Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe

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4 out of 5

13 night Baltic Cruise

Sail Date: July 14, 2013

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

We just returned from a 13 night Scandanavian Baltic Sea cruise. We sailed on Royal Caribbean's "Brilliance of the Seas". We have sailed on this ship twice now. She just came out of Dry Dock where they refurbished her. She looked very good. Lot's of new improvements. They haven't started the Ariel acts that they are going to have, so we were disappointed that we didn't get to see that. We visited the ports of Harwich England, Copenhagen, Denmark, Stolkholm Sweden, Helsinki, Finland, St. Petersburg, Russia, Tallin Estonia, Gothenburg, Sweden, Oslo Norway, & back to Harwich, England. We saw a lot of ports in a short amount of time. It was a hectic trip with a lot of walking, & I would have liked it to be a 15 day cruise with a couple more sea days & more time at the ports. That being said, we loved everything we saw,& had a great time. The staff on the ship was all fantastic, our cabin steward was awesome, (Alan) ,the waiters were great, the food was excellent. We ate in all 3 specialty restaurants, & they were all excellent. The first trip that we took on this ship, Brillance, to Canada, New England last Oct. 2012, we liked that cruise director & assistant cruise director better, ( Paul & Cuddy). We were hoping to see them again, as they were awesome. We liked the entertainment better on the first cruise as well. The gift shops had more, and better selections on this cruise though, than the one in Oct. 2012. Overall I would highly recommend this cruise.
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We really liked the Park Cafe for afternoon fresh salads & hot beef French dips. Better & less busy than Windjammer buffet for lunches, when not in port.

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