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  1. My husband and I would like to join the formal dinners but we don't have room in the suitcase for a suit for him. I will have a long black dress. Will a nice blazer with a tie and white shirt be acceptable for the formal evenings? Hard to bring all this stuff when traveling for a month without a sherpa!
  2. My son's family will be sailing in a Brilliance Grand Suite. I have read that "some suites" have access to the concierge lounge. I am assuming that the GS is included. Am I correct? We are D+ but in an Ocean View cabin on the sailing. I believe I saw something that allowed D+ into the Concierge Club as well. Is that also true? Thanks for any clarification! Maureen
  3. Anyone know what the Brilliance is doing November 5 - 9, 2020? Searched to see if chartered . . . but can't find anything. This would follow the Beantown cruise October 25 - November 5 - Boston to Tampa. There are cruises listed after November 9th.
  4. Do they still have formal nights? Do men still wear suits?
  5. Hi all! I'm fairly new here, and to cruising generally, so here's the first of probably several weird questions: We're sailing on the Brilliance next summer (Best of Baltic, departing 7/28/20). We're a family of 6, in three aft cabins. DH and I are in 8170, our sons are in 8172, and our daughters are in 8672--all in a line across the back. My question is, is it likely that our DDs will be at a different muster station, since they are technically on the other side of the ship? It's not a huge deal--my oldest will be 25 at time of sailing, and her sister will be 17. The 17yo tends to get anxious and over-think thing, though. She will rest easier if I can tell her about a different muster station early on. Of course, she'd be with her sister, who is very mature and independent. I'm sure they would manage fine, but knowing ahead of time would go a long way towards easing my younger daughter's anxiety. I assume the boys would muster with us. They're a bit younger--23 and 14 at time of sailing. Our older son has Asperger's, but, even if the boys went with our girls, I think they'd be fine--again, it would help if we knew in advance, so they would know. Of course, you would know which muster station had all 4 of my kids by the loud bickering! Thanks in advance for any input.
  6. Throwing a Hail Mary here, but if someone on the Sept. 22, 29, Oct. 6 or 13 sailing might be able to post the Cruise Compass, we would appreciate it very much.(Yes, I know it’s the middle of the first sailing on this itinerary, but there are only 7, and we’re on the 5th.) Trying to get a little ahead of the game. Thanks!!
  7. Has anyone here stayed in this cabin? Is there noise from the above pool deck, like scraping/moving chairs? Or can you hear the sound from the movie screen by the pool? Any help will be appreciated!
  8. Hi, I wanted to know if the smoking policy on the Brilliance of the Sea has changed since last year? I know many people have said it is very smoky on the ship because of people in the casino smoking and that there is a chimney type effect happening where it goes to many places on the ship. I would love to take a Canada/New England cruise out of Boston on the Brilliance of the Sea because I live in the suburbs of Boston. It would be so easy not to have to fly anywhere. The problem is I have a bad asthma allergy to smoke. I can't find any other cruises on RCCL that are out of New Jersey or Baltimore that are only 7 nights long. I was hoping maybe they changed the casino smoking and the smoky effect it had is now gone. Any help would be appreciated. Shauna 🦄
  9. Baltic Seas on Brilliance August 2019 Recap I’m writing this up after we’ve been back home for a week and a half as of today. A few things I wish to cover before I start: I would like to thank and give major props to all those who are able and take the time to make live reviews during their cruise in order to bring so many wonderful pictures and great info for us all to enjoy. I had pondered the idea to try to make a daily report at the end of each day, but there was no way I was going to be able to keep that up so I did not even start it. I’m currently following A&L_Ont (Andrew) everlasting live from Harmony cruise. There are many other great reviewers as well, not just to single out Andrew, but it just happens to be the current one I’m following. Thank you all. Other issue, I am NOT A WRITER. I apologize in advance for my syntax, spelling, using caps where I should not, repeating myself, and ambiguity. English is a second language for me, but no matter, I can’t write any better in French either. I’ve decided to write this up because even if I did find some reviews and information specifically related to Baltic cruises, they were somewhat sparse, and were either not in the same