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Brilliance of the Seas Review

Great Transatlantic Cruise!

Review for Transatlantic Cruise on Brilliance of the Seas
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: May 2019
Cabin: Ocean View Balcony

We love long cruises with lots of sea days and this cruise did not disappoint. We sailed from Tampa Bay to Amsterdam, seeing ports that we had yet to visit. The 8 sea days to begin the cruise were a wonderful way to really relax and kick off our month long vacation. We have sailed a lot on RCI, have attained Diamond Plus status, and really do like the Radiance Class ships in Royal's fleet. There were LOTS of experienced cruises on this sailing as over 900 passengers of the 2000 on board were either Diamond or Diamond Plus level on RCI. Rather than wait until the cruise to deal with this large number of elite members, Royal communicated with us weeks before the cruise to let us know that they were going to use the Colony Club as their evening venue for the Diamond lounge event. Royal did a great job organizing and delivering the service that elite cruisers want. Cudos to RCI for making what could have been a difficult situation work smoothly.

Our Balcony Cabin on Deck 9 was in great shape and our room steward was attentive, friendly and engaging in our many conversations with him. In fact, both my wife and I found the entire staff (our waiter Mary, our assistant waiter and most other staff we interacted with) went out of their way to be both friendly and accommodating to our needs. Service could not have been better throughout the 15 day cruise.

The entertainment was also diverse and well presented. The RCI singers and dancers were as good as any group we have seen on our many cruises and the cruise director was engaged and seemed to really care about the quality of the performances. The food was varied, presented well and seemed a bit better than some of our other cruises. We went to Chops Grill twice on the cruise and it did not disappoint. RCI delivered a great experience over the two weeks of the cruise from embarkation to getting off the ship (It took us less than 1/2 hour to walk off, get our luggage and clear customs in Amsterdam!)

Cabin Review

Ocean View Balcony

Cabin 1D

The cabin was in a great location near the centrum elevators and stairs (two decks up to the windjammer and 4 decks down to the centrum floor with guest services). Ample storage and a comfortable bed. We did not feel cramped or uncomfortable the entire cruise.

Port Reviews

Ponta Delgada

This was our first port after 8 sea days and it was nice to see this island for the first time. Very pretty place, with diverse topography and interesting sites to see.

Brugge (Bruges)

Great mid evil city. It was a walking tour with a short canal cruise. Lots of things to see and shopping available. LOVED the waffle with strawberries and cream!


We spent 6 nights in Amsterdam and found the City to be charming, interesting and just a great place for walking, site seeing, eating and simply having fun.

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