Relaxing Time: Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review by karma11
Overall Member Rating
Destination: Canada & New England
Easy embarking, lines moved quickly. We were sitting in the Windjammer for 15 minutes when cleared to enter room. Because of the time of year we chose an inside cabin. Plenty of room for storage, Did bring an over the door shoe rack with plastic pockets which I will do again next cruise.
Our room steward, Moses, was discreet, polite and attentive.,
Halifax~ we pre-rented a car through Enterprise and walked into the back of the Westin Hotel and turned left in the lobby to the Via Train Station for pick up. $71 with tax plus gas. After a visit to Peggy's Cove ( don't miss this, but prepare with sneakers, hat and gloves) we stopped at the Swiss Air Memorial by turning left out of PC. We then followed this scenic route along the bay to Lunenburg for lunch. Breathtaking! Interesting visit to the Ironworks Distillery and the Salt Shaker Deli for More a lobster roll while in Lunenburg. Used the highway to get quickly back to Halifax to visit the Immigration Museum.
St John~ after disembarking we took a left and walked to Barbor's General store ( worth a quick peek) to catch the St. John City Bus tour. $20 pp. Our driver showed "his" city with great pride and insight. Two hours well spent. The City Market was a stop on the tour and we went back after to make purchases . Embroidered T-shirts well worth the $12. Bought a great fleece and some ice wines.
Bar Harbor~ did the NPS Arcadia Park tour by emailing previously and securing our seats. Purchased tickets at Testa's on Main Street. Off tender , turn left, first right. They were sold out so reserve early. GORGEOUS weather, could see the White Mountains from the top of Mount Cadillac. Enjoyed a super lunch at the Side Street Cafe on Rodick St. just off Main St. We each a local brew here~ New Guy IPA. and Baxter IPA, recommend both. Tender was easy on and off.
Portland~ Did the See and Sea Tour via Portland Discovery right on Commercial street where the ship docks, easy 7 minute walk. Again, we booked prior to the tour,The Trolley tour was fun and informative. Best stop was at Portland Head Lighthouse. Lunch was again a yummy choice at the Old Sea Port Grill right on Commercial Street. I had reserve via Open Table and they opened early to allow us to eat between tours. Really enjoyed the Lighthouse tour around the Portland area. Our guide, Twain, was so full of information about the historical aspects of each lighthouse and the many islands doting the harbor. We saw many seals popping their little heads up. The weather was so warm we were able to go back and swim in the open air pool.
The nightly entertainment had ups and downs. The outside entertainers were well worth seeing, Bobby Arvone, the singer from the Happy Days theme, was energetic and an outstanding entertainment. The juggler and comedian also amazed us and kept us laughing. The CD, Steve , sang the last night. He was surprisingly excellent. I only wish he had performed rather than the singers and dancers who lacked any zing. The quick aerial shows were great but difficult for many to see.
We ate in Giovanni's the first formal night. The service was top notch, food not as spectacular. I really can not complain about the food after getting on the scale when I returned! I can not imagine trying to serve over 2000 meals, 3 times a day either. We did MTD, came early for that 3 nights which they had no problem with. The wait staff as always aims to please.
All in all, this was a cruise that I will do again. Less
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