seasonal time frame or were involved family cruising, so there are different activities and perspectives involved. I’m a technician at heart and love details, I felt I would have like to get more details before this cruise. I’ll do my best at keeping my info as objective as I can and keep my opinions to myself. I’m sure a few will slip out anyway, but I‘ll be more than happy to give my personal thoughts if anyone cares to want/ask for them. I will include pictures as best I can. I’m a Medical Photographer as part of my day job, but I’m not artistically inclined, nor do I enjoy carrying a heavy and bulky DSLR camera & lenses when I’m on vacation so I have a huge amount of admiration for those that do. My pics were all taken with a cell phone, and a cheap one at that. I’m going to write up a few details that I think are worthy to mention and a few other things I noticed, but I am more than happy to answer any questions I can, or elaborate on stuff that I most doubtedly will forget to mention. Thanks in advance for reading. My recap of our 12 day, August 11th Brilliance of the Seas Baltic Cruise. General Overview Itinerary Day 1 - Departure Port Amsterdam, Netherlands Day 2 - Cruising Day 3 - Copenhagen, Denmark Day 4 - Cruising Day 5 - Tallinn, Estonia Day 6 - St. Petersburg, Russia Day 7 - St. Petersburg, Russia Day 8 - Helsinki, Finland Day 9 - Stockholm, Sweden Day 10 - Cruising Day 11 - Skagen, Denmark Day 12 - Sea Day Day 13 - Debarkation - Amsterdam, Netherlands We booked this cruise the day the itinerary opened up 607 days out. I booked a refundable deposit directly on RC North-Amercian website. I monitored pricing and got a $100 OBC deal a few weeks after initial booking, but after that, prices continually kept creeping up and up, until no more interior rooms were available. We did manage to score a Royal up bid (more on this later) to a balcony room and received our successful bid email 8 days prior to sail date and about 30 minutes after I had printed and placed the luggage tags in our plastic sleeves as we were getting our stuff ready. We were cruising just myself and my wife for our 25th anniversary, so kids were staying home. I tend to pre-pay and pre-book most things we want through the cruise planner. Prepaid Grats Deluxe Bev Package for both of us. (Cancelled 3 times and repurchased to get better pricing) 3 night Dining package Chef’s table 2 Device Voom Surf & Stream Wine Around the World Wine Tasting Onboard activity Stockholm on your own (RCI excursion) 2 day St-Petersburg Happy Tour (3rd party - Best Guides) more to come... dp
  10. We are planning a 5 day cruise for our 20th wedding Anniversary next year. How formal is formal night? My husband will not dress up at all. He will wear black pants and a polo shirt. Is that acceptable? Is formal night mandatory? Will we get kicked out the main restaurant if we aren't dressed up?
  11. Just got a "here is " new ports email from Royal via my travel agent changing 3 days on the 5 day Brilliance out of tampa in Feb and Mar 2020 as follows: WAS: "7 pm Key West Departure, 1 sea day, Cozumel" IS NOW: "5 pm Key West departure, Nassau 11-10 then Cococay 7-5" They only refund Cozumel shore excursions. Here is the whole email received today June 24 2019
  12. During our Symphony cruise this past April/May we visited Next Cruise and did an OBB for Brilliance out of Tampa on Nov 9, 2020. We were really looking forward to trying a smaller ship in our corner aft JS! Today, I received the following email stating that our sailing has been cancelled due to the ship having been chartered. Dear Guest, We are reaching out to let you know that, regrettably, we have to cancel our Brilliance of the Seas November 9th, 2020 cruise, as it has been chartered. We know this news is disappointing and apologize for the impact to your vacation. We want every aspect of your vacation to be enjoyable. So, we’ve put together some alternate options that we hope you will take advantage of. Option 1: Re-book one of the following sailings onboard Brilliance of the Seas departing from Tampa, Florida on a 5-nightWestern Caribbean itinerary Sailing in 2020: Nov 14th or Nov 28th sailing to George Town, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico. Dec 7th sailing to Cozumel, Mexico and Costa Maya, Mexico. Sailing in 2021: Jan 18th, Feb 1st, or Mar 1st sailing to Key West, Florida and Cozumel, Mexico. Jan 23rd, Feb 6th, or Feb 20th sailing to George Town, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico. No matter what sailing you choose, we know you’ll have an amazing time eating great food and visiting beautiful ports. With miles of rugged coastlines, culturally enriching tours, delicious local cuisine, and plenty of shopping options, there’s a destination just for you! We are sure you’ll find your perfect getaway! What you’ll