Brilliance of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

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4 out of 5

Smooth Sailing thru Stormy Mediterranean

Sail Date: November 25, 2008

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

We recently returned from a 12 day cruise of the Med, on RCI's Brilliance of the Seas. Although a few years old, the ship had everything one could want in cruising. As a matter of fact, my wife commented that at any point in time one could choose between half a dozen activities. The ship was excellently maintained and looked as it must have when new. I loved the well thought out "layout" with the usual show theatre forward and the main dining room aft. Food at the Windjammer buffet I would rate as good. For dinner we were at a table for 10, and although there was some griping at various entrees, the staff were quick to make substitutions. We dined at the special Portofino and Chops Grill; of the 2 we would only recommend the Portofino. Overall, this is a first class ship and great international crew!

Pros: Ports of call- all were interesting even though many were "repeats". Ship was well equipped with all the "bells and whistles" that Royal Carib has on its fleet.

Cons: Mother Nature forced changes in itinerary, that were beyond anyone's control.

Recommends Brilliance of the Seas? Yes!

Ship Quality
In addition to all the activities offered, the ship performed well....fast and steady, even in the 20 foot seas we once encountered. My only complaint, was that there are elevators amid ship and forward - none aft where our stateroom was (I'm partially handicapped)
Food and Dining
Staff was quick to overcome the occasional dissatisfaction with a given entree.
Cabin / Stateroom
Our balcony stateroom was terrific and the attendant superior.
Service and Staff
Entertainment
Villefranche-Sur-Mer, France
A must see!
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
What can you say....it's ROME!
Santorini, Greece
A most unique place. Loved it!
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
Shopping and sightseeing were excellent
Don't Miss: Shopping - Excellent and close to the ship
Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
Shopping and sightseeing were excellent
Don't Miss: Shopping - Excellent and close to the ship
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
Crazy traffic
Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy
Lots of options at this port.
Don't Miss: The Tower of Pisa
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
Crazy traffic
Villefranche-Sur-Mer, France
A must see!
Santorini, Greece
A most unique place. Loved it!
Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy
Lots of options at this port.
Don't Miss: The Tower of Pisa
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
What can you say....it's ROME!


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