We just finished 12 days on the Brilliance touring Northern Europe (Aug. 27-Sept. 8), and it was GREAT. Brillance is a beautiful ship full of wonderful surprises! Of course this review is my personal opinion and I have read others that harshly critique some things such as too smoking in bar and dance areas being a problem for non-smokers, cabins being to small, and crew being new and inexperienced. These things were not a problem for us.
We are non-smokers and really never noticed too much smoke. We thought the cabin was comfortable and we had a large balcony. It's true that the buffet dinning was busy but we were always able to find pleanty of food and a table. Sometimes things are not perfect but that's life...it's all in your perspective...we enjoyed our time on the Brilliance and hope you will too.