receive: Your original stateroom category will be price protected at the original cruise fare rate, excluding taxes, fees, gratuities and other non-cruise fare items. And, you’ll receive a credit to spend onboard per stateroom: $100 USD for Interior, Ocean View, and Balcony staterooms | $200 USD for Suites Plus, an additional $50 USD for each third or more guest to spend onboard Option 2: Re-book any other Royal Caribbean International sailing and receive the followingcredits to spend onboard per stateroom: $100 USD for Interior, Ocean View, and Balcony staterooms | $200 USD for Suites Plus, an additional $50 USD for each third or more guest to spend onboard Option 3: If you choose to cancel, we’ll be sad to see you go We will process a full refund of any paid portion of your cruise fare to the original form of payment, including any non-refundable deposits. Please note, if you choose this option, we will not provide additional compensation. It’s important to us that you find the best vacation option. One of our destination experts will call you starting August 1st to help find your perfect cruise. If we happen to miss you, please call us back by August 15th, 2019 at 888-281-9344. If we haven’t heard from you by August 15th, your reservation will be cancelled. Lastly, any pre-paid amenities will be refunded to the original form of payment within 7-10 business days. Thank you for understanding. We hope you find another cruise vacation with us. Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or looking to explore, relax, and recharge - we have no doubt your time with us will be nothing short of amazing. We look forward to welcoming you onboard. Sincerely, The price protected dates that have been offered really do not work very well for us. However, we do have a cruise booked on Harmony in October, 2020. Our initial thought is to transfer our Brilliance booking to that Harmony cruise. Having never been in the position before of having a cruise we are booked on cancelled for a charter, I have a few questions before I call back to Royal to address the change in our booking. 1) With our cancelled cruise being so far out, I’m not expecting a large amount of compensation for the cancellation.. Is the I’m seeing in my email what those of you more experienced than I am what would be reasonable for us to expect? 2) Will the OBC we have been offered on our new booking be based on the JS we had booked on Brilliance, or the Boardwalk balcony we have booked on Harmony? Needless to say, prices on Harmony are well above what we paid for our Brilliance sailing. I’d be dreaming if I thought they would price match me into a JS on Harmony! 😱 A girl can dream, can’t she? 🤣 3) Can the benefits from our OBB be transferred to our Harmony cruise? Assuming our OBB can be transferred, how would that affect our benefits from our OBB? 4) Since Brilliance was booked onboard, it is a direct booking with Royal. However, we used a TA for Harmony. I’m planning to leave the Harmony booking with the TA, as she has already put in some work on it for me. Do I have to tell her (the TA) to contact Royal, or does Royal contact the TA? I guess we’re not meant to sail on a smaller ship right now. 🤔 Good thing we enjoy the big girls! Thanks in advance for any advice/input on what we should do next.
  13. Is it possible to buy winepackage on Brilliance of the Seas. If yes, what is the Price. We are on the 10 days sailing the 4. Th of September. and what about the 10 cocktails offer on some ships. Do Brilliance also have This offer. If yes what i the Price and in which bar do They offer Them for sale.
  14. Hi. Does anyone know if Jack Daniels Honey/Jim Beam Honey is available at the bars? On Empress they were not. Also, is iced tea available as a mixer at the bar? Again, it wasn’t that way on Empress. My husband had to first go to the drink station and fill a glass with iced tea for the bartender to make him the drink he likes. Thanks in advance!
  15. Hello Royal Caribbean Blog members! My wife Corin and and I will be embarking on our first cruise which happens to be a TA. Go big or go home I guess. I will be doing a daily blog with a few photos and updates starting on the 4th. Stay tuned! *Crossposted on *****.com under CruisingWithMatt
  16. Hi Everyone, We’re currently aboard Brilliance and, having found these forums helpful, I thought I’d do a Semi-Live Blog as we make our way through the 12 night Baltic. It’s semi-Live as we don’t have an internet package, but I’ll try and space the days out...for dramatic effect and all that! Callum
  17. What type of drinks are offered, and what times of day? Is there at least one single malt scotch :-) Similar question about hors d'oeuvres I know it's different on different classes of ship, I've found the info for newer ships but not for the Brilliance class. Thanks!
