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The food was a disappointment by cruise ship standards. Breads and deserts showed signs of pre-prepared ingredients, mixes, frozen. Main dining room and Windjammer cafeteria there was a fair selection but the quality was moderate. At times little was on offer, especially in mid-afternoon on port days exactly when you might want a late lunch or snack. No pop-up bbq or special food events. Complimentary beverages were poor, coffee, watery lemonade, watery orange juice from mix or part mix. Fruit selection limited, bananas green. Room service was an additional charge. No good bbq, pizza, tacos etc., option outside of the main venues. Staff are friendly and try hard. Chops grille the food was good for premium charge if you enjoy steakhouse fare. Izumi was a very disappointing effort if you have good Asian food available by comparison available at home. Bar service was better, but then they can’t substitute name brand liquor, wine, beer. Still, some pre-mixes used in cocktails. Ship is a little tired by design, lacks a wide wooden promenade deck which I missed, but there is another running track on deck 12, and the exercise room is good. Cabin was a little worn - chipped cabinets, worn sofa, older fittings in bathroom, but clean, bed was comfortable, linens always fresh.

Great staff, tight budget

Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review by Countrygent

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2018
  • Destination: Europe
  • Cabin Type: Spacious Ocean View
The food was a disappointment by cruise ship standards. Breads and deserts showed signs of pre-prepared ingredients, mixes, frozen. Main dining room and Windjammer cafeteria there was a fair selection but the quality was moderate. At times little was on offer, especially in mid-afternoon on port days exactly when you might want a late lunch or snack. No pop-up bbq or special food events.

Complimentary beverages were poor, coffee, watery lemonade, watery orange juice from mix or part mix. Fruit selection limited, bananas green. Room service was an additional charge. No good bbq, pizza, tacos etc., option outside of the main venues. Staff are friendly and try hard.

Chops grille the food was good for premium charge if you enjoy steakhouse fare. Izumi was a very disappointing effort if you have good Asian food available by comparison available at home.

Bar service was better, but then they can’t substitute name brand liquor, wine, beer. Still, some pre-mixes used in cocktails.

Ship is a little tired by design, lacks a wide wooden promenade deck which I missed, but there is another running track on deck 12, and the exercise room is good. Cabin was a little worn - chipped cabinets, worn sofa, older fittings in bathroom, but clean, bed was comfortable, linens always fresh.
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