Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review by rdun41251
- Sail Date: May 2012
- Destination: Baltic Sea
- Cabin Type: Superior Outside View Stateroom with Balcony
We arrived fairly early at the cruise terminal and after dropping off our bags, we were on board within 60 minutes.
The service provided by the cabin attendant and the MDR waiters was excellent as is the norm. for RCL. Lots of happy smiling faces and a very good atmosphere throughout.
The entertainment in general was very good, however the so called Port Lectures were the normal "tour selling opportunity" and of no real material use in giving information on the various ports for the mass of "walk ashore passengers" IE safety precautions, local transport, good restaurants, local places to visit other than on RCL tours and Diamonds International outlets!!!!!
The quality of food in the MDR has in my opinion again fallen, now to a standard that is below reasonable expectations for a mid range cruise company. While understanding the reduction from a 5 course meal(cira1999)down to 3 courses will be cutting catering costs thus keeping the total price of the cruise competitive. When this is extends to rather meagre portions of less than prime cuts and minimal vegetables served on this particular cruise, then it may be time to consider changing our 14 years of loyalty to another cruise line.
The "additional pay as you go" food outlets do provide very good prime quality food but the continual hassle and selling tactics by outlet staff is becoming an embarrassment to RCL and a distinct nuisance to passengers. (Almost as bad as the unsolicited deluge of flyers for the various treatments provided in the Spa complex)
Thankfully the quality of the food in the Windjammer has remained at a reasonable standard and their breakfast service is fantastic. Note: By avoiding the busy periods it is possible to find a table in the Windjammer with relative ease.
The cost of the on board photography is also now getting rather costly, we have stopped purchasing such pictures and rely on taking our own.
These points aside, we had a great time on the BOS in Norway, the scenery was stunning even if the weather was a little unkind at times.
On departure we took advantage of the Amsterdam city tour which gave us an early and well timed departure from the vessel and rounded off the holiday perfectly.
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