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Brilliance of the Seas
Member Name: kms2012
Cruise Date: May 2012
Embarkation: Amsterdam
Destination: Baltic & Northern Europe
Cabin Category: I
Cabin Number:
Booking Method: Cruise Line
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment 3.0
Spa & Fitness 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 1.0
Embarkation 4.0
Service 4.0
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates 3.0
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Nice cruise to Norwegian Fjords
Just returned from cruise to Norwegian Fjords and had a really enjoyable time. Cabin and service great, food really good, (apart from the last night which was disappointingly and it appeared they had to put a menu together from what was left in the kitchen) - Chicken Kiev as a main course option?? Service in Restaurant and in general very good from staff who genuinely wanted to look after us. The entertainment was pretty good on the whole, especially the Beach Boys tribute band who were first class. Facilities on board very good, and very similar to Rhapsody of the Seas which we went on in 2008

What let it down? Firstly the price of drinks and wine on board are far too expensive, especially when you are forced into paying a 15% gratuity on top of what are already inflated prices - two small glasses of Sauvignon blanc £12.00? Essentially you need to get the basic cruise for a really good price, or your holiday will work out very expensive if you like a glass of wine or two!

The excursions are also very, very dear (for this cruise), so much so that we booked our own tours in all the ports and saved a fortune in the process - despite RCL advising us via the port lecture and in room TV that it would be difficult to do things on your own and we might be disappointed! - As I say this was not the case on this cruise, it was easy.

The Port Lecture was merely a vehicle to sell the tours RCL had left available and there was very little information on the actual destination/port - I don't mind them selling/pushing the tours, but they should have called it "Excursion Information/Sales" not Port Lecture!

However, these points aside, we had a great time and the weather in Norway was fantastic.

Hope this review helps others

Publication Date: 06/06/12
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