CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Brilliance of the Seas Western Caribbean November 4, 2002

Normally I cruise a least once a year, but this year was devoted to medical stuff. I was really missing my cruise fix. I found out that the new Brilliance of the Seas was making a 4 day cruise from Miami and that the rates were quite low. So I booked it. I've never liked RCI. Mainly I found service on board absolutely abysmal. Boy, have I ever changed my mind. I loved this ship. Everything except the embarkation process which was a nightmare, was wonderful. The ship is a real beauty. Lots of wood and patterned marble with steel inserts are used throughout. The ship is very well laid out. No decks ending in bulkheads where you needed to go to the forward elevators to get around.

My cabin was a standard outside just two cabins from the Centrum elevators, a bank of 7 elevators which were the main elevators on the ship. The cabin was good sized like a Celebrity cabin. The only design flaw was a lack of cabinets in the bathroom, especially since the cabin sleeps 3. A good, powerful hairdryer is provided which is athe Solarium pool area. The latter is a little over the top but I loved it anyway. It has a pool with graduated steps into the water. I can't handle ladders but this was no problem. Brilliance is a much quieter ship than any other RCI ship I've ever sailed on. The captain commented, so did the cruise director and there were only 4 other announcements, 2 for bingo and 2 for art auctions. Other than that there was peace and quiet. Anyone who is booked for Brilliance is in for a treat. I would sail it again in a heartbeat. If anybody has any specific questions feel free to e-mail me.

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