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Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe
Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 17

Overall Rating:

5 out of 5
Brilliance of the Seas

12 Night Scandinavia & Russia (Harwich Roundtrip)

Sail Date: July 17, 2015

Ship: Brilliance of the Seas

Cabin Type: Suite

Cabin Number: 1556

Traveled As: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review Summary

This was our second cruise on Brilliance OTS.  The ship is older but well maintained.  The service across the board on this ship was outstanding.  We were in a Grand Suite on Deck 10 mid ship which was quite comfortable.  We dined in the Main Dining Room (very good), the Windjammer (average) and three Specialty venues- Chef's Table (outstanding), Chops (excellent) and Izumi (excellent).  The entertainment on the ship was nothing special but not bad.  Our one complaint was the high price paid for wireless internet - which failed to work in our cabin.  The ports were all very interesting both historically and culturally.  We used ALLA tours in St. Petersburg and we took the two-day comfort tour.  It was one of the best tour experiences that we have ever enjoyed.  ALLA is professional and Top-Notch all the way.  We thought the hidden gem on the cruise was Tallin Estonia which was just beautiful.  We also loved the friendliness of the people in Skagen, Denmark.  Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki were similar big cities which each had their special charms.  The cruise was very scenic overall.  Just a bit cool for July - temperatures were 55-65 F for the whole cruise.  Nice bucket-list cruise!

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Windjammer on the ship was just average.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Too cold outside for outdoor activities or use of the main pool.


3 out of 5
Catered to older crowd.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Staff were excellent in every area.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship Tip

My Time Dining gets crowded when the first show is finished.

Ports Of Call

Harwich (London), England

5 out of 5

Copenhagen, Denmark

3 out of 5

Tallinn, Estonia

5 out of 5

St. Petersburg, Russian Federation

5 out of 5

Helsinki, Finland

5 out of 5

Stockholm, Sweden

5 out of 5

Skagen, Denmark

5 out of 5

Traveler Photos

Brilliance GS 1556 St Petersburg Churuch on the Spilled Blood
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