Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Clause if you believe or perhaps you are a newbie to RCI! With a fare too good to be true and not having to fly, we booked a last minute inside guarantee on Brilliance of the Seas out of Dubai during the holidays. We will be three star Mariners on our next HAL cruise and have also sailed Celebrity but we're looking forward to an RCI experience...... especially having had the sea call me on the new shell phone......I love that ad! We used our usual online agent and to my surprise within the week our RCI reservation was assigned a Superior Ocean View Balcony Cabin on deck nine, mid-ship! I kept checking every day waiting for it to be a mistake. We have never booked a guarantee before in any category and this good fortune probably doesn't happen often.
For those of you contemplating a cruise on Brilliance but concerned about it being an older ship lacking the bells and whistles of the bigger classes, don't delay. The ship was in great shape and looked festive with all of the holiday decorations. There were no plumbing issues, the carpets and furnishings looked fine, and all of the surrounding glass sparkled from the continuous cleaning.
Liked a Lot:
Cabin 9602-convenient and quiet location easily accessible to stairs and elevator; plenty of storage-liked combination shelving and hanging space in closet, also a lot storage surrounding the desk area which was a real plus, sofa sleeper which would be good if traveling with children, length of cabin made it feel a little bigger; balcony small but comparable to category; bathroom storage adequate; showers were very, very, small-think showering in place with an awful shower curtain that enabled water to easily flood the floor, bring your own toiletries as soap/shampoo combo not the best for your hair but there probably isn't room to mount two!; really liked the sconce lights by the bed which also had a small reading light on it; needs updated international plug adapters and mounted flat screen TV