Brilliant cruise on the Brilliance

Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

Experience: 2-3 cruises
Reviews: 0
Helpful Votes: 5

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
Verified Review
8 Night Western Europe Northbound (Rome To Amsterdam)
Sail Date: May 04, 2012
Ship: Brilliance of the Seas
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 6 years ago

We've only had experience with the Freedom and Voyager class ships so we were unsure what we'd think of the smaller Brilliance. We need not have worried! She's a lovely ship with many unique features such as the covered Solarium salt water pool, which allowed us to swim in comfort despite the chilly weather. The main dining room is not as spectacular but that is more than compensated by the professionalism of the wait staff and the excellence of the food. We had some great dinners, particularly all the steak dishes. The quality of the beef is outstanding and was always cooked to perfection. Much appreciated! We enjoyed the outdoor dining at the back of the Windjammer Cafe. The music in the lounges (particularly the Centrum) was excellent and it was a pleasure to see so many people dancing every night. The production shows, however, were only of a high school level but this was our only disappointment on a fabulous cruise on the Brilliance.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Dining room not as spectacular as those on Freedom and Voyager class ships but food and service were excellent.


3 out of 5
Music in the lounges--fantastic. Production shows in the Pacifica Theatre--abysmal. Very amateurish dancers and singers. We enjoyed the guest stars, however.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
We were impressed (as always) by the professionalism of the crew. Royal Caribbean does a fantastic job in this department.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
She's an older ship but beautifully maintained.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
The beds are amazingly comfortable. We slept very well.

Pros: Welcoming and professional crew

Cons: Entertainment in Pacifica Theatre

Recommends Brilliance of the Seas? Yes!

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