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This was our first cruise with RCL, following previous experience with Cunard and NCL. We were a family of 3 (2 adults, 1 child of 11) also travelling with extended family. This was our first cruise where we sailed from the UK, we liked parking and the lack of hassle involved with flights, but while getting to Harwich was ok for us, it's not a great port. However, embarkation (and disembarkation at the end) was very efficient. From leaving the ship at 0745 we had cases and were driving off by 0805. The ship is a great size, very similar to the Norwegian ships we have been familiar with. We liked the cabin, great use of space and a decent bathroom (better than the NCL layout in our opinion). Cabin service was good, but the staff seemed very overworked. RCL were even more obsessed than usual with cleanliness on our cruise, and our corridor was closed at one point for 3 hours while they sanitised it after an 'incident'. We liked the interior spaces, the itinerary (12 night Scandinavia and Baltic was brilliant), and the general feeling of the ship. Our son liked the kids club and met loads of friends, which was a major bonus. We ate at Chops Grille, which was really good, but felt the other specialty restaurants were less appealing, so missed those out. We were less keen on the restaurant service in the main dining room, and felt there was a lack of choice in the main restaurant and the windjammer, especially if you are a veggie. Over several nights the same stuff kept cropping up, while the food quality was almost always good, the choice seemed narrower than the similar options on Cunard or NCL. Theatre shows were average, with a few high points. In particular the ventriloquist, juggler and final night magician were good, the rest was poor. Cruise director and staff were in federal good with one exception, which was dealt with professionally by Steve (the cruise director). Overall, we loved the destinations (especially St Petersburg and Stockholm); that made the holiday. The ship was 'fine', and we will probably use RCL again, but only if there is a a really good itinerary on offer.

Great Destinations; Mixed Feelings About the Ship

Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review by Psychoengineer

Trip Details
This was our first cruise with RCL, following previous experience with Cunard and NCL. We were a family of 3 (2 adults, 1 child of 11) also travelling with extended family.

This was our first cruise where we sailed from the UK, we liked parking and the lack of hassle involved with flights, but while getting to Harwich was ok for us, it's not a great port. However, embarkation (and disembarkation at the end) was very efficient. From leaving the ship at 0745 we had cases and were driving off by 0805.

The ship is a great size, very similar to the Norwegian ships we have been familiar with. We liked the cabin, great use of space and a decent bathroom (better than the NCL layout in our opinion). Cabin service was good, but the staff seemed very overworked.

RCL were even more obsessed than usual with cleanliness on our cruise, and our corridor was closed at one point for 3 hours while they sanitised it after an 'incident'.

We liked the interior spaces, the itinerary (12 night Scandinavia and Baltic was brilliant), and the general feeling of the ship. Our son liked the kids club and met loads of friends, which was a major bonus. We ate at Chops Grille, which was really good, but felt the other specialty restaurants were less appealing, so missed those out.

We were less keen on the restaurant service in the main dining room, and felt there was a lack of choice in the main restaurant and the windjammer, especially if you are a veggie.

Over several nights the same stuff kept cropping up, while the food quality was almost always good, the choice seemed narrower than the similar options on Cunard or NCL.

Theatre shows were average, with a few high points. In particular the ventriloquist, juggler and final night magician were good, the rest was poor. Cruise director and staff were in federal good with one exception, which was dealt with professionally by Steve (the cruise director).

Overall, we loved the destinations (especially St Petersburg and Stockholm); that made the holiday. The ship was 'fine', and we will probably use RCL again, but only if there is a a really good itinerary on offer.
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Cabin 3058
Our cabin was laid out well, with a really good bathroom. As experienced NCL cruisers, we felt the layout was better than others we have tried. The cabin seemed quieter than others we have sailed in, and the beds were comfy with good quality linens. Storage is especially effective compared to some others.
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