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Originally we chose this cruise because of a crew member who was trying to get on it. He didn't... but we were booked. The plan was to disembark in Amsterdam, spend 17 days on the ground and sail back on Mariner of the Seas on May 7th. She was heading to drydock but the leg was canceled and she went to drydock early. So... we flew into Tampa the night before. Easily and efficiently boarded the ship. We were in our cabin by 1:30pm after eating lunch and having a cocktail. Our first order of business was to order our dinner wines. It was not as easy as in times past because ordinarily if you create your own package of over 6 wines, a discount is given. Not this time. Well... eventually but anyway. Our experience in the RCCL main dining rooms have not been the best but this ship was an absolute exception! We also usually eat just the two of us, but this time we joined another table. We had amazing food, spectacular service and great fun with new friends. Quite honestly, we missed every show. We got dressed up for dinner each night and with the late seating (8:30), we visited the Diamond Lounge first. Nights one and two we went upstairs but it was SO crowded we couldn't find a place to sit! The concierge helped to book our dinners so that was a great help. The next night or so, we tried the Colony Club for cocktail hour(s) but could not get served. We ended up at Schooner Bar with Mr. Wilson and Milica. Wow! Those two and the guests that gravitated toward the bar each night made the whole trip! Excellent service... friendly... made us feel like family! We had VERY rough seas and missed two ports (Waterford and Dublin). Though we were disapponted, we got an overnight in Cobh. That was FUN! The train is just off the ship and took us into Cork... the big city. The port town of Cobh is adorable! People friendly, pubs fun and we even did the Titanic Experience (not a great idea when doing a TransAtlantic). Our cabin steward was amazing. Took care of our every need. We didn't spend much time in the room but we couldn't always see he had been in to straighten up and provide us with information. We did the Chef's Table which was fun! Food great, presentation perfect and wine well paired. The only thing that was slightly sad was in the end, politics came up and that's not the best idea... it made for a quick ending to an otherwise special evening. This cruise went above and beyond the normal cruise. It is evident the crew consider each other family and have created quite a sense of teamwork. For me, even with the missed ports, it was a 10 out of 10 experience. We did not want to disembark today!!!

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Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review by Lisakauai

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2018
  • Destination: Transatlantic
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View Balcony
Originally we chose this cruise because of a crew member who was trying to get on it. He didn't... but we were booked. The plan was to disembark in Amsterdam, spend 17 days on the ground and sail back on Mariner of the Seas on May 7th. She was heading to drydock but the leg was canceled and she went to drydock early.

So... we flew into Tampa the night before. Easily and efficiently boarded the ship. We were in our cabin by 1:30pm after eating lunch and having a cocktail. Our first order of business was to order our dinner wines. It was not as easy as in times past because ordinarily if you create your own package of over 6 wines, a discount is given. Not this time. Well... eventually but anyway.

Our experience in the RCCL main dining rooms have not been the best but this ship was an absolute exception! We also usually eat just the two of us, but this time we joined another table. We had amazing food, spectacular service and great fun with new friends.

Quite honestly, we missed every show. We got dressed up for dinner each night and with the late seating (8:30), we visited the Diamond Lounge first. Nights one and two we went upstairs but it was SO crowded we couldn't find a place to sit! The concierge helped to book our dinners so that was a great help. The next night or so, we tried the Colony Club for cocktail hour(s) but could not get served. We ended up at Schooner Bar with Mr. Wilson and Milica. Wow! Those two and the guests that gravitated toward the bar each night made the whole trip! Excellent service... friendly... made us feel like family!

We had VERY rough seas and missed two ports (Waterford and Dublin). Though we were disapponted, we got an overnight in Cobh. That was FUN! The train is just off the ship and took us into Cork... the big city. The port town of Cobh is adorable! People friendly, pubs fun and we even did the Titanic Experience (not a great idea when doing a TransAtlantic).

Our cabin steward was amazing. Took care of our every need. We didn't spend much time in the room but we couldn't always see he had been in to straighten up and provide us with information.

We did the Chef's Table which was fun! Food great, presentation perfect and wine well paired. The only thing that was slightly sad was in the end, politics came up and that's not the best idea... it made for a quick ending to an otherwise special evening.

This cruise went above and beyond the normal cruise. It is evident the crew consider each other family and have created quite a sense of teamwork. For me, even with the missed ports, it was a 10 out of 10 experience. We did not want to disembark today!!!
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Ocean View Balcony
Cabin 6D 8016
The only complaint I have and it's something that can't really be changed... is that the closet doors and the bathroom doors open into the same small area. I'd be getting ready, my husband would come out of the bathroom and hit me or hit the closet door. A little bit cozy and in need of new furnishings. The location was great though. We spent quite a bit of time on the balcony.
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