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Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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12 Night Baltic on Brillance of the Seas

Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review by Out2sea1016

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jul 2018
  • Destination: Europe
  • Cabin Type: Spacious Ocean View Balcony

The cruise overall was fantastic. We went on a 12 night cruise to Denmark, Estonia, Russia, Finland and Sweden. The ship was great. It was clean and well kept. My husband and I chose a balcony room. Our room attendant Abdul was the best we have had in all of our cruises and we are well over 20+ cruises. The balcony is especially important when sailing though Sweden, the country has thousands of islands which are beautiful when you are coming into port. We used RCCL for all of our excursions except for Russia. I booked my own private tour company in St. Petersburg. Starting from the beginning Skagen was very nice and we did a cruise tour there. It is interesting because that is where the North and Baltic Seas meet. Talllinn what fantastic. We happened upon their music festival which added to the fantastic day. The city tour was great and we had a wonderful tour guide. We ended up at the Skagen brew pub and had a great time which rounded out the day quite well. For St. Petersburg I chose a local company call Alla Tours. There were five of us vacationing together and I found that booking a private two day tour with Alla with our own personal guide and driver was cheaper than the two day bus tour with our cruise line. Alla Tours was fantasic. We saw everything from the Hermitage and Church of Spilled Blood to Peterhof Grand Palace. We took a canal ride and went to some small local restaurants for lunch. We squeezed in Swan Lake in the evening. All things compared the best way to go is a private tour if you can manage it in St. Petersburg. Finland we had a great guide on our cruise tour, we visited the Vodka Bar and were dropped in the square for a bit of shopping. Easy taxi ride back to the ship with no trouble. Helsinki was beautiful. Stockholm, we had our own personal tour guide amongst our party of five, she lived there for a bit. The city is magnificent. Copenhagen city tour was a bit disappointing. It was a three hour walking tour, followed by a one hour boat ride. The walking tour was absolutely packed in the city, our guide was great but there was a lot of congestion and we had a very hard time seeing the sites. The boat tour was subpar and kind of boring. The food on the Brillance was very, very good. On our 12 night cruise we did go to the speciality restaurants on board which were outstanding. The onboard singers and dancers were great. The headliners were just OK. There was a ventriloquist and he was very good. They had a Beatles headliner band and they were just OK. With regard to the weather we lucked out! We were very lucky the weather overall was warmer and sunnier than usual. Little to no rain and sunny for the most part. Amsterdam was lovely we spent a day there before we boarded the ship. All in all if you ever have the opportunity consider this itinerary!

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Cabin Review

Spacious Ocean View Balcony
Cabin 1B Deck 9

We have traveled on the Serenade class before we had a balcony room and it was very nice. Our room stewart, Abdul, was fantastic. Very enjoyable accommodations.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Canal Tour

Very knowledgeable guides; very relaxing one hour canal tour giving very good history of the city.

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Nice city and sea tour. They took us to the area where the North Sea meets the Baltic Sea so that was interesting.

City Tour

Great tour very interesting, tour guide had a lot of knowledge. The city was very alive and exciting due to the yearly music festival that was going on. Nice town.

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Private Tour

After much research I decided to book a private two day tour through Alla Tours. They were cheaper than the cruise ships two day bus tour. All tickets were included. Olga our tour guide and Alexander (our driver) were wonderful. The two day tour was fantastic. Exhausting but fantastic. The weather was perfect the first day. Olga had so much historical knowledge. Everywhere we went she pointed out all of the little things you may never learn if you are part of a big tour when you have 75 other people with you. Alexandar our driver was alway there to pick us up and wisk us off to the next exciting place. We went to the Amber Room, did a city tour, river cruise tour, Peter and Paul Fortress, Hermitage Museum, Yusupov Palace, Catherine’s Palace, Church of Spilled Blood, Peterhof Palace and two wonderful lunches from small local cafes. All in all the five of us couldn’t have been more pleased with the tour and the service.

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Winter Wonderland

We did a city tour that included a bit of shopping and Winter Wonderland Vodka Bar. We had a ball the entire day. Our guide was very knowledgeable; she was great. We wanted to stay in the city after the tour and she told the driver where to drop us and give us very good instructions on how to get a taxi back to the port. Helsinki was beautiful.

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One of the folks in our party lived in Stockholm. We had our own personal tour guide! The city is beautiful. We walked most of it during the day.

City Tour

We did a three hour walking tour and a one hour boat tour. All in all it was just OK. Very hard to navigate with all of the crowds. The guide did the best she could it was just very, very crowded. The boat tour was a bit odd and honestly boring.

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