While the Brilliance of the Seas is a beautiful ship, for us it was the staff that really shined. From the time we boarded to the time we left each member of the crew we met went out of their way to make sure we had the time of our lives. Our stateroom attendant (Cabin Stewartess?)Marijana took the cake. She was amazing. She really made the ship feel like home. Our assistant waitress Marlyn was also particularily excellent.
We were shocked at the size of our room. We booked an interior cabin and found it more then accommodating. We had more storage then we knew what to do with. The rooms were lovely and the service again was beyond expectations. Staff cleaned twice a day and left a different towel animal on our beds almost every night. It made my husband's day.
The food of course was incredible. I don't believe I've ever eaten so much in my life. I especially loved the endless desert selection.
The ammenities on ship were also great. We spent a lot of time by the pool and playing mini golf. For a ship with over 2000 guests and 800 staff we were shocked at how much space we had. We would never have guessed we were sharing the ship with so many people. We only ran into lines twice. Once because it was bad weather outside and there was an international food festival inside. The other time because the headliner was so popular we couldn't get a seat for the second show. All of the entertainment was great. We especially loved the live bands.
The ports were amazing. We went off on our own most of the time and were very fortunate with it. We took a lot of public transportation and although we did not speak any of the languages of any of the countries we visited we found it very easy to navigate our way to our destinations. We took a private tour in Rome with All Around Italy. It was great. Fabrizio did a phenominal job. We could not have seen the whole city without him. We HIGHLY recommend him. He was knowledgeable, professional, courtious and a pleasure to be around. We took a half day tour in Ephesus with a local company. It was okay but nothing to rave about. We had to be a little firm with him to prevent him from keeping us at the leather factory and prevent him from taking us to the carpet show.
There were a couple things we didn't like. The prices for alcohol were outragious. If cut in half I would drink more then twice as much. Also the lady behind the counter of Latte-tudes was not my favourite crew member.
In a nutshell though we had a fantastic time. It was the honeymoon of our dreams!