Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review to Canada, New England, New York

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3 out of 5

Fall colors cruise

Sail Date: September 21, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Oceanview

Over all the cruise was a lot of fun.  The ports were very interesting and our favorite port was Bar Harbor MA as that is where we saw the most change to fall colors.  At all the ports we did "The Best.." excursions which for the most part were very informative and interesting.  We really enjoyed visiting the Titanic cemetery in Halifax and our tour guide was exceptional as well as our tour guide in St. John's NB.  The buses in Canada were clean and comfortable.  Wish I could say the same for our tour guides & buses in Bar Harbor and Portland MA.  Also, in Bar Harbor the information for the tour indicated we would go to Cadillac Mountain -- it was very disappointing when the tour guide informed us that that was not included in the tour -- even tho the description in the excursion book from the ship says it is -- so be warned!


The worst part of the whole cruise was the day we checked in at the Boston Harbor.  It was noisy and you felt like you were being herded like a bunch of cattle.  Nothing impressive about the process, accommodations, or personnel!! -- very uninviting way to begin your cruise vacation.


The ship was very pretty, our state room was very nice and the crew were very helpful.  Some of the shows were good -- others not so good.  The food was not exceptional and seemed pretty repetitive.


We had never cruised on Royal Caribbean before and will consider them the next time we are looking at taking a cruise. 



Ship Quality
The ship was very pretty
Food and Dining
Seemed repetitive -- nothing special except for the lobster!
Service and Staff
Our room steward was great and our cabin was very comfortable.
Destinations and Excursions
The excursions, buses and tour guides in Canada were great. The tour guides, and buses in Maine were terrible! Our tour was supposed to include Cadillac Mtn. in Bar Harbor MA..everyone on the bus was very disappointed with the tour guide said that it was not included, even tho the brochure on the ship said it was.
Cabin / Stateroom
Very nice cabin!!
Boston, Massachusetts
Boston Hotels are very expensive and I wanted one that had airport shuttle and cruise terminal shuttle. Only found one in the whole city. The cruise ship terminal is very noisy and you get herded like a bunch of cattle -- nothing very inviting!!
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Really recomment "The Best of Halifax Tour". Lots of history andbeautiful scenery. Loved the Titanic cemetery and history that the tour guide relayed.
Saint John, New Brunswick
We did "The Best Tour.." here. The buses were very clean and the tour guide was very informative.
Bar Harbor, Maine
Bar Harbor MA is beautiful -- our favorite port. We did "The Best" tour here and it was very disappointing and the tour guide and bus were awful!!! Loved the scenery and fall colors!
Portland, Maine
We did "The Best of.." tour here. The bus was filthy dirty, but the tour guide was pretty informative.


Breakfast is the same every day without any changes that I could tell. They do not have a galley tour and they do not have the chocolate extravaganza like most ships. Don't spend the extra money for the lobster dinner as they served all the lobster you wanted to eat at the last formal nite.

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