Our first Transatlantic

Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review to Transatlantic

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Reviews: 2
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Overall rating:

3.9 out of 5
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Brilliance of the Seas

15 Night Transatlantic Eastbound (Tampa To Amsterdam)

Sail date: May 04, 2019

Ship: Brilliance of the Seas

Cabin number: 4046

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

After doing our first Transatlantic, we can see why many of our fellow travelers have done multiple cruises like this. Plenty to do and can adjust to time change gradually. Despite some entertainment that was not ideal, we would do a cruise like this again.


5 out of 5
Boarding was quick. We were greeted by crew and special signage

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Service was excellent but food variety could be better.

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5
I enjoyed the movies and guest lecturer Hollywood writer.


4 out of 5
Not all entertainment was right for this audience.

Children's Programs

No children

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Waiters and stewards went beyond to make it special.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Maintenance could have been better despute recent upgrade.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Ideal location, close to dining and entertainment. Wear in sink and desk seemed off considering ship went through recent upgrade.

Ports of call

Tampa, Florida Did not visit port

Ponta Delgada, Azores

4 out of 5
We enjoyed walking around city and visiting churches which were phenomenal art.

Dunmore East (Waterford), Ireland

5 out of 5
We Took excursion to Dunbroddy experience. Could have been a bit longer to allow us to explore New Ross.

Cobh (Cork), Ireland

5 out of 5
We had fantastic trip to Kinsale with great guide and then explored Cobh a little afterwards with History center on dock.

Zeebrugge (Bruges), Belgium

5 out of 5
We did a tour of Bruges including Canal tour and guide was fantastic. Could have been longer to allow more time to explore city on our own afterward.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

1 out of 5
We toured Rijksmuseum on our own after leaving ship.


4 out of 5
Seemed like long path to get off of ship and a bit disorganized but got through customs and baggage in 10 minutes.
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