Brilliance of the Seas Review

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Royal Caribbean Many Major Disappointments

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Sail Date: Jan 2023
Traveled with children

We were very excited for a winter getaway to scuba dive in Grand Cayman and Cozumel and really looking forward to this trip. The food was very disappointing. Lemme say that I have pretty low standards and we usually eat something out of the freezer or a can for dinner. I eat mostly vegetarian and occasionally seafood. No meat, so limited options. The fish entree in the main dining room was served with the same unseasoned ‘butter’ sauce on a scoop of unseasoned plain white rice each night. First night, salmon, second night cod, third night, shrimp, etc. once with three small pieces of broccoli, once with two small pea pods. It got to be a joke at our table! In the buffet I ordered a ‘veggie burger’ and after 15 minutes of waiting for it to be specially made, I was given a fried potato pancake with a few peas mixed in. So potato, served on a bun, with a side of fries - also potatoes. How much starch can one eat? A few of the desserts were good, but overall the food was unseasoned, flavorless, and it is apparent that Royal Caribbean tries too hard to reuse things from a prior meal, for example, the vegetable omelettes from breakfast were turned into veggie fried rice for lunch.

We normally really like the production shows, however, the main show was a repeat of one we had seen years ago on a different Royal trip (we’ve only taken two others so that’s a big coincidence!) The comedian wasn’t funny and worse, made fun of people in the audience to the point of hurting their feelings. People got up and left nearly every show we attended because they just weren’t very good. We like dancing but it seems the dance music starts at 10:30 or 11 at night. Too late! Why not dancing right after dinner? Also, this ship had so many bars. Maybe a dozen. Royal REALLY pushes the drinks package and too many people had way too many drinks and it seems drinking was the main activity for most people.

There were very few children on our ship because of the time of year, and I was looking forward to quiet enjoyment of the ‘adult’ pool area, however, on the sea day when a child contaminated the regular pool by not being potty trained, the lifeguards at the adult pool let all the kids come in and use the adult pool! No kidding! Swarms of kids in the adult pool and hot tub. No way am I getting in there especially after a kid just had an accident in the other pool.

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