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Brilliance of the Seas
Brilliance of the Seas
Member Name: tgsheagren
Cruise Date: January 2013
Embarkation: San Juan
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Cabin Category: D1
Cabin Number: 9094
Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   3.0 out of 5+
Dining 5.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 3.0
Entertainment 4.0
Spa & Fitness 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 3.0
Embarkation 5+
Service 4.0
Value-for-Money 3.0
Rates 3.0
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We have cruised 13 other times, first time with Royal Caribbean. Expected it to be great... it was just good. The ship's public areas were beautiful and kept clean. Our stateroom was roomy ( for a stateroom ,) however during the course of the week, our toilet had to be fixed 3 times. The food in the Windjammer and Minstrel dining room was good, but not exceptional. Our waiter, Turgay, was one of best we have ever had. Three of the shows were excellent, Kelley James, the Temptations tribute, and the Jersey comedian. One was beyond excellent. "Two Funny Guys" was one of the best shows we have ever seen. Other shows were okay to weak, especially the juggler who performed two nights. Cruise director seemed good, but really never saw him, other than introducing shows, until last couple of nights.

The biggest thing to us was it just felt like a generic cruise. Nothing unique or Royal Caribbean loyalty inducing. We had a great time with my siblings, cousin, and spouses, but the cruise activities all seemed routine or even canned. One activity we always enjoy is the trivia games, however, the two assistant cruise directors who led them spoke English as a second language, maybe third, and it took 2 to 6 tries of reading each question to understand the question.

This also seemed to be a ship marketed to Europeans. Nothing wrong with that, but also seemed like there were less opportunities to just visit and chat up new friends around the ship because of that.

We had a great time, but would look to another cruise line for our next cruise.

Publication Date: 01/23/13
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