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Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Amazing Cruise Ports and wonderful dining room staff

Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review by Flower80

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jul 2019
  • Destination: the Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View Balcony

Our cruise began in Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Cruise Terminal was wonderful. They had water bottles, wine, and cans of soda for sale to bring onto the cruise in your carry-on at a very reasonable rate.

My 8 year-old daughter absolutely loved the Adventure Ocean Kids Club. The activities ranged from sports activities, arts & crafts, and organized games. The counselors did an amazing job motivating and engaging the kids in the games and making everyone feel included.

The Ports were wonderful! Our three stops in Scotland included Edinburgh, Inverness, and Glasgow. As guests returned to the ship in Inverness, RCCL arranged to have a fantastic Scottish Dance Troupe accompanied by a bag-pipe player, an accordion player, and a singer aboard to perform prior to departure. We had two days in Dublin, Ireland, a stop in Guernsey, Holyhead Wales, and Dover/Canterbury, England. One recommendation that I have is to look to 3rd party companies for excursions because RCCL doesn't offer many excursion options due to the limited sailings on this itinerary.

The food in the main dining room was delicious however each night there were only 3 new courses that alternating with the 4 offerings that remained the same on the menu; in the past there was more variety. The WindJammer seemed to have a diversity of food options and theme nights that would have been welcome in the main dining room especially on a 12-night cruise. We used the 6:45 Adventure Ocean pickup & our waitstaff ensured that our daughter’s meal was expedited while our meal was served at a normal pace.

We also dined in Chops. Our filets were cooked to perfection but we were disappointed that they no longer have the tator tots.

We absolutely love Izumi’s and decided to take the sushi making class. The class was a blast and we made a California wrap, a Spicy Tuna roll, a Shrimp Tempura Roll, and shrimp sashimi. I highly recommend this class.

A big disappointment was the amount of cigarette smoke that filled the atrium at all hours of the day from the Casino. People were consistently allowed to stand in both entrances while smoking & facing the atrium.

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Cabin Review

Ocean View Balcony
Cabin 1D 7554

Our Cabin was an obstructed view cabin that was located directly over where the band plays in the King & Country Pub. The cabin accomodates 4 people; there is a pullman bed located above the king bed and the loveseat folds out to twin bed. The obstruction is a lifeboat that is level with the floor of the balcony; you can still easily see the ocean. Every night around 8 pm the band would play until about 12:30 am. The floor would vibrate and you can loudly hear the music in the cabin. If you are a person who enjoys night life and plan on staying up late each night then you should be fine; however, if you have small children and occasionally go to sleep before midnight due to an early shore excursion avoid this cabin. The cabin also lacked electrical plugs; there were only two US outlets in the cabin and no USB ports. I highly recommend bringing converters so that you can utilize the 2 European outlets as well.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Brian our tour guide was wonderful and he created a customized tour for us through County Wicklow that included a tour of Powerscourt Gardens & Waterfall, a trip up Wicklow Mountain, & a tour of the county that ended in Dublin.

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Historical Canterbury and Cathedral

We took a bus tour to Canterbury and then walked to the cathedral which was under construction. We barely had time to get back to the bus & there wasn’t time to eat lunch even though the tour specified time to eat in town

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Zaanse Schans Windmills

We visited the historic village and saw the paint mill that Rembrandt purchased his paint from. We also saw a clog making demonstration a cheese making demonstration. This is a great family excursion

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Edinburgh Castle

First we saw the Royal Yacht Brittanica, then we did a driving city tour that ended at Edinburgh Castle, we purchased the castle tickets through the tour company, & still had time to explore the Royal Mile

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Greenock (Glasgow)

We took a RCCL tour to Inveraray Castle where the Duke of Argyle lives. The Castle & the grounds were beautiful.

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