zones. The vessel is provided with four tenders, 14 lifeboats and two fast rescue boats. In addition, the ship is equipped with two marine evacuation systems, which enable fast evacuation via chutes onto the liferafts.


Electric power generation is from a general electric combined gas/steam turbine system (based on two 25MW gas turbines and a Fincantieri 7.8MW steam turbine. The ship is propelled by two 20,000kW Azipod thrusters with a 360° rotation and three bow thrusters, all operated by a joy-stick.

The ship is fitted with a Litton Marine IBS integrated bridge system by. The Voyage Management System allows the radar display and the electronic sea chart to be laid one above the other.

Up to 1,580m³ of potable water can be produced within 24 hours. The potable water is generated through two evaporators and a reverse osmosis plant. All sewage water is collected through vacuum piping in four vacuum systems and temporarily stored in storage tanks.

The vessel is also fitted with an air-conditioning system suitable for worldwide operation, thus guaranteeing a constant room temperature of 23°C. The 336 AC and ventilation plants on-board handle a total air volume of approximately 2,900,000m³/h.

The cruise vessel was built under the survey of the classification society Det Norske Veritas to obtain the class notation 1A1 Passenger Ship CO, RP, Clean Design.