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Brilliance of the Seas Review

4.0 / 5.0
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1516 reviews
3 Awards

Fantastic Transatlantic with a few Issues

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10+ Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Sep 2018
Cabin: Ocean View

I wished to go on a TA going west and after careful consideration I opted for a 16 day trip on Brilliance of the Seas. It left from Amsterdam, visited four ports in Ireland and one in the Azores before a seven day / night crossing.

I was in stateroom 3042 (outside view). I was happy with it. I also elected Anytime Dining. I usually ate late, as I hate fighting crowds for either dinner or the showroom. I made a reservation a few times, but was seated without a wait after 8:00 p.m.

Mike, the cruise director, and his staff were excellent. The number of sea days meant a number of activities were scheduled. I especially enjoyed The Brilliance Race and the morning game shows. There were lots of trivia sessions, as well as some traditional party game activities.

Cabin Review

Ocean View

Cabin 2N

The stateroom was an oceanview on deck three. It was close to the forward elevator. It was quiet. It contained all the usual elements; small bathroom, closet, single beds pushed together, a small desk area, and a small (two person) couch. Stateroom television was a flat screen which could be positioned to be viewed from the bed or the couch, which was better than any fixed screen.

Power consisted of two American outlets (which can covert to two foreign outlets). There was no outlet in the bathroom, but I did not end up needing one.

The room was nothing special, but it served as home and I was happy with it.

Port Reviews


I loved Amsterdam. I visited the Van Gogh Museum, the Anne Frank House, and did the hop on / off bus / boat.


I took a ship shuttle to Dublin where I took the hop on / off bus.


Trip to Giant's Causeway. I hiked the red path.

Cobh (Cork)

Blarney Castle. I walked around the grounds as I didn't want to wait two hours to kiss the stone.

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