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Linmor September 21st, 2003 09:06 PM

Brillance of the seas
This will be my first cruise on the Brillance and I do not know anything about it. Has anybody been there done that and can you please tell me about the ship?


Mona September 22nd, 2003 08:58 AM

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Was on the Brilliance in February and will be again next February so will try to help. Could you be a little more specific regarding what kind of info you're looking for?

cathy September 22nd, 2003 06:02 PM

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I went on the Brilliance last November on the 11-night Western Caribbean.

The ship is beautiful, very nautical.

Check out Portofino's at least one night. It's well worth the money. I didn't go to Chops but I'm sure that is such as good.

Best kept secreat....the Seaview Cafe in the aft Deck 12 is great for lunch instead of the Windjammer. It has sandwiches, salads, chili dogs, great onion rings etc. and great service. You can sit either in or outside. If you want to get away from the crowds, lunch is great there.

I wasn't very happy with the dining room food. The pasta dishes had very weird spices. Go to Portofino's for the best Italian food. I thought the Explorer had better dining room food. But maybe they've inproved it.

The Solarium pool area is great.

If you are into billiards, there are two self-leveling pool tables.

Anyway, you will love this ship.

Have a great time.

Linmor October 7th, 2003 05:18 PM

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Thanks for your response.

I guess I am looking for general info. The best lunch spot and best pool area, etc. Since we have not been on theis ship before we know nothing about it at all. Any info would be great.

Set4cruz October 8th, 2003 02:45 PM

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Linmor and Mona,

Exactly when are you sailing?

cruisingks October 9th, 2003 11:37 AM

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Make sure you check out the reviews under Reader Reviews in the blue bar at the top of this screen. YouŽll find lots of reviews that will surely be helpful.


Mona October 9th, 2003 02:05 PM

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Set4Cruz - We are sailing on 2/16/04.

Linmor - Agree with Cathy about the Seaview, although we usually went late at night. I didn't find too much on the dinner menus some nights so needed a late night nosh. Food I did order from dining room was generally good, I got pasta much of the time. Windjammer is ok for lunch, but has alot of the same thing over & over so gets very boring by the end of 11 days. Have no personal experience with Portofino's or Chops but others at our table raved about them.

The pool was very crowded, especially on sea days. Chair hogging, etc. We ended up on upper decks to avoid the crowd. The Solarium pool was very relaxing and fewer chair hogs.

Other items - Ship has a great many activities (rock wall, mini-golf, cinema) that were underutilized. Lots of public space so the crowds were never felt except by the pool.

Suggest you browse through all reviews for this ship on this site plus CruiseCritic and CruiseAddicts. Each person will focus on different areas and give you a variety of opinions on all aspects of this ship.


PS - be sure to look for the fishermen outside the glass elevators - I think they're on the top deck on the sea-side. There are lots of clever added touches on this ship. You can spend a whole day just exploring.

Linmor October 13th, 2003 09:33 PM

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Set4Cruz Sail Date 4/9/04

Mona And Everyone Thanks for the info.

I can't wait. This will be our first cruise to the Caribbean.

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