June 2016 - 12 Night Mediterranean Greek Isles (Barcelona Roundtrip) Cruise on Brilliance of the Seas
Relaxing cruise on a ship with olde age charm
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We Valletta and 3 cities cruise. It was a fantastic tour, starting with walking round Valletta, our guide was excellent , before boarding a tourist boat.
We spent 2 hours on the cruise with plenty photo opportunities, again the guide was excellent.
A trip to remember
We booked the Fira / Oia trip. We queued at the theatre for our badges, and then directed to our bus at the dockside. On boarding the bus there were more people than seats, not a good start. Then directed to another bus so we departed late, and were then treated to whistle-stop tour of the island with no photo stops. Next we stop at a winery where we were given a teaspoonful of 3 wines to taste. Food was scarce as we were late so the choice was not great.
We were then shown where we had to go to queue for the cable-car and advised to allow for a 15 minute wait. We joined the queue which was in the open, with no shade on a very hot day.Strangely the queue took us on quite a strenuous climb, passing lots of shops. It took 1 hour and 40 minutes of queuing to reach the cable car to take us down to the tender station.
SAVE YOUR MONEY AND AVOID THAT TOUR
La Spezia, Italy
Again took little train again which stopped at various points where you could get off and later back on. They go around every 45 minutes, we got off at the large street market , the after some refreshment we caught the train back to the ship
we went into the port and took the little tourist train around the area, then back to a nice little cafe for a beer and a wine
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
Fantastic port and all the trips are well organised with excellent guides. When you come back to the port there are numerous shops offering a great selection of gifts
Brilliance of the Seas
Relax, and take your time, and have patience with the various customer services and shore excursion staff they will attend to you in time. After all you are on holiday so enjoy it, don't raise your blood pressure
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