11-days in paradise-on a beutiful ship

Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 6
Helpful Votes: 58

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
Sail Date: December 01, 2006
Ship: Brilliance of the Seas
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 11 years ago

Christmas/New Years cruises are the way to go! This was our second time on Royal Caribbean, but we've been on Celebrity twice (a little more high end), one Holland America, one NCL, and one Carnival. Celebrity and Royal Caribbean are the best lines I've been on. Anyways, the ship is layouted great and decorated gourgeously. The great thing about this size ship it the size. Never feels crowded, except at the pool on sea days. Panama Canal definitly made the cruise and I would recommend the ship, destinations, and RCL to anyone. We did have one night (about midnight) where the ship went into blackout for about 1 and a half hours. The ship had no electricity, air, couldn't move, but they eventually got everything working.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Food was good, but menus nightly were not so good. The choices were the pits. However, the service made up for the menu. We ate all eleven nights in the main dining room, except four. We found that the Seaview Cafe (Deck 13, Aft) had great Italian food and tasted wonderful. The Seaview Cafe was best restaurant on board.


3 out of 5
The show were alright. Singers did a good job, when they actully sang. One thing that was great about RCL is that they had services for Hanukkah and Christmas. New Years Eve was great with everyone either in the Colony Club, the Centrum, or Starquest Disco. During the day there was a lot to do including dancing lessons, towel folding, etc.

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
My children loved the programs and would stay out until midnight or one with the kids program.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The staff on board was superb. Never found anyone on board not willing to help me, but always in a good mood.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Very easy to get around and harldy ever waited for an elevator. From what we saw it was very clean with hardworking people. Windjammer is much more organized than buffets on Carnival and NCL.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Our stateroom was enormous. We bought two handicapted rooms that were just as big as a mini-suite or two regular rooms put togeter. Although we were on deck 3 and at night the ship creaked at night. The beds are better on Carnival and Celebrity, but were not bad. Our stateroom attendant did a great job keeping our room clean.

Pros: Ports (Grand Cayman, Panama Canal, Aruba), service, and beautiful ship

Cons: Costa Rica, food selection, and very crowded pool area

Recommends Brilliance of the Seas? Yes!

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