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This was a cruise of three couples, (a couple newbies, a few big ship fans not used to smaller ships and a couple small ship lovers too). First there was a smooth embarkation, took very little time to get on the ship and we were having drinks and roast beef sandwiches by 11:30am. Our cabins were available by 1pm and our luggage was delivered around 6pm or so. We met our cabin steward (who did a great job) and our waitstaff was wonderful also. The food in the MDR was excellent, the Windjammer was good too. Drinks were plentiful all over the ship and we rarely had to move to get a drink, there were servers roving all over the place. Entertainment was good; Love and Marriage, Quest, 80's dance party, Trivia, Comedy Show, etc. Chair hogs were out in full force but we always found chairs by the pool and only had issues with kids in the hot tubs once. As for ports, Cozumel and George Town, we did one ship excursion and one day pass. In George Town we did the RCCL Stingray City excursion which was a lot of fun and in Cozumel we booked Mr Sanchos on our own (lots of fun). The only negatives to this trip would be the weather, which could not be controlled, and the small ship size. When the rain started there just was not as much to do to fill the time as there are on the larger ships. Also, the entertainment in our favorite bar, Schooner, was not good. I felt bad for the terrific bartenders there as they could not have been getting many tips when the entertainer set up for the evening. At the risk of sounding mean, she seemed to be playing on an old Casio keyboard and she was not very good. The bar would basically empty out when trivia ended and it was time for her to go on. Either that or people just moved and talked over her performance. Otherwise we really enjoyed the ship and the trip. I do not now if we would do it again as the ship size made it nauseating when the seas got rough and there was a lot of sway but we really had a great time.

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Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review by MandyMooToo

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This was a cruise of three couples, (a couple newbies, a few big ship fans not used to smaller ships and a couple small ship lovers too). First there was a smooth embarkation, took very little time to get on the ship and we were having drinks and roast beef sandwiches by 11:30am. Our cabins were available by 1pm and our luggage was delivered around 6pm or so. We met our cabin steward (who did a great job) and our waitstaff was wonderful also. The food in the MDR was excellent, the Windjammer was good too. Drinks were plentiful all over the ship and we rarely had to move to get a drink, there were servers roving all over the place. Entertainment was good; Love and Marriage, Quest, 80's dance party, Trivia, Comedy Show, etc. Chair hogs were out in full force but we always found chairs by the pool and only had issues with kids in the hot tubs once. As for ports, Cozumel and George Town, we did one ship excursion and one day pass. In George Town we did the RCCL Stingray City excursion which was a lot of fun and in Cozumel we booked Mr Sanchos on our own (lots of fun). The only negatives to this trip would be the weather, which could not be controlled, and the small ship size. When the rain started there just was not as much to do to fill the time as there are on the larger ships. Also, the entertainment in our favorite bar, Schooner, was not good. I felt bad for the terrific bartenders there as they could not have been getting many tips when the entertainer set up for the evening. At the risk of sounding mean, she seemed to be playing on an old Casio keyboard and she was not very good. The bar would basically empty out when trivia ended and it was time for her to go on. Either that or people just moved and talked over her performance. Otherwise we really enjoyed the ship and the trip. I do not now if we would do it again as the ship size made it nauseating when the seas got rough and there was a lot of sway but we really had a great time.
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