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We were first time cruisers travelling with 5 teenagers and if you want plenty of time to yourselves without worrying about the kids then this is a good ship. It is clean and well-maintained and there are staff everywhere! Good bits.... Getting on and off the ship on arrival, departure and in every port ran like clockwork. Never waited more than about 10 minutes. It is all so well organised. All staff were friendly, efficient and professional. The staff in the main dining rooms were particularly lovely and you seriously want for nothing on the food and drink side of things. Loads of choice without needing to spend extra on the speciality dining. Loads to do, day and night and all the ports of call were great. Worth doing your research on sites like Shorebee and Cruising excursions.com to get info and find good deals. Cabins very adequate and worth splashing out for a balcony. Little niggles.... The pools on Brilliance are on the small side for the amount of people, but are nice early in the morning or late at night. There are decent public beaches you can walk to in Kotor, Split and Salerno if you enjoy a sea swim as an alternative. They don't really enforce the rule that you shouldn't reserve loungers. It's one of those where if you can't beat them, join them! We took turns to get up on deck by 9am to reserve a few. At the end of the day, it is one of those universal holiday problems! There are a few extra charges that seem a bit harsh, like sometimes charging for tendering you into port. Was a bit random. Top tips... Don't bother taking towels. Plenty in cabin and you can take pool towels off the ship if you need. Take a lanyard each for your sea pass and they hole punch it for you. Makes it easier to carry round. Take a couple of empty water bottles and fill at night if you need water overnight, or they charge you if you use drinks from your cabin fridge. Ship internet is silly money. We did digital detox at sea and caught up with stuff on shore where many restaurants and cafes have free Wi-Fi. It did us all good!! Don't get a drinks package unless you are all really serious drinkers or plan to stay on the ship every day. We had the inclusive drinks during the day ( tea, coffee, milk, water, squash, iced tea, lemonade, hot choc, and a good choice at breakfast). Our kids were more than happy with this and then each evening they had a couple of 'treat' drinks and we probably had 2 or 3 alcoholic drinks most nights. We just paid as we went along and worked out that we saved about £400 by NOT having the packages!! If you want peace and a lovely view of the ocean, get down to the helipad on deck 5 for some space. I was amazed that more people didn't seem to discover this great spot! Overall, we had an amazing time on Brilliance. I thought it may be too busy, but there are so many places on board where you can find space.I advise that you really research and do your homework on the excursions. RCI ones cost the earth. We used Cruisingexcursions.com and they were half the price and very good.

Would go again! Many lovely memories of great people and great places.

Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review by gina bourne

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We were first time cruisers travelling with 5 teenagers and if you want plenty of time to yourselves without worrying about the kids then this is a good ship. It is clean and well-maintained and there are staff everywhere!

Good bits....

Getting on and off the ship on arrival, departure and in every port ran like clockwork. Never waited more than about 10 minutes. It is all so well organised.

All staff were friendly, efficient and professional. The staff in the main dining rooms were particularly lovely and you seriously want for nothing on the food and drink side of things. Loads of choice without needing to spend extra on the speciality dining.

Loads to do, day and night and all the ports of call were great. Worth doing your research on sites like Shorebee and Cruising excursions.com to get info and find good deals.

Cabins very adequate and worth splashing out for a balcony.

Little niggles....

The pools on Brilliance are on the small side for the amount of people, but are nice early in the morning or late at night. There are decent public beaches you can walk to in Kotor, Split and Salerno if you enjoy a sea swim as an alternative.

They don't really enforce the rule that you shouldn't reserve loungers. It's one of those where if you can't beat them, join them! We took turns to get up on deck by 9am to reserve a few. At the end of the day, it is one of those universal holiday problems!

There are a few extra charges that seem a bit harsh, like sometimes charging for tendering you into port. Was a bit random.

Top tips...

Don't bother taking towels. Plenty in cabin and you can take pool towels off the ship if you need.

Take a lanyard each for your sea pass and they hole punch it for you. Makes it easier to carry round.

Take a couple of empty water bottles and fill at night if you need water overnight, or they charge you if you use drinks from your cabin fridge.

Ship internet is silly money. We did digital detox at sea and caught up with stuff on shore where many restaurants and cafes have free Wi-Fi. It did us all good!!

Don't get a drinks package unless you are all really serious drinkers or plan to stay on the ship every day. We had the inclusive drinks during the day ( tea, coffee, milk, water, squash, iced tea, lemonade, hot choc, and a good choice at breakfast). Our kids were more than happy with this and then each evening they had a couple of 'treat' drinks and we probably had 2 or 3 alcoholic drinks most nights. We just paid as we went along and worked out that we saved about £400 by NOT having the packages!!

If you want peace and a lovely view of the ocean, get down to the helipad on deck 5 for some space. I was amazed that more people didn't seem to discover this great spot!

Overall, we had an amazing time on Brilliance. I thought it may be too busy, but there are so many places on board where you can find space.I advise that you really research and do your homework on the excursions. RCI ones cost the earth. We used Cruisingexcursions.com and they were half the price and very good.
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