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Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Enjoyable Baltic cruise

Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review by chrisiana

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jul 2018
  • Destination: the Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View

Ports were excellent.. Very friendly staff. If you like an adults only pool, they have a solarium for adults and free access to showers, sauna and steam room ( you have to pay on the big ships). Shore excursions from RCCL were best in Russia. Used another tour company in Estonia and only had 6 which was great compared to the 30 who were on the one offered by RCCL. Also no audio devices given on Stockholm or Copenhagen tours by RCCL so hard to hear the tour guide when you have 30-40 people so that was frustrating at times. Be prepared to pay $10.00 to $20.00 US for shore transportation in all ports if you go out on your own.(7 ports). Hop on Hop off bus available ship side at Helskink, Stockholm and Copenhagen. The entertainment in the the theatre was top notch for a medium size ship. Best I have seen for this size ship. Main dining room food continues to disappoint. Dining room staff excellent service. Windjammer lunch was excellent.We had spacious cabin 8054, so much room. The ship hasn't been refurbished for awhile and definitely needs some updating. Still overall had a lot of fun.

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Cabin Review

Ocean View
Cabin 8N 8504

This is a spacious cabin, well worth the extra money. Noise at a minimum unless you have noisy neighbors. It is very forward so be prepared to walk the ship for food in the dining room.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


From Schiphol airport, take train to Amsterdam Central station. Outside of the entrance get on Tram 26 which will take you to the ship terminal ( 1st stop) after you get on. If you don't have a lot of heavy luggage you can walk it in 20-25 minutes.


Transportation from ship about $8.00 euros. Saw the lighthouse and beach where 2 seas merge. That took all our time.

City Tour

Excellent tour guide. Eve. Only had 6 in our group. RCCL's groups were 30-40 people.

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Catherine Palace

A must see.

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Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

Very crowded but well worth it

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Hermitage Museum

A little rushed through this museum but had a lot to see on the first day of our 2 day time in Russia

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Peter & Paul Fortress

Our tour guides were excellent. Moved us along, Gave us time to take photos. Gave us comfort breaks.

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Peterhof Palace

Very opulent

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St. Isaac's Cathedral

Very crowded, couldn't really enjoy some of it so many people.

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City Tour

No audio devices with a tour group of 35! Very hard to hear her. Probably wouldn't do this one except for the excellent coffee and pastry break at the music concert hall.

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City Tour

Tour guide worse we had. Again 40 people - no audio devices. Didn't give us alot of information or history.

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Tivoli Gardens

Enjoyed time given

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Vasa Museum

Not enough time at Vasa Museum. Did enjoy countryside at Signa. Again had 40 people - no audio devices.But guide repeated what she said in the bus so all could hear.

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Countryside was nice but took a long time to get there so not much time to see things.

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