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Harry Searle

Age: 32

Occupation:police officer

Number of Cruises: 2

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Brilliance of the Seas

Sailing Date: February 3rd, 2002

Itinerary: Western Caribbean

This review is mostly for the benefit of the Canadian traveler.
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The brilliance of the seas was gorgeous. the ship was its name and the service and food also stood up as well. all in all a very fabulous holiday. I will make comments on the do's and don'ts rather than give a play by play

ports of call
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We beached it a lot and had a great time doing so. the only part that isn't a whole bunch of fun is that everything seems to cost extra. 5$ for a chair, 5$ for a raft and than the beer in Aruba and grand Cayman (refinance your house $10.00 Canadian a piece) you couldn't beat the beaches though in the grand Cayman and Aruba, they were priceless.
the most fun of the islands to us was Jamaica. I had heard a lot of negativity about it before we went, but it was a blast. four of us rented a taxi for the day for 80.00 u.s. the cab driver was "Pamela" she took us everywhere including up to Mick Jigger's house, the rain forest and dunn's river falls. she was excellent and didn't put pressure on us. she also told us if the locals were giving us a good deal or not. she made the trip awesome.
we also beached it in Cozumel and shopped in Curacao and key west. no one really pressured us for sales except Jamaica, the people seemed poor and pushy.

rooms
*****

We had an inside room 3045 on the brilliance. surprisingly it was spacious and I didn't feel trapped. there was a lot of space for such a tiny room, even my wife said so. the bed was remarkably comfortable for being foam. I slept like a baby, not to mention our room steward was top notch. we didn't want for anything, as well he had our schedule figured out. we would leave for breakfast and the room would be complete by our return. I was very happy with our room

decks
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We spent just about every day in the middle of the ship by the pool. this area was crowded during sea days. I would suggest getting there early to get the best possible location. the solarium was nice on windy days.

casino
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Always a lot of fun, but lost about 150.00. there were a lot of people winning though, just not me.

windjammer cafe
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An excellent choice for breakfast and lunch. excellent variety, we didn't want for anything. one tip, try and go very early or late for any meal as you will avoid a shortage in tables and line ups.

fine dining
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There are two specialty restaurants, but for 60.00 Canadian a couple extra we decided to eat in the minstrel dining room, which is the regular evening dining spot.

bingo
*****

I played bingo twice although I believe this to be a big rip-off and cash maker for the ship. the first time I played it was 35.00 u.s. for four games. the most money any of the four games paid out was less than 100 dollars. well there had to be one hundred people playing the day I did. that would mean the house took in around 3000.00 and paid out around 400.00 bing was played often and by the end of the cruise the big jackpot was around 6000.00. that sounds high but there had to be at least 300 people playing the last day at 35 dollars a shot. that is over 10,000 dollars being brought in and 6000 going out not to mention the rest of the cash the ship stroked the travelers on. my suggestion, play one bingo card for 15.00 on the last day as the jackpot can be huge. I also challenge the ship to reveal the books on this one, they are making a fortune on bingo.

seaview cafe
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Excellent short order food. go there when you need that fast-food/ hangover food crave.

boarding/deboarding
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The most annoying part of cruising. both take forever, although i'd sooner wait to get on.

disco
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Was a blast, great d.j. and martini's. the d.j. remembered my wife's favorite songs and played them everytime we came in

shows
*****

I hate to say it but we only went to two. not for any other reason but we were played out every day. we had the late supper sitting which caused us to extend the day. we would have drinks before supper wit our good friends and then go to supper and then to the disco, casino or call it a night.

crown lounge
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Really enjoyed this place. it is suspended over the centrium and is a meeting place for cigar smokers. i went there every second night or so and lit up a tasty cigar. met quite a few nice people their.


drinks
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Be careful on drinks. the cruise can be very expensive for a canadian. i would suggest buying a couple of big bottles and keep them in your room. get a go cup and mix a shot up in your room and take it to the pool. if you choose bar drinks they will run you anywhere from 5-7 canadian a piece. keep that in mind cause at the end of your trip the bill shows up.

minstrel dining
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Top notch, our waiters were excellent. the food was outstanding as well

Ship Shape
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Excellent workout facility. to keep the added pounds off i ran 25 miles while on ship.i only gained 2 pounds. my suggestion is work out as much as possible. excellent facilities

I have tried to be very objective in my review. please email me with any questions. i certainly didn't touch on everything. i had a great time and so did my wife. i would definitely go again

harry

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