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Brilliance of the Seas
Brilliance of the Seas
Member Name: Vinnyjake
Cruise Date: December 2013
Embarkation: Tampa
Destination: Western Caribbean
Cabin Category: D1
Cabin Number: 1566
Booking Method:
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 5.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 4.0
Spa & Fitness 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 4.0
Embarkation 5.0
Service 3.0
Value-for-Money 5.0
Rates Not Rated
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Good cruise but suites not worth it

Overall a very enjoyable cruise. Embarkation only took a half hour. Disembarkation was orderly and efficient. The food was ample and our sufficient quality. Being early December, there were only 47 children onboard thus th pool areas were sparsely used and there were adequate deck chairs. The entertainment was good and HelloClo was a fabulous cruise director. I was disappointed with a few minor things. We were in a suite and had a gold sea pass. The advertised perks for the gold sea pass were virtually non-existent. For example, they advertised that they held special seats in the theater for gold passes, but these seats were filled well before the performance by any passengers who felt inclined to sit there. The concierge lounge for suite passengers was always crowded. We went there twice and left because there were no seats. They have a special room in Windjammer for gold sea pass holders, but again, most of the time it was filled as no one was monitoring usage. 

Cabin was large and we enjoyed it. That said, we will rent junior suites in the future as the owner's suite is too big for us and since the extra perks RCI promises are virtually non-existent, we do not see the need for an owner's suite. We never met our cabin steward (I assumed that with the money you pay for a large suite, that you would get a little personalized service and/or attention, but no!). Our bathroom mirror was never cleaned and we did it ourselves each evening.

Bottom line: assume the amenities they advertise for suite passengers are non-existent and you will be fine. Despite these minor complaints, we had a great time and will take another RCI crusie in April but will stick with a junior suite or balcony cabin and avoid the larger suites.

Publication Date: 12/31/13
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