A little disappointing

Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe

Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Verified Review
Sail Date: May 25, 2012
Ship: Brilliance of the Seas
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 6 years ago
The atmosphere on the Brilliance of the seas was the same as most other cruise ships we have been on. The staff were friendly and helpful and the staterooms, dining areas and other public areas were adequate.

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
We were extremely disappointed with the food onboard the Brilliance of the Seas. This is our third time on a Royal Caribbean ship and past experience had us anticipating their great cuisine. The main dining room food was bland and uninspired. There were times when we had difficulties coming up with one entree we would want to eat. The quality had greatly diminished since our last RC cruise. The dining times were adequate. The Windjammer food was what we would call typical dorm food. The food was often cold and was repeated day after day. A little variety would have helped.


1 out of 5
There were only 2 non-crew shows on the Brilliance of the Seas. The magician was terrible but the Beatles Mania show was good. The crew variety shows were adequate but something that we didn't mind missing.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Our dining room waiter and his assistant were excellent. They were attentive and learned our likes and dislikes quickly. They even seemed to apologize for the menu. I don't know whether there was a problem with this particular chef or if budget cuts had cut into the food quality but we were very disappointed in our dining experiences onboard the Brilliance of the seas.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
All public areas were clean and well tended. The ships size was a typical mid-size cruise ship. The Windjammer cafe was often crowded with little to no available seating.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
We stayed in a balcony room and the room size, decor, condition were adequate. They did remove the ice buckets from the rooms and we had to go in search of ice for water daily.

Pros: Ports of Call

Cons: Food and entertainment while onboard

Recommends Brilliance of the Seas? No.

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