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

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5 out of 5

Very Nice Cruise

Sail Date: September 18, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

The Brilliance was brilliant.  Boarding was a bit of a hassle because the ship had just arrived from Southampton and had a Coast Guard inspection.  In spite of that, we boarded in time to grab lunch in the buffet and sit with (and meet) another great couple.  The superior balcony cabin was spacious, comfortable and clean with a very comfortable king size bed.  My brother and his roomie were travelling with us on their first large ship cruise - they've only done European river cruises.  The cabin attendant separated their bed into twins in a flash.  We opted for Anytime dining, but after showing up at the same time the first two evenings, the staff told us the table we'd had those evenings was our for the cruise.  Food was wonderful and we never went upscale.  Breakfasts in the main dining room were a wonderful opportunity to meet so many other nice guests, too.  Excursions were great and went like clockwork.  Onboard entertainment was also pretty good - only one night a little off.  We mentioned to the wait staff captain that we would like to thank the kitchen staff.  He invited us to a kitchen tour ($25 of course) limited to 200 guests and followed by a sumptuous buffet.  We took it and it was just great.  If offered to you, TAKE IT! 

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Cabin / Stateroom
Spacious, clean and comfortable. Best bed and bedding we've had on a cruise, but then we haven't really cruised all that much.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Embarkation noted. Disembarkation went pretty smoothly. And no problem with our luggage. Only gripe was getting a taxi. Long, long line, but no necessarily RC's fault.
Ship Quality
We did Hawaii recently on the Norwegian Pride of America. It was great (best itinerary in the industry), but the Brilliance rode a little better.
Destinations and Excursions
Canada/New England was wonderful and the excursions booked with RC were super.
Onboard Activities
There's always something to do. And the centrum was awesome!
Entertainment
Service and Staff
These people leave their homes for long periods and deserve a vote of thanks for friendliness and service. We left some nice tips.
Food and Dining
No need to go upscale. The only gripe is that munchies in the dead of night are hard to come by.
Boston, Massachusetts
We stayed an extra couple days at the Millinnium hotel across the street from Faneuil Hall. Fantastic location and convenient to so much history and local fare.
Portland, Maine
Take the Duck Tour. We booked this separately as it didn't come up on RC's list. It take you through the town and around the harbor. Great fun!
Rockland, Maine
Toured Mt Battie and they let you wander the town for a couple hours. But it's a bit of a tourist trap. Fish and chips were $35 out the door and not all that good.
Bar Harbor, Maine
Water tour here booked on RC. Very nice.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Peggie's Cove is a must see. Included was a visit to the cemetery where 150 victims of the Titanic tragedy are buried. Booked by RC and well worth it.
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Panoramic Island Drive booked by RC. Very nice drive if you've never been there. The Confederation Bridge is an engineering marvel and this is the home of Ann of Green Gables (My wife is a retired librarian - what can I say?)
Sydney, Nova Scotia
Ok. We didn't do an excursion here - just walked around a bit. The port is awfully touristy: three ships in at one time and they're ready for you and your money. But it is nice, clean and there is some history there.

Tip

Get familiar with the ship's layout and read the daily bulletin. You have a choice any time you cruise: stay in your cabin and be bored or get out there and have fun. If you like to read, bring your own material since there's limited reading in a bookcase; no library.



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