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Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review to Transatlantic

Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 0
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Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Sail Date: September 01, 2014
Ship: Brilliance of the Seas
Cabin Type: Suite
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 3 years ago
We recently spent two weeks on the Brilliance of The Seas on a trans-Atlantic cruise from Harwich\, England to Boston\, Mass. Overall\, it was a great experience. Even during cold\, wet sea days that kept everyone off the open decks\, there was plenty to do and the cheerful atmosphere of the ship was everywhere. Captain Stig Nilsen is not only great ay his job\, he is also very visible and approachable. I've never seen so much of a Captain on any other cruise! What I will always remember about Brilliance of the Seas is the creative use of the central atrium\, where there was always music (and really good music) and dancing...even an aerial show! Excellent entertainment every night (and matinees on the last 5 sea days) and a good variety of activities during the day. Dru Pavlov\, the Cruise Director\, is the best I've ever experienced on any cruise. He and his staff are treasures.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
The main dining room service was excellent\, the food predictable but good. Nothing exciting...the days of lobsters and luxury foods are over I suppose. The Windjammer cafeteria had a good bit of variety...the food again mostly good without being exceptional. The specialty dining did not appeal to us. After one mediocre experience at Giovanni's\, we cancelled our other reservations (expensive!).


5 out of 5
The best entertainment and activities and Cruise Director. The only negative - very little information about ports\, the daily bulletin being more of an ad for the spa and other ways to spend your money\,

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
As always\, cruise staff make the cruise memorable. Smiles\, helpfulness everywhere.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Refurbished not long ago\, Brilliance of the Seas is clean and shiny\, with a wonderful central atrium.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
We had a Junior Suite...spacious and comfortable with a walk-in closet and ample storage. Discovered that a Junior Suite doesn't get you any of the amenities of being in a suite...but the daily gratuity rate is suite level!

Pros: Great itinerary; very friendly\, fun ship; excellent entertainment

Cons: little or no port information\, mediocre specialty dining

Recommends Brilliance of the Seas? Yes!

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