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Brilliance of the Seas Review

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Brilliance of the Seas, New England and Canada

Review for Brilliance of the Seas to Canada & New England
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JCMass.
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Sep 2015
Cabin: Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony
Brillance in Sydney
Balcony cabin 9574
Ariel show in the Centrum-poor choice of venue for this event.
View from our balcony in Maine

This was a special cruise to Maine and Canada, 9 days total, instead of the usual 7 day cruise. We choose it because of the longer length, but also because we can drive to the port of Boston in about 45 minutes. We enjoy driving to Maine, the idea of cruising sounded very appealing. My husband and I are in our 60’s, and we were among the youngest people on this cruise.

We arrived at the Black Falcon pier an hour later than usual, we got an e-mail stating that boarding would be later because their was an inspection of the ship scheduled. We tried to arrive after boarding had begun, still we found a long line when we arrived. It moved but we have never encountered a long line here before. Still we were on the ship in less than an hour. Platinum status helped to put us into a very short line to check in.

We dropped our carry on luggage in our cabin, and headed to the Windjammer for lunch. There was a huge crowd mostly just sitting, and not a seat to be had. We wandered around till finally someone decided to leave a table. The older crowd seemed to eat their lunch and then just sit there waiting for the cabins to be open. Many still had luggage with them, it was quite a scene. The cabins opened soon after, and after unpacking and a typical muster, we were looking forward to a nice dinner. We made reservations for the first night of MTD by calling Royal Caribbean weeks before the trip. The website was’t working as usual. We were scheduled for 5:45, we wanted later but was told those times were full. This usually means a short wait, passing those who did not make reservations. What we encountered was a huge line and complete chaos in the dining room, and a very stressed crew. It seems that that Royal Caribbean had accepted far too many reservations for the early time putting the ship into a terrible situation, and many of those without reservations showed up early besides. At dinner we were again wondering had we made a mistake. We headed to the show, and had to sit separately the huge crowd from dinner was now at the show. This was turning into an ordeal, much different from other cruises.

Cabin Review

Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony

Cabin D1

Cabin D1 9574, plenty of room for two people, lots of storage. Everything worked great no problems, no real signs of wear on anything. Two chairs and a table large enough to have a meal on out on the balcony. The cabin is right near the Centrum, very little noise from the events there at night, and easy to get around the ship. Since it is the first cabin next to a hump cabin, your neighbors to the right can see most of your balcony from theirs. It might work very well if you are traveling with others.

Port Reviews

Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island)

Our favorite port on this trip. We took an excursion last time to Anne of Green Gables House, and Rustico. This time we just walked to the center of town, an easy walk from the ship. Beautiful Victorian city, nice shops downtown. Beautiful park right next to the ship. The perfect place to enjoy Cow's ice cream which is right nearby.

Sydney (Nova Scotia)

The small city is an easy walk from the ship. Nice walkway along the water right next to the ship. Several historic homes just blocks from the ship. The town had a great crafts fair at a church in town, nice quality items. The cruise terminal is also a destination with another crafts fair, antique shop, and free wi fi. Plus worlds largest fiddle you can see from the ship.

Portland (Maine)

Hop on Bus will take you all around the city, you can walk to most of it right from the ship. Great shopping, don't miss the Victorian House, the docents provided an excellent tour, really something to see.

Halifax

Hop on Hop off bus gave a pricey great tour of the city. It is right at the very large cruise terminal. Don't miss the Citadel, you could easily spend hours here, lots to see.

Boston

Boston is one of the easiest places to embark from.

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