Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review by HappySnaps
- Sail Date: May 2012
- Destination: Baltic Sea
- Cabin Type: Large Outside View Stateroom
The food in the main dining room is good - not great. Some meals were better than others. Our assigned dining room wait staff at dinner were quite excellent, but when seated elsewhere at breakfast or lunch, service could vary. The worst dining experience was at the Windjammer Cafe on deck 11. In poor weather when everyone wants to eat inside, there aren't enough tables/chairs and the room layout can make it quite crowded. There were constant announcements for people to kindly eat and move on so as to make room for other people to eat. Not a relaxing experience!
Hopefully you can get an extremely good cabin rate, as it will be the only bargain of the cruise. Expect to pay a lot of extra fees for sodas, specialty coffees, fresh squeezed juice, of course cocktails and wine. Spa services are not cheap but are quite good - note that gratuities are automatically added on to all services in the spa as well as the dining room. Someone at our table purchased a cookbook (only available through the dining room wait staff) and had 15% gratuity tacked on. Some activities will cost extra too. There is Internet and WiFi available if you want to pay a high price for it.
The Port Destination lecture was laughable - very little port information and mostly a sales pitch on the shore excursions offered by the ship. In fact, the constant sales pitches for various things got quite irritating by week's end.
Other than that, the ship's crew and service staff provided excellent service, and there are enough activities during the day to keep everyone happy. The cruise was a good way to see the fjords; the Geiranger was especially gorgeous.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
BergenBergen is a lovely town and quite easily seen on foot. We happened to be there on 17 May, which is Norway's National Day, so most shops and museums were closed. The funicular to the top of Mt. Floien is very fun and on a sunny day the view from the top should be spectacular.View All 469 Bergen Cruise Port Reviews
No need to purchase any shore excursions in Bergen. The town is an easy 5-10 minute walk from the pier, and many of the more popular sights/museums are within walking distance. With the alloted time in port, there should be plenty to do on your own.
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