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This was cruise number 10, all with Royal. Check in in Harwich was very easy, parking so close to the terminal and the curtesy bus was waiting for us. When we got to the terminal there was no demand for a tip either. If going by train, the train station is next to the hanger wher you check in, no taxi's needed like Southampton. Although this was the smallest ship, sorry cruise liner, we had been on, it was perfect. First nights dinner we met our table guests, a lovey bunch who always returned, the wait staff were entertaining and remained professional. Food choice was very good, only issue was choosing what not to eat and decline two starters or two main courses. There was a mix up on a birthday cake ordered, but this got rectified with the charged being refunded and a complimentary galley tour thrown in. Concierge and Diamond Lounge were well placed for the scenic views, both people managing these lounges were just briliant, using our names from day one. Taking of using our names, we unfortunately independently lost our sea pass cards. When we went to customer relations, the lady used our names? Out of some 2500 guests, that made us feel special. The suite was maintained to a high standard, bed was comfortable and the large balcony gave us great views. The attendant was jolly and gave us tips on the ports too. We did no ships excursions as they were all more, much more, expensive than doing it privately, example being The RCCL cost for a hop On Hop Off bus $29 at our first port, Copenhagen, yet the Getting the ticket direct from the company outside the ship cost €14. We did a segway tour, 2 hours of fun with head sets to listen to the tour guide. In Tallinn we just walked about, pretty city. In St Petersburg we used ALLA Tours for a 2 day excursion, this was only $300, yet a simliar deal from RCCL would have been £300, we saved over £100 and we got lunch too. The ALLA guide was incredible, her use of English was outstanding and the knowledge of everything she told us was in scripted, all from her head, worth returning as although we saw loads, we could have spent a day in just one Palace. Helsinki, we did not pay the $12 to RCCL, the town was close enough to walk into. Just di walking around. RCCL tried to charge $39 for a Hop On Hop Off bus in Stockholm, privately it was less than half price. Again just walking around and shopping. Last port, Skagen. Easy walk into town, there was a music festival on which added to the amusement. We walked to the north of the town to wade in the sea like everyone else, did shopping before our return. I captained the winning team in The Quest, exciting and with a fantastic group of people. The flyers for the spa treatments were misleading. Pamper yourself for only $149, then in small print it states that 18% is added for my convenience. My convenience? We did not go to any shows, they were at 7pm for our 8:30pm dining, so we could not enjoy the lounges and relax our way through the evening. In all a wonderful holiday, so much to see and do, a well packed in itinerary, shame it is not going from Harwich next year.

It was a 12 night Baltic Cruise.

Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review by spideyswims

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2015
  • Destination: Europe
  • Cabin Type: Grand Suite - 1 Bedroom
This was cruise number 10, all with Royal.

Check in in Harwich was very easy, parking so close to the terminal and the curtesy bus was waiting for us. When we got to the terminal there was no demand for a tip either. If going by train, the train station is next to the hanger wher you check in, no taxi's needed like Southampton.

Although this was the smallest ship, sorry cruise liner, we had been on, it was perfect.

First nights dinner we met our table guests, a lovey bunch who always returned, the wait staff were entertaining and remained professional. Food choice was very good, only issue was choosing what not to eat and decline two starters or two main courses.

There was a mix up on a birthday cake ordered, but this got rectified with the charged being refunded and a complimentary galley tour thrown in.

Concierge and Diamond Lounge were well placed for the scenic views, both people managing these lounges were just briliant, using our names from day one.

Taking of using our names, we unfortunately independently lost our sea pass cards. When we went to customer relations, the lady used our names? Out of some 2500 guests, that made us feel special.

The suite was maintained to a high standard, bed was comfortable and the large balcony gave us great views. The attendant was jolly and gave us tips on the ports too.

We did no ships excursions as they were all more, much more, expensive than doing it privately, example being The RCCL cost for a hop On Hop Off bus $29 at our first port, Copenhagen, yet the Getting the ticket direct from the company outside the ship cost €14. We did a segway tour, 2 hours of fun with head sets to listen to the tour guide.

In Tallinn we just walked about, pretty city.

In St Petersburg we used ALLA Tours for a 2 day excursion, this was only $300, yet a simliar deal from RCCL would have been £300, we saved over £100 and we got lunch too. The ALLA guide was incredible, her use of English was outstanding and the knowledge of everything she told us was in scripted, all from her head, worth returning as although we saw loads, we could have spent a day in just one Palace.

Helsinki, we did not pay the $12 to RCCL, the town was close enough to walk into. Just di walking around.

RCCL tried to charge $39 for a Hop On Hop Off bus in Stockholm, privately it was less than half price. Again just walking around and shopping.

Last port, Skagen. Easy walk into town, there was a music festival on which added to the amusement. We walked to the north of the town to wade in the sea like everyone else, did shopping before our return.

I captained the winning team in The Quest, exciting and with a fantastic group of people.

The flyers for the spa treatments were misleading. Pamper yourself for only $149, then in small print it states that 18% is added for my convenience. My convenience?

We did not go to any shows, they were at 7pm for our 8:30pm dining, so we could not enjoy the lounges and relax our way through the evening.

In all a wonderful holiday, so much to see and do, a well packed in itinerary, shame it is not going from Harwich next year.
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Grand Suite - 1 Bedroom
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Being on deck 10 we had the huge overhang and only got the sun late in the day, well positioned near the hump and close to the lifts. The breakfast bar in the cabin is a waste of space.
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