Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review by sailingsoph24: Fjords Cruise on Brilliance on the Seas
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Fjords Cruise on Brilliance on the Seas
Just returned from this cruise, sailing on the 26th May, and had a fantastic time.
So first up, the ports of call on this cruise were beautiful, and Geiranger is possibly my favourite port of call to date, some breathtaking views! Flam was also lovely, although we decided against taking the railway trip since the trains looked cramped and not particularly comfortable. Instead we explored the area and took in the scenery. In Bergen (which we almost didn't make it to due to strikes in Norway) we took the tram ride which I'd recommend.
Stateroom attendant and waiters in the main dining room were excellent, always wanting to see if there was anything else they could get you (possibly a little too attentive since it was hard to eat when they kept asking if you want more sauce!)
We did however have a problem with our stateroom, since when they drained and refilled the pool (always at night) the noise was pretty bad. It woke us up several times throughout the night, More and Guest Relations were not very helpful initially, saying that the draining of the pool was unavoidable etc. However after kicking up a bit of a fuss (mainly because I was so tired from being kept awake all night!) we were moved to another room which was thankfully quieter!
The main disappointment was the Windjammer. Not in terms of food, which I thought this time was better than on previous cruises, and more choice it seemed, but due to the space and staff problems. We never seemed to be able to find a table at breakfast or lunch, so we sometimes avoided it all together.
The food in the dining room was average, nothing spectacular, and the choice of vegetarian options are still shocking (on the last night the only veggie option on the menu was a curry).
Getting on to the boat was the quickest experience yet - we got to the pier just before 11am and I think we were on the boat by 11.15am! Although we did notice some people were not able to check in until gone 1.30pm, so lots of hanging around for them. Departure was again extremely simple, we left at 6.30am with our cases.
Overall though a great cruise, one of the best so far, mainly due to the amazing scenery and ports of call. This is the first time we have sailed to somewhere other than the Caribbean or med, so a bit different for us, but a wonderful experience, and it has definitely left us wanting to cruise more northern European countries and possibly Alaska. Less
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