  18. In my research for my cruise next year I stumbled upon some 7N NE/Canada cruises on Brilliance our of Boston in sept/oct 2020. I’ve never done a NE cruise, and am possibly considering it over a Bahamas itinerary for something different. Couple questions: 1) on my last cruise out of Southampton I found the food lacking compared to my previous cruises out of Baltimore & Fort Lauderdale. My thoughts were maybe this was due to the departure port. Specifically I found a lack of good seafood options. Would a cruise out of Boston going north have menus that reflect that region? Will there be more abundance of seafood options? On independence out of Southampton the only venue I could find scallops on the ship was in Izumi hibachi. 2) what are some overall opinions on radiance class ships? I’ve sailed on vision, freedom & oasis class. I liked the layout of grandeur (vision class). From some videos it seems like brilliance is an upgraded vision class ship, is that the overall feel? Much appreciated
  19. For dining as a solo on Brilliance, would you recommend requesting late traditional dining and requesting a shared table or booking MTD at a later time (based on tours) and asking for shared table then? Have a friend going, and they are hoping to meet other solo travelers and maybe eventually join a group for regular meals but to start do you think late traditional dining is better than choosing a MTD based on tours planned?
  20. Hi guys, I will be going on a cruise with the Brilliance of the Seas and I would like to know any tips regarding complimentary food options. So you have the MDR and Windjammer, but do you also have certain spots for things like ice cream, pizza, hot dogs, snacks, pastries and those sort of things? Sometimes those things are complimentary on a cruise, but 'hidden' in a certain small bar, coffee corner or something like that. What (and where) is available on the Brilliance of the Seas regarding complimentary food options? Thank you!
  21. Anyone know how many formal nights on the 12 night Baltics cruise? How about “theme” nights? ( other than the ubiquitous 70’s disco party)
  22. Hi everybody, I just got home a couple of days ago from an excellent bucket list 12-day British Isles cruise aboard Brilliance: June 21 - Amsterdam June 22 - at sea June 23 - Edinburgh (Scotland) June 24 - Invergordon (Loch Ness) June 25 - at sea June 26 - Greenock (Glascow) June 27 - Dublin June 28 - Dublin June 29 - Holyhead (Wales) June 30 - at sea July 1 - St. Peter Port (Guernsey, Channel Islands) July 2 - Dover, England July 3 - Amsterdam Jetlag has been a little rough on me this time around, and I've had a super heavy work load on my return... besides sorting through a couple thousand photos and a few videos (nowhere close to being finished doing this!) and a wedding to go to Saturday, I haven't had time to start a review. Hopefully I'll start by Sunday or Monday. I hope you enjoy coming along for the ride! For now, here's a few teaser photos.... can you guess where they are?
  23. I just noticed this as available in my planner for our August Cruise. Probably was there before but did not notice. Price is cheap, and only found a few references to it doing a search of the forum and the most recent mention was from last year. It mentions it is in the MDR, but was hoping for a more intimate venue. I'm hoping that since this is during a Baltic cruise, am I safe to assume that some of the cheese and snacks served with the wines will originate from Europe, and not serve Velveeta and Cracker Barrel 😉 It is during a sea day. My wife and I already have the DBP and I guess I could get better wines at vintages, but just for the fun of it and since price is cheap, I thought we'd join in and meet other guests that also like wine. If this activity is just so-so or even just a bit worth it, I'm ok with that. But if you think it is totally useless and they only serve cheap cheese and corner store wines, then maybe we'll pass. Any thoughts? Thanks dp PS, We also booked for Chef's Table... my expectations are a bit higher for that event 😉
  24. Anyone stay in Cabin 9222 on the Brilliance? Any info greatly appreciated
  25. Hi everyone! Welcome to my review of Brilliance of the Seas! This trip our itinerary is Cozumel and Grand Cayman, including 2 sea days. I am a 38 year old Emergency Room nurse from Cleveland, Ohio and I will be sailing with my 35 year old husband who works in the Film Library in the same hospital. This is our second time sailing this gorgeous ship, our first being March of 2015, where my husband proposed!! This will be our 4th cruise on Royal, having also sailed on Enchantment and Adventure. Thanks for following along